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 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, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.