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>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
  • <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