Auction Update Review

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The World is Ending, at least for a few weeks

For the week ending Saturday December 22nd 46 sales were archived to the AED; 13 in US dollars, one each in Canadian dollars, Mexican pesos, and British pounds, and 32 in euros.  Total turnover was $13,294,744, or 60% of the high estimate of all 16,880 lots offered - $22,330,538.  The volume has been extraordinarily and finally, as the days extended deeper into the month the pace has slowed.

 

The major sale for the week was Profiles in History’s The Property of a Distinguished Collector on December 18th.  Eighty-five percent of all lots sold and $5,,883,185 changed hands.  The sale was widely described as important and fresh.  In the trade these are code words for desirable. 

 

Three sales saw their totals reach one million dollars:

 

Profiles in History.  The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector on December 18th:  $5,883,185

Sotheby’s.  Important Judaica in New York on December 19th:  $2,014,126

Minerva Auctions.  Books, Autographs and Prints on December 13th:  $1,118,042

 

Ten sales saw their total proceeds go beyond 100% of the total of their high estimates for all lots offered:

 

Artcurial Briest.  Historical Memories on December 17th:  528%

Pierre Berge & Associes.  Library of the Epyptologist Roger Khawam  on November 29th:  255%

ERA Encheres.  Books about Teratology, Curiosa, Documents about Cinema on December 15th:  165%

Ader.  Letters, Manuscripts and Autographs on December 13th:  161%

Ferraton.  Ancient Books and Prints.  First Vacation on December 14th:  133%

Heritage Auctions.  Music Memorabilia and Autographs on December 14th:  127% 

Ader.  Letters, Manuscripts and Autographs II on December 14th:  123%

Ader.  Letters, Manuscripts and Autographs on December:  116%  

Tajan.  Ancient and Modern Prints on December 13th:  116%

Profiles in History.  Dreier Collection on July 28th, 2012:  116%

Ferraton.  Ancient Books and Prints.  2nd Vacation on December 15th:  102%

 

Nine sales sold more than 80% of their lots:

 

Pierre Berge & Associes.  Library of the Epyptologist Roger Khawam  on November 29th:  100%

ERA Encheres.  Books about Teratology, Curiosa, Documents about Cinema on December 15th:  93%

Profiles in History.    Dreier Collection on July 28th, 2012:  91%

Profiles in History.  The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector on December 18th:  85%

Ader.  Letters, Manuscripts and Autographs on December 13th:  85%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books online auction ended December 20th:  84%

Addison and Sarova.  Rare and Fine Books on November 17th:  82%

Ferraton.  Ancient Books and Prints.  2nd Vacation on December 15th:  82%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints on December 18th:  80%

 

For the week ahead 3 sales are scheduled:

 

Thurs. Dec. 27th         Dirk Soulis Auctions.  Terry Redlin Signed Prints online bidding ending today [28789].  50 lots

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books internet bidding ending today [2012252].  284 lots

 

Fri. Dec 28th               Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints [1091].  35 lots 

 

As we head toward the end of the fall season there are 4,052,091 records in the AED.   It has been a busy fall season.  Change is in the air.

 

Best wishes for the holidays.  The days off are well deserved.

 

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

December 23rd, 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.
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    <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.
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    <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.
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