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The Auctions in High Cotton

Heading into the holidays auction houses around the world are completing their final sales ahead of the winter solstice.  This week twenty-three sales were archived:  thirteen in Euros, five each in British Pounds and US dollars.  Total turnover was a respectable $11,094,596 or 89% against an aggregate high estimate of $12,521,567 – a strong if not stellar performance given this is the crescendo of the season.  December, when auction realizations often explode, sets the table for the spring session and the year ahead.  This year the auction houses have labored under the twin constraints of international financial uncertainty and the ever-closer drumbeat of retiring dealers who are slowing their buying and sooner or later, will be consigning to the rooms.

 

For the week 14,562 lots were offered and 10,152 sold for a 70% success rate.

 

The following sales reached or exceeded 100% of their aggregate high estimates.

 

Piasa.  Autographs on December 6th:  168%

Piasa.  Modern Prints – Henri M. Petiet Prints and Manuscripts on December 8th:  128%

Ferraton.  Books, Manuscripts and Books on December 2nd:  119% 

Osenat.  The French Empire in Fontainbleau on December 4th:  113%

Keys Fine Arts.  Books Day 2 on December 2nd:  107%

 

Three sales had turnover of more than a million dollars:

 

Sotheby’s.  Western and Oriental Manuscripts on December 6th:  $1,548,039

Christie’s.  Prints on December 7th:  $1,138,375

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Prints and Illustrated Books on December 6th:  $1,021,614

 

The following sales are scheduled over the next nine days:

 

December 12th Alde.  Library of Amateur from Lyon (17899)

 

December 13th          Ader.  Autographs et Manuscripts (11571)

                                    Alde.  Ancient and Modern Books (17320)

                                    Mealy’s Auctioneers.  Important Irish & English Literature, Manuscripts & Maps (121311)

                                    Sotheby’s.  Fine Books and Manuscripts (N08811)

                                    Swann Galleries.  Important Photobooks & Photographs (2265)

 

December 14th          Bloomsbury Auctions.  Books, Autographs and Prints (ROMA-68)

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Books, Manuscript, Maps and Works on Paper (35863)

                                    Bonhams.  Entertainment Memorabilia including Animation Art (19431)
Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Books and Maps (12142011)

                                    Mealy’s Auctioneers.  Important Irish & English Literature, Manuscripts & Maps (121311)

 

 

December 15th          Alde.  Autograph letters and Manuscripts, Music (17321)

                                    Bonhams.  Fine Books and Manuscripts (19427)

                                    Dominic Winter.  Children’s Winter Book Auctions (12152011)

                                    PBA Galleries.  Americana – Travel – Cartography (469)

                                    Profiles in History.  Icons of Hollywood (121511)

                                    Sotheby’s.  English Literature, History, Children’s Books (NO8812)

                                    Swann Galleries.  The Complete Poster Works of Roger Broders (2266)

 

December 16th          Christie’s.  The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor:  Fine and Decorative  Art & Film
 Memorabilia, including costumes (2634)
Profiles in History.  Icons of Hollywood (121511)

 

December 17th          Christie’s.  The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor:  [online auction) (23616)
Profiles in History.  Icons of Hollywood (121511)           

 

December 19th          Christie’s.  Photographs (2495)

                                    Christie’s.  Photographs (2524)

 

December 21st           Dorotheum.    Books and Decorative Prints (12111)

 

Best wishes,

 

Bruce McKinney

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  • <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.