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>Announcing a new Books for Sale platform hosted by Biblio</b>
    <b>List your books simultaneously on Rare Book Hub and Biblio</b>
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…
  • <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Newton. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. London, 1687.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Josephus. <i>De antiquitate Judaica.</i> Lubeck, 1475-76.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Carlerius. <i>Sporta fragmentorum, Sportula fragmentorum</i>. Brussels, 1478-79.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Fridolin. <i>Der Schatzbehalter</i>. Nuremberg, 1491.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Pinder. <i>Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie</i>. Nuremberg, 1505.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Isidorus Hispalensis. <i>Synonyma de Homine</i>. Nuremberg, 1470-71.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Durer. Sammelband including <i>Underweysung der messing</i>. Nuremberg, 1525-29.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Fall 2017 Auction Schedule</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 19: 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 28: Printed & Manuscript Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 5: African-American Fine Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Fall 2017 Auction Schedule</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 19:<br>Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 26: Rare & Important Travel Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Fall 2017 Auction Schedule</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 2:<br>Old Master Through Modern Prints</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 7: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Fall 2017 Auction Schedule</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 16: Contemporary Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14: Illustration Art</b>