Auction Update Review

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Tis the season

For the week ended Saturday November 29th 49 auctions were archived to the AED; 1 in Australian dollars, 20 in euros, 4 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 23 in US dollars.  Turnover was a svelte $41,379,681 as 19,379 lots were offered and 15,130 sold for a 78% success rate.  It was, in the category, one of the busiest weeks in auction history.

10 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Bonhams. There' No Place Like Hollywood on November 24th: $9,177,841
Heritage Auctions. Comics on November 21st: $7,207,047
Artcurial. Comic Strips on November 22nd: $4,403,479
Doyle New York. New York City Bar Association on November 24th: $2,367,267
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters on November 23rd: $2,351,374
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Autographs, Decorative Prints, Maritime and North German Art on November 18th: $1,881,690
Robert Siegel Galleries. Brandon Collection Part 2: General Issues and Postal History on November 21st: $1,549,918
RR Auction. Space and Aviation - Internet bidstart 11/13 on November 20th: $1,427,765
Galerie Bassenge. Prints on November 27th: $1,312,260
Swann Galleries. Printed & Manuscript Americana on November 25th: $1,109,257

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

Binoche et Giquello. Extraordinary collection of the Prince's Palace of Monaco - Day 1 on November 15th: 672.87%
Bonhams. There' No Place Like Hollywood on November 24th: 250.22%
Doyle New York. New York City Bar Association on November 24th: 235.27%
OSENAT. Automobilia on November 9th: 166.98%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. 50 Year Collection of Railroadiana - Day 2 on November 16th: 154.50%
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Antiquarian Books on November 19th: 152.20%
Robert Siegel Galleries. Brandon Collection Part 2: General Issues and Postal History on November 21st: 141.78%
Swann Galleries. Printed & Manuscript Americana on November 25th: 126.26%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books - Day 2 on November 21st: 123.62%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. 50 Year Collection of Railroadiana on November 15th: 115.66%
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Books and Prints on November 22nd: 115.25%
Bloomsbury Philobiblon. Rare Books on November 11th: 115.16%
Minerva Auctions Roma. Modern and Contemporary Prints on November 11th: 113.27%
Hauswedell and Nolte. Rare Books and Autographs on November 18th: 101.94%
Bonhams. Printed Books, Maps and Photographs on November 25th: 100.75%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Comics on November 17th: 100.11%


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

Doyle New York. New York City Bar Association on November 24th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/16 on November 23rd: 100.00%
Binoche et Giquello. Extraordinary collection of the Prince's Palace of Monaco - Day 1 on November 15th: 100.00%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. 50 Year Collection of Railroadiana on November 15th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Texas State Historical Association Winter Benefit Auction on November 21st: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics on November 21st: 99.80%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. The Loyd Davis Estate on November 22nd: 99.50%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. 50 Year Collection of Railroadiana - Day 2 on November 16th: 98.13%
Robert Siegel Galleries. Brandon Collection Part 2: General Issues and Postal History on November 21st: 96.84%
OSENAT. Automobilia on November 9th: 95.00%
Skinner. Modern Japanese Prints - Internet bidstart 11/17 on November 24th: 94.94%
Addison and Sarova. Rare and Fine Books on November 22nd: 93.23%
Addison and Sarova. The Dawning & Awakening: A Nation, A Religion, & An Art Form on August 3rd: 92.68%
ALDE. An Architectural Enthusiast's Library on November 26th: 91.60%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters on November 23rd: 91.21%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Comics on November 17th: 90.86%
Doyle New York. Rare Books, Autographs & Maps on November 24th: 90.82%
Bonhams. Printed Books, Maps and Photographs on November 25th: 88.00%
Swann Galleries. Printed & Manuscript Americana on November 25th: 87.24%
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Antiquarian Books on November 19th: 85.69%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books and Manuscripts on November 25th: 84.29%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/13 on November 20th: 83.83%
Doyle New York. Photographs on November 25th: 82.58%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/20 on November 26th: 81.41%
Bonhams. There' No Place Like Hollywood on November 24th: 81.12%


49 total sales reported this week:

Galerie Bassenge. Prints on November 27th: 53.43%
Morton Casa de Subastas. Auction Records, Antiquarian and Contemporary Prints and Books on November 27th: 10.61%
Neal Auction Company. Louisiana Purchase Auction on November 23rd: 71.72%
Auctionata. Alibris: Treasures from Seven Centuries of European Book Art on November 20th: 9.72%
Ader. Photobooks - Collection of Jean Claude Eidelman on November 26th: 71.92%
ALDE. An Architectural Enthusiast's Library on November 26th: 91.60%
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Antiquarian Books on November 19th: 85.69%
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Autographs, Decorative Prints, Maritime and North German Art on November 18th: 66.87%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books - Day 2 on November 21st: 64.83%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books - Day 1 on November 20th: 70.92%
Kedem Auction. Rare and Important Items on November 25th: 70.54%
Bonhams. Printed Books, Maps and Photographs on November 25th: 88.00%
Christies. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts on November 25th: 56.86%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/20 on November 26th: 81.41%
Heritage Auctions. Texas State Historical Association Winter Benefit Auction on November 21st: 100.00%
Australian Book Auctions. Rare Books on November 25th: 77.66%
Swann Galleries. Printed & Manuscript Americana on November 25th: 87.24%
Doyle New York. Photographs on November 25th: 82.58%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books and Manuscripts on November 25th: 84.29%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on November 25th: 47.83%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. The Loyd Davis Estate on November 22nd: 99.50%
Addison and Sarova. The Dawning & Awakening: A Nation, A Religion, & An Art Form on August 3rd: 92.68%
Addison and Sarova. Rare and Fine Books on November 22nd: 93.23%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on November 24th: 75.00%
Bonhams. There' No Place Like Hollywood on November 24th: 81.12%
Skinner. Modern Japanese Prints - Internet bidstart 11/17 on November 24th: 94.94%
Doyle New York. Rare Books, Autographs & Maps on November 24th: 90.82%
Doyle New York. New York City Bar Association on November 24th: 100.00%
RR Auction. Space and Aviation - Internet bidstart 11/13 on November 20th: 58.50%
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Books and Prints on November 22nd: 70.04%
Robert Siegel Galleries. Brandon Collection Part 2: General Issues and Postal History on November 21st: 96.84%
Artcurial. Comic Strips on November 22nd: 65.02%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Cinema on September 27th: 64.41%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Comics on November 17th: 90.86%
Binoche et Giquello. Extraordinary collection of the Prince's Palace of Monaco - Day 1 on November 15th: 100.00%
Hauswedell and Nolte. Rare Books and Autographs on November 18th: 50.44%
Hauswedell and Nolte. Rare Books and Autographs on November 18th: 59.32%
Auctionata. Prints, Manuscripts and Graphics on November 19th: 42.14%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. 50 Year Collection of Railroadiana - Day 2 on November 16th: 98.13%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. 50 Year Collection of Railroadiana on November 15th: 100.00%
Minerva Auctions Roma. Modern and Contemporary Prints on November 11th: 73.97%
Bloomsbury Philobiblon. Rare Books on November 11th: 74.11%
OSENAT. Automobilia on November 9th: 95.00%
Eldreds. Fall Americana and Paintings on November 22nd: 54.26%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/16 on November 23rd: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters on November 23rd: 91.21%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/13 on November 20th: 83.83%
Heritage Auctions. Comics on November 21st: 99.80%
Cowans Auctions. Books on Exploration and More - Internet bidstart 11/6 on November 17th: 64.62%

For the week ahead 43 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Dec. 1st
Skinner. Boston. The Gentleman's Auction - Internet bidstart 11/20. 16 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 10 lots

Tue. Dec. 2nd
Sothebys. London. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts. 54 lots
Sothebys. New York. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana. 276 lots
Christies. New York. FIRST EDITIONS, SECOND THOUGHTS: AN AUCTION OF BOOKS AND ARTWORK TO BENEFIT PEN AMERICAN CENTER. 75 lots
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Books, Prints. 18 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 58 lots
Rossini. Paris. Collection dont Ancienne Provenance Galerie de France - Prints. 35 lots

Wed. Dec. 3rd
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints. 21 lots
Bonhams. London. Travel and Exploration. 142 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Photography. 364 lots
ALDE. Paris. Modern Illustrated Books. 252 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Prints and Illustrated Books. 284 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 261 lots
Christies. London - King Street. Old Master Prints. 118 lots
Ader. PARIS. Art of the Orient. 28 lots

Thu. Dec. 4th
Swann Galleries. New York. Maps and Atlases, Natural History and Color Plate Books. 379 lots
Ader. PARIS. Letters and Autograph Manuscripts.
PIASA. Paris. Prints - Petiet Collection. 256 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. 500 Years of Printmaking. 294 lots
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Antiquarian and Modern Books. 355 lots
Koller Auctions. Geneve. Modern Prints. 28 lots
Sothebys. New York. Important Judaica. 121 lots
Christies. New York. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts - Including Americana. 268 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Fall Asian Art Auction. 25 lots
Bonhams. New York. The Transportation History Sale. 41 lots
Christies. New York. Dr. James D. Watson Nobel Medal and Related Papers. 3 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/27. 424 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Americana with the Jess Jones Collection of Californiana & Pictorial Letter Sheets. 448 lots
Waverly Auctions. Falls Church. Maps & Atlases, Autographs, Rare Books, Fine Bindings, First Editions, Press Books, Americana and Ar.

Fri. Dec. 5th
Tajan. Paris. Prints.
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Contemporary Art -Photos. 22 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Books and Prints. 89 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. The Library of Jean C.. 351 lots
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . 16th Annual Fine Arts Sale - Prints. 62 lots

Sat. Dec. 6th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Entertainment. 714 lots
Koller Auctions. Zurich. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 162 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Comic Strips, Original Prints, Animation.
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Modern & Contemporary Fine and Decorative Arts. 117 lots
Arader Galleries. New York City. From Sea to Shining Sea: Art of America.

Sun. Dec. 7th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/30.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/30.
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books, Art and Ephemera - Basquiat, Medical, Hemingway, etc..

The numbers speak for themselves.

 

Bruce McKInney

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  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500
  • <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 Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.