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:</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
  • <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