Auction Update Review

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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>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.