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The Drought Seems Over

For the week ending Saturday April 21st 18 auctions were archived in the AED.  Three sales were denominated in euros, 5 in pounds, and 10 in US dollars.  Four thousand eight hundred and twenty-five lots were offered and 3,769 sold for an 78% success rate, a sale rate that is unusual and suggests reserves are low and estimates appealing.   Often the highest prices are realized in such an environment.  Total sales were $15,341,007 or 117% of the aggregate high estimate of all lots offered:  $13,093,563.  Sotheby’s sale of the Library of Jacques Levy provided the best overall outcome - $6,415,964 followed by Swann’s sale of Revolutionary Americana from the Allyn Kellogg Ford Collection - $2,084,030, and Bonhams sale of Grosvenor School Prints - $1,881,383.

 

For the week five sales reached or exceeded 100% of their aggregate high estimates:

 

Christie’s “Comte and Comtesse Niel.  Une passion partagee” On April 16th:  237%

Swann’s “Revolutionary Americana from the Allyn Kellogg Collection” on April 17th:  165%

Sotheby’s “Library of Jacques Levy” on April 20th:  165%        

Christie’s “Prints” on April 17th:  148%

Dominic Winter’s Birmingham Medical Institute – Books from 1500 to 1900:  131%

 

For the week ahead 28 sales are scheduled in what is a busy week:

 

Monday April 23rd Bonhams.  United States and Foreign Stamps and Postal History (19476)

                                    Doyle New York.  Books, Photographs and Prints (42312)

                                    Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Posters (12700)

 

Tuesday April 24th    Christie’s.  Prints and Multiples (2548)

                                    Henri Godts Books & Prints Auctions.  Books from the 16th to the 20th Century (18144)

                                    Mealy’s Auctioneer’s.  The Gentleman’s Library (042412)

 

Wed. April 25th          Christie’s.  Prints and Multiples (2548)

                                    Christie’s.  Travel, Science and Natural History (4826)

                                    Mealy’s Auctioneers.  Ireland’s Struggle (42512)

                                    Swann’s Galleries.  Old Master Through Modern Prints (2277)

 

Thurs.  April 26th       Antiquarian Auctions.  Rare Books – Online bidstart 4/26 – 5/3

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Duncan Campbell Collection (35911)

                                    Bonhams.  Space History (19632)

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books Internet ending 4/26 (201217)

                                    PBA Galleries.  Fine Americana – Travel & Exploration – Cartography (478)

                                    Sotheby’s.  Prints (NO8849)

 

Friday April 27th        Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile (35903)

                                    Gonelli Casa d’Aste.  Rare Books and Manuscripts (8)

                                    Sotheby’s.  Prints (NO8849)

 

Saturday April 28th   Dirk Soulis.  Landmark Liquidation of Spivey’s Rare Books and Maps  (42812)

                                    Gonnelli Casa d’Aste.  Books (9)

                                    Knotty Pine.  Antique and Estate Books (42812)

                                    Morton Casa de Subastas.  Documents, Prints and Books (630)

 

Sunday April 29th      Bonhams.  Books and Manuscripts (19992)

                                    Dirk Soulis.  Mid West Art – Prints (42912)

 

Good material is selling well and the field is talking recovery.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

April 22nd, 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>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Keep Calm and Carry On</i>, designer unknown, 1939. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, <i>Le Journal / La Traite des Blanches</i>, 1899. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>"Let Us Go Forward Together,"</i> designer unknown, 1940. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, <i>Babylone d'Allemagne</i>, 1894. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Frank Beatty, <i>Out of the Running</i>, 1929. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Wake Up America Day</i>, 1917. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Danté / Sim • Sala • Bim!</i>, designer unknown. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>[Zodiac]</i>, 1900. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Rick Griffin, <i>Jimi Hendrix Experience / John Mayall</i>, 1968. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Abram Games, <i>Join the ATS</i>, 1941. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Aldo Mazza, <i>Torino / Esposizione Internazionale</i>, 1911. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Robert Motherwell, <i>Julliard School / Dedication - Lincoln Center</i>, 1969. $3,000 to $4,000
  • <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Newton. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. London, 1687.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Josephus. <i>De antiquitate Judaica.</i> Lubeck, 1475-76.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Carlerius. <i>Sporta fragmentorum, Sportula fragmentorum</i>. Brussels, 1478-79.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Fridolin. <i>Der Schatzbehalter</i>. Nuremberg, 1491.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Pinder. <i>Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie</i>. Nuremberg, 1505.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Isidorus Hispalensis. <i>Synonyma de Homine</i>. Nuremberg, 1470-71.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Durer. Sammelband including <i>Underweysung der messing</i>. Nuremberg, 1525-29.
  • <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>