Ian Ehling joined the Christie's Books and Manuscripts department in 1993 after working with major book dealers in Germany and New York. His area of expertise is printed books, specifically Continental books, including natural history, scientific, and travel literature.
Ian has catalogued books in more than 80 sales, including The Haskell F. Norman Library of Science and Medicine ($18 million, 1998); The Estelle Doheny Collection ($5.5 million, 2001); the Sachsen-Meiningen Set of Audubon's The Birds of America ($5.8 million, 2004); the Bibliotheca Bibliographica Breslaueriana ($5.5 million, 2005); the Cornelius J. Hauck Collection of the History of the Book ($10.5 million, 2006); and the Frank S. Streeter Library of Important Books on Navigation, Pacific Voyages, Cartography, and Science ($16.5 million, 2007).
Ian has also overseen numerous successful consignments and institutional sales including the three-part single-owner sale of The Detective Fiction Library of Richard M. Lackritz ($780,000, 2002) Ñ setting a world record for a single-owner sale in that genre; atlases from the Free Library of Philadelphia which was 100% sold ($1.7 million, 2003); and travel literature from the library of the South American collector Horacio Zorraquin Becu ($340,000, 2004).
Ian has been a member of the Grolier Club since 1999. Ian is fluent in English and German.