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Strength in the Rooms

For the week ending Saturday October 6th, 2012 16 auctions were archived to the AED; 1 in euros, 7 in British pounds, and 8 in US dollars.  Turnover was a robust $24,495,995, 79% of the high estimate of all lots offered:  $30,929,914.

 

Christie's carried the heavy freight this week with five sales; 3 in London and 2 in New York.  Their turnover alone was $11,757,737.  Sotheby’s with a single sale of photographs in New York raised $4,488,253.

 

For the week 8 sales reached the $1.0 million level:

 

Christie's.  Photographs on October 4th in New York:  $6,254,500

Sotheby’s.  Photographs on October 3rd in New York:  $4,488,253

Swann Galleries.  Fine Photographs & Photo Books on October 4th:  $2,711,628

Christie's.  Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds on October 4th in London:  $1,757,920

Bonhams.  Early Printing and English Books in London on October 2nd:  $1,732,545

Christie's.  Posters with a Purpose:  The London Transport Museum Sale in London on October 4th:  $1,656,578

Christie's.  Richard Avedon Photographs on October 4th in New York:  $1,517,250

RR Auction.  Old West, Gangsters, Mobsters on September 30th:  $1,479,822

 

Six sales reached or exceeded 100% of their aggregate high estimates:

 

Lyon and Turnbull.  International Sale:  Prints on October 3rd:  100%

Bonhams.  Early Printing and English Books in London on October 2nd:  168% 

Christie's.  Arts of Islam in London on October 5th:  164%

Christie's.  Posters with a Purpose:  The London Transport Museum Sale in London on October 4th:  146%

Swann Galleries.  Printed & Manuscript Americana on October 2nd:  129%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Books on October 1st:  118%

 

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

 

Lyon and Turnbull.  International Sale:  Prints:  100%

National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Art, Bronzes, Maps, Glass, etc.:  99.7%

Bonhams.  Early Printing and English Books in London on October 2nd:  96.14%

RR Auction.  Old West, Gangsters, Mobsters:  95.56%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Books on October 1st:  92.07%

Swann Galleries.  Printed & Manuscript Americana:  92.05%

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Red China on October 4th:  90.31%

Christie's.  Arts of Islam in London on October 5th:  83.33%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books internet bidding ended October 4th:  80.68%

 

For the week ahead 15 sales are scheduled:

 

Mon.  Oct. 8th        Alde.  Library First Editions.  [19718].  304 lots

 

Tues.  Oct. 9th             Christie’s.  Travel, Science, and Natural History.  [6911].  193 lots

                                    Rupert Toovey and Co.  Antiquarian and Collectors Books.  [1076].  201 lots

 

Wed.  Oct. 10th           Bonhams.  Fine Books and Manuscripts.  [20048].  422 lots

                                    Christie’s.  Rendez-vous:  Contemporary Interiors.  [3541].  53 lots

                                    Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents.  [101012].  732 lots

                                    Doyle New York.  Doyle @ Home:  Prints.  [101012].  21 lots

                                    Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints.  [1075].  51 lots

 

Thurs.  Oct. 11th         Dominic Winter.  Sporting and Natural History, Vintage and Contemporary Photography.  [101112].  76 lots

                                    Freeman’s [Samuel T. Freeman & Co.].  Prints.  [1442].  13 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books internet auction ending October 11th [201241].  455 lots 

                                    PBA Galleries.  Fine Literature with Books in all Fields.  [490].  368 lots

                                    Swann Galleries.  Art, Press & Illustrated Books.  [2289].  367 lots

 

Fri. Oct. 12th               Ader.  Shunga – Erotic Prints [20060].  286 lots

 

Sat. Oct. 13th               Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Illustration Art.  [5111].  726 lots

 

The market is on display in the rooms and the descriptive term capturing the spirit:  strength.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

October 7th, 2012

 

  • <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>
  • <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.