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A Busy Week in the Busy Season

For an entire year auction houses have been pursing consignments and collections, feeling out consignors on reserves and estimates, and parsing lots all in preparation for the culmination of the fall auction season.  It is here, in the shortening days of November that auction houses learn if their work will pay off.  This year, more than most, is difficult what with the weak economy, an aging primary audience and an intensifying transparency that is affecting every aspect of collectibles.  It has been a somewhat difficult year but overall not a bad one.  With six weeks to go we are rounding the final stretch and heading for the finish line.

 

For the week twenty-two sales were archived; five each in Dollars and British Pounds and twelve in Euros.  Ten thousand four hundred and twenty-four lots were offered and 7,367 sold for a 71% success rate.  The total turnover was a robust $20.4 million against an aggregate high estimate of $25.4 million.

 

Eight auctions reached or exceeded 100% of their aggregate high estimates:

 

Osenat.  Gantner’s Books on November 13th:  165%

Ader.  Photographs on November 14th:  125%

Leslie Hindman.  Fine Books and Manuscripts on November 15th 115%

Zisska & Schauer.  Books on November 9th:  111%

Rasmussen.  Books and Maps on November 13th:  110%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Books and Manuscripts on November 14th:  106%

Gonnelli Casa d’Aste.  Autographs on November 11th:  101%

Christie’s.  Photographs, Books on November 12th:  100%

 

Seven events reached or exceeded $1 million in sales:

 

Sotheby’s.  Travel, Atlases and Maps on November 15th:  $3,487,923

Zisska & Schauer.  Books on November 9th:  $2,934,887

Christie’s.  Manuscripts and American Art on November 15th:  $2,771,693

Christie’s.  Photographs, Books on November 12th:  $2,322,804

Gonelli Casa d’Aste.  Manuscripts and Autographs on November 11th:  $1,504,208

Skinner’s.  Fine Books and Manuscripts on November 13th:  $1,276,460

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Books and Manuscripts on November 14th:  $1,199,008

 

For the week ahead 14 sales are scheduled:

 

November 21st Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Rare Books (385)

                                    Australian Book Auctions.  Books (57) on Monday November 21st

 

November 22nd Bonhams.  Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs (18992)

                                    Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Rare Books (385)

                                    Australian Book Auctions.  Books (57)

 

November 23rd          Christie’s.  Books (8002)

                                    Ader.  Books ancient et modern – Architecture – Manuscripts (17507)

                                    Piasa.  Ancient and Modern Prints (17189)

 

November 24th          Galerie Bassenge.  Prints (98e)

                                    

November 25th          Galerie Bassenge.  Prints (98e)

                                    The Romantique Agony Book and Print Auctions.  Books (46)

 

November 26th          Galerie Bassenge.  Prints (98e)

                                    The Romantique Agony Book and Print Auctions.  Books (46)

                                    Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Comic Strips – Herge’s Universe (1956)

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

November 20th, 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 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
  • <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