Auction Update Review

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The summer candle burns low


For the week ending Saturday August 23rd 10 sales were archived to the AED: 2 in euros, 1 in British pounds, and 7 in US dollars.  Turnover was $1,963,001 as 7,956 lots were offered and 4,782 sold for a 60% success rate.  It was a seasonably quiet week that masked the sturm and drang that awaits us in September.  It will be an active fall season.

<--- August 28th.  Morton Casa de Subastas.  Subasta de Grabados, Litografias, Fotografias, Documentos Impresos y Manuscriptos, Mapas, Libros Antiguos y Contemporaneos.  An interesting sale!  The image is a live link to the full catalogue. 

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

Eldreds. Asian Art - Books and Prints on August 16th: 259.96%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on August 19th: 112.28%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Prints on August 15th: 107.73%
Rupert Toovey and Co. Prints on August 13th: 101.57%

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

Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Prints on August 15th: 100.00%
Eldreds. Asian Art - Books and Prints on August 16th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 8/10 on August 17th: 99.71%
Heritage Auctions. Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Posters Benefiting Lifebeat Monthly Internet Charity Auction on August 21st: 98.78%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/10 on August 17th: 97.08%
Rupert Toovey and Co. Prints on August 13th: 91.30%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on August 19th: 84.85%

10 total sales reported this week:

Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 8/14 on August 21st: 78.02%
Heritage Auctions. Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Posters Benefiting Lifebeat Monthly Internet Charity Auction on August 21st: 98.78%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on August 19th: 84.85%
Rupert Toovey and Co. Prints on August 13th: 91.30%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Prints on August 15th: 100.00%
Eldreds. Asian Art - Books and Prints on August 16th: 100.00%
RR Auction. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 7/25 on August 13th: 65.79%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/10 on August 17th: 97.08%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 8/10 on August 17th: 99.71%
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books and Prints on June 28th: 43.18%

For the week ahead 14 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Aug. 25th
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. World at War - Ephemera - Internet bidstart 8/14. 33 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 7 lots

Tue. Aug. 26th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 50 lots

Wed. Aug. 27th
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Antiquarian Books - Internet bidstart 8/21. 513 lots
Morton Casa de Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Documents, Prints and Books. 258 lots

Thu. Aug. 28th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Summer Book Sale. 364 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Books in All Fields. 613 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 8/21. 428 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Scientific Instruments: Globes, Books, Prints. 9 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Posters Benefiting Lifebeat Monthly Internet Charity Auction. 80 lots

Fri. Aug. 29th
Skinner. Marlborough. Discovery - Online Auction - Prints Bidstart 8/21.
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Summer Book Sale, Day Two. 317 lots

Sun. Aug. 31st
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 8/24.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/24.

Heading into Labor Day the weather is mostly languid, the pace slow.  But this will quickly change as 400 to 500 auctions are queued, catalogued, photographed and promoted into what will be the busiest fall season in the history of the books, manuscripts,maps and ephemera fields.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE 

  • <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: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <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. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Copper Printing Plate for "Marshall's Household Engraving of Washington." $500 to $1000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Important Documentary Painting Showing Baseball Great Ty Cobb in Cuba. $1,000 to $2,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> <i>Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age</i>, Inscribed by Bill Wilson. $500 to $1,000
    <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983), <i>Prise à l'hameçon.</i> $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Maurice Dufrène (French, 1876-1955), <i>Rayon des Soieries</i>. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> William Pope.L (American, b. 1955), <i>Intimacy Project</i>. $2,000 to $4,000
  • <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Collection of 131 Herbert Ponting gelatin silver contact prints of Antartica, £6000-8000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of several lots of Henri Cartier-Bresson gelatin silver prints, £200-300
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Vintage gelatin silver print of Diego Rivera by Leonard McCombe, £300-500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Julia Margaret Cameron of Sir John Herschel (April, 1867), £30,000-50,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron, Love, 1864 (from the Norman album), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Lewis Carroll of Twyford School Eleven (Summer Term, 1859), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Lewis Carroll of Xie Kitchin as 'Dane' (Oxford, 1873), £500-800
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Calotype print (c1845) by Hill & Adamson of Lady Elizabeth (Rigby) Eastlake, £3000-4000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Group of 12 waxed paper negatives of Scottish scenes by Thomas Keith, mid-1850s, £3000-5000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of 15 lots of Roger Fenton salt prints of his work in the Crimea, mid-1850s, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Quarter plate ambrotype (c.1860s) with ethnographic portrait of a woman seated at a table, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Rare whole plate thermoplastic union case of the Landing of Columbus (c.1858),part of the John Hannavy collection, £1500-2000
  • <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>