The auction of hand paper maker books in seven oak arms is expected to raise $150 million to help fund research into hand paper printing, a company spokesman said Wednesday.
The auction is being held in a partnership between the Sevenoaks Group, which is a subsidiary of the Dutch firm O.J. van der Heyden.
The auction includes a large number of books on the topic, including hand paper and hand-carved wooden furniture.
The company has a global presence in hand-making and other types of handcrafts, and its books have been featured in major publications.
The Sevenoak Group’s chairman, Pieter van den Broek, said the auction will be the biggest hand paper industry auction in the world, adding that he expects the sales to be worth $150-million, or about $1.2 million per book.
He added that it is a lot of books and they will be sold in a very limited number.
The books, which include hand-printed woodwork, leather goods, clothing, furniture, accessories and accessories, were made for a book on hand paper production in the Netherlands in the 1970s, said spokesman Eric van Den Boogaard.
He said the books were bought in 2011, the first year of the hand paper auction.