We have the great pleasure to announce that The Scripophily Center will conduct its next auction on 1.11.2014 in Brussels, Europe’s capital. We have chosen the iconic location of the Atomium to host the auction. For any collector of old shares/bonds this will most certainly be an unforgettable event on an unforgettable location.
The auction catalogue is now online here (see menu on the left). While we have several previously unseen shares and bonds for sale, the through highlight is the collection of Baron Empain scripophily as brought together by the wellknown collector Jacques Simar in a period of over 20 years. Thanks to the very thorough research by Jacques, followed by the publication of his standard work on the business life of Baron Edouard Empain, we now know that Empain was involved - often as founder - in no less than +140 different companies around the world. This collection of antique bonds and shares illustrates the brilliant career of what might well be Belgium's most famous/successful/eclectic businessman ever. The collection is offered as lot 1088 and bidding starts at €25.000. Click here for a detailled overview of the collection.
The auction contains verious other top pieces, including several shares from the 18th century - the incunabula of corporate financial history - from the Danish, Dutch, English, French and Spanish Empires as well as from the Austrian Netherlands. Furthermore, we have a strong selection of Chinese and Russian scripophily, the (previously unreported) oldest Greek and Brazil shares, Napoleontic pieces, strong collections from Belgian Insurance firms, Cuba, Indochina and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, very early British and American railroad stocks and so much more. Overall, you will find this auction to have a wide selection of European countries - being in Europe's capital - we only thought it to be appropriate for this auction to offer certificicates from (almost) all European countries even from those were little scripophly has been seen of.
For Belgian collectors, they will find an unusually large and exquisite offer, to be auctioned by province. Our favorites include the world's first option certificate (from 1730), a bond issued by the Staeten van Vlaanderen in 1780, an artistic share of the famous Brussels department store l'Innovation, an early Solvay bond personally signed by Alfred Solvay and an 1854 share of the Chemin de Fer d'Anvers à Rotterdam. The Belgian part of the auction ends witth some 45 certificates issued by Belgian companies who had their main business abroad - an evidence of the truly international significance of Belgian business in the late 19th and early 20th century.
On this website, you can find a lot of information on how to participate in the auction, be it live in the auction room, through absentee bidding or live on the internet (see red 'Bid Live Online' button). Feel free to contact us in case you have any questions or need assitance: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0032 9386 9091.
NEW: we decided to combine the auction with an international scripophily bourse. This bourse will take place on 2 November from 10-16h in the IBIS Expo Hotel.
Mario Boone - The Scripophily Center
1 March 2014
Dear collector, last year, we made a first list of all reference books and catalogues we can offer on scripophily. The success of this book sales list was a success beyond our expectations. Hence, we decided to update the list with some new additions (B36-B41).
We have publications for readers in Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian and Spanish. Click here for the detailed book list (PDF-format ; let us know if you have any difficulties opening the document).
1 July 2013
BOOK on Baron E. EMPAIN by J. Simar
We would like to draw your attention to our most recent publication :
Edouard Empain - esprit fécond, entrepreneur conquérant, by Jacques Simar
Baron Edouard Empain (1852-1929) is arguably Belgium's most important and internationally orientated business leader of the late 19th and early 20th century.
The book tells about his life and career: he was active in +100 companies, many of which founded by him. Empain is probably best known as the builder of the Paris Metro and the city of Heliopolis (Egypt). Yet, he also managed businesses in Belgium, China, Chili, Congo, Russia, Spain, Syria,...
The second part of the book is basically a scripophily reference catalogue, listing all known scripophily of the Empain Empire. Also, some collecting tips (incl. rarity indications) are given.
The main text is in French, but with extensive summaries in English and Dutch. The full colour book is illustrated with more than 80 certificates.
Available exclusivly from us for €30. Order by simple email to email@example.com