• <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Rowling (J.K.). Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, original fine black pen and ink manuscript book by the author J.K.Rowling, with 31pp of text and illustrations. £80,000 to £120,000
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Blaeu (Johannes). <i>Vierde Stuck der Aerdrycks-Beschryving, welck vervat Engelandt</i>, i.e. <i>Theatrum Orbis Terrarum</i>. vol 4, England & Wales. £10,500 to £12,500
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Miró (Joan). L'Homme au Balencier, etching, aquatint and carborundum, printed in colours on Japan paper, signed in pencil lower right. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Steve McCurry (b.1950). Afghan Girl, 1984, pigment inkjet print, signed and numbered 48/250 in pencil on lower margin. £2,500 to £3,500
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Keough (Pat and Rosemarie). <i>Antarctica</i>, no 228 of 950 copies, signed by the authors, many colour illustrations, original dark grey morocco. £2,800 to £3,200
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Rowlandson (Thomas). Darby & Joan, the idyllically contended couple sit either side of a stove in a cosy domestic interior, ink and watercolour on wove paper. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Procktor (Patrick). Tiny blue-eyed goldfish, watercolour, 310 x 460mm., signed in blue crayon, lower right, titled and inscribed Muscat Jan 19. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Iouri Abramochkin (b.1936). Horsemen, Dagestan, 1968, Lambda print, printed later, signed, dated, editioned 1/8 and annotated in black ink verso. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Ravilious (Eric).- Shakespeare (William). Twelfth NIght, or, What You Will, number 79 of 275 copies , wood-engraved title. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Michelangelo.- Chastel (André). <i>The Vatican Frescoes of Michelangelo</i>, Photography by Takashi Okamura, 2 vol., one of 600 sets, colour plates. £500 to £700
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Wyndham (John). <i>The Day of the Triffids; The Kraken Wakes; The Chrysalids;</i> together with 8 other volumes. All first editions. £400 to £600
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946). Goats Along The Seine, 1894. Photogravure, printed 1990s by Dorothy Norman, one from an edition of 40 published by Aperture. £400 to £600
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14: Illustration Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Friend, Wife</i>, graphite & watercolor cover for Judge magazine, May 1920. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> Georges Lepape, <i>Après la Tempête</i>, watercolor, ink & graphite cover for <i>Vogue</i>, April 1919, inscribed to Madame Condé Nast. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> Maurice Sendak, <i>Little Bear & His Parents </i>, pencil study & finished watercolor for <i>Bears of the World</i>, 1981. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14: Illustration Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b><br>Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel), <i>A Great Gallumphing Galoot!</i>, original drawing & inscription, signed twice, in <i>Dr. Seuss's ABC</i>. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> Scrapbook relating to the production of <i>Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs</i>, with 20 original drawings, circa 1937. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> Charles M. Schulz, <i>Gentleman Biographer</i>, pen & ink, <i>Peanuts</i> comic strip, 1972. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14: Illustration Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> Jerry Pinkney, <i>[Brer Rabbit & Brer Bear]</i>, watercolor, pen & ink on paper, 1990. $20,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> <i>Daffydils</i>, festschrift for Harry Hershfield, signed with cartoons & caricatures by George Herriman, Winsor McCay & others, 1911. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> W.W. Denslow, <i>Higglepy, Piggleby, My Black Hen</i>, ink & gouache, for <i>Denslow's Mother Goose </i>, 1901. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14: Illustration Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> Pavel Tchelitchew, <i>Savonarola</i>, graphite & gouache, sketch for the production at Theater in der Königgrätzer Straße, 1923. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> John Philip Falter, <i>Strictly Off the Record</i>, oil on canvas, for Four Roses Whiskey, 1942. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Movie Scream</i>, pen, ink & watercolor cartoon for <i>The New Yorker</i>, January 1947. $12,000 to $18,000.
  • <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>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SAINT-EXUPERY, ANTOINE DE. Kodachrome Film (16mm) showing Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Consuelo on a boat, 1942. JOINED: Guestbook for the Boat, signed, with a drawing of the Little Prince. 15 000 to 20 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CANDEE, HELEN CHURCHILL. Autograph manuscript. TITANIC, 40 leaves. Original account of the most famous shipwreck, by a survivor of the ordeal. 300 000 to 400 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> TITANIC. Collection of 7 documents relating to the shipwreck of the Titanic (14 April 1912). 20 000 to<br>30 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> DUPLEIX DE CADIGNAN, JEANBAPTISTE. Signed autograph manuscript. Thirty years of memoirs related to military services and important information on the American War of Independence.<br>40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CURTIUS. Faiz et Conquestes d'Alexandre [Histoire d'Alexandre le Grand]. In French, illuminated manuscript on paper and parchment, 16 large miniatures. 300 000 to<br>500 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> NELSON, HORATIO. Signed autograph letter, ‘Nelson & Bronte,” aboard the Amazon, 14 October 1801, addressed to Sir William Hamilton. 4 000 to 5 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> GIROLAMO FRANCESCO MARIA MAZZUOLI DIT LE PARMESAN. Le couple amoureux. Pen and brown ink. 80 000 to 120 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SADE, DONATIEN-ALPHONSE-FRANÇOIS, MARQUIS DE. Autograph manuscript. The 120 Days of Sodom, or the School of Libertinage, 1785.<br>4 000 000 to 6 000 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> MIRÓ, JOAN. Signed autograph correspondence to Thomas and Diane Bouchard (1949-1976). 50 000 to 60 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> BALZAC, HONORÉ DE. Signed autograph manuscript, Ursule Mirouët, [1841]. One of only two manuscripts of novels by Balzac in private hands. 800 000 to<br>1 200 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> LENOIR, ALEXANDRE. Essai sur l'histoire des arts en Egypte pouvant servir d'appendice au grand ouvrage de la Commission. autograph manuscript with numerous additions and corrections. 40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SCHRÖDINGER, ERWIN. Autograph manuscript [Spring 1946, sent to Albert Einstein]. 1 500 to 2 000 €

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>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 95. Turing. <i>Systems of Logic Based on Ordinals</i>. Offprint. London, 1939. Robin Gandy's Copy. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 98. Zernike, Fritz. The 1953 Nobel Prize for Physics: The Invention of the Phase-Contrast Microscope. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 111. Apple 1 Computer, operational, with exceptional provenance. $400,000 to $600,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1074. Bruce, Lenny. An unreleased 16 mm film by "Count" Lewis DePasquale featuring Lenny Bruce. $7,000 to $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1254. Hirohito. Manuscript in Japanese, "The Emperor's Monologue," transcribed by Terasaki Hidenari. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1095. Goldman. Emma. Large archive of correspondence, much of it to Warren Starr Van Valkenburgh. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 109. Wozniak and Jobs. The First Digital "Blue Box", Berkeley, 1972. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 46. Newton, Isaac. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. 1st issue. London, 1687. $300,000 to $500,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 49. Newton. Autograph Manuscript in English, a portion of a draft of Newton's study on revelation. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1027. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 1st edition, 1st issue. Scribners, 1925. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1042. Hemingway., Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls. Presentation copy, one of 15 copies. Scribners, 1940. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1215. A 48-star American Flag, flown from LCT-703, sunk on Omaha Beach, December 1944. $15,000 to $20,000
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  • <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Unique Association Copy of Signed Limited Roosevelt, African Game Trails, Extra-Illustrated. $5,000 - 7,500
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 24 Volumes Henry James in 1/2 Morocco - Alvin Langdon Coburn Frontis Illustrations. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> French Surrealism by Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, 1930 Limited Edition in Lovely Condition. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Unique and Beautifully Written Manuscript of 650 Quarto Pages - Unpublished History of Belle-Isle-En-Mer, 1754. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> William Beebe's Classic 4 Volume Work on "The Pheasants," Signed and Inscribed in 1919. $2,000 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Three Volumes of Washington's War Era Letters Published in New York in 1796. $1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 19th C. Vintage Album with 48 Sepia Toned Albumen Prints by Fratelli Alinari et. al.<br>$1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Report of Phipps' Voyage in 1773 In Search of a Passage to India Via the North Pole. $1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 17 Volumes of Wallace's American Trotting Register, 1874-1891. $1,500 - $2,500
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Rare First English Edition of Monardes, Joyfull Newes, 1577, Woodcut Illustrations.<br>$1,500 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 6 Volume Shakespeare Presented to Virginia Congressman Involved in the "Trent Affair". $1,200 - $1,500
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Classic Lothar Meggendorfer Movable Book Complete with 8 Chromolithograph Plates, Ca. 1890. $750 - $1,000