Auction Update Review

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In Like a Lion

For the week ending Saturday 2 March 2013 33 auctions were archived to the AED; 11 denominated in euros, 8 in British pounds, and 14 in US dollars.  Total sales were $20,072,204.  It was a big, very robust week.   Five sales reached a million dollars, 15 sales saw their total proceeds reach or exceed 100% of the high estimate of all lots offered, and 19 sales sold 80% or more of their lots.  The stock market was flirting with new highs in the United States but its exuberance paled in comparison with the BM2E market.  The results were strong.

 

Sales reaching a million dollars:

 

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Comics and Comic Art on February 21st:  $4,105,223

Sothebys.  Fine Travel and Plate  Books:  A Private Collection on February 28th:  $2,496,940

Sothebys.  Hommage to Aldo Crommelynck on February 25th:  $2,617,054

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Comic Strips on February 23rd:  $2,476,817

Swann Galleries.  Fine Photographs and Photobooks on February 26th:  $1,005,765

 

Sales reaching 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered:

 

RR Auction.  Rare Manuscripts, Documents and Autographs, online bidding ended February 13th:  274%

Sothebys.  Hommage to Aldo Crommelynck:  From Picasso to George Condo:  216%

Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Comics and Illustration:  Michael Gourdon on February 23rd:  177%

Alain & Evelyne Morel de Westgaver.  Prints and Books on February 2nd:  161%

Ferraton.  Ancient Books and Prints on February 22nd:  146%

Sothebys.  Fine Travel and Plate Books:  A Private Collection on February 28th:  134%

Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints on February 20th:  131%

Christies.  Prints on February 27th:  130%

Christies.  Prints on February 26th:  121%

Swann Galleries, Inc.  Early Printed, Medical, Scientific and Travel Books on February 28th:  116%

De Baecque & Associes.  Ancient and  modern Books – Books of the XIX Century and Regionalism:  105%

Bonhams.  World War II:  The Pacific Theatre on February 22nd:             103%

Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints on January 23rd:  101%

Rupert Toovey and Co.  Antiquarian and Collectors’ Books on February 19th:  100%

 

Sales that saw 80% or more of their lots sell:

 

Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Comics and Illustration:  Michel Gourdon:  100%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Animation Art on February 21st:  98%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Comics and Comic Art on February 21st:  96%

Waverly Auctions, Inc.  Quinn Auction – Books on February 21st:  96%

Swann Galleries, Inc.  Early Printed, Medical, Scientific and Travel Books on February 28th:  96%

Sothebys.  Hommage to Aldo Crommelynck:  From Picasso to George Condo :  96%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books online bidding ended February 21st:  94%

Sothebys.  Fine Travel and Plate Books:  A Private Collection on February 28th:  93%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books online bidding ended February 21st:  91%

De Baecque & Associes.  Ancient  and Modern Books – Books of XIX Century and Regionalism on January 31st:  90%

Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints on February 20th:  86%

Christies.  Prints on February 27th:  86%

Ferraton.  Ancient Books and Prints on February 22nd:  85%

Bonhams.  Books on February 24th:  85%

Christies.  Prints on February 26th:  83%

Alain & Evelyne Morel de Westgaver.  Prints and Books on February 2nd:  83%

Neal Auction Company/  Winter Estates Auction on February 23rd:  82%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Prints on February 25th:  80%

 

For the week ahead 21 sales are scheduled:

 

Mon. Mar. 4th          Bruun Rasmussen.  Prints [1310].  41 lots

 

Tues. Mar. 5th             Christie’s.  Andy Wharhol.  Internet sale ending today [24389].  125 lots

                                    ERA Encheres.  Maps [21203].  1 item

 

Wed. Mar 6th              Ader.  Comics [208280.  140 lots

                                    Bruun Rasmussen.  Prints [838].  58 items

                                    Dominic Winter.  Printed Books and Maps [30613].   624 lots

                                    Gray’s Auctioneers.  Prints [65]

 

Thurs. Mar 7th           Ader.  Theatre and Performing Arts – Collection Jacques Lorcey [20827].  344 lots

                                    Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Natural History and Sporting Books and Prints [30713].  217 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books – online bidding ending today [201310].  220 lots

                                    Pierre Berge & Associes.  Ancient and Modern Books [15126].  367 lots

                                    Swann Galleries.  19th and 20th Century Prints [2306].  663 lots

 

Fri. Mar. 8th                Alde.  The Claude L. Library [20982].  344 lots

                                    Keys Fine Arts.  Prints [30813].  23 lots

 

Sat. Mar. 9th                Cowan’s Auctions, Inc.  Fine and Decorative Art:  Prints and Books [310].  74 lots

                                    Dorotheum.  Fine Prints [9930].  31 lots

                                    Marc van de Wiele Auctions.  Rare books, manuscripts and Ensor [48].  778 lots

                                    Northeast Auctions.  Important Portsmouth Weekend Auction – Prints [30913].  13 lots

 

Sun. Mar. 10th          National Book Auctions.  Books [31013].

                                    National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Marilyn, Sendak, PA, Antique, etc [03102013]

                                    Northeast Auctions.  Important Portsmouth Weekend Auction – Prints [30913] ends today.  13 lots

 

For a few weeks the market had felt desultory and then bang- a terrific week.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

3 March 2013

  • <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <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. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Copper Printing Plate for "Marshall's Household Engraving of Washington." $500 to $1000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Important Documentary Painting Showing Baseball Great Ty Cobb in Cuba. $1,000 to $2,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> <i>Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age</i>, Inscribed by Bill Wilson. $500 to $1,000
    <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983), <i>Prise à l'hameçon.</i> $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Maurice Dufrène (French, 1876-1955), <i>Rayon des Soieries</i>. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> William Pope.L (American, b. 1955), <i>Intimacy Project</i>. $2,000 to $4,000
  • <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Collection of 131 Herbert Ponting gelatin silver contact prints of Antartica, £6000-8000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of several lots of Henri Cartier-Bresson gelatin silver prints, £200-300
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Vintage gelatin silver print of Diego Rivera by Leonard McCombe, £300-500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Julia Margaret Cameron of Sir John Herschel (April, 1867), £30,000-50,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron, Love, 1864 (from the Norman album), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Lewis Carroll of Twyford School Eleven (Summer Term, 1859), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Lewis Carroll of Xie Kitchin as 'Dane' (Oxford, 1873), £500-800
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Calotype print (c1845) by Hill & Adamson of Lady Elizabeth (Rigby) Eastlake, £3000-4000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Group of 12 waxed paper negatives of Scottish scenes by Thomas Keith, mid-1850s, £3000-5000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of 15 lots of Roger Fenton salt prints of his work in the Crimea, mid-1850s, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Quarter plate ambrotype (c.1860s) with ethnographic portrait of a woman seated at a table, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Rare whole plate thermoplastic union case of the Landing of Columbus (c.1858),part of the John Hannavy collection, £1500-2000
  • <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.