• <b>Sotheby’s London: Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History. 9 May 2017. Viewing 5 – 8 May.</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Ackermann, Rudolph—Uwins, Thomas. A collection of 240 drawings for Rudolph Ackermann's <i>Repository of Arts</i> magazine, 1809-1828. £20,000 – 30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, and Joan. <i>Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Sive Atlas Novus in Quo Tabulae et Descriptiones Omnium Regionum.</i> 1640-1654. £100,000 – 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Mercator, Gerard and Jodocus Hondius. <i>L’Atlas ou Méditations Cosmographiques de la Fabrique du Monde et Figure Diceluy.</i> 1613. £60,000 – 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History. 9 May 2017. Viewing 5 – 8 May.</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Speed, John. <i>The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain, Presenting an Exact Geography of the Kingdom of England, Scotland, Ireland and the Isles Adjoyning...</i> £100,000 – 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Wit, Frederick De. [General Atlas], With The Engraved Title For Atlas Maior. Amsterdam, [C.1688-1696]. £50,000 – 70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Kuntz, Joh. Rudolph. <i>[Abbildungen Königlich Württembergischer Gestütts-Pferde von Orientalischen Racen.</I> Stuttgart: Ebner 1823–1824]. £30,000 – 40,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History. 9 May 2017. Viewing 5 – 8 May.</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Lawrence, T.E. Ivory Silk Thawb, Or Under-Robe, Presented by Lawrence of Arabia to a family friend. £10,000 – 15,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Blaeu, Joan. <i>Archipelagus Orientalis Sive Asiaticus</i>. Amsterdam: Joan Blaeu, [1659]. £200,000 – 250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Blaeu, Joan. <i>Asiae Descriptio Novissima</i>. Amsterdam: Joan Blaeu, [1659]. £60,000 – 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History. 9 May 2017. Viewing 5 – 8 May.</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Japanese bird paintings—(Rinchô Zu). A Pair Of Painted Scrolls of Birds. [Japan, Late 18th Or Early 19th Century]. £25,000 – 35,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Huang, Qianren. Da Qing Wannian Yitong Tianxia Quantu [Complete Map of the Whole Unified Country of the Great Qing]. [1803]. £80,000 – 120,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Sôkaku or Ryôsei Jôkei. Da Ming Sheng Tu, [Map of (China Under) The Great Ming Dynasty]. (1691 Or 1711). £80,000 – 120,000
  • <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> BROWNING, ELIZABETH BARRETT. Autograph Manuscript Initialed ("E.B.B."), being the working notebook for the poems contained in <i>The Seraphim and Other Poems</i>. $400,000 to 600,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> WILDE, OSCAR. Two leaves, pp 31-34, from the first appearance of <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine for July, 1890</i>, with Wilde's autograph revisions. $40,000 to 60,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories and Tragedies; Published according to the true Originall Copies. Second Impression. [THE SECOND FOLIO.]</i> $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> KENNEDY, JOHN FITZGERALD. Photograph Signed ("John F. Kennedy") and Inscribed, 8 x 10 inch gelatin silver print, of Senator Kennedy and Miss Barelli, at the swearing of the secretarial oath for Miss Barelli. $1,200 to 1,800
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter XXVII of <i>Afloat and Ashore</i>. $15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> IRVING, WASHINGTON. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter 20 from Volume IV of <i>The Life of George Washington</i>. $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> VERNE, JULES. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Jules Verne"), being the complete short story "<i>Une fantaisie de docteur Ox</i>". $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> ALCHEMY. <i>[The Crowning of Nature, or Coronatio Naturae.]</i> Original alchemical manuscript on paper, ruled in red, with watermark of the arms of Schieland. $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> DE JODE, CORNELUS. 1568 - 1600. <i>Quivirae Regnu, Cum Alija Versus Borea</i>. [Antwerp: Arnoldum Coninx, 1593]. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> HOOKER, JOSEPH DALTON. <i>The Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya; Being an Account, Botanical and Geographical, of the Rhododendrons Recently Discovered in the Mountains of Eastern Himalaya</i>… $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> CATLIN, GEORGE. <i>North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting scenes and amusements of the Rocky Mountains and prairies of America. From drawings and notes of the author, made during eight years' travel.</i> $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. HESLER, ALEXANDER. Platinum print, 8 3/4 x 6 3/4 in, of a beardless Lincoln, 1860.<br>$2,000 to 3,000
  • <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 37. Anonymous, <i>[Untitled - Ancient World]</i>, 1553. Est. $20,000 - $23,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 45. Cellarius, <i>Haemisphaerium Stellatum Australe</i>, 1708. Est. $2,400 - $3,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 51. Kircher, <i>Systema Ideale quo Exprimitur</i>, 1665. Est. $1,600 - $1,900
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 152. David H. Vance, <i>Map of the United States of North America</i>, 1825. Est. $8,000 - $10,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 309. Mark Storm, <i>Official Texas Brags Map of North America</i>, 1948. Est. $350 - $425
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 426. B. Crété, <i>Carte Symbolique de l'Europe / Europe en 1914</i>, 1915. Est. $2,000 - $2,300
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 636. Hartmann Schedel, <i>Folio LXIIII - Destruccio Iherosolime</i>, 1493. Est. $1,100 - $1,400
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 649. Heinrich Bunting, <i>Asia Secunda pars Terrae in Forma Pegasi</i>, 1581. Est. $3,000 - $3,750
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 747. Theodore de Bry, <i> [Lot of 22 - Complete Set of De Bry's Virginia Natives]</i>, 1590. Est. $6,000 - $7,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 769. Lotter/Lobeck, <i>Atlas Geographicus Portatilis</i>, 1760. Est. $1,900 - $2,200
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 772. Henry Teesdale, <i>A New General Atlas of the World</i>, 1835. Est. $1,200 - $1,500
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 777. Marco Coltellini, <i>[3 Volumes] Il Gazzettiere Americano</i>, 1763. Est. $5,500 - $7,000

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>Seth Kaller:</b> “America the Beautiful”
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> George Washington, Tongue-in-Cheek, Writes James McHenry About His Wife or Mistress—But Funding the Continental Army is the Real Topic
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Young’s Map of the United States
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> President Lincoln & His Most Profitable Client, the Illinois Central Railroad
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Lincoln Thanks Former Pro-Slavery and Newly Republican Congressman for a Fiery Anti-Slavery Speech at a Philadelphia Campaign Rally
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> “A Visit From St. Nicholas” - great association copy inscribed by Clement C. Moore
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Einstein Agrees to Allow “a Short Book on the Hydrogen Bomb” to Use His Statement Made on Eleanor Roosevelt’s TV Show
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> The Building Blocks of Albert Einstein’s Creative Mind
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> A Unique Manuscript Map of Block Island Sound Including Fisher’s and Gardiner’s Islands, the Hamptons, and Montauk Point
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> J.R.R. Tolkien Writes his Proofreader with a Lengthy Discussion of the Lord of the Rings, Including Criticism of Radio Broadcasts of his Work
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Six Benjamin Franklin Signed Receipts – Including his Earliest Obtainable Autograph — Acknowledging a Donation to the Famous Library Company He Founded, and Five Payments for His Pennsylvania Gazette
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Sherman Dishes on Lincoln & Thomas, Meade, Sheridan, Halleck & Grant
  • <b>Now in press: 19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> <i>The First American Magna Carta. English Liberties.</i> Boston, 1721.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Babbage presentation to Peel, the man who killed the Difference Engine 1832
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> The Stamp Act. 1765
    <b>Now in press: 19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Central Park Photographs by Prevost 1862
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Salem Witch Trials. Wonders of the Invisible World 1693
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Mammoth print of Millie-Christine, "The Carolina Twins" c. 1868
  • <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b>  Lewis Morris Rutherfurd, The Moon, From a Negative taken at the Observatory of Mr. L. M. Rutherfurd...May 19, 1874. Est: $5,000-8,000 (Lot 3)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Alvin Langdon Coburn. London. With 20 photogravures by Coburn and text by Hilaire Belloc, London and New York: 1909. First edition. Est: $4,000-6,000 (Lot 32)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Lee Friedlander, Newark, New Jersey, 1962 and Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1972.<br>Est: $7,000-9,000 (Lot 50)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> The  papers of Brevet Major General John Gross Barnard (1815-1882), Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac. Est: $75,000-100,000 (Lot 160)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> James Joyce, Dubliners, London: Grant Richards, 1914. First edition. Est: $5,000-8,000 (Lot 362)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> George Sand, Group of five volumes inscribed to Henry Harrisse. Est: $4,000-6,000 (Lot 405)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Thomas More, Sir, Saint [Utopia]: De optimo reip. statu deque nova insula utopia libellus vere aureus… Basel: Froben, March 1518. First Basel edition. Est: $15,000-25,000 (Lot 308)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Johannes Brahms, Autograph letter in German signed "Joh. Brahms.” Est: $4,000-6,000 (Lot 285)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Kelmscott Press, [Guilelmus, of Tyre, Archbishop]. The History of Godefrey of Boloyne. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. Est: $2,000-3,000 (Lot 270)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Gilles Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles Didier, Atlas universel...Paris: the author and Boudet, 1757[-58]. Est: $10,000 - $15,000  (Lot 222)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> John Keats, Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of Saint Agnes and Other Poems. London: Taylor and Hessey, 1820. First edition. Est: $5,000-7,000 (Lot 399)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Specimen book of Schumacher & Ettlinge, between 1870-1895. Original roan-backed boards.. Est: $2,000-3,000 (Lot 195)
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Ernest Hemingway, Autograph Letter Signed "Love / Mr. Papa," to Marlene Dietrich, Cuba, 1952. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Alexis de Tocqueville, Autograph Letter Signed, on the publication of <i> Democracy in America </i>, 1837. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Thomas Hart Benton, Autograph Manuscript, draft of <i>The Mechanics of Form Organization in Painting</i>, with sketches, 1926. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Elliot Erwitt, photograph of Kennedy & Eisenhower, signed by both,<br>c. 1960. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> John Adams, Partly-printed Document Signed, as President, countersigned by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering, 1798. $4,000 to $6,000. 
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Graphite drawing of Albert Einstein, signed by him & the artist, S.N. Swamy, 1950. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Autograph Musical Quotation Signed, London, 1888. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Partly-printed vellum Document Signed, as President, countersigned by Secretary of State James Madison, 1809. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Agatha Christie, Autograph Manuscript notebook with early drafts for numerous novels, Baghdad, circa 1948. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Claude Monet, Autograph Letter Signed to Desmond Fitzgerald, in French, 1889. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Photograph of Fidel Castro, Signed & Inscribed, in Spanish, 1955. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Frederick Stuart Church, archive of 17 illustrated Autograph Letters Signed to Evander Schley, 1905-11. $5,000 to $7,500.