No fewer than 173 books by 111 illustrators, published by 43 different houses, were submitted in the Israel Museum's annual competition for the Ben-Yitzhak illustration award. This year's panel of jurors (Nurit Shilo-Cohen, Michel Kichka, Yigal Zalmona and Rachel Elior) did not award a Gold Medal. But Honorable Mentions (Silver Medals) were awarded to Gilad Soffer (O Brother, Am Oved); Rutu Modan (Who Drank My Juice?, Sifriat Hapoalim); Natalie Pudalov (Zevuva Zamzuma, Keter); Ofra Amit (The Hens and the Fox, Zivlin Books); and Gil-ly Alon Curiel (Behind the Peaches Curtain, Hakibbutz Hameuhad). Topping estimates at Tiroche Part One of the giant sale at Tiroche of Herzliya this month produced a turnover of $1.1m., with 70 percent of the lots selling, not bad considering that there were no blockbusters. Part Two of the sale of another 450 lesser lots brought an additional $127,000. The Vilmos Perlrott-Csaba, A Bridge in Paris (which brought many bids from Eastern Europe), soared to nearly nine times its estimate to top the sale at $52,900. Reuven Rubin's Vase of Flowers (est. $25,000-$30,000) went for $39,100. A trite but historic relief by Boris Schatz, The Shofar Blower ($4,000-$6,000), sold for $14,950. Exile, attributed to Shmuel Hirschenberg, sold for $25,300 and the Zvi Malnovizer, Lag Ba'omer in Mount Meron, went beyond its best estimate at $19,550. The unusual Reuven Rubin watercolor Flowers and Chess Board set a record for the painter's work on paper, doubling its lower estimate at a fine $29,900. Also topping their rosiest estimates were Chana Orloff's Nue dans Un Fauteuil, which sold for $21,850; Jean-Pierre Cassigneul's Woman with Hat, which doubled its estimate at $13,225; and Lea Nikel's abstract, which rose to $20,700. All of the results can be viewed on the Tiroche Web site.