• <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.
  • <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>
  • <b>Case Antiques: Historic Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> <i>The Massachusetts Magazine: or Monthly Museum of Knowledge and Rational Entertainment,</i> 1789. Signed by George Washington. $28,000 to $32,000
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> George Washington Signed Letter to John Marshall. $12,000 to $14,000
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Picasso Signed “Vallauris” 1952 Exhibition Poster. $6,000 to $8,000
    <b>Case Antiques: Historic Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Military appointment commission document signed by both President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of War Henry Dearborn, dated January 27, 1803. $2,400 to $2,800
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Doris Ulmann and Julia Peterkin. <i>Roll, Jordan, Roll.</i> New York, 1933, deluxe edition, preceding first edition of the same year. No. 74 of 350. $5,000 to $6,000
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> John Marshall. <i>The Life of George Washington,</i> Philadelphia, 1832. Signed by author. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Case Antiques: Historic Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Samuel L. Margolies (American, 1897-1974). Aquatint and etching, "Builders of Babylon," 1937. $4,000 to $4,500
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Two Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) signed documents as President of Washington College. $3,000 to $3,500
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> William C. Harris. <i>The Fishes of North America That Are Captured on Hook and Line</i>, Vol I., New York, 1898. 40 chromolithograph plates. $2,000 to $2,500
    <b>Case Antiques: Historic Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> $100 "Date Back" bank note 1902 from the Clarksville National Bank, Clarksville, Tennessee, depicting the portrait of John Jay Knox, Jr. $1,400 to $1,800
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> View of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and Monticello, Taken from Lewis Mountain, drawn and lithographed by Edward Sachse. $800 to $1,000
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Large Civil War photograph mounted on card stock depicting Rossville Gap in Missionary Ridge. $400 to $450
  • <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 39: Presidential Pardon Signed by John F. Kennedy. November 1962. $7,000 to $9,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 537: Marc Chagall. <i>Illustrations for the Bible</i>. Features 28 lithograph plates. First American edition, 1956. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 252: Jack Kerouac. <i>On the Road</i>. 1957. First edition. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 143: Arthur Rimbaud. <i>A Season in Hell</i>. With photogravures by Robert Mapplethorpe. The Limited Editions Club, 1986. $600 to $800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 72: Group of 11 Harry Truman Signed Letters. Typed & signed by the former President. 1962-1970. $1,500 to $2,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 157: Arthur Conan Doyle. The Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes by The Limited Editions Club. 8 vols. 1950-52. $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 173: Jacob Lawrence. <i>The First Book of Moses, Called Genesis</i>. Illustrated with silkscreens by Lawrence. 1989. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 239: William Faulkner. <i>Sartoris</i>. First edition. New York: Harcourt, Brace, & Company, 1929. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 286: Walt Whitman. New Year’s Eve Postcard Signed, “Walt Whitman,” to the poet Gabriel Sarrazin. January, 1891. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 351: Pair of European Fine Bindings. Including Gesanbuch (1831) & Naboznych Vylevov (1911). $200 to $300
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 423: August Luben. <i> Naturhistorischer Atlas der Saugethiere </i>. Includes complete set of 30 loose plates. Leipzig: 1858. $1,000 to $1,500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 386: <i>Famous Monsters of Filmland No 1</i>. Art by Will Elder, text by Forrest Ackerman. Warren’s first monster magazine. Feb, 1958. $2,000 to $3,000

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>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 15:</b> Icons & Images: Photographs & Photobooks
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 1:</b> Vintage Posters Featuring Highlights from the Gail Chisholm Collection
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 8:</b> Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 13:</b> 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 22:</b> Autographs
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 29:</b> Printed & Manuscript African Americana
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Apr 12:</b> Printed & Manuscript Americana
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Apr 26:</b> Fine Illustrated Books & Graphics
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 3:</b> Graphic Design
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 15:</b> 19th & 20th Century Literature
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jun 7:</b><br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jun 21:</b> Revolutionary & Presidential Americana from the Collection of William Wheeler III
  • <b>Arader Galleries Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> Snowy Heron, Plate 242. John James Audubon (1785-1851). First Edition Engravings with Original Hand Color. London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> Great Blue Heron, Plate 211. John James Audubon (1785-1851). First Edition Engravings with Original Hand Color. London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> The Clouded Leopard. Charles Robert Knight (1874-1953). Oil on canvas.
    <b>Arader Galleries Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> A Bouquet of Daffodils and Other Flowers with a Butterfly on the Stem. Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840). Black Chalk, Watercolor And Gum Arabic On Vellum.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> CELLARIUS, Andreas (ca 1596-1665). <i>Harmonia macrocosmica seu atlas universalis et Novus</i>. Amsterdam: Pieter Schenk and Gerald Valk, 1708.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> HOMANN, Johann Baptist (1663-1724). <i>Grosser Atlas über die gantze Welt</i>. Nuremburg: J.H.G. Bieling for the heirs of Homann, 1737.
    <b>Arader Galleries Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> LEVAILLANT, Francois (1753-1824). <i>Histoire naturelle des perroquets</i>. Paris: Levrault frères (later Levrault, Schoell & Co.), 1801-1805.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> FUCHS, Leonhard (1501-1566). <i>De historia stirpium commentarii insignes. adiectis earundem vivis plusquam quingentis imaginibus</i>… Basel: Michel Isingrin, 1542.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> Original Manuscript Map "Plano De Una Parte De La Provincia De La Luisiana..." AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE AND HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT MAP SHOWING THE ORIGINS OF THE STATE OF TEXAS AT THE TURN OF THE 19TH CENTURY.
    <b>Arader Galleries Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> J. De Cordova's Map of the State of Texas Compiled from the records of the General Land Office of the State by Robert Creuzbaur, Houston. Hand-colored lithograph. New York: J. Atwood, 1850.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> Texas. David Burr (1803-1875). Engraved Map with original hand color in full. New York: J. H. Colton & Co., 1834. Second Edition.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> Map of Texas with Parts of Adjoining States Compiled by Stephen F. Austin. Engraved Map with original hand color. Philadelphia, 1830. First Edition.
  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. January 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> <i>Verve: Revue Artistique et Littéraire/An Artistic and Literary Quarterly,</i> nos.1-38 in 26 vol [a complete set], numerous colour lithographs by Picasso, Chagall, Matisse & others. £8,000 to £12,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Wesley (John, Church of England clergyman and a founder of Methodism, 1703-91). Autograph Letter signed to Rev. John Bredin, 1782. £8,000 to £12,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Austen (Jane). Brock (Charles Edward). A group of seventeen ink and watercolour drawings for Dent's edition of Jane Austen's <i>Sense and Sensibility,</i> 1908. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. January 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Tibullus (Albius) and Gaius Valerius Catullus. <i>Elegiae, sive Carmina,</i> Venice, Andreas de Paltasichis, 1487. £5,000 to £7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Doves Press. English Bible (The), 5 vol., one of 500 copies, signed and inscribed by Laurence Hodson, Doves Press, 1903. £5,000 to £7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Africa. Smith (Andrew). <i>Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa,</i> 5 vol., first edition, original cloth, [1838-50]. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. January 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Longitude. <i>An Act for providing a Publick Reward for such Person or Persons as shall Discover the Longitude at Sea,</i> first edition of this highly important act, John Baskett, 1714. £3,000 to £5,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Shirley (James). <i>Six new playes, viz. The Brothers. Sisters. Doubtfull Heir. Imposture. Cardinall. Court secret,</i> first edition, 1653. £3,000 to £4,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Heaney (Seamus). <i>Ugolino,</i> number 77 of 125 copies, Dublin, Dolmen Press, 1979. £3,000 to £4,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. January 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Lasinio (Carlo, 1759-1838). <i>[Ritratti Originali de Pittori Esistenti Nella Reale Galleria de Firenze],</i> 99 engravings, circa 1791-96. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Japan. Kusakabe Kimbei. Photograph Album, 50 hand-coloured albumen prints, oblong folio, [c.1890-1900]. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Polar. Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin. Arctic Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, printed flyer, 1852. £1,000 to £1,500