• <b>Sotheby’s London: English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin. July 11, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Austen, Jane. Autograph letter, written in the third person, to her niece Anna Austen (later Lefroy), 1812. £80,000 to 100,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Smith, Adam. <i>An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations</i>. London: Printed for W. Strahan; And T. Cadell, 1776. £50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life</i>. John Murray, 1859. £50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin. July 11, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Dickens, Charles. Autograph draft manuscript of "Mrs Gamp with the Strolling Players,” 1847. £40,000 to 60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Shepard, E.H. Two drawings from <i>Winnie-The-Pooh</i> comprising “Why, what’s the matter?” and “He was taking the balloon out…” £40,000 to 60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Blake, William. <i>Illustrations of the Book of Job. Invented and Engraved by William Blake. Published as the Act Directs...By William Blake, 8 March 1825</i> [1826]. £20,000 to 30,000
  • <b>Forum Auctions: Online Sale of Cricket Books and Works on Paper. Now through July 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Wisden (John). <i>Cricketers' Almanack for 1896</i>, original cloth, 1896. £15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Wisden (John). <i>The Cricketers' Almanack for the year 1869</i>, excellent copy of the scarce sixth edition, 1869. £10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Wisden (John). <i>Cricketers' Almanack for 1916</i>, with tribute to W.G. Grace by Lord Harris, original cloth, 1916. £5,000 to 6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Online Sale of Cricket Books and Works on Paper. Now through July 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Lillywhite (Frederick) and Arthur Haygarth. <i>Cricket Scores and Biographies of Celebrated Cricketers</i>, vol. 1 - 16 [a complete run], 1862-2003. £750 to 1,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Trumper (Victor). Postcard of Victor Trumper, signed by Trumper on image, 1905. £300 to 400
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Crombie (Charles). <i>Laws of Cricket</i>, 1907; and 29 others. £150 to 200
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 30:</b> Carte-de-visite album featuring a previously unrecorded image of Harriet Tubman, 1860s. Sold for $161,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 7:</b> Hovhannes Amira Dadian, first world atlas in Armenian, Venice, 1849. Sold for $37,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 16:</b> T.E. Lawrence, <i>Seven Pillars of Wisdom</i>, privately printed edition, inscribed, London, 1926. Sold for $62,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 14:</b> 22 large-format photographs from NASA missions, 1965-84. Sold for $43,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21: </b> Charles M. Schulz, <i>Here Comes the Big Polar Bear</i>, pen & ink, 4-panel Peanuts comic strip, 1957. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Elliott Erwitt, photograph of JFK & Eisenhower, signed by both, 1960. Sold for $32,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> John Milton, <i>Paradise Lost</i>, first edition, London, 1668. Sold for $22,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 30:</b> Frederick Douglass, Autograph Letter Signed to George Alfred Townsend, Washington, 1880. Sold for $100,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jan 26:</b> <i>Les Maîtres de l'Affiche</i>, 5 volumes, Paris, 1896-1900. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 16:</b> James Joyce, <i>Ulysses</i>, first edition, number 724 on handmade paper, Paris, 1922. Sold for $33,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Single leaf of the Gutenberg Bible, Mainz, 1455, in a copy of Newton's <i>A Noble Fragment</i>. Sold for $52,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27:</b> The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, NY, 1830. Sold for $52,500.
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…

Auction Update Review

Nopreview

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>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Newton. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. London, 1687.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Josephus. <i>De antiquitate Judaica.</i> Lubeck, 1475-76.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Carlerius. <i>Sporta fragmentorum, Sportula fragmentorum</i>. Brussels, 1478-79.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Fridolin. <i>Der Schatzbehalter</i>. Nuremberg, 1491.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Pinder. <i>Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie</i>. Nuremberg, 1505.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Isidorus Hispalensis. <i>Synonyma de Homine</i>. Nuremberg, 1470-71.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Durer. Sammelband including <i>Underweysung der messing</i>. Nuremberg, 1525-29.
  • <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s:<br>De la musique avant toute chose… June 28, 2017</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Roland de Lassus. [Songs and madrigals]. Album gathering three collections of secular music for tenor. 15.000-20.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Richard Wagner. <i>Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.</i> Original edition corrected and annotated by Wagner. 60.000-80.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Claude Debussy. <i>La Damoiselle élue</i>. Lyrical poem, after D.-G. Rossetti. Limited edition of 160 copies. 6.000-8.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s:<br>De la musique avant toute chose… June 28, 2017</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Stéphane Mallarmé. Handwritten notebook made by Geneviève Mallarmé. No place or date [circa 1910]. 10.000-15.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Henri Sauguet. <i>Les Forains</i>. Ballet. Reduction for piano. Original edition. 20.000-30.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Athanasius Kircher. <i>Musurgia Universalis sive Ars Magna Consoni et Dissoni in X. Libros digesta.</i> 1650. 30.000-40.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s:<br>De la musique avant toute chose… June 28, 2017</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> François Villon, & Clément Marot. <i>Les Œuvres de François Villon de Paris, Reviewed and gathered by Clement Marot.</i> 15.000-20.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Rainer Maria Rilke. <i>Larenopfer</i> (Offrande aux dieux Lares). The second collection of Rainer Maria Rilke, containing ninety poems. 6.000-8.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Paul Éluard. <i>Capitale de la douleur.</i> One of the most beautiful poetic collections from the first surrealist wave. 15.000-20.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Pierre de Ronsard. <i>Les Amours</i> ... newly augmented by him, and commented by Marc Antoine de Muret. 40.000-60.000 €
  • <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Walter Gibson's Complete Run of The Shadow. 48 bound volumes, 1931-44. $8,000-12,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Frederic Shoberl, The World in Miniature: Hindoostan. 6 volumes. $2,000-4,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> A Rare Copy of the Earliest Chicago Newspaper to Report on the Great Fire of 1871. $6,000-8,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Broadside Proclamation by Mayor Roswell B. Mason for the Preservation of Good Order Following the Great Fire of 1871. Chicago. $4,000-6,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Peter Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence. One page. Scarce and highly collectable. $15,000-20,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> John Quincy Adams. The Jubilee of the Constitution. A Discourse. First edition. Inscribed. 1839. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Cuban Revolution: Expedicion y Desembarco del “Granma.” Havana, ca. 1959. With portraits of the Castro brothers & Che Guevara. $150-250
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Osuna Ramos. A group of 28 photographs of the Mexican Revolution & aftermath in Mexico City, 1910-1920. 4½ x 6”. $400-600
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Charles Bukowski. Hot Water Music. First edition with original signed painting. 1983. $2,000-4,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Alan Ginsberg. Five Page Autographed Letter. Signed. February 10, 1971. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Andy Warhol’s Children’s Book. Featuring 12 color illustrations. Signed 5 times. 1983. $5,000-7,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Albrecht Durer. The Martyrdom Saint John the Evangelist. Woodcut, 1511 edition. $1,000-2,000