Auction Update Review

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The Auctions in October: High Cotton

For the week ended Saturday October 18th, 29 auctions were archived to the AED; 14 in euros, 1 in British pounds, and 14 in US dollars.  Turnover was $5,190,094 as 7,445 lots were offered and 5,863 sold for a 79% success rate.  It was a workman like performance with plenty of lots but few of the high spots we expect this time of year.  No sales reached the million dollar level.  Whether stock market and ebola were factors this past week is uncertain but likely.

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7 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered in the sale:

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De Baecque and Associes. Contemporary Art - Design #6 on October 13th: 210.46%
OSENAT. Automobilia on October 12th: 176.14%
ALDE. Versailles and the Grand Century - Collection of an Amateur on October 9th: 153.40%
Ader. Books - Library of an Amateur on October 16th: 111.29%
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. library of baron Reginald de Kerchove d'Ousselghem. on October 3rd: 110.93%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Natural History and Historical Prints on October 14th: 110.80%
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Books, Maps, Prints on October 14th: 108.58%

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

Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 10/5 on October 12th: 100.00%
Beaussant Lefevre. Prints on October 10th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/5 on October 12th: 99.31%
OSENAT. Automobilia on October 12th: 95.05%
Clars Auction Gallery. Fine Art and Antiques - Books, Prints - Day 1 on October 11th: 90.32%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on October 14th: 89.36%
Freemans. Books, Manuscripts and Maps on October 16th: 87.98%
Cowans Auctions. Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints on October 11th: 87.69%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/9 on October 16th: 85.88%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on October 12th: 84.85%
ALDE. First Editions on October 16th: 84.41%
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Books, Maps, Prints on October 14th: 82.64%
Swann Galleries. Rare and important Travel Posters on October 14th: 82.32%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on October 10th: 81.82%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/2 on October 9th: 80.23%


The 29 total sales that were reported this week:

ALDE. First Editions on October 16th: 84.41%
Ader. Books - Library of an Amateur on October 16th: 76.58%
OSENAT. Automobilia on October 12th: 95.05%
Beaussant Lefevre. Prints on October 10th: 100.00%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on October 10th: 81.82%
Freemans. Books, Manuscripts and Maps on October 16th: 87.98%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/9 on October 16th: 85.88%
Heritage Auctions. Photographs on October 16th: 61.19%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/5 on October 12th: 99.31%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 10/5 on October 12th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/2 on October 9th: 80.23%
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Books, Maps, Prints on October 14th: 82.64%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Natural History and Historical Prints on October 14th: 78.57%
Swann Galleries. Rare and important Travel Posters on October 14th: 82.32%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Vintage Posters on October 14th: 50.63%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on October 14th: 89.36%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on October 13th: 71.43%
De Baecque and Associes. Contemporary Art - Design #6 on October 13th: 79.41%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Centennial of the Great War - Day 1 on October 8th: 18.97%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Centennial of the Great War - Day 2 on October 9th: 62.50%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Movie Posters on October 10th: 49.75%
Bonhams. Period Art and Design - Prints and Books on October 12th: 64.29%
Cowans Auctions. Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints on October 11th: 87.69%
Skinner. European Decorative Prints on October 11th: 60.00%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on October 12th: 84.85%
Clars Auction Gallery. Fine Art and Antiques - Books, Prints - Day 1 on October 11th: 90.32%
ALDE. Versailles and the Grand Century - Collection of an Amateur on October 9th: 76.04%
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Books, Maps, Prints on October 4th: 74.58%
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. library of baron Reginald de Kerchove d'Ousselghem. on October 3rd: 74.31%

For the week ahead 31 sales are scheduled:

Tue. Oct. 21st
Swann Galleries. New York. Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books. 360 lots
PIASA. Paris. PERFORMING ART FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION. 61 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Interiors,Day 1: Prints. 107 lots
Bonhams. San Francisco. Prints and Multiples. 302 lots
Rossini. Paris. Prints.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Doodle for Hunger Illustration Art Auction Benefiting St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelter - online. 57 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. A.C. Daum Firearms Collection:. 20 lots
Potomack Company. Alexandria. Fine Books and Prints - Internet bidstart Now. 11 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 43 lots

Wed. Oct. 22nd
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Photography. 181 lots
Bonhams. New York. History of Science. 288 lots

Thu. Oct. 23rd
RR Auction. Amherst. Marvels of Modern Music - Internet bidstart 10/16. 500 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Literature with Literature Manuscripts and Archives. 441 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. 20th Century Books and Manuscripts. 496 lots
Christies. New York. Prints and Multiples. 288 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/16. 361 lots

Fri. Oct. 24th
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Books and Decorative Prints - Part 1. 559 lots
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Books and Decorative Prints - Part 2. 668 lots
Mid Hudson Auction Galleries. Cornwall-on-Hudson, . On the Waterfront - Books and Prints. 50 lots
Rossini. Paris. Books.
Ader. PARIS. Far East - Prints. 12 lots

Sat. Oct. 25th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Americana, Political.
Archives International Auctions. FORT LEE,. U.S. & Worldwide Scripophily, Autographs & Historic Objects and Artifacts,. 448 lots
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Berlin. Books, Autographs and Manuscripts, Antique Maps and Prints. 1097 lots
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Works on Paper. 250 lots
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Modern Literature and Art. 481 lots
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Modern and Contemporary Art. 371 lots
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Prints - Internet bidstart 10/17.
Knotty Pine Auction Service. West Swanzey. FALL AMERICANA, DECORATIVE ARTS & BOOK AUCTION. 308 lots

Sun. Oct. 26th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 10/19.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/19.

The market tends to focus on the highly valuable but for collectors and institutions the obscure and often intensely rare are often where the great fun is.  

 

Bruce McKinney

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  • <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