Saturday, 16 July 2016

Christie's scientific books and memorabilia auction


Einstein's leather jacket doubled it's auction estimate of £40,000 to £60,000, selling for USD$145,974.
The Einstein highlight turned out to be his pocket watch, which fetched more than ten times its estimate. Hammer price was £220,000
The 400 year-old Hortus Eystettensis by Basilius Besler attracted interest as one of just 15 complete copies of the "most famous flower book in the world." It made £1,930,500 ($2,550,247)

A copy of De Libris Revolutionum Eruditissimi Viridoctoris fetched £1,818,500 ($2,402,292). When published in 1540, this book provided the momentum needed for Copernicus to finally have his landmark De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium published in 1543.
Sidereus Nuncius $415,464, is one of the landmark scientific publications in history. Written by Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642), the book introduced the world to his astronomical discoveries made using his home-made telescope.

Le operazioni del compasso geometrico by Galileo Galilei. $320,350. First edition of Galileo's first printed work and the first published work on an analogue calculator, which Galileo had begun manufacturing in 1597. As a calculating device, Galileo's compass remained unsurpassed until the advent of the slide rule in the mid-19th-century.
Aequatorium Astronomicum by Johannes Schöner $383,759. One of only 5 copies, it is the first book to contain printed equatoria, and the first book to contain printed instruments which predict the position of the planets.

Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton. $352,054. Principia and Newton's subsequent Opticks both became cornerstones of scientific thought, effectively ushering in the era of modern science and modern physics with its mathematical explanations for gravity and motion.