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Another Busy Week

For the week ending Saturday April 27th 22 auctions were archived to the AED; 4 in US dollars, 2 in British pounds, and 16 in euros.  Six thousand two hundred and ninety lots were offered and 4,021 sold for a 64% success rate.  Total turnover was a comfortable $8,397,511.

 

Two sales reached the one million dollar level:

 

Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Modern Prints on April 19th:  $1,961,445

Christies.  Travel, Science, and Natural History on April 24th:  $1,942,100

 

Six events saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered:

 

Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Modern Prints on April 19th:  183%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Library of an Amateur, Part I on April 20th:  134%

Galerie Bassenge.  Autographs on April 19th:  131%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Library of an Amateur, Part II on April 20th:  124%

Dorotheum.  Imperial Court Memorabilia and Historical Objects on April 25th:  120%

Christies.  Collection Denise Levy on April 25th:  115%

 

Seven sales saw at least 80% of their lots sell:

 

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Library of an Amateur, Part I on April 20th:  98%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books internet bidding ended April 25th:  91%

Doyle New York.  Rare Books and Autographs on April 23rd:  89%

Dorotheum.  Imperial Court Memorabilia and Historical Objects on April 25th:  88%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Library of an Amateur, Part II on April 20th:  88%

Bonhams.  Period Art and Design – Books and Prints on April 21st:  81%

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile Books on April 18th:  80%

 

For the week ahead 23 events are scheduled:

 

Mon. April 29th               Bruun Rasmussen.  Old and Modern Prints [1318].  50 lots

Christies.  Books and Manuscripts [3548].  242 lots

                                                Doyle New York.  Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints [261].  182 lots

                                                Minerva Auctions Roma.  Photography [ROMA-88].  195 lots  

                                                Sothebys.  A Treasured Legacy:  The Michael and Judy Steinhardt Judaica  [N08961].  25 lots

                                                Sothebys.  Bibliotheque des ducs de Luynes, Chateau de Dampierre – First Part [PF-1323].  364 lots

Tues.  April 30th                   Bonhams.  Books [20688].  580 lots

                                                Bonhams.  Prints [20911].  321 lots

                                    Bruun Rasmussen.  Old and Modern Prints [1318].  50 lots

                                                Christies.  Prints and Multiples [2697].  403 lots

                                                Sothebys.  Bibliotheque des ducs de Luynes, Chateau de Dampierre – First Part [PF-1323].  364 lots

                                                Sothebys.  Collections [L13311].  12 lots

 

Wed. May 1st             Bonhams.  Prints [20911].  321 lots

                                    Christies.  Prints and Multiples [2697].  403 lots

                                    Swann Galleries.  Old Master through Modern Prints [2312]

 

Thurs.  May 2nd        Bonhams.  Books, Prints [20647].  19 lots

                                    Eldred’s.  Asian Art – Prints [759].  28 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books internet bidding ending today [201318].  284 lots

                                    Kestenbaum and Company.  Fine Judaica, Hebrew Books, Manuscripts and Autograph
    Letters [58].  393 lots

                                    Sothebys.  Prints [N08986].  372 lots

 

Fri.  May 3rd              Sothebys.  Prints [N08986].  372 lots

 

Sat. May 4th               Neal Auction Company.  Prints [50413].  78 lots

 

Sun.  May 5th                   Neal Auction Company.  Prints [50413].  78 lots

 

Another busy week.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

April 28, 2013

  • <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.