Auction Update Review

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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

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  • <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>