Auction Update Review

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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 [391].  1,157 lots

 

Tuesday May 22nd  Ader.  Manuscripts, Prints [18359].  421 lots

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Photographs [35919].  280 lots

                                    Bonhams.  The Angling Library of Alan  Jarvis [20289].  488 lots

                                    Bubb Kuyper.  Books, Manuscripts and Graphic Arts [56a].  1,679 lots

                                    Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Rare Books [391].  1,157 lots

 

Wed. May 23rd           Bonhams.  The Stuart B. Schimmel Forgery Collection [20136].  253 lots

                                    Bubb Kuyper.  Books, Manuscripts and Graphic  Arts [56b].  1,725 lots

                                    Old World Auctions.  Maps [140].  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 [201221].  339 lots

                                    PBA Galleries.  Literature and Books in All Fields [480].

 

Friday May 25th         Bubb Kuyper.  Books, Manuscripts and Graphic Arts [56d]

                                    Osenat.  Books – internet [18946]

                                    Piasa.  Ancient, Modern and Contemporary Photographs [18226].  279 lots

 

Saturday May 26th    Northeast Auctions.  Historical Americana [52612].  148 lots

 

Sunday May 27th       Northeast Auctions.  Historical Americana [52612].  148 lots continued

 

The pace of auctions, approaching summer, declines a bit but this year should continue, by historical standards, to be brisk.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

May 20th, 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…
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    <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.
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