Auction Update Review

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Auctions: we are now getting serious

For the week ended Saturday October 26th 38 auctions were archived to the AED; 14 denominated in euros, 3 in British pounds, and 21 in US dollars.  Turnover was $29,195,196 as 19,983 lots were offered and 12,557 sold for a 63% success rate.

9 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

<---- Swann Galleries:  Old Master Through Modern Prints in New York on October 29th.  Click on the image to view the entire sale.


Christies. Prints and Multiples on October 23rd: $8,138,463
Heritage Auctions. Illustration Art on October 16th: $2,730,848
Profiles in History. Hollywood Auction - Day 3 on October 19th: $2,694,824
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on October 21st: $2,247,249
Profiles in History. Hollywood Auction - Day 2 on October 18th: $1,752,083
Swann Galleries. Fine Photographs on October 17th: $1,457,990
Bonhams. History of Science on October 22nd: $1,457,870
Arader Galleries. Mid-Hudson auction of Audubon Bird Prints, and others on October 11th: $1,426,033
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques on October 18th: $1,120,096

<---- One of a Kind Collectibles:  Rare Signatures.  Online bidding ends October 29th.  Lot 3:  Account of the British Quit Rents Collected for the Province of New York for His Majesty, for the Year of September 29, 1766 to September 29, 1767.  Current bid $2,225.  Click on the image to view the entire sale.


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

Dorotheum . Automobilia on October 18th: 248.61%
Profiles in History. Hollywood Auction - Day 1 on October 17th: 223.53%
Bonhams. Autumn Stafford Sale - Automobilia on October 19th: 182.83%
PBA Galleries. Fine Literature with Literature Manuscripts and Archives on October 23rd: 175.40%
Swann Galleries. Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books on October 21st: 108.41%
Profiles in History. Hollywood Auction - Day 3 on October 19th: 100.40%

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

National Book Auctions. Signed, Cruikshank, Magazines, etc. on April 27th: 100.00%
Bonhams. Autumn Stafford Sale - Automobilia on October 19th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Doodle for Hunger Illustration Art Auction Benefiting St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelter - online on October 21st: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Books, etc. on October 12th: 99.79%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 1012 on October 19th: 99.61%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/12 on October 19th: 97.77%
Swann Galleries. Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books on October 21st: 93.33%
Dorotheum . Automobilia on October 18th: 91.50%
Heritage Auctions. Illustration Art on October 16th: 89.27%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on October 21st: 88.37%
Arader Galleries. Mid-Hudson auction of Audubon Bird Prints, and others on October 11th: 85.03%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on October 21st: 83.77%
Christies. Prints and Multiples on October 23rd: 80.56%
Cowans Auctions. A.C. Daum Firearms Collection: on October 21st: 80.00%


38 total sales reported this week:

Cowans Auctions. A.C. Daum Firearms Collection: on October 21st: 80.00%
Heritage Auctions. Doodle for Hunger Illustration Art Auction Benefiting St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelter - online on October 21st: 100.00%
Rossini. Prints on October 21st: 44.07%
PBA Galleries. Fine Literature with Literature Manuscripts and Archives on October 23rd: 64.17%
Bloomsbury Auctions. 20th Century Books and Manuscripts on October 23rd: 71.17%
PIASA. PERFORMING ART FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION on October 21st: 34.43%
Christies. Prints and Multiples on October 23rd: 80.56%
Ader. Books on October 17th: 56.25%
Bonhams. History of Science on October 22nd: 48.26%
Swann Galleries. Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books on October 21st: 93.33%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/16 on October 23rd: 79.50%
Profiles in History. Hollywood Auction - Day 3 on October 19th: 73.40%
Profiles in History. Hollywood Auction - Day 2 on October 18th: 74.97%
Profiles in History. Hollywood Auction - Day 1 on October 17th: 74.80%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on October 21st: 83.77%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Interiors,Day 1: Prints on October 21st: 46.73%
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques on October 18th: 45.13%
Old World Auctions. Antique Maps, Globes, Charts, Atlases & Vintage Graphics - online bidstart 9/3 on September 17th: 77.65%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on October 21st: 88.37%
Potomack Company. Fine Books and Prints on October 18th: 77.42%
Dorotheum . Automobilia on October 18th: 91.50%
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Books, Prints, Photographs on October 18th: 47.85%
Vermot de Pas. Books on October 17th: 37.03%
RR Auction. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 9/26 on October 15th: 63.75%
Galerie Bassenge. Modern Literature on October 18th: 48.29%
Galerie Bassenge. Literature (17th - 19th Century) on October 17th: 53.45%
Galerie Bassenge. Autographs on October 16th: 54.74%
Galerie Bassenge. Incunabula / 16th Century / Theology / Architecture and Arts on October 16th: 50.26%
Galerie Bassenge. Rare Books, Varia on October 16th: 45.48%
Galerie Bassenge. History, Geography and Travel Books on October 15th: 48.48%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/12 on October 19th: 97.77%
Bonhams. Autumn Stafford Sale - Automobilia on October 19th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Signed, Cruikshank, Magazines, etc. on April 27th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Books, etc. on October 12th: 99.79%
Swann Galleries. Fine Photographs on October 17th: 66.77%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 1012 on October 19th: 99.61%
Heritage Auctions. Illustration Art on October 16th: 89.27%
Arader Galleries. Mid-Hudson auction of Audubon Bird Prints, and others on October 11th: 85.03%

For the week ahead 20 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Oct. 27th
Doyle New York. New York. Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints. 217 lots
PIASA. Paris. Protest! Art and Design. 293 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Books and Decorative Prints. 329 lots

Tue. Oct. 28th
Artcurial. Paris. Posters. 332 lots
Bonhams. New York. Photographs. 137 lots
Sothebys. London. Collections - Prints. 10 lots
Bonhams. New York. THE GEMINI COLLECTION OF MODERN PRINTS AND ILLUSTRATED BOOKS. 166 lots

Wed. Oct. 29th
Swann Galleries. New York. Old Master Through Modern Prints. 521 lots
Christies. Paris. COLLECTION WILLEM PEPPLER - Prints and Photographs. 194 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Modern Books. 283 lots
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Jewish and Israeli History and Culture, Israeli and International Art. 463 lots
One Of Kind Collictibles. Coral Gables. Rare Collectibles - Internet bidstart 10/19. 272 lots

Thu. Oct. 30th
Sothebys. New York. Prints. 437 lots
Morton Casa de Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Books and Ancient Documents. 368 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/23. 383 lots

Fri. Oct. 31st
Bonhams. London. London to Brighton Run - Automobilia. 55 lots

Sat. Nov. 1st
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Prints - Internet bidstart 10/17.

Sun. Nov. 2nd
Artcurial. Paris. Automobilia. 53 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 10/26.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/26.

The dollar volume this week was substantial:  $29,195,196.  So too the number of lots offered:  12,557.  The percentage of lots sold was down a bit at 63%.  It's too early to say if the weakness is a function of economic issues in Europe or the unsettled financial markets in the United States.  It could also reflect the upcoming US elections.  In any event the best material is enthusiastically selling when the estimates are inviting.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

  • <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>
  • <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