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The Ides of March Approach

For the week ending Saturday February 25th seven auctions were archived; four denominated in Euros, two in dollars and one in British Pounds.  On thousand eight hundred and thirty-five lots were offered and one thousand three hundred and eleven sold for a 71% sell-through.  The aggregate low and high estimates of all sold were $1,092,043 and $1,637,492 and total sales $1,822,661.  The total high estimate of all lots offered was $2,546,503, total sales 72% of this amount.  When the aggregate value of all lots sold approaches 100% of the aggregate high estimate it suggests a strong market.  When that percentage falls below 70% it suggests that lot estimates are consistently exceeding buyer interest.

 

For the week two auctions reached or exceeded their aggregate high estimates:

 

Bruun Rasmussen.  Books on February 19th:  146%

Swann Auction Gallery.  Private Presses and Illustrated Books on February 23rd:  120%

 

For the week ahead 13 sales are scheduled:

 

Monday Feb. 27th Alde.  Jacques Montessaro Library (183312)

 

Tuesday Feb. 28th            Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints (1209a)

                                                Swann Galleries.  100 Fine Photographs (2270)

 

Wednesday Feb. 29th    Bruun Rasmussen. Old Prints (1209a)

 

Thursday March 1st          Aguttes.  Modern and Ancient Books (18546)

                                                Dorotheum.  Modern Prints (9264)

                                                Heritage Auctions.  Illustration Art Signature Online (5090)

                                                Heritage Auctions.  Internet Rare Books and Autographs (201209)

                                                PBA.  Fine and Rare Golf Books and Memorabilia (474)

                                                Swann Galleries.  Printed & Manuscript African Americana (2271)

 

Friday March 2nd          Heritage Auctions.  Illustration Art online [continues] 5090

                                                Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Archeology (12045)

 

Saturday March 3rd        Heritage Auctions.  Texiana – online (6067)

 

The market seems a bit distracted. What with politics in the United States, nuclear concerns in the Middle East and anxiety in Europe everyone has a reason to look away.  For those who stay focused this makes for good possibilities.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

February 26th, 2012

  • <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>
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    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
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