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

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  • <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.