Auction Update Review

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For the week ending May 5th, 2012 21 auctions were archived; 3 in British pounds, 12 in euros and 6 in US dollars.  Turnover was $8,531,888, 78% of the aggregate high estimate of all lots offered - $10,919,178.  Seven thousand three hundred and thirty-five lots were offered and 4,906 sold for a 67% success rate.  It was a good, if not great, week.

 

Four sales reached or exceeded 100% of the aggregate high estimate of all lots offered:

 

Gallerie Bassenge.    Autograph Letters on April 20th141%

Gonnelli Casa d’Aste.  Books on April 28th117%

Sotheby’s.  From the Collection of Prince and Princess Henry de la Tour D’Auvergne Lauraguais:  110%

Gallerie Bassenge.  Special Sale – Emil Rudolf Weiss:  106%

 

Two sales reached or exceeded a million dollars:

 

Sotheby’s.  From the Collection of Prince and Princess Henry de la Tour D’Auvergne Lauraguais on May 3rd:  $2,120,682

Bonhams.  Prints on May 1st$1,277,409

 

For the week ahead 21 sales are scheduled:

 

Monday May 7th Australian Book Auctions.  Books [58].  261 lots

 

Tuesday May 8th       Alexander Autographs, Inc.  Autographs and Militaria [47].  948 lots

                                    Bonhams.  Photographs [19470].  170 lots

 

Wednesday May 9th  Alexander Autographs, Inc.  Autographs and Militaria [47].  948 lots continuing

                                    Sotheby’s.  Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History [L12401]  211 lots

                                    Zisska & Schauer.  Books, 1st Day [59a].  1,010 lots

 

Thursday May 10th   Coutau-Begarie.  Antiquarian Books [51012]

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Comics and Comic Art [7509]  1,359 lots.

                                    PBA Galleries.  Rare Books and Manuscripts [479]  233 lots

                                    Swann Galleries.  Modernist Posters [2278]  205 lots

                                    Zisska & Schauer.  Books, 2nd Day [59b]  1,366 lots

 

Friday May 11th         Christie’s.  Important Books, Art Books, Manuscripts [3504]  226 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Comics and Comic Art [7059].  1,359 lots

                                    Jeschke – van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH [79a].  543 lots

                                    Jeschke – van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH [79b].  272 lots

                                    Keys Fine Arts.  Prints [051112]

                                    Zisska & Schauer.  Books, 3rd Day [59c].

 

Saturday May 12th    Alain & Evelyne Morel de Westgaver.  Books, Postcards, Prints [51212]  665 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Americana – online bidstart 4/23/12 [6086].  189 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Space Exploration – online bidstart 4/23 [6087].  148 lots.

                                    Morton Casa de Subastas.  Documents, Prints and Books [630].  253 lots.

 

The pace of sales is impressive.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

May 6, 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 Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.