Auction Update Review


A Sense of Recovery

For the week ending March 10th 31 sales were archived; 2 in Mexican pesos, 4 in British pounds, 11 in US dollars and 14 in Euros.  17,747 lots were offered and 12,669 sold.  71.4 percent of all lots sold raising $20,354,802 that was 143.4% of the aggregate high estimate for all sales.  It was another strong week.


Fifteen of the thirty-one sales reached or exceeded 100% of their aggregate high estimate:


Piasa.  Ancient and Modern Books on March 6th:  334%

Heritage Auctions.  Vintage Comics and Comic Art on February 22nd:  305%

Dorotheum.  Modern Prints on March 1st:  174%

Ferraton.  Books and Cartographies, Second Vacances on February 18th:  169%

Ferraton.  Books and Cartographies, First Vacances on February 17th:  163%

Aguttes.  Modern and Ancient Books on March 1st:  144%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Photography on March 8th:  142%

Doyle New York.  Doyle at Home on March 7th:  137%

Rupert Toovey.  Prints on January 25th:  134%

Heritage Auctions.  Illustration Art Signature online on March 1st:  125%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Old Prints on February 29th:  120%

Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Archeology on March 2nd:  119%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books and Maps on March 7th:  109%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints on March 6th:  108%

Alde.  Jacques Montessaro Library I on February 27th:  107%


For the week ahead 21 sales are scheduled:


Monday March 12th  Christie’s.  Photographic Masterworks by William Eggleston [2642]
Dorotheum.  Books and Decorative Prints [9271]


Tuesday March 13th  Ader.  Ancient and Modern Books [18356]                                  

                                                Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints [1211a]


Wednesday March 14th  Bruun Rasmussen.  Old Prints [1211b]

                                                Lyon and Turnbull Ltd.  The Blair Sale [345]

                                                Sotheby’s.  The Collection of Giovanni and Gabriella Barilla [L12309]


Thursday March 15th Antiquarian  Rare Books [17]

                                                Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile [35884]

                                                Gray’s Auctioneers.  Fine Books and No Reserve Books [56]

                                                Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books Online [201211]

                                                Kapandji Morhange.  Books, Stamps, Autographs from Mathier Varille’s Library [18846]

                                                PBA Galleries.  Fine Literature [475]

                                                Swann Galleries.  The Eric C. Caren Collection:  How History Unfolds on Paper, Part II [2273]

                                                Tajan.  Photographs [9718]


Friday March 16th  Kapandji Morhange.  Books, Stamps, Autographs, Documents from Mathieu Varille’s Library [18847]

                                                The Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions.  Books [47]


Saturday March 17th  Addison and Sarova.  Rare and Fine Books [31712]

                                            The Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions.  Books continued… [47]


Sunday March 18th      National Book Auctions.  Books [31812]

                                                National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Archaeology, Obama, Nautical, Coins, etc


There is a sense of recovery and selected but inconsistent strength evident.


Bruce McKinney


March 11th, 2012 

  • <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 Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500