Auction Update Review


Twenty-Two Sales Archived, 24 More Upcoming

In the run-up to summer auction houses around the world completed twenty-two sales in the category of works on paper that were archived this past week.  Eight thousand eight hundred and sixty-one lots were offered and 75% or 6,661 lots sold, raising $23.4 million dollars against their aggregate high estimates of $23.7 million.  It was another strong reporting period and evidence the market is finding a comfortable level.  Six sales were denominated in British pounds; four in dollars and a dozen is Euros.


By dollars the five largest sales were:


Christie’s.  Manuscrits, Continental English Literature, etc on May 11th:  $4,628,122;

Christie’s.  Wittock Importants Livres, Livres d’Artistes, etc on May 11th:  $2,451,116;

Sotheby’s.  Manuscripts on May 10th:  $2,256,660;

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F.Tajan.  Ancient Books on May 9th:  $2,058,776;

Alde.  Rare Ancient Books on May 6th:  $2,130,2228


Nine sales reached or exceeded 100% of their total high estimate:


Alde.  Rare Ancient Books on May 6th: 220%;

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books & Maps, African & General Travel, Natural History, Historical Docs., etc on May 11th:  137%;

Zisska & Schauer.  Books and Prints [session D] on May 6th:  119%;

Christie’s.  Collection Michel Wittock on May 11th:  119%;

Piasa.  Modern Prints, Literature; Art, Press and Illustrated Books on May 5th:  117%;

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F.Tajan.  Ancient Books on May 9th:  113%;

Zisska & Schauer.  Books and Prints [session A] on May 4th:  109%;

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Manuscripts on May 12th:  106%;

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Prints on May 12th:  105%


For all 22 sales together a remarkable 99% of the aggregate high estimates were achieved.


For the coming week the auction schedule continues to be robust.  Twenty-four events are scheduled.


Christie’s Photographs on May 17th;

Henri Godts’ Books from the XVIth to the XXth Centuries on May 17th;

Rubert Toovey’s Antiquarian & Collectors’ Books, etc on May 17th;

Ader:  Weapons and Historic Memories on May 18th;

Bloomsbury Auctions’ Photographs on May 18th;

Dominic Winter’s Collectors Sale:  Aviation and Transport on May 18th;

Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts on May 18th;

Bonham’s Photographs on May 19th;

Christie’s Americana:  Printed and Manuscript on May 19th;

Dominic Winter’s Collectors Sale:  Medals, Uniforms & Militaria on May 19th;

Hauff and Auvermann:  Part I – Rare Books, Autographs and Engravings on May 19th;

PBA:  Rare Americana – Travel & Exploration – Maps & Atlases on May 19th;

Swann Galleries:  Important Photobooks & Photographs on May 19th;

Bloomsbury Auctions:  Photographs on May 20th;

Coutau-Begarie:  Historical, Military Souveniers on May 20th;

Hauff and Auvermann:  Part II – Rare Books, Autographs and Engravings on May 20th;

Le Libraire Alain Ferraton:  Ancient & Modern Books – Drawings & Prints on May 20th;

Sotheby’s:  The James S. Copley Library – third section on May 20th;

Sotheby’s:  John Lansing’s Notes from the United States Constitutional Convention May 20th;

Alde:  Ancient and Modern Books on May 21st;

Hauff and Auvermann:  Part III – Modern Literature, Posters, Modern Art on May 21st;

Heritage Auctions:  Dallas Grand Format Americana & Political Memorabilia Auction on May 21st;

Le Libraire Alain Ferraton:  Ancient & Modern Books – Drawings & Prints – Second Section on May 21st;

Bonhams’ Books and Manuscripts on May 22nd

Bruce McKinney
May 15, 2011

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500
  • <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>