Friday, May 23, 2014 - 15:53
De Slegte auctions antique books
De Slegte, at one time one of the biggest bookshops in the Netherlands, is auctioning off its antique books. The bookshop chain was bought up by Polare in 2013 after it went bankrupt. The antique book collection was bought up by Polare and the most exceptional of them now being auctioned off. Collectors can bid on books via the website of the online auction house Catawiki. In total, 3000-5000 books are up for grabs, a spokesperson tells the Telegraaf. The auction will take place over the next 10 months. Every month, a few hundred books will be offered. The first auction started today, and will run up to 1 and 2 June. One of the top pieces of the auction is a book called Sumo, which weighs 30 kilos. It contains 400 pictures from photographer Helmut Newton. The book is so heavy that it needs its own table. The indicative price is around €10,000.