Auction Update Review


In the Heart of the Battle

For the week ending Saturday October 27th, 2012 22 auction were archived to the AED;  3 in British pounds, 8 in US dollars and 11 in euros.  Six thousand two hundred and sixty-seven lots were offered and 4,102 sold for a 66% success rate.  Sales totaled $6,795,732, 73% of the total of high estimates of all lots offered.


Two sales reached a million dollars in total proceeds:


Bonhams.  Prints on October 23rd:  $1,708,623

Bloomsbury.  Modern First Editions:  The Library of a Gentleman on October 25th:  $1,166,232


Three sales saw their total sales reach 100% of their aggregate high estimates:


Swann Galleries.  Aldine Imprints & Early Printed Books from the Library of Kenneth Rapoport on October 23rd:  116%

Tajan.  Books on October 17th:  110%

Bonhams.  Books on October 24th:  100%


Galerie Bassenge came close:  Autograph Letters on October 19th:  98%


Five sales saw 80% or more of their lots sell:


Swann Galleries.  Aldine Imprints & Early Printed Books from the Library of Kenneth Rapoport on October 23rd:  98%

Bonhams.  Books on October 24th:  94%

ERA Encheres.  Library of a Ceramist on October 6th:  87%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books on line bidding ended 10/25:  84%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints on October 23rd:  81%


For the week ahead 26 sales are scheduled.  5,233 lots are offered and all are searchable in the AE unified auction search.      


Mon.  Oct. 29th    Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Enki Bilaf – “Oxymore” Last Paintings [2237].  15 lots

                    Bruun Rasmussen.  Old, Modern Prints [1244].  15 lots
Christie’s.  Important Antiquarian Books, Art Books and Manuscripts [3518].  113 lots

    Christie’s.  Book Collection [3532].  58 lots
Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Posters.  [14280].  500 lots


Tues.  Oct. 30th           Bonhams.  Photographs.  [20064].  137 lots

                                    Bruun Rasmussen.  Old, Modern Prints [1244].  15 lots

                                    Christie’s.  Prints and Multiples.  [2593].  379 lots

                                    Christie’s.  Collection of an Amateur Bibliophile.  [3537].  195 lots

                                    Christie’s.  Sporting Books.  [4354].  333 lots

                                    Dorotheum.  Books and Decorative Prints.  [103012].  413 lots


Wed. Oct. 31st          Alde.  Ancient and XIX Century Books [19723].  325 lots

                                    Christie’s.  Prints and Multiples [2593].  379 lots

                                    Christie’s.  Photographs [7272].  139 lots

                                    Cowan’s Auctions.  Photographs, Prints [302].  60 lots

                                    Remy Le Fur & Associes.  Pierre Lacam Library [181].  197 lots

                                    Swann Galleries.  Old Master Through Modern Prints;  including Salvador Dali Prints, Drawings,
  Art Books [2292].  495 lots


Thursday Nov. 1st      Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile Sale [35991].  417 lots

                                    Christie’s.  Vintage Posters in London [7303].  261 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Book online bidding ending Nov.1st [201244].  400 lots

                                    Sotheby’s.  Prints [N08896].  387 lots


Friday Nov. 2nd           Aspire Auctions.  Prints ending Nov. 2nd.  115 lots

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Old Master to 20th Century Prints & Drawings and Vintage Posters [35990].  

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Space Exploration [6082].  276 lots

                                    Sotheby’s.  Prints [NO8896].  387 lots


Saturday Nov. 3rd      Heritage Auctions.  Americana and Political Memorabilia [6092]


We are in the battle.



Bruce McKinney


October 28th, 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>