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MONTBLANC: John Lennon White Lacquer Limited Edition 1940 Fountain Pen, 2010. Estimate: $2000-3000

Tribute to the legendary Beatle, one of the key figures in 20th century popular music. Translucent white lacquer barrel and cap, sterling silver inlay patterned after the "Imagine" mosaic in New York's Central Park, guitar-inspired clip with inset blue tanzanite, cap ring engraved with Lennon's self-portrait. Medium 18K rhodium-plated gold nib engraved with peace symbol. Outer sleeve, outer box, flip-top display box, booklet. Limited Edition: 863/1940. Excellent condition, not inked.

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PBA Galleries Auctioneers, San Francisco

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MONTBLANC: Rouge et Noir Limited Edition Anniversary Safety Fountain Pen, One of 100, 2006. Estimate: $4000-6000

Montblanc pays tribute to its origins with this replica of the classic safety pen that launched the company in 1906. Vulcanized hard rubber body, red captop device, eye-dropper safety filling system. 18K gold retractable nib with heart-shaped ink reservoir. Outer sleeve, outer box, red cloth-over-boards fliptop presentation box, facsimile carrying box in the style of the original packaging, traveling inkwell, booklet, service guide. Limited Edition: 14/100. Excellent condition, not inked.

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MONTBLANC: Princesse Grace de Monaco Special Edition Fountain Pen, c.2012. Estimate: $600-900

Tribute to Grace Kelly, the Academy Award-winning American actress who became Princess of Monaco. Royal purple resin cap and barrel, champagne gold-plated endpiece, clip and fittings, mother-of-pearl endpiece cabochon, petal-cut pink topaz set in clip. Medium 18K gold nib. Outer sleeve, outer box, display box, booklet.

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PBA Galleries Auctioneers, San Francisco

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MONTBLANC: Marlene Dietrich Commemorative 1901 Limited Edition Fountain Pen, 2007. Estimate: $1500-2000


Tribute to acclaimed actress, whose humanitarian efforts during WWII earned her both the French Legion of Honour and US Medal of Freedom. The pen's oval profile recalls Dietrich's silhouette, and the sapphire-set pocket clip resembles the ties she wore to scandalous effect. Herringbone-patterned sterling silver, mother-of-pearl accents to top and bottom, 22 diamonds set in cap. Medium 18K gold rhodium-plated nib, heart-shaped vent aperture. Outer box, leather display box, booklet. Limited Edition: 794/1901. Excellent condition, not inked, some patina to silver.

 

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MONTBLANC: Greta Garbo 1905 Commemorative Limited Edition Fountain Pen, 2005. Estimate: $1500-2500

Homage to the Swedish-born American actress. Black resin cap and barrel with sterling silver inlays and trim, mother-of-pearl captop star, clip and ring set with 16 diamonds and an Akoya pearl. Medium 18K gold nib. Outer sleeve, outer box, display box, booklet. Limited Edition: 1715/1905. Excellent condition, not inked.

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MONTBLANC: Albert Einstein Sterling Silver Limited Edition Fountain Pen, 2012. Estimate: $3000-5000

One of Montblanc's most successful and innovative modern designs. Platinum-plated barrel, dark blue lacquer cap with a grid of inlaid platinum-plated lines into which the ball-ended clip dips, suggesting the curvature of space-time. Medium 18K gold nib engraved with designs inspired by Einstein's theories. Outer box, lacquered wood box, booklet, small hardcover book. Limited Edition: 394/3000. Excellent condition, not inked.

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MONTBLANC: Alfred Hitchcock Limited Edition Great Characters Fountain Pen, 2011. Estimate: $1200-1800

Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock, one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. Lacquered sterling silver barrel and cap with a spiral pattern inspired by the 1958 classic Vertigo. 53 hatch marks are engraved on cone representing Hitchcock's 53 films. Medium 18K gold rhodium-plated nib etched with Hitchcock's profile. Outer sleeve, outer box, display box, small "film can" containing book, booklet. Limited Edition: 1125/3000. Excellent condition, not inked. Light patina to silver.

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MONTBLANC: Mahatma Gandhi Limited Edition Fountain Pen, 2009. Estimate: $2200-2800

The design of this pen honors the life and achievements of Mahatma Gandhi. The captop and cone are wrapped with sterling silver wire, representing the spindle, symbolic of Indian independence. The white lacquer barrel suggests peace and truth, and the Mandarin garnet set in the pocket clip captures the orange hue of the Indian flag. Medium 18K rhodium-plated gold nib engraved with portrait of Gandhi. Outer sleeve, outer box, display box, booklet, small hardcover book. Limited Edition: 53/3000. Excellent condition, not inked, slight patina to sterling silver.

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MONTBLANC: Miles Davis Limited Edition Great Characters Fountain Pen, 2016. Estimate: $2000-2500

Tribute to Miles Davis, the influential jazz musician. Platinum-plated barrel and cap engraved with motifs referencing to the five major jazz periods he helped to create, and with a spiral representing the tornado he witnessed as a child and considered the spiritual source of the breath he needed to play the trumpet. 18K gold rhodium-plated nib etched Davis's silhouette (box label indicates medium, but nib appears broad). Outer sleeve, outer box, display box, booklet, small hardcover book. Limited Edition: 194/1926. Excellent condition, nib has been inked or dipped.

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MONTBLANC: Andy Warhol Limited Edition Great Characters Fountain Pen * SEALED, 2015. Estimate: $1500-2500

Montblanc's tribute to one of the leading figures in Pop Art, whose vast influence still permeates both the art world and popular culture. The cap is inspired by Warhol's silkscreen print "Flowers"; the cone is embellished with a barcode, referencing Warhol's commentary on commercialism in the arts; the grey lacquer barrel and platinum-plated fittings allude to Warhol's New York studio, The Silver Factory; and the cap is engraved with his dictum: "You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you." Medium 18K gold nib engraved with dollar sign motif. Outer sleeve, outer box, display box, booklet. Limited Edition: 50/1928. Excellent condition, untouched, box still sealed in the original shrinkwrap.

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MONTBLANC: Leonardo da Vinci Limited Edition Great Characters Fountain Pen * SEALED, 2013. Estimate: $2200-2800

Created to honor one of the greatest geniuses of the Renaissance, this pen features a silver-colored, anodized cap and barrel with platinum fittings, every detail of which corresponds directly to Leonardo's original sketches of flying machines and mechanical constructions. The captop contains a mirror which reveals the Montblanc emblem, a reference to his mirror studies. Medium 18K gold nib engraved with a bat, alluding to Leonardo's famous bat wing sketch. Outer box, display box, booklet. Limited Edition: 94/3000. Excellent condition, untouched, box still sealed in the original shrinkwrap.

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MONTBLANC: Lalique Limited Edition 4810 Desk Set, 1991. Estimate: $1500-2500

The Lalique Glass and Crystal Works established its reputation as the preeminent maker of fine art glass during the Belle Epoque. The acclaimed company collaborated with Montblanc, the world's foremost maker of fine writing instruments, to create this limited edition set of writing accessories in crystal with gold-plated sterling silver accents. The set comprises a fountain pen holder, an inkwell and a rocker-style blotter. The set was issued in 1991, a year before the first Patron and Art and Writers Series releases, making this one of the earliest Montblanc limited editions. Outer box, display box, booklet, certificate of authenticity card. Limited Edition: 2471/4810. Excellent condition, no chips, cracks or damage.

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Happy 4th of July, everyone!

 

The July 19th sale seems to have generated a good deal of interest, and pre-sale excitement is high! As soon as the sale concludes I will begin building our December 6th Fine Pens sale in earnest. Now is a great time to contact me regarding consignments! We're seeking great pens of all kinds. In particular, we want fine modern and vintage Montblancs, as well as wonderful, interesting, rare and esoteric vintage eyedroppers and overlay pens. We're also seeking fine watches, especially Rolex, Patek Philippe, Omega, Jaeger-LeCoultre and other top makers. And if you have great comic books to consign I'll be your best pal!

I. Briggs

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Hi gang,

 

I've got hundreds more pen pix I'd love to post, but the FPN website won't seem to allow me to add further uploads. Perhaps I'm only allotted a certain number of uploads and I've exceeded my quotient? In any event, here's a link to the online listings:

 

https://www.pbagalleries.com/view-auctions/catalog/id/454/

 

Here's a link to an eBook version of the print catalogue:

 

http://pbagalleries.com/content/ecat/648/index.html

 

Happy hunting! And please do contact me with any pens (or watches) you'd like to consign to PBA's December 6th Fine Pens auction.

 

Ivan

 

 

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