• <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Malcolm X, typed manuscripts for the <i>LA Herald Dispatch</i> column "God's Angry Men," 1957.<br>$200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Frederick Douglass, Autograph Letter Signed to George Alfred Townsend, Washington, 1880.<br>$40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Carte-de-visite album featuring a previously unrecorded image of Harriet Tubman, 1860s.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Collection of documents from the Montgomery Improvement Association, Alabama, 1955-63. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Martin Luther King, Jr., working draft of the "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Alabama, 1963. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> <i>Benjamin Bannaker's Almanac</i> for 1795, Baltimore. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Collection of 41 letters addressed to Rebecca Primus, 1854-72.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Abby Fisher, <i>What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking</i>, first edition, San Francisco, 1881.<br>$10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Victor H. Green, <i>The Negro Motorist Green-Book for 1941</i>, New York, 1940. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Toni Morrison, <i>The Bluest Eye, </i>reviewer's copy, New York, 1971. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Potter (Beatrix). The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first edition, first issue, [1901]. Part of an extensive, private Beatrix Potter collection. £15,000 - 20,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Dodgson (Charles Lutwidge). The Hunting of the Snark, first edition, with original printed dust-jacket, 1876.<br>£7,000 - 9,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Buckland Wright (John). Pervigilium Veneris: The Vigil of Venus, number 1 of 100 copies (Christopher Sandford's copy), Golden Cockerel Press, 1939.<br>£2,000 - 3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Kelmscott Press. Keats (John). The Poems, one of 300, orig. vellum, 8vo, Kelmscott Press, 1894. £1,800 - 2,200
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Greenhill (Elizabeth).- Morison (Stanley) and Kenneth Day. The Typographic Book, 1450-1935, bound in dark green goatskin by Elizabeth Greenhill, 1963. £6,000 - 8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Fitzgerald (F. Scott). The Great Gatsby, first edition, first state dust-jacket, New York, 1925. £25,000 - 35,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Dionysius, <i>Halicarnassensis</i>. Antiquitates Romanae, Editio princeps, Treviso, Bernardinus Celerius, 24 or 25 February, 1480. £4,000 - 6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Canon Law. [Laurentius Puldericus. Breviarum decreti], manuscript in Latin, on paper, [?Germany], [c. 1450].<br>£5,000 - 7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Swimming. Percey (William) The Compleat Swimmer: or, the Art of Swimming, first and only edition, by J.C. for Henry Fletcher, 1658. £5,000 - 7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Binding with silverwork by Anthony Nelme. The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New: : newly translated out of the original tongues, Oxford, John Baskett, 1716. £10,000 - 15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> George IV's copy. Nash (John, architect). The Royal Pavilion at Brighton, one of 10 copies, 1826. £8,000 - 10,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Blake (William, 1757-1827). "With Dreams upon my bed thou scarest me & affrightest me with Visions", 1825. £700 - 1,000
  • <b>Auction Pierre Bergé & associés in association with Sotheby’s: Important Books and Manuscripts from the Library of Jean A. Bonna from the 15th to the 20th Century. Sale on April 26, 2017. Exhibition in London March 28-30</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Galileo, <i>Discorsi e Dimostrazioni matematiche.</i> Leyde, Elzevier, 1638. Original edition: only known copy of the first state. €700,000 – 900,000
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Fables illustrated by Benjamin Rabier. Paris, Tallandier, without date [ca. 1910]. Superb binding doubled in vellum decorated with painted and mosaic decors by André Mare illustrating four fables. €10,000 – 15,000
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Gustave Flaubert, draft for the preface of the <i>Memoir for the defense of Madame Bovary</i>, 15-30 January 1857. Exceptiona signed autograph manuscript. €40,000 – 60,000
    <b>Auction Pierre Bergé & associés in association with Sotheby’s: Important Books and Manuscripts from the Library of Jean A. Bonna from the 15th to the 20th Century. Sale on April 26, 2017. Exhibition in London March 28-30</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Boccace, <i>The Book of Praise and the Virtue of the Noble and Cleric Ladies.</i> Verard, 1493. First edition of the French version attributed to Laurent de Premierfait. €40,000 – 60,000
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Exceptional set of 15 original bindings by Jean de Gonet, on rare editions illustrated by Picasso, Matisse, Miro or original editions of Bataille or Radiguet.
  • <b>Now in press: 19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> <i>The First American Magna Carta. English Liberties.</i> Boston, 1721.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Babbage presentation to Peel, the man who killed the Difference Engine 1832
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> The Stamp Act. 1765
    <b>Now in press: 19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Central Park Photographs by Prevost 1862
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Salem Witch Trials. Wonders of the Invisible World 1693
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Mammoth print of Millie-Christine, "The Carolina Twins" c. 1868

Auction Update Review

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What to make of a wild week: opportunity

By the numbers this was a significant week.  More than 16,000 lots were offered and, because earlier undisclosed results are included, 19,497 lots reported.  Two decades ago these numbers represented a full year, these days a week.  Today we live in a brave new world that is seeing a copy of Huxley’s classic of the same name come up at auction every 23 days.   Fifteen sales were denominated is euros, 14 in US dollars, 8 in British pounds, and 1 in Australian dollars – 38 sales in all.  Twelve thousand and three lots, or 62% of all lots offered, sold.  Leaving aside the 8,074 lot sale handled by Kiefer that saw 4,114 lots, or 51% sell, the percentage of lots sold at all other reported auctions was 69%, just a small fraction below the 72% statistical norm that has prevailed for most of the year.

 

The total low estimates of the lots sold was $20,968,244, their aggregate high estimate $27,486,920.  Altogether these items brought $35,528,340, a 29% premium to their high estimates.  Thirty eight percent, or 7,464 lots, did not receive bids at or above consignor reserves.

 

Of the auctions archived 12 reached a million dollars:

 

Christie’s.  Books and Manuscripts Session I on December 7th:  $7,709,252

Christie’s.  Old Master Prints on December 6th:  $2,362,131

Guernsey’s.  The Arader Sale - Color Plate Books, Rare Maps, Natural History on December 5th:  $2,258,342

Heritage Auctions.  Vintage Movie Posters on November 29th:  $2,216,847

Galerie Bassenge.  Prints 15th to 19th Century on November 29th:  $1,697,754

Osenat.  Fontainebleau Empire on December 2nd:  $1,328,889

Kiefer - Buch- und Kunstauktionen.  Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques on October 5th:  $1,318,488

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Modern and Contemporary Prints on December 4th:  $1,312,248

Bonhams.  Illuminated Space on December 5th:  $1,263,980

Christie’s.  Multiples by Matisse from the Matisse Family Collections Internet only ended December 4th:  $1,290,125

Bonhams.  The Dictionary Collection of Thomas Malin Rodgers on December 4th:  $1,133,692

 

Eleven sales saw their total sales reach a hundred percent of their total high estimates:

 

Osenat. Fontainebleau Empire on December 2nd:  297%

Bonhams.  The Dictionary Collection of Thomas Malin Rodgers on December 4th:  169%

Heritage Auctions.  Vintage Movie Posters on November 29th:  161%

Profiles in History.  Historical Documents on November 15th:  146%

Galerie Bassenge.  "Drama and Vision" Collection of Ivan Nagel on November 29th:  126%

Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Old Master Prints on November 23rd:  124%

Bonhams.  Polar Sale, Travel and Photographs on December 4th:  117%

Galerie Bassenge.  Modern Art Part I on December 1st:  115%

Christie’s.  Multiples by Matisse from the Matisse Family Collections Internet only ended December 4th:  106%

Christie’s.  Old Master Prints on December 6th:  105%

Galerie Bassenge.  Modern Art Part II on December 1st:  101%

 

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

 

Bonhams.  The Dictionary Collection of Thomas Malin Rodgers on December 4th:  95%

Christie’s.  Multiples by Matisse from the Matisse Family Collections Internet only ended December 4th:  93%

Profiles in History.  Historical Documents on November 15th:  89%

Heritage Auctions.  Vintage Movie Posters on November 29th:  87%

Swann Galleries.  Maps & Atlases, Natural History and Historical Prints, Ephemera:  86%

Heritage Auctions.  Books and Autographs, internet sale ended December 6th:  85%

Galerie Bassenge.  Modern Art Part I on December 1st:  82%

 

For the week ahead 36 sales are upcoming and 13,327 lots searchable in the AE Auction Search:

 

Monday Dec. 10th

 

Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Sale No. 19629.  Prints and Multiples.  352 lots

Cowan’s.  Stereoview and Early Photography – Internet sale ending today.  168 lots

 

Tuesday Dec. 11th

 

Henri Godts Books & Prints Auctions.  Sale No. 18147.  Books from the XVth to the XXth Century.  431 lots

Piasa.  Sale No. 20131.  Manuscripts.  306 lots

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Legends of the Old West.  1825 lots

Swann Galleries, Inc.  Sale No. 2298.  Fine Photographs and Photobooks.  425 lots

 

Wednesday Dec. 12th

 

Dominic  Winter Book Auctions.  Sale No. 121212.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents.  641 lots

Sothebys.  The Art of Illustration from the Collection of Michael Winner [12409].  157 lots

Ader.  Sale No. 19598.  Prints.  500 lots

Bloomsbury.  Astronomy and Space Exploration [36006].  403 lots

Woolley and Wallis.  Sale No. 121212b.  Books.  54 lots

Woolley and Wallis.  Sale No. 121212p.  Books.  43 lots

Sothebys.  Sale No. N08886.  A Show of Hands:  Photographs from the Collection of Henry Buhl.  428 lots

Sothebys.  English Literature and History [L12408].  183 lots

Dorotheum.  Sale No. 121212.  Prints.  366 lots

 

Thursday Dec. 13th

 

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Sale No. 19588.  Books and Manuscripts.  290 lots

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Sale No. 121312.  Children’s Illustrated Books.  568 lots

Knotty Pine Auction Service.  Sale No. 121312.  Ephemera, Advertising and Estate Books.  222 lots

Sothebys.  N08886.  A Show of Hands:  Photographs from the Collection of Henry Buhl.  428 lots

PBA Galleries.  Sale No. 495.  Fine Books in all Fields.  406 lots

Minerva Auctions Roma.  Books, Autographs and Prints [ROMA-85]. Ends today.  820 lots

Tajan.  Sale No. 9758.  Ancient and Modern Prints.  336 lots

Ader.  Letters, Manuscripts and Autographs [20504].  127 lots

Ader.  Francis Picabia [20503].  87 lots

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books internet bidding ending December 6th [201250].  272 lots

 

Friday Dec. 14th

 

Sothebys.  Sale No. N08919.  Books and Manuscripts.  190 lots

Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Sale No. 1031.  Selected Quality Pictures, including Ornithological [1031].  26 lots

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Sale No. 36007.  Antiquarian Books.  417 lots

Aspire Auctions.  Prints – Internet bidding ends today [319]

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Music Memorabilia and Autographs [7064].  259 lots

Ferraton.  Ancient Books and Prints – 1st Vacation [20471].  590 lots

Ader.  Letters, Manuscripts and Autographs II [20505].  228 lots

 

Saturday Dec. 15th

 

ERA Encheres.  Sale No. 19969.  Books about Teratology, Curiosa, Documents about Cinema.  366 lots

Ferraton.  Ancient Books and Prints – 2nd Vacation [20472].  622 lots

Profiles in History.  Drama, Action, Romance – the Hollywood Auction [53].  400 lots

 

Sunday Dec. 16th:

 

Bonhams.  Sale No.  20087.  Period Art and Design.

 

We are now in the crescendo and the opportunities are alive.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

Sunday December 9th, 2012

 

 

 

  • <b>Seth Kaller:</b> “America the Beautiful”
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> George Washington, Tongue-in-Cheek, Writes James McHenry About His Wife or Mistress—But Funding the Continental Army is the Real Topic
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Young’s Map of the United States
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> President Lincoln & His Most Profitable Client, the Illinois Central Railroad
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Lincoln Thanks Former Pro-Slavery and Newly Republican Congressman for a Fiery Anti-Slavery Speech at a Philadelphia Campaign Rally
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> “A Visit From St. Nicholas” - great association copy inscribed by Clement C. Moore
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Einstein Agrees to Allow “a Short Book on the Hydrogen Bomb” to Use His Statement Made on Eleanor Roosevelt’s TV Show
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> The Building Blocks of Albert Einstein’s Creative Mind
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> A Unique Manuscript Map of Block Island Sound Including Fisher’s and Gardiner’s Islands, the Hamptons, and Montauk Point
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> J.R.R. Tolkien Writes his Proofreader with a Lengthy Discussion of the Lord of the Rings, Including Criticism of Radio Broadcasts of his Work
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Six Benjamin Franklin Signed Receipts – Including his Earliest Obtainable Autograph — Acknowledging a Donation to the Famous Library Company He Founded, and Five Payments for His Pennsylvania Gazette
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Sherman Dishes on Lincoln & Thomas, Meade, Sheridan, Halleck & Grant
  • <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> THE PAPERS OF BREVET MAJOR GENERAL JOHN GROSS BARNARD (1815-1882), Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac. Estimate: $75,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> ALVIN LANGDON COBURN. London. With 20 photogravures by Coburn and text by Hilaire Belloc, London and New York: 1909. First edition. Est: $4,000-6,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> WILLIAM FADEN, A Plan of New York Island, with part of Long Island, Staten Island & East New Jersey. London: 1776. Estimate: $5,000-8,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> MAX BEERBOHM, Lord Curzon delivering an oration. Original drawing with collage. London, 1912. Est: $2,000-3,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> AMERICAN REVOLUTION, Recueil des Loix Constitutives des Colonies Angloises. A Philadelphie, et se vend a Paris: Cellot & Jombert, 1778. First collected edition in French. Estimate: $500-800
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN, Confederate General Joseph Johnston's copy of Sherman's General Orders No. 65 announcing the final agreement of Surrender, 27 April 1865. Est: $4,000-6,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> JOHN KEATS, Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of Saint Agnes and Other Poems. London: Taylor and Hessey, 1820. First edition of Keats’s third book.. Estimate: $5,000-7,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> M. T. Cicero's Cato Major, or his discourse of Old-age: With Explanatory Notes. Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin, 1744. Est: $5,000-8,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> WINSTON S CHURCHILL, History of the English Speaking Peoples. London: Cassell, 1956-58. First editions. Est: $1,500-2,500
  • <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> BROWNING, ELIZABETH BARRETT. Autograph Manuscript Initialed ("E.B.B."), being the working notebook for the poems contained in <i>The Seraphim and Other Poems</i>. $400,000 to 600,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> WILDE, OSCAR. Two leaves, pp 31-34, from the first appearance of <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine for July, 1890</i>, with Wilde's autograph revisions. $40,000 to 60,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories and Tragedies; Published according to the true Originall Copies. Second Impression. [THE SECOND FOLIO.]</i> $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> KENNEDY, JOHN FITZGERALD. Photograph Signed ("John F. Kennedy") and Inscribed, 8 x 10 inch gelatin silver print, of Senator Kennedy and Miss Barelli, at the swearing of the secretarial oath for Miss Barelli. $1,200 to 1,800
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter XXVII of <i>Afloat and Ashore</i>. $15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> IRVING, WASHINGTON. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter 20 from Volume IV of <i>The Life of George Washington</i>. $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> VERNE, JULES. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Jules Verne"), being the complete short story "<i>Une fantaisie de docteur Ox</i>". $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> ALCHEMY. <i>[The Crowning of Nature, or Coronatio Naturae.]</i> Original alchemical manuscript on paper, ruled in red, with watermark of the arms of Schieland. $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> DE JODE, CORNELUS. 1568 - 1600. <i>Quivirae Regnu, Cum Alija Versus Borea</i>. [Antwerp: Arnoldum Coninx, 1593]. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> HOOKER, JOSEPH DALTON. <i>The Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya; Being an Account, Botanical and Geographical, of the Rhododendrons Recently Discovered in the Mountains of Eastern Himalaya</i>… $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> CATLIN, GEORGE. <i>North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting scenes and amusements of the Rocky Mountains and prairies of America. From drawings and notes of the author, made during eight years' travel.</i> $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. HESLER, ALEXANDER. Platinum print, 8 3/4 x 6 3/4 in, of a beardless Lincoln, 1860.<br>$2,000 to 3,000