Auction Update Review

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The Fall Auction Season Looms


For the week ending Saturday August 16th 24 auctions were archived to the AED; 3 in euros, 7 in British pounds, and 14 in US dollars.  Turnover was $6,144,427 as 7,064 lots were offered and 5,935 sold for an 84% success rate.

Among the results this week is the outcome of the single lot sale of the contents of an antiquarian bookshop in Denmark.  The auction was conducted by Bruun Rasmussen.  The more than 20,000 book lot brought US$17,587.  Large lots can be difficult to sell.

<--- Addison and Sarova.  Rare Books in All Fields on August 23rd. The image is a link to their catalogue. 

1 auction saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Heritage Auctions. Comics on August 9th: $5,178,197

4 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered:

Rupert Toovey and Co. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on August 12th: 191.05%
Northeast Auctions. ANNUAL SUMMER AMERICANA AUCTION on August 3rd: 154.56%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books - Day 2 on August 1st: 142.85%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on August 11th: 114.62%

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

Bruun Rasmussen. Danish antiquarian bookshop with 20-25.000 book titles. on August 12th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics on August 9th: 99.88%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 8/3 on August 10th: 99.79%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/3 on August 10th: 95.49%
Rupert Toovey and Co. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on August 12th: 92.50%
Northeast Auctions. ANNUAL SUMMER AMERICANA AUCTION on August 3rd: 88.89%
Grogan and Company. The Estate of Celia Thaxter Hubbard - Prints, Photos, Ephemera on August 1st: 86.36%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on August 12th: 85.71%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on August 10th: 82.35%
Clars Auction Gallery. Books and Prints on August 9th: 82.32%

For the week ahead 11 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Aug. 18th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 33 lots

Tue. Aug. 19th
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Fine Art, Asian and Antiques. 73 lots

Thu. Aug. 21st
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 8/14. 455 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Animation Auction - Online bidstart 8/14. 497 lots
Morton Casa de Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Prints. 107 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Posters Benefiting Lifebeat Monthly Internet Charity Auction. 82 lots

Sat. Aug. 23rd
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Entertainment. 528 lots
Addison and Sarova. Macon. Rare Books in All Fields. 131 lots

Sun. Aug. 24th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 8/17.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/17.
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books, Art, Ephemera, and Collectible.

One experienced department head at a leading auction house remarked to me over lunch this past week, "it's going to be a busy fall."  It certainly feels that way.

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.