• <b>Results from Bonhams’ sale of <i>Fine Books & Manuscripts Featuring Exploration and Travel</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Columbus. De Insulis nuper in mari Indico repertis. Basel, 1494. SOLD for $751,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cook in Tahiti. [Playbill]. [Germany, c.1840.] SOLD for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Aa, Pieter van der. Naaukeurige versameling der gedenk-waardigste zee en land-reysen. Leyden, 1706-8. SOLD for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Dürer. Underweysung der messung [and two more]. Nuremberg, 1525-8. SOLD for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cortes, Hernan. A Pleito signed by Antonio de Mendoza in the case of Hernan Cortes. 1542. SOLD for $8750
    <b>Results from Bonhams’ <i>The Air and Space Sale</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Russian Kholod 5D67 HFL Rocket Engine. SOLD for $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Neil Armstrong Apollo Era Training Glove. SOLD for $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Full Scale Sputnik-1 EMC/EMI Lab Model. SOLD for $847,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> SOLRAD GREB Spy Satellite Engineering Dummy. SOLD for $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Soviet LK-3 Lunar Lander Model. SOLD for $25,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Redouté, Pierre Joseph, and Claude Antoine Thory. <i>Les Roses</I>. Paris: Firmin Didot, 1817–1824. Est. $225,000 to $325,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Jakob Christoph. <i>Hortus Nitidissimis Omnen Per Annum Superbiens Floribus</i>… Nuremberg: Johann Joseph Fleischmann, 1750 [–1786]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Christoph Jakob, and Benedict Christian Vogel. <i>Plantæ Selectæ</i>…[Nuremberg:] 1750–1773; Supplement, [Augsburg:] 1790 [–1792]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Jacquin, Nikolaus Joseph von. <i>Plantarum Rariorum Horti Caesarei Schönbrunnensis Descriptiones Et Icones.</i>Vienna; London; Leiden, 1797–1804. Est. $180,000 to $250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Weinmann, Johann Wilhelm. <i>Phytanthoza Iconographia; Sive Conspectus Aliquot Millium, Tam Indigenarum Quam Exoticarum</i>… Regensburg, 1735–1737–1745. Est. $120,000 to $180,000
  • <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…
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Auction Update Review

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It's November

For the week ended Saturday November 2nd 27 sales were archived to the AED; 12 in euros, 3 in British pounds, and 12 in US dollars.  Turnover was $15,934,698 as 8,945 lots were offered and 5,971 sold for a slim 67% success rate.  Whether the estimates were too high or buyers were simply fussier isn't clear.

2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Christies. COLLECTION WILLEM PEPPLER - Prints and Photographs on October 29th: $8,371,906
Swann Galleries. Old Master Through Modern Prints on October 29th: $2,168,659

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

Dorotheum . Books and Decorative Prints on October 27th: 208.92%
Christies. COLLECTION WILLEM PEPPLER - Prints and Photographs on October 29th: 156.62%
Artcurial. Posters on October 28th: 145.50%
Doyle New York. Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints on October 27th: 102.66%
Bonhams. London to Brighton Run - Automobilia on October 31st: 101.36%.

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

Archives International Auctions. U.S. & Worldwide Scripophily, Autographs & Historic Objects and Artifacts, on October 25th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 10/19 on October 26th: 99.17%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/19 on October 26th: 97.25%
Doyle New York. Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints on October 27th: 90.78%
Dorotheum . Books and Decorative Prints on October 27th: 86.63%
Christies. COLLECTION WILLEM PEPPLER - Prints and Photographs on October 29th: 86.60%
Bonhams. London to Brighton Run - Automobilia on October 31st: 85.45%
Artcurial. Posters on October 28th: 84.34%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/23 on October 30th: 83.81%

27 total sales reported this week:

Bonhams. London to Brighton Run - Automobilia on October 31st: 85.45%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/23 on October 30th: 83.81%
Mid Hudson Auction Galleries. On the Waterfront - Books and Prints on October 24th: 68.00%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Modern and Contemporary Prints on October 29th: 59.70%
Bonhams. Photographs on October 28th: 66.42%
Bonhams. THE GEMINI Collection of Modern Prints and Illustrated Books on October 28th: 53.61%
Swann Galleries. Old Master Through Modern Prints on October 29th: 65.64%
Christies. COLLECTION WILLEM PEPPLER - Prints and Photographs on October 29th: 86.60%
Hauff and Auvermann. Modern and Contemporary Art on October 25th: 35.04%
Hauff and Auvermann. Modern Literature and Art on October 25th: 58.21%
Hauff and Auvermann. Books and Decorative Prints - Part 2 on October 24th: 55.69%
Hauff and Auvermann. Books and Decorative Prints - Part 1 on October 24th: 56.89%
Artcurial. Posters on October 28th: 84.34%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on October 28th: 70.00%
Sothebys. Collections - Prints on October 28th: 70.00%
PIASA. Protest! Art and Design on October 28th: 28.67%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on October 27th: 75.00%
Dorotheum . Books and Decorative Prints on October 27th: 86.63%
Doyle New York. Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints on October 27th: 90.78%
Archives International Auctions. U.S. & Worldwide Scripophily, Autographs & Historic Objects and Artifacts, on October 25th: 100.00%
Ader. Far East - Prints on October 24th: 50.00%
Potomack Company. Fine Books and Prints - Internet bidstart Now on October 21st: 63.64%
RR Auction. Marvels of Modern Music - Internet bidstart 10/16 on October 23rd: 69.20%
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Books, Autographs and Manuscripts, Antique Maps and Prints on October 25th: 48.50%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/19 on October 26th: 97.25%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 10/19 on October 26th: 99.17%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Books Online bidstart 10/9 on October 16th: 37.27%

For the week ahead 36 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Nov. 3rd
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 4 lots
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Books, Prints. 24 lots

Tue. Nov. 4th
Tooveys. West Sussex. Postcards. 204 lots
Sothebys. London. Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History. 234 lots
Christies. Paris. COLLECTION LITTÉRAIRE :VERLAINE, RIMBAUD, MALLARMÉ - LA COLLECTION LITTÉRAIRE D'ÉDOUARD-HENRI FISCHE. 255 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints. 38 lots
Archives International Auctions. FORT LEE,. Wall Street Sale, Part 2. 703 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 59 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Photographs and Ephemera. 53 lots

Wed. Nov. 5th
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints. 46 lots
Bonhams. Edinburgh. The Sporting Sale. 69 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 435 lots
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. Old Books and Autographs. 63 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. Sporting Books. 260 lots
Zisska and Lacher. Munich. Books. 2084 lots
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . Post War and Contemporary - Prints. 69 lots

Thu. Nov. 6th
Swann Galleries. New York. The Latin Americana Library of Dr. W. Michael Mathes. 509 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Illustrated and Children's Books - Fine Bindings - Prints. 216 lots
PIASA. Paris. Photography: Metamorphosis. 74 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile. 362 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/30. 390 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Russian Militaria.
Sothebys. Paris. Library of Carlo de Poortere. 315 lots

Fri. Nov. 7th
PIASA. Paris. Ancient and Modern Books. 345 lots
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Advertising. 194 lots
Beaussant Lefevre. Paris. Books and Autographs. 117 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Maps and Antiquarian Books. 130 lots
PIASA. Paris. Autograph Letter and Manuscript.

Sat. Nov. 8th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Legends of the West - Session 1. 564 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Legends of the West - Session 2. 170 lots

Sun. Nov. 9th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Books. 33 lots
Bonhams. Los Angeles. Period Art and Design - Prints. 57 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/2.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/2.
OSENAT. FONTAINEBLEAU. Automobilia. 100 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Munter, Medical, Rochester, etc.. 475 lots

Dealers are reporting spotty sales with pockets of weakness and strength.  Perhaps the auctions are seeing the same thing.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

 

  • <b>Forum Auctions:<br>The Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs 1964-1972 (Online Only). Now through October 18</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> "The world's first view of the Earth taken by a spacecraft from the vicinity of the Moon" (NASA), Lunar Orbiter 1, 23 August 1966. Est. £600 to £800
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Anders (William). The first Earthrise seen by Man, Apollo 8, December 1968. Est. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Armstrong (Neil). The first photograph taken by Armstrong after setting foot on the Moon, Apollo 11, July 1969. Est. £600 to £800
    <b>Forum Auctions:<br>The Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs 1964-1972 (Online Only). Now through October 18</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Aldrin (Buzz). Aldrin's bootprint in the pristine lunar dust, Apollo 11, July 1969. Est. £600 to £800
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Armstrong (Neil). Buzz Aldrin with the LM and Armstrong reflected in his visor, Apollo 11, July 1969. Est. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Full Moon seen from the receding spacecraft, Apollo 13, April 1970. Est £300 to £500
    <b>Forum Auctions:<br>The Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs 1964-1972 (Online Only). Now through October 18</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Craters Copernicus and Reinhold, Apollo 12, November 1969. Est. £300 to £500
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Conrad (Pete). The photographer reflected in Alan Bean's gold-plated sun visor, Apollo 12, November 1969. Est. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Scott (David). James Irwin and the Rover, Mount Hadley beyond, Apollo 15, August 1951. Est. £400 to £600
    <b>Forum Auctions:<br>The Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs 1964-1972 (Online Only). Now through October 18</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Duke (Charles). John Young's jumping salute in lunar gravity, Apollo 16, April 1972. Est. £600 to £800
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Cernan (Eugene). Harrison Schmitt with the flag, the Earth overhead, Apollo 17, December 1972. Est. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Evans (Ronald). The last Earthrise over the Moon seen by man, Apollo 17, December 1972. Est. £800 to £1,200
  • <b>ALDE: Highlights from the Maurice Burrus Collection. October 17, 2017</b>
    <b>Alde, Oct. 17:</b> BIBLE, LATIN. VOL. I ONLY (Genesis-Psalms). [Strassburg: Johann Mentelin, not after 1460].<br>Est: 450 000 / 600 000 €
    <b>Alde, Oct. 17:</b> MISSAL for the use of SALZBURG. Illuminated manuscript on vellum, Augsburg or Salzburg, c 1480. Est: 40 000 / 60 000 €
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17:</b> Aegidius Romanus, <i>Lo libre del regiment dels princeps</i>, first edition in Catalan, Barcelona, 1480. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17:</b> Herodotus, <i>Libri novem</i>, first edition in original Greek, in 18th-century binding for a Venetian doge, Venice, 1502. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17:</b> Galileo Galilei, <i>Systeme of the World, in Salusbury's Mathematical Collections and Translations</i>, first edition, London, 1661. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17:</b> Saint Hieronymus, <i>Epistolae</i>, Venice, 1488. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17:</b> Ulisse Aldrovandi, <i>Monstrorum historia</i>, first edition, with over 450 woodcuts, Bologna, 1642. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17:</b> Complete first-edition set of the official accounts of Captain Cook's voyages, 9 volumes, London, 1773-84. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17:</b> Jacques Lefèvre d'Étaples, <i>Introductorium astronomicum</i>, second edition, Paris, 1517. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17:</b> Insel-Verlag, first facsimile edition of the Gutenberg Bible, two volumes, Leipzig, 1913-14. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17:</b> Nicholas Culpeper, <i>Pharmacopœia Londinensis</i>, first American edition, Boston, 1720. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17:</b> Wolf Ehrenfried von Reizenstein, first edition of an equestrian manual, Uffenheim, 1764. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17:</b> Samuel Johnson, <i>A Dictionary of the English Language</i>, first edition, two volumes, London, 1755. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17:</b> Bartolomeo Taegio, <i>L'Humore Dialogo</i>, second edition, Milan, 1564. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <b>Sotheby’s Paris: Books & Manuscripts. 30 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> MARCEL PROUST. Du côté de chez Swann. Grasset, 1913. First edition. One of 5 copies on Japan paper, inscribed by the author to Louis Brun. Est. €400,000 - 600,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> FRENCH REVOLUTION 1793. Déclaration des droits de l’Homme. 2,55 x 1,30m.A poster of the 1793 version, with hand-colored highlights. Unique copy. Est. €100,000 - 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> GIAMBATTISTA PIRANESI. Vedute di Roma, 1748-1775. 107 etchings. An exceptional copy. printed and bound before 1780. Est. €50,000 - 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> SADE. Autograph annotations by Sade facing 12 erotic drawings for Juliette. Est. €40,000 – 60,000