Auction Update Review

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41 Auctions Archived, 21 Upcoming

For the week ending Saturday June 22nd 41 auctions were archived to the AED; 20 in US dollars, 1 in Mexican pesos, 6 in British pounds, and 14 in euros.  Turnover was $25,773,487 as 11,872 lots were offered and 8,711 sold for a 73% success rate.

 

Six sales reached the million-dollar level:

 

Sothebys.  Collection Raoul Simonsen on June 19th:  $5,169,957

Christies.  Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts on June 21st:  $4,103,750

Christies.  The Collection of Arthur & Charlotte Vershbow Part Three:  The Baroque and Rococo on June 20th:  $3,452,439

Bonhams.  Books on June 19th:  $2,641,263

John Innis Auctioneers.  Presidential Auction on February 17th:  $1,203,388

Christies.  Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts on June 18th:  $1,094,700

 

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

 

RR Auction.  Marvels of Modern Music, online bidding ended February 21st:  589%

Dorotheum.  Books and Decorative Prints on June 20th:  211%

Audap & Mirabuad.  Autographs and Manuscripts, Ancient and Modern Books on June 17th:  185%

Sothebys.  Collection Raoul Simonsen on June 19th:  183%

Stair Auctioneers.  The Photograph Collection of Jan Cowles on February 16th:  181%

John McInnis Auctioneers on February 17th:  176%

Bonhams.  Books on June 19th:  158%

Henri Godts Books & Prints Auctions on June 18th:  148%

Aguttes.  Books, Posters, Ancient Paper on June 12th:  119%

Northeast Auctions.  Historical Americana on May 25th:  118%

Christies.  Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts on June 18th:  116%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed  Books, Maps and Documents on June 19th:  113%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Children’s Illustrated Books, etc. on June 20th:  102%

 

Twenty-two auctions saw at least 80% of their lots sell:

 

Clars Auction Gallery.  Books on June 16th:  100%

National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Circus, Maps, Hunting and Fishing, West, etc.  on May 12th:  100%

National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Earhart, Antique, History, etc. on June 2nd:  100%

Stair Auctioneers & Appraisers.  The Photograph Collection of Jan Cowles:  100%

Stair Auctioneers & Appraisers.  Works on Paper on February 2nd:  98%

Aspire Auctions.  Works on Paper – internet bidding ended February 14th:  97%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books internet bidding ended June 20th:  96%

Sothebys.  Collection Raoul Simonsen on June 19th:  93%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books internet bidding ended June 13th:  92%

Robert A. Siegel Galleries.  The Alyeska Collection of Pony Express Mail on March 20th:  91%

Clars Auction Gallery.  Prints, Photographs on June 15th:  89%

Dorotheum.  Books and Decorative Prints on June 20th:  88% 

Rupert Toovey and Co..  Prints on June 12th:  87%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Children’s Illustrated Books on June 20th:  86%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents on June 19th:  84%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints on June 18th:  84%

Northeast Auctions.  Historical Americana on May 25th:  83%

Christies.  Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including Americana on June 21st:  82%

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile Sale on June 19th:  81%

Henri Godts Books & Prints Auctions.  Books on June 18th:  81%

Bonhams.  Books on June 19th:  81%

PBA Galleries.  Fine Literature – Illustrated & Children’s Books – Oz:  The Collection of Robert A. Massey on June 13th:  80%

 

For the week ahead 21 sales are scheduled:

Mon. June 24th Alde.  Ancient and of the 19th Century Books [21426].  251 lots

Tues.  June 25th Alde.  Modern Illustrated Books [21425].  352 lots
Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Prints [21844].  135 lots
Bonhams.  Books [20698].  395 lots
Bonhams.  Fine Books and Manuscripts [20981].
Bonhams.  Northwest America and the Arctic [21309]

Wed.  June 26th Gary's Auctioneers.  Prints [68].
Waverly Auctions.  Prints [33864]
Bonhams.  Fine  Books and Manuscripts [20981].  427 lots
Bonhams.  Russian Literature and Works on Paper [21421].  294 lots.

Thurs. June 27th Adams Amsterdam.  Modern Art and Literature:  Jan Cremer [62713].  743 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions.  Modern and Contemporary Prints [36059].  254 lots
Eldred's.  Prints [779].  43 lots
Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books internet bidding ending today [201326].  206 lots
PBA Galleries.  Fine & Rare Books [509].  252 lots
Swann Galleries.  Discovery [2320].  514 lots
Tajan.  Ancient and Modern Prints [22207].  329 lots

Fri. June 28th Aguttes.  Books [21541].  10 lots
Rossini.  Prints [22287].

Sat. June 29th Alain & Evelyne Morel de Westgaver.  Books [38].  594 lots

Sun.  June 30th Bonhams.  Prints, Books [20985].  154 lots

The auction field has been so busy that a mere 21 sales for the week upcoming almost seems slow.  But think again.  Twenty-one times 52 is well over a thousand, that is a thousand book, manuscript, map and ephemera auctions in a single year.  It remains busy, even as we head into summer.

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 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