These are the 50 most valuable scientific documents of 2016 in the world stage

For several years now that the scientific documents and manuscript marketplace have been undervalued and represents an extraordinary long term investment potential. In 2016, the market began the inevitable upward spiral with the number of significant documents hitting the market.

The introduction to the scientific documents marketplace is the first part of that series, and separate articles cover numbers #50-41, numbers #40-31, numbers #30-21, numbers #20-11 and the top 10.

50 – Histoire Naturelle Des Oiseaux (birds)
by Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon

$127,621 (£87,500) | Sothebys | April 28, 2016

A deluxe first edition of the master ornithological work Histoire Naturelle Des Oiseaux, published between 1771 and 1786, bound in 15 volumes with 1008 engraved and hand-colored plate...

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Max Dupain Old Photographs sell for $1 million + at Australian Auction

Max Dupain's 'Sunbaker', taken at Culburra Beach on the NSW south coast in 1937 image

Max Dupain’s ‘Sunbaker’, taken at Culburra Beach on the NSW south coast in 1937.

Sunbaker, taken at Culburra Beach on the NSW south coast in 1937, has been lauded as a “national image”.

A 50cm by 56.5cm print of the photograph, signed and dated by Dupain in 1937 and almost the same size as a print bought by the National Gallery of Australia in 1976, fetched $85,000 at the auction in Woollahra on Sunday.

Similar prints of Sunbaker had previously sold for $30,000.

A collection of images by legendary photographer Max Dupain have sold for more than $1 million at auction, setting an Australian record.

The batch of almost 500 photographs, sold on Sunday, included a signed print of Dupain’s iconic image Sunbaker, and other...

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On the international stage, Christie’s major sale of postwar and contemporary art at Rockefeller Center in New York scored $318.4 million on Tuesday evening, 10th May. The most expensive lot of the night was a large Untitled canvas by Jean-Michel Basquiat, dating from 1982 The final price was $57.3 million, a new record for the artist at auction. Full Results


The Denis Savill Collection of Australian Art went under the hammer by Sotheby’s Australia on Tuesday evening followed by the Australian & International Art sale the following night. Savill’s collection was not exactly “fresh”. Around 90% of the works had been to auction over the last 20 years with many exposed in the past two years. The most successful lots were Sidney Nolan’s River-Bank 1964 (Lot 40 ) which sold for $1...

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The multimillion-dollar business of Australian stamp collecting

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The Arthur Gray Collection of King George V stamps.

The Arthur Gray collection of King George V stamps is the most extensive and most valuable of its kind, suggests Gary Watson, Mossgreen’s head of philately and numismatics.

“It’s better than what’s in the Queen’s Royal Collection,” he says.

Watson’s prediction is that, when the Gray collection is sold on October 30 in Melbourne, this will be biggest stamp sale ever held in Australia.

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In February 2007, he sold his massive Kangaroo collection through Shreves auction house in New York. The 849 lots achieved a total of A$7.158 million, setting numerous world records including the highest total ever achieved for a single stamp issue. This record still stands.

Watson expects the KGV collection to sell for a little less...

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Named after its engraver, Robert Birch, the so-called “Birch Cent” was among the first pennies struck for the United States, part of a series of prototype coins. Only 10 are believed to exist and collector Kevin Lipton said the coin he purchased is in the best condition of those 10.

“I felt elated, just wonderful,” Lipton, 55, of Lipton Rare Coins Inc said Monday of his winning bid made last Thursday at the Heritage Auctions sale in Orlando, Florida. “I thought the coin would bring more money. This was a really good buy.”

One side of the Birch Cent features the profile of Lady Liberty with flowing hair and the motto “Liberty Parent of Science and Industry.” The other side says “United States of America” and gives the denomination “One Cent” within a wreath.

“It’s a gorgeous ...

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