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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’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…
  • <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.
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