B804. Compton Auction at Christie's, Part I
B804. Japanese Swords and Sword Fittings from the Collection of Dr. Walter A. Compton (Part I) Christie's Auction, 1992. Softbound with a dust jacket, 8 1/4 x 11 3/4", about 440 pages with prices realized. Dr. Compton had the best collection of Nihonto in private hands outside of Japan; the sale of the collection in 3 auctions in 1992 was an important event for collectors around the world. The 1st sale, the one this book belongs to, was by far the major auction. 399 lots of swords, fittings, koshirae, armor, and matchlocks: all fine and some exceptional. Records for prices realized for both blades and fittings were broken during this sale.
Because the book was too big for the binding chosen, many copies of the 1st Compton auction have broken spines and loose pages. This copy is in great condition, without problems. However, if you buy it and try to open it flat on a table you will break its spine; please don't do that. Treat it with care and all will be fine. 4 pounds, 13 ounces. $125.
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