Auction Update Review

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A Strong Week in the Auction Rooms

 

For the week ending Saturday April 5th, 2014 37 auctions were archived to the AED; 2 is Swiss francs, 11 in euros, 4 in British pounds, and 20 in US dollars.  Total sales were $37, 481,105 as 11,215 lots were offered and 8,316 lots sold for a 74% success rate.

<A contemporary account of the London Fire is available at Bonham's on April 7.

8 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Sothebys. The Inventive Eye: Photographs from a Private Collection on April 1st: $5,414,750
Christies. Photographs on April 3rd: $4,230,688
Sothebys. Photographs on April 2nd: $4,032,751
Sothebys. The John James Audubon Collection from the Indiana Historical Society on April 1st: $3,770,000
Christies. The Range of Light: Photographs by Ansel Adams on April 3rd: $2,144,875
Sothebys. Gordon Waldorf Collection on April 1st: $1,809,625
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books on April 2nd: $1,680,906
Koller Auctions. Print, Books and Photographs on March 29th: $1,375,164

<A first edition of the Book of Mormon is offered at Swann's on April 8.

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

OSENAT. Empire at Fontainebleau on March 23rd: 160.28%
Sothebys. Made in Britain on April 1st: 148.15%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on March 31st: 128.73%
Sothebys. The Inventive Eye: Photographs from a Private Collection on April 1st: 120.54%
Swann Galleries. Astronomy & Science Books from The Library of Martin C. Gutzwiller on April 3rd: 117.07%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books and Manuscripts on April 1st: 110.86%
Christies. The Range of Light: Photographs by Ansel Adams on April 3rd: 110.62%


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

Christies. Interiors - Prints on April 2nd: 100.00%
Sothebys. The John James Audubon Collection from the Indiana Historical Society on April 1st: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 3/23 on March 30th: 99.20%
Heritage Auctions. Historical Manuscripts on April 3rd: 95.10%
Christies. Rare Maps from Kenneth Nebenzahl, Inc. on April 1st: 93.89%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet Bidstart 3/23 on March 30th: 92.17%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/27 on April 3rd: 90.60%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books on April 2nd: 90.10%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books and Manuscripts on April 1st: 90.00%
Sothebys. Made in Britain on April 1st: 89.66%
Christies. The Range of Light: Photographs by Ansel Adams on April 3rd: 88.00%
Sothebys. The Inventive Eye: Photographs from a Private Collection on April 1st: 87.10%
Swann Galleries. Astronomy & Science Books from The Library of Martin C. Gutzwiller on April 3rd: 86.96%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on March 31st: 83.33%

For the week ahead 33 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Apr. 7th
Bonhams. New York. Treasures from the Caren Archive. 305 lots
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Marine. 95 lots


Tue. Apr. 8th
Swann Galleries. New York. Printed & Manuscript Americana. 320 lots
Bonhams. New York. Space History. 208 lots
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Movie Posters. 345 lots

Wed. Apr. 9th
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books and Maps, Vintage Photographs. 477 lots
Kapandji Morhange. Paris. Books. 434 lots
Doyle New York. New York. Rare Books, Autographs and Photgraphs. 353 lots
Rossini. Paris. Prints and Photographs. 18 lots
Sothebys. London. Islamic World - Books, Manuscripts. 62 lots

Thu. Apr. 10th
Christies. London -South Kensington. Travel, Science and Natural History.
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Fine Illustrated Travel and Military History. 242 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile. 390 lots
Freemans. Philadelphia. Rare Books and Manuscripts. 539 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Geography. 259 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Books. 705 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/3. 501 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Americana - Prints, Ephemera. 21 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Rare Books. 367 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Incunabula. 271 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Photography. 131 lots

Fri. Apr. 11th
Freemans. Philadelphia. Books, Maps & Manuscripts. 227 lots
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Rare and Used Books. 473 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Modern Literature. 217 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Literature of the 17th - 19th Century. 507 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Autographs. 373 lots

Sat. Apr. 12th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints and Photographs.
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Rare Books, Prints and Photographs. 892 lots
Blacksparrow. Sun Valley. Hollywood's Leading Men and Women. 13 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Modern Literature and Prints. 958 lots
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Photographs and Photobooks. 349 lots

Sun. Apr. 13th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet Bidstart 4/6.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 4/6.

The ABAA/ILAB fair in New York has just concluded.  The material on offer was fresh and interesting, the dealers upbeat and collectors and institutions determined.  One hopes it was a success for all.  Through the past week and into the coming interesting auctions have been the norm.  Altogether, between dealer and auction sales, it looks to be a robust moment.

 

Bruce McKinney

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  • <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 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