Auction Update Review

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Everything but the fireworks

For the week ending Saturday June 23rd 29 auctions were archived; 6 in British pounds, 9 in euros, 1 in Mexican pesos and 13 in US dollars.  Ten thousand one hundred and fifty-six lots were offered and 6,963 sold for a 68.6% success rate.  A single lot, George Washington’s personally annotated copy of the [US] Constitution, Bill of Rights and other key acts of the first Congress in 1789 brought $9,826,500 at Christie’s against its high estimate of $3,000,000.  Sales for all lots totaled $20,864,959, 112% of the high estimate of all lots offered.  It was, on its face, a good week that also provided evidence of broad weakness.

 

The following auctions exceeded 100% of the total of their high estimates:

 

Christie’s.  George Washington’s Personal Copy of the first Acts of Congress in 1789 on
  June 22nd:  328%

Osenat.  The French Empire at Fontainbleau on June 10th:  236%

Henri Godts Books & Prints.  Books from the 16th to 20th Centuries on June 16th:  219%

Ader.  Letters and Manuscripts, Autographs, Collection of E. H. and diverses on June 14th:  218%

Rupert Toovey.  Prints on June 13th:  171%

Gonelli Casa d’Aste.  Prints on June 14th:  138%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Children’s & Illustrated Books, Antique Toys and Games on June 21st:  132%

Christie’s.  Books on June 19th:  107%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents on June 20th:  101%

 

The following auctions realized more than $1,000,000 in total sales:

 

Christie’s.  George Washington’s Personal Copy of the first Acts of Congress in 1789 on June 22nd:  $9,826,500

Christie’s.  Books and Manuscripts on June 22nd:  $1,961,725

Christie’s.  Books on June 19th:  $1,161,699

Swann Galleries.  American Art / Contemporary Art on June 14th:  $1,076,559

 

The following sales sold at least 80% of their lots:

 

Christie’s.  George Washington’s Personal Copy of the first Acts of Congress in 1789 on June 22nd:  100%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books – Internet auctioned June 21st:   97%

Clars Auction Gallery.  Art and German Literature Books on June 16th:  94%

Ader. Letters and Manuscripts, Autographs, Collection of E. H. and diverses on June 14th:  93%

Swann Galleries.  19th & 20th Century Literature on June 21st:  89%

Pierre Berge & Associates.  Archeology on June 1st:  88%

Rupert Toovey.  Prints on May 16th:  86%

Osenat.  The French Empire at Fontainbleau on June 10th:  84%

Swann Galleries.  American Art / Contemporary Art on June 14th:  84%

 

For the week ahead 19 sales are scheduled:

 

Tuesday June 26th  Bonhams.  Books [20138].  738 lots

                                    Robert A. Siegel.  Rarities of the World [1025].  5 selected lots

 

Wed. June 27th          Gray’s Auctioneers.  Decorative Arts [58].  43 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Illustration Art [5087].  878 lots

 

Thursday June 28th  Ader.  Letters, Manuscripts, Autographs [19473].  393 lots.

                                    Aguttes.  Books, Ancient Documents and Stamps [18567].  209 lots

                                    Aguttes.  Books [19337].  39 lots

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Modern and Contemporary Prints [35934].  422 lots

                                    Cowan’s Auctions.  American History – Internet bidstart 6/21 [263].  355 lots

                                    Eldred’s.  Fine and Decorative Arts [750].  51 lots           

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Illustration Art [5087].  878 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books.  Internet bidstart 6/21.  433 lots

                                    Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Militaria [13402].  36 items

                                    Swann Galleries.  Discovery Sale [2283].  333 lots

 

Friday June 29th        Eldred’s.  Fine and Decorative Arts [750].  51 lots

 

Saturday June 30th   Dirk Soulis.  Important Railroadiana [53987].  61 lots

                                    Neal Auction Company.  Prints [63012].  56 lots.

 

Sunday July 1st          Amsterdam Book Auctions.  Curios, Books, Comics, Art [19].  696 lots

                                    Neal Auction Company.  Prints [63012].  56 lots.

 

With summer now underway and the auctions still in full advance we are experiencing a rare auction season, a busy and solid flow of sales that will run through July.  At this point there are 48 events on the July calendar and inevitably more to be scheduled.

Bruce McKinney
AE
June 24th, 2012

  • <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>
  • <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