Auction Update Review


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



  • <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>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>