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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>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.