Auction Update Review

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The Glow of a Busy Fall

 

 

For the week ending Saturday December 14th 35 sales were archived to the AED:  I in Swiss francs, 9 in euros, 10 in British pounds, and 15 in US dollars.  Turnover was $23,875,181 as 9,803 lots were offered and 6,918 sold for a 71% success rate.  It was a strong week.

4 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 


Christies. Old Master Prints on December 3rd: $2,211,000
Sothebys. English Literature, History, Children's Books and Illustrations on December 10th: $1,690,814
Bloomsbury Auctions. Pictures and Books on December 11th: $1,124,277
Koller Auctions. Modern Prints on December 7th: $1,001,640

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

Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books - Day 2 on November 29th: 164.03%
Heritage Auctions. Entertainment on December 12th: 128.03%
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Contemporary Prints on December 7th: 120.00%
Bonhams. Automobilia on December 9th: 117.84%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Books, Autographs and Manuscripts on December 6th: 101.88%


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

National Book Auctions. Books and Ephemera - Autographs, Civil War, Mags on November 24th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Butterflies, Cookbooks, Life, etc. on December 8th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 12/1 on December 8th: 97.45%
Heritage Auctions. Civil War on December 6th: 91.30%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on December 7th: 90.68%
Heritage Auctions. Posters - internet bidstart 12/1 on December 8th: 90.45%
Heritage Auctions. Entertainment on December 12th: 88.75%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 12/5 on December 12th: 86.17%
Rupert Toovey and Co. Prints on December 4th: 85.00%
Bonhams. Automobilia on December 9th: 83.93%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on December 10th: 83.58%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on December 9th: 83.33%

 

For the week ahead 25 sales are scheduled: 

7,182 lots searchable in the upcoming auction lot search.  The strength of the market is evident in the number of sales scheduled as Christmas approaches.  In years past the market, this close to Christmas, was slowing.  This year every open date is, for auction houses, an opportunity.


Mon. Dec. 16th
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American History - online bidstart 12/5. 457 lots
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Asian Art. 28 lots
Blacksparrow. Sun Valley. Childhood Nostalgia. 31 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 9 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 375 lots

Tue. Dec. 17th
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Bruxelles . Books. 451 lots
Tajan. Paris. Ancient and Modern Prints. 206 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 52 lots
Ader. PARIS. Letters and Autographs. 317 lots
Sothebys. New York. Important Judaica. 72 lots

Wed. Dec. 18th
Bonhams. London. Entertainment Memorabilia. 292 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Bibliothèque littéraire Raoul Simonson – Albert et Monique Kies – Seconde partie. 320 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Julius Paul Collection of Posters. 378 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Antiquarian Books. 468 lots
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Rock and Roll. 161 lots
Bonhams. San Francisco. Asian Decorative Art. 41 lots

Thu. Dec. 19th
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Books. 461 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 12/12. 350 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Books in All Fields. 436 lots
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector Part III . 216 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Heritage Charity Auction - Entertainment Photos, Book. 10 lots
Robert Siegel Galleries. New York. United States Postal History. 1321 lots

Fri. Dec. 20th
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Animation. 400 lots

Sat. Dec. 21st
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Hollywood . 279 lots

Sun. Dec. 22nd
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . Signed Prints. 51 lots

As our attentions turn to all things family AE wishes you the best this holiday season and for the year ahead.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

 

  • <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 Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.