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>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Newton. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. London, 1687.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Josephus. <i>De antiquitate Judaica.</i> Lubeck, 1475-76.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Carlerius. <i>Sporta fragmentorum, Sportula fragmentorum</i>. Brussels, 1478-79.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Fridolin. <i>Der Schatzbehalter</i>. Nuremberg, 1491.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Pinder. <i>Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie</i>. Nuremberg, 1505.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Isidorus Hispalensis. <i>Synonyma de Homine</i>. Nuremberg, 1470-71.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Durer. Sammelband including <i>Underweysung der messing</i>. Nuremberg, 1525-29.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Fall 2017 Auction Schedule</b>
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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 5: African-American Fine Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Fall 2017 Auction Schedule</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 19:<br>Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 26: Rare & Important Travel Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Fall 2017 Auction Schedule</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 2:<br>Old Master Through Modern Prints</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 7: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 16: Contemporary Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
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  • <b>Announcing a new Books for Sale platform hosted by Biblio</b>
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  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…