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A Surge into Summer

For the week ending Saturday May 25th 24 auctions were archived to the AED; 15 in US dollars, 3 in British pounds, and 6 in euros.  Turnover was $17,631,022 as 15,075 lots were offered and 10,747 lots sold for a 71.29% success rate.

 

Four sales saw their totals reach a million dollars:

 

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Comics and Comic Art on May 16th:  $3,730,946

J. A. Stargardt Autographenhandlung.  Autographs on April 16th:  $2,775,505

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

RR Auction.  Autographs on May 15th:  $1,007,266

 

Nine sales saw their total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered:

 

Stair Auctioneers & Appraisers.  Books and Prints on April 6th:  220%

J. A. Stargardt Autographenhandkung.  Autographs on April16th:  173%

Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Militaria on May 17th:  136%

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

Bonhams.  Books, Prints on May 19th:  121%

Bonhams.  The Sport Sale on May 22nd:  114%

Tajan.  Russian Art – Ancient and Modern Books on May 15th:  109%

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

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile on May 16th:  101%

 

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

 

Sotheby’s.  First Editions, Second Thoughts on May 21st:  100%

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

Skinner, Inc.  Ephemera on May 23rd:  92%

Stair Auctioneers & Appraisers.  Books and Prints on April 6th:  96%

Bonhams.  Books, Prints on May 19th:  92%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books, internet bidding ended May 23rd:  90%

Swann Galleries.  Autographs on May 23rd:  89%

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

J. A. Stargardt Autographenhandkung.  Autographs on April16th:  83%

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile on May 16th:  82%

Coutau-Begarie.  Ancient and Modern Books on May 17th:  82%

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

Bonhams.  The Sporting Sale on May 22nd:  80%

 

For the week ahead 38 sales and 16,405 lots are scheduled.  These lots are searchable in the AE Upcoming Auction Search:

 

Mon. May 27th                Artcurial Briest-Le Fur Poulain-F. Tajan.  Books and Manuscripts [20879].  121 lot

Australian Book Auctions.  Voyages and Travels, and other Books and Documents [63].  584 lots

Bruun Rasmussen.  Prints [1322].  60 lots

Dorotheum.  Modern and Contemporary Prints [52713].  211 lots

                                    Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Books [405].  1259 lots

 

Tues.  May 28th          Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Modern Books [20890].  366 lots

Australian Book Auctions.  Voyages and Travels, and other Books and Documents [63].  584 lots

                                    Bruun Rasmussen.  Prints [1322].  60 lots

                                    Bubb Kuyper.  Prints and Photographs [58f].  415 lots

                                    Bubb Kuyper.  Bibliograph, Typography, Cartograph, Art Reference [58a].  1078 lots

                                    Jeschke – van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH.  Prints [91].  365 lots

                                    Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Books [405].  1259 lots

                                    Minerva Auctions Roma.  Paintings and Drawings of the XIX Century Art Books [ROMA-91].  19 lots

 

Wed. May 29th                  Bubb Kuyper.  Books, Prints, Science, History, Transport [58c].  955 lots

                                    Bubb Kuyper.  Manuscripts, Autographs, Documents, Old and Rare Books [58d].  730 lots

                                    Dorotheum.  Autographs [52913].  388 lots

                                    Sothebys.  Photographs [PF1310].  221 lots

                                    Sothebys.  Books and Manuscripts [PF1303].  149 lots

 

Thurs. May 30th         Alde.  Letters and Manuscripts [20986].  406 lots

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Important Book and Manuscripts [36055].  424 lots

                                    Bubb Kuyper.  Prints [58e].  917 lots

                                    Bubb Kuyper.  Prints and Photographs [58f].  415 lots 

                                    Galerie Bassenge.  Prints [101h].  834 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books – internet bidding ending today [2013222].  216 lots

                                    Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Books [53013].  832 lots

                                    PBA Galleries.  South Sea:  The Library of Dr. Richard Topel, Part II [507].  349 lots

                                    Profiles in History.  The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector,
  Part II [53013].  247 lots

                                    Tajan.  Prints, Photographs [21896].  41 lots

 

Fri. May 31st               Alde.  Letters and Manuscripts [20986].  406 lots

                                    Bubb Kuyper.  Prints [58g].   816 lots

                                    Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Books [53013].  402 lots

 

Sat.  June 1st               Galerie Bassenge.  Prints [101k].  316 lots

                                    Galerie Bassenge.  Prints – Session II [101L].  217 lots

                                    John McInnis Auctioneers [281].  21 lots

                                    Morton Casa de Subastas.  Books, Documents and Engravings [672].  262 lots

                                    Skinner, Inc.  Fine Books and Manuscripts [2658B].  444 lots

 

Sun. June 2nd              Carlsen Gallery.  Prints, Photographs [60213].  16 lots

                                    National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Earhart, Antique, History, etc. [06022013].

 

The summer slow down is coming but only after the early summer surge.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

  • <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.