• <b>Sotheby’s London: English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin. July 11, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Austen, Jane. Autograph letter, written in the third person, to her niece Anna Austen (later Lefroy), 1812. £80,000 to 100,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Smith, Adam. <i>An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations</i>. London: Printed for W. Strahan; And T. Cadell, 1776. £50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life</i>. John Murray, 1859. £50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin. July 11, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Dickens, Charles. Autograph draft manuscript of "Mrs Gamp with the Strolling Players,” 1847. £40,000 to 60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Shepard, E.H. Two drawings from <i>Winnie-The-Pooh</i> comprising “Why, what’s the matter?” and “He was taking the balloon out…” £40,000 to 60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Blake, William. <i>Illustrations of the Book of Job. Invented and Engraved by William Blake. Published as the Act Directs...By William Blake, 8 March 1825</i> [1826]. £20,000 to 30,000
  • <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Newton. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. London, 1687.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Josephus. <i>De antiquitate Judaica.</i> Lubeck, 1475-76.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Carlerius. <i>Sporta fragmentorum, Sportula fragmentorum</i>. Brussels, 1478-79.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Fridolin. <i>Der Schatzbehalter</i>. Nuremberg, 1491.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Pinder. <i>Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie</i>. Nuremberg, 1505.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Isidorus Hispalensis. <i>Synonyma de Homine</i>. Nuremberg, 1470-71.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Durer. Sammelband including <i>Underweysung der messing</i>. Nuremberg, 1525-29.
  • <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Walter Gibson's Complete Run of The Shadow. 48 bound volumes, 1931-44. $8,000-12,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Frederic Shoberl, The World in Miniature: Hindoostan. 6 volumes. $2,000-4,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> A Rare Copy of the Earliest Chicago Newspaper to Report on the Great Fire of 1871. $6,000-8,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Broadside Proclamation by Mayor Roswell B. Mason for the Preservation of Good Order Following the Great Fire of 1871. Chicago. $4,000-6,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Peter Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence. One page. Scarce and highly collectable. $15,000-20,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> John Quincy Adams. The Jubilee of the Constitution. A Discourse. First edition. Inscribed. 1839. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Cuban Revolution: Expedicion y Desembarco del “Granma.” Havana, ca. 1959. With portraits of the Castro brothers & Che Guevara. $150-250
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Osuna Ramos. A group of 28 photographs of the Mexican Revolution & aftermath in Mexico City, 1910-1920. 4½ x 6”. $400-600
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Charles Bukowski. Hot Water Music. First edition with original signed painting. 1983. $2,000-4,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Alan Ginsberg. Five Page Autographed Letter. Signed. February 10, 1971. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Andy Warhol’s Children’s Book. Featuring 12 color illustrations. Signed 5 times. 1983. $5,000-7,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Albrecht Durer. The Martyrdom Saint John the Evangelist. Woodcut, 1511 edition. $1,000-2,000
  • <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s:<br>De la musique avant toute chose… June 28, 2017</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Roland de Lassus. [Songs and madrigals]. Album gathering three collections of secular music for tenor. 15.000-20.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Richard Wagner. <i>Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.</i> Original edition corrected and annotated by Wagner. 60.000-80.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Claude Debussy. <i>La Damoiselle élue</i>. Lyrical poem, after D.-G. Rossetti. Limited edition of 160 copies. 6.000-8.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s:<br>De la musique avant toute chose… June 28, 2017</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Stéphane Mallarmé. Handwritten notebook made by Geneviève Mallarmé. No place or date [circa 1910]. 10.000-15.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Henri Sauguet. <i>Les Forains</i>. Ballet. Reduction for piano. Original edition. 20.000-30.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Athanasius Kircher. <i>Musurgia Universalis sive Ars Magna Consoni et Dissoni in X. Libros digesta.</i> 1650. 30.000-40.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s:<br>De la musique avant toute chose… June 28, 2017</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> François Villon, & Clément Marot. <i>Les Œuvres de François Villon de Paris, Reviewed and gathered by Clement Marot.</i> 15.000-20.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Rainer Maria Rilke. <i>Larenopfer</i> (Offrande aux dieux Lares). The second collection of Rainer Maria Rilke, containing ninety poems. 6.000-8.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Paul Éluard. <i>Capitale de la douleur.</i> One of the most beautiful poetic collections from the first surrealist wave. 15.000-20.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Pierre de Ronsard. <i>Les Amours</i> ... newly augmented by him, and commented by Marc Antoine de Muret. 40.000-60.000 €

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

AE 

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 30:</b> Carte-de-visite album featuring a previously unrecorded image of Harriet Tubman, 1860s. Sold for $161,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 7:</b> Hovhannes Amira Dadian, first world atlas in Armenian, Venice, 1849. Sold for $37,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 16:</b> T.E. Lawrence, <i>Seven Pillars of Wisdom</i>, privately printed edition, inscribed, London, 1926. Sold for $62,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 14:</b> 22 large-format photographs from NASA missions, 1965-84. Sold for $43,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21: </b> Charles M. Schulz, <i>Here Comes the Big Polar Bear</i>, pen & ink, 4-panel Peanuts comic strip, 1957. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Elliott Erwitt, photograph of JFK & Eisenhower, signed by both, 1960. Sold for $32,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> John Milton, <i>Paradise Lost</i>, first edition, London, 1668. Sold for $22,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 30:</b> Frederick Douglass, Autograph Letter Signed to George Alfred Townsend, Washington, 1880. Sold for $100,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jan 26:</b> <i>Les Maîtres de l'Affiche</i>, 5 volumes, Paris, 1896-1900. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 16:</b> James Joyce, <i>Ulysses</i>, first edition, number 724 on handmade paper, Paris, 1922. Sold for $33,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Single leaf of the Gutenberg Bible, Mainz, 1455, in a copy of Newton's <i>A Noble Fragment</i>. Sold for $52,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27:</b> The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, NY, 1830. Sold for $52,500.
  • <b>Cowan’s Auctions: An Eclectic Collection: The Library of the Late Dr. Ivan Gilbert of Columbus.<br>June 5-26</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Voyages and Travel] Churchill's Voyages 1732 - Complete in 6 Volumes.<br>$5,000 - $7,500.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Illustrated] Alice by Salvador Dali, Signed and Limited. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Literature] The Little Prince - Signed/Limited First French Edition, 1943; #61 of 260. $5,000 - $7,500
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: An Eclectic Collection: The Library of the Late Dr. Ivan Gilbert of Columbus.<br>June 5-26</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Literature] Gone With The Wind, 1st in DJ, May, 1936. $1,500 - $2,500
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Literature - Modern Firsts] Rare Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer, Obelisk Press Paris - 1934. $2,000 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [[Sporting - Fishing] Rare - Lee Sturges, Salmon Fishing New Brunswick, 1 of 50 Printed - 7 Original Etchings.<br>$4,000 - $6,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: An Eclectic Collection: The Library of the Late Dr. Ivan Gilbert of Columbus.<br>June 5-26</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Voyages and Travel - Maritime] Rare Ledyard Account of Cook's Last Voyage, 1783 Hartford, Howes "d".<br>$10,000 - $15,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Illustrated - Maxfield Parrish] Knave of Hearts, Scribner's, 1st Hardback Edition, 1925 Parrish Illustrations.<br>$750 - $1,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Bible - Illustrated - Cartography) Massive Dutch Bible, 1682, Contemporary Colored Maps, Working Brass Clasps. $2,500 - $3,500
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: An Eclectic Collection: The Library of the Late Dr. Ivan Gilbert of Columbus.<br>June 5-26</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Women Suffrage - Civil Rights - Autographs] A Unique Extra-Illustrated Life of Susan B. Anthony. $15,000 - $20,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [18th Century French Manuscript] Unpublished History of Belle-Isle-En-Mer, 1754 With Watercolor Illustration.<br>$10,000 - $15,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Illustrated - Children's - Movable] Wonderful 19th Century Lothar Meggendorfer Moveable Book. $750 - $1,000
  • <b>Forum Auctions: Online Sale of Cricket Books and Works on Paper. Now through July 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Wisden (John). <i>Cricketers' Almanack for 1896</i>, original cloth, 1896. £15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Wisden (John). <i>The Cricketers' Almanack for the year 1869</i>, excellent copy of the scarce sixth edition, 1869. £10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Wisden (John). <i>Cricketers' Almanack for 1916</i>, with tribute to W.G. Grace by Lord Harris, original cloth, 1916. £5,000 to 6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Online Sale of Cricket Books and Works on Paper. Now through July 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Lillywhite (Frederick) and Arthur Haygarth. <i>Cricket Scores and Biographies of Celebrated Cricketers</i>, vol. 1 - 16 [a complete run], 1862-2003. £750 to 1,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Trumper (Victor). Postcard of Victor Trumper, signed by Trumper on image, 1905. £300 to 400
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Crombie (Charles). <i>Laws of Cricket</i>, 1907; and 29 others. £150 to 200
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…