Auction Update Review

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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 Collector Books, Historical Documents, Prints and Photographs on November 26th: $1,740,116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

AE

  • <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>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500
  • <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.