Auction Update Review

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In the heat of the season

For the week ended Saturday November 8th 34 auctions were archived to the AED; 9 in euros, 7 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican Pesos, and 17 in US dollars.  Sales totaled $24,857,865 as 7,483 lots were offered and 5,613 sold for a 75% success rate.

7 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Sothebys. Prints on October 31st: $8,682,002
Sothebys. Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History on November 4th: $4,485,202
Sothebys. Library of Carlo de Poortere on November 6th: $2,905,542
Christies. COLLECTION LITTÉRAIRE :VERLAINE, RIMBAUD, MALLARMÉ - LA COLLECTION LITTÉRAIRE D'ÉDOUARD-HENRI FISCHE on November 4th: $2,525,278
Christies. Sporting Books on November 5th: $1,237,264
Swann Galleries. The Latin Americana Library of Dr. W. Michael Mathes on November 6th: $1,235,647
Freemans. Modern and Contemporary Works of Art - Prints on November 2nd: $1,056,212

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

Binoche et Giquello. ALBERT ROBIDA COLLECTION MICHEL FRANÇOIS LIVRES - AQUARELLES ET DESSINS ORIGINAUX on October 29th: 137.43%
Tooveys. Postcards on November 4th: 118.58%
Tooveys. Photographs and Ephemera on November 4th: 108.72%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Old Books and Autographs on November 5th: 107.89%
Christies. Sporting Books on November 5th: 101.20%
Sothebys. Library of Carlo de Poortere on November 6th: 100.38%


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

Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 10/26 on November 2nd: 100.00%
Tooveys. Postcards on November 4th: 98.53%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/26 on November 2nd: 95.33%
Tooveys. Photographs and Ephemera on November 4th: 92.45%
Freemans. Modern and Contemporary Works of Art - Prints on November 2nd: 91.36%
Skinner. Globes, Manuscripts on November 1st: 90.91%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on November 4th: 89.83%
Aspire Auctions. Prints - Internet bidstart 10/22 on November 1st: 86.11%
Sothebys. Library of Carlo de Poortere on November 6th: 85.08%
Bonhams. The Sporting Sale on November 5th: 84.06%
Swann Galleries. The Latin Americana Library of Dr. W. Michael Mathes on November 6th: 83.89%
Winter Associates. Books, Prints on November 3rd: 83.33%
Tooveys. Prints on November 5th: 82.61%
Binoche et Giquello. ALBERT ROBIDA COLLECTION MICHEL FRANÇOIS LIVRES - AQUARELLES ET DESSINS ORIGINAUX on October 29th: 80.85%


34 total sales reported this week:

Pierre Berge and Associes. Old Books and Autographs on November 5th: 79.37%
Archives International Auctions. Wall Street Sale, Part 2 on November 4th: 62.02%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Bibliophile on November 6th: 77.07%
PBA Galleries. Illustrated and Children's Books - Fine Bindings - Prints on November 6th: 62.96%
Tooveys. Prints on November 5th: 82.61%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Books and Manuscripts on November 5th: 71.72%
Swann Galleries. The Latin Americana Library of Dr. W. Michael Mathes on November 6th: 83.89%
Sothebys. Library of Carlo de Poortere on November 6th: 85.08%
Eldreds. Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints on November 5th: 55.26%
Grays Auctioneers. Prints on June 25th: 67.74%
Grays Auctioneers. Fine Art, Antiques & Decorative Art on October 8th: 46.15%
Christies. Sporting Books on November 5th: 75.77%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on November 4th: 89.83%
Bonhams. The Sporting Sale on November 5th: 84.06%
Tooveys. Photographs and Ephemera on November 4th: 92.45%
Tooveys. Postcards on November 4th: 98.53%
Kedem Auction. Jewish and Israeli History and Culture, Israeli and International Art on October 29th: 68.03%
Sothebys. Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History on November 4th: 64.10%
Christies. COLLECTION LITTÉRAIRE :VERLAINE, RIMBAUD, MALLARMÉ - LA COLLECTION LITTÉRAIRE D'ÉDOUARD-HENRI FISCHE on November 4th: 71.76%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on November 3rd: 75.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/26 on November 2nd: 95.33%
Michaans Auctions. November Estate Auction - Books on November 2nd: 65.43%
Winter Associates. Books, Prints on November 3rd: 83.33%
Artcurial. Automobilia on November 2nd: 77.36%
Aspire Auctions. Prints - Internet bidstart 10/22 on November 1st: 86.11%
Freemans. Modern and Contemporary Works of Art - Prints on November 2nd: 91.36%
Binoche et Giquello. Modern Books on October 29th: 54.06%
Binoche et Giquello. ALBERT ROBIDA COLLECTION MICHEL FRANÇOIS LIVRES - AQUARELLES ET DESSINS ORIGINAUX on October 29th: 80.85%
Binoche et Giquello. Photography on October 22nd: 51.93%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 10/26 on November 2nd: 100.00%
One Of Kind Collictibles. Rare Collectibles - Internet bidstart 10/19 on October 29th: 73.53%
Skinner. Globes, Manuscripts on November 1st: 90.91%
Morton Casa de Subastas. Books and Ancient Documents on October 30th: 43.75%
Sothebys. Prints on October 31st: 72.08%

For the week ahead 33 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Nov. 10th
Artcurial. Paris. Limited Editions. 82 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 5 lots

Tue. Nov. 11th
Bloomsbury Philobiblon. Rome. Rare Books. 587 lots
Minerva Auctions Roma. Roma. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 73 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 53 lots

Wed. Nov. 12th
Bonhams. London. Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs. 174 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - Internet bidstart 10/24. 862 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Contemporary Art - Prints. 332 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 671 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Space Exploration. 382 lots

Thu. Nov. 13th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics. 2049 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Golf Books & Memorabilia - The Library of John Burns with Additions. 234 lots
Ader. PARIS. Judaica. 226 lots
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Books. 303 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Historical Aviation, Maritime, and Transport Memorabilia. 93 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Important Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. 453 lots
Christies. Paris. MR. KASPAR FLEISCHMANN COLLECTION SOLD FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PHOTOGRAPHY CENTER OF THE UNIVERSITY O.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/6.
Kestenbaum and Company. New York. Books, Manuscripts, Ceremonial Objects and Works of Art. 322 lots

Fri. Nov. 14th
Sothebys. Paris. Photographs. 196 lots
Ader. PARIS. Photography Books.
Christies. Paris. Photographs.
Tajan. Paris. Photographs.
Artcurial. Paris. Photography.
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Historical Aviation, Maritime, and Transport Memorabilia - Day 2. 39 lots

Sat. Nov. 15th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints.
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . 50 Year Collection of Railroadiana.
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Extraordinary collection of the Prince's Palace of Monaco - Day 1.

Sun. Nov. 16th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/9.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/9.
Skinner. Boston. Fine Books and Manuscripts.
Ader. PARIS. Photographs.
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Extraordinary collection of the Prince's Palace of Monaco - Day 2.

If you are a collector and have a heart beat your heart is beating faster these days.  Material is moving into the rooms - generally with lower reserves and higher expectations.

 

Bruce McKinney

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  • <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 Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <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.