“The New York City Bar Association is set to auction off its rare books in a series of three auctions at Doyle New York. The first sale will be held tomorrow. The New York Law Journal also ran a piece on the upcoming sales, featuring some pretty shocking comments from Association staff and criticism from members.”
“SALE OF THE NEW YORK CITY BAR ASSOCIATION RARE BOOK COLLECTION TOPS $2.3 MILLION
Landmark November 24, 2014 Auction at Doyle New York Far Surpassed Its Estimate of $665,780-1,010,420, With All 325 Lots Sold”
“”I’ve never had one request for any of these books,” said Tuske. “Nobody even knows we have them. […]
But two association members complained in a Nov. 11 letter to city bar President Debra Raskin that they had learned of the auction “only recently” and characterized the decision to dispose of the books as an “inside job” with the executive committee consulting only itself and employed officials.
John R. Horan and Stephen Sayre Singer inquired if there were moral or legal reasons why the auction should not proceed. They asked whether the sales were consistent with the implied or stipulated intent of donors and whether any of the materials were subject to express donor restrictions.
Finally they argued that dispersing the books by auction would make them less accessible and would not assure their preservation.
“Overall, if the association cannot properly care for and make available these valuable artifacts of its patrimony, we think it more suitable that they be kept together and donated to another research facility,” they said.”
Read more: http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202676761256/NYC-Bar-Plans-Landmark-Auction-of-Rare-Books-Documents#ixzz3K29Jgkyd
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