Monet Letter, another Kelmscott Chaucer, inscribed Roald Dahls: Auction Preview

Image: Potter & Potter Auctions

Rare presentation copy of the Bodley Head edition of James Joyce's Ulysses, offered at Potter & Potter this week.

Here are the auctions I'll be watching this week:

At Chiswick Auctions on Tuesday, February 14, Autographs & Memorabilia, in 398 lots. Rating the top estimate is a pair of boxing trunks worn by Muhammed Ali during his final match in December, 1981 (£15,000–20,000). Three portfolios of Marvel Comics, each featuring four color lithographs signed by Stan Lee, are expected to sell for £4,000–6,000. At the same estimate range are an 1884 Claude Monet letter to his landlord; a 1974 document appointing Barclays Bank as the bankers of Apple Music Publications, Inc., signed by George Harrison and Ringo Starr; and a pair of photographic portraits of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

Dominic Winter Auctioneers will sell Printed Books, Maps, Decorative Prints & Original Art, Library Furniture, and Vinyl Records on Wednesday, February 15, in 300 lots. A copy of the first deluxe edition of Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and five books illustrated by Arthur Rackham share the top estimate of £400–600. A group of ten Dickens titles, mostly in the first book edition, are estimated at £300–500.

At ALDE on Thursday, February 16, Bibliothèque Scientifique et Technique d'un Ingénieur, in 228 lots.

Forum Auctions holds an online sale of Modern Literature on Thursday. The 488 lots include an inscribed first edition of Roald Dahl's The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (1985); eight inscribed David Walliams books, six also signed and with a drawing by illustrator Tony Ross; a first edition of Waugh's Brideshead Revisited (1945); and a first edition of John le Carré's The Looking-Glass War, double-signed "John Le Carré aka David Cornwell." All of these are estimated at £800–1,200. A number of other inscribed Dahl titles are also offered.

At Potter & Potter Auctions on Thursday, Fine Books & Manuscripts, Including Americana, in 531 lots. A Kelmscott Chaucer on paper is expected to lead the sale, estimated at $100,000–125,000. A presentation copy of the 1937 Bodley Head Ulysses is estimated at $35,000–50,000.