Auction Update Review

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The auction season, entering its final month of 2011, has delivered a series of highly successful results around the world.  With twenty–four auctions reporting this week total sales reached $21.4 million, a nudge above 100% of the high estimate of all lots offered.  This is a rare and important result for, during the year, the percentage of the aggregate high estimates range from 70% to 90% and rarely reach 100%.  It suggests confidence in the rooms.

 

For the auctions reported this past week 12,279 lots were offered and 9,035 lots sold for a 74% sell-through.  The aggregate low estimate of the lots sold was $12,262,929 million and their aggregate high estimate $15,971,575.  Total sales were $21,386,007, a fraction higher than the aggregate high estimate of all lots offered - $21,341,259.  Europe may be in a funk, what with the Euro-debt crisis, and the United States be in the throes of political reality television but bidders, understanding that they need to bid when material is available are coming through in a significant way.

 

For the week eleven sales reached or exceeded 100% of their aggregate high estimates:

 

Rupert Toovey.  Ephemera on November 1st:  257%

Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books on November 15th:  192%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain- F. Tajan.   Comic Strips – Herge’s Universe on November 26th:  137%

Piasa.  Ancient and Modern Prints on November 23rd:  123%

Ader.  Books – ancient and modern – Architecture – Manuscripts on November 23rd:  115%

Sotheby’s.  Music, Books, Children’s and Illustrated Books on November 20th:  110%

Alde.  Modern Books, Works on Paper on November 28th:  106%

Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Rare Books on November 21st:  104%

Galerie Bassange.  Prints on November 24th:  102%

Bonhams.  Books, Maps and Manuscripts on November 29th:  101%

The Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions.  Books on November 25th:  100%

 

For the week ahead 23 sales are scheduled:

 

December 5th      Ader.  Posters and Periodicals (11569)

                                    Antiquarian Auctions.co.za.  Books (15)

                                    Cowan’s Auctions, Inc.  The Herbert Merritt Collection of Books on Cincinnati and Southwestern Ohio
(297)

                                   

December 6th             Antiquarian Auctions.co.za.  Books (15)

                                    Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Prints and Illustrated Books (2088)

                                    Henri Godts Books & Prints Auctions.  Books from the 16th to 20th Centuries (16123)

                                    Piasa.  Manuscripts Second Vacance (120611)

                                    Sotheby’s.  Western and Oriental Manuscripts (L11241)

 

December 7th             Antiquarian Auctions.co.za.  Books (15)

                                    Christie’s.  Old Master, Decorative, Modern and Contemporary Prints (3311)
Old World Auctions.  Maps, Atlases, Prints, etc (138)

                                    Piasa.  Succession of Mister X.  (17832)

 

December 8th             Ader.  Judaica, Paintings, Sculptures, Liturgical objects, Books (17514)

                                    Alexander Autographs, Inc.  WWII Militaria and Autographs (46)
Antiquarian Auctions.co.za.  Books (15)

                                    Heritage.  Manuscripts Grand Format Auction (6603)

                                    Piasa.  Modern Prints Henri M. Petiet (120811)

                                    Swann Galleries.  Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Historical Prints, Ephemera (2264)

 

December 9th             Alexander Autographs, Inc.  WWII Militaria and Autographs (46)        

                                    Dorotheum.  Autographs (12911)

                                    Galerie Koller Auctions.  Modern Prints (A159)

                                    Heritage.  Manuscripts  Grand Format Auction continuing (6603)

 

December 11th Michael Treloar.  Manuscripts, Books, Photographs and Artwork (121111)

Good hunting!

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

December 4th, 2011

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Keep Calm and Carry On</i>, designer unknown, 1939. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, <i>Le Journal / La Traite des Blanches</i>, 1899. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>"Let Us Go Forward Together,"</i> designer unknown, 1940. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, <i>Babylone d'Allemagne</i>, 1894. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Frank Beatty, <i>Out of the Running</i>, 1929. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Wake Up America Day</i>, 1917. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Danté / Sim • Sala • Bim!</i>, designer unknown. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>[Zodiac]</i>, 1900. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Rick Griffin, <i>Jimi Hendrix Experience / John Mayall</i>, 1968. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Abram Games, <i>Join the ATS</i>, 1941. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Aldo Mazza, <i>Torino / Esposizione Internazionale</i>, 1911. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Robert Motherwell, <i>Julliard School / Dedication - Lincoln Center</i>, 1969. $3,000 to $4,000
  • <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.
  • <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
  • <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>Case Antiques: Historic Summer Auction. August 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Aug. 5:</b> John Hunt Morgan Signed <i>Vidette</i> Extra, 1862. Ex- Coyne Collection, extremely scarce. $1,400 to $1,200
    <b>Case Antiques, Aug. 5:</b> President Abraham Lincoln signed military appointment. $4,000 to $4,500
    <b>Case Antiques, Aug. 5:</b> President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Archive, 9 items. $1,400 to $1,800
    <b>Case Antiques: Historic Summer Auction. August 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Aug. 5:</b> S. Houston & J. Buchanan Signed Letter and 2 prints. $1,200 to $1,400
    <b>Case Antiques, Aug. 5:</b> 25 Signed Documents by Tennessee Governors, 1820-1923. $1,800 to $2,200
    <b>Case Antiques, Aug. 5:</b> Latour, Major Arsene Lacarriere. <i>Historical Memoir of the War in West Florida and Louisiana in 1814-1815. With an atlas.</i> Philadelphia, 1816. $1,200 to $1,500
    <b>Case Antiques: Historic Summer Auction. August 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Aug. 5:</b> Early Andrew Jackson Signed Letter to Richard K. Call during the War of 1812. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Case Antiques, Aug. 5:</b> Mid-19th C. Bird's Eye View of Univ. of Virginia and Charlottesville from Lewis Mountain in graphite. $1,200 to $1,400
    <b>Case Antiques, Aug. 5:</b> Stearns, Samuel. <i>The North-American's Almanack, and Gentleman's and Lady's Diary, For the Year of Our Lord Christ 1776.</i> $1,000 to $1,500
    <b>Case Antiques: Historic Summer Auction. August 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Aug. 5:</b> Audubon, John J. <i>Trumpeter Swan (Young) - Cygnus Buccinator</i>, plate CCCLXXVI. Havell edition aquatint etching. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Case Antiques, Aug. 5:</b> Spalding, Albert G. <i>America's National Game </i>, 1911. First edition, signed by author with personal inscription. $3,000 to $4,000
    <b>Case Antiques, Aug. 5:</b> 7 Africa related archival items of Don Hunt, a founding member of the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy, including correspondence from the photographer and artist Peter Beard. $4,000 to $6,000