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The World Waits for No One

For the week ending Saturday June 2nd 11 auctions were archived; one in Mexican pesos, 3 in British pounds, 3 in US dollars and 4 in euros.  Total sales were $6,576,932 against the aggregate high estimates of all lots offered:  $9,752,757.  At 67.44% this was one of the tougher weeks I’ve seen over the past two years.  The plunging euro, next round of Greek elections and Andrea Merkel’s pending decision on whether Germany can/will support euro bonds in exchange for European Union member concessions on sovereign budget and debt control has Europe and its trading partners on edge.  In Europe it will turn out to be America’s 1789, not France’s 1793.  In the mean time auctions take the pulse of the market everyday and we are having some Pepto-Bismol moments.  They will pass.

 

Two sales reached the million-dollar threshold:

 

Sotheby’s.  Music and Continental Books and Manuscripts on May 29th:  $2,860,877

Ketterer-Kunst.  Rare Books on May 21st:  $2,020,283

 

Three sales sold or exceeded 80% of their lots:

 

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Book Internet Sale ending 5/31:  98.05%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books Internet Sale ending 5/30:  97.94%

Bonhams.  The Stuart B. Schimmel Forgery Collection on 5/23:  96.44%

 

As Bonhams again confirmed forgeries are and will remain an area of fascination to collectors.  The collecting of such material is, to quote one wag, “great fun – simply unreal.”

 

For the week ahead 13 sales are scheduled:

 

Monday June 4th Bonhams.  Native American Photographs [20043].  163 lots

 

Wed. June 6th             Bruun Rasmussen.  Books and Manuscripts; Modern Books [1223].  270 lots

 

                                    Galerie Bessenge.  Photography [99k].  461 lots

 

Thursday June 7th  Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books bidstart 5/31 [201223].  416 lots

 

                                    PBA Galleries.  Rare Americana, Travel & Exploration with Manuscript Material, Maps & Ephemera [481].

 

                                    Piasa.  Ancient and Modern Prints [18228].  418 lots

 

                                    Swann Galleries.  Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Historical Prints, Ephemera [2280].  358 lots.

 

Friday June 8th          Alde.  Ancient and Modern Books [18319].  406 lots

 

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile [35913].  430 lots

 

Saturday June 9th  Heritage Auctions.  Civil War and Militaria [6088].  56 items

 

Sunday June 10th  Heritage Auctions.  Legends of the Wild West [6079].  254 items

 

                                    Kiefer – Buch- und Kunstauktionen.  Books and Graphics [81].  4868 lots

 

                                    Osenat.  The French Empire in Fontainbleau [18391].    

 

The auction season this year is going deeper into summer.  There is too much material to be sold.  Not so many years ago this week was the beginning of the summer quiet.  In 2012:  not so much.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

June 3rd, 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>