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In the Quiet Before the Storm

You can be forgiven for not knowing that the world of books is in the midst of a tumultuous transition because this week it sure didn’t feel that way.  The sales archived, five altogether, offered one thousand two hundred and seventy-seven lots of which one thousand and forty-one sold for an 82% success rate.  The aggregate low and high estimates for the lots that sold were $496,084 and $905,537.  Total sales were $928,629 or 103% of the total estimate of all lots offered.  This suggests a stiffening resolve by auction houses and an acceptance by consignors to estimate conservatively and let the market set prices.  For all sides this is a good strategy for it sells the material and encourages buyers.  Five sales do not a season make but they suggest increasing trust in the market to perform logically.

 

For the week two sales surpassed 100% of their aggregate high estimates:

 

Bloomsbury The Craigie Aitchison Sale on January 26th:  161%

Dominic Winter Book Auct Books, Maps, Epyptology, Bibles on January 25th:  109%

 

For the week ahead seventeen sales and sessions are scheduled:

 

Tuesday January 31st  Bloomsbury Auctions.  Antiquarian Books (35870)

                                                Bonhams.  Books (20134)

                                                Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints and Drawings (1205a)

 

Wednesday February 1st     Bruun Rasmussen.  Old Prints and Drawings (1205b)

 

Thursday February 2nd        Aguttes.  Books, Ancient Documents and Stamps (18332)

                                                AntiquarianAuctions.co.za.  Rare Books – Online Bidstart 1/16 (16)

                                                Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile Sale (35876)

                                                Freeman’s.  Books, Manuscripts and Ephemera (1421)

                                                James D. Julia.  Fine Art (319)

                                                Swann Galleries.  Vintage Posters (2267)

 

Friday February 3rd              James D. Julia.  Fine Art (319) continued

                                                Kiefer – Buch – und  Kunstauktionen.  Books and Graphics (79a)

                                                Piasa.  Photography (18211)

                                                Skinner, Inc.  Fine Prints (2581B)

 

Saturday February 4th          Alain & Evelyne Morel de Westgaver.  Autographs, Prints and Books (18131)

                                                James D. Julia.  Fine Art (319) final session          

                                                Kiefer – Buch – und  Kunstauktionen.  Books and Graphics (79b)

The auction market continues to increase its footprint.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

January 29th, 2012

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    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
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