Auction Update Review

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If its July there are fireworks

For the week ending Saturday June 28th 23 auctions were archived to the AED; 9 denominated in euros, 4 in British pounds, and 10 in US dollars.  Turnover was $12,699,640 as 13,499 lots were offered and 8,609 sold for a relatively weak 64% success rate.  Reoffers and weaker material on the sell side and less attention on the buy side often show up as spot weakness.  Nevertheless great material continues to come into the rooms.

<--- Profiles in History.  Property of a Distinguished American Private  Collector IV on July 11th.  Lot 1:  Adams, John, Second President.  Fine autograph letter signed.  Estimated $15,000 - $20,000  Click on the image to see the full sale

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Sothebys. Modern Art - Prints on June 23rd: $3,782,500
Sothebys. A Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk on June 24th: $3,210,817
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Old and Rare Books and Manuscripts on May 3rd: $1,016,769

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

OSENAT. The Empire at Fontainebleau on June 15th: 184.83%
Ferraton. Books and Prints, Part II on June 21st: 157.87%
Bonhams. Printed Books, Maps and Photographs on June 25th: 129.86%
Ferraton. Books and Prints, Part I on June 20th: 112.34%
PIASA. Ancient and Modern Prints on June 20th: 111.15%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. the Estate of Mary McRory on June 20th: 105.23%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Books, Manuscripts, Prints on May 16th: 101.73%
Sothebys. Modern Art - Prints on June 23rd: 101.14%

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

Dirk Soulis Auctions. the Estate of Mary McRory on June 20th: 100.00%
Sothebys. Modern Art - Prints on June 23rd: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 6/15 on June 22nd: 99.87%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 6/15 on June 22nd: 94.01%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Works on Paper and Books on June 14th: 89.64%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. RARE, OUT-OF-PRINT, AND USED BOOKS on June 13th: 89.15%
Bonhams. Printed Books, Maps and Photographs on June 25th: 88.27%
Bonhams. ASIAN DECORATIVE WORKS OF ARTS - Ref Books and Woodblock Prints on June 25th: 86.96%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 6/19 on June 26th: 85.25%
Ferraton. Books and Prints, Part I on June 20th: 84.92%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on June 24th: 82.86%
Ferraton. Books and Prints, Part II on June 21st: 80.27%

In the rare book, manuscript, map and ephmera auction market anymore the sun never sets.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

 

  • <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.