Auction Update Review

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Down to the Wire

For the week ending Saturday November 3rd 34 auctions were archived to the AED.  Turnover was $36,634,712, 81% of the aggregate high estimate of all lots offered.  Eleven thousand one hundred and twelve lots were offered and 6,816 lots sold for a 61% success rate.  Sotheby’s and Christies did the heavy lifting with their prints and multiples sales, between them 587 lots brought $18,490,041 or $31,499 a lot.

 

Nine sales reached a million dollars:

 

Sotheby’s.  Prints in New York on November 1st:  $11,619,000

Christies.  Prints and Multiples in New York on October 30th:  $6,749,100

Christies.  Collection of Books in London on October 29th:  $4,224,200

Christies.  Collection of an Amateur Bibliophile in Paris on October 30th:  $2,461,743

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Enki Bilaf – “Oxymore” Last Paintings on October 29th:  $1,870,083

Christies.  Important Antiquarian Books, Art Books and Manuscripts in London on October 29th:  $1,675,429

Christies.  Vintage Posters in London on November 1st:  $1,411,667

Christies.  Sporting Books in London on October 30th:  $1,174,584

Heritage Auctions.  Space Exploration on November 2nd:   $1,009,462

 

Eight sales saw their proceeds exceed 100% of the aggregate high estimate of all lots offered:

 

Christies.  Collection of Books in London on October 29th:  211%

Dorotheum.  Books and Decorative Prints on October 30th:  164%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Enki Bilaf – “Oxymore” Last Paintings on October 29th:  137%

Christies.  Collection of an Amateur Bibliophile in Paris on October 30th:  120%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Old, Modern Prints on October 29th:  112%

Ader.  Free Masonry on October 23rd:  111%

Audap & Mirabaud.  Historical Memories on  October 23rd:  106%

Ader.  Ancient and Modern Books on October 24th:  102%

 

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

 

Dirk Soulis.  A 50 Year Sale on October 27th:  100%

Audap & Mirabaud.  Women give to Women on October 18th:  100%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Enki Bilaf – “Oxymore” Last Paintings on October 29th:  100%

Christies.  Collection of an Amateur Bibliophile in Paris on October 30th:  88%

Knotty Pine Auction Service.  Antique and Estate Books on October 27th:  87%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Old, Modern Prints on October 29th:  87%

Dorotheum.  Books and Decorative Prints on October 30th:  86%

Heritage Auctions.  Space Exploration on November 2nd:  83%

Rupert Toovey and Company.  Antiquarian and Collectors Books on October 9th:  81%

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile Sale on November 1st:  80%

 

For the week ahead 25 sales are scheduled:

 

Monday Nov. 5th    Doyle New York.  Books, Photographs and Prints [110512].  774 lots

 

Tuesday Nov. 6th       Amsterdam Book Auctions.  Books, prints, comics, posters [18].  297 lots

                                    Rupert Toovey & Co.  Photographs, Ephemera [1083].  131 lots

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

 

Wed. Nov. 7th         Audap & Mirabaud.  Books [19716].  350 lots

                                    Bonhams.  Sporting Sale [19873].  54 lots

                                    Leslie Hindman.  Fine Books and Manuscripts [216].  580 lots

                                    Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts, Incunabula [60a].  826 lots

 

Thurs. Nov. 8th           Aguttes.  Books, Posters, Photos [20050].  189 lots

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Sporting Goods [35993].  487 lots

                                    De Baecque & Associes.  Books, Comic Books and Autographs.  161 lots [20158]

                                    Dorotheum.  Prints [9737].  60 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books internet bidding ending today.  406 lots

                                    PBA Galleries.  Rare Books and Manuscripts [492].  270 lots

                                    Swann Galleries.  Rare & Important Travel Posters [2293].  201 lots

                                    Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts, Incunabula [60b].  814 lots

                                    Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts, Incunabula [60c].  661 lots

 

Friday Nov. 9th           Librairie Loeb-Larocque.  Antique Maps – Old Books [110912].  314 lots

                                   

                                    Binoche and Giquello.  Ancient and Modern Books, Atlases [13881].  321 lots

                                    Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts [60d].  801 lots

 

Saturday Nov. 10th    Clars Auction Gallery.  Photographs, Prints, Special Collection [111012].  55 lots

                                    Cottone.  Prints [67].  17 lots

                                    Dirk Soulis Auctions.  Prints [33820].  130 lots

 

Sunday Nov. 11th       Bonhams.  Prints [20069].

                                    Bruun Rasmussen.  Books [1245]

 

For the week ahead the auction surge continues.  Every 6 hours and 43 minutes another sale will begin.  Altogether 8,394 lots for these sales are posted and searchable in the upcoming auction search.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE
November 4th, 2012

  • <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
  • <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