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>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>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.