Auction Update Review

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The Tide Comes In

For the week ending Saturday October 4th 31 auctions were archived to the AED; 8 in euros, 5 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 17 in US dollars.  Turnover was $23,766,194 as 7,075 lots were offered and 5,120 were sold for a 72% success rate.  The fireworks were in London as Sotheby’s sold part two [D-J] of the Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching’s - Exploration and Discovery 1576-1939 - for $6,318,675. 

<---- Sothebys Library R. and BL First Editions, Autographs and Manuscripts of the 20th Century in association with Binoche & Giquello.  The sale is on 7 October beginning at 2:30 CEST in Paris.  Click on the image to view the entire sale.

7 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 


Sothebys. Exploration and Discovery 1576-1939: The Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching, Part II, D-J on September 30th: $6,318,676
Sothebys. Photographs on September 30th: $5,547,188
Christies. Photographs on September 29th: $2,705,125
Christies. Triple XXX: Photographs from the Collection of Don Sanders on September 29th: $2,085,500
Christies. Photographs from the Forbes Collection on September 29th: $1,278,125
RR Auction. Remarkable Rarity - Internet bidstart 9/11 on September 18th: $1,258,125
Venator and Hanstein. Books, Prints and Autographs on September 27th: $1,106,148

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

Sothebys. Exploration and Discovery 1576-1939: The Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching, Part II, D-J on September 30th: 201.90%
Keno Auctions. Modern and Contemporary Fine Art and Design Auction - Prints on October 1st: 153.91%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Prints and Photographs on September 27th: 125.36%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Antiquarian Books on October 2nd: 107.38%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern Prints on September 29th: 102.77%


13 of 31 sales saw at least 80% of their lots sell:

Bonhams. The Warden Family Collection: Americana - Prints and Books on September 30th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Texas State Historical Association Benefit Auction on October 1st: 100.00%
Keno Auctions. Modern and Contemporary Fine Art and Design Auction - Prints on October 1st: 100.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on September 29th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 9/21 on September 28th: 99.84%
Sothebys. Exploration and Discovery 1576-1939: The Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching, Part II, D-J on September 30th: 99.43%
Alaska Auction. Nuremberg trial - historical documents, prints on September 27th: 97.56%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/21 on September 28th: 95.78%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Prints and Photographs on September 27th: 93.59%
RR Auction. Historic Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx - Internet bidstart 9/11 on September 18th: 92.31%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 9/25 on October 2nd: 83.94%
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. From the Archives of Nico Kosterby on September 22nd: 83.85%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Prints on September 29th: 80.32%


A list of all 31 sales reported this week:

Morton Casa de Subastas. Books and Ancient Documents on September 30th: 39.33%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Antiquarian Books on October 2nd: 79.32%
Dorotheum . Prints on October 2nd: 41.56%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 9/25 on October 2nd: 83.94%
Heritage Auctions. Texas State Historical Association Benefit Auction on October 1st: 100.00%
Alaska Auction. Nuremberg trial - historical documents, prints on September 27th: 97.56%
Keno Auctions. Modern and Contemporary Fine Art and Design Auction - Prints on October 1st: 100.00%
Autographes Encheres. Autographs - Internet bidstart 9/17 on October 1st: 21.53%
Swann Galleries. Art, Press & Illustrated Books on October 1st: 78.46%
Bonhams. The First World War Centenary Sale on October 1st: 61.39%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books - Day 1 on September 25th: 72.98%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books - Day 2 on September 26th: 61.83%
Bonhams. The Warden Family Collection: Americana - Prints and Books on September 30th: 100.00%
Sothebys. Photographs on September 30th: 69.36%
Sothebys. Exploration and Discovery 1576-1939: The Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching, Part II, D-J on September 30th: 99.43%
Sothebys. Edward Weston/Cole Weston: The Master Set on September 30th: 0.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on September 30th: 77.59%
ALDE. Workshop of Jean Viardot on September 29th: 48.15%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Prints on September 29th: 80.32%
Christies. Triple XXX: Photographs from the Collection of Don Sanders on September 29th: 70.89%
Christies. Photographs from the Forbes Collection on September 29th: 59.68%
Christies. Photographs on September 29th: 66.67%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on September 29th: 100.00%
Venator and Hanstein. Books, Prints and Autographs on September 27th: 51.00%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Prints and Photographs on September 27th: 93.59%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/21 on September 28th: 95.78%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 9/21 on September 28th: 99.84%
RR Auction. Remarkable Rarity - Internet bidstart 9/11 on September 18th: 50.70%
RR Auction. Historic Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx - Internet bidstart 9/11 on September 18th: 92.31%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern Prints on September 29th: 63.64%
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. From the Archives of Nico Kosterby on September 22nd: 83.85%

The world has recently been unsettled as war, disease and economic and political uncertainty have dominated the daily headlines.  But in the etherial world of the rarest and finest books the experienced know you have to buy when you can, not when you want.  Those who stepped up did well.

 

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>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Extremely Fine Copy of Fantasy Classic. Tolkien (J.R.R.) <i>The Hobbit, or There and Back Again,</i> L. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Museum Street) 1937. €20,000 to €30,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Incunabula. [Sirectus, Antonius] O’Fihely (Maurice)Abp. <i>Formalitates de Mente Doctoris Subtilis Scoti Nec Non Stephai Burlifer cum novis additionibus…</i> Venice 14th December 1051 (ie. 1501). €3,000 to €4,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Original Book Illustrations by Pamela Leonard. Illustrations: Regan (Peter) Touchstone, 8vo D. (Mount Salas Press) 1989. €3,500 to €4,500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> [Petit (Jean), Prevel (Jean) & Gregory (Pope)] [Gregorius]. <i>Compendium Textuale Compillationis decretalium Gregorri noni sine qua…</i>, Paris [Dec. 1524]. €350 to €500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Excessively Rare – V. Fine Copy. [Mac Mahon]. <i>Jus Primatiale Armacanum, In Omnes Archiepiscopos, Episcopos, et Universum Clerum</i>… [n.p.] 1728. €750 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Madden (R.R.). <i>Travels in Turkey, Egypt, Nubia and Palestine in 1824, 1825, 1826 and 1827,</i> 2 vols. 1822. €500 to €700
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Early English Herbal. Gerarde (John). The Herball or General History of Plants, thick folio L. (John Norton) 1597. €700 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The Tehran World War 2 Conference Photograph: [Tehran Conference 1943] An important and iconic Group Photograph showing Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. €80 to €120
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Natural History Specimens from Jersey Jersey Islands: Westacton [Mrs Acton] Collection of 53 original dried examples of Seaweed collected in Jersey, c. 1860. €300 to €400
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Plyglot Bible: Hutteri (Eliae). <i>Biblia Sacra, Ebraice, Chaldaice, Graece, Latinae, Germanice, Sclavonice.</i> Lg. folio Nurimberg 1599. €250 to €350
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The American Invasion 1888: “First Ever G.A.A. Hurling Match in America” Medal: G.A.A., The Invaders, 1888. €2,000 to €3,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> “Babe” Ruth and the G.A.A. G.A.A. & Baseball: A unique and early Sporting Association. An original Spalding B12 Baseball Bat. €4,000 to €6,000
  • <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>