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

AE

 

  • <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Extremely Fine Copy of Fantasy Classic. Tolkien (J.R.R.) <i>The Hobbit, or There and Back Again,</i> L. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Museum Street) 1937. €20,000 to €30,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Incunabula. [Sirectus, Antonius] O’Fihely (Maurice)Abp. <i>Formalitates de Mente Doctoris Subtilis Scoti Nec Non Stephai Burlifer cum novis additionibus…</i> Venice 14th December 1051 (ie. 1501). €3,000 to €4,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Original Book Illustrations by Pamela Leonard. Illustrations: Regan (Peter) Touchstone, 8vo D. (Mount Salas Press) 1989. €3,500 to €4,500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> [Petit (Jean), Prevel (Jean) & Gregory (Pope)] [Gregorius]. <i>Compendium Textuale Compillationis decretalium Gregorri noni sine qua…</i>, Paris [Dec. 1524]. €350 to €500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Excessively Rare – V. Fine Copy. [Mac Mahon]. <i>Jus Primatiale Armacanum, In Omnes Archiepiscopos, Episcopos, et Universum Clerum</i>… [n.p.] 1728. €750 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Madden (R.R.). <i>Travels in Turkey, Egypt, Nubia and Palestine in 1824, 1825, 1826 and 1827,</i> 2 vols. 1822. €500 to €700
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Early English Herbal. Gerarde (John). The Herball or General History of Plants, thick folio L. (John Norton) 1597. €700 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The Tehran World War 2 Conference Photograph: [Tehran Conference 1943] An important and iconic Group Photograph showing Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. €80 to €120
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Natural History Specimens from Jersey Jersey Islands: Westacton [Mrs Acton] Collection of 53 original dried examples of Seaweed collected in Jersey, c. 1860. €300 to €400
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Plyglot Bible: Hutteri (Eliae). <i>Biblia Sacra, Ebraice, Chaldaice, Graece, Latinae, Germanice, Sclavonice.</i> Lg. folio Nurimberg 1599. €250 to €350
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The American Invasion 1888: “First Ever G.A.A. Hurling Match in America” Medal: G.A.A., The Invaders, 1888. €2,000 to €3,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> “Babe” Ruth and the G.A.A. G.A.A. & Baseball: A unique and early Sporting Association. An original Spalding B12 Baseball Bat. €4,000 to €6,000
  • <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