Auction Update Review

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For the week ending Saturday December 1st 30 auctions were archived to the AED; 16 in euros, 9 in British pounds, 4 in dollars and 1 in Swiss francs.  Total turnover was $26,449,140, 103% of the total high estimate of all lots offered.  Eleven thousand eights hundred and forty-two lots were offered and 8,697 sold for a 73% success rate.

 

Sixteen sales saw their total sales exceed the total of their high estimates:

 

Pierre Berge & Associes.  Books on November 21st:  227%

Bonhams.  Marcus, The Property of Lord Mowbray and Stourton & The Honorable James Stourton on November 29th:  227%

Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books on November 13th:  186%

Sotheby’s.  Musical Manuscripts and Continental Books on November 28th:  134%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F.Tajan.   Comic Strips - 1st Vacation on November 18th:  131%

Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts on November 8th:  130%

Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts on November on November 9th:  129%

Christies.  An Important Collection of Russian Books and Manuscripts with Imperial Provenance on November 29th:  120%

Bonhams.  Printed Books and Maps on November 27th:  117%

Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts, Incunabula on November 7th:  112%

Alde.  Documents; Artistic and Literary Autographs on November 29th:  111%

Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts on November 8th:  111%

Dirk Soulis Auctions.  Prints on November 10th:  108%

Bonhams.  Printed Books and Maps on November 23rd:  107%

Swann Galleries.  Autographs on November 29th:  101%

 

Eights sales saw their totals reach a million dollars:

 

Sotheby’s.  Musical Manuscripts and Continental Books on November 28th:  $5,661,040

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F.Tajan.  Comics on November 24th:  $3,754,687

Christie’s.    An Important Collection of Russian Books and Manuscripts with Imperial Provenance on November 29th:  $2,340,282

Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Rare Books on November 19th:  $2,014,522

Sotheby’s.  Important Manuscripts, Letters and Memorabilia from the family of Arturo Toscanini on November 28th:  $1,895,923

Bonhams.  Prints on November 27th:  $1,400,096

Pierre Berge & Associes.  Books on November 21st:  $1,114,786

Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts, Incunabula on November 7th:  $1,101,448

 

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

 

Dirk Soulis Auctions.  Prints on November 10th:  96%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F.Tajan.  Comic Strips - 1st Vacation:  92%

Swann Galleries.  Autographs on  November 29th:  92%

Bonhams.  Printed Books and Maps on November 27th:  91%

Sotheby’s.  Important Manuscripts, Letters and Memorabilia from the family of Arturo Toscanini on November 28th:  90%

Christie’s.  An Important Collection of Russian Books and Manuscripts with Imperial Provenance on November 29th:  90%

Bonhams.  Marcus, The Property of Lord Mowbray and Stourton & The Honorable James Stourton on November 29th:  89%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books Internet bidding ended November 29th

Pierre Berge & Associes.  Books on November 21st:  86%

Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books on November 13th:  84%

Zisska & Schauer.   Books, Manuscripts, Incunabula on November 7th:  84%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Books on November 27th:  84%

Zisska & Schauer.   Books, Manuscripts on November 9th:  82%

 

For the week ahead 34 sales are scheduled:

 

Tuesday Dec. 4th

 

Bonhams.  Sale No. 19952.  Polar Sale, Travel and Photographs

Christies.  Sale No. 2769.  Multiples by Matisse from the Matisse Family Collections Internet only (bidstart 11/19)

Mealy’s Auctioneers.  No. 120412.  Rare Books and Literature

Delvaux.  Sale No. 19735.  Books and Autographs

Bonhams.  Sale No. 20475.  The Dictionary Collection of Thomas Malin Rodgers

Bonhams.  Sale No. 20078.  Fine Books, Maps and Manuscripts

Dorotheum.  Sale No. 120412.  Autographs

Minerva Auctions Roma.  Sale No. Roma-83.  Books, Autographs and Prints

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F.Tajan.  Sale No. 20334.  Collection Liuba and Ernesto Wolf

Carlsen Gallery.  Sale No. 20334.  Prints, Books

 

Wednesday Dec. 5th

 

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Sale No. 36005.  Bibliophile

Galerie Bassenge.  Sale No. 100o.  Photography from the 19th- 21st Century

Christies.  Sale No. 7572.  Modern and Contemporary Prints

Rupert Toovey and Co.  Sale No. 1089.  Prints

Bonhams.  Sale No. 20377.  Russian Literature and Works on Paper

Bonhams.  Sale No. 20830.  Illuminating Space

Galeria Bassenge.  Sale No. 100n.  Photo Books and Photographic Literature

Guernsey’s.  Sale No. 34318.  The Arader Sale:  Color Plate Books, Rare Maps, Natural History

 

Thursday Dec. 6th

 

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Sale No. 19585.  Prints and Illustrated Books

Christies.  Sale No. 5701.  Old Master Prints

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Sale No. 35997.  Modern and Contemporary Prints

Alde.  Sale No. 19728.  Ancient and Modern Books

Aguttes.  Sale No. 20255.  Ancient and Modern Books

Piasa.  Sale No. 20129.  H. M. Petiet

Swann Galleries, Inc.  Sale No. 2297.  Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Historical Prints, Ephemera.

Waverly Auctions, Inc.  Sale No 120612.  Quinn’s Auction:  Fine and Rare Books

 

Friday Dec. 7th

 

Galerie Koller Auctions.  Sale No. A163.  Modern Prints

Alde.  Sale No. 19729.  Ancient and Modern Books, Day 2

Christies.  Sale No. 2607.  Books and Manuscripts Session I

Christies.  Sale No. 2656.  Books and Manuscripts Session II

 

Saturday Dec. 8th

 

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Sale  No. 6083.  Civil War and Militaria

Clars Auction Gallery.  Sale No. 120812.  Prints

 

Sunday Dec. 9th

 

Clars Auction Gallery.  Sale No. 120812.  Prints continued.

National Book Auctions.  Books, Art, Ephemera, and Collectibles [120912]

 

For those with an interest in rare books and works on paper the results this past week suggest strength in the rooms.  It is uncommon for total sales for any week to exceed the total of high estimates for all lots offered.  This past week sales were 103%.  This said it needs to be also pointed out that most sales were outside the United States.  This coming week the focus shifts to New York with among other events the Arader Sale conducted by Guernsey’s.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

December 2nd 2012

  • <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: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <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. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Copper Printing Plate for "Marshall's Household Engraving of Washington." $500 to $1000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Important Documentary Painting Showing Baseball Great Ty Cobb in Cuba. $1,000 to $2,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> <i>Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age</i>, Inscribed by Bill Wilson. $500 to $1,000
    <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983), <i>Prise à l'hameçon.</i> $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Maurice Dufrène (French, 1876-1955), <i>Rayon des Soieries</i>. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> William Pope.L (American, b. 1955), <i>Intimacy Project</i>. $2,000 to $4,000
  • <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Collection of 131 Herbert Ponting gelatin silver contact prints of Antartica, £6000-8000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of several lots of Henri Cartier-Bresson gelatin silver prints, £200-300
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Vintage gelatin silver print of Diego Rivera by Leonard McCombe, £300-500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Julia Margaret Cameron of Sir John Herschel (April, 1867), £30,000-50,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron, Love, 1864 (from the Norman album), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Lewis Carroll of Twyford School Eleven (Summer Term, 1859), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Lewis Carroll of Xie Kitchin as 'Dane' (Oxford, 1873), £500-800
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Calotype print (c1845) by Hill & Adamson of Lady Elizabeth (Rigby) Eastlake, £3000-4000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Group of 12 waxed paper negatives of Scottish scenes by Thomas Keith, mid-1850s, £3000-5000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of 15 lots of Roger Fenton salt prints of his work in the Crimea, mid-1850s, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Quarter plate ambrotype (c.1860s) with ethnographic portrait of a woman seated at a table, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Rare whole plate thermoplastic union case of the Landing of Columbus (c.1858),part of the John Hannavy collection, £1500-2000
  • <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>