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Week Ten Fall 2009, Auctions Archived through 11.14.09

For the week ending 11/14/09 13 sales were archived: 6 in $, 6 in £, 1 in €. Total sales, expressed in dollars, were $8,909,768. Three-thousand-six-hundred-forty-five lots were offered and 2,662 sold for a 73% sell-through. For the 6 sales priced in dollars 71% sold. For all others 75% changed hands. For the second week running auction rooms around the world performed at levels consistent with the 1994-1998 period, that is, selling 72% to 75% of all lots offered. Consignors and buyers can both be encouraged.

The average lot price was $3,347, the dollar denominated lots $3,834, all others $2,990. The market for better material is firming.

Bonhams, at its New York sale of photographs on November 10th saw an image by Edward Weston titled "Nude (Charis, Santa Monica), 1936" realize $109,000. On the same day, in London, Bonhams sold a complete run of Cricketers' Almanack for the years 1864 to 1964, for £90,000 [$150,093]. Sotheby's the same day in London, sold the 1590 "Oriental Album of Bartell Schachman, for £361,250 [$578,643]. Swann in New York, also on the 10th, sold a 1956 signed limited edition of the Bible [by Marc Chagall], for $108,000 against an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. On the 9th, Swann offered the James B. Parks Collection of Fine Prints. Included was a complete set of 80 color reproductions of the works of Marcel Duchamp that was estimated at $40,000 to $60,000 and brought $150,000.

PBA, on the 5th, sold a copy of Patrick Gass' "A Journal of the Voyages and Travels of a Corps of Discovery", dated 1808, for $7,800. Gass was the first participant to write a book about the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Swann, on the 5th, offered "Old Master Through Modern Prints" and sold Faunes et Chevre by Picasso [1959] for $60,000.

In the Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F.Tajan sale of Livres Modernes "L'Assassinat considere comme un des beaux-arts [1930] by "QUINCEY (Thomas de). Maurice Beerblock" brought € 14,912 [$22,223].

Bruce McKinney
AE

11.15.09

  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…
  • <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Newton. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. London, 1687.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Josephus. <i>De antiquitate Judaica.</i> Lubeck, 1475-76.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Carlerius. <i>Sporta fragmentorum, Sportula fragmentorum</i>. Brussels, 1478-79.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Fridolin. <i>Der Schatzbehalter</i>. Nuremberg, 1491.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Pinder. <i>Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie</i>. Nuremberg, 1505.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Isidorus Hispalensis. <i>Synonyma de Homine</i>. Nuremberg, 1470-71.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Durer. Sammelband including <i>Underweysung der messing</i>. Nuremberg, 1525-29.
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