Auction Update Review


More Basilio than Ali


For the week ending Saturday February 15th 28 sales were archived to the AED, 5 in euros, 4 in British pounds, and 19 in US dollars.  Turnover was $4,923,390 as 5,541 lots were offered and 4,209 sold for a 76% success rate. 

<-- Heritage.  Garth Williams [1912-1996].  Lot of Preliminary Cover Designs for Margaret Wise Brown's book.  Realized $687.50

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

Doyle New York. Prints on February 11th: 112.60%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Bibliophile on February 13th: 105.10%
James D Julia Auctioneers. Winter Antiques, Asian & Fine Art Auction on February 5th: 104.65%

<--Swann Sale 233.  Lot 49.  Dox Thrash [1892-1965].  Realized $10,625

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

Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 2/2 on February 9th: 100.00%
Aspire Auctions. Prints - Internet bidstart 1/30 on February 7th: 100.00%
Doyle New York. Prints on February 11th: 96.43%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/2 on February 9th: 94.02%
John McInnis Auctioneers. The Legends Auction - Session III on November 24th: 89.34%
Bonhams. Fine Books and Manuscripts on February 10th: 87.13%
James D Julia Auctioneers. Winter Antiques, Asian & Fine Art Auction on February 5th: 87.04%
Christies. Post-War and Contemporary Art: Photographs on February 13th: 83.33%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on February 10th: 83.33%
Bonhams. Prints on February 9th: 82.76%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Bibliophile on February 13th: 82.32%
James D Julia Auctioneers. Antiques, Asian and Fine Arts: Prints on February 4th: 82.05%
Skinner. Fine Prints and Photographs - Internet bidstart 2/3 on February 3rd: 81.67%
John McInnis Auctioneers. The Legends Auction - Session I on November 22nd: 80.50%

For the week ahead 22 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Feb. 17th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 3 lots

Tue. Feb. 18th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 86 lots
Alexander Autographs. Chesapeake City. Winter Sale - Autographs. 1049 lots

Wed. Feb. 19th
Audap and Mirabaud. PARIS. Ancient and Modern Books. 285 lots
Bonhams. London. Prints, Featuring the St. Ives School. 395 lots
Morton Casa de Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Books and Documents. 254 lots
Old World Auctions. Glen Allen. Antique Maps, Globes, Charts, Atlases & Vintage Graphics. 827 lots
Bonhams. London. Asian Art - Books. 6 lots
Christies. New York. Interiors - Prints. 24 lots
Webbs. Auckland. Art - Prints. 104 lots

Thu. Feb. 20th
Heritage Auctions. New York. Comics. 1211 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 2/13. 387 lots

Fri. Feb. 21st
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Western Americana. 509 lots
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Books - Old and Modern. 1120 lots

Sat. Feb. 22nd
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Art and Artist's Books. 695 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Antiques and Accessories - Books and Prints. 38 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Western Americana - Day 2. 304 lots
John McInnis Auctioneers. Amesbury. Prints. 37 lots

Sun. Feb. 23rd
Grogan and Company. Dedham. Prints, Books. 50 lots
Bonhams. San Francisco. Period Art and Design - Prints.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 2/16.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/16.

The economy is picking up.  Neither the crowds in San Francisco or Pasadena at recent book fairs were particularly remarkable but the trade was strong.  You couldn't sell the unsaleable but you could sell fine, well priced copies.


The business seemed to have a refreshing logic - very good copies, reasonable prices and discerning acquirers.


Bruce McKinney


  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> KEY, FRANCIS SCOTT. <i>A Celebrated Patriotic Song, the Star Spangled Banner.</i> 1814.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> [COLUMBUS, CHRISTOPHER, Amerigo Vespucci ..] Bernardus Albingaunensis .. Dialogo nuperrime edito Genue in 1512.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies,</i> 1632.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (WATKINS, TABER &c.). <i>An album of 32 photographs of the Yosemite and American West Various places</i>, c. 1890s
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (BATTLE OF CONCORD.) <i>Powder horn used by Minuteman Oliver Buttrick at the Battle of Concord</i>, April 19, 1775.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (CIVIL WAR.) <i>An Extraordinary Confederate Photograph and Autograph Album of Dr. R. L. C. White</i>, 125 original mounted salt prints. 1859-61.
  • 20 Jul 2016, starts at 1pm EDT, NY
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Full scale vintage <i>Sputnik-1</i> EMC/EMI Lab Model, with live transmitter. US$ 10,000-15,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Flown SOYUZ-3 space navigation indicator with unflown on-ground transformer. <br>US$ 30,000-40,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Flown on SOYUZ 9<br>An exhaustive manuscript on life in space. [Trans: On-Board Flight Journal for Spacecraft Soyuz-9, 1970]. US$ 6,000-9,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> SOYUZ 18? Flown Navigation Celestial Globe. Soyuz 18 lasted from May 24-July 26, 1975. US$ 30,000-40,000
    20 Jul 2016, starts at 1pm EDT, NY
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Flown Space Suit from ISS Expidition 6. Worn by Flight Engineer Don Pettit on his dramitic return to earth. US$ 25,000-35,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Original Gemini 133P Trainer Assembly Five Part Electrical System & Attitude Maneuver ... US$ 60,000-90,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Lunar Rover Development. Collection of 11 vintage gelatin silver prints and 4 vintage NASA lithographs. <br>US$ 2,000-3,000.
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Lunar Orbiter I. The first image of the earth as seen from the moon. Gelatin silver print. August 23, 1966. US$ 2,500-3,500
    20 Jul 2016, starts at 1pm EDT, NY
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Michael Collins' Flown Crew-Signed Apollo 11 Emblem. One of the very few Armstrong signed mission artifacts. US$ 50,000-70,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Flown Apollo 11 Navigational Chart. Taken to Lunar surface mapping the start of the <br>first manned lunar descent. <br>US$ 25,000-35,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> FFlown Apollo 11 Flight Plan Sheetmission Day One. Some of the first words and data values written by Neil Armstrong. US$ 18,000-25,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Apollo 12 - Alan Bean in the Ocean of Storms. Signed and inscribed by Bean. <br>US$ 2,000-3,000
  • <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.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec,<br><i>The Chap Book</i>, 1896.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec,<br><i>Troupe de Mlle Églantine</i>, 1896.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>Philippe Henri Noyer, <br><i>Limonade Brault</i>, 1938. <br>$4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b> <br><i>The Great Men of the World</i>,<br>designer unknown, circa 1945-46. <br>$7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>James Montgomery Flagg,<br><i>Wake Up, America!</i>, 1917.<br>$4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>Alfred F. Burke, <i>Share / Jewish <br>Relief Campaign</i>, circa 1915.<br>$3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>Ludwig Hohlwein, <i>Marke Pkz / <br>Burger - Kehl & Co.</i>, circa 1911. <br>$8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b> <br>Gian Emilio Malerba,<i> E.A. Mele / Modo e Novita per Signora</i>, circa 1900. $7,000 to $10,000.