Auction Update Review


No Sign of Summer Yet

For the week ending Saturday May 26th 21 auctions were archived:  6 denominated in British pounds, six in US dollars, 8 in euros and 1 in New Zealand dollars.  Total sales were a mind boggling $35 million which is quickly explained by the inclusion of 9 lots from the Gunther Sachs Art Collection at Sotheby’s in London on May 23rd.  These 9 items, 20th century paintings, brought $29.9 million.  The other 20 auctions raised $5.7 million as 8,409 lots were offered and 5,861 sold.  The bidding public prefers paint to ink.


For the week 11 of the 21 sales archived reached or exceeded 100% of their aggregate high estimates:


Ader.  Prints on April 11th:  1,097% of their high estimate and explained by the fact some lots included the opportunity to buy additional copies.

Profiles in History.  Captain America on April 4th:  The First Avenger:  366%

Webb’s.  The C. L. Thompson Collection on March 21st:  208%

Rupert Toovey.  Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera:  174%

Cottone.  Prints on March 24th:  155%

Rupert Toovey.  Prints on March 21st:  152%

Sotheby’s.  The Gunter Sachs Collection Day Auction on May 23rd:  141%

Kapandji Morhange.  Collection of his Highness Royale Soltan Ali Mirza Qajar on April 19th:  139%

Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books, Manuscripts and Graphic Arts on May 15th:  115%

Zisska & Schauer.  Books, [the second of three days] on May 10th:  109%

Tajan.  Ancient and Modern Prints on May 16th:  100%


For the week 1 sale reached or exceeded a million dollars:


Sotheby’s.  The Gunter Sachs Collection Day Auction:  $29,940,043 [for 9 specified lots]


For the week ahead 21 sales are scheduled:


Tuesday May 29th Cowan’s Firearms Ephemera.  Ending today.  [315] 99 lots

Sotheby’s Music and Continental Books & Manuscripts:  [L12402] 327 lots


Wed. May 30th           Ader.  Judaica – School of Paris [19269] 183 lots

                                    Christie’s.  Origins of Golf:  The Jaime Ortiz-Patino Collection [6021] 157 lots

                                    Galerie Koller Auctions.  Books [19306].  70 items


Thurs. May 31st         Freeman’s.  Books, Manuscripts and Ephemera [1431].  249 items

                                    Galerie Bassenge.  Prints [99j].  730 lots

                                    Hauff and Auvermann.  Rare  Books, Autographs and Engravings [67a].  690 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books Internet bidstart 5/25 [201222].  410 items

                                    Keys Fine Arts.  Books [1013].  754 lots


Friday June 1st           Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Prints and Illustrated Books [19252].  384 lots

                                    Hauff and Auvermann.  Rare Books, Autographs and Engravings [67b].  1240 lots

                                    Keys Fine Arts.  Books Day 2 [1014].  170 items

                                    Pierre Berge & Associes.  Archeology [18439].  16 lots


Saturday June 2nd  Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  The Universe of the Creator of Tintin [19274].  412 items

                                    Galerias Louis C. Morton S.A. de C.V..  Antiquarian books, Historical documents, engravings
   and photographs [632].

                                    Hauff and Auvermann.  Modern Literature, Posters, Photographs [67c].  980 items

                                    Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Comic Strips [13349]


Sunday June 3rd  Carlsen Gallery.  Books of English Architecture and Antiquities [60312].  59 items

                                    Hauff and Auvermann.  Modern and Contemporary Art [67d].  437 lots

                                    National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Champney, Modern 1st’s, Nautical, etc [06032012]


The strong pace of sales continues.


Bruce McKinney


May 27th, 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.