Auction Update Review

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Drumbeat on the Mohawk

For the week ending Saturday November 24th 22 auctions were archived to the AED; 4 in British pounds, 8 in dollars, and 10 in euros.  Ten thousand six hundred and ninety-nine lots were offered and 7,834 sold for a 73% success rate.  Total turnover was $20,752,258 or 100% of the aggregate of the high estimates for all lots offered.  This was achieved on the wings of Heritage Auction’s Comics and Comic Art sale on November 15th that realized $6,690,015, an astounding 325% of its aggregate high estimate.  Some may debate the importance of Lincoln but no one is questioning Super Man, Batman and Robin.  It turns out the kids who 50 years ago had comic books tucked into their text books were onto something:  the future.

 

The total of the low estimates of all lots sold was $10,910,569, the total of their high estimates $14,198,171.

 

Six sales saw their total turnover reach a million dollars:

 

Heritage Auctions.  Comics and Comic Art on November 15th:  $6,690,015

Christies.  Valuable Books and Manuscripts on November 21st:  $3,260,525

Sotheby’s.  Books and Manuscripts on November 19th:  $2,092,450

Sotheby’s.  Photographs on November 16th:  $1,563,100

Skinner, Inc.  Fine Books and Manuscripts on November 18th:  $1,303,466

Guernsey’s.  The Roger Tory Peterson Auction on September 8th:  $1,051,672

 

Five auctions saw their total sales reach 100% of the total of their high estimates and 3 others came close enough to warrant recognition:

 

Heritage Auctions.  Comics and Comic Art on November 15th:  325%

Aydup & Mirabaud.  Books on November 7th:  159%

Dominic Winter.  Historic Aviation Memorabilia, Motoring & Transport, Militaria, Railway Tickets, Books & Ephemera on November 15th:  117%

Dominic Winter.  Printed Books, Maps & Decorative Prints on November 14th:  115%

 

Alde.  Modern Illustrated Books; Children’s Books on November 19th:  99%

Christie’s.  Valuable Books and Manuscripts on November 21st:  98%

The Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions.  Books and Prints:  97%

 

Four sales saw at least 80% of their lots sell:

 

Heritage Auctions.  Comics and Comic Art on November 15th:  99.7%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books online auction ended November 22nd:  86%

Dominic Winter.  Printed Books, Maps & Decorative Prints on November 14th:  85%

Skinner, Inc.  Fine Books and Manuscripts on November 18th:  82%

 

For the week ahead 39 sales are scheduled and 13,974 lots are searchable in the AE Auction Search:

 

Mon. Nov. 26th  Australian Book Auctions.  Books [61].  382 lots

 

Tues. Nov. 27th           Bonhams.  Printed Books and Maps [19851].  688 lots

                                    Bubb Kuyper.  Library of Gerrit Komrij, Part I [57a].  1,046 lots

                                    Bubb Kuyper.  Library of Gerrit Komrij, Part II [57b].  591 lots
Bruun Rasmussen.  Books [1248].  176 lots
Tajan.  Modern and Contemporary Photographs [9746].  213 lots

                                    Bonhams.  Prints [20274].  234 lots

                                    Christie’s.  Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts [7558].  395 lots

                                    Australian Book Auctions.  Books [61].  382 lots

                                    Ader.  Judaica [19597].  375 lots

                                   

                                   

 

Wed. Nov. 28th           Sotheby’s.  Musical Manuscripts and Continental Books [L12406].  159 lots

Minerva Auctions Roma.  Photographs [ROMA-81].  185 lots
Old World Auctions.  Fine Maps, Atlases, Manuscripts [142].  802 lots
Bubb Kuyper.  Books, Art [57c].  1,195 lots
Bubb Kuyper.  Books, Manuscripts, Prints [57d].

 

Thurs. Nov. 29th         AntiquarianAuctions.com.  Rare Books – online bidding starts today [23].  432 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Vintage Movie Posters [7067].  1,199 lots

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Important Books & Manuscripts [36002].  413 lots
Alde.  Documents; Artistic and Literary Autographs [19727].  431 lots

                                    Galerie Bassenge.  Prints, 15th to 19th Century [100h].  690 lots

                                    Swann Galleries.  Autographs [2296].  294 lots

                                    Bonhams.  Marcus, The Property of Lord Mowbray and Stourton & The Honorable
  James Stourton [20558].  9 lots

Christie’s.  An Important Collection of Russian Books and Manuscripts with Imperial
  Provenance [6769].  149 lots
Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books online bidding ends today [201248].  303 lots

                                    Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Books – Day 1 [1052].  1,053 lots

PBA Galleries.  Fine Americana – African American History – Cartography [494].  559 lots

                                      Pierre Berge & Associes.  Library of the Egyptologist Roger Khawan [19690].  265 lots

                                    Bubb Kuyper.  Prints [57e]

                                    Bubb Kuyper.  Rare Books [57f]

                                    Galerie Bassenge.  “Drama and Vision” Collection of Ivan Nagel [100i].  125 lots                    

                                   

Fri.  Nov. 30th             Heritage Auctions.  Vintage Movie Posters [7067].  1,199 lots

                                    Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Books – Day 2 [1053].  119 lots

                                    Bubb Kuyper.  Prints, Photographs [57g]

 

Sat Dec. 1st                 Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Sale No. 14592.  Comic Strips.  33 lots

Profiles in History.  Sale No. 12012.  Animation Auction 52 – Internet Only.  500 lots
Galerie Bassenge.  Sale No. 100L.  Modern Art – Part I.  261 lots
Galerie Bassenge.  Sale No. 100L.  Modern Art – Part II.  492 lots

 

Sunday Dec. 2nd       Osenat.  Sale No. 13962.  Fontainbleau Empire

National Book Auctions.  Sale No. 120212.  Books, Art, Ephemera, and Collectibles

 

In horse racing and for auctions of the printed word we can say at this moment we are rounding the three quarter post and heading for home.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

November 25th, 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.