Friday, January 17, 2014

Simeon Solomon signs a book to Algernon Swinburne

Well, this isn't something you see everyday... items signed by Simeon Solomon are fairly scarce in the first instance but an association copy in which he presents a book to his friend and fellow nineteenth century roustabout Algernon Swinburne is likely to make this an estimate-busting lot when it comes up for sale at Bonham's in Los Angeles on the 10th February. The pre-sale estimate is 5,000-7,000 USD. The book itself is a much more important early piece of gay literature than it is sometimes given credit for. There is a really good write up of this lot on the Bonham's auction page.
UPDATE: As predicted, this item sold well. Over twice the top estimate in fact at $17,500. Well done Simeon, if only he had known such riches in his lifetime.

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