Auction Update Review
For the week ending Saturday February 18th ten sales were archived; three in dollars, three in Euros, and four in British Pounds. Sales for the week totaled $7,570,787, precisely one hundred percent of the aggregate high estimate for all lots in all sales. One thousand four hundred and seven lots were offered and one thousand and eighty-five sold for a success rate of 77%. It was a very good week.
Four sales approached or exceeded 100% of their aggregate high estimates and they included the three top grossing sales. This suggests that those who have money are willing to spend it on important material.
Those sales approaching or exceeding 100% of their aggregate high estimates are:
Neret – Minet & Tessler. Art on February 8th: 155%;
Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Drawings of Writers on February 14th: 123%;
Christie’s. The Printer’s Proof on February on February 15th: 101%
Christie’s. Hockney on Paper on February 17th: 98%
The Artcurial Briest and two Christie’s sales totaled $6,070,393 of the week’s $7,570,787.
For the week upcoming 13 sales are scheduled:
Tuesday February 21st Bruun Rasmussen. Prints (1208)
Cowan’s Auctions. World at War (253)
Rupert Toovey and Co. Antiquarian and Collectors Books (1017)
Wed. February 22nd Bonhams. Modern Prints and the St. Ives School (19776)
Heritage Auctions. Vintage Comics and Comic Art 0 online (7054)
Rupert Toovey and Co. Prints (1016)
Thursday February 23rd Bloomsbury Auctions. Literature, Manuscripts and Modern First Editions (35882)
Heritage Auctions. Vintage Comics and Comic Art continuing (7054)
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books and Autographs (201208)
Swann Galleries. Private Presses and Illustrated Books (2269)
Friday February 24th Heritage Comics and Comic Art (7054)
Saturday February 25th Dirk Soulis. Spivey’s Maps, Prints and Books (22512)
Morton Casa de Subastas. Books, Documents and Prints (623)
Coming off two successful book
fairs on the American west coast and strong results at the high end of the
market in auction rooms in the United States and Europe we are casting a
hopeful eye on a market showing some promise.
February 19th, 2012