Auction Update Review

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A Workman-like Performance

For the week ending October 15th eight auctions were archived:  one in British Pounds, two in Euros and five in US Dollars.  Three thousand one hundred and nineteen lots were offered and 2,228 lots sold for a 71.4% success rate.  Turnover was $3,004,448, 85% of the aggregate of the high estimates.  Two sales stood out.  Doyle New York, working to develop a vibrant trade in works on papers offered the Arthur Rothstein Collection of Photography.  Its 165 lots were conservatively estimated and brought 233% of their high estimate.  For both consignors, bidders and Doyle the sale must have been exhilarating.  Such events are very good for the field.   The other outstanding sale was Bonham’s sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts in New York on October 10th.  They sold a potpourri of material successfully.  Any more the auction equation is good material, good presentation and extensive promotion to bring together buyers and material.  It’s not magic but it is skillful.

 

For the week two sales reached or exceeded 100% of their aggregate high estimates:

 

Doyle New York.  The Arthur Rothstein Collection of Photography:  233%

Alde.  The Pierre Jean Remy Library:  138%

 

For the week ahead 12 sales are scheduled:

 

October 17th Christie’s:  Interieurs [1013]

 

October 18th  Bonhams:  The Robert H. and Donna L. Jackson Collection Part 1:  19th Century Literature [19545]

                        Sothebys:  Safra Collection [NO8822]

 

October 19th  Galerie Bassenge:  Books [98b]

                        Kapandji Morhange:  Books and Manuscripts [17312]

 

October 20th  Bloomsbury Auctions:  Books from the RICS Library [35845]

                        Galerie Bassenge:  Books [98b]

                        Sothebys:  Library of an English Bibliophile, Pt. II [NO8768]

 

October 21st   Freeman’s [Samuel T. Freeman & Co.]:  Photographs & Photobooks [1142]

                        Gallerie Bassenge:  Books [98b]

 

October 22nd  Alde:  Library Claude L. [17317]

                        Gallerie Bassenge:  Books [98b]

 

Through all the financial mayhem of gyrating exchange rates, political uncertainty, and the vicissitudes of life the auctions are delivering results that make sense.  The field is durable.

  • <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…