• <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Thomas Paine, Autograph Letter Signed to Ira Allen, on a rendezvous at the Boston–a Paris café for political exiles, 1790s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Paul Revere, Autograph Document Signed, certifying the discharge of a captain from his regiment, 1779. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Pay order to express rider Jonathan Park to warn Congress of arriving British warships, 1776. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Autograph Letter Signed to Thomas Sim Lee, stating that the government is not authorized to intervene in the Citizen Genêt affair, 1793. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> George Washington, Letter Signed to Nathanael Greene, suggesting a way to obtain money for the Continental Army, 1780. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Andrew Jackson, Autograph Letter Signed to Senator John H. Eaton, on the Seminole Wars & Spain’s duplicity, 1819. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Harry S. Truman, Photograph Signed and Inscribed, showing a false newspaper headline about the 1948 presidential election. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Benjamin Franklin, vellum Document Signed, as President of the Supreme Executive Council of PA, 1786. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Henry Dearborn, two Autograph Manuscript items including a drawing of Bunker’s Hill, unsigned, 1818. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Andrew Jackson, <i>A New Map of the United States,</i> lithograph, circa 1828. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> General George Custer's Officer, James McLean Steele, 1868-1869 Diary. $30,000 - $50,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Exceptionally Rare Anti-Slavery Broadside, “A Crusade Against Slavery”. $4,000 - $6,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Revolutionary War General Richard Montgomery, Exceptionally Rare War-Date ANS. $4,000 - $6,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Albumen Photograph of the "Scouts of the Plains," from Cody's Personal Collection. $8,000 - $10,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Jefferson Davis, CDV, Signed and Dated to his Imprisonment in Fortress Monroe. $4,000 - $6,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Robert E. Lee, CDV Signed Twice. $2,000 - $4,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> “Si Clack: Co. Q, 100th Indiana Vols.,” Written & Illustrated by Civil War Veteran, P.M. Radford. $2,500 - $3,500
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> General Meade Inspecting the 5th Corps, Civil War-Era Sketch by Alfred R. Waud. $2,000 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Rare Huey Newton Black Panther Party Poster. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Lloyd's New Political Chart, 1861. $800 - $1,200
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> William J. Ferguson, “Our American Cousin” Cast Member, Lincoln Assassination Archive. $8,000 - $10,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Albert Einstein, Signed Photograph in his Favorite Leather Jacket. $2,000 - $4,000
  • <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> ACCADEMIA ERCOLANENSE DI ARCHEOLOGIA. <i>Ornati delle Pareti</i>, Naples 1796. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> AMERICAS. <i>Il Gazzettiere Americano…</i>, Livorno, 1763. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> BARROW, John. <i>Travels in China…</i>, London, 1804. £600 to £800
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> BENOIST, Felix. <i>Album de L'Ile de Jersey</i>…, Paris & Nantes, 1870. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> GAIL, Wilhelm. <i>Erinnerungen aus Spanien,</i> Munchen, [ca. 1837]. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> HANCARVILLE, Pierre d'. <i>Recherches sur l'origine…,</i> London, Appleyard, 1785. £1,5000 to £2,000
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> HULLEY, T. <i>Six Views of Cheltenham.</i> London, R. Ackerman, 1813. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> JEFFERSON, Thomas. <i>Notes on the state of Virginia</i>…, London, 1787. £12,000 to £18,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> LEWIS, John F. <i>Lewis's illustrations of Constantinople…,</i> London, McLean, 1837. £3,000 to £4,000
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> MARQUARD, Johann. <i>Tractatus politico-juridicus,</i> Frankfurt, 1662. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> MAUND, Benjamin. <i>The botanic garden,</i> London, 1825-42. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> Willughby, Francis; John Ray (ed.). <i>Ornithologiæ libri tres</i>. London, John Martyn, 1676. £1,500 to £2,000
  • <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. June 12, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Ortelius. Theatrum orbis terrarum. Antwerp, 1570. FIRST EDITION. $50,000 to $80,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Shakespeare, William. The Tragedie of Julius Caesar. London, 1623. 1st appearance in print, Complete from the First Folio. $50,000 to $70,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Ernst, Max. Mr. Knife and Miss Fork. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. June 12, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. June 12, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. $7,000 to $10,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. June 12, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of Winnie-the-Pooh books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. $6,000 to $9,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. $7,000 to $10,000

Auction Update Review

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10, 9, 8, 7, 6, . . .

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

AE

  • <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Lewis, Meriwether, and William Clark. <i>History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, To the Sources of the Missouri…</i> 1814, first edition. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Poe, Edgar Allan. <i>Tales.</i> New York: Wiley And Putnam, 1845. First edition, first printing, first issue. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Dürer, Albrecht, and Johann Stabius. [Map of the World as a Sphere.] [Vienna,] 1781 (From Woodblocks Cut In 1515). $120,000 to $180,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Ferdinand, Franz — Lala Deen Dayal [Photographer]. VISIT OF H.I. & H.R. THE ARCHDUKE FRANZ FERDINAND OF AUSTRIA ESTE TO HYDERABAD (DECCAN), JANUARY 1893. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Manuscript Letter Signed ("Yours Truly A. Lincoln") as Sixteenth President to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles Regarding William Johnson. $200,000 to $300,000
  • <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>