Auction Update Review

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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

AE

November 13th, 2011

 

  • <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 Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.