Auction Update Review


A Market in Transition

This past week thirteen sales were archived, seven denominated in dollars, two in British Pounds, four in Euros.  The turnover was robust:  $22,993,080 against an aggregate high estimate of $26,235,703.  Three thousand eight hundred and twenty three lots were offered and 2,920 sold for a 76% success rate.  The strength of the book market however is over stated in these numbers because Sotheby’s and Christies together raised $16.5 million in their robust New York print sales.  Swann and Bonham’s added another $1.7 and $1.6 million to the print totals.   This past week was all about images.


Bonham’s held its annual Space History sale in New York and raised $590,263 and Swann sold $385,993 of posters on May 5th.


For the week just past the following houses reached or exceeded 100% of their aggregate high estimates:


Tajan:  Archeology – Tribal Art – 136%

Bonhams:  The Space History Sale – 107%

Sotheby’s:  Prints – 102%

Piasa:  Ancient and Modern Books – 101%


Together all the archived sales achieved 88% of their aggregate high estimates.


For the coming week  the following sales will be underway, if not yet complete.

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur Poulain-F. Tajan:  May 9 and 10;

Neret – Minet  Tessier:  May 9;

Bonhams:  Photography on May 10th;

Burgerdijk & Niermans:  Books, Prints on May 10 and 11;

Paige Auction:  Sports on May 10;

Sotheby’s:  Books and Manuscripts on May 10;

Sotheby’s:  Heinz Hajek-Halk photographs on May 10th;

Sotheby’s:  Photographs on May 10;

Christie’s:  Important Livres Anciens, Livres d’Artistes et Manuscrits on May 11;

Christie’s:  Collection Michel Wittock on May 11;

Dominic Winter Book Auctions:  Printed Books & Maps, African & General Travel, Natural History, Historical Docs., Stamps, Antiquarian … on May 11;

Bloomsbury:  Continental English Literature and Manuscripts on May 12;

Christie’s:  Vintage Posters on May 12;

Dominic Winter Book Auctions:  British Topography, Maps & Decorative Prints on May 12;

Swann Galleries:  Literature, Art, Press & Illustrated Books on May 12;

Alian &b Evelyne Morel de Westgaver:  Postcards Entiers Postaux Prints & Books on May 14th

Clars Auction gallery:  Magnificent May on May 15th;

Profiles in History:  Hollywood Auction on May 14th and 15th.


It’s a busy week.


Bruce McKinney

The Americana Exchange

  • <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Newton. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. London, 1687.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Josephus. <i>De antiquitate Judaica.</i> Lubeck, 1475-76.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Carlerius. <i>Sporta fragmentorum, Sportula fragmentorum</i>. Brussels, 1478-79.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Fridolin. <i>Der Schatzbehalter</i>. Nuremberg, 1491.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Pinder. <i>Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie</i>. Nuremberg, 1505.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Isidorus Hispalensis. <i>Synonyma de Homine</i>. Nuremberg, 1470-71.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Durer. Sammelband including <i>Underweysung der messing</i>. Nuremberg, 1525-29.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Fall 2017 Auction Schedule</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 19: 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 28: Printed & Manuscript Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 5: African-American Fine Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Fall 2017 Auction Schedule</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 19:<br>Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 26: Rare & Important Travel Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Fall 2017 Auction Schedule</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 2:<br>Old Master Through Modern Prints</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 7: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Fall 2017 Auction Schedule</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 16: Contemporary Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14: Illustration Art</b>
  • <b>Announcing a new Books for Sale platform hosted by Biblio</b>
    <b>List your books simultaneously on Rare Book Hub and Biblio</b>
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…