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The Battle is Joined

You can be forgiven for thinking yourself Francis Scott Key, the night is afire with explosions and you’re humming a tune for the first time that will become the Star Spangled Banner.  It was that kind of week.  Well almost.  We aren’t yet seeing the heavy artillery but the flow of material into the rooms is now fast paced.  Six thousand eight hundred and ninety-eight lots were offered and 5,160 sold.  Not so long ago 18,000 lots for books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera were recorded on average in an entire year.  We’ll see that many lots change hands this month while recording the fates of another 6,000 to 8,000 unsold items.  The auctions are vibrant as supply and demand wage protracted warfare and prices continue to adjust.  The rooms are the battleground.

 

For the week 22 sales were archived:  7 in dollars, 6 in Euros, 7 in British Pounds and one each in Swiss Francs and Mexican Pesos.  Sales totaled $14,764,787, 79% of the aggregate high estimate - $18,802,180.

 

Photographs dominated the sales.  Christie’s hammered down $6,816,000 on October 6th, Sotheby’s $5,523,000 on October 5th.  Increasingly auctions are selling a wider array of works on paper.

 

Five auctions had sales in excess of 100% of their aggregate high estimate:

 

Keys Fine Arts:  Book Days II – 317%;

Rupert Toovey and Co.:  Postcards, Photos, Autographs, and Ephemera – 214%;

Dorotheum:  Posters, Advertising Art, Comics, Film and Photo-history – 142%;

Galerie Bassange:  Architektural Photography – 109%;

Bonhams:  Travel and Photography – 104%

 

For the week ahead – 8 sales are scheduled:

 

October 10th  Bonhams:  Fine Books and Manuscripts [19421]

 

October 11th  Henri Godts Books & Prints Auctions:  Books from the 16th to 20th Centuries [16122]
Bloomsbury Auctions:  Books (Roma 61)

 

October 12th  Doyle New York:  Doyle at Home [101211]
Ader:  Laboureur Succession - Prints, Drawings, Modern Paintings, Books (17493);

 

October 13th  Bloomsbury Auctions:  Prints [13475]

                        Doyle New York:  The Arthur Rothstein Photograph Collection [101311]

 

October 14th  Piasa:  Comics [101411]

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

October 9th, 2011

  • <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…
  • <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>