Auction Update Review

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Best Wishes for the New Year

For the week ended Saturday January 3rd, and after taking two weeks off, 21 auctions were this week archived to the AED; 5 denominated in euros, 2 in British pounds, and 14 in US dollars.  Turnover was $6,599,043 as 9,116 lots were offered and 6,971 sold for a 76% success rate. 

1 auction saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Profiles in History. Historical Auction on December 16th: $1,030,788

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

Robert Siegel Galleries. U.S., Possessions, and Confederate Postal History on December 19th: 141.08%


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

Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 12/14 on December 21st: 99.86%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 12/21 on December 28th: 99.76%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 12/14 on December 21st: 95.96%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 12/21 on December 28th: 94.51%
Robert Siegel Galleries. U.S., Possessions, and Confederate Postal History on December 19th: 93.32%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on December 12th: 89.02%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 12/18 on December 25th: 85.71%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 12/25 on January 1st: 84.79%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on December 17th: 80.56%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Books and Manuscripts on December 17th: 80.00%


21 total sales reported this week:

Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 12/25 on January 1st: 84.79%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 12/21 on December 28th: 99.76%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Books and Manuscripts on December 17th: 80.00%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Children's and Illustrated Books on December 18th: 75.47%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on December 17th: 80.56%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on December 12th: 89.02%
Profiles in History. Animation - Day 1 on December 18th: 55.35%
Profiles in History. Animation - Day 2 on December 19th: 36.38%
Profiles in History. A Celebration of Music on December 17th: 61.82%
Profiles in History. Historical Auction on December 16th: 41.83%
Minerva Auctions Roma. Photography on December 11th: 25.95%
Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Literature, & Maps on December 9th: 74.08%
Robert Siegel Galleries. U.S., Possessions, and Confederate Postal History on December 19th: 93.32%
RR Auction. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 11/21 on December 10th: 66.88%
ALDE. Letters and Original Manuscripts on December 17th: 63.51%
ALDE. Henry Beraud Library on December 9th: 43.95%
Grogan and Company. The December Auction - Prints on December 14th: 66.67%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 12/21 on December 28th: 94.51%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 12/18 on December 25th: 85.71%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 12/14 on December 21st: 95.96%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 12/14 on December 21st: 99.86%

For the week ahead 6 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jan. 5th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 9 lots

Tue. Jan. 6th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 56 lots

Wed. Jan. 7th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Interiors: Day 1 - Prints. 11 lots

Thu. Jan. 8th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/1. 326 lots

Sun. Jan. 11th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 1/4.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 1/4.

2014 had a breathless feel.  2015 should be more of the same.

 

Best wishes for the New Year.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

 

  • <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