THE CONAN DOYLE COLLECTION
SOLD FOR 948,545 (ex vat; inc buyers' premium of 19% )

London Wednesday 19th May 2004.....

Christies London auction of Conan Doyle writings and memorabilia fetched almost 1 million, which included the sale of the author's brass name-plate that fetched 18,000. American collectors outbid the locals, including the Sherlock Holmes Museum, to purchase the majority of items.

Conan Doyle's Name-plate

Lot 8 - Estimated 10,000-15,000.......... Sold for 18,000.

A manuscript fragment of just one paragraph from the Reigate Squires written on lined notepaper fetched 24,000 (estimated at 5,000-8,000 lot 15)

The 'Southsea' Notebooks of Conan Doyle (lot 19), compiled while he was a medical doctor in Southsea, reach their estimate of 120,000, and was the most expensive lot sold.

Conan Doyle's passport (lot 74) sold for 3,800 (estimated 800 -1,200) while his lizard-skinned wallet (lot 128) fetched
2,800 (estimated at  3,000 - 5,000).

The auction attracted more media interest than  the sale of major works of art, and will provide an interesting backdrop to the forthcoming auction of a complete manuscript and original Sydney Paget drawing next month (more news on this development to follow shortly)

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The Conan Doyle Collection
19 May 2004 

Sale No: 6972
Total sold: 948,545



The following prices in sterling include the buyer's premium of 19% and are rounded to the nearest pound. Lots which did not sell are not shown.

On the date of the sale, exchange rates were approximately as follows:
1 = US$ 1.77, SFr 2.26, Yen 199.59, Eur 1.47, .00, .00
Lot      Price
2         5,377
3         10,157
4         3,585
7         1,434
8         21,510
9         13,145
10        5,975
11        47,800
12        5,975
13        4,780
14        2,987
15        28,680
16        1,912
17        4,541
18        1,792
19        139,650
20        59,750
21        2,151
22        19,120
23        3,107
24        3,107
25        2,270
26        5,975
27        2,629
28        2,390
29        5,377
30        1,015
31        836
33        3,346
35        33,460
    Lot      Price
37        53,775
40        657
41        2,270
42A       1,075
43        9,560
43A       2,151
44        5,019
45        3,346
47        23,900
48        23,900
50        4,541
51        776
52        1,075
53        8,365
55        35,850
56        1,553
57        3,824
58        3,585
62        1,075
63        1,075
64        1,912
65        1,792
66        7,170
67        17,925
68        2,390
69        2,031
72        2,270
73        2,031
74        4,541
75        2,629
    Lot      Price
76        6,572
77        2,629
79        2,151
80        11,950
82        71,700
83        26,290
85        3,824
86        3,585
87        1,314
88        1,792
89        13,145
90        3,346
91        3,346
93        3,824
95        537
96        7,170
97        8,365
99        1,912
100       956
102       1,553
104       4,780
105       8,365
106       1,553
108       1,673
109       1,314
110       1,434
112       2,270
113       3,346
115       2,151
118       23,900
Lot      Price
119       7,170
121       1,434
122       1,912
124       3,346
125       7,170
127       3,107
128       3,346
129       537
130       776
131       7,170
132       4,780
133       2,390
134       956
135       1,792

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