Auction Update Review

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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 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.