Auction Update Review

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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>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.