Auction Update Review

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Books in the Thickets

For the week ending Saturday June 7th, 2014 28 auctions were archived to the AED; 21 in euros and 7 in US dollars.  Turnover was $16,211,507 as 12,726 lots were offered and 8.762 sold for a 69% success rate.  It was a solid week.

<--- Pandolfini.  Ancient and Modern Prints and Antiquarian Books on June 11th.  Lot 125:  Daumier, Honore.  Album of 32 lithograph prints of which this is one example.  Estimate Euros 5,000-7,000

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Sothebys. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including American on June 3rd: $2,958,509
Sothebys. John Lennon "You Might Well Arsk" on June 4th: $2,899,000
Galerie Bassenge. 15th-18th Century Prints on May 29th: $1,482,666
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Old Masters - Prints on May 24th: $1,279,073
Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions. Antiquarian Books and Autographs on May 13th: $1,011,040

<--- Profiles in History.  Historical Document Auction No. 63 on June 13th.  John Wilkes Booth.  Printed pamphlet signed ["John W. Booth"], being his personal copy of the play Lend Me Five Shillings."  Estimated $8,000 to $12,000.

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

Sothebys. John Lennon "You Might Well Arsk" on June 4th: 244.91%
Galerie Bassenge. Modern Art Part II - Prints on May 31st: 188.49%
Ader. Letters, Autographs and Manuscripts on May 20th: 173.32%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Books, Manuscripts, Prints on May 16th: 142.18%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Musical works, Autographs and signed books on May 17th: 128.90%
Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions. Antiquarian Books and Autographs on May 13th: 114.35%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books and Manuscripts on June 3rd: 109.11%
Dorotheum . Autographs on June 2nd: 104.05%
RR Auction. Space and Aviation - Internet bidstart 5/15 on May 22nd: 100.78%
Galerie Bassenge. 15th-18th Century Prints on May 29th: 100.61%

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

Sothebys. John Lennon "You Might Well Arsk" on June 4th: 100.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books and Manuscripts on June 3rd: 97.44%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/25 on June 1st: 95.57%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 5/25 on June 1st: 95.07%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Books, Manuscripts, Prints on May 16th: 90.75%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Comic Strips on April 28th: 89.22%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Musical works, Autographs and signed books on May 17th: 86.39%
Swann Galleries. Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Historical Prints, Ephemera on June 3rd: 84.79%
Ader. Letters, Autographs and Manuscripts on May 20th: 82.33%
Galerie Bassenge. Modern Art Part II - Prints on May 31st: 82.30%

For the week ahead 26 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jun. 9th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 6 lots
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Books and Prints. 28 lots

Tue. Jun. 10th
Swann Galleries. New York. The Shape of Things to Come: African-American Fine Art - Prints. 77 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 59 lots

Wed. Jun. 11th
Bonhams. Edinburgh. The Sporting Sale. 51 lots
Tajan. Paris. Books. 352 lots
Pandolfini. Florence . Ancient and Modern Prints and Antiquarian Books. 178 lots

Thu. Jun. 12th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Railwayana. 424 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 6/5. 390 lots

Fri. Jun. 13th
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. RARE, OUT-OF-PRINT, AND USED BOOKS. 507 lots
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS. 408 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American History. 513 lots
Beaussant Lefevre. Paris. Antiquarian and Modern Books. 250 lots
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Advertising. 22 lots
Hauswedell and Nolte. Hamburg. Modern Art - Prints. 307 lots

Sat. Jun. 14th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints and Photographs. 158 lots
Hauswedell and Nolte. Hamburg. Old Master Prints. 80 lots
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Works on Paper and Books. 589 lots
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Berlin. Books, Autographs and Manuscripts, Antique Maps and Prints. 890 lots
Ader. PARIS. Ancient, Modern and Contemporary Photographs. 373 lots
Hauswedell and Nolte. Hamburg. Art After '45 - Prints. 219 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Legends of the West. 276 lots

Sun. Jun. 15th
OSENAT. FONTAINEBLEAU. The Empire at Fontainebleau. 85 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 6/8.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 6/8.
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints and Photographs - Day 2. 80 lots 

There are some interesting sales this week.  Best of luck.

 

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.