Auction Update Review

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Trench Warfare

For the week ending Saturday May 3rd 27 auctions were archived to the AED; 9 in euros, 5 in British pounds, and 13 in US dollars.   Turnover was $31,164,393 as 7,228 lots were offered and 5,559 sold for a 77% success rate. 

<--- Australian Book Auctions May 5-6.  The Military Sale:  Lot 155 [GAME BOARD] WITH THE DIGGERS [label title]. Folding game board (360 x 360 mm unfolded), printed in colour; original dark blue boards and contrasting red paper spine, colour pictorial title-label; the printed board fine. No imprint but Australia, n.d. but circa mid-1918.  Estimate $400/800 [image is link to the sale]

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Christies. Prints and Multiples on April 24th: $9,811,375
Christies. Ancient Books, Art Books, and Manuscripts on April 30th: $4,341,088
Sothebys. Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History on April 29th: $2,696,252
Swann Galleries. Old Master Through Modern Prints on April 29th: $2,232,895
Heritage Auctions. Entertainment on April 26th: $1,091,970

<--- Zisska & Schauer on May 8 and 9. Travel and Maps - Lot 1370:  Souvenir Gouaches with views of Naples and surrounding areas.  Cassette with 19 large format gouache views, Italy 1860-70.  Excellent condition.  80,000 euros [image is a link to the sale]


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

Sothebys. The Gustav Leonhardt Collection, Property from the Bartolotti House, Amsterdam on April 29th: 414.56%
Rupert Toovey and Co. Photographs, Autographs and Ephemera on April 22nd: 183.68%
Sothebys. Une famille et l’Empire on April 29th: 147.44%
Rupert Toovey and Co. Prints on April 23rd: 126.49%
Doyle New York. Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints on April 29th: 116.99%
Sothebys. Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History on April 29th: 108.19%
ALDE. Letters and Original Manuscripts on April 28th: 106.72%
Swann Galleries. Modernist Posters on April 24th: 102.59%


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

Rupert Toovey and Co. Photographs, Autographs and Ephemera on April 22nd: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 4/20 on April 27th: 97.43%
Artcurial. Joann Sfar on April 26th: 96.77%
Sothebys. The Gustav Leonhardt Collection, Property from the Bartolotti House, Amsterdam on April 29th: 96.30%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/20 on April 27th: 93.21%
Doyle New York. Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints on April 29th: 92.45%
Swann Galleries. Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books on May 1st: 90.38%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/17 on April 24th: 89.97%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Maps & Atlases incl. a Private Collection of Cartographic on April 25th: 88.87%
Rupert Toovey and Co. Prints on April 23rd: 88.10%
Heritage Auctions. Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Posters Benefiting Lifebeat Monthly Internet Charity on April 24th: 87.50%
Sothebys. Une famille et l’Empire on April 29th: 85.11%
Christies. Prints and Multiples on April 24th: 84.91%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old and Modern Prints on April 29th: 84.51%
Heritage Auctions. Entertainment on April 26th: 83.89%


For the week ahead 23 sales are scheduled:

Mon. May. 5th
Australian Book Auctions. Armadale, . The Military Sale. 461 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Globes. 14 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 9 lots

Tue. May. 6th
Australian Book Auctions. Armadale, . The Gallery Sale. 239 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 33 lots

Wed. May. 7th
Heritage Auctions. Beverly Hills. Pin-up, Pulp, and Illustration Art. 657 lots
Zisska and Schauer. Munich . Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts. 625 lots
Lyon and Turnbull. Edinburgh. Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts. 365 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Art, Press & Illustrated Books. 307 lots
Sothebys. London. Photographs. 148 lots
Koller Auctions. Zurich. Asian Art - Books. 4 lots

Thu. May. 8th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/1. 444 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Historic Autographs & Manuscripts with Archival Materia. 405 lots
Zisska and Schauer. Munich . Literature and Children's Books. 389 lots
Zisska and Schauer. Munich . Travel and Maps. 435 lots

Fri. May. 9th
Zisska and Schauer. Munich . Books and Prints. 499 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Modern Art and Design - Books and Prints. 67 lots

Sat. May. 10th
Northeast Auctions. Portsmouth. Prints. 253 lots
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints. 368 lots
Guillaumot Richard . Villefranche sur Saône. Hunting Library of Mr. E. B Château de La Palisse in Allier. 222 lots
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Antiquarian and Modern Books, Autographs, and Prints. 639 lots

Sun. May. 11th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/4.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 15/4.

Auction volume, total dollars and percentage of lots sold all continue to be brisk.

 

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 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.