Unveiling Extraordinary Auction Records in the World of Classic Literature

In a remarkable event recently held at Christie’s London, Part I of ‘Charlie Watts: Gentleman, Collector, Rolling Stone – Literature and Jazz’ has not only paid tribute to the legendary Rolling Stones’ drummer but has also set two extraordinary world auction records in the realm of classic literature.

Charlie Watts’ cherished copy of ‘The Thirteen Problems’ by the renowned Agatha Christie, a true masterpiece of mystery fiction, has captivated bidders and enthusiasts alike. This remarkable piece of literary history has been sold for an astounding £60,480, marking the dawn of a new world auction record for any Agatha Christie book. This triumph shatters the previous record of £47,880 set in 2021 for ‘The ABC Murders.’

Equally enthralling was the auction of Charlie Watts’ copy of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ by the iconic Arthur Conan Doyle. This first edition presentation copy, revered by literary connoisseurs, has achieved an astonishing sale price of £214,200. With this sale, a new world auction record has been set for any printed book by Arthur Conan Doyle, surpassing the prior record of $201,600 set in 2022 for ‘The Sign of Four.’ This captivating edition boasts an inscription by the author on the title page, making it a truly exceptional find. Notably, no inscribed copy has appeared at auction since 1991.

Unveiling Extraordinary Auction Records in the World of Classic Literature

An Unprecedented Collection

Charlie Watts: Gentleman, Collector, Rolling Stone – Literature and Jazz’ is not just a tribute but a showcase of an unparalleled collection. It comprises a treasure trove of modern first-edition books, a collection of unrivalled quality and value that has not graced the auction stage in over two decades. Charlie Watts’ passion for literature shines through in this remarkable collection.

In addition to the literary marvels, this two-part auction also boasts an extensive collection of jazz memorabilia. Assembled by the legendary musician and Rolling Stonesdrummer himself, this collection offers a unique insight into the world of jazz and its influence on Charlie Watts.

Unveiling Extraordinary Auction Records in the World of Classic Literature

The auction event stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of classic literature and the passion of collectors worldwide. With two world auction records shattered, it’s clear that the legacy of Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle continues to enchant and inspire generations of readers and collectors alike.

As this extraordinary event continues to unfold, it serves as a reminder of the profound impact that literature and music have had on the life and passions of Charlie Watts, a true gentleman, collector, and Rolling Stone.

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