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Auctions in August


The August Auction Calendar

August is the doldrums of the book, manuscript, map and ephemera field, or so it used to be.  But not so much anymore.


This August 51 sales are scheduled, up from 46 in 2013.  Less than 10 years ago the number of August sales AE covered was in the single digits.  The auction market is growing and bidders understand the lights never go out anymore on the opportunities to bid.


The August auctions include both the usual and some unusual opportunities.  This is the time of year for some experimentation.  Look the list over:

Fri. Aug. 1st 
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books - Day 2. 242 lots 
Grogan and Company. Dedham. The Estate of Celia Thaxter Hubbard - Prints, Photos, Ephemera

Sat. Aug. 2nd 
Northeast Auctions. Portsmouth. ANNUAL SUMMER AMERICANA AUCTION. 36 lots 

Sun. Aug. 3rd 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 7/27
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/27

Tue. Aug. 5th 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 48 lots 

Wed. Aug. 6th 
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, Prints. 71 lots 
Swann Galleries. New York. Vintage Posters. 500 lots 
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 416 lots 
Doyle New York. New York. End of Summer Sale - Prints

Thu. Aug. 7th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics. 1695 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/31

Fri. Aug. 8th 
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Pictures and Prints. 6 lots 

Sat. Aug. 9th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Entertainment
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Books and Prints

Sun. Aug. 10th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 8/3
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/3
Skinner. Marlborough. August Americana - Prints. 2 lots 

Mon. Aug. 11th 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 6 lots 
Skinner. Marlborough. August Online - Internet Bidstart 8/4. 11 lots 

Tue. Aug. 12th 
Rupert Toovey and Co. West Sussex. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Japanese Art - Prints. 229 lots 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Danish antiquarian bookshop with 20-25.000 book titles.. 1 lots 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 49 lots 

Wed. Aug. 13th 
Rupert Toovey and Co. West Sussex. Prints
RR Auction. Amherst. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 7/25. 1105 lots 

Thu. Aug. 14th 
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Americana with Cartography
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 8/7
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Asian Art - Books and Prints
Lyon and Turnbull. Edinburgh. Contemporary and Post-War Art - Prints

Fri. Aug. 15th 
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Prints

Sun. Aug. 17th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 8/10
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/10
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books, Art, Ephemera, and Collectible

Tue. Aug. 19th 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Fine Art, Asian and Antiques

Thu. Aug. 21st 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 8/14
RR Auction. Amherst. Animation Auction - Online bidstart 8/14. 497 lots 

Sat. Aug. 23rd 
Addison and Sarova. Macon. Rare Books in All Fields. 131 lots 

Sun. Aug. 24th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 8/17
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/17

Mon. Aug. 25th 
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. World at War - Ephemera - Internet bidstart 8/14

Tue. Aug. 26th 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints

Wed. Aug. 27th 
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Antiquarian Books - Internet bidstart 8/21
Morton Casa de Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Documents, Prints and Books

Thu. Aug. 28th 
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Books in All Fields
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 8/21

Fri. Aug. 29th 
Skinner. Marlborough. Discovery - Online Auction - Prints Bidstart 8/21

Sun. Aug. 31st 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 8/24
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/24


As to what 51 suggests about the November peak in the fall sales the ratio is usually 3 to 1.  If this holds we’ll see 150 sales in November or a new sale starting every 4.8 hours.  So get some sleep.


Here is a link to the AE Auction Section.

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  • 20 Jul 2016, starts at 1pm EDT, NY
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Full scale vintage <i>Sputnik-1</i> EMC/EMI Lab Model, with live transmitter. US$ 10,000-15,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Flown SOYUZ-3 space navigation indicator with unflown on-ground transformer. <br>US$ 30,000-40,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Flown on SOYUZ 9<br>An exhaustive manuscript on life in space. [Trans: On-Board Flight Journal for Spacecraft Soyuz-9, 1970]. US$ 6,000-9,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> SOYUZ 18? Flown Navigation Celestial Globe. Soyuz 18 lasted from May 24-July 26, 1975. US$ 30,000-40,000
    20 Jul 2016, starts at 1pm EDT, NY
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Flown Space Suit from ISS Expidition 6. Worn by Flight Engineer Don Pettit on his dramitic return to earth. US$ 25,000-35,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Original Gemini 133P Trainer Assembly Five Part Electrical System & Attitude Maneuver ... US$ 60,000-90,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Lunar Rover Development. Collection of 11 vintage gelatin silver prints and 4 vintage NASA lithographs. <br>US$ 2,000-3,000.
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Lunar Orbiter I. The first image of the earth as seen from the moon. Gelatin silver print. August 23, 1966. US$ 2,500-3,500
    20 Jul 2016, starts at 1pm EDT, NY
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Michael Collins' Flown Crew-Signed Apollo 11 Emblem. One of the very few Armstrong signed mission artifacts. US$ 50,000-70,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Flown Apollo 11 Navigational Chart. Taken to Lunar surface mapping the start of the <br>first manned lunar descent. <br>US$ 25,000-35,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> FFlown Apollo 11 Flight Plan Sheetmission Day One. Some of the first words and data values written by Neil Armstrong. US$ 18,000-25,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Apollo 12 - Alan Bean in the Ocean of Storms. Signed and inscribed by Bean. <br>US$ 2,000-3,000
  • <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Leaves from<br>George Washington's Own Draft <br>of His first Inaugural Address. An Extraordinary Rarity!
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Declaration of Independence: Benjamin Tyler 1818 - First Print with Facsimile Signatures.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Thomas Jefferson Signed Act of Contress Authorizing Alexander Hamilton to Complete Famous Portland Maine Lighthouse.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Emanuel Leutze. Silk Flag Banner designed by Leutze, created by Tiffany & Co., and presented to Gen. John A. Dix, 1864.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> The "greatest of early American maps … a masterpiece" (Corcoran). Thomas Holme.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Lincoln Summons His Cabinet for a Historic Meeting to Discuss Compensated Emancipation.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Albert Einstein. Autograph Letter Signed. Einstein Counsels His Son ... Meaning of Life.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Normal Rockwell. Painting/Drawing Signed. Rockwell's "Barbeshop Quartet", 1936.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Frederick Douglass. Autograph Letter Signed to unknown correspondent. Washington, D.C.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Harry Truman. Autograph Manuscript Notebook for Kansas City Law School Night Class.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Robert E. Lee. Autograph Letter Signed, June 11, 1782. Hours after the Battle of Culpeper Court House, Lee Escapes Again.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> George Washington. Letter Signed, as Commander-in-Chief, Continental Army, to Elias Dayton, Headquarters, [Newburgh, N.Y.], June 11, 1782.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec,<br><i>The Chap Book</i>, 1896.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec,<br><i>Troupe de Mlle Églantine</i>, 1896.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>Philippe Henri Noyer, <br><i>Limonade Brault</i>, 1938. <br>$4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b> <br><i>The Great Men of the World</i>,<br>designer unknown, circa 1945-46. <br>$7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>James Montgomery Flagg,<br><i>Wake Up, America!</i>, 1917.<br>$4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>Alfred F. Burke, <i>Share / Jewish <br>Relief Campaign</i>, circa 1915.<br>$3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>Ludwig Hohlwein, <i>Marke Pkz / <br>Burger - Kehl & Co.</i>, circa 1911. <br>$8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b> <br>Gian Emilio Malerba,<i> E.A. Mele / Modo e Novita per Signora</i>, circa 1900. $7,000 to $10,000.
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, Chicago, 1968). <i>Collection of papers of John M. Bailey, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, concerning the convention</i>. Various places, 1968.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (ARMSTRONG, NEIL.) VERNE, JULES. <i>A Trip to the Moon.</i> New York: F. M. Lupton, September 9, 1893. Signed by Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> KEY, FRANCIS SCOTT. <i>A Celebrated Patriotic Song, the Star Spangled Banner.</i> 1814.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> [COLUMBUS, CHRISTOPHER, Amerigo Vespucci ..] Bernardus Albingaunensis .. Dialogo nuperrime edito Genue in 1512.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (WATKINS, TABER &c.). <i>An album of 32 photographs of the Yosemite and American West Various places</i>, c. 1890s
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (BATTLE OF CONCORD.) <i>Powder horn used by Minuteman Oliver Buttrick at the Battle of Concord</i>, April 19, 1775.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (CIVIL WAR.) <i>An Extraordinary Confederate Photograph and Autograph Album of Dr. R. L. C. White</i>, 125 original mounted salt prints. 1859-61.

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