Auction Update Review


Count down

For the week ending Saturday November 12th nineteen auctions were archived; four in British Pounds, eight in Euros and seven in Dollars.  Five thousand and fifty three lots were offered and 3,746 sold for a 74% success rate.  Total turnover was $15,758,205 against the aggregate high estimate of $19,004,566:  83%.  Sotheby’s completed three sales in this category and accounted for $7,943,675 of the week’s turnover:


Rare Books from an Amateur’s Library on November 9th:  $1,839,892

Books and Manuscripts on November 9th:  $3,523,234

Photographs on November 11th:  $2,580,549


Theirs was an exceptional performance.


Doyle New York also delivered back-to-back first tier performances as well:


Books, Photographs & Prints on November 7th:  $2,171,081

Prints and Books from the Creedmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation Trust:  $568,900


In the changing alchemy of the New York auction market Doyle, with these sales, is delivering results commensurate with the top New York houses, further confirming New York’s dominance of the North American if not the world auction market for printed material.  In New York today Sotheby’s, Christies, Bonhams, Swann’s, Doyle and Heritage are delivering the most exciting auction market in a generation.


For the week six sales reached or exceeded 100% of their high aggregate high estimate:


Skinner.  The Early Photography Collection on November 1st225%

Sotheby’s.  Rare Books from an Amateur’s Library on November 9th169%

Doyle New York.  Books, Photographs & Prints on November 7th:  123%

Doyle New York.  Prints and Books from the Creedmore and Adele Fath Charitable Trust on November 8th:  123%

Dominic Winter.  Important Bible & Theology from Ramsgate Abbey on November 10th:  116%

Dominic Winter.  Books and Maps on November 9th106%



For the week ahead 22 sales are scheduled:


November 14th Ader.  Photographs (17501)

                                    Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Books and Manuscripts (17689)

                                    Kapandji Morhange.  Photographs (17848)


November 15th          Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books (334)

                                    Christie’s.  Books and Manuscripts (2611)

                                    Sotheby’s.  Travel, Atlases, Maps (11405)


November 16th          Bloomsbury Auctions.  Photographs (35854)
Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books (334)

                                    Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Aviation and Transport (11162011)


November 17th          Ader.  Sacha Guitry – Collection Andre Bernard Part I (17504)

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Photographs (Roma-62)

                                    Bonhams.  Photographs (18988)

                                    Dominic Winter (11172011)

                                    PBA Galleries.  Rare Books & Manuscripts (467)

                                    Swann Galleries.  American Art / Contemporary Art (2262)


November 18th          Ader.  Sacha Guitry – Collection Andre Bernard Part II

                                    Galeria Koller Auctions.  Books (G49)

                                    Jeschke – van vliet Buch and Kunstauktionen GmbH.  Modern and Graphic Art (73)


November 19th          Adams Amsterdam Auctions.  Fine & Rare Books and Prints (111911)

                                    Neal Auction Company.  Antiques (111911)


November 20th          Neal Auction Company.  Antiques (111911)

                                    National Book Auction.  Books and Ephemera – Antique, Special Editions, Art, etc.  (11202011)


We are now in the high cotton.


Bruce McKinney


November 13th, 2011


  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500
  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750