Auction Update Review
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.  99 lots
Wed. May 30th Ader. Judaica – School of Paris  183 lots
Christie’s. Origins of Golf: The Jaime Ortiz-Patino Collection  157 lots
Galerie Koller Auctions. Books . 70 items
Thurs. May 31st Freeman’s. Books, Manuscripts and Ephemera . 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 . 410 items
Keys Fine Arts. Books . 754 lots
Friday June 1st Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan. Prints and Illustrated Books . 384 lots
Hauff and Auvermann. Rare Books, Autographs and Engravings [67b]. 1240 lots
Keys Fine Arts. Books Day 2 . 170 items
Pierre Berge & Associes. Archeology . 16 lots
Saturday June 2nd Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan. The Universe of the Creator of Tintin . 412 items
Louis C. Morton S.A. de C.V..
Antiquarian books, Historical documents, engravings
and photographs .
Hauff and Auvermann. Modern Literature, Posters, Photographs [67c]. 980 items
Neret – Minet & Tessier. Comic Strips 
Sunday June 3rd Carlsen Gallery. Books of English Architecture and Antiquities . 59 items
Hauff and Auvermann. Modern and Contemporary Art [67d]. 437 lots
National Book Auctions. Books and Ephemera – Champney, Modern 1st’s, Nautical, etc 
The strong pace of sales continues.
May 27th, 2012