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The Auctions Turn Complicated

One week the auction market is progressing, albeit a bit uncertainly, and the next it’s jittery.  Around the United States folks are sitting-in and calling for jobs, European leaders are playing dodge ball with disaster, the mainland Chinese are acknowledging inflation, the heir apparent in Saudi Arabia slipped off the mortal coil, and the Khadaffi regime went kaput.  In this light the fact that some old books aren’t bringing what their owners expected is hardly unexpected.  Stock markets now regularly surge and collapse while talking heads deliver gibberish that wears thin within the day.   Book collectors are altogether a steady lot but can’t help but be affected by the gun-fire that seems to be pinging ever closer.  If there is truth to the saying it is always darkest before the dawn we can expect sunrise shortly.  In the mean time the sales, long committed and scheduled soldier on and those who stayed away can only feel regret for the opportunities missed.  The rule:  it is always good to buy when few others are willing – is still the rule.

 

For the week seventeen sales were archived, one in British Pounds and eight each in Dollars and Euros.  Turnover was $8,922,807 against the aggregate high estimate of $14,965,698.  Some weeks turnover approaches 100% of the aggregate high estimate.  This week it was 59.6%, a decidedly off week.  The weakness was at the top and we know this because the percentage of lots sold wasn’t bad – 72.6%.   When the percentage of lots sold is in the normal range [70-75%] and the total of all sales well off the high estimate – the weakness is at the top.

 

This week 7 sales reached or exceeded 100% of their aggregate high estimate:

 

Henri Godts.  Books from the 16th to 20th Centuries on 10/11:  335%;

Ader.  Sylvain Laboureur Succession:  Prints, Drawings, Modern Paintings, Books… on 10/12:  179%;

Marc van de Wiele Auctions.  Military Cartography on 10/1:  144%;

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Books from the RIKS Library on 10/20:  121%

Kapandji Morhange.  Books and Manuscripts on 10/19:  115%;

Bonhams.  SoMa Estate Books on 10/16:  104%

Swann Galleries.  Early Printed Medical and Scientific Books on 10/17:  100%

 

For the week ahead 15 sales are scheduled:

October 24th  Dorotheum:  Books and Decorative Prints [102411]

 

October 25th  Bonhams:  Prints [19353]

                        Christie’s:  Prints and Multiples [2475]

 

October 26th  Christie’s:  Prints and Multiples [2475]

                        Swann Galleries:  Old Master through Modern Prints (2258)

 

October 27th  Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling:  Classic Masters [382]

                        Sotheby’s:  Prints [NO8786]

                        Antiquanian Auctions.co.za:  Books (14a)

                        Swann Galleries: Old Master through Modern Prints … continues (2258)

 

October 28th  Alde:  Library of Lord Straboigi

                        Piasa:  Ancient, Modern and Contemporary Photographs [102811]

                        Sotheby’s:  Prints [NO8786]

 

October 29th  Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan:  Comic Strips [2002]

                        Knotty Pint Auctions:  Antique & Estate Books (102911)

 

October 30th  Bonhams:  Books and Manuscripts [19406]

Here is a link to the AE Auctions Calendar:  15 sales are scheduled.

 

  • <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
  • <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…