Auction Update Review

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Into the High Season

 

For the week ending Saturday March 22nd 28 auctions were archived to the AED; 8 in euros, 5 in British pounds, and 15 in US dollars.  Turnover was $20,818,113 as 7,348 lots were offered and 5,673 sold for a 77% success rate.  It was a strong week.

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4 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 


Sothebys. Prints and Multiples on March 18th: $3,810,463
Christies. Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints on March 19th: $3,461,500
Christies. James Ensor Prints - The Mira Jacob Collection on March 19th: $1,302,866
Bonhams. Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs on March 19th: $1,111,050

9 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered in the sale:

RR Auction. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 2/21 on March 12th: 329.30%
Beaussant Lefevre. Books and Manuscripts on March 12th: 164.47%
Dorotheum . Automobilia on March 18th: 160.34%
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Prints, Books, Maps on March 18th: 154.80%
Christies. Japanese and Korean Art - Prints on March 18th: 149.60%
Christies. James Ensor Prints - The Mira Jacob Collection on March 19th: 138.77%
Bonhams. Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs on March 19th: 133.11%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Ancient and Modern Books on March 19th: 124.21%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Estate of Harold K. Hill Antiques - Prints, Books on March 15th: 117.34%


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

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Estate of Harold K. Hill Antiques - Prints, Books on March 15th: 100.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Master Prints on March 17th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 3/9 on March 16th: 99.28%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet Bidstart 3/9 on March 16th: 93.75%
Christies. James Ensor Prints - The Mira Jacob Collection on March 19th: 91.56%
Bonhams. Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs on March 19th: 88.99%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Ancient and Modern Books on March 19th: 88.65%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/13 on March 20th: 87.90%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on March 18th: 87.34%
Beaussant Lefevre. Books and Manuscripts on March 12th: 87.31%
Christies. Japanese and Korean Art - Prints on March 18th: 86.27%
Sothebys. Prints and Multiples on March 18th: 85.23%
Paige Auction. Collectors Sale - Ephemera on March 18th: 81.48%
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Prints, Books, Maps on March 18th: 80.44%
Heritage Auctions. Texana on March 15th: 80.17%

For the week ahead 36 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Mar. 24th
Peter Arnold. Prahran VIC . Rare Books, Maps, Prints and Manuscripts. 328 lots

Tue. Mar. 25th
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Berlin. Autographs I. Literature. 391 lots
Bonhams. Oxford . Printed Books, Maps and Photographs. 737 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Prints. 11 lots
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Berlin. Autographs II. Science. 163 lots
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Berlin. Autographs III. Fine Arts. 85 lots

Wed. Mar. 26th
Sothebys. Paris. Curiosity: A Modern Look. 6 lots
Rupert Toovey and Co. West Sussex. Prints. 52 lots
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Books. 337 lots
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Berlin. Autographs IV. Music. 233 lots
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Berlin. Autographs V. Theatre and Film. 12 lots
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Berlin. Autographs VI. History. 318 lots

Thu. Mar. 27th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 503 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books - Day 1. 629 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 493 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Printed & Manuscript African Americana. 598 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Americana - Trave - Maps and Views. 645 lots
Sothebys. London. Exploration & Discovery 1576-1939: The Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching Part I, A-C. 350 lots
Morton Casa de Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Antiquarian Books and Documents. 343 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/20. 431 lots
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Books, Manuscripts and Rabbinic Letters. 425 lots

Fri. Mar. 28th
Venator and Hanstein. Köln . Books, Graphics, Autographs. 731 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books - Day 2. 178 lots
ALDE. Paris. Original Editions, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. 359 lots
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Prints - Bidstart 3/21. 13 lots
Koller Auctions. Zurich. Old Master Prints. 175 lots

Sat. Mar. 29th
Venator and Hanstein. Köln . Modern Art Graphics. 421 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Comic Strips, Original Prints, Albums By-Products. 722 lots
Koller Auctions. Zurich. Print, Books and Photographs. 587 lots
OSENAT. FONTAINEBLEAU. The Spirit of the 20th Century. 89 lots
Alain and Evelyne Morel de Westgaver. 1050 Bruxelles. Books and Ephemera. 516 lots
Blacksparrow. Sun Valley. Monterpalooza Charity Auction - Memorabilia. 53 lots
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Posters, Photographs and Prints. 467 lots

Sun. Mar. 30th
Bonhams. San Francisco. Prints. 12 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 3/23.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet Bidstart 3/23.

It's a busy week and there are busier weeks ahead.

 

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>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500
  • <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>