Van Stockum’s Veilingen B.V., established in 1833, is one of the oldest Dutch auction houses, and renowned for its specialized sales of books, prints, antiques, militaria and coins.
From 1 February 2016, Van Stockum’s Veilingen B.V. is located at the Nobelstraat 3a, The Hague.

Auction Sale of Books and Prints November 2017



During our successful book and print auction of Van Stockum’s Auctions, a number of lots have achieved surprising results.


An original photographed portrait of Albert Einstein, with a signed dedication to his friend the Hungarian physician János Plesch (1878-1957), was sold for € 6,000 (estimate € 500-1,000). A beautifully illustrated work by the Australian ornithologist William Legge (1841-1918) on the birds of Ceylon (published between 1878 and 1880) was sold for € 4,200 (estimate € 1,800-2,200).

A beautiful album with circa 50 photographs of Indonesia, compiled around 1900, was sold for € 1,500 (estimate € 200-300). In the section Old & rare books a scarce Dutch atlas with 167 contemporary hand-colored engraved maps (published in Leyden around 1714 by the Dutch cartographer and printer Pieter van der Aa) was sold for € 15,000 (estimate € 7,000-9,000). A French botanical work published in 1820, illustrated with 52 hand-colored engravings of flowers, was also sold for € 15,000 (estimate € 3,000-5,000).

A Dutch “Statenbijbel” published in 1664, with eighteenth-century silver clasps & catches by the Rotterdam silversmith Cornelis van der Kaa, was sold for € 2,500 (estimate € 500-700). A lithograph by M.C. Escher published in 1950 was sold for € 2,500 (estimate € 2,000-3,000) and an etching by Rembrandt published in 1642 sold for € 2,200 (estimate € 1,500-2,500). A watercolor from 1906 by the German artist Andreas Carl Sommer (1864-1953), depicting a beautiful view of the “Lange Poten” in The Hague, was sold for € 1,100 (estimate € 300-500).

An extremely rare engraving incorporating a world map, published around 1705 in Haarlem by the Dutch printmaker Ambrosius Schevenhuysen, was sold for € 11,000 (estimate € 7,000-9,000).



On Wednesday 29th November Van Stockum’s Veilingen will be offering a collection of original drawings and prints by the German artists Max Slevogt (1868-1932) and Emil Orlik (1870-1932). This collection was formed by János Oscar Plesch (1878-1957), a well-known Jewish-Hungarian physician and cardiologist. He was a close friend of Albert Einstein, Emil Orlik and Max Slevogt.


In 1923 Slevogt painted his portrait and in 1928 he painted a group-portrait of the Plesch-family (nowadays in the collection of the Jewish Museum in Berlin).


In his autobiography “Janos, the Story of a Doctor” (London, Gollancz, 1948) Plesch provides first-hand information about these long-standing friendships.


Results Auction Sale of Books and Prints May 2017

View results of the auction Sale of Books and Prints May 2017 here.