Auction Update Review
Note about this week’s issue of the Weekly Auction Update. Effective today updates will be emailed to all registered AE members each week on Sunday evening. This report provides perspective on sales archived over the past 7 days and sales upcoming over the next week. On an average week 16 sales are archived and 18 sales scheduled and searchable for the next week.
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For the week ending Saturday February 23rd 18 auctions were archived to the AED, 8 in US dollars, 3 in British pounds, and 7 in euros. Five thousand one hundred and twenty-four lots were offered and 4,054 sold for an overall success rate of 79%. Total sales in US dollars were $8,029,399. It was a strong week.
The big number was $4,105,223, the total sales for Heritage’s Comics and Comic Art sale on February 21st. The next largest sale was Heritage’s Animation Art auction ended the same day. It raised $920,709. Attics, basements and garages are being scoured as we speak.
Two sales’ total proceeds exceeded 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered:
Bonhams. Books on February 19th: 132%
Bonhams. World War II: The Pacific Theatre on February 22nd: 103%
Eight sales saw 80% or more of their lots sell:
Heritage Auctions. Animation Art on February 21st: 98%
Heritage Auctions. Comics and Comic Art on February 21st: 96%
Bonhams. Books on February 19th: 93%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books online bidding ended February 21st: 91%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints, Ephemera on February 16th: 89%
Coutau-Begarie. Comics on February 2nd: 84%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints online bidding ended February 17th: 82%
Here is a link to an interactive spreadsheet of this past week’s sales. All headers re-sequence the data.
For the week ahead 17 sales are scheduled:
Mon. Feb. 25th Alde. Ancient Books of the XIX Century, Political Economy . 380 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints . 59 lots
Hommage to Aldo Crommelynck: From Picasso to George Condo [PF1334]
Tues. Feb. 26th Christies. Prints . 6 lots
Cowan’s Auctions, Inc. The World at War . 35 lots
Swann galleries, Inc. Fine Photographs and Photobooks . 138 lots
Wed. Feb. 27th Autographes Encheres. Autographs
Bloomsbury Auctions. Beatrix Potter: The Mark Ottignon Collection 
Christies. Prints . 7 lots
Thurs. Feb. 28th Ader. Performing Arts: Collection of a Belgian Amateur . 360 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. Literature, Manuscripts and Modern First Books . 386 lots
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books Internet bidding ends today . 247 lots
PBA Galleries. Golf Books . 227 lots
Sothebys. Fine Travel and Plate Books: A Private Collection [L13410]. 142 lots
Swann Galleries. Early Printed, Medical, Scientic and Travel Books . 341 lots.
Fri. Mar. 1st Heritage Auctions [HA.com]. Texana . 204 lots
Sat. Mar. 2nd Dorotheum. Gun Books . 8 lots
Just as Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein wrote and Mary Martin sang, “the hills are alive”, if not in the auction business with the sound of music, with at least the low rumble of the audience preparing to bid. The winter is over.
24 February 2013