• <b>19th Century Shop.</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. Iconic signed Darwin photograph "I like this photograph much better than any other which ..."
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. <i>Autograph Letter Signed</i>. Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> WRIGHT, WILBUR. Experiments and Observations in Soaring Flight. Journal of the Western Society of Engineers 8, no. 4 (August, 1903).
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. Signed and dated Oxford 1931.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> GARDNER, ALEXANDER. Antietam Bridge, Maryland. "One of the memorable spots in the history of the war."
  • <b>Sotheby's NY May 25.</b> Thomas Lynch, Jr., Signer of the Declaration from South Carolina: Document signed in full ("Thomas Lynch Junr").
    <b>Sotheby's NY May 25.</b> Thomas Jefferson, letter signed as Secretary of State. ("TH: JEFFERSON").
    <b>Sotheby's NY May 25.</b> Thomas Jefferson, the first U.S. Naturalization Act, signed as Secretary of State.
    <b>Sotheby's NY May 25.</b> Miniature edition of the Emancipation Proclamation printed for distribution to Union troops.
    <b>Sotheby's NY May 25.</b> General George Meade’s statement on the victory at Gettysburg, printed on the battlefield. July 4, 1863.
    <b>Sotheby's NY May 25.</b> Abraham Lincoln, letter signed, seeking the counsel of Navy Secretary Welles on the appropriate response to the Fort Pillow Massacre.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26: Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books.</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> Isaak de Graaf, manuscript map of Java, ink & watercolor on vellum, 1743. $180,000 to $220,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> Maria Sibylla Merian, <i>Histoire générale des insectes de Surinam</i>,<br>72 hand-colored plates, Paris, 1771. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> James Gillray, <i>The Plumb-pudding<br>in danger</i>, hand-colored etching, London, 1805. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26: Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books.</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> Visscher, Composite atlas with 73 maps in original hand-color in full, Amsterdam, after 1716.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> Mahmud Raif Efendi, <i>Cedid atlas tercümesi</i>, 25 hand-colored maps, Istanbul, 1803-1804.<br>$40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> John James Audubon, <i>The Birds of America</i>, 7 volumes, 1839-44. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26: Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books.</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b><br>A.B. Frost, <i>Shooting Pictures</i>, 12 chromolithographs, New York, 1895. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> John Senex, <i>A New General Atlas</i>,<br>33 engraved maps & town plans, London, 1721. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> Elihu Barker & Mathew Carey, <i>A Map of Kentucky from Actual Survey</i>, Philadelphia, circa 1794.<br>$10,000 to $15,000.
  • <b>Skinner Fine Books & Manuscripts <i>online</i> | May 18-26 | skinnerinc.com</b>
    <b>Skinner Auction | May 18-26:</b> <br>Lot 1051: Keller, Helen (1880-1968) Autograph Letter Signed and Cabinet Card, est. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Skinner Auction | May 18-26:</b> <br>Lot 1108: Washington, George (1732-1799) Military Discharge Signed, Headquarters, Newburgh, New York, 7 June 1783, est. $7,000-9,000
    <b>Skinner Auction | May 18-26:</b> <br>Lot 1131: Bayes, Jessie (1876-1970) Illuminated Manuscript, <i>Six Poems from Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore</i>. London, 1917, est. $15,000-17,000
    <b>Skinner Fine Books & Manuscripts <i>online</i> | May 18-26 | skinnerinc.com</b>
    <b>Skinner Auction | May 18-26:</b> <br>Lot 1144: Darwin, Charles (1809-1882) <i>On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life</i>. London: Murray, 1859, est. $60,000-80,000
    <b>Skinner Auction | May 18-26:</b> <br>Lot 1170: Fossati, Giorgio (1706-1778) <i>Raccolta di Varie Favole Delineate, ed Incise in Rame</i>. Venice: Carlo Pecora, 1744, est. $5,000-7,000
    <b>Skinner Auction | May 18-26:</b> <br>Lot 1224: Nielsen, Kay (1886-1957) <i>East of the Sun and West of the Moon, Old Tales from the North</i>. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1914,<br> est. $5,000-7,000
    <b>Skinner Auction | May 18-26:</b> <br>Lot 1284: Audubon, John James (1785-1851) <i>American Flamingo</i>. [from] <i>The Birds of America</i>, New York: Bien, 1860, est. $10,000-15,000

Auction Update Review

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Auctions: the tide is rising

26 Sales Archived, another 24 Upcoming this week

 

For the week ending Saturday September 28th 26 auctions were archived to the AED;  3 in Swiss francs, 4 in euros, 6 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 12 in US dollars.  We are living through a fundamental change in how collectible material is being valued and sold.  Seven thousand, nine hundred and thirty-three lots were offered and 5,972 sold for a 75% success rate.  Turnover was $9,394,247.

 

Two sales saw their totals exceed a million dollars:

 

Christies – London – King Street.  Kate Moss – The Collection – Curated by Gert Elfering on September 25th:  $2,681,455

Koller Auctions – Zurich.  Books and Autographs on September 21st:  $1,629,913

 

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

 

Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood - Exeter.  Books, Prints on September 10th:  123%

Bruun Rasmussen – Copenhagen.  Modern and Contemporary Prints on September 25th:  109%

Koller Auctions – Zurich.  Old Master Drawings and Prints on September 20th:  108%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions – Wiltshire.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents on September 25th:  104%

 

Fifteen auctions saw at least 80% of their lots sell:

 

Heritage Auctions – Dallas.  Comics internet bidding ended September 22nd:  97%

Heritage Auctions – Dallas.  Americana, Politics on September 21st:  92%

Heritage Auctions – Dallas.  Movie Posters, internet bidding ended September 22nd:  90%

Rachel Davis Fine Arts – Cleveland.  The Goodyear Collection on September 21st:  89%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions – Wiltshire.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents on September 25th:  86%

Koller Auctions – Zurich.  Old Master Drawings and Prints on September 20th:  86%

Heritage Auctions – Dallas.  Rare Books internet bidding ended September 26th:  86%

Freemans – Philadelphia.  Books and Manuscripts on September 26th:  *5%

Cowans Auctions – Cincinnati.  American History on September 23rd

Bruun Rasmussen – Copenhagen.  Old Master Prints on September 23rd:  83%

Bruun Rasmussen – Copenhagen.  Modern and Contemporary Prints on September 25th:  83%

Christies – London – King Street.  Kate Moss – The Collection – Curated by Gert Elfering on September 25th:  83%

Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood - Exeter.  Books, Prints on September 10th:  81%

Bruun Rasmussen – Copenhagen.  Modern and Contemporary Prints on September 24th:  81%

Skinner – Boston.  Fine Prints and Photographs on September 20th:  81%

 

For the week ahead 24 sales are scheduled:

 

Mon. Sept. 30th 

De Baecque and Associes – Lyon.  Prints  [22799].  19 lots

Bruun Rasmussen – Copenhagen.  Old Master Drawings and Prints [1340a].  8 lots

                                   

 

Tues. Oct. 1st

Christies – New York.  Neon Dreams:  Editioned Works by Kusama, Murakami and Nara.  117 lots

Bruun Rasmussen – Copenhagen.  Books and Manuscripts [1340b].  141 lots

Bruun Rasmussen – Copenhagen.  Modern and Contemporary Prints [1340c].  83 lots

Ader.  Prints.  181 lots

 

Wed. Oct. 2nd

Sothebys – New York.  Photographs [N09020].  232 lots

Dominic Winter Book Auctions – Wiltshire.  Pictures – Prints [100213].  63 lots

Autograph Auctions – Corsinge.  Autographs – bidding ends today.  98 lots

 

Thurs. Oct. 3rd

Christies – New York.  Photographs [2732].  241 lots

Binoche and Giguello – rue La Boetie, Paris.  Library of an Amateur [17203].  246 lots

Christies.  Into Africa – Photographs by Peter Beard [2780].  28 lots

Dominic Winter Book Auctions – Wiltshire.  Natural History:  Books and Pictures [100313].  109 lots

Bloomsbury Auctions – London.  Antiquarian Books [36084].  433 lots

Heritage Auctions – Dallas [HA.com].  Rare Books internet bidding ending today [201340].

Ader - Paris.  Posters:  Andre Bernard Collection [23431].  205 lots

Ader – Paris.  Posters and Graphics:  F. H. K. Henrion Collection [23403].  228 lots

 

Fri. Oct. 4th

Marc van de Wiele Auctions – Brugge.  Books [49].  604 lots

Alde – Paris.  Ancient and Modern Books, Medicine and Architecture [22887].  488 lots

 

Sat. Oct. 5th

Marc van de Wiele Auctions – Brugge.  Books [50].  830 lots

Clars Auction Gallery – Oakland.  Prints [100513].  107 lots

 

Sun. Oct. 6th

Heritage Auctions - Dallas [HA.com].  Comics [121340].

Heritage Auctions – Dallas.  Posters – internet bidding ending today [161340].

Clars – Oakland.  Prints, Day 2 [100613].  52 lots

 

The rooms are heating up.  The flow will set records.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

  • <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Leaves from<br>George Washington's Own Draft <br>of His first Inaugural Address. An Extraordinary Rarity!
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Declaration of Independence: Benjamin Tyler 1818 - First Print with Facsimile Signatures.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Thomas Jefferson Signed Act of Contress Authorizing Alexander Hamilton to Complete Famous Portland Maine Lighthouse.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Emanuel Leutze. Silk Flag Banner designed by Leutze, created by Tiffany & Co., and presented to Gen. John A. Dix, 1864.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> The "greatest of early American maps … a masterpiece" (Corcoran). Thomas Holme.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Lincoln Summons His Cabinet for a Historic Meeting to Discuss Compensated Emancipation.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Albert Einstein. Autograph Letter Signed. Einstein Counsels His Son ... Meaning of Life.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Normal Rockwell. Painting/Drawing Signed. Rockwell's "Barbeshop Quartet", 1936.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Frederick Douglass. Autograph Letter Signed to unknown correspondent. Washington, D.C.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Harry Truman. Autograph Manuscript Notebook for Kansas City Law School Night Class.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Robert E. Lee. Autograph Letter Signed, June 11, 1782. Hours after the Battle of Culpeper Court House, Lee Escapes Again.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> George Washington. Letter Signed, as Commander-in-Chief, Continental Army, to Elias Dayton, Headquarters, [Newburgh, N.Y.], June 11, 1782.
  • Christie's London: SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies</i>, Edited by John Heminger (D. 1630) and Henry Condell<br>(D. 1627). £800,000–£1,200,000
    Christie's London: SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published According to the True Orginal Copies.</i> The Second Impression. £180,000–£250,000
    Christie's London: SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published According to the True Orginal Copies. </i>The Third Impression. £300,000–£400,000.
    Christie's London: SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published According to the True Orginal Copies. </i> The Fourth Edition. £15,000–£20,000
  • <b>Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts, 8 June 2016, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams June 8:</b> Lot 1. ARISTOTLE. 384-322 B.C.E. De animalibus [De historia animalium. De partibus animalium. De generatione animalium.] US$ 300,000-500,000.
    <b>Bonhams June 8:</b> Lot 44. ARIOSTO, LUDOVICO. 1474-1533. Orlando Furioso in English Heroical Verse, by John Haringto[n]. [London: Richard Field, 1591.] US$ 70,000-90,000.
    <b>Bonhams June 8:</b> Lot 183. HARRISON, William Henry. Document Signed AS PRESIDENT ("W.H. Harrison"). US$ 40,000-60,000.
    <b>Bonhams June 8:</b> Lot 116. <br>ALI, MUHAMMAD. B.1942. U.S. Passport Signed ("Muhammad Ali") Twice, [Dublin, July 19, 1972].<br>US$ 25,000-35,000.
    <b>Bonhams June 8:</b> Lot 52. Bible In English. [Mearne, Samuel, binder.] The Holy Bible containing the bookes of the Old & New Testament. US$ 25,000-35,000.
    <b>Bonhams June 8:</b> Lot 130. EARHART, Amelia. 1897-1937. Archive of material on the purchase and outfitting of Earhart's Lockheed Electra 10e. US$ 15,000-20,000.
    <b>Bonhams June 8:</b> Lot 85. BURTON, Virginia Lee. 1909-1968. The Little House. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1942. US$ 15,000-20,000.
    <b>Bonhams London June 15.</b> Lot 68. CAMERON (Julia Margaret) Kate Keown [No. 5 Of Series of Twelve Lifesized Heads], [1866]. <br>£30,000-50,000.
    <b>Bonhams London June 15.</b> Lot 98. Karl Marx. Das Kapital. Kritik der politischen Oekonomie... Erster Band, FIRST EDITION, 1867.<br>£80,000-120,000.
    <b>Bonhams London June 15.</b> Lot 111. Isaac Newton Autograph manuscript, in English, headed "The Question stated about abstaining from blood". £50,000-70,000.
    <b>Bonhams London June 15.</b> Lot 112. Nobel Prize for discovering isotopes in stable elements, awarded to F.W. Aston in 1922. £200,000-400,000.
    <b>Bonhams London June 15.</b> Lot 140. Kay Nielsen (Prince Bismarck discovering the soldier), 1913. £15,000-20,000.