The Limited Edition
Montblanc Pen Collection at Dreweatts
London - A collection of over 64 Limited Editions Montblanc Pens will be offered, fresh to the market, in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' Fine Pen sale on Thursday 27th November 2014 in London. The pens are unused or 'uninked', with their original packaging. Prices range from £150 to over £2,000, making the selection a delight for collectors or a unique Christmas gift for those who can be difficult to buy for.
Since its beginnings as the Simplo Filler Pen Co. in 1906, Montblanc has become the leading brand of fine pens. Its black and white star logo is recognised as the symbol of craftsmanship and luxury, appealing to collectors across the globe.
In 1992 Montblanc started to produce annual special edition pens in limited numbers, in various series including The Writers Series, The Patron of The Arts Series and the Donation series, as well as very limited numbers produced as 'one off' special editions, which have aroused the interest of collectors and investors.
James Nicholson, International Head of Writing Instruments at Dreweatts said; "Special edition pens, such as these, were made in limited numbers and have become increasingly sought after at specialist Fine Pen auctions is recent years. At Dreweatts we have carved out a niche in this market as one of the few major auctioneers to offer specialist Fine Pen Auctions dedicated to limited edition pens and are delighted to be offering this collection in the run-up to Christmas."
Montblanc Pens for the Book Connoisseur
Amongst these 64 pens is the very first limited edition Writers Series Ernest Hemmingway Ballpoint pen from 1992, now highly sought after by collectors and estimated at £400 - 600 [Lot 437]. Other pens from the Writers series include the three pen sets of Jules Verne from 2003 £1,500 - 2,000 [Lot 455] and the only four pen set compiled commemorating Feodor Dostoevsky in 1997, of which only 700 sets were produced est £1,800 - 2,200 [Lot 448]. Probably the most famous of the Writers Series is the Agatha Christie produced in 1993 est £600 - 800 [Lot 438].
Montblanc Pens for the Art Lover
The Patron of The Arts Series are amongst the most luxurious of Montblanc's pens. Mostly produced in editions of 4810 fountain pens (4810 metres being the height of Montblanc itself), some of the most beautiful of these pens are the Art Deco inspired J.P.Morgan est £1,000 - 1,500 [Lot 474], and the Renaissance flavoured Francios I with its tiger's eye gemstone barrel (produced in 2008) est £1,000 - 1,500 [Lot 476]. To add a further layer of luxury and exclusivity, the Patron of The Arts fountain pens are also produced in smaller editions of 888, with greater decoration including fine enamel and being set with gemstones, such as the Pope Julius II (produced in 2005) est £2,000 - 3,000 [Lot 480].
Montblanc Pens for the Chinese and East Asian Market
Some of the 'one off' special editions were directed very much at the Chinese and East Asian market, and include the 'Qing Dynasty', produced in a limited edition of 2000 in the year 2000, with its carved nephrite jade cap est £2,000 - 3,000 [Lot 436], the 'Year of the Dragon', with its Meissen Porcelain cap est £2,000 - 3,000 [Lot 434] and the 'Golden Year of the Dragon' est £2,000 - 3,000 [Lot 435].
The Fine Pens sale will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' saleroom in London's Mayfair during a day of luxury sales on Thursday 27th November that will also include jewellery, watches, silver and luxury accessories. The full catalogue will be available to view and download at www.dreweatts.com
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Stanley Gibbons we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin's, and Frasers Autograph's. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London's Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.
London - 30th October 2014