Auction Update Review


The Spring is upon us

For the week ending Saturday February 9th 16 auctions were archived to the AED; 3 in British pounds, 3 in euros and 10 in US dollars.  Three thousand five hundred and forty-one lots were offered and 2,572 sold for a 73% success rate.  Total turnover was $4,057,478.


One sale reached a million-dollars:


Guernsey’s.  The Hans Sachs Poster Collection – Day 1 on January 18th:  $1,242,500


The Sachs sales, conducted in 3 parts over 3 days came within a hair of 3 million - $2,987,350


Three auctions saw their sales exceed 100% of the total of their high estimates:


Christies.  Prints on February 5th:  146%

Keys Fine Arts.  Prints on February 1st:  118%

Gray’s Auctioneer’s.  Prints on January 30th:  109%


Dominic Winter Book Auctions came close with their sale of Old Master, Modern and Japanese Prints on February 6th:  99%


Seven sales saw 80% or more of their lots sell:


Christie’s.  Prints on February 5th:  100%

Christie’s.  Prints on February 5th:  100%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books – online bidding ended February 7th:  94%

Guernsey’s.  The Hans Sachs Poster Collection – Day 3 on January 20th:  93%

Guernsey’s.  The Hans Sachs Poster Collection – Day 1 on January 18th:  92%

Skinner, Inc.  Fine Prints on February 1st:  91%

Guernsey’s.  The Hans Sachs Poster Collection – Day 2 on January 19th:  82%   


For the week ahead 4,236 lots are offered in 14 sales:


Mon. Feb. 11th    Bonhams.  Period Art and Design:  Books, Prints [21141].  27 lots


Tues. Feb. 12th           Bruun Rasmussen.  Books [1307].  210 lots

Freeman’s.  Estate:  Books and Manuscripts [1451].  279 lots


Wed. Feb. 13th           Old World Auctions.  Maps Online bidding ends today [143].

                                    RR Auction.  Rare Manuscripts and Autographs – online bidding ends today.  1,602 lots


Thurs. Feb. 14th         Ader.  Scientific Instruments [20821].  135 lots

                                    Aspire Auctions.  Works on Paper – internet bidding ending today.  68 lots

Bloomsbury.  Bibliophile Books [36028].  476 lots
Christie’s.  Prints [1107].  5 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Book internet auction ends today [201307].  206 lots

                                    Skinner.  Discovery Auction:  featuring Books and Manuscripts [2637M].  198 lots

                                    Swann Galleries.  Prints [2303].  57 lots


Fri. Feb. 15th               Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Posters [15194].  532 lots


Sat. Feb. 16th              Clars Auction Gallery.  Prints, Ephemera [21613].

                                    Stair Auctioneers & Appriasers.  The Photograph Collection of Jan Cowles [21613].  298 lots

   Click here to review all sales in a searchable format.  To duplicate the range of sales mentioned here reset the start date to February 2nd.  Our software captures the past 7 days so if you look in 3 days the date range, and the auctions archived, will have shifted.


We’re early in the spring season but the pace is already brisk.


Bruce McKinney


February 10th, 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