Auction Update Review

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A strong week behind, a busy week ahead

For the week ending Saturday February 2nd 20 auctions were archived to the AED; 11 in US dollars, 5 in British pounds, and 4 in euros.  Total turnover was $9,450,851, 90% of the aggregate high estimate of all lots offered.  Four thousand nine hundred and eighteen lots were offered and 3,480 sold for a 71% success rate.

 

One sale and it was a big one, Christie’s sale of Old Master Prints on January 29th made $6,002,750.  No other sale reached a million dollars.

 

Five sales saw their proceeds reach 100% of the total of their high estimates and two other were close enough to mention them:

 

Doyle New York.  Prints and Books on January 29th:  202%

Sothebys.  Property of the Estate of Giancarlo Baroni on January 29th:  146%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Ephemera on January 20th:  122%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Old Prints on January 28th:  119%

Gray’s Auctioneers.  Prints on January 20th:  109%

Alexander’s Autographs, Inc.  Autographs on January 20th:  99%

Christies.  Old Master Prints:  98%

 

Nine sales saw 80% or more of their lots offered sell:

 

Sotheby’s.  Property of the Estate of Giancarlo Baroni on January 29th:  100%

Doyle New York.  Prints and Books on January 29th:  100%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books online bidding ended January 31st:  93%

Skinner, Inc.  Fine Prints on January 26th:  91%

Eldred’s.  Prints and Books on January 26th:  88%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Old Prints on January 28th:  88%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions:  Printed Books, Maps and Ephemera on January 30th:  86%

Alexander Autographs, Inc.  Autographs on January 30th:  84%

Sotheby’s.  Audubon Prints on January 25th:  82%

 

For the week ahead 13 sales are scheduled and 1,959 lots for these sales searchable in both the keyword and advanced searches:

 

 

Mon. Feb. 4th      Bruun Rasmussen.  Old Prints [1306a].  8 lots

 

Tues. Feb 5th              Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints [1306b].  33 lots

Swann Galleries.  Vintage Posters [2302].  497 lots

                                    Christies.  Prints [2677].  5 lots

                                    Christies.  Prints [8254].  5 lots

 

Wed. Feb. 6th              Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Old Master, Modern and Japanese Prints [20613].  198 lots

 

Thurs. Feb. 7th           Heritage Auctions.  Rare Book internet auction ends today [201306].  253 lots

                                    PBA Galleries.  Angling, Sporting, Natural History [499].  228 lots

 

Sat. Feb. 9th                Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Comic Strips [20875].  111 lots

                                    Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Comic Strips [15193].  363 lots

 

Sun. Feb. 10th             Blacksparrow.  Rare Village Autographed Books [21013].  231 lots

                                    Bonhams.  Books [21141].  27 lots

 

Here is a link  to an interactive spreadsheet of all reported auction results this week.  

The pattern of sales is uneven but the pace increasing.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

Sunday February 3rd, 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 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, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.