Auction Update Review

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The numbers are strong and it's only February 1st

For the week ended Saturday January 31st 23 sales were archived to Rare Book Transaction History; 3 in euros, 5 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 14 in US dollars.  Turnover was $7,490,858 as 5,730 lots were offered and 4,876 sold for a 85% success rate.  These are strong numbers.

1 auction saw its total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Arader Galleries. American and European Art on January 24th: $3,266,854

6 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered:

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Caribou Ranch and Recording Studio on January 24th: 362.95%
Heritage Auctions. Dow Collection of Lincolnia on January 24th: 170.11%
Tajan. Books - Pierre-André Benoit Collection on January 23rd: 157.92%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on January 26th: 141.19%
Lyon and Turnbull. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs on January 28th: 123.48%
Alaska Auction. January 10th auction: Prints on January 10th: 100.58%


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

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Caribou Ranch and Recording Studio on January 24th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Symons, Savage, Hemingway, etc. on January 25th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Dow Collection of Lincolnia on January 24th: 99.01%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 1/18 on January 25th: 97.86%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 1/18 on January 25th: 96.42%
Alaska Auction. January 10th auction: Prints on January 10th: 96.20%
Lyon and Turnbull. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs on January 28th: 88.62%
Tooveys. Prints on January 28th: 88.00%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Books on January 9th: 87.99%
Tajan. Books - Pierre-André Benoit Collection on January 23rd: 87.96%
Arader Galleries. American and European Art on January 24th: 82.64%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on January 26th: 80.00%


23 total sales reported this week:

Morton Casa de Subastas. Antiques - prints, maps on January 29th: 33.33%
Tooveys. Prints on January 28th: 88.00%
PBA Galleries. Americana - African American History on January 29th: 68.25%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. History of Opera & Music, Part Two; Henry Irving & Ellen Terry: Letters, Photographs & Memorabilia on January 29th: 73.33%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Travel; Polar Exploration on January 28th: 77.18%
Lyon and Turnbull. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs on January 28th: 88.62%
RR Auction. Remarkable Rarity - Internet bidstart 1/15 on January 22nd: 65.31%
National Book Auctions. Symons, Savage, Hemingway, etc. on January 25th: 100.00%
Tajan. Books - Pierre-André Benoit Collection on January 23rd: 87.96%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/22 on January 29th: 78.55%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on January 27th: 74.55%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on January 26th: 80.00%
Eldreds. Antiques and Accessories - Books and Prints on January 24th: 74.47%
Bonhams. The Gentleman's Library Sale - Books and Prints on January 28th: 63.27%
Bonhams. Art and Decor - Prints on January 26th: 48.88%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Caribou Ranch and Recording Studio on January 24th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Dow Collection of Lincolnia on January 24th: 99.01%
Skinner. European Prints and Photography on January 23rd: 78.00%
Alaska Auction. January 10th auction: Prints on January 10th: 96.20%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Books on January 9th: 87.99%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 1/18 on January 25th: 96.42%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 1/18 on January 25th: 97.86%
Arader Galleries. American and European Art on January 24th: 82.64%

For the week ahead 17 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Feb. 2nd
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 3 lots
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Marine - Books, Maps, Globes. 85 lots

Tue. Feb. 3rd
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Books and Manuscripts. 154 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 38 lots

Wed. Feb. 4th
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Fine Art, Asian and Antiques - Decorative Prints - Day 1. 94 lots
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Judaica and Isealiana. 56 lots

Thu. Feb. 5th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/29. 389 lots
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Fine Art, Asian and Antiques - Decorative Prints - Day 2. 86 lots

Fri. Feb. 6th
Artcurial. Paris. Automobilia. 54 lots
Florence Number Nine. Florence. Monthly Online Sale - Prints, Books. 11 lots
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Fine Art, Asian and Antiques - Decorative Prints - Day 3. 19 lots

Sat. Feb. 7th
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . Estate Auction. 33 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. February 7th Auction - Prints. 23 lots

Sun. Feb. 8th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 2/1.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/1.
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Books and Manuscripts. 196 lots
Carlsen Gallery. Greenville, NY. Mid-Winter Sale - Books and Prints. 7 lots 

It was a solid week and, for the Arader Gallery, an exceptional one.  They are a rare book, map and print dealer with four US locations that is becoming a serious auction house.  Their sales have been running north of a million dollars for each sale but they have been focusing on the traditionally strong months.  This time they achieved a three million dollar outcome in January.  That's really rare.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE 

  • <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.
  • <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