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  Historical Document Auction No. 63 on June 13th.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

AE

  • <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
  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500
  • <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>