Auction Update Review


Fever Pitch

For the week ending Saturday October 20th 19 auctions were archived to the AED; 1 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, 5 in US dollars, and 12 in euros.  Sales were $9,359,618 against the total high estimate of all lots offered - $10,624,378:  88%.  Five thousand seven hundred and fifty-five lots were offered and 4,138 lots sold for a 72% success rate.


Two sales reached a million dollars:


Heritage Auctions’ sale of Illustration Art on October 13th:  $3,334,719

Sotheby’s sale of the “Musical Collection of Andre Meyer” in Paris on October 16th:  $2,306,739


Four sales realized 100% or more of the total of the high estimates of all lots offered:


Heritage Auctions’ sale of Illustration Art on October 13th:  153%

Henri Godts Books & Prints Auctions’ sale of Books from the XVth to the XXth Century:  115%

Sotheby’s sale of the “Musical Collection of Andre Meyer” in Paris on October 16th:  112%

Rossini’s sale of Books on October 16th:  101%


Three sales sold at least 80% of their lots in the books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera field:


Doyle New York’s sale of Prints:  95%

Heritage Auctions’ sale of Illustration Art on October 13th:  93%

Heritage on line – Rare Books internet bidding ended October 18th:  83%


For the week ahead 21 sales are scheduled:


Mon. Oct. 22nd Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Prints and Multiples.  [19623].  231 lots


Tues.  Oct. 23rd           Ader.  Free Masonry [20042].  11 lots

                                    Archives International Auctions.  U. S. & Worldwide Banknotes, Security Printing Ephemera
  & Confederate Bons [XIIc].  805 lots

Audap & Mirabaud.  Historical Memories.  [19715].  22 lots

                                    Bonhams.  Prints.  [20059].  289 lots

                                    Swann Galleries.  Aldine Imprints & early Printed Books from the Library of
  Kenneth Rapoport [2291].  119 lots 


Wed. Oct. 24th Ader.  Ancient and Modern Books [20,155].  397 lots

                                    Bonhams.  Books [20510].  119 lots


Thurs. Oct. 25th          Bloomsbury Auctions.  Modern First Editions:  The Library of a Gentleman [35988].  416 lots

                                    De Baecque & Associes.  Ancient and Modern Books, Autographs and Documents [19675].  420 lots

                                    Hauff and Auvermann.  Rare Books, Autographs and Engravings [68a].  755 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books internet bidding ending October 18th [201243].  285 lots 

                                    PBA Galleries.  Ranchos of California:  The John C. Broome Collection [491].  412 lots



Fri.  Oct. 26th              Hauff and Auvermann.  Rare Books, Autographs and Engravings [68b].  1062 lots


                                    Osenat.  Charles-Guillaume Etienne Library [20218].  91 lots

                                    Piasa.  Ancient, Modern and Contemporary Photographs [19939].  211 lots


Sat. Oct. 27th Hauff and Auvermann.  Part III – Modern Literature, Posters and Photographs [68c].  674 lots
Hauff and Auvermann.  Part IV – Modern and Contemporary Art [68d].  541 lots
J. Sugarman Auction Corp.  World Class Collection of Unique Collectibles [1] 
  A small number of very large lots.

                                    Morton Casa de Subastas.  Books, Documents and Prints [650].  339 lots


Sun. Oct. 28th             Knotty Pine Auction Service.  Antique and Estate Books [102812].  305 lots


A steadily rising flow of auctions and auction lots are providing the clearest view ever achieved of rare and collectible books in real time.  It’s disconcerting, engrossing and exciting and beneath the surface surprisingly strong.


Bruce McKinney


October 21st, 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