Auction Update Review

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The Season Begins


For the week ending Saturday August 30 18 sales were archived to the AED; 2 in euros, 3 in British pounds, 2 Mexican pesos and 11 in US dollars.  Turnover was $2,181,611 as 4,537 lots were offered and 3,688 sold for a 81.3% success rate.

<--- Alexander Historical Auctions:  Summer 2014, Auction 52 on Sept. 9th and 10th.  Lot 494 Luftwaffe Helmut Captured and Painted by a Heroic Black Soldier.  Est.  $1,500-2,000 [the image is a link]

Two sales saw their total proceeds exceed 100% of the high estimate of all lots offered:

Bloomsbury Auctions. Scientific Instruments: Globes, Books, Prints on August 28th: 146.87%
Skinner. Discovery - Online Auction - Prints Bidstart 8/21 on August 29th: 104.69%

<--- PBA Galleries.  Sale 541 on Saturday September 11th:  Fine Literature - with Charles Bukowski from the Estate of Photographjer Michael Montfort.  Lot 55 [of 407].  Bukowski:  Photographs 1977-1991 - the original mock-up for the published edition, inscribed by Bukowski to Michal Montfort.  Est. $3,000-5,000. [the image is a link]

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

Bloomsbury Auctions. Scientific Instruments: Globes, Books, Prints on August 28th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 8/17 on August 24th: 99.89%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Summer Book Sale, Day Two on August 29th: 95.90%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/17 on August 24th: 94.89%
Addison and Sarova. Rare Books in All Fields on August 23rd: 94.66%
Cowans Auctions. World at War - Ephemera - Internet bidstart 8/14 on August 25th: 93.94%
Heritage Auctions. Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Posters Benefiting Lifebeat Monthly Internet Charity Auction on August 28th: 91.25%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on August 26th: 80.00%

Here is a list of all auctions archived this week:

Skinner. Discovery - Online Auction - Prints Bidstart 8/21 on August 29th: 76.39%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Summer Book Sale, Day Two on August 29th: 95.90%
PBA Galleries. Fine Books in All Fields on August 28th: 68.52%
Morton Casa de Subastas. Documents, Prints and Books on August 27th: 40.70%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Summer Book Sale on August 28th: 74.18%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Scientific Instruments: Globes, Books, Prints on August 28th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Posters Benefiting Lifebeat Monthly Internet Charity Auction on August 28th: 91.25%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 8/21 on August 28th: 72.20%
Addison and Sarova. Rare Books in All Fields on August 23rd: 94.66%
Cowans Auctions. World at War - Ephemera - Internet bidstart 8/14 on August 25th: 93.94%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on August 26th: 80.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on August 25th: 71.43%
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fine Art, Asian and Antiques on August 19th: 61.64%
Bonhams. Period Art and Design - Prints on August 24th: 66.67%
Morton Casa de Subastas. Prints on August 21st: 46.73%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 8/17 on August 24th: 99.89%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/17 on August 24th: 94.89%
Heritage Auctions. Entertainment on August 23rd: 78.60%

For the week ahead 19 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Sep. 1st
Australian Book Auctions. Armadale, . Spring Book Auction. 339 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 4 lots

Tue. Sep. 2nd
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Books and Manuscripts. 182 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American History - Online bidstart 8/21. 324 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 57 lots

Wed. Sep. 3rd
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Books, Manuscripts, and Rabbinical Letters. 413 lots
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Sporting and Collector's Sale - Books and Ephemera. 49 lots

Thu. Sep. 4th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 8/28. 364 lots
Knotty Pine Auction Service. West Swanzey. Ephemera, Advertising, Collectibles and Books. 316 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Posters Benefiting Lifebeat Monthly Internet Charity - Internet bidstart. 40 lots

Fri. Sep. 5th
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. September Sale: Prints - Internet bidstart 8/29. 121 lots
John McInnis Auctioneers. Amesbury. September Auction: Books, Prints - Day 1. 323 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Prints and Photographs. 8 lots

Sat. Sep. 6th
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Cleveland Fall Auction: Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints. 11 lots
John McInnis Auctioneers. Amesbury. September Auction: Books, Prints - Day 2. 37 lots
Bonhams. London. Automobilia - Books and Prints. 31 lots

Sun. Sep. 7th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 8/31.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/31.
Bonhams. Los Angeles. Period Art and Design - Prints. 33 lots

The fall auction season is looking strong.

Bruce McKinney

AE

  • <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
  • <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>