Auction Update Review


The Market: coming into focus

For the week ending Saturday January 26th 9 sales were archived to the AED; 6 in US dollar, 1 in British pounds, and 2 in euros.  Total sales were, when adjusted into US dollars, $1,479,907, 66% of the total of the high estimates of all lots offered.  Two thousand one hundred and fourteen lots were offered and 1,620 sold for a 77% success rate.


No auction event reached a million dollars in total sales while two sales reached 100% of the total of their high estimates.


Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints on January 22nd:  101%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Old Prints on January 21st:  100%


Four sales sold 80% or more of their lots:


Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books, Internet bidding ended January 24th:  91%

Sothebys.  Audubon Prints on January 25th:  82%
Bonhams.  Prints on January 20th:  81%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints on January 22nd:  80%


For the week ahead 22 sales are scheduled:


Tuesday Jan 29th  Ader.  Prints [20820].  171 lots

Christie’s.  Old Master Prints [2778].  62 lots

Doyle New York.  Prints, Books [12913].  26 lots

                                    Sotheby’s.  Property of the Estate of Giancarlo Baroni [N08857].  2 lots


Wed. Jan. 30th           Alexander Autographs, Inc.  Autographs [49].  697 lots

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Ephemera [13013].  713 lots

Gray’s Auctioneers.  Prints [64].  60 lots

Sotheby’s.  Property of the Estate of Giancarlo Baroni [N08857].  2 lots


Thursday Jan. 31st    Alexander Autographs, Inc.  Autographs ending today [49].  697 lots  Rare Books internet bidding ending today [24].  434 lots

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Maps and Atlases [36031].  397 lots

                                    De Baecque & Associes.  Ancient and Modern Books – Books of XIX Century and Regionalism [20925]

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books internet bidding ends today [201305].  200 lots


Friday Feb. 1st            Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Prints [1086].  130 lots

                                    Kiefer – Book and Art Auctions.  Books [83].  7,828 lots

                                    Piasa.  Ancient, Modern and Contemporary Photos [20602].  197 lots

                                    Skinner, Inc.  Fine Prints [2635B].  260 lots


Sat. Feb. 2nd                Alain & Evelyne Morel de Westgaver.  Prints and Books [37].  592 lots

                                    Coutau-Begarie.  Comics [20900]

                                    Kiefer – Book and Art Auctions.  Books continuing [83].  7,828 lots

                                    Stair Auctioneers & Appraisers.  Works on Paper [20213]. 239 lots


Here is a link to an interactive database of this past week's reported sales.  The headers, when clicked, re-order the data.

A field dominated by fixed prices on listing and dealer sites, in a rapidly fluctuating market, is very dependent on auction realizations to establish current value.  The evolving picture seems to be of continuing interest but at prices a b it lower than a year ago.


Bruce McKinney


Sunday  January 27th, 2013

  • <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