Auction Update Review
For the week ending March 31st 17 auctions were archived; 6 in US dollars, 6 in Euros and 5 in British Pounds. Total turnover was $22,261,567, 98% of the aggregate high estimate of all lots listed. Six thousand and twenty lots were offered and 4,896 sold for an 81% success rate. It was a good week.
The strength was in prints. Christies and Sotheby’s together raised $10,203,560 on 341 lots. Books, maps and ephemera also did well, if not so breathtakingly. Here too Sotheby’s swung the big bat realizing $5,976,388 on the sale of 185 [of 190] lots of Books from the Library of R. + B.L. Three other sales reached one million dollars; Heritage’s Vintage Movie Posters - $1,923,834, Bonham’s Fine Books, Maps and Manuscripts - $1,475,678 and again Bonhams for their Polar Sale on March 30th that reached $1,000,173.
The run-up to April has been impressive and bodes well.
For the week ahead 14 sales are scheduled:
Monday April 2nd Galerie Koller. Nessi Collection: Books (S11)
Tuesday April 3rd Sotheby’s. Photographs (N08841)
Wednesday April 4th Bloomsbury Auctions. Antique Books: Property of a Collector (35896)
Christie’s. Collection Victor Hugo (3526)
Christie’s. The Raglan Collection: Waterloo, Wellington & The Crimea (4138)
Doyle New York. Decorative Arts: Prints (196)
Leslie Hindman. Fine Books and Manuscripts (193)
Galleries. Property from the Estate of
Gary Winick / 19th & 20th Century Photographs
& Photobooks (2274)
Thursday April 5th Christies. Photographs. (2543)
Christies. Collection Victor Hugo (3526)
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books Internet (201214)
Kapandji Auction. Ancient and Modern Photographs (12100)
Sotheby’s. Collection Florence Loeb – Sources et Affinites (PF1226)
Sunday April 8th Coutau-Begarie. Antiquarian Books (40112)
Best of luck
April 1st, 2012