Auction Update Review

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A Day in the New World

 

For the week ended Saturday September 8th 17 auctions were archived to the AED; 4 in euros, 5 in British pounds and 8 in US dollars.  Turnover was $1,602,915 as 4,165 lots were offered and 3,251 sold for a 78% success rate.

<-- Mr and Mrs John Price, she the playwright and he a rare book dealer - pleased with their Pasadena Fair experience this weekend.

7 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 January 31st: 124.87%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. British and Continental Old Master and Modern Prints on February 5th: 114.63%
Cowans Auctions. William F. "Buffalo" Bill on January 31st: 107.62%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books - Day 1 on January 30th: 104.10%
Rupert Toovey and Co. Prints on January 29th: 102.09%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on February 4th: 100.98%
Carlsen Gallery. Winter Sale - Prints on February 2nd: 100.63%

<-- Robert Baird and his son Obadiah were busy all weekend selling old and rare comics at the Pasadena Book fair.

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

Bruun Rasmussen. Old Prints on February 3rd: 100.00%
Carlsen Gallery. Winter Sale - Prints on February 2nd: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 1/26 on February 2nd: 99.82%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 1/26 on February 2nd: 96.11%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on February 4th: 95.12%
Cowans Auctions. William F. "Buffalo" Bill on January 31st: 94.90%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/30 on February 6th: 87.31%
Rupert Toovey and Co. Prints on January 29th: 80.49%
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Antiques and Collectables -Books and Prints on January 28th: 80.00%

For the week ahead 7 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Feb. 10th
Bonhams. Los Angeles. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 171 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Prints. 11 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 6 lots

Tue. Feb. 11th
Doyle New York. New York. Prints. 28 lots
Skinner. Bolton. Fine Prints and Photographs. 120 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 88 lots

Wed. Feb. 12th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Vintage and Collector's Posters. 145 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Prints. 131 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 1/24. 1418 lots
Ader. PARIS. Judaica. 173 lots
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Weapons and Hunting - Books and Prints. 20 lots

Thu. Feb. 13th
Copley Fine Art Auctions. Boston. Prints. 33 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile. 611 lots
Kapandji Morhange. Paris. Classic Sale - Prints.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 2/6. 363 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Shadows Uplifted: African-American Fine Art - Prints. 23 lots
Christies. London - King Street. Post-War and Contemporary Art: Photographs. 6 lots

Fri. Feb. 14th
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Rare and Used Books. 473 lots
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. 75172 Pforzheim. Rare Books. 3676 lots
Ader. PARIS. Far East - Prints. 25 lots

Sat. Feb. 15th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints and Photographs. 71 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Prints. 39 lots
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. 75172 Pforzheim. Books and Graphics. 2457 lots
Blacksparrow. Sun Valley. Manuscripts. 75 lots

Sun. Feb. 16th
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books and Ephemera.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 2/9.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/9.

 

The Pasadena Rare Book Fair that ended today brought together great dealers and exceptional material for collectors and institutions to consider.  Many exhibitors report they did well.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

  • <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>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Extremely Fine Copy of Fantasy Classic. Tolkien (J.R.R.) <i>The Hobbit, or There and Back Again,</i> L. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Museum Street) 1937. €20,000 to €30,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Incunabula. [Sirectus, Antonius] O’Fihely (Maurice)Abp. <i>Formalitates de Mente Doctoris Subtilis Scoti Nec Non Stephai Burlifer cum novis additionibus…</i> Venice 14th December 1051 (ie. 1501). €3,000 to €4,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Original Book Illustrations by Pamela Leonard. Illustrations: Regan (Peter) Touchstone, 8vo D. (Mount Salas Press) 1989. €3,500 to €4,500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> [Petit (Jean), Prevel (Jean) & Gregory (Pope)] [Gregorius]. <i>Compendium Textuale Compillationis decretalium Gregorri noni sine qua…</i>, Paris [Dec. 1524]. €350 to €500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Excessively Rare – V. Fine Copy. [Mac Mahon]. <i>Jus Primatiale Armacanum, In Omnes Archiepiscopos, Episcopos, et Universum Clerum</i>… [n.p.] 1728. €750 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Madden (R.R.). <i>Travels in Turkey, Egypt, Nubia and Palestine in 1824, 1825, 1826 and 1827,</i> 2 vols. 1822. €500 to €700
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Early English Herbal. Gerarde (John). The Herball or General History of Plants, thick folio L. (John Norton) 1597. €700 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The Tehran World War 2 Conference Photograph: [Tehran Conference 1943] An important and iconic Group Photograph showing Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. €80 to €120
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Natural History Specimens from Jersey Jersey Islands: Westacton [Mrs Acton] Collection of 53 original dried examples of Seaweed collected in Jersey, c. 1860. €300 to €400
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Plyglot Bible: Hutteri (Eliae). <i>Biblia Sacra, Ebraice, Chaldaice, Graece, Latinae, Germanice, Sclavonice.</i> Lg. folio Nurimberg 1599. €250 to €350
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The American Invasion 1888: “First Ever G.A.A. Hurling Match in America” Medal: G.A.A., The Invaders, 1888. €2,000 to €3,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> “Babe” Ruth and the G.A.A. G.A.A. & Baseball: A unique and early Sporting Association. An original Spalding B12 Baseball Bat. €4,000 to €6,000
  • <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>