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The August Quiet

 

For the week ending Saturday August 3rd 11 auctions were archived to the AED; 8 in US dollars, 2 in British pounds, and I in euros.  In what is supposed to be a quiet week $10,311,004 of material sold.  Four thousand four hundred and nine lots were offered and 3,846 sold for an 87% success rate.  Heritage had all the million dollar plus sales.  The rules are changing.

 

 

Three sales saw their totals reach a million dollars:

 

Heritage [HA.com].   Vintage Comics and Comic Art on August 1st:  $6,712,102

Heritage [HA.com].  Movie Posters on July 27th:  $1,829,179

Heritage [HA.com].  Illustration Art on July 30th:  $1,387,887

 

Four sales saw the sales totals exceed 100% of the total of the high estimates of all lots offered:

 

Heritage [HA.com].  Movie Posters on July 27th:  164%

Heritage [HA.com].  Illustration Art on July 30th:  157%

Bonhams.  Prints on July 31st:  120%

Alain & Evelyne Morel de Westgaver.  Books on June 29th:  114%

 

Heritage’s Vintage Comics and Comic Art, the biggest reported event this week was sold alfresco, that is, without estimates.

 

Eight of the reported sales saw at least 80% of their lots sell:

 

Carlsen Gallery.  Prints on May 7th:  100%

Carlsen Gallery.  Prints, Photographs on June 2nd:  100%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Vintage Comics and Comic Art on August 1st:  100%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Illustration Art on July 30th:  97%

Bonhams.  Prints on July 31st:  96%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books online bidding ended August 1st:  95%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com],  Movie Posters on July 27th:  94%

Bonhams.  Prints, Books on July 28th:  83%

 

For the week ahead 11 sales are scheduled:

 

Mon. Aug. 5

Bruun Rasmussen.  Old Prints [1332a].  3 lots

Tues. Aug. 6

 

Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints [1332b].  42 lots

Rupert Toovey and Co.  Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera [1141].  137 lots

Wed, Aug. 7

 

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.  Fine Books and Manuscripts [253]. 394  lots.

Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints [1147].  61 lots

Swann Galleries.  Vintage Posters [2321].  438 lots

Thurs. Aug. 8

 

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books.  Internet bidding ending today [201332].  221 lots

PBA Galleries.  Fine Books in all Fields [512].  557 lots

Sat. Aug. 10

 

Clars Auction Gallery.  Prints, Photographs [81013].

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Entertainment and Music Memorabilia   [7081]. 326 lots

Sun. Aug. 11

Clars Auction Gallery.  Prints, Photographs [81013].

We are in the quiet period of the year but the sales are continuing to be strong.  It’s a different world.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

  • <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>
  • <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.