• <b>Sotheby's NY May 25.</b> Thomas Lynch, Jr., Signer of the Declaration from South Carolina: Document signed in full ("Thomas Lynch Junr").
    <b>Sotheby's NY May 25.</b> Thomas Jefferson, letter signed as Secretary of State. ("TH: JEFFERSON").
    <b>Sotheby's NY May 25.</b> Thomas Jefferson, the first U.S. Naturalization Act, signed as Secretary of State.
    <b>Sotheby's NY May 25.</b> Miniature edition of the Emancipation Proclamation printed for distribution to Union troops.
    <b>Sotheby's NY May 25.</b> General George Meade’s statement on the victory at Gettysburg, printed on the battlefield. July 4, 1863.
    <b>Sotheby's NY May 25.</b> Abraham Lincoln, letter signed, seeking the counsel of Navy Secretary Welles on the appropriate response to the Fort Pillow Massacre.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26: Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books.</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> Isaak de Graaf, manuscript map of Java, ink & watercolor on vellum, 1743. $180,000 to $220,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> Maria Sibylla Merian, <i>Histoire générale des insectes de Surinam</i>,<br>72 hand-colored plates, Paris, 1771. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> James Gillray, <i>The Plumb-pudding<br>in danger</i>, hand-colored etching, London, 1805. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26: Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books.</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> Visscher, Composite atlas with 73 maps in original hand-color in full, Amsterdam, after 1716.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> Mahmud Raif Efendi, <i>Cedid atlas tercümesi</i>, 25 hand-colored maps, Istanbul, 1803-1804.<br>$40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> John James Audubon, <i>The Birds of America</i>, 7 volumes, 1839-44. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26: Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books.</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b><br>A.B. Frost, <i>Shooting Pictures</i>, 12 chromolithographs, New York, 1895. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> John Senex, <i>A New General Atlas</i>,<br>33 engraved maps & town plans, London, 1721. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> Elihu Barker & Mathew Carey, <i>A Map of Kentucky from Actual Survey</i>, Philadelphia, circa 1794.<br>$10,000 to $15,000.
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. Iconic signed Darwin photograph "I like this photograph much better than any other which ..."
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. <i>Autograph Letter Signed</i>. Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> WRIGHT, WILBUR. Experiments and Observations in Soaring Flight. Journal of the Western Society of Engineers 8, no. 4 (August, 1903).
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. Signed and dated Oxford 1931.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> GARDNER, ALEXANDER. Antietam Bridge, Maryland. "One of the memorable spots in the history of the war."
  • <b>Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts, 8 June 2016, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams June 8:</b> Lot 1. ARISTOTLE. 384-322 B.C.E. De animalibus [De historia animalium. De partibus animalium. De generatione animalium.] US$ 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.

Auction Update Review

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Americana Exchange: spring is coming


For the week ending Saturday January 18th 18 sales were archived to the AED; 7 in euros, 2 in British pounds, and 9 in US dollars.  Turnover was $4,147,677 as 4,667 lots were offered 4,238 sold for a 91% success rate.  Five sales saw total proceeds exceed 100% of the total of the high estimates of all lots offered.  Fifteen sales saw at least 80% of their lots sell.

 

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


PIASA. Ancient and Modern Prints on November 13th: 174.72%
PIASA. H.M. Petiet on December 5th: 169.26%
PIASA. Manuscripts on November 20th: 157.67%
Lyon and Turnbull. Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts on January 15th: 110.86%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. The Layne Christensen Corporate Collection of American Art on January 10th: 107.62%

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


PIASA. Photographs on November 19th: 100.00%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. The Layne Christensen Corporate Collection of American Art on January 10th: 100.00%
PIASA. Ancient and Modern Photographs on October 10th: 100.00%
PIASA. H.M. Petiet on December 5th: 100.00%
PIASA. Manuscripts on November 20th: 99.44%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 1/5 on January 12th: 99.09%
PIASA. Tin Tin on December 1st: 98.94%
PIASA. Ancient and Modern Prints on November 13th: 98.84%
Doyle New York. The Yale R. Burge Collection: Prints and Books on January 15th: 94.12%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet Bidstart 1/5 on January 12th: 92.93%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints and Photographs on January 12th: 88.78%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on January 14th: 87.30%
Lyon and Turnbull. Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts on January 15th: 86.27%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/9 on January 16th: 83.04%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/2 on January 9th: 80.56%

For the week ahead 20 sales are scheduled:

Tue. Jan. 21st
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 54 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. Christies Interiors - Prints. 5 lots

Wed. Jan. 22nd
Morton Casa de Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Documents, Prints and Antique Books. 299 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Books, Ephemera, Photographs.
Christies. London - King Street. Michael Inchbald: A Legacy of Design - Prints. 3 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. The Ski Sale - Posters.

Thu. Jan. 23rd
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/16.
RR Auction. Amherst. Hollywood - bidstart 1/15. 597 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. 20th Century Illustration. 268 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile. 581 lots

Fri. Jan. 24th
Sothebys. New York. Important Americana. 21 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Prints.
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Books XXth, Documentation about Art XXth, Photographie XXth, Posters May 68. 474 lots

Sat. Jan. 25th
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Books, Prints, Photographs. 41 lots
Guernseys. New York, NY. Audubon Engravings, Roger Tory Peterson Photographs. 256 lots

Sun. Jan. 26th
Bonhams. Los Angeles. Entertainment Memorabilia. 353 lots
Bonhams. San Francisco. Prints. 29 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 1/19.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet Bidstart 1/19.
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books and Ephemera.

Three weeks in the year already has the feeling of contending forces.  Many dealers have reported good to strong sales in 2013 and they are hopeful for a continuation.  The book fairs are also heavily subscribed and the auction calendar is filling. On AE paid sign-ups are up 40% over the same period last year.

This year the weekly auction updates are sponsored and this  week the Arader Galleries are highlighting their sale of Audubon pirnts and other printed collectibles on January 25th.  Guernsey is conducting the sale at the Arader Gallery's 1016 Madison Avenue location. 

The Arader Galleries

1016 Madison Avenue

New York, New York

Telephone:  212.626-7825 

Direct link to the auction

This is the new reality and the market seems healthy.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

January 18th, 2014

 

  • <b>Skinner Fine Books & Manuscripts <i>online</i> | May 18-26 | skinnerinc.com</b>
    <b>Skinner Auction | May 18-26:</b> <br>Lot 1051: Keller, Helen (1880-1968) Autograph Letter Signed and Cabinet Card, est. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Skinner Auction | May 18-26:</b> <br>Lot 1108: Washington, George (1732-1799) Military Discharge Signed, Headquarters, Newburgh, New York, 7 June 1783, est. $7,000-9,000
    <b>Skinner Auction | May 18-26:</b> <br>Lot 1131: Bayes, Jessie (1876-1970) Illuminated Manuscript, <i>Six Poems from Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore</i>. London, 1917, est. $15,000-17,000
    <b>Skinner Fine Books & Manuscripts <i>online</i> | May 18-26 | skinnerinc.com</b>
    <b>Skinner Auction | May 18-26:</b> <br>Lot 1144: Darwin, Charles (1809-1882) <i>On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life</i>. London: Murray, 1859, est. $60,000-80,000
    <b>Skinner Auction | May 18-26:</b> <br>Lot 1170: Fossati, Giorgio (1706-1778) <i>Raccolta di Varie Favole Delineate, ed Incise in Rame</i>. Venice: Carlo Pecora, 1744, est. $5,000-7,000
    <b>Skinner Auction | May 18-26:</b> <br>Lot 1224: Nielsen, Kay (1886-1957) <i>East of the Sun and West of the Moon, Old Tales from the North</i>. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1914,<br> est. $5,000-7,000
    <b>Skinner Auction | May 18-26:</b> <br>Lot 1284: Audubon, John James (1785-1851) <i>American Flamingo</i>. [from] <i>The Birds of America</i>, New York: Bien, 1860, est. $10,000-15,000
  • Christie's London: SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies</i>, Edited by John Heminger (D. 1630) and Henry Condell<br>(D. 1627). £800,000–£1,200,000
    Christie's London: SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published According to the True Orginal Copies.</i> The Second Impression. £180,000–£250,000
    Christie's London: SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published According to the True Orginal Copies. </i>The Third Impression. £300,000–£400,000.
    Christie's London: SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published According to the True Orginal Copies. </i> The Fourth Edition. £15,000–£20,000
  • <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.