Auction Update Review

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The Flurry before Summer

Fifteen sales were archived, 7,186 lots offered and 4,243 lots sold.  Auction houses have been selling 70% + this spring so this counts as a tough week.  It’s not unexpected however.  The auction market, heading into summer, is already thinking about fall and beginning to look past the summer doldrums which may be setting in early.   What with default prospects in Greece back in the headlines and unemployment rates in the United States back over 9% its easy to imagine that bibliophiles could be distracted.  Total turnover was substantial - $14 million.  Had a higher percentage of lots sold $17 million could easily have changed hands.  It turns out the auctions, even on an off week, are robust.

 

Behind the numbers there is evidence of what many in the trade have been saying for sometime:  expensive material is selling and less expensive material is not.  That’s in line with this week’s results – total sales approaching the aggregate high estimate of all lots offered while only 59% of all lots sold.  The desirable, rare and exceptionally valuable changed hands while the lesser lights did less well.

 

No single week provides more than anecdotal information however.  In the auction field it takes three months to confirm which way the wind is blowing.

 

Of the 15 sales archived only three reached or exceeded 100% of their aggregate high estimates.

 

Bonhams.  Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs on June 7th – 181%,

 

Sotheby’s.  Music and Continental Books and Manuscripts on June 8th – 120%,

 

Galerie Bassange.  15th – 19th Century Prints on May 26th, 100%

 

These houses are doing consistently well.

 

For the week ahead 15 sales are scheduled:

 

Monday June 13th                 Christie’s.  Books

Wednesday June 15th          Christie’s.  Vintage Film Posters

                                                Dominic Winter.  Printed Books and Maps

Thursday June 16th              Dominic Winter.  Children’s and Illustrated Books

PBA Galleries.  Fine Literature, Illustrated and Children’s Books

Friday June 17th                   Kiefer – Buch – und Kunstauktionen.  Books [77a]

Le Libraure Alain Ferraton.  Ancient & Modern Books – Drawings & Prints – first vacation

                                                Sotheby’s.  Fine Books and Manuscripts

                                                The Romantic Agony.  Books

Saturday June 18th               Coutau-Begarie.  Comics

                                                Kiefer – Buch – und Kunstauktionen.   Books [77b]

                                                Kiefer – Buch – und Kunstauktionen.   Books [77c]

Le Libraire Alain Ferraton.  Ancient & Modern Books – Drawings & Prints – first vacation

                                                The Romantic Agony.  Books

Sunday June 19th                  Bonhams.  Sunset Estates – Books and Manuscripts

 

Even into the inevitable summer slowdown the pace of auctions continue to be brisk.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

June 12th, 2011

  • <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>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</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…
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Keep Calm and Carry On</i>, designer unknown, 1939. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, <i>Le Journal / La Traite des Blanches</i>, 1899. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>"Let Us Go Forward Together,"</i> designer unknown, 1940. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, <i>Babylone d'Allemagne</i>, 1894. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Frank Beatty, <i>Out of the Running</i>, 1929. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Wake Up America Day</i>, 1917. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Danté / Sim • Sala • Bim!</i>, designer unknown. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>[Zodiac]</i>, 1900. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Rick Griffin, <i>Jimi Hendrix Experience / John Mayall</i>, 1968. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Abram Games, <i>Join the ATS</i>, 1941. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Aldo Mazza, <i>Torino / Esposizione Internazionale</i>, 1911. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Robert Motherwell, <i>Julliard School / Dedication - Lincoln Center</i>, 1969. $3,000 to $4,000