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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

AE

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 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.