American bidders pushed up prices Monday at an auction of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia.
The collection of the late British Holmes expert, Stanley MacKenzie, sold for nearly $236,000 at Sotheby’s. That figure was nearly double pre-auction estimates.
An anonymous collector from Chicago paid $33,100 for an original 1887 copy of Beeton’s Christmas Annual, in which Holmes made his debut in “A Study in Scarlet.”
Otto Penzler, a book dealer from New York, spent more than $64,000 on a dozen lots, including 688 issues of The Strand magazine in which many of the Holmes stories were first published.