• <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.
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, Chicago, 1968). <i>Collection of papers of John M. Bailey, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, concerning the convention</i>. Various places, 1968.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (ARMSTRONG, NEIL.) VERNE, JULES. <i>A Trip to the Moon.</i> New York: F. M. Lupton, September 9, 1893. Signed by Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> KEY, FRANCIS SCOTT. <i>A Celebrated Patriotic Song, the Star Spangled Banner.</i> 1814.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> [COLUMBUS, CHRISTOPHER, Amerigo Vespucci ..] Bernardus Albingaunensis .. Dialogo nuperrime edito Genue in 1512.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (WATKINS, TABER &c.). <i>An album of 32 photographs of the Yosemite and American West Various places</i>, c. 1890s
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (BATTLE OF CONCORD.) <i>Powder horn used by Minuteman Oliver Buttrick at the Battle of Concord</i>, April 19, 1775.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (CIVIL WAR.) <i>An Extraordinary Confederate Photograph and Autograph Album of Dr. R. L. C. White</i>, 125 original mounted salt prints. 1859-61.

Auction Update Review


The tide comes in

For the week ending Saturday October 12th 27 auctions were archived to the AED; 12 in euros, 4 in British pounds, and 11 in US dollars.  Turnover was $4,877,169 as 8,414 lots were offered and 6,636 sold for a robust 79% success rate.


While it was a busy week no single auction reached the one million dollar level.


Two auctions saw their sales totals exceed 100% of the total of their high estimates:


Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions - Brussels.  Books on October 8th:  252%

Christies – New York.  Prints on October 8th:  184%


Fourteen sales saw 80% of their lots sell:


Christies – New York.  Prints on October 8th:  100%

Heritage Auctions - Dallas.  Comics – internet bidding ended on October 6th:  100%

Ader – Paris.  Posters:  Andre Bernard Collection:  97%

Heritage Auctions – Dallas.  Posters – internet bidding ended October 6th:  96%

Rupert Toovey and Co. – West Sussex. Prints on October 9th:  89%

Bruun Rasmussen – Copenhagen.  Modern and Contemporary Prints on October 8th:  89%

Clars Auction Gallery – Oakland.  Prints on October 5th:  89%

Rupert Toovey and Co. – West Sussex.  Antiquarian and Collector’s Books on October 8th:  89%

Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions - Brussels.  Books on October 8th:  88%

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society – Lancaster.  Rare and Used Books on September 13th:  85%

Swann Galleries – New York.  Printed and Manuscript Americana on October 10th:  84%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Natural History:  Books and Pictures on October 3rd:  83%

Clars Auction Gallery – Oakland.  Prints, Day 2 on October 6th:  81%

Bruun Rasmussen – Copenhagen.  Old Master Prints on October 7th:  80%


Here is a link to this week’s spreadsheet of archived auctions.


For the week ahead 30 sales are scheduled:


Mon. Oct. 14th

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers – Chicago.  Prints [261].  11 lots

Bruun Rasmussen – Copenhagen.  Old Master Prints [1342a].  5 lots


Tues. Oct. 15th

Christies – London – South Kensington.  Photographs [9562].  142 lots

Tajan – Paris.  Prints, Books – internet bidding ending today [98530].  3 lots

Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH – Berlin – Schoneberg.  Rare Books and Decorative Prints; and Photography [95].  900 lots

Bruun Rasmussen – Copenhagen.  Modern and Contemporary Prints [1342b].  25 lots


Wed. Oct. 16th

Bonhams – San Francisco.  Fine Books and Manuscripts [21010].  374 lots

Artcurial – Paris.  Books and Manuscripts [2398].  289 lots

RR Auction – Amherst.  Autographs [416].  1,665 lots

Doyle New York – New York.  Prints [13AM02].  10 lots

Galerie Bassenge – Berlin – Grunewald.  History, Geography, Travel [102a].  391 lots

Aguttes – Neuilly-sur-Seine.  Prints [17140].  48 lots


Thurs.  Oct. 17th

Heritage Auctions – Beverly Hills.  Manuscripts [6102].  1,161 lots

Galerie Bassenge – Berlin – Grunewald.  Rare Books [102B].  446 lots

Galerie Bassenge – Berlin – Grunewald.  Incunabula, Books before 1600 [102C].  305 lots

Swann Galleries – New York.  Fine Photographs and Photobooks [2325].  251 lots

AntiquarianAuctions.com Laguna Beach.  Rare Books internet bidding ending today [30].  492 lots

Bloomsbury Auctions – London.  Prints [36087].  221 lots

Heritage Auctions – Dallas [HA.com].  Rare Books – internet bidding ending today [20142].  260 lots

Heritage Auctions – Beverly Hills.  Rare Books [6100].  560 lots


Fri. Oct. 18th

Swann Galleries – New York.  Rare and Important Travel Posters [2316].  197 lots

Heritage Auctions – New York [HA.com].  Manuscripts [6102].  1,161 lots

Galerie Bassenge – Berlin – Grunewald.  Literature 17th – 19th Century [102D].  683 lots

Galerie Bassenge – Berlin – Grunewald.  Autographs [102e].  277 lots


Sat.  Oct. 19th

Archives International Auctions – Fort Lee.  Historical Documents, Autographs, and the Copps Collection [101913].  1,487 lots

Galerie Bassenge – Berlin – Grunewald.  Modern Literature and Art Documentation [102F].  764 lots


Sun. Oct. 20th

Paige Auction – Portland.  Comic Book Auction – internet bidding ending today [102013].  350 lots

Heritage Auctions – Dallas [HA.com].  Comics – internet bidding ending today [121342].

Heritage Auctions – Dallas [HA.com].  Posters – internet bidding ending today [161342].      


So far the American budget stalemate in Washington is not noticeably affecting auction outcomes.  If the crisis continues it will.


Bruce McKinney


  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Announcing the Fall 2016 Auction Season
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b> Autographs
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 18:</b> Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 10:</b> 19th & 20th Century Literature
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 8:</b> Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Colored Plate Books
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Printed & Manuscript Americana
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 1:</b> Art, Press & Illustrated Books
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 29:</b> Illustration Art
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 3:</b> Old Master Through Modern Prints
  • <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. Sept. 21, 2016</b>
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> WARREN, JOSEPH. Letter Signed ("Jos Warren") as Chairman of the Committee of Safety. Cambridge, MA, June 4, 1775.
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> WHITMAN, WALT. Leaves of Grass. Brooklyn, NY: [for the Author], 1855.
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> JEFFERSON, THOMAS. Printed Broadside Signed ("Th: Jefferson") as Secretary of State. Philadelphia, February 12, 1793.
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> CELLINI, BENVENUTO. 1500-1571. Autograph Letter Signed ("Beto. Cellini"). [Florence, c.1566].
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. Sept. 21, 2016</b>
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> NAPOLEON BONAPARTE. Autograph Manuscript. [c.1795].
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> DICKENS, CHARLES. Great Expectations. London: Chapman and Hall, 1861.
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> REED, JOHN. To the Honourable House of Representatives of the Freemen of Pennsylvania this Map of the City and Liberties of Phiadelphia With the Catalog of Purchasers is Humbly Dedicated.... [Philadelphia]: engraved by James Smit
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> ELIOT, THOMAS STEARNS. The Waste Land. New York: Boni and Liveright, 1922.