• <b>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 95. Turing. <i>Systems of Logic Based on Ordinals</i>. Offprint. London, 1939. Robin Gandy's Copy. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 98. Zernike, Fritz. The 1953 Nobel Prize for Physics: The Invention of the Phase-Contrast Microscope. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 111. Apple 1 Computer, operational, with exceptional provenance. $400,000 to $600,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1074. Bruce, Lenny. An unreleased 16 mm film by "Count" Lewis DePasquale featuring Lenny Bruce. $7,000 to $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1254. Hirohito. Manuscript in Japanese, "The Emperor's Monologue," transcribed by Terasaki Hidenari. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1095. Goldman. Emma. Large archive of correspondence, much of it to Warren Starr Van Valkenburgh. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 109. Wozniak and Jobs. The First Digital "Blue Box", Berkeley, 1972. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 46. Newton, Isaac. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. 1st issue. London, 1687. $300,000 to $500,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 49. Newton. Autograph Manuscript in English, a portion of a draft of Newton's study on revelation. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1027. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 1st edition, 1st issue. Scribners, 1925. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1042. Hemingway., Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls. Presentation copy, one of 15 copies. Scribners, 1940. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1215. A 48-star American Flag, flown from LCT-703, sunk on Omaha Beach, December 1944. $15,000 to $20,000
  • <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SAINT-EXUPERY, ANTOINE DE. Kodachrome Film (16mm) showing Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Consuelo on a boat, 1942. JOINED: Guestbook for the Boat, signed, with a drawing of the Little Prince. 15 000 to 20 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CANDEE, HELEN CHURCHILL. Autograph manuscript. TITANIC, 40 leaves. Original account of the most famous shipwreck, by a survivor of the ordeal. 300 000 to 400 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> TITANIC. Collection of 7 documents relating to the shipwreck of the Titanic (14 April 1912). 20 000 to<br>30 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> DUPLEIX DE CADIGNAN, JEANBAPTISTE. Signed autograph manuscript. Thirty years of memoirs related to military services and important information on the American War of Independence.<br>40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CURTIUS. Faiz et Conquestes d'Alexandre [Histoire d'Alexandre le Grand]. In French, illuminated manuscript on paper and parchment, 16 large miniatures. 300 000 to<br>500 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> NELSON, HORATIO. Signed autograph letter, ‘Nelson & Bronte,” aboard the Amazon, 14 October 1801, addressed to Sir William Hamilton. 4 000 to 5 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> GIROLAMO FRANCESCO MARIA MAZZUOLI DIT LE PARMESAN. Le couple amoureux. Pen and brown ink. 80 000 to 120 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SADE, DONATIEN-ALPHONSE-FRANÇOIS, MARQUIS DE. Autograph manuscript. The 120 Days of Sodom, or the School of Libertinage, 1785.<br>4 000 000 to 6 000 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> MIRÓ, JOAN. Signed autograph correspondence to Thomas and Diane Bouchard (1949-1976). 50 000 to 60 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> BALZAC, HONORÉ DE. Signed autograph manuscript, Ursule Mirouët, [1841]. One of only two manuscripts of novels by Balzac in private hands. 800 000 to<br>1 200 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> LENOIR, ALEXANDRE. Essai sur l'histoire des arts en Egypte pouvant servir d'appendice au grand ouvrage de la Commission. autograph manuscript with numerous additions and corrections. 40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SCHRÖDINGER, ERWIN. Autograph manuscript [Spring 1946, sent to Albert Einstein]. 1 500 to 2 000 €
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> William Oden Waller studio, <i>Manhattan Mary</i>, gouache and graphite, 1927. Sold for $77,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 28:</b> Missionary archive of Samuel W. and Gideon H. Pond, Minnesota, 1833-93. Sold for $112,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b> Richard Hakluyt, <i>Novus Orbis</i>, first printed use of “Virginia” on a map, Paris, 1587. Sold for $80,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17:</b> Aegidius Romanus, <i>Lo libre del regiment dels princeps</i>, first edition in Catalan, Barcelona, 1480. Sold for $50,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> William Faulkner, <i>The Marble Faun</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed, Boston, 1924. Sold for $22,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 5:</b> Henry Ossawa Tanner, <i>Flight into Egypt</i>, oil on canvas, circa 1910. Sold for $341,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 2:</b> Edward Hopper, <i>The Lonely House</i>, etching, 1923. Sold for $317,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 7:</b> George Washington, Autograph Letter Signed, to his spymaster Benjamin Tallmadge, New Jersey, 1780. Sold for $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 19:</b> Saul Leiter, <i>Waiter, Paris</i>, chromogenic print, 1959. Sold for $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 26: </b> A. M. Cassandre, <i>Normandie / Maiden Voyage</i>, 1935. Sold for $20,000.
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Auction Update Review

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The Stormy Season

For the week ending Saturday November 10th 13 auctions were archived to the AED, 2 in British pounds, 3 in euros and 7 in US dollars.  Four thousand and twenty-four lots were offered and 3,061 sold for a 76% success rate.  Total turnover was $6,771,611, 70% of the aggregate high estimate of all lots offered:  $9,701,371.  The uncertainty associated with the American fiscal cliff seems the likely culprit for softness in the rooms.  Representative Behner’s quickly enunciated willingness to cooperate, after the election of President Obama, may ultimately lead to a grand bargain but until such an agreement is reached the auction rooms may be held hostage.  The hearty will look past the short term economic uncertainty toward what is shaping up as a good to very good 2013 if the Congress does not bury the economy alive.

 

Two sales reached a million dollars:

 

Doyle New York.  Photographs and Prints on November 5th:  $2,532,960

Swann Galleries.   Old Master through Modern Prints; including Salvador Dali Prints, Drawings, Art Books:  $2,068,542

 

Two sales saw their sales reach 100% of their aggregate high estimates:  

 

Remy Le Fur & Associes.  Bibliotheque de Pierre Lacam on October 31st:  210%

Doyle New York.  Photographs and Prints on November 5th:  119%

 

Four sales saw 80% of their lots sell:

 

Remy Le Fur & Associes.  Bibliotheque de Pierre Lacam on October 31st:  100%

Aspire Auctions.  Prints internet sale ended November 2nd:  96%

Doyle New York.  Photographs and Prints on November 5th:  86%

Leslie Hindman.  Fine Books and Manuscripts on November 7th:  85%

 

For the week ahead 38 sales are scheduled.  Most are currently searchable in the AE Upcoming Auction Search.  As to today 12,392 of these lots are available.

 

Monday Nov. 12th  Artcurial Bries-Le Fur-Poulain. Tajan.  Historic Memories and Antiques Arms [19575].  7 lots

                                    Bonhams.  Prints [20069].  126 lots

                                    Christie’s.  Andy Warhol Benefit [2766].  356 lots

                                    Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Comic Strips [14093].  390 lots

 

Tuesday Nov. 13th     Bonhams.  Books, Maps and Manuscripts [20139].  248 lots

                                    Bruun Rasmussen.  Dan Fog Music Book Store [1246].  1 lot

                                    Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books [336].  1,110 lots

                                    Galerie Koller.  Books [651].  66 lots

 

Wed. Nov. 14th           Bloomsbury Auctions.  Old Master to 20th Century Prints & Drawings and Vintage
  Posters [35990].  463 lots

                                    Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books [336].  1,110 lots

                                    Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents [111412]

                                    Freeman’s.  Pennsylvania Sale [1446].  125 lots

                                    Freeman’s.  Historic Muhlenberg Property from a Private Collection [1446A].  27 lots

 

Thurs. Nov. 15th         Bloomsbury Auctions.  Old Master to 20th Prints & Drawings and Vintage Posters [35990].  463 lots

                                    Gonnelli Casa d’Aste.  Books, Manuscripts, Autographs:  790 lots

                                    Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  The Collectors Sale:  Aviation, Motoring and other Transport [111512]

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Comics and Comic Art [7066].  2,025 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books Internet bidding ends today.  392 lots

                                    Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Photographs and Books [14094].  278 lots

                                    PBA Galleries.  Rare Manuscripts and Archives [493].  174 lots

                                    Piasa.  Ancient and Modern Prints [19944]

                                    Profiles in History.  Historical Documents [111512].  174 lots

                                    Skinner, Inc.  Fine Books and Manuscripts [2620M].  137 lots

                                    Sotheby’s.  Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History [L12405].  339 lots

                                    Swann Galleries.  American Art * Contemporary Art [2294].  171 lots

 

Friday Nov. 16th         Christie’s.  Photographs [3514].  196 lots

                                    Gonnelli Casa d’Aste.  Books, Manuscripts, Autographs:  790 lots

                                    Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  The Collector’s Sale:  Militaria, Railway Part V [111612]

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Comics and Comic Art [7066].  2,025 lots

                                    Sotheby’s.  Photographs [PF1222]

                                    Romantic Agony.  Books and Prints [49]

 

Saturday Nov. 17th    Addison and Sarova.  Rare and Fine Books [1002].  225 lots

                                    Christie’s.  Photographs [3514].  196 lots

                                    Gonnelli Casa d’Aste.  Prints and Drawings [11b].  394 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Photographs [5119]

                                    Romantic Agony.  Books and Prints [49]

 

Sunday Nov. 18th       Bonhams.  Prints [20070]

                                    ERA Encheres.  Rare and Ancient Books about Regionalism [18804]

                                    National Book Auctions.  Books, Art, Ephemera, and Collectibles [111812]

                                    Piasa.  Herge:  Comic Strips [20011]

                                    Skinner, Inc.  Fine Books and Manuscripts [2621B].  704 lots

 

What with the American elections and hurricane damage in the New York area it has been a complicated two weeks.  Sales, long scheduled, are coming up.  The opportunities are appealing, the chance to support both consignors and auction houses equally important.  At moments like this we are reminded that, while acting individually, we are also part of a complex unique community.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

November 11th, 2012

  • <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Unique Association Copy of Signed Limited Roosevelt, African Game Trails, Extra-Illustrated. $5,000 - 7,500
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 24 Volumes Henry James in 1/2 Morocco - Alvin Langdon Coburn Frontis Illustrations. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> French Surrealism by Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, 1930 Limited Edition in Lovely Condition. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Unique and Beautifully Written Manuscript of 650 Quarto Pages - Unpublished History of Belle-Isle-En-Mer, 1754. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> William Beebe's Classic 4 Volume Work on "The Pheasants," Signed and Inscribed in 1919. $2,000 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Three Volumes of Washington's War Era Letters Published in New York in 1796. $1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 19th C. Vintage Album with 48 Sepia Toned Albumen Prints by Fratelli Alinari et. al.<br>$1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Report of Phipps' Voyage in 1773 In Search of a Passage to India Via the North Pole. $1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 17 Volumes of Wallace's American Trotting Register, 1874-1891. $1,500 - $2,500
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Rare First English Edition of Monardes, Joyfull Newes, 1577, Woodcut Illustrations.<br>$1,500 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 6 Volume Shakespeare Presented to Virginia Congressman Involved in the "Trent Affair". $1,200 - $1,500
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Classic Lothar Meggendorfer Movable Book Complete with 8 Chromolithograph Plates, Ca. 1890. $750 - $1,000
  • <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>