Auction Update Review


Distant Thunder

We are tiptoeing into the fall season.  For the week ending Saturday September 15th, 2012 ten sales were archived, 1 in Mexican pesos, 1 in euros, 2 in British pounds and 6 in US dollars.  Three thousand and thirty-eight lots were offered and 2,132 sold for a 70.2% success rate.  Sales totaled $1,087,443.

One sale saw its total proceeds reach at least 100% of its aggregate high estimate:

Dorotheum.  Posters, Advertising Art, Comics, Film and Photo History on September 12th:  162%


Three sales saw at least 80% of their lots sell:


National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Grosz, Maps, Coins, Dickens on September 9th:  100%

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile Sale on September 13th:  83%

Clars Auction Gallery.  Prints, Photographs – Day 1:  80%


For the week ahead 22 sales are scheduled:


Wed. Sept. 19th        Bonhams.  Prints featuring British Pop [19786]

                                    Christie’s.  Prints [5705].

                                    Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps & Documents [91912]

                                    Freeman’s [Samuel T. Freeman & Co.].  Photography and Photographic Books [1437].

                                    Sotheby’s.  Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints [L12161]


Thurs. Sept. 20th        Bloomsbury Auctions.  Children’s, Conjuring, Private Press and Modern First Editions [35952]

                                    Christie’s.  Etchings by James Ensor from an Important Private Collections [8258]

                                    Cowan’s Auctions.  The World at War [283].

                                    De Baecque & Associes.  Antiquarian and Modern Books [19666]

                                    Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  A Country House Library [92012]

                                    Freeman’s [Samuel T. Freeman & Co.].  Books, Maps and Manuscripts [1438]

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare book – online bidding ending today [201238]

                                    Knotty Pine Auction Service.  Books and Ephemera [92012]

                                    Pierre Berge & Associes.  Books [19559]

                                    Swann Galleries.  19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings [560]


Fri. Sept. 21st              Ferraton.  Books, Autographs and Manuscripts [92112]

                                    Galerie Koller Auctions.  Prints, Books [A162].

                                    Galerie Koller Auctions.  Master Prints [W234]

                                    Venator and Hanstein [Buch und Graphikauktionen].  Books, Prints, Drawings, Autographs [124].


Sat. Sept. 22nd    Auxerre Encheres – Auxerre Estimations.  Books [89739]

                                    Galerie Koller Auctions.  Prints,  Books [A162]

                                    Venator and Hanstein [Buch und Graphikauktionen].  Modern and Contemporary Prints and Drawings;
   Modern Literature on Art [125]


The next few months may be rocky.  Uncertainty with the elections and the current malaise in the Middle East will give some bidders pause.  The serious will be undeterred.  Uncertainty comes and goes with some regularity.  Important and rare materials pass by less often.


Bruce McKinney


September 16th, 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>