Auction Update Review

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No Escaping Reality

For the week ending November 26th, 2011 we archived eleven auctions; two in dollars, two in British Pounds, and seven in Euros.  Five thousand seven hundred fifty-three lots were offered and 3,382 sold for a 59% sale rate.  Total turnover was $7,992,704 against the aggregate high estimate of $10,605,319.  Both rate of sale and percentage of the aggregate high estimate were on the low side.  As if anyone needs it these results mirror global uncertainty leading to the expectation that resolution of the European debt crisis and the American congressional log-jam will rise auction outcomes by at least 10%.

 

Only two of this past week’s sales reached or exceeded 100% of their high estimate and both were achieved by the same house:  Ader.  Congratulations.  This is a difficult feat in any economic scenario and a particularly difficult one during the current malaise.

 

Ader.  Sacha Guitrt – The Collection of Andre Bernard pt. 2:  148%

Ader.  Sacha Guitrt – The Collection of Andre Bernard pt. 1:  135%

 

For the week ahead 35 sales are scheduled:

 

November 28th Christie’s.  Books (3013).

                                    Alde.  Modern Books, Works on Paper (17884)

                                    Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  60 Photos to Benefit the School of Hope (2135)

                                   Map World.  Cape Town (3)

                                   

November 29th          Alde.  Library of an Amateur (17319)

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Important Books, Manuscripts & Works on Paper (27202)

                                    Bonhams.  Books, Maps and Manuscripts (19001)

                                    Bonhams.  Prints (19086)

                                    Bubb Kuyper.  Books, Manuscripts and Graphic Arts (55)

                                    Christie’s.  Important Old Books, Art Books and Manuscripts (1015)

                                    Map World.  Cape Town (3)

 

November 30th          Bubb Kuyper.  Books, Manuscripts and Graphic Arts (55)

                                    Comic Connect.  Comics (113011)

                                    Galerie Bassenge.  Photography (98f)

                                    Gray’s Auctioneers.  Fine  Books, Maps, and Manuscripts (54)

                                    Map World.  Cape Town (3)

                                    Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints (1000)

                                    Sotheby’s.  Music Books, Children’s and Illustrated Books (L11406)

 

December 1st             Antiquarian Auctions.co.za.  Books (15)

                                    Bubb Kuyper.  Books, Manuscripts and Graphic Arts (55c)

                                    Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Books Day 1 (947)

                                    Map World.  Cape Town (3)

                                    Oger et Camper.  Autographs, Stamps, Photographs and Books (17930)

                                    PBA Galleries.  Fine Literature – Fine Books in all Fields (468)

                                    Swann Galleries.  Printed & Manuscript Americana / Ocean Liner Memorabilia (2263)

December 2nd          Antiquarian Auctions.co.za.  Books (15)

                                    Bubb Kuyper.  Books, Manuscripts and Graphic Arts (55d)

                                    Cowan’s Auctions, Inc.  American History (281)

                                    Ferraton.  Books, Manuscript, Autographs (2322)

                                    Key’s Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Books Day 2 (948)

 

December 3rd             Antiquarian Auctions.co.za.  Books (15)

                                    Ferraton.  Books, Manuscript, Autographs (2322)

 

December 4th             Antiquarian Auctions.co.za.  Books (15)

                                    National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Atlases, Art, Fancy Bindings, etc (12042011)

                                    Osenat.  The French Empire in Fontainbleau (120411)

 

The selection is broad and appealing.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

November 27th, 2011 

  • <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
  • <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.