Auction Update Review
For the week ending Saturday October 30th eleven sales were archived; four in US dollars and seven in Euros. Total turnover was $26,543,140 against the aggregate high estimate of $36,340,918. Half of the dollars changed hands at Christie’s and Sotheby’s print sales which together raised $15,243,591. Other print sales were also robust; Swann’s Old Master through Modern Prints sale that made $2,770,420 and Bonham’s which raised $1,742,191 in their print sale.
For the sales reported 15,266 lots were offered and 8,273 sold. The percentage of lots selling was a relatively low 54%.
For the week only one sale reached 100% of its aggregate high estimate:
Alain & Evelyne Morel de Westgaver. Postcards, Books and Prints on October 25th: 144%
For the week ahead ten sales are scheduled:
October 30th Bonhams. Books and Manuscripts (19406)
November 1st Bonhams. Photographs (19225)
Rupert Toovey and Co. Ephemera (994)
November 2nd Christie’s. Photographs (3695)
November 3rd Hauff and Auvermann. Rare Books, Autographs and Engravings (65a)
PBA Galleries. Natural History – Medicine – Cartography (446)
Swann Galleries. Autographs (2259)
November 4th Hauff and Auvermann. Rare Books, Autographs and Engravings (65b)
Librairie Loeb-Laroque. Antique Maps – Old Books – Travel – Atlases (110411)
November 5th Hauff and Auvermann. Modern Literature, Posters, Modern Art (65c)
We are living in interesting times.