• http://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/asp/searchresults.asp?sale_no=2419&st=D&viewby=lot_asc&ps=25&pg=1
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 14:</b> Lewis Carroll, <i>Alice's Adventures</i>, illustrated & signed by Salvador Dalí, New York, 1969. <br>$12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 14:</b> David Roberts, <i>The Holy Land</i>, 6 volumes, London, 1842-49. <br>$35,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 14:</b> Arthur Szyk, <i>The Szyk Haggadah</i>, edited by Cecil Roth, first edition, signed, London, 1939. <br>$15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 14:</b> William Shakespeare, <i>The Dramatic Works</i>, 9 illustrated volumes, London, 1802. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 14:</b> Grimm Brothers, <i>Little Brother & Little Sister</i>, illustrated & signed by Arthur Rackham, London, 1917. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 14:</b> John Milton, <i>Paradise Lost</i>, illustrated by John Martin, London, 1846. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 14:</b> Edward Young, <i>The Complaint, and The Consolation</i>, first edition, illustrated by William Blake, London, 1797. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 14:</b> <i>Catalogue of the Morgan Collection of Chinese Porcelains</i>, first edition, New York, 1904-11. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Arader June 11:</b> Audubon Aquatint by Havell, Purple Heron Purple Heron or Reddish Egret, Plate 256. London: Havell, 1827-1838.<br>Est. $45,000-$60,000.
    <b>Arader June 11:</b> Audubon Aquatint by Havell, Wild Turkey, Male Wild Turkey, Male, Plate 1. London: Havell, 1827-38. Est. $80,000-$100,000.
    <b>Arader June 11:</b> Audubon Lithographs, Imperial Folio, Common Deer Common Deer, Plate 136. Philadelphia: J. T. Bowen, 1839-44. Est. $12,000-$15,000.
    <b>Arader June 11:</b> Charles H. Smith, Indian Elephant Watercolor Indian Elephant. Charles H. Smith (1760 - 1859). Est. $6,000-$8,000.
    <b>Arader June 11:</b> Spectacularly Rare Copper Engraving Solanum Pomiferum. Basil Besler (1561-1629). Est. $5,000-$8,000.
    <b>Arader June 11:</b> John Contable Drawing of River Stour Barges on the River Stour at Flatford, Suffolk John Constable (1776-1837).<br>Est. $45000-$65000.
    <b>Arader June 11:</b> Pine's The Tapestry Hangings of the House of Lords The Tapestry Hangings of the House of Lords. Est. $18000-$22000.
    <b>Arader June 11:</b> Exceptionally Fine and Attractive Copy of Bertram's Travels Travels. William Bartram (1729-1823). Est. $22000-$25000.
    <b>Arader June 11:</b> Mortier & Covens French edition of Mitchell A Map of the British and French Dominions in N America... Est. $15000-$25000.
    <b>Arader June 11:</b> Jefferson and Fry Map of Virgina, 1776 A Map of the Most Inhabited part of Virginia... <br>Est. $12000-$18000.
    <b>Arader June 11:</b> Floriano, Untitled World Map on a Double Hemisphere Polar Projection World Map. Antonio Floriano. Est. $75000-$100000.
    <b>Arader June 11:</b> Bierstadt Chromolithograph of Yosemite Domes of Yosemite. Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902). Est. $18000-$25000.
  • <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>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.

Auction Update Review


December is upon us

For the week ended Saturday 30 November 35 auctions were archived to the AED; 13 is US dollars, 1 in Mexican pesos, 3 in British pounds, 17 in euros, and I is Australian dollars.  Turnover was a robust $42,535,624 as 16,839 lots were offered and 12,687 sold for a 75% success rate.


The elephant in the room was the Bay Psalm at Sotheby’s on the 26th that brought $14,165,000.  It is a great book, and the subject of an article in the just released issue of AE Monthly.


Here is a link to a spreadsheet of all archived auctions this past week.


8 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Sothebys. The Bay Psalm Book Sale on November 25th: $14,165,000
Heritage Auctions. Comics on November 22nd: $5,841,882
Sothebys. Books and Manuscripts on November 25th: $2,018,164
Sothebys. Music, Continental Books and Manuscripts on November 26th: $1,927,375
Morton Casa de Subastas. Collector Books, Historical Documents, Prints and Photographs on November 26th: $1,740,116
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Autographs, Decorative Prints, Maritime and North German Art on November 18th: $1,457,483
Heritage Auctions. Animation Art on November 23rd: $1,388,236
Doyle New York. Rare Books, Autographs and Photographs on November 24th: $1,231,680

8 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered in the sale:

RR Auction. Space and Aviation on November 20th: 517.75%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Archeology on November 25th: 212.40%
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Books on November 12th: 152.55%
OSENAT. The Empire at Fontainebleau on November 16th: 150.17%
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Old Master Prints on November 21st: 127.09%
Aguttes. Books and Ancient Paper on November 13th: 119.81%
Sothebys. Books and Manuscripts on November 25th: 118.51%
Swann Galleries. Autographs on November 25th: 111.20%

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

Heritage Auctions. Comics on November 22nd: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/17 on November 23rd: 100.00%
Sothebys. The Bay Psalm Book Sale on November 25th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Animation Art on November 23rd: 99.21%
Heritage Auctions. Americana, Political on November 22nd: 95.81%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Archeology on November 25th: 94.29%
James D Julia Auctioneers. Advertising on November 21st: 93.59%
Swann Galleries. Autographs on November 25th: 93.42%
Heritage Auctions. Posters - internet bidstart 11/17 on November 23rd: 91.22%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books and Manuscripts on November 25th: 90.91%
Beaussant Lefevre. Books and Manuscripts on November 25th: 87.67%
Australian Book Auctions. Books on November 25th: 85.36%
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Books on November 12th: 82.89%
Bonhams. Books on November 25th: 81.70%
Audap and Mirabaud. Hunting, Historical Memories and Ancient Weapons on November 19th: 81.42%

For the week ahead 29 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Dec. 2nd
Christies. London - King Street. Old Master Prints. 103 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Western Manuscripts and Miniatures. 58 lots

Tue. Dec. 3rd
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Photographs. 96 lots
Bonhams. London. Travel and Exploration. 116 lots
Christies. London - King Street. Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints. 410 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Prints and Illustrated Books. 274 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Baroque Library of Jean Claude Carriere. 272 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Autographs. 369 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Photobooks and Photo Literature. 187 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Photography of the 19th-21st Century. 419 lots

Wed. Dec. 4th
Rupert Toovey and Co. West Sussex. Prints. 40 lots
Autographes Encheres. Meinier. Stars from Hollywood - internet bidstart Nov 18. 172 lots
Sothebys. New York. Fine Books and Manuscripts, including Americana. 169 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Maps and Atlases, Natural History and Historical Prints and Ephemera. 444 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/28. 321 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Literature. 589 lots
PIASA. Paris. H.M. Petiet. 256 lots
Ader. PARIS. Modern and Contemporary Photographs. 277 lots

Thu. Dec. 5th
Christies. New York. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts. 199 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Entertainment. 320 lots
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. Books, Autographs and Manuscripts. 139 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Modern British Prints. 141 lots
Beaussant Lefevre. Paris. Prints. 16 lots
Christies. New York. Dylan Goes Electric. 5 lots

Fri. Dec. 6th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Civil War. 23 lots
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints. 118 lots
Koller Auctions. Zurich. Modern Prints. 146 lots
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Hamburg. Contemporary Prints. 111 lots 

Sat. Dec. 7th
Bonhams. San Francisco. Prints. 107 lots 


Best wishes for a busy and successful week.


Bruce McKinney


  • <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.
  • <b>American History: Live Salesroom Auction, June 10, 10:00 AM ET</b>
    <b>Cowans June 10:</b> Lot 5. The Confederate Blockade Runner <i>CSS Colonel Lamb at Sea</i>, 1864, by Samuel Walters. Est $60000-$80000.
    <b>Cowans June 10:</b> Lot 140. Brevet Brigadier General James H. Kidd, 6th Michigan Cavalry, Exceptional Collection. Est Est $80000-$100000.
    <b>Cowans June 10:</b> Lot 141. Elizabeth "Libbie" Bacon Custer, ALS and Souvenir Relics from the Surrender at Appomattox Court House.<br>Est $20000-$30000.
    <b>Cowans June 10:</b> Lot 116. Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth Presentation Sword and Archive. Lot of 52 items related to Elmer Ellsworth.<br>Est $100000-$200000.
    <b>American History: Live Salesroom Auction, June 10, 10:00 AM ET</b>
    <b>Cowans June 10:</b> Lot 1. Paul Revere, War of 1812, Mechanics of the Town of Boston Signed Pledge. <br>Est $10000-$15000.
    <b>Cowans June 10:</b> Lot 64. Rare Whole Plate Tintype of the Ill-Fated Civil War Steamer Sultana. <br>Est $5000-$7000.
    <b>Cowans June 10:</b> Lot 346. James B. "Wild Bill" Hickok Tintype and Autograph Poem Signed.<br>Est $20000-$30000.
    <b>Cowans June 10:</b> Lot 330. Remarkable California US Mail Steamship Co. Broadside, 1859. <br>Est $10000-$15000.
    <b>American History: Live Salesroom Auction, June 10, 10:00 AM ET</b>
    <b>Cowans June 10:</b> Lot 161. Previously Unknown Daguerreotype of Future First Lady Julia Dent Grant and Sons Made for Captain Ulysses S. Grant. Est $10000-$15000.
    <b>Cowans June 10:</b> Lot 229. <i>Titanic Disaster</i>, Ogden Family Travel Album Containing 30 Photographs Taken from the RMS Carpathia. <br>Est $5000-$7000.
    <b>Cowans June 10:</b> Lot 230. RMS <i>Titanic</i>, Cork from Life Belt Salvaged by Passengers of the RMS <i>Carpathia</i>. Est $7000-$9000.
    <b>Cowans June 10:</b> Lot 231. Bronze RMS Carpathia Medals Presented to Mr. & Mrs. Ogden, Plus ALS from Captain Arthur Rostron.<br>Est $4000-$6000.