• <b>Sotheby’s Paris: Books & Manuscripts. 30 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> MARCEL PROUST. Du côté de chez Swann. Grasset, 1913. First edition. One of 5 copies on Japan paper, inscribed by the author to Louis Brun. Est. €400,000 - 600,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> FRENCH REVOLUTION 1793. Déclaration des droits de l’Homme. 2,55 x 1,30m.A poster of the 1793 version, with hand-colored highlights. Unique copy. Est. €100,000 - 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> GIAMBATTISTA PIRANESI. Vedute di Roma, 1748-1775. 107 etchings. An exceptional copy. printed and bound before 1780. Est. €50,000 - 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> SADE. Autograph annotations by Sade facing 12 erotic drawings for Juliette. Est. €40,000 – 60,000
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  • <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Beethoven, Ludwig van. Autograph Manuscript of the Canon "Ewig Dein" Woo 161, signed at the end ("...[Ewig] Dein...Freund Ludwig Van Beethowen"). Est. £120,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Brahms, Johannes. Autograph Manuscript of the "Geistliches Wiegenlied", Op.91 No.2, for Contralto, Viola And Piano, the original version of 1864, signed and inscribed at the end by the composer. Est. £200,000 to £250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Chopin, Frédéric. Autograph Manuscript of the Opening of the Étude Op.25 No.2, in A-Flat Major, signed and dated ("Paris Ce 28 Avril F. Chopin"). Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Haydn, Joseph. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jos Haydn[Paraph]"), to the Baden Choirmaster Anton Stoll, 30 July 1802. Est. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Autograph Working Manuscript of a scene from Ernani. Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Highly Important Series of Thirty-Six Autograph Letters Signed to The Librettist Salvadore Cammarano, written between 1844 And 1851, the greater part unpublished and unrecorded. Est. £250,000 to £300,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Redouté, Pierre Joseph, and Claude Antoine Thory. <i>Les Roses</I>. Paris: Firmin Didot, 1817–1824. Est. $225,000 to $325,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Jakob Christoph. <i>Hortus Nitidissimis Omnen Per Annum Superbiens Floribus</i>… Nuremberg: Johann Joseph Fleischmann, 1750 [–1786]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Christoph Jakob, and Benedict Christian Vogel. <i>Plantæ Selectæ</i>…[Nuremberg:] 1750–1773; Supplement, [Augsburg:] 1790 [–1792]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Jacquin, Nikolaus Joseph von. <i>Plantarum Rariorum Horti Caesarei Schönbrunnensis Descriptiones Et Icones.</i>Vienna; London; Leiden, 1797–1804. Est. $180,000 to $250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Weinmann, Johann Wilhelm. <i>Phytanthoza Iconographia; Sive Conspectus Aliquot Millium, Tam Indigenarum Quam Exoticarum</i>… Regensburg, 1735–1737–1745. Est. $120,000 to $180,000

Auction Update Review

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The Market Mid-stride

For the week ending Saturday May 10th 5,758 lots were offered and 4,565 sold for a robust 79.28% success rate.  Turnover was $9,942,553.  The average lot brought $2,178.

<--- Skinners on May 16th.  American & European Prints & Photography.  Lot 16:  Thomas Hart Benton.  Homestead estimated $1,500 to $2,000

4 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Heritage Auctions. Pin-up, Pulp, and Illustration Art on May 7th: $2,104,774
Sothebys. Photographs on May 7th: $1,851,575
Freemans. Modern and Contemporary Works of Art - Prints on May 4th: $1,521,633
Peter Arnold. Rare Books, Maps, Prints and Manuscripts on March 25th: $1,439,411

<--- RR Auction.  Monthly Sale ending on May 14th.  Lot 1:  George Washington framed material.  Starting bid $500

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

Eldreds. Asian Art - Books and Prints on May 2nd: 122.46%
Lyon and Turnbull. Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts on May 7th: 114.57%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Fine Art - Prints and Photography on April 25th: 100.26%
Peter Arnold. Rare Books, Maps, Prints and Manuscripts on March 25th: 100.14%

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

Cowans Auctions. Civil War Union Generals' Cartes de Visite on April 30th: 99.07%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 4/27 on May 4th: 99.03%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/27 on May 4th: 95.83%
Eldreds. Asian Art - Books and Prints on May 2nd: 95.24%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Fine Art - Prints and Photography on April 25th: 94.81%
Heritage Auctions. Pin-up, Pulp, and Illustration Art on May 7th: 91.48%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/1 on May 8th: 91.22%
Swann Galleries. Art, Press & Illustrated Books on May 7th: 89.25%
Blacksparrow. Monterpalooza Charity Auction - Memorabilia on March 29th: 86.79%
Freemans. Modern and Contemporary Works of Art - Prints on May 4th: 86.06%
Lyon and Turnbull. Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts on May 7th: 86.03%
Grays Auctioneers. Prints on April 30th: 80.28%

For the week ahead 40 sales are scheduled:

Mon. May. 12th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 7 lots
Artcurial. Paris. MIDDLE EAST & ISLAMIC ARTS-FOUR PRIVATE COLLECTIONS - Manuscripts. 86 lots

Tue. May. 13th
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Leiden. New and Antiquarian Books. 1167 lots
Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions. Milan. Antiquarian Books and Autographs. 762 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Contemporary Art - Prints. 293 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 451 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Orientalism - Books. 2 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 61 lots

Wed. May. 14th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Space. 345 lots
ALDE. Paris. Ancient Books and the XIXth Century. 320 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. PRINTED BOOKS & MAPS, TRAVEL & POLAR EXPLORATION, NATURAL HISTORY & SCIENCE. 551 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 4/25. 1180 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Dada Surrealism - Books, Manuscripts, Photographs.... 299 lots
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Jewish and Israeli History and Culture, Israeli and International Art. 431 lots
Robert Siegel Galleries. New York. Worldwide Postal History. 26 lots

Thu. May. 15th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics. 1471 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Prints. 329 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. THE COLLECTORS SALE: Day One - HISTORIC AVIATION & TRANSPORT MODELS, MEMORABILIA & EPHEMERA. 164 lots
Sothebys. New York. Contemporary Art - Prints. 54 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/8. 497 lots
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Ancient Books and Documents. 296 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Dada Surrealism - Books, Manuscripts, Photographs..., Day II. 294 lots

Fri. May. 16th
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Brussels. Books. 1071 lots
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. Books. 423 lots
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Firenze. Books, Manuscripts, Prints. 400 lots
Skinner. Boston. American and European Prints and Photography. 188 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Pictures and Prints. 114 lots
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Spring Auction - Part I: Old and rare Books. Autographs.. 645 lots
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Spring Auction - Part II. Old and rare Books. Engravings.. 692 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. THE COLLECTORS SALE: Day Two - STAMPS & COINS MEDALS, ARMS & MILITARIA. 53 lots
Beaussant Lefevre. Paris. Prints. 8 lots

Sat. May. 17th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints and Photographs. 160 lots
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Firenze. Musical works, Autographs and signed books. 147 lots
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. DEBBIE REYNOLDS – THE AUCTION FINALE - Ephemera. 230 lots
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Spring Auction - Part III: Modern books. Posters. Photography.. 526 lots
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Spring Sale - Part IV: Modern and contemporary Art.. 245 lots

Sun. May. 18th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/11.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 5/11.
Bonhams. Los Angeles. Period Art and Design - Prints. 54 lots
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints and Photographs, Day 2. 108 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books and Ephemera - Civil War, Am. West, Exploration, etc.by.

 

Forty sales in a single week.  It's simply stunning if no longer unexpected.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

  • <b>ALDE: Highlights from the Maurice Burrus Collection. October 17, 2017</b>
    <b>Alde, Oct. 17:</b> BIBLE, LATIN. VOL. I ONLY (Genesis-Psalms). [Strassburg: Johann Mentelin, not after 1460].<br>Est: 450 000 / 600 000 €
    <b>Alde, Oct. 17:</b> MISSAL for the use of SALZBURG. Illuminated manuscript on vellum, Augsburg or Salzburg, c 1480. Est: 40 000 / 60 000 €
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br><i>The Centenary Edition of the Works of Ian Fleming</i>, one of 26 lettered sets, 18 volumes, London, 2008. $25,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> William Faulkner, <i>The Marble Faun</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to Dorothy Wilcox by Faulkner & Phil Stone, Boston, 1924. $18,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Maurice Sendak, <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to William Archibald, New York, 1963. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anne Frank, <i>Het Achterhuis</i>, first edition, in first state jacket, Amsterdam, 1947. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Roald Dahl, <i>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory</i>, first edition, signed, New York, 1964. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br>Ray Bradbury, <i>Fahrenheit 451</i>, first limited edition bound in Johns-Manville Quinterra, New York, 1953. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Benjamin Graham, <i>The Intelligent Investor</i>, first edition, in original dust jacket, New York, 1949. $4,500 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anna Sewell, <i>Black Beauty</i>, first edition, inscribed, London, 1877. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Arthur Conan Doyle, <i>A Study in Scarlet</i>, first American edition, Philadelphia, 1890. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> James Fenimore Cooper, <i>The Last of the Mohicans</i>, first edition, two volumes, Philadelphia, 1826. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Amelia Earhart, <i>20 hrs. 40 mins. Our Flight in Friendship</i>, limited first edition, signed, New York, 1928. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Philip K. Dick, <i>World of Chance</i>, first edition, signed, London, 1956. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…
  • <b>Results from Bonhams’ sale of <i>Fine Books & Manuscripts Featuring Exploration and Travel</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Columbus. De Insulis nuper in mari Indico repertis. Basel, 1494. SOLD for $751,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cook in Tahiti. [Playbill]. [Germany, c.1840.] SOLD for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Aa, Pieter van der. Naaukeurige versameling der gedenk-waardigste zee en land-reysen. Leyden, 1706-8. SOLD for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Dürer. Underweysung der messung [and two more]. Nuremberg, 1525-8. SOLD for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cortes, Hernan. A Pleito signed by Antonio de Mendoza in the case of Hernan Cortes. 1542. SOLD for $8750
    <b>Results from Bonhams’ <i>The Air and Space Sale</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Russian Kholod 5D67 HFL Rocket Engine. SOLD for $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Neil Armstrong Apollo Era Training Glove. SOLD for $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Full Scale Sputnik-1 EMC/EMI Lab Model. SOLD for $847,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> SOLRAD GREB Spy Satellite Engineering Dummy. SOLD for $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Soviet LK-3 Lunar Lander Model. SOLD for $25,000
  • <b>Forum Auctions:<br>The Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs 1964-1972 (Online Only). Now through October 18</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> "The world's first view of the Earth taken by a spacecraft from the vicinity of the Moon" (NASA), Lunar Orbiter 1, 23 August 1966. Est. £600 to £800
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Anders (William). The first Earthrise seen by Man, Apollo 8, December 1968. Est. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Armstrong (Neil). The first photograph taken by Armstrong after setting foot on the Moon, Apollo 11, July 1969. Est. £600 to £800
    <b>Forum Auctions:<br>The Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs 1964-1972 (Online Only). Now through October 18</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Aldrin (Buzz). Aldrin's bootprint in the pristine lunar dust, Apollo 11, July 1969. Est. £600 to £800
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Armstrong (Neil). Buzz Aldrin with the LM and Armstrong reflected in his visor, Apollo 11, July 1969. Est. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Full Moon seen from the receding spacecraft, Apollo 13, April 1970. Est £300 to £500
    <b>Forum Auctions:<br>The Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs 1964-1972 (Online Only). Now through October 18</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Craters Copernicus and Reinhold, Apollo 12, November 1969. Est. £300 to £500
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Conrad (Pete). The photographer reflected in Alan Bean's gold-plated sun visor, Apollo 12, November 1969. Est. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Scott (David). James Irwin and the Rover, Mount Hadley beyond, Apollo 15, August 1951. Est. £400 to £600
    <b>Forum Auctions:<br>The Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs 1964-1972 (Online Only). Now through October 18</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Duke (Charles). John Young's jumping salute in lunar gravity, Apollo 16, April 1972. Est. £600 to £800
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Cernan (Eugene). Harrison Schmitt with the flag, the Earth overhead, Apollo 17, December 1972. Est. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Evans (Ronald). The last Earthrise over the Moon seen by man, Apollo 17, December 1972. Est. £800 to £1,200