Auction Update Review

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A steady flow of interesting material

For the week ending Saturday July 20th  27 auctions were archived to the AED; 15 in US dollars, 6 in British pounds, and 7 in euros.  Turnover was $6,082,349 as 6,752 lots were offered and 4,958 sold for a 73.4% success rate.  It is a solid report that includes several sales from a few months back.

 

Two auctions reached the million-dollar level:

 

Christies.  Prints and Multiples on July 16th:  $1,806,511

Bonhams.  Prints on July 16th:  $1,117,186

 

Five auctions saw their sales totals reach 100% of the high estimate of all lots offered:

 

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Old Master and Modern Prints on July 17th:  189%

Freeman’s [Samuel T. Freeman & Co.].  Books and Maps on July 16th:  152%

Ader.  Ancient and Modern Prints on May 24th:  125%

ERA Encheres.  Beautiful Books and Bindings on February 23rd:  110%

Ader.  Japonism on May 24th:  105%

 

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

 

National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Besquiat, Medieval, American West, etc on July 7th:  100%

National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Cuckoo, Emerson, Auto, Joyce, etc on June 23rd:  100%

Aspire Auctions.  Works on Paper, Antique Maps ended May 23rd:  100%

Freeman’s [Samuel T. Freeman].  Books and Maps on July 16th:  98%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books.  Sale concluded July 18th:  94%

Waverly Auctions.  Quinn’s Book Sale on June 20th:  90%

Clars Auction Gallery.  Prints, Photographs on July 13th:  88%

Christies.  Prints and Multiples on July 16th:  88%

Neal Auction Company.  Prints, Photographs on July 13th:  82%

ERA Encheres.  Beautiful Books and Bindings on February 23rd:  81%

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile Sale on July 18th:  81%

Ader.  Ancient and Modern Prints on May 24th:  80%

 

For the week upcoming 11 events are scheduled:

 

Tues. July 23rd              Christies.  Internors – Prints [2721].  7 lots

                                                Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers.  Rare Books and Manuscripts [72313].  841 lots

 

Wed.  July 24th                Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents [72413].  617 lots

 

Thurs. July 25th                  Antiquarian Auctions.  Rare Books – bidding ends today [28].  428 lots

                                            Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books online bidding ending today [201330].  236 lots

                                            PBA Galleries.  Historical Autographs and Manuscripts with Archival Material [511].  394 lots

                                            RR Auction.  Civil War [72513].  453 lots

 

Sat.  July 27th                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Movie Posters [7078].  1,059 lots

 

Sun.  July 28th                    Bonhams.  Prints, Books [20989].  96 lots

                                                Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Movie Posters [7078].  1,059 lots

                                                National Book Auctions.  Books, Ephemera [72813]

 

We're officially in the quiet period but the lights are on all summer in auction houses around the world.  Catalogues for the September sales will be on their way to the printers shortly.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE  

  • <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
  • <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>