Auction Update Review

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The Bacchanal ahead of summer

For the week ending Saturday May 24th 38 auctions were archived to the AED, 16 in euros, 7 in British pounds, and 15 in US dollars.  Sales reached $35,042,918 as 11,270 lots were offered and 8,883 sold for a 79% success rate.  Such strong reporting weeks are rare but becoming increasingly common.  The auction market is moving with authority.

<--- Skinner.  Books & Manuscripts.  Sale 2730B in Boston on May 31st.  Lot 147 - Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Experiments and Observations on Electricity. London: for David Henry, sold by Francis Newbery, 1769.  Estimate $3,000-$5,000

4 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Sothebys. Contemporary Art - Prints on May 15th: $8,224,250
Heritage Auctions. Comics on May 17th: $4,887,141
Sothebys. Music and Continental Books and Manuscripts on May 20th: $3,919,789
Christies. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts on May 21st: $3,111,375

<--- Keys Fine Arts.  Books Day 1.  Lot 818:  Thomas Telford, James Douglas, Ralph Dodd, George Dance and William Jessop.  The Several Plans and Drawings . . . upon the improvement of the Port of London, 1800.  Estimated BP 800-1,000

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

Beaussant Lefevre. Prints on May 16th: 761.07%
Profiles in History. DEBBIE REYNOLDS – THE AUCTION FINALE - Ephemera on May 17th: 241.62%
Bonhams. Scientific Instruments - Globes on May 20th: 187.96%
Ader. Modern and Contemporary Prints on May 16th: 157.92%
Ader. Ancient and Modern Prints on May 15th: 152.31%
Doyle New York. Prints on May 21st: 137.45%
Guillaumot Richard . Hunting Library of Mr. E. B Château de La Palisse in Allier on May 10th: 127.13%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on May 19th: 110.59%

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

Beaussant Lefevre. Prints on May 16th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 5/11 on May 18th: 99.88%
Heritage Auctions. Comics on May 17th: 99.86%
Profiles in History. DEBBIE REYNOLDS – THE AUCTION FINALE - Ephemera on May 17th: 98.70%
Doyle New York. Prints on May 21st: 96.88%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/11 on May 18th: 94.83%
Guillaumot Richard . Hunting Library of Mr. E. B Château de La Palisse in Allier on May 10th: 94.14%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints and Photographs on May 17th: 87.50%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/8 on May 15th: 85.51%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on May 20th: 81.94%
Bonhams. Period Art and Design - Prints on May 19th: 81.48%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints on May 10th: 80.98%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. PRINTED BOOKS & MAPS, TRAVEL & POLAR EXPLORATION, NATURAL HISTORY & SCIENCE on May 14th: 80.40%

For the week ahead 14 sales are scheduled:

Mon. May. 26th
PIASA. Paris. Photography Books, etc. - Online bidstart 5/16. 110 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints. 39 lots

Wed. May. 28th
Alexander Autographs. Chesapeake City. Abstract and Outsider Art - Prints. 16 lots

Thu. May. 29th
Christies. London -South Kensington. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts. 293 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Automobilia. 128 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . 15th-18th Century Prints. 831 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books - Day 1. 808 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/22. 499 lots

Fri. May. 30th
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books - Day 2. 232 lots

Sat. May. 31st
Skinner. Boston. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 405 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Modern Art Part II - Prints. 435 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Modern Art Part I - Prints. 179 lots

Sun. Jun. 1st
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 5/25.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/25.

With June looming this quiet week is a moment to rest.  June, at last count has 125 events scheduled.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

  • 20 Jul 2016, starts at 1pm EDT, NY
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Full scale vintage <i>Sputnik-1</i> EMC/EMI Lab Model, with live transmitter. US$ 10,000-15,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Flown SOYUZ-3 space navigation indicator with unflown on-ground transformer. <br>US$ 30,000-40,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Flown on SOYUZ 9<br>An exhaustive manuscript on life in space. [Trans: On-Board Flight Journal for Spacecraft Soyuz-9, 1970]. US$ 6,000-9,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> SOYUZ 18? Flown Navigation Celestial Globe. Soyuz 18 lasted from May 24-July 26, 1975. US$ 30,000-40,000
    20 Jul 2016, starts at 1pm EDT, NY
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Flown Space Suit from ISS Expidition 6. Worn by Flight Engineer Don Pettit on his dramitic return to earth. US$ 25,000-35,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Original Gemini 133P Trainer Assembly Five Part Electrical System & Attitude Maneuver ... US$ 60,000-90,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Lunar Rover Development. Collection of 11 vintage gelatin silver prints and 4 vintage NASA lithographs. <br>US$ 2,000-3,000.
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Lunar Orbiter I. The first image of the earth as seen from the moon. Gelatin silver print. August 23, 1966. US$ 2,500-3,500
    20 Jul 2016, starts at 1pm EDT, NY
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Michael Collins' Flown Crew-Signed Apollo 11 Emblem. One of the very few Armstrong signed mission artifacts. US$ 50,000-70,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Flown Apollo 11 Navigational Chart. Taken to Lunar surface mapping the start of the <br>first manned lunar descent. <br>US$ 25,000-35,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> FFlown Apollo 11 Flight Plan Sheetmission Day One. Some of the first words and data values written by Neil Armstrong. US$ 18,000-25,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Apollo 12 - Alan Bean in the Ocean of Storms. Signed and inscribed by Bean. <br>US$ 2,000-3,000
  • <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Leaves from<br>George Washington's Own Draft <br>of His first Inaugural Address. An Extraordinary Rarity!
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Declaration of Independence: Benjamin Tyler 1818 - First Print with Facsimile Signatures.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Thomas Jefferson Signed Act of Contress Authorizing Alexander Hamilton to Complete Famous Portland Maine Lighthouse.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Emanuel Leutze. Silk Flag Banner designed by Leutze, created by Tiffany & Co., and presented to Gen. John A. Dix, 1864.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> The "greatest of early American maps … a masterpiece" (Corcoran). Thomas Holme.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Lincoln Summons His Cabinet for a Historic Meeting to Discuss Compensated Emancipation.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Albert Einstein. Autograph Letter Signed. Einstein Counsels His Son ... Meaning of Life.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Normal Rockwell. Painting/Drawing Signed. Rockwell's "Barbeshop Quartet", 1936.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Frederick Douglass. Autograph Letter Signed to unknown correspondent. Washington, D.C.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Harry Truman. Autograph Manuscript Notebook for Kansas City Law School Night Class.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Robert E. Lee. Autograph Letter Signed, June 11, 1782. Hours after the Battle of Culpeper Court House, Lee Escapes Again.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> George Washington. Letter Signed, as Commander-in-Chief, Continental Army, to Elias Dayton, Headquarters, [Newburgh, N.Y.], June 11, 1782.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec,<br><i>The Chap Book</i>, 1896.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec,<br><i>Troupe de Mlle Églantine</i>, 1896.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>Philippe Henri Noyer, <br><i>Limonade Brault</i>, 1938. <br>$4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b> <br><i>The Great Men of the World</i>,<br>designer unknown, circa 1945-46. <br>$7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>James Montgomery Flagg,<br><i>Wake Up, America!</i>, 1917.<br>$4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>Alfred F. Burke, <i>Share / Jewish <br>Relief Campaign</i>, circa 1915.<br>$3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>Ludwig Hohlwein, <i>Marke Pkz / <br>Burger - Kehl & Co.</i>, circa 1911. <br>$8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b> <br>Gian Emilio Malerba,<i> E.A. Mele / Modo e Novita per Signora</i>, circa 1900. $7,000 to $10,000.
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> KEY, FRANCIS SCOTT. <i>A Celebrated Patriotic Song, the Star Spangled Banner.</i> 1814.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> [COLUMBUS, CHRISTOPHER, Amerigo Vespucci ..] Bernardus Albingaunensis .. Dialogo nuperrime edito Genue in 1512.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies,</i> 1632.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (WATKINS, TABER &c.). <i>An album of 32 photographs of the Yosemite and American West Various places</i>, c. 1890s
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (BATTLE OF CONCORD.) <i>Powder horn used by Minuteman Oliver Buttrick at the Battle of Concord</i>, April 19, 1775.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (CIVIL WAR.) <i>An Extraordinary Confederate Photograph and Autograph Album of Dr. R. L. C. White</i>, 125 original mounted salt prints. 1859-61.