Auction Update Review
For the week ending Saturday May 19th, 2012 19 auctions were archived; 5 in euros, 7 in British pounds and 7 in US dollars. Five thousand one hundred and twenty-three lots were offered and 4,043 sold for a 79% success rate. Total sales were $18,108,279, 86% of the aggregate high estimate of all sold and unsold lots offered. Auctions are continuing to provide an efficient outlet for converting paper collectibles into cash.
For the week 5 sales reached or exceeded 100% of the aggregate high estimate of all lots offered:
Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan. Modern Books on May 15th: 154%
Alde. Original Editions, Prints on May 16th: 130%
Sotheby’s. Books and Manuscripts on May 15th: 111%
Swann Galleries. Early Printed and Travel Books on May 15th: 106%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on May 16th: 100%
Seven sales sold 80% or more of their lots:
Christie’s. Photographs 1840 – Present on May 16th: 100%
National Book Auctions. Books and Ephemera on May 6th: 100%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books Internet bidstart May 11th: 98%
Heritage Auctions. Space Explorations online bidstart May 12th: 97%
Swann Galleries. Early Printed and Travel Books May 15th: 94%
Skinner, Inc. Fine Prints on May 18th: 84%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Important Books and Manuscripts on May 15th: 80%
One house, Swann Galleries, made both lists for the same sale, an unusual, even exceptional, performance.
For the week ahead 18 sales are scheduled:
Monday May 21st Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling. Rare Books . 1,157 lots
Tuesday May 22nd Ader. Manuscripts, Prints . 421 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. Photographs . 280 lots
Bonhams. The Angling Library of Alan Jarvis . 488 lots
Bubb Kuyper. Books, Manuscripts and Graphic Arts [56a]. 1,679 lots
Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling. Rare Books . 1,157 lots
Wed. May 23rd Bonhams. The Stuart B. Schimmel Forgery Collection . 253 lots
Bubb Kuyper. Books, Manuscripts and Graphic Arts [56b]. 1,725 lots
Old World Auctions. Maps . 922 lots
Sotheby’s. The Gunter Sachs Collection Day Auction [L12026]. 9 lots.
Thurs. May 24th Bubb Kuyper. Books, Manuscripts and Graphic Arts [56c]
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books – internet bidstart 5/17 . 339 lots
PBA Galleries. Literature and Books in All Fields .
Friday May 25th Bubb Kuyper. Books, Manuscripts and Graphic Arts [56d]
Osenat. Books – internet 
Piasa. Ancient, Modern and Contemporary Photographs . 279 lots
Saturday May 26th Northeast Auctions. Historical Americana . 148 lots
Sunday May 27th Northeast Auctions. Historical Americana . 148 lots continued
The pace of auctions, approaching summer, declines a bit but this year should continue, by historical standards, to be brisk.
May 20th, 2012