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As the temperatures cool down, the auction season is heating up. Artfact Live! sales and registrations continued to grow in September. Last month’s highlights include: Cottone’s two-day “Toy & Collectible Sale” with over 2,000 online bids; National Book Auctions’ “Books & Ephemera” auction where online bidders scooped up almost 70 percent of the lots offered and Freeman’s Sept. 12 “Asian Arts” auction that marked a 32 percent increase in online sales when compared to the same sale in 2009.

Artfact has also signed an agreements with auction houses Theodore Bruce in Australia, Morgan O’Driscoll in Ireland, and Balclis in Spain. Among the highlights seen in September include National Book Auctions’ Books & Ephemera Sale, Sept. 19, 2010, which saw Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s tome “The Woman’s Bible” from 1898 sell for $4,500. A social activist and suffragette,

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) was at the forefront of the early women’s movement. Published in two parts, Stanton’s “The Woman’s Bible” challenged the traditional view that women should be subservient to men. While a commercial success, many of Stanton’s fellow suffragists denounced the work for its radical theology, which they felt would hurt the emerging women’s rights movement. One of two lots related to Stanton, “The Woman’s Bible” sold to an online bidder for $4,500. The other, “Women & Her Relation to the Church” written by Harriet M. Cloz and inscribed by Stanton, also sold online for $1,500. ?


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