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For the week ending Saturday May 18th 22 auctions were archived to the AED; 8 in US dollars, 9 in British pounds, and 5 in euros.  Turnover was $17,503,204 with 76% of the 8,121 lots offered finding new homes.

 

Four events saw their totals run past one million dollars:

 

Sotheby’s.  Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History on May 14th:  $4,557,094
Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Comics and Comic Art on May 16th:  $3,730,946

Guernsey’s.  John James Audubon Handsome Works of Nature on May 11th:  $2,422,159

Christies.  Photographs on May 15th:  $2,257,770

 

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

 

Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books and Maps on May 7th:  215%

Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints on May 15th:  125%

Tajan.  Russian Art – Ancient and Modern Books:  109%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents on May 15th:  106%

Sothebys.  Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History on May 14th:  105%

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile on May 16th:  101%

 

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

 

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Comics and Comic Art on May 16th:  99%

Rupert Toovey and Co.  Antiquarian and Collector’s Books on May 14th:  92%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books internet bidding ended May 16th:  87%

Lyon and Turnbull Ltd.  Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts on May 14th:  86%

Guernsey’s.  John James Audubon Handsome Works of Nature on May 11th:  85%

Swann galleries.  Contemporary Art on May 16th:  85%

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile on May 16th:  82%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents on May 15th:  81%

Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books and Maps on May 7th:  80%

 

For the week ahead 24 sales are scheduled and more than 6,000 lots now searchable in the AE Auction Search:

 

Mon.  May 20th    Bruun Rasmussen.  Prints [1321].  46 lots

 

Tues.  May 21st          Bruun Rasmussen.  Prints [1321].  46 lots

                                    Sothebys.  First Editions, Second Thoughts [L13901].  50 lots

 

Wed. May 22nd           Ader.  Ancient Books – Szapiro Collection [20842].  370 lots

                                    Bonhams.  The Sporting Sale [20648].  51 lots

                                    Leslie Hindman.  Prints [247].  79 lots

 

Thurs. May 23rd         Aspire Auctions.  Works on Paper, Antique Maps.  Bidding ending today [326].  81 lots

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Chinese Propaganda Posters [36054].  532 lots

                                    Hauff and Auvermann.  Part I.  Rare Books, Autographs and Engravings [70a].  693 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books – internet bidding ending today [201321].  259 lots

                                    RR Auction.  Autographs [409].  588 lots

                                    Skinner, Inc.  Ephemera [2654M]

                                    Swann Galleries, Inc.  Autographs [2316].  273 lots

 

Fri. May 24th              Ader.  Ancient and Modern Prints [20841].  260 lots

                                    Ader.  Japonism [21819].

                                    Aguttes.  Books, Prints [21726].  3 lots                  

                                    Hauff and Avermann.  Part II:  Rare Books, Autographs and Engravings [70b].  1119 lots

                                    Piasa.  Ancient,  Modern and Contemporary Photos [20627].  275 lots

 

Sat. May 25th              ERA Encheres.  Rare Prints of the XVI to the XIX, Very Fine Ancient Books about Lyon [21376].  324 lots

                                    Hauff and Auvermann.  Part III:  Modern Literature, Posters and Photography [70c].  724 lots

                                    Hauff and Auvermann.  Part IV:  Modern and Contemporary Art [70d].  511 lots                                  

                                    Northeast Auctions.  Historical Americana [52513].  92 lots

 

Sun. May 26th          Northeast Auctions.  Historical Americana [52513].  92 lots

 

To Yogi Berra, There aren’t many quiet weeks these days.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

Sunday 19 May 2013

  • <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.