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Articles - November - 2012 Issue

Auctions in November

Collision

Buyers and sellers in the rooms in November

Heading into November 115 auction events are scheduled.  This compares with 91 in November 2011.  Through August this year 179,000 lots have been archived, a 29.7% increase from the 138,000 offered in the January-August period in 2011.  If this percentage of increase holds the full year will see 317,558 lots pass through the rooms, an increase of 72,718.  There is much talk of a generally weakening market but no evidence of it in the rooms.

Within the day-to-day numbers there is also significant change.  Not so long ago bidders attended auctions personally to bid on many lots.  To accommodate this practice houses choose open days to avoid scheduling conflicts.  This year on two November days 11 or more sales are scheduled and on average 3.6 sales scheduled every day.  This suggests a strong and continuing shift of focus to the material wherever it is offered.  Where it is offered is becoming somewhat less important.  To accommodate broader participation auctions are increasingly attended electronically and by phone.  The physical events, with the exception of stellar sales, are becoming less important.

As to what’s apparent from the comparative data – a look back suggests lot values are holding steady but continue to be at the low end of the 5-year range, a good performance given that the number of opportunities to buy is way up.  That more bidders are competing seems logical but is only circumstantially confirmed.

Taken together the shift to the bid-ask model seems well underway.  It’s not inevitable but at this point is logical.

On the calendar linked at the bottom of this page sales in green are fully searchable both through the keyword and advanced searches.  Other sales are loaded daily.  Further sales, as identified, will be added to the calendar as the month progresses.

Questions about lots should be directed to the auction house.

The schedule as of October 27th:

Thurs. Nov. 1
st Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile Sale [35991].  417 lots

                              Christie’s.  Vintage Posters in London [7303].  261 lots

                              Heritage Auctions.  Rare Book online bidding ending Nov.1st [201244].

                              Sotheby’s.  Prints [NO8896].

Fri. Nov. 2nd  Aspire Auctions.  Prints ending Nov. 2nd.

                              Bloomsbury Auctions.  Old Master to 20th Century Prints & Drawings and Vintage Posters [35990].

                          Heritage Auctions.  Space Exploration [6082].

                              Sotheby’s.  Prints [NO8896].

Sat. Nov. 3rd      Heritage Auctions.  Americana and Political Memorabilia [6092].

Mon. Nov. 5th  Doyle New York.  Books, Photographs and Prints [110512].

Tues. Nov. 6th  Amsterdam Book Auctions.  Books, prints, comics, posters [18].

                              Rupert Toovey & Co.  Photographs, Ephemera [1083].

Wed. Nov. 7th   Audap & Mirabaud.  Books [19716].

                              Bonhams.  Photographs [20022].

                              Bonhams.  Sporting Sale [19873].

                            Leslie Hindman.  Fine Books and Manuscripts [216].

                            Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts, Incunabula [60].

Thurs. Nov. 8th  Aguttes.  Books, Posters, Photos [20050].

                              Bloomsbury Auctions.  Sporting Goods [35993].

                            De Baecque & Associes.  Books, Comic Books and Autographs [20158].

                            Dorotheum.  Prints [9737].

                              Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books internet bidding ending today

                              PBA Galleries.  Rare Books and Manuscripts [492].

                              Swann Galleries.  Rare & Important Travel Posters [2293].

                              Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts, Incunabula [60].

Fri. Nov. 9th    Librairie Loeb-Larocque.  Antique Maps – Old Books [110912].

                              Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts, Incunabula [60].

Sat. Nov. 10th    Clars Auction Gallery.  Photographs, Prints, Special Collection [111012].

                            Cottone.  Prints [67].

                              Dirk Soulis Auctions.  Prints [33820].

Sun. Nov. 11th  Bonhams.  Prints [20069].

                              Bruun Rasmussen.  Books [1245].

Mon. Nov. 12th  Artcurial Bries-Le Fur-Poulain. Tajan.  Historic Memories and Antiques Arms [19575].

                              Bonhams.  Prints [20069].

                              Christie’s.  Andy Warhol Benefit [2766].

                            Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Comic Strips [14093].

Tues. Nov. 13th  Bonhams.  Books, Maps and Manuscripts [20139].

                            Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books [336].

                            Galerie Koller.  Books [651].

Wed. Nov. 14th  Bloomsbury Auctions.  Old Master to 20th Century Prints & Drawings and Vintage Posters [35990].

                              Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books [336].

                              Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents [111412].

                              Freeman’s.  Pennsylvania Sale [1446].

                                Freeman’s.  Historic Muhlenberg Property from a Private Collection [1446A].

Thurs. Nov. 15th  Bloomsbury Auctions.  Old Master to 20th Prints & Drawings and Vintage Posters [35990].

                              Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  The Collectors Sale:  Aviation, Motoring and other Transport [111512].

                              Heritage Auctions.  Comics and Comic Art [7066].

                              Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books Internet bidding ends today

                              Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Photographs and Books [14094].

                              PBA Galleries.  Rare Manuscripts and Archives [493].

                              Piasa.  Ancient and Modern Prints [19944].

                              Profiles in History.  Historical Documents [111512].

                              Skinner, Inc.  Fine Books and Manuscripts [2620M].

                              Sotheby’s.  Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History [L12405].

                              Swann Galleries.  American Art * Contemporary Art [2294].

Fri. Nov. 16th  Christie’s.  Photographs [3514].

                              Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  The Collector’s Sale:  Militaria, Railway Part V [111612].

                              Heritage Auctions.  Comics and Comic Art [7066].

                              Sotheby’s.  Photographs [PF1222].

                              Romantic Agony.  Books and Prints [49].

Sat Nov. 17th    Addison and Sarova.  Rare and Fine Books [1002].

                            Christie’s.  Photographs [3514].

                              Heritage Auctions.  Photographs [5119].

                              Romantic Agony.  Books and Prints [49].

Sun. Nov. 18th  Bonhams.  Prints [20070].

                              ERA Encheres.  Rare and Ancient Books about Regionalism [18804].

                            National Book Auctions.  Books, Art, Ephemera, and Collectibles [111812].

                              Piasa.  Herge:  Comic Strips [20011].

                              Skinner, Inc.  Fine Books and Manuscripts [2621B].

Mon. Nov. 19th  Alde.  Modern Illustrated Books; Children’s Books [19725].

                              Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Rare Books [397].

                              Sotheby’s.  Books and Manuscripts [PF1213].

Tues. Nov. 20th  Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Rare Books [397].

                              Swann Galleries.  19th & 20th Century Literature [2295].

Wed. Nov. 21st  Bloomsbury Auctions.  Antiquarian Books:  The Property of a Collector, Part II [35999].

                            Christie’s.  Valuable Books and Manuscripts [5960].

                              Pierre Berge & Associes.  Books [19689].

Thurs. Nov. 22nd Aguttes.  Books [14165].

                              Bloomsbury Auctions.  Photographs [Roma-83].

                              Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books Internet bidding ending today [201247].

Fri. Nov. 23rd    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Photographs [35995].

                            Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Old Master Prints [394].

                            Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  East Anglia [1011].

Sat. Nov. 24th    Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Comics [19577].

                            ERA Encheres.  Rare and Ancient Books about Regionalism [18804].

Tues. Nov. 27th  Bonhams.  Printed Books and Maps [19851].

                            Bonhams.  Prints [20274].

                            Bruun Rasmussen.  Books [1248].

                            Bubb Kuyper.  Books, Manuscripts and Graphic Arts [56].

                          Christie’s.  Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts [7558].

                            Sotheby’s.  Musical Manuscripts and Continental Books {l12406].

                          Tajan.  Modern and Contemporary Photographs [9746].

Wed. Nov. 28th  Alde.  Antiquarian Photographs, Historical Documents [19726].

                              Bubb Kuyper.  Books, Manuscripts and Graphic Arts [56].

                              Christie’s.  Fine Books and Manuscripts [7558].

                            Sotheby’s.  Musical Manuscripts and Continental Books [l12406].

Thurs. Nov. 29th  Alde.  Documents; Artistic and Literary Autographs [19727].

                            AntiquarianAuctions.com.  Rare Books – online bidding starts today [23].

                          Bloomsbury Auctions.  Important Books & Manuscripts [36002].

                            Bonhams.  Marcus, The Property of Lord Mowbray and Stourton & The Honorable James Stourton [20558].

                              Bubb Kuyper.  Books, Manuscripts and Graphic Arts [56].

                              Christie’s.  An Important Collection of Russian Books and Manuscripts with Imperial Provenance [6769].

                            De Baecque & Associes.  Photography [19677].

                              Galerie Bassenge.  Prints [100h].

                              Heritage Auctions.  Vintage Movie Posters [7067].

                          Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books online bidding ends today [201248].

                          Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Books – Day 1 [1052].

                            PBA Galleries.  Fine Americana – African American History – Cartography [494]

                            Swann Galleries.  Autographs [2296].

Fri.  Nov. 27th    Bubb Kuyper.  Books, Manuscripts and Graphic Arts [56]

                              Heritage Auctions.  Vintage Movie Posters [7067]

                            Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Books – Day 2 [1053]

                            Rossini.  Books [20030]

The AE Auction Calendar and Search Page

 

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  • <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Published Half Plate Ambrotype of a North Carolina Confederate Officer. $2,000 to $4,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two 19th Century Books Pertaining to Canada's Red River Settlement. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two Books With Fore-Edge Paintings of British Architectual Landmarks. $400 to $600
    <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), "Torte a la Dobosch" from <i>Wild Raspberries</i>. $1,000 to $3,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990), <i>Pop Shop II,</i> One Plate screenprint in colors, on wove paper, 1998. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Thomas Rowlandson (British, 1756-1827), Twenty-Two Prints from the <i>Tours of Dr. Syntax</i>. $500 to $1,000
  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> After Fra Egnazio Danti. <i>L'Ultime Parti not:e nel Indie Occid:ntli" [The last known parts of the Western Indies].</i> Painted Map of California, Western Mexico, and Japan. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Ptolemaeus, Claudius. <i>Geographie opus nouissima...</i> 1513. The most important edition of Ptolemy, containing the Admiral's Map. $250,000 to $350,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> De Arellano, Don Alonso. Manuscript, his <i>"Relación mui singular y circunstanciada... Capitán del Patax San Lucas,"</i> manuscript copy from the Sir Thomas Phillips collection. $50,000 to $80,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Purchas, Samuel. <i>Purchas his Pilgrimes.</i> First edition. With John Simth's engraved map of Virginia. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. $2,000 to $3,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Franklin H. Brown, <i>State Sovereignty, National Union,</i> Chicago, 1860. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b><br>The Aitken Bible, Philadelphia, 1781. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francisco Loubayssin de Lamarca, probable first edition of the first novel set in the Spanish New World, Paris, 1617. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Juan de la Anunciación, <i>Sermonario en lengua mexicana,</i> first edition, first book of sermons in Nahuatl, Mexico, 1577. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Maturino Gilberti, <i>Thesoro spiritual en lengua de Mechuacá,</i> first edition, Mexico, 1558. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Commission of William O. Stoddard as secretary to the president, signed by Lincoln, Washington, 1861. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> <i>Clay and Frelinghuysen,</i> flag banner, circa 1844. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Daguerreotype of a man believed to be Frederick Granger Williams Smith, son of Joseph Smith, circa late 1850s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> John C. Wolfe, <i>Portrait of Abraham Lincoln,</i> oil on board in period wooden frame, circa 1860s. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Family letters from two young daguerreotype artists, 1826-79. $10,000 to $15,000.

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