Anne Frank's personal copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales up for bid

 Anne Frank wrote her name and her sister Margot's name in the book. The lot will also include a letter by her father Otto and newspaper clippings. Image: Swann Auction Galleries Anne Frank wrote her name and her sister Margot's name in the book. The lot will also include a letter by her father Otto and newspaper clippings. Image: Swann Auction Galleries

Anne Frank's personal copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales, in which the diarist and famed Holocaust victim wrote her name and her sister Margot's name as well, will be one of the headliner lots at Swann Auction Galleries' May 5 autographs auction. The book – estimated to bring $20 000-$30 000 – was left behind in the Franks' Amsterdam apartment when the family's departure to the secret annex was hastened after Margot was called to relocate to a work camp. It's the first major offering of Anne Frank autograph material at auction in over two decades.

After the war, the book made its way to a secondhand bookstore in Amsterdam's Runstraat, where a Dutch couple purchased it. In 1977, the couple's children discovered the signature and wrote to Anne's father, Otto Frank, the family's sole survivor, to let him know of the discovery. In a poignant letter (which will be sold alongside the book), Otto expressed how deeply the discovery of the book affected him, as well as his wish that the family keep the book for their own daughter. The lot will also feature news clippings related to the book's discovery.

 

Bidders will be 'snooping' for WWII Red Baron items at June 3-4 auction

SONY DSC This factory-presented box of cigars issued to von Richtofen, with an actual 1917 letter bearing the Red Baron's signature, will be sold at auction June 3-4. Image: Mohawk Arms

Baron Manfred von Richtofen – the legendary Red Baron World War I fighter pilot whose 80 kills were sung about in the '60s-era hit Snoopy vs. The Red Baron – is a military figure so steeped in history and lore it's tempting to believe he never really existed, except in song and story. But exist he did, and on June 3 and 4 items pertaining to the Red Baron will come up for bid at Mohawk Arms, Inc.'s Militaria Auction #75, at their gallery (on Route 20 in Bouckville, New York) and online where hundreds of items will be sold.

Offered will be a factory-presented box of cigars issued to von Richtofen, with an actual 1917 letter bearing the Red Baron's signature; and a von Richtofen cigarette case presented to Lt. Werner Voss, on the occasion of his being awarded a “Pour Le Merit” award, for meritorious service. Also in the sale: a World War II German uniform worn by Gen. Lt. Schmalz, the last commander of Hermann Goring's infamous Panzer Corps); a collection of World War I aviation badges; U.S. Civil War items; British medals; and a Cromwellian-era helmet and chest/back armor.

Not a bottle, not a magnum, but a 225-liter barrel of wine to be sold

This 225-liter bottle of Chateau Palmer 2015 – equating to 25 cases, or 300 regular-size 750 ml bottles – will be sold at Sotheby's June 4 auction in Hong Kong. Image: Sotheby's This 225-liter bottle of Chateau Palmer 2015 – equating to 25 cases, or 300 regular-size 750 ml bottles – will be sold at Sotheby's June 4 auction in Hong Kong.
Image: Sotheby's

We've heard of bottles of wine and cases of wine sold at auction – but a 225-liter barrel of the stuff? That's one of the premier lots at Sotheby's first-ever wine auction dedicated entirely to Chateau Palmer, popular with connoisseurs and collectors worldwide. In all, over 200 lots, spanning 87 years (1928-2015) will be sold. And one one of those lots will be the 225-liter barrel, filled with Chateau 2015. That equates to 25 cases, or 300 regular-size 750 ml bottles. Formats for bottling could range from half-bottles (375 ml) to Melchior bottles (18 liters).

But what's the attraction in buying an enormous barrel of wine – even one filled with Chateau Palmer? Well, in addition to giving the buyer the opportunity to choose any mix of bottle sizes totaling 225 liters, they'd also have the chance to have their name printed on the back of the label of the bottle. Oh, and the lot also comes with a private tour of the vineyard and winery followed by a dinner at the Chateau. Sotheby's has assigned the lot a pre-sale estimate of $65 000-$90 000. The auction will be held on Saturday, June 4th, at Sotheby's gallery in Hong Kong.

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