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>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
  • <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>