Silent Auction

The current Silent Auction runs until

TUESDAY, June 13, 2023 at 6:00 PM

Every month, the Friends hold a Silent Auction of interesting, unusual, and nearly-new books.

Great for gifts, collections, and deals on current reads.

Item #1 The Bastard Brigade 
Gripping, untold story of a renegade group called the Alsos Mission, composed of scientists and spies, including Joe Kennedy Jr, who prevented Hitler’s development of a nuclear bomb.  Exc condition. Great gift! Internet value: $15-20 
Starting bid: $8 Minimum raise: $5

Item #2 American Hot Rod  
Based on the Discovery Channel TV series where Boyd Coddington & crew built custom vehicles in La Habra, California. History of hot rods, street rods, custom cars. 240 pp, color photos, leather binding. Internet value: $20-50 Starting bid: $15 Minimum raise: $5

Item #3 Birds of Northern California & North America Field Guide 
Field Guide includes CD of calls & songs of 138 species + 2 photos of every bird. Birds includes 324 species, 350 color photos, 325+ maps. Internet value for both: $30-55
Starting bid: $15  Minimum raise: $5

Item #4 Beautiful Edible Garden
On Amazon list of best garden books. Beautifully photographed, explains not only how to grow organic but also create year-round beauty. Written by landscape designers for spaces from large to tiny. Internet value: $15. Another special gift idea.
Starting bid: $8 Minimum raise: $5

Item #5  Mastering the Art of French Cooking     Vol 1 (11th ed, 2009)
This is the “Bible” that made Julia Child famous in its entirety –  all 524 recipes and more than 100 illustrations. LIKE NEW CONDITION. (See full page description)  Internet value: $20-30
Starting bid: $10 Minimum raise: $5

Item #6 Anders Zorn (1860-1920)
Zorn, one of Sweden’s most beloved artists, was world famous in 1900, but his realistic style and subject — portraits of the rich & famous (3 US presidents) lost prominence. Since most of his work remains in Sweden, it took a major exhibit at the SF Legion of Honor to reignite interest in his work. Internet value: $40-60
Starting bid: $15 Minimum raise: $5

Item #7 An Hour From Paris + Phrase Book + Walks Through Lost Paris
Hour has 20 destinations in the Ile de France countryside 1 hour away by train … chateaux, old towns, iconic restaurants. Maps & color photos. Walks includes maps for 4 different tours of Paris as it was before 1853-70, when the city was rebuilt. Maps, 100s of color photos. Internet value: $25-40
Starting bid: $15 Minimum raise: $5

Item #8 The Perfect Horse
“Deftly told tale of a little-known WWII mission to save some of the world’s finest-bred horses in the war’s final days that inspired men to reclaim their humanity.” “History lovers as well as horse buffs will enjoy this amazing tale.” This is definitely a perfect gift! Internet value: $10-15 Starting bid: $8   Minimum raise: $5

Item #9    Three Children’s Favorites
Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella & Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
. All pristine condition. Alice has gorgeous watercolor illustrations; the others have b & w silhouettes. Internet value: $24-40
Starting bid: $12 Minimum raise: $5

THESE BOOKS MAY BE PERFECT FOR THAT HARD-TO-BUY-FOR PERSON ON YOUR GIFT LIST. Don’t forget to check out the selection in the display case next to the front desk when you visit the library.

DETAILS – Every month, the Friends hold a Silent Auction.  Interesting, unusual, and nearly-new books are continuously offered.  Bidders determine the prices.  To bid, just enter your bid amount in the red binder hanging at the Silent Auction display case in the Library.  Bids typically increase in $5 increments.  Be sure to stop by the library to see if you have competition, and raise your bid if needed to win the item.  Winning bidders are notified by phone.  Take a look the next time you visit the library!