• <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>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>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>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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And so the auction season comes to an end...

The 2014 auction season has come to a conclusion, but it went out with a bang. Sales archived during the past week total just a hair under $29 million. A total of 29 auctions were archived for the week ending December 20, 14 in U.S. dollars, 12 in euros, and 3 in British pounds. Total proceeeds were 28,938,424. There were 9,106 lots offered, while 6,645 sold for a sales rate of 73%. It was an excellent conclusion to what has been a very good season and year.

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Sothebys. 175 Masterworks To Celebrate 175 Years Of Photography: Property from Joy of Giving Something Foundat on December 12th: $21,325,063
Sothebys. Books and Manuscripts on December 18th: $1,423,924
Swann Galleries. Vernacular Imagery and Photobooks on December 12th: $1,057,581

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

Sothebys. Daughter of History: Mary Soames and the Legacy of Sir Winston Churchill on December 17th: 412.74%
Dorotheum . Autographs on December 16th: 222.10%
OSENAT. Books on December 12th: 222.08%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on December 15th: 178.74%
Ferraton. Books and Prints, Part I on December 12th: 152.77%
Ader. Prints on December 12th: 133.65%
Robert Siegel Galleries. The George J. Kramer Collection: U.S. Domestic Mails 1776-1869 on December 15th: 128.97%
Ferraton. Books and Prints, Part II on December 13th: 123.95%
Ader. Prints on December 11th: 121.13%
Sothebys. 175 Masterworks To Celebrate 175 Years Of Photography: Property from Joy of Giving Something Foundat on December 12th: 105.64%


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

Sothebys. Daughter of History: Mary Soames and the Legacy of Sir Winston Churchill on December 17th: 100.00%
Aspire Auctions. Prints - Internet bidstart 12/5 on December 12th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 12/7 on December 14th: 98.39%
OSENAT. Books on December 12th: 97.19%
Robert Siegel Galleries. The George J. Kramer Collection: U.S. Domestic Mails 1776-1869 on December 15th: 96.38%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 12/7 on December 14th: 92.26%
Dorotheum . Autographs on December 16th: 91.40%
Sothebys. 175 Masterworks To Celebrate 175 Years Of Photography: Property from Joy of Giving Something Foundat on December 12th: 90.29%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 12/4 on December 11th: 89.01%
Ferraton. Books and Prints, Part I on December 12th: 87.74%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 12/14 on December 18th: 82.94%
Clars Auction Gallery. Books and Prints on December 13th: 82.44%
Ferraton. Books and Prints, Part II on December 13th: 82.14%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on December 14th: 80.00%


29 total sales reported this week:

Minerva Auctions Roma. Books, Autographs and Prints on December 10th: 55.16%
PBA Galleries. Fine & Rare Books – With Books Illustrated with Original Photographs on December 18th: 64.74%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 12/14 on December 18th: 82.94%
Sothebys. Books and Manuscripts on December 18th: 73.33%
Bloomsbury Auctions. General Books - Online timed Sale on December 18th: 12.00%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Antiquarian Books on December 17th: 64.00%
Vermot de Pas. Books on December 12th: 21.22%
OSENAT. Books on December 12th: 97.19%
Dorotheum . Autographs on December 16th: 91.40%
Swann Galleries. Travel Posters from the Julius Paul Collection & A California Collection of Literary Posters on December 17th: 60.81%
Robert Siegel Galleries. The George J. Kramer Collection: U.S. Domestic Mails 1776-1869 on December 15th: 96.38%
Sothebys. Daughter of History: Mary Soames and the Legacy of Sir Winston Churchill on December 17th: 100.00%
Bonhams. The Art of Fashion Photography on December 17th: 32.35%
Ferraton. Books and Prints, Part II on December 13th: 82.14%
Ferraton. Books and Prints, Part I on December 12th: 87.74%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on December 16th: 73.27%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on December 15th: 75.00%
Aspire Auctions. Prints - Internet bidstart 12/5 on December 12th: 100.00%
Hauswedell and Nolte. Who's Afraid of the Moon on December 12th: 26.32%
Swann Galleries. Vernacular Imagery and Photobooks on December 12th: 62.59%
Ader. Prints on December 12th: 77.97%
Ader. Prints on December 11th: 76.39%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on December 14th: 80.00%
Clars Auction Gallery. Books and Prints on December 13th: 82.44%
Sothebys. 175 Masterworks To Celebrate 175 Years Of Photography: Property from Joy of Giving Something Foundat on December 12th: 90.29%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 12/7 on December 14th: 98.39%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 12/4 on December 11th: 89.01%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 12/7 on December 14th: 92.26%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/20 on November 27th: 41.19%

For the week ahead only 3 sales are scheduled:

Thu. Dec. 25th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 12/18. 287 lots

Sun. Dec. 28th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 12/21.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 12/21.

The next two weeks will be quiet, but not silent as a handful of auctions are still on tap. Then, the momentum will gradually begin to build again as we work through winter and on to a busy spring. It slows, but never stops as the auction season has become a 52-week affair.

Best wishes for the holidays from all of us at AE.

Mike Stillman

  • <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