• <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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The Crescendo is Near

For the week ended Saturday November 22nd 36 sales were archived to the AED; 13 in euros, 8 in British pounds, and 15 in US dollars.  Turnover was $26,313,367 as 10,019 lots were offered and 7,375 sold for a 74% success rate.  It was a busy week.

7 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Sothebys. Man Ray on November 15th: $3,391,969
Christies. 20/21 Photographs on November 14th: $3,149,063
Christies. Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books on November 19th: $2,765,751
Sothebys. Photographs on November 14th: $2,592,219
Christies. Highlights from the Erotic Library of Tony Fekete on November 18th: $2,012,936
Sothebys. Music, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts on November 20th: $1,892,831
Artcurial. Photography on November 14th: $1,187,679

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

Beaussant Lefevre. Books and Autographs on November 7th: 201.01%
PIASA. Autographs, Letters and Manuscripts on November 7th: 111.04%
Christies. Highlights from the Erotic Library of Tony Fekete on November 18th: 109.95%
Skinner. Fine Books and Manuscripts on November 16th: 105.74%
Artcurial. Limited Editions on November 10th: 102.38%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on November 12th: 100.40%

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

Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/9 on November 16th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/9 on November 16th: 94.62%
Beaussant Lefevre. Books and Autographs on November 7th: 94.02%
Poulin Antiques Auctions. Rare Books on November 18th: 91.24%
Paige Auction. Prints, Ephemera on November 18th: 90.36%
Swann Galleries. Autographs on November 20th: 89.03%
Heritage Auctions. Space Exploration on November 12th: 88.22%
Northeast Auctions. Fall Afternoon Auction - Prints on November 17th: 87.50%
Swann Galleries. 19th and 20th Century Literature on November 18th: 84.27%
Artcurial. Limited Editions on November 10th: 84.15%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on November 17th: 84.00%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on November 12th: 83.01%
Christies. Highlights from the Erotic Library of Tony Fekete on November 18th: 81.90%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/6 on November 13th: 81.84%
Cowans Auctions. American History: Live Salesroom Auction on November 21st: 81.06%

36 total sales reported this week:

Cowans Auctions. American History: Live Salesroom Auction on November 21st: 81.06%
Northeast Auctions. Fall Afternoon Auction - Prints on November 17th: 87.50%
ALDE. Antiquarian Books and Nineteenth Century on November 19th: 64.16%
Paige Auction. Prints, Ephemera on November 18th: 90.36%
PBA Galleries. Fine Books and manuscripts from the Collection of the Late Cecil M. Wahle on November 20th: 63.91%
Swann Galleries. Autographs on November 20th: 89.03%
Swann Galleries. 19th and 20th Century Literature on November 18th: 84.27%
Tajan. Photographs on November 14th: 21.68%
Poulin Antiques Auctions. Rare Books on November 18th: 91.24%
Christies. Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books on November 19th: 54.02%
Christies. Highlights from the Erotic Library of Tony Fekete on November 18th: 81.90%
Skinner. Fine Books and Manuscripts on November 16th: 78.94%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on November 17th: 84.00%
Christies. 20/21 Photographs on November 14th: 75.44%
Christies. Photographs on November 14th: 76.12%
Sothebys. Music, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts on November 20th: 42.58%
Sothebys. Man Ray on November 15th: 64.94%
Sothebys. Photographs on November 14th: 57.65%
Aguttes. Prints, Photographs on March 31st: 60.00%
Aguttes. Books on November 13th: 63.04%
RR Auction. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - Internet bidstart 10/24 on November 12th: 67.75%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Photographs and Photobooks on November 21st: 47.32%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Important Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper on November 13th: 58.50%
Kestenbaum and Company. Books, Manuscripts, Ceremonial Objects and Works of Art on November 13th: 22.36%
Ader. Judaica on November 13th: 54.42%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/6 on November 13th: 81.84%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Historical Aviation, Maritime, and Transport Memorabilia - Day 2 on November 14th: 66.67%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Historical Aviation, Maritime, and Transport Memorabilia on November 13th: 72.04%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on November 12th: 83.01%
Beaussant Lefevre. Books and Autographs on November 7th: 94.02%
PIASA. Autographs, Letters and Manuscripts on November 7th: 62.00%
Artcurial. Photography on November 14th: 55.86%
Artcurial. Limited Editions on November 10th: 84.15%
Heritage Auctions. Space Exploration on November 12th: 88.22%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/9 on November 16th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/9 on November 16th: 94.62%


For the week ahead 29 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Nov. 24th
Doyle New York. New York. New York City Bar Association. 324 lots
Doyle New York. New York. Rare Books, Autographs & Maps. 294 lots
Australian Book Auctions. Armadale, . Rare Books. 394 lots
Skinner. Boston. Modern Japanese Prints - Internet bidstart 11/17. 158 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 8 lots
Bonhams. New York. There' No Place Like Hollywood. 376 lots

Tue. Nov. 25th
Bonhams. Oxford . Printed Books, Maps and Photographs. 325 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Books, Manuscripts, Prints. 6242 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Printed & Manuscript Americana. 384 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Books and Manuscripts. 191 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts. 204 lots
Doyle New York. New York. Photographs. 155 lots
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Amsterdam. Art on Paper. 156 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 46 lots
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Rare and Important Items. 112 lots

Wed. Nov. 26th
Ader. PARIS. Photobooks - Collection of Jean Claude Eidelman. 349 lots
ALDE. Paris. An Architectural Enthusiast's Library. 119 lots
Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions. Turin. Posters - Internet bidstart 11/12. 409 lots

Thu. Nov. 27th
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Prints. 874 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/20.
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/20. 488 lots
Morton Casa de Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Auction Records, Antiquarian and Contemporary Prints and Books. 358 lots

Fri. Nov. 28th
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Books - Manuscripts - Photos.

Sat. Nov. 29th
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Rare Books, Prints, Photography.
Alain and Evelyne Morel de Westgaver. 1050 Bruxelles. Books and Manuscripts. 551 lots
Carlsen Gallery. Greenville, NY. Thanksgiving Weekend Sale - Prints. 10 lots
OSENAT. FONTAINEBLEAU. The Spirit of the 20th Century.

Sun. Nov. 30th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/23.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/23.

For some the holidays are relaxing.  For institutions, collectors and dealers this is when the attention is on the best material, the opportunities and tension are greatest.

 

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