Auction Update Review


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


  • <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 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