My nomination for the best auction catalog ever!
We Americans are used to “telephone book” style auction catalogs of massive sales with little in the way of information besides flowery hyperbole and the occasional provenance, but unless you are a bibliophile, you may be unfamiliar a truly quality auction catalog. And it seems like most auction houses worldwide have followed this model, unable or unwilling to devote the time and money necessary to produce one.
Important US sales tend to be better in this regard, but world sales, even the important Dr Norman Jacobs sale (as an example), lacked much detail.
In my opinion, Noonan’s (in the UK) has produced what I consider the best auction catalog ever (or at least that I can recall). And yes, they do charge a hefty BP to compensate.
Not only are the coins incredible, but the photos, the detail, and background provided are first rate.
The Puddester Collection of Indian Coins, Part 1
Granted Mr and Mrs Puddester greatly aided the cataloguers by keeping detailed provenance information on their coins, something most collectors dismiss. But Noonan’s did a fantastic job in producing a such comprehensive catalog. This one is a keeper (and I don’t even collect Indian coins)!