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: 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.