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For the week ending Saturday December 15th, 2012 25 auctions were archived to the AED; 1 is Swiss francs, 6 in British pounds, 7 in euros, and 11 in US dollars.  Total turnover was $35,800,590 or 125% of the total of the high estimates of all lots offered.  Sotheby’s, with four sales, sold $23,361,152 or 65% of that total.  It was Sotheby’s week.  For the field overall sales were strong.  Seven sales reached a million dollars, 14 brought more than 100% of their total high estimates.  Seven sold more than 80% of their lots.  The 11 sales denominated in US dollars together sold 79.1% of their lots.  It was a strong week overall punctuated by exceptional Sotheby’s performances.

 

The 7 sales that reached a million dollars:

 

Sothebys.  A Show of Hands:  Photographs from the Collection of Henry Buhl in New York on December 12th:  $12,057,500

Sotheby’s.  Books and Manuscripts in New York on December 14th:  $5,068,500

Heritage Auctions.  Legends of the West on December 11th:  $4,211,550

Sotheby’s.  English Literature and History in London on December 12th:  $4,035,062

Sotheby’s.  The Art of Illustration - From the Collection of Michael Winner in London on December 12th:  $2,200,090

Swann Galleries.  Fine Photographs and Photobooks on December 11th:  $1,796,500

Galerie Koller Auctions.  Modern Prints on December 7th:  $1,073,323

 

The 14 sales that realized more than 100% of the total of their high estimates:

 

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Astronomy and Space Exploration on December 12th:  296%

Sotheby’s.  Books and Manuscripts in New York on December 14th:  238%

Galerie Koller Auctions.  Modern Prints on December 7th:  228%

Swann Galleries.  Fine Photographs and Photobooks on December 11th:  216%

Clars Auction Gallery.  Prints on December 12th:  196%

Heritage Auctions.  Legends of the West on December 11th:  174%

Clars Auction Gallery.  Prints on December 9th:  172%

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Antiquarian Books on December 14th:  148%

Cowan’s Auctions.  American History on December 7th:  139%

Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Prints and Multiples on December 10th:  132%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Children’s Illustrated Books on December 13th:  128%

Sotheby’s.  English Literature and History in London on December 12th:  126%

Sotheby’s.  The Art of Illustration - From the Collection of Michael Winner in London on December 12th:  117%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents on December 12th:  102%

 

The 7 sales that saw at least 80% of their lots sell:

 

Cowan’s Auctions.  American History on December 7th:  99%

Heritage Auctions.  Civil War and Militaria on  December 7th:  92%

Dorotheum.  Books and Decorative Prints on December 12th:  92%

Heritage Auctions.  Legends of the West on December 11th:  91%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books online auction ended December 13th:  87%

Clars Auction Gallery.  American History Prints on December 8th:  82%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents on December 12th:  82%

 

For the rest of the month 11 sales are scheduled:

 

Monday Dec. 17th:

 

Bonhams.  Period Art and Design [20087].  173 lots

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Historical Memories [20385].  7 lots

Cowan’s Auctions.  American History internet auction ending December 17th [294].  389 lots

Bruun Rasmussen.  Old Prints [1251].  14 lots

 

Tuesday Dec. 18th:

 

Profiles in History.  Sale No. 121812.  The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector [54].   298 lots

Swann Galleries, Inc.  Sale No. 2299.  Monsters & Maidens:  A Film Poster Collection [2299].  139 lots

Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints [1251b].  81 lots

 

Wednesday Dec. 19th:

Alde.  Collection about the Alps, Savoy, Swiss, Franche-Comte [20570].  309 lots

Sothebys.  Sale No. N08922.  Important Judaica [N08922].  69 lots

Alde.  Ancient and Modern Books [20308].  154 lots

 

Thursday Dec. 20th:

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books online auction ending today [201251].  277 lots

 

Best wishes for the holidays and the New Year.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

December 16, 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 Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on 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. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <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. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on 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. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500