Auction Update Review

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A Season in Focus

For the week ending Saturday June 1st, 2013 16 auctions were archived to the AED; 2 denominated in US dollars, 1 in Mexican pesos, 12 in euros and 1 in Australian dollars.  Turnover was $9,749,932 on the sale of 4,880 lots, a soft 55% of 8,885 lots offered.

 

Two sales reached a million dollars:

 

Sothebys.  Books and Manuscripts on May 29th:  $3,656,267

Sothebys.  Photographs on May 29th:  $1,923,415

 

Four auctions saw total sales reach 100% of the total of the high estimates of all lots offered:

 

Alde.  Letters and Manuscripts on May 30th:  129%

Sothebys.  Books and Manuscripts on May 29th:  115%

Cottone.  Books, Ephemera, Prints on May 18th:  103%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Modern Books on May 28th:  100%

 

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

 

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books – internet bidding ended May 30th:  94%

Cottone.  Books, Ephemera, Prints on May 18th:  91%

Alde.  Letters and Manuscripts on May 30th:  80%

 

For the week ahead 23 sales are scheduled:

 

Mon. June 3rd      Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Posters [16379].  530 lots

 

Tues. June 4th          Archives International Auctions.  Autographs, Ephemera [60413].  82 lots

                                    Bruun Rasmussen.  Books [1323a].  218 lots

                                    Sothebys.  The Library of a Disttinguished American Book Collector [N09029].  180 lots

 

Wed. June 5th             Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Prints and Illustrated Books [21837].  342 lots

                                    Bonhams.  Prints [20738].

                                    Galerie Bassenge.  Photography from the 19th and 21st Century [101M].  452 lots

                                    Sothebys.  Music, Continental Books and Manuscripts [L13402a].

                                    Sothebys.  Highlights from the Mendham Collection:  The property of the Law Society of England
  and Wales [L13409].  142 lots

 

Thurs. June 6th          Alde.  Fine Library of an Amateur, Freemasonry, Collection about Paris [21424].

                                    AntiquarianAuctions.com.  Rare Books – internet bidding ending today.  [27].

                                    Bruun Rasmussen.  Interiors – Prints [1323b].

                                    Heritage Auctions [Ha.com].  Rare Books – internet bidding ending today [201323].

                                    Minerva Auctions Roma.  Enchantment of Art [Roma-93].

                                    Sothebys.  Music, Continental Books and Manuscripts, Day II [L13402b]

                                    Swann Galleries, Inc.  Maps, Atlases, Natural History and Historic Prints, Ephemera [2317].

 

Fri. June 7th                Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Comic Strips with L’univers du
  Createur de Tintin – 1st part [21838].

                                    Audap & Mirabaud.  Prints [20447].

 

Sat. June 8th               Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Comic Strips with L’univers du Createur de Tintin –
  3rd  part [21882].  301 lots

                                    Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Comics, Illustrations – Benefiting
  “Douleurs sans Frontieres” [21955].

                                    Heritage Auctions.  [Ha.com].  Militaria and Civil War [6098]

 

Sun. June 9th              Bruun Rasmussen.  Photographs [1323c].

                                    Osenat.  French Empire at Fontainbleau [21042].

It’s another interesting week.

 

Bruce McKinney

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  • <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.
  • <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