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 Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.