• <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.

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>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.
  • <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.