Auction Update Review

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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

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  • <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>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Extremely Fine Copy of Fantasy Classic. Tolkien (J.R.R.) <i>The Hobbit, or There and Back Again,</i> L. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Museum Street) 1937. €20,000 to €30,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Incunabula. [Sirectus, Antonius] O’Fihely (Maurice)Abp. <i>Formalitates de Mente Doctoris Subtilis Scoti Nec Non Stephai Burlifer cum novis additionibus…</i> Venice 14th December 1051 (ie. 1501). €3,000 to €4,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Original Book Illustrations by Pamela Leonard. Illustrations: Regan (Peter) Touchstone, 8vo D. (Mount Salas Press) 1989. €3,500 to €4,500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> [Petit (Jean), Prevel (Jean) & Gregory (Pope)] [Gregorius]. <i>Compendium Textuale Compillationis decretalium Gregorri noni sine qua…</i>, Paris [Dec. 1524]. €350 to €500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Excessively Rare – V. Fine Copy. [Mac Mahon]. <i>Jus Primatiale Armacanum, In Omnes Archiepiscopos, Episcopos, et Universum Clerum</i>… [n.p.] 1728. €750 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Madden (R.R.). <i>Travels in Turkey, Egypt, Nubia and Palestine in 1824, 1825, 1826 and 1827,</i> 2 vols. 1822. €500 to €700
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Early English Herbal. Gerarde (John). The Herball or General History of Plants, thick folio L. (John Norton) 1597. €700 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The Tehran World War 2 Conference Photograph: [Tehran Conference 1943] An important and iconic Group Photograph showing Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. €80 to €120
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Natural History Specimens from Jersey Jersey Islands: Westacton [Mrs Acton] Collection of 53 original dried examples of Seaweed collected in Jersey, c. 1860. €300 to €400
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Plyglot Bible: Hutteri (Eliae). <i>Biblia Sacra, Ebraice, Chaldaice, Graece, Latinae, Germanice, Sclavonice.</i> Lg. folio Nurimberg 1599. €250 to €350
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The American Invasion 1888: “First Ever G.A.A. Hurling Match in America” Medal: G.A.A., The Invaders, 1888. €2,000 to €3,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> “Babe” Ruth and the G.A.A. G.A.A. & Baseball: A unique and early Sporting Association. An original Spalding B12 Baseball Bat. €4,000 to €6,000