The durability of the Hebrew Book market was on display at this Kestenbaum & Company auction. The sale featured a fine assortment of early printed Rabbinic Literature, luxury editions of illustrated Hagadoth and Holy Land memorabilia.
Undaunted by the topsy-turvy state of the world economy at the time, dealers, collectors and curators bid aggressively for the authentic rare Hebrew printed books. Consignors and dealers had been speculating for months how this tight-knit sector of the book market might react to recent tumbles in the larger economy. By the end of the evening, all agreed that demand for luxury Judaica remained strong.
No doubt, bidders were driven to enthusiasm by the remarkable martial gathered by Mr. Daniel E. Kestenbaum, a world renowned expert in the fields of Hebraica and Judaica. Highlights of the sale included:
(Note: all prices include buyers premium)
First edition (1915) of Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
(Lot 156) sold for $2875