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The Pace Will Soon Quicken

For the week ending Saturday March 23rd 21 auctions were archived to the AED; 5 in US dollars, 8 in British pounds, and 8 in euros.  Turnover was a robust $26,423,636.  Five thousand two hundred and twenty-three lots were offered and 4,009 sold for a 77% success rate. 

Eleven sales saw their total dollars exceed 100% of the total of their high estimates:

 

Bruun Rasmussen.  Prints on March 18th:  277%

Ader.  Manuscripts and Autographs – Collection of an Amateur on February 21st:  264%

Bonhams.  The X’ian Incident:  The Papers of Hyland “Bud” Lyon on March 20th:  235%

Sothebys.  Mark Birley:  The Private Collection on March 20th:  218%

Henri Godts Books & Prints Auctions.  Prints on March 19th:  142%

Christies.  Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints on March 20th:  126%

Ader.  Ancient and Modern Books on March 15th:  121%

The Romantic Agony Books and Prints Auctions.  Books and Prints on March 15th:  117%

Christies.  Library of a Spanish Bibliophile on March 20th:  114%

Rossini.  Prints on March 14th:  104%

Bonhams.  Books, Maps, Manuscripts, and Historical Photographs on March 19th:  101%

 

Six sales reached one million dollars:

 

Christies.  Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints on March 20th:  $8,636,184

Sothebys.  Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints on March 19th:  $7,011,760

Bonhams.  The X’ian Incident:  The Papers of Hyland “Bud” Lyon on March 20th:  $2,710,125

Ader.  Manuscripts and Autographs – Collection of an Amateur on February 21st:  $1,357,337

The Romantic Agony Books and Prints Auctions.  Books and Prints on March 15th:  $1,343,128

Bonhams.  Books, Maps, Manuscripts, and Historical Photographs on March 19th:  $1,192,682

 

Eleven sales sold 80% or more of their lots:

 

Bruun Rasmussen.  Prints on March 18th:  100%

Bonhams.  The X’ian Incident:  The Papers of Hyland “Bud” Lyon on March 20th:  100%

Sothebys.  Mark Birley:  The Private Collection on March 20th:  97%

Sothebys.  Modern and Contemporary Prints on March 19th:  94%

Ader.  Manuscripts and Autographs – Collection of an Amateur on February 21st:  94%

Cowan’s Auctions, Inc.  American History on March 18th:  88%

Henri Godts Books & Prints Auctions.  Prints on March 19th:  85%

Bonhams.  Books, Maps, Manuscripts, and Historical Photographs on March 19th:  85%

Rossini.  Prints on March 14th:  85%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com] on March 21st:  85%

Christies.  Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints on March 20th:  83%

 

For the week ahead 12 sales are scheduled:

 

 

Sun. Mar. 24th      Bonhams.  Prints [30906].  85 lots

                                    Osenat.  French Empire at Fontainbleau [21043].  97 lots

                                    Thomaston Place.  The Lost Drawings of G. Wachsteter [302].  448 lots

Tues.  Mar. 26th         Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Books, Prints [21266].  39 lots

                                    Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Space Quest [21340].  31 lots

 

Wed. Mar. 27th           Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Prints and Multiples [21371].  283 lots

                                    Minerva Auctions Roma.  Books, Autographs and Prints [OMA-88].  446 lots

 

Thurs.  Mar. 28th       Bloomsbury Auctions.  Modern and Contemporary Prints [36034].  481 lots

Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Books and Autographs [20942].  351 lots
Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Private Sacha Guitry [21341].  57 lots 
Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books internet bidding ending today [201313].  686 lots

                                    PBA Galleries.  Rare Americana – African American History – Travel – Cartography [503].  406 lots

                                   

Fri. Mar. 29th              Audap & Mirabaud.  Historical Memories [21211].  17 lots

Sat. Mar. 30th            Heritage Auctions [Ha.com].  Entertainment and Music Memorabilia [7074].  255 lots

 

This the last week before the pace quickens in April.  It may seem leisurely but its about to become frenetic.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

 

  • <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.