Auction Update Review

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For the week ended Saturday December 6th 29 auctions were archived to the AED, 12 denominated in euros, 5 in British pounds, and 12 in US dollars.  Turnover was $33,192,800 as 8,502 lots were offered and 5,792 sold for a 67% success rate.  The serious material is up for sale. 

8 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 


Sothebys. Important Judaica on December 4th: $5,390,505
Christies. Dr. James D. Watson Nobel Medal and Related Papers on December 4th: $5,367,000
Christies. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts - Including Americana on December 4th: $5,201,066
Sothebys. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana on December 2nd: $3,820,452
Christies. Old Master Prints on December 3rd: $2,871,236
Bloomsbury Auctions. Modern and Contemporary Prints on December 3rd: $1,772,855
Christies. 500 Years of Printmaking on December 4th: $1,253,950
Sothebys. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts on December 2nd: $1,167,099

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

Christies. Dr. James D. Watson Nobel Medal and Related Papers on December 4th: 127.79%
Sothebys. Important Judaica on December 4th: 122.86%
Alain and Evelyne Morel de Westgaver. Books and Manuscripts on November 29th: 105.07%
Christies. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts - Including Americana on December 4th: 100.98%


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

Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on December 5th: 100.00%
Christies. Dr. James D. Watson Nobel Medal and Related Papers on December 4th: 100.00%
Christies. FIRST EDITIONS, SECOND THOUGHTS: AN AUCTION OF BOOKS AND ARTWORK TO BENEFIT PEN AMERICAN CENTER on December 2nd: 100.00%
Carlsen Gallery. Thanksgiving Weekend Sale - Prints on November 29th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/23 on November 30th: 99.43%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/23 on November 30th: 93.39%
Swann Galleries. Maps and Atlases, Natural History and Color Plate Books on December 4th: 89.71%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on December 2nd: 86.21%
Christies. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts - Including Americana on December 4th: 81.72%
Bonhams. Travel and Exploration on December 3rd: 81.69%


29 total sales reported this week:

Swann Galleries. Maps and Atlases, Natural History and Color Plate Books on December 4th: 89.71%
PBA Galleries. Rare Americana with the Jess Jones Collection of Californiana & Pictorial Letter Sheets on December 4th: 62.05%
Christies. Dr. James D. Watson Nobel Medal and Related Papers on December 4th: 100.00%
Bonhams. The Transportation History Sale on December 4th: 53.66%
Christies. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts - Including Americana on December 4th: 81.72%
Christies. 500 Years of Printmaking on December 4th: 58.84%
Sothebys. Important Judaica on December 4th: 73.55%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on December 2nd: 86.21%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on December 5th: 100.00%
Alain and Evelyne Morel de Westgaver. Books and Manuscripts on November 29th: 73.50%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Books - Manuscripts - Photos on November 28th: 58.42%
OSENAT. The Spirit of the 20th Century on November 29th: 26.92%
Carlsen Gallery. Thanksgiving Weekend Sale - Prints on November 29th: 100.00%
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Rare Books, Prints, Photography on November 29th: 41.51%
Artcurial. Prints and Illustrated Books on December 3rd: 66.55%
ALDE. Modern Illustrated Books on December 3rd: 62.70%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Modern and Contemporary Prints on December 3rd: 54.79%
Christies. Old Master Prints on December 3rd: 70.34%
Bonhams. Travel and Exploration on December 3rd: 81.69%
Christies. FIRST EDITIONS, SECOND THOUGHTS: AN AUCTION OF BOOKS AND ARTWORK TO BENEFIT PEN AMERICAN CENTER on December 2nd: 100.00%
Skinner. The Gentleman's Auction - Internet bidstart 11/20 on December 1st: 62.50%
Sothebys. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana on December 2nd: 68.48%
Sothebys. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts on December 2nd: 66.67%
Ader. Photographs on November 16th: 45.83%
Ader. Letters and Autograph Manuscripts - Women - Day 2 on November 19th: 61.87%
Ader. Letters and Autograph Manuscripts - Women on November 18th: 66.50%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/23 on November 30th: 93.39%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/23 on November 30th: 99.43%
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Art on Paper on November 25th: 57.05%

For the week ahead 41 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Dec. 8th
ALDE. Paris. Selected Books. 163 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Salvador Dali Editions. 59 lots
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Prints, Baseball Memorabilia, and Books. 44 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 9 lots

Tue. Dec. 9th
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Bruxelles . Books, Maps, Prints. 445 lots
Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. Kilkenny. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Literature, & Maps. 733 lots
ALDE. Paris. Henry Beraud Library. 128 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 129 lots
Bonhams. London. Prints and Multiples. 159 lots
Christies. Paris. Antiquarian Books, Art Books and Manuscripts. 184 lots
Sothebys. London. English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations. 285 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints and Photographs. 46 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 51 lots

Wed. Dec. 10th
Bonhams. New York. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 207 lots
Bonhams. London. Entertainment Memorabilia. 346 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 11/21. 957 lots
Minerva Auctions Roma. Roma. Books, Autographs and Prints. 881 lots
Bonhams. New York. Russian Books and Photographs. 217 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. The Garth Williams Estate Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs. 261 lots

Thu. Dec. 11th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Autographs, Manuscripts and Documents. 232 lots
Sothebys. New York. 175 Masterworks To Celebrate 175 Years Of Photography: Property from Joy of Giving Something Foundat. 175 lots
Minerva Auctions Roma. Roma. Photography. 158 lots
Ader. PARIS. Prints. 305 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 12/4. 382 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Prints. 262 lots

Fri. Dec. 12th
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Rare and Used Books. 501 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Civil War and Militaria.
Swann Galleries. New York. Vernacular Imagery and Photobooks. 532 lots
Ader. PARIS. Prints. 345 lots
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Prints - Internet bidstart 12/5. 40 lots
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Firenze. Manuscripts, Books, Autographs, Prints and Drawings. 492 lots
Hauswedell and Nolte. Hamburg. Who's Afraid of the Moon. 57 lots
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Books and Prints, Part I. 636 lots
OSENAT. FONTAINEBLEAU. Books.
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Books. 344 lots

Sat. Dec. 13th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Books and Prints.
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Works on Paper and Books. 555 lots
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Books and Prints, Part II. 627 lots

Sun. Dec. 14th
Grogan and Company. Dedham. The December Auction - Prints. 27 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 12/7.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 12/7.

The sales will continue right up to Christmas but we are peaking this week.  It has been quite a fall season.

 

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 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.
  • <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