Auction Update Review

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The Market Never Sleeps

For the week ending Saturday 8 June 23 auctions were archived to the AED; 6 sales in US$, 7 in British pounds, and 10 in euros.  Turnover for the week was $14,314,720 on the sale of 5,895 lots, 64% of the 9,183 lots offered.  The percentage of lots sold has been down the past two weeks.  Through the spring the market was holding steady in the low to mid 70%s.  The softness seems more seasonal than cyclical. The average lot realization was $2,428.

 

Five auctions saw their totals reach the one million dollar level:

 

Sothebys.  The Library of a Distinguished American Book Collector on June 4th:  $4,891,634

Sothebys.  Highlights from the Mendham Collection:  The Property of the Law Society of England and Wales on June 5th:  $1,842,165

Sothebys.  Music, Continental Books and Manuscripts on June 5th:  $1,337,273

Sothebys.  Music, Continental Books and Manuscripts, Day II on June 6th:  $1,278,030

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Important Books and Manuscripts on May 30th:  $1,019,164

 

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

 

Sothebys.  Highlights from the Mendham Collection:  The Property of the Law Society of England and Wales on June 5th:  103%

Waverly Auctions, Inc.  Rare Books on April 25th:  100%

 

Six sales saw 80% or more of their lots sell:

 

Waverly Auctions, Inc.  Rare Books on April 25th:  96%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books online bidding ended June 6th:  93%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Interiors – Prints on June 6th:  92%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Books on June 4th:  91%

Skinner, Inc.  Fine Books and Manuscripts on June 1st:  89%

Swann Galleries, Inc.  Maps, Atlases, Natural History and Historic Prints, Ephemera on June 6th:  86%

 

For the week ahead 19 auctions are scheduled:

 

Mon. June 10th    Coutau-Begarie.  Comic Strips [61013].  421 lots

                                    Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Photographs [21962].  19 lots

 

Tues. June 11th          Piasa.  Books, Prints [20631].  276 lots

                                    Sothebys.  Fine Books and Manuscripts, including Americana [N09066].  264 lots

 

Wed. June 12th          Aguttes.  Books, Posters and Ancient Paper [21356].  353 lots

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Antiquarian Books, Childrens and Illustrated [36058].

                                    Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints [841].  37 lots

                                    Christies.  Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts [1176].  138 lots

                                    Old World Auctions.  Antique Maps, Globes, Charts, Atlases & Vintage Graphics – internet bidding
  ending today [145].  880 lots

                                    Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints [1133].  38 lots

 

Thurs. June 13th        Ader.  Ancient and Modern Prints [21945].  317 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books – internet bidding ending today [201324].  221 lots

                                    PBA Galleries.  Fine Literature – Illustrated & Children’s Books – Oz:  The Collection of
  Ralph A. Massey [508].  420 lots

                                   

Fri. June 14th            The Romantique Agony Book and Print Auctions.  Books [51].  1,167 lots

 

Sat. June 15th             Christies.  Books and Manuscripts [2800].  410 lots

                                    Clars Auction Gallery.  Prints, Photographs [61513].

                                    ERA Encheres.  Collection of 60 Atlases, Esotericism, Manuscripts, Curiosa, Old Books,
   Varied [21730].  308 lots

                                    The Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions.  Books [51].  1,167 lots

 

Sun. June 16th          Clars Auction Gallery.  Prints, Photographs [61513].

 

As we head toward July 4th and Bastille Day the summer, beaches and mountains beckon.  It has been a busy spring and there are still more books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera to sell but the warmth in the rooms confirms the hiatus will soon be upon us.  That said, summer is not the stone quiet it used to be and there will be events and material to consider all the way through to Labor Day.

Bruce McKinney
AE  

  • <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.
  • <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Collection of 131 Herbert Ponting gelatin silver contact prints of Antartica, £6000-8000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of several lots of Henri Cartier-Bresson gelatin silver prints, £200-300
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Vintage gelatin silver print of Diego Rivera by Leonard McCombe, £300-500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Julia Margaret Cameron of Sir John Herschel (April, 1867), £30,000-50,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron, Love, 1864 (from the Norman album), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Lewis Carroll of Twyford School Eleven (Summer Term, 1859), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Lewis Carroll of Xie Kitchin as 'Dane' (Oxford, 1873), £500-800
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Calotype print (c1845) by Hill & Adamson of Lady Elizabeth (Rigby) Eastlake, £3000-4000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Group of 12 waxed paper negatives of Scottish scenes by Thomas Keith, mid-1850s, £3000-5000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of 15 lots of Roger Fenton salt prints of his work in the Crimea, mid-1850s, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Quarter plate ambrotype (c.1860s) with ethnographic portrait of a woman seated at a table, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Rare whole plate thermoplastic union case of the Landing of Columbus (c.1858),part of the John Hannavy collection, £1500-2000
  • <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>