Auction Update Review

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For the week ending Saturday June 16th 25 auctions were archived; 6 in British pounds, 9 in US$ and 10 in euros.  Nine thousand three hundred and eighty-nine lots were offered and 6,158 lots sold.  Sixty-six percent of all lots offered sold, 85% of the dollar denominated and 61% of pound and euro lots.  Europe has been taking it on the chin, caught between national sovereignty and the need for continent-wide economic policy.   Bookmakers though, looking at book dealers and the auction houses, may want to shorten their odds on intensifying union.  The market is a little beaten-up but clearly looking past the current uncertainty.  I’ll bid at auction this week in support of the field and encourage you, if the material is appealing, to do the same.  Uncertain moments create opportunities.

 

Total sales for the 66% of lots that sold were $16,493,648, 83% of the total of the high estimates for all lots offered.  A number at or above 100% of the high estimates suggests a very strong market while a percentage below 70% suggests weakness.  Eighty-three percent is mid way.

 

The following sales reached or exceeded 100% of the total of their high estimates:

 

Dorotheum.  Autographs on May 31st:  199%

Heritage.  Legends of the West on June 10th:  169%

Piasa.  Prints on June 7th:  105%

Christie’s.  Books on June 13th:  100%

 

The following sales reached or exceeded a million dollars:

 

Christie’s.  Books on June 13th:  $4,986,458

Sotheby’s.  Fine Books and Manuscripts on June 15th:  $2,651,692

Heritage.  Legends of the West on June 10th:  $2,143,788

Bonhams.  Manuscripts and Historical Photos on June 12th:  $1,799,602

Galeria Bessenge.  Prints on May 31st:  $1,132,323

 

The following sales saw 80% or more of the lots offered sell:

 

Carlsen Gallery.  Books of English Architecture and Antiquities:  100%

National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera - Champney, Modern 1sts, Nautical, etc:  100%

Heritage.  Rare Books – Internet auction ended June 14th:  87%

Heritage.  Legends of the West on June 10th:  87%

Bloomsbury.  Bibliophile on June 8th:  86%

Freeman’s.  Books, Manuscripts and Ephemera on May 31st:  85%

Bonhams.    Manuscripts and Historical Photos on June 12th:  81%

Christie’s.  Books on June 13th:  80% 

 

For the week ahead 18 auctions are scheduled:

 

Tuesday June 19th    Bonhams.  Fine Books and Manuscripts, including Russian Literature [20009].  436 lots

Christie’s.  Books [6237].  448 lots
Henri Godts Books & Prints Auctions.  Books from the 16th to the 20th Century [18145].  431 lots

 

Wed. June 20th          Bonhams.  The Gentleman’s Library [19598].  526 lots

                                    Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents [S328].  725 lots

                                    Dorotheum.  Books and Decorative Prints [9464].  473 lots.

 

Thurs.  June 21st       Bonhams.  Sporting Sale [20221].  75 lots

                                    Cowan’s Auctions.  American History [261].  349 lots.

                                    Dominic Winter.  Children’s & Illustrated Books, Antique Toys & Games [62112].

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books – Internet bidstart 6/14 [201225].  434 lots.

                                    PBA Galleries.  Rare Books and Manuscripts, with Children’s Books [482].  354 lots.

                                    Swann Galleries.  19th & 20th Century Literature [2282].  323 lots.

 

Friday June 22nd  Christie’s.  Books and Manuscripts [2572].  292 Lots.

                                    Christie’s.  George Washiongton’s Personal Copy of Acts Passed at a Congress [2761]  1 lot

                                    Ferraton.  Antiquarian and Modern Books [2384].

                                    Galerie Koller.  Modern Prints [Z32].  140 lots

 

Saturday June 23rd   Ferraton.  Antiquarian and Modern Books continued [2384].

 

Sunday June 24th      National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Geology, Paleontology, Signatures, etc. [06242012]

 

Sales are continuing at a strong pace.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

Sunday June 17th, 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>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Extremely Fine Copy of Fantasy Classic. Tolkien (J.R.R.) <i>The Hobbit, or There and Back Again,</i> L. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Museum Street) 1937. €20,000 to €30,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Incunabula. [Sirectus, Antonius] O’Fihely (Maurice)Abp. <i>Formalitates de Mente Doctoris Subtilis Scoti Nec Non Stephai Burlifer cum novis additionibus…</i> Venice 14th December 1051 (ie. 1501). €3,000 to €4,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Original Book Illustrations by Pamela Leonard. Illustrations: Regan (Peter) Touchstone, 8vo D. (Mount Salas Press) 1989. €3,500 to €4,500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> [Petit (Jean), Prevel (Jean) & Gregory (Pope)] [Gregorius]. <i>Compendium Textuale Compillationis decretalium Gregorri noni sine qua…</i>, Paris [Dec. 1524]. €350 to €500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Excessively Rare – V. Fine Copy. [Mac Mahon]. <i>Jus Primatiale Armacanum, In Omnes Archiepiscopos, Episcopos, et Universum Clerum</i>… [n.p.] 1728. €750 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Madden (R.R.). <i>Travels in Turkey, Egypt, Nubia and Palestine in 1824, 1825, 1826 and 1827,</i> 2 vols. 1822. €500 to €700
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Early English Herbal. Gerarde (John). The Herball or General History of Plants, thick folio L. (John Norton) 1597. €700 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The Tehran World War 2 Conference Photograph: [Tehran Conference 1943] An important and iconic Group Photograph showing Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. €80 to €120
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Natural History Specimens from Jersey Jersey Islands: Westacton [Mrs Acton] Collection of 53 original dried examples of Seaweed collected in Jersey, c. 1860. €300 to €400
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Plyglot Bible: Hutteri (Eliae). <i>Biblia Sacra, Ebraice, Chaldaice, Graece, Latinae, Germanice, Sclavonice.</i> Lg. folio Nurimberg 1599. €250 to €350
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The American Invasion 1888: “First Ever G.A.A. Hurling Match in America” Medal: G.A.A., The Invaders, 1888. €2,000 to €3,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> “Babe” Ruth and the G.A.A. G.A.A. & Baseball: A unique and early Sporting Association. An original Spalding B12 Baseball Bat. €4,000 to €6,000
  • <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>