Friday, 5 June 2009

Bobby Fischer Pasadena Storage Unit Chess Library Auction (Bonhams, New York) 10th June 2009

An auction of Bobby Fischer's chess library from the Pasadena storage unit will take place on the 10th of June 2009 at Bonhams, New York. The manuscript material mostly centers on Fischer’s preparation for his World Chess Championship match with Boris Spassky in 1972. The auction estimate for the lot is around $50,000 - $80,000. More information here.

Background History:
  • Library of books and documents derived from the Pasadena storage unit.
  • The Pasadena storage unit was where Bobby Fischer’s belongings were held after 1992.
  • Fischer had defied the U.N. embargo against travel to Yugoslavia for his re-match against Boris Spassky in 1992.
  • Bobby Fischer never returned to the U.S. following the rematch with Boris Spassky.
Contents include:
  • Around 320 volumes on chess including a few match results, various places and languages (including many Soviet imprints), 1889-1992,
  • Around 400 issues of chess-related periodicals, including - “Magyar Sakkelet”, Overboard, Revista SAH, Sahovski Informator, The Chess Player, and “Waxmatbl”.
  • 9 personal floppy disks.
  • 3 sets of proofs for Fischer’s My 60 Memorable Games (published 1969).
  • Robert Wade's manuscript research on the match history of Boris Spassky (4 volumes of bound typescript, with commentary).
  • Games of Mark Taimanov and Tigran Petrosian in manuscript notebooks with notations (from the 1950s-1970).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The property from the Pasedena storage unit is stolen.