Auction Update Review

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The Market is Warming

For the week ending Saturday March 30th, 18 auctions were archived to the AED; 4 in US dollars, 3 in British pounds, 8 in euros, and 3 in Swiss francs.  Turnover was $8,240,697.  Seven thousand four hundred-sixteen lots were offered and 4,930 sold for a 66% success rate.

 

Three sales reached the million dollar level:

 

Venator and Hanstein [Buch und Graphikauktionen].  Books and Prints on March 22nd:  $1,807,178

Heritage Auctions [Ha.com].  Vintage Movie Posters on March 23rd:  $1,731,902

Galerie Koller Auctions.  Manuscripts and Books on March 23rd:  $1,026,030

 

Nine auctions saw their total sales exceed the total of the high estimates of all lots offered:

 

Ferraton.  Prints on March 23rd:  159%

Galerie Koller Auctions.  Prints on March 22nd:  137%

Osenat.  French Empire at Fontainbleau on March 24th:  136%

Heritage Auctions [Ha.com].  Vintage Movie Posters on March 23rd:  130%

Jeschke – van  vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH.  Rare Books on March 22rd:  124%

Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Books on March 21st:  123%

Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Prints and Multiples on March 27th:  105%

Venator and Hanstein [Buch und Graphikauktionen].  Books and Prints on March 22nd:  104%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Books, Prints on March 26th:  100%

 

Six sales saw 80% or more of their lots sell:

 

Jeschke – van  vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH.  Rare Books on March 22rd:  100%

Bonhams.  Prints on March 24th:  92%

Heritage Auctions [Ha.com].  Vintage Movie Posters on March 23rd:  91%

Ferraton.  Prints on March 23rd:  89%

Galeria Koller Auctions.  Prints on March 22nd:  82%

Osenat.  French Empire at Fontainbleau on March 24th:  81%

 

For the week ahead 20 sales are scheduled:

 

Wed. April 3rd               Aguttes.  Prints and Photographs [20651].  9 lots

                                            Neret – Minet  & Tessier.  Books and Autographs [15831].  233 lots

                                            Old World Auctions.  The Grace Collection of Important Antique Maps and Prints [144].

Thurs. April 4th                 Bloomsbury Auctions.  Books, Manuscripts, Prints, Drawings and other Artworks [35999].

                                            Christies.  Photographs and Modernist Masterworks [2767].

                                            Dorothy Sloan Rare Books.  Americana:  Texas, the West, Mexico & the Borderlands [23].  614 lots

                                                Freeman’s [Samuel T. Freeman & Co.].  Books, Manuscripts and Maps [1454].
                                    Heritage Auctions [Ha.com].  Rare Books online bidding ending today [201314]

Fri. April 5th                          Alde.  Important Music Sale [20984]

                                                Christies.  Photographs and Modernist Masterworks [2691]..

                                                Dorothy Sloan Rare Books.  Americana:  Texas, the West, Mexico & the Borderlands [23].  614 lots

                                                Eldred’s.  Prints [763].

                                                Freeman’s [Samuel T. Freeman & Co.].  Posters and Other Graphics [1455].

                                                Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Prints [1104].

                                                Piasa.  Ancient and Modern Prints [20618].

                                                Sothebys.  The Modern Image:  Photographs from an Important American Collection [N09027].

Sat.  April 6th                       Eldred’s.  Prints [763].

                                                Sothebys.  Photographs [N08979].
                                    Stair Auctioneers & Appraisers.  Books and Prints [40613]

Sun. April 7th                        National Book Auctions.  Books, Prints, Ephemera [40713].

The market is warming.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

  • <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.
  • <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>