Auction Update Review


It's August already

For the week ending Saturday August 2nd 15 sales were archived to the AED; 2 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos and 12 in US dollars.  Turnover was $2,159,409 as 5,420 lots were offered and 4,270 sold for a 79% success rate. 

One auction saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

RR Auction. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 6/27 on July 16th: $1,086,485

<--- Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.  Fine Books and Manuscripts.  406 lots.  Wednesday August 6th at noon CST [image is a link]

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

Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Pictures on July 15th: 774.82%
Copley Fine Art Auctions. The Sporting Sale on July 26th: 135.09%
Heritage Auctions. Americana, Political on July 30th: 102.94%

<--- Swann Galleries.  Wake Up America Day.  A Vintage Poster Auction August 6th [image is a link]

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

National Book Auctions. Wiggins, Civil War, Engravings, etc. on July 27th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 7/20 on July 27th: 99.69%
Heritage Auctions. Americana, Political on July 30th: 98.29%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/20 on July 27th: 95.96%
Copley Fine Art Auctions. The Sporting Sale on July 26th: 92.39%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/24 on July 31st: 86.11%
PBA Galleries. Fine Literature with Collections of James Joyce & Ray Bradbury: The Library of the late Rik Thompson on July 31st: 85.84%
Cowans Auctions. Americana History: Photography Collection - Bidstart 7/17 on July 28th: 82.79%

For the week ahead 13 sales are scheduled:

Tue. Aug. 5th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 48 lots

Wed. Aug. 6th
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . Prints. 71 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Vintage Posters. 500 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 416 lots
Doyle New York. New York. End of Summer Sale - Prints. 31 lots

Thu. Aug. 7th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics. 1695 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/31. 442 lots

Fri. Aug. 8th
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Pictures and Prints. 6 lots

Sat. Aug. 9th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Entertainment. 528 lots
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Books and Prints.

Sun. Aug. 10th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 8/3.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/3.
Skinner. Marlborough. August Americana - Prints. 2 lots

During the summer the market is thinner but the material is appealing.


Bruce McKinney



  • <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.