Auction Update Review

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A Voyage through Uncertainty

For the week ending Saturday March 15th 18 sales were archived to the AED; 6 denominated in euros, two in British pounds, and 10 in US dollars.  Turnover was a slim $1,636,088 as 5,646 lots were offered and 4,305 lots sold for a 76% success rate.  One gathers that siege engines are being trundled into place for what appears will be an onslaught in April.  Appreciate the quiet for the racket will soon enough be upon us. 

<--- A chance to own a rare autograph book of 19th century famous men - offered by One of a Kind Collectibles sale ending on the 28th!  The image is a live link.

Cowan’s, whose sales we have regularly reported by AE for most of ten years, is living through changes in their site and we have not been able to obtain their lot descriptions.  Their most immediate sale, and ending tomorrow, is photography and worth a look.

One of a Kind Collectibles of Miami is also marketing unusual material.  Their sale ends on the 27th.  Rather than describe the sale which is eclectic but serious look them up on the web or run searches in our Upcoming Auction Search to see if they are offering material matching your interests.

<--- Kenneth Erwin Estate including early photography, a sale ending Monday March 16th at Cowan's in Cincinnati.  Take a look!  The image is a live link.


4 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots covered by AE:

Dorotheum . Books and Decorative Prints on March 12th: 200.79%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Horological Books on March 11th: 107.62%
Sothebys. Felix Marcilhac, Private Collection on March 12th: 106.05%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Comic Strips on March 8th: 103.15%


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

Sothebys. Felix Marcilhac, Private Collection on March 12th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 3/2 on March 9th: 99.42%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Horological Books on March 11th: 96.30%
Grogan and Company. Prints, Books on February 23rd: 96.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet Bidstart 3/2 on March 9th: 94.29%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/6 on February 13th: 94.17%
Dorotheum . Books and Decorative Prints on March 12th: 86.27%
Cowans Auctions. AMERICAN SOCIAL HISTORY, INCL. AFRICAN AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY - internet bidstart 2/27 on March 10th: 80.19%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on March 11th: 80.00%

For the week ahead 26 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Mar. 17th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Master Prints. 5 lots

Tue. Mar. 18th
Sothebys. London. Prints and Multiples. 176 lots
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Bruxelles . Prints, Books, Maps. 455 lots
Paige Auction. Portland. Collectors Sale - Ephemera. 27 lots
Audap and Mirabaud. PARIS. 25791. 21 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Automobilia. 159 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Transport - Ephemera. 44 lots
Christies. New York. Japanese and Korean Art - Prints. 51 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 79 lots

Wed. Mar. 19th
Bonhams. London. Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs. 227 lots
Christies. London - King Street. Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints. 229 lots
Woolley and Wallis. Salisbury. Prints. 43 lots
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Books, Maps and Prints. 693 lots
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. Ancient and Modern Books. 282 lots
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . Prints. 56 lots
Christies. London - King Street. James Ensor Prints - The Mira Jacob Collection. 154 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Prints and Photographs.

Thu. Mar. 20th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Library of a Gentleman. 339 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Marvels of Modern Music - Internet bidstart 3/13. 715 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/13. 314 lots

Fri. Mar. 21st
Tajan. Paris. Antiquarian and Modern Prints. 384 lots

Sat. Mar. 22nd
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters. 1232 lots
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Brugge. Books, Maps and Ephemera. 654 lots

Sun. Mar. 23rd
OSENAT. FONTAINEBLEAU. Empire at Fontainebleau. 103 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 3/16.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet Bidstart 3/16.

Best wishes and good hunting.

 

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>