Birds of America original drawings to bring $120,000?

Original drawings from John James Audubon's landmark ornithological work, The Birds of America, are to go under the hammer at Bonhams California on February 17. The historic plates are expected to bring between $80,000 and $120,000.

The Birds of America original drawings to bring $120,000?
A number of the valuable prints have been hand-finished

The plates derive from one of the largest and most comprehensive illustrated works ever to be undertaken in 19th century America. Out of the 150 plates in the original edition, 148 are to be offered - some hand finished.

A complete set of the original edition sold for $11.6m in December 2010 - achieving a new world record price for a printed book sold at auction.

Here at Paul Fraser Collectibles we also have a number of investment-grade books and manuscripts in stock.

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