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 Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.