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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: 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
  • <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.