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 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>