Auction Update Review

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For the week ending Saturday April 19th 36 auctions were archived to the AED; 17 in euros, 7 in British pounds, 2 in Mexican pesos, and 10 in US dollars.  Turnover was $10,575,611 as 10,139 lots were offered and 7,140 sold for a 70% success rate.

1 auction saw its total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs I. Literature on March 25th: $1,201,667

<--- Robert Indiana [B. 1928].  Chosen Love at Christies April 23-24.  Print and Multiples Sale 2842.  Estimated $3,000 to $5,000

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

<--- Group of 10 documents relating to Cuba.  Lot 237.  PBA - Sale 531 Fine Americana on April 24th.  Estimate $250 to $350

JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs I. Literature on March 25th: 168.44%
Ferraton. Posters, Photographs and Prints on March 29th: 156.06%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs III. Fine Arts on March 25th: 145.28%
Kedem Auction. Objects - Manuscripts, Books, Prints on February 26th: 131.95%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs VI. History on March 26th: 117.20%
Carlsen Gallery. Spring Sale - Prints on April 6th: 114.28%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs II. Science on March 25th: 111.19%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs IV. Music on March 26th: 109.04%
Cowans Auctions. Americana - Prints, Ephemera on April 12th: 107.62%
Bonhams. The Scottish Sale on April 16th: 104.33%
Kedem Auction. Books, Manuscripts and Rabbinic Letters on April 2nd: 101.16%


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

Carlsen Gallery. Spring Sale - Prints on April 6th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet Bidstart 4/6 on April 13th: 99.05%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 4/6 on April 13th: 98.27%
Cowans Auctions. Americana - Prints, Ephemera on April 12th: 90.48%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/10 on April 17th: 88.85%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs I. Literature on March 25th: 88.49%
Ferraton. Posters, Photographs and Prints on March 29th: 86.30%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints and Photographs on April 12th: 83.60%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on April 14th: 83.33%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on April 15th: 82.69%
Bonhams. The Scottish Sale on April 16th: 82.61%
Kedem Auction. Objects - Manuscripts, Books, Prints on February 26th: 82.22%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs II. Science on March 25th: 80.98%
Bonhams. Marine on April 15th: 80.00%

For the week ahead 24 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Apr. 21st
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 5 lots

Tue. Apr. 22nd
Rupert Toovey and Co. West Sussex. Photographs, Autographs and Ephemera. 44 lots
Bonhams. San Francisco. Prints and Multiples. 286 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 46 lots

Wed. Apr. 23rd
Christies. New York. Prints and Multiples. 232 lots
Rupert Toovey and Co. West Sussex. Prints. 42 lots
Tajan. Paris. Russian Library. 400 lots

Thu. Apr. 24th
Swann Galleries. New York. Modernist Posters. 214 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Americana and Western Memorabilia. 514 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Titanic Internet bidstart 4/17. 211 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/17. 578 lots
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Laguna Beach. Antiquarian Books - Internet bidstart 4/17. 333 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Posters Benefiting Lifebeat Monthly Internet Charity. 40 lots

Fri. Apr. 25th
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Books, Prints. 82 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Maps & Atlases incl. a Private Collection of Cartographic. 503 lots
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . Fine Art - Prints and Photography. 77 lots

Sat. Apr. 26th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Entertainment. 540 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Books, Manuscripts and Documentations - Historical Memories of the Second World War. 266 lots
Knotty Pine Auction Service. West Swanzey. Americana and Estate Books. 373 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Joann Sfar. 31 lots
Grogan and Company. Dedham. Antiques - Prints. 19 lots
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Prints. 249 lots

Sun. Apr. 27th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/20.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 4/20.

The business of rare books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera seems to be finding a careful balance between what is available and what they are worth.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE 

 

  • <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: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <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. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Copper Printing Plate for "Marshall's Household Engraving of Washington." $500 to $1000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Important Documentary Painting Showing Baseball Great Ty Cobb in Cuba. $1,000 to $2,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> <i>Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age</i>, Inscribed by Bill Wilson. $500 to $1,000
    <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983), <i>Prise à l'hameçon.</i> $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Maurice Dufrène (French, 1876-1955), <i>Rayon des Soieries</i>. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> William Pope.L (American, b. 1955), <i>Intimacy Project</i>. $2,000 to $4,000
  • <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Collection of 131 Herbert Ponting gelatin silver contact prints of Antartica, £6000-8000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of several lots of Henri Cartier-Bresson gelatin silver prints, £200-300
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Vintage gelatin silver print of Diego Rivera by Leonard McCombe, £300-500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Julia Margaret Cameron of Sir John Herschel (April, 1867), £30,000-50,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron, Love, 1864 (from the Norman album), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Lewis Carroll of Twyford School Eleven (Summer Term, 1859), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Lewis Carroll of Xie Kitchin as 'Dane' (Oxford, 1873), £500-800
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Calotype print (c1845) by Hill & Adamson of Lady Elizabeth (Rigby) Eastlake, £3000-4000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Group of 12 waxed paper negatives of Scottish scenes by Thomas Keith, mid-1850s, £3000-5000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of 15 lots of Roger Fenton salt prints of his work in the Crimea, mid-1850s, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Quarter plate ambrotype (c.1860s) with ethnographic portrait of a woman seated at a table, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Rare whole plate thermoplastic union case of the Landing of Columbus (c.1858),part of the John Hannavy collection, £1500-2000
  • <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>