San Francisco — Bonhams is pleased to announce its sale of Fine Writing Instruments, December 19 in San Francisco, led by several Montblanc America's Signatures for Freedom Series Limited Edition 50 Fountain Pens, in honour of former US presidents James Madison (est. $20,000-30,000), George Washington (est. $20,000-25,000) and John Adams (est. $18,000-22,000).
Montblanc highlights continue in the sale with a rare Antoni Gaudi Limited Edition Fountain Pen (est. $15,000-25,000), The Fortune Number 88 Limited Edition Fountain Pen (est. $15,000-20,000) and a Helmut Newton 75th Anniversary Limited Edition 75 Fountain Pen & Chronograph Automatic White Gold Watch, created in honour of master photographer Helmut Newton (est. $15,000-20,000).
Additionally on offer will be such Montblancs as an Art of Porcelain Limited Edition Ballpoint Pen, hand-painted with an equestrian motif - the only one of its kind (est. $12,000-15,000), and a Greta Garbo Commemorative Limited Edition 100 Fountain Pen, paying tribute to one of Hollywood's most glamorous and enduring stars, in solid 18 karat yellow gold, inlaid with mother-of-pearl (est. $10,000-15,000).
Also noteworthy in the sale will be a coveted Pelikan Genji Maki-e Limited Edition 60 Fountain Pen Set (est. $10,000-15,000), inspired by Japan's oldest novel, The Tale of Genji.
The illustrated auction catalogue for the sale will be available online for review and purchase in the weeks preceding the sale at www.bonhams.com/auctions/20077/.
Auction Preview: December 14-17, San Francisco
Auction: December 19, San Francisco
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com