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Foot Soldiers in May

For the week ending Saturday May 12th 13 auctions were archived; 1 in British pounds, 1 in Australian dollars, 4 in euros, and 7 in greenbacks.  Ten thousand and twelve lots were offered and 6,591 sold for a 66% success rate.  Total sales were $17,904,290.  From a distance it was a very good week.  Up close there were a few dings on the fenders.  Heritage had another very successful sale of comics and comic art – raising $5,493,154 while selling 99.71% of the 1,359 lots offered.  Three other sales reached the one million dollar level.

 

Heritage Auctions.  Comics and Comic Art on May 10th:  $5,493,154

Christie’s.  Important Books, Art Books, Manuscripts on May 11th:  $4,708,189

Sotheby’s.  Travel, Atlases, Maps & Naval History on May 9th:  $3,846,355

Kiefer – Buch – und Kunstauktionen.  Rare Books on April 20th:  $1,125,215

 

Only one sale exceeded 100% of its aggregate high estimate:

 

Christie’s.  Important Books, Art Books, Manuscripts on May 11th:  142%

 

Heritage’s sale of comics and comic art belongs in this category but they provide only a start bid rather than a range so there is no aggregate high range to compare.  What can be seen is that the average of all the 1,355 lots sold was $4,042, a remarkable number.

 

The following auctions sold at least 90% of their lots:

 

Heritage Auctions.  Comics and Comic Art on May 10th:  99.71%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books.  Internet bid start May 3rd:  98.93%

Knotty Pine Auction Service.  Autographs and Militaria, Antique and Estate Books on April 28th:  95.02%

 

For the week ahead 21 auctions are scheduled

 

Tuesday May 15th Alde.  Modern Illustrated Books [19156]:  384 lots

                                    Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Modern Books [18097]:  457 lots

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Important Books and Manuscripts [35916]:  371 lots

                                    Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books, Manuscripts and Graphic Arts [335]:  1,343 lots

                                    Coutau-Begarie.  Books and Manuscripts [19198]:  292 lots

                                    Sotheby’s.  Photographs [PF1220]:  108 lots

                                    Sotheby’s.  Books and Manuscripts [PF1203]:  184 lots

                                    Swann Galleries.  Early Printed and Travel Books [2279]

 

Wed. May 16th           Alde.  Original Editions.  Prints [19157]:  208 lots

                                    Bonhams.  Modern Prints [19781]:  312 lots

                                    Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books, Manuscripts and Graphic Arts [335]:  1,343 lots [continuing]

                                    Christie’s.  Photographs [5323]:  104 lots

                                    Christie’s.  Photographs 1840 – Present [6556]:  61 lots

                                    Dominic Winter.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents [051612]

                                    Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints [1040]

                                    Tajan.  Ancient and Modern Prints [9703]  328 lots

 

Thurs. May 17th         Bonhams.  Photographs [20154]:  90 items

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books internet bidstart May 11th:  383 lots

                                   

Friday May 18th         Christie’s.  Important Printed Books and Americana from the Albert H. Small Collection [2655]:  151 lots

                                    Skinner, Inc.  Fine Prints [2598B]

 

Sunday May 20th       Bonhams.  Books and Manuscripts [20004]

 

Anymore this is what a week looks like, twenty-one sales, thousands of lots, the steady flow of material months in preparation, marching into the rooms for their verdicts to be read.  It is a fascinating sight.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

Sunday May 13th, 2012

  • <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: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <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. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Copper Printing Plate for "Marshall's Household Engraving of Washington." $500 to $1000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Important Documentary Painting Showing Baseball Great Ty Cobb in Cuba. $1,000 to $2,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> <i>Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age</i>, Inscribed by Bill Wilson. $500 to $1,000
    <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983), <i>Prise à l'hameçon.</i> $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Maurice Dufrène (French, 1876-1955), <i>Rayon des Soieries</i>. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> William Pope.L (American, b. 1955), <i>Intimacy Project</i>. $2,000 to $4,000
  • <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Collection of 131 Herbert Ponting gelatin silver contact prints of Antartica, £6000-8000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of several lots of Henri Cartier-Bresson gelatin silver prints, £200-300
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Vintage gelatin silver print of Diego Rivera by Leonard McCombe, £300-500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Julia Margaret Cameron of Sir John Herschel (April, 1867), £30,000-50,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron, Love, 1864 (from the Norman album), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Lewis Carroll of Twyford School Eleven (Summer Term, 1859), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Lewis Carroll of Xie Kitchin as 'Dane' (Oxford, 1873), £500-800
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Calotype print (c1845) by Hill & Adamson of Lady Elizabeth (Rigby) Eastlake, £3000-4000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Group of 12 waxed paper negatives of Scottish scenes by Thomas Keith, mid-1850s, £3000-5000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of 15 lots of Roger Fenton salt prints of his work in the Crimea, mid-1850s, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Quarter plate ambrotype (c.1860s) with ethnographic portrait of a woman seated at a table, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Rare whole plate thermoplastic union case of the Landing of Columbus (c.1858),part of the John Hannavy collection, £1500-2000
  • <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>