Auction Update Review

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Twenty-six Auctions Archived, Another 26 Upcoming This Week

For the week ended Saturday February 28th, 26 sales were archived to the Rare Book Transaction History database, 4 denominated is euros, 4 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 17 in US dollars.  Turnover was $7,314,574 as 13,516 lots were offered and 8,492 sold for a 64% success rate.  Four sales saw less than 50% of their lots sell.  It happens. 

2 auctions saw total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Heritage Auctions. Comics and Comic Art on February 21st: $3,225,029
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques on February 14th: $1,354,624

Only one auction saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered:

Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Prints, Works on Paper on February 21st: 126.01%


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

National Book Auctions. Books, Art and Ephemera - RR, Masons, Mormon, Jewish, etc. on February 22nd: 100.00%
Aspire Auctions. Printed Art - Internet bidstart 2/13 on February 21st: 100.00%
Christies. Interiors - Prints on February 25th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Texas Historical Association Benefit - Internet bidstart 2/3 on February 24th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 2/15 on February 22nd: 99.84%
Heritage Auctions. Comics and Comic Art on February 21st: 96.74%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Prints, Works on Paper on February 21st: 96.55%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/15 on February 22nd: 96.22%
Copley Fine Art Auctions. The Winter Sale on February 12th: 92.86%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 2/19 on February 26th: 89.20%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints and Photographs, Day 1 on February 21st: 89.08%
Sothebys. Of Royal and Noble Descent on February 24th: 87.50%
Christies. Interiors - Prints on February 24th: 85.71%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on February 24th: 85.51%
Bloomsbury Auctions. From the Earth to the Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs on February 26th: 83.79%
RR Auction. Remarkable Rarities - bidstart 2/12 on February 19th: 83.46%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints and Photographs, Day 2 on February 22nd: 81.82%


26 total sales reported this week:

Skinner. Asian Art - Prints on February 26th: 66.67%
Bloomsbury Auctions. From the Earth to the Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs on February 26th: 83.79%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. British and Continental Prints on February 25th: 72.94%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on February 24th: 85.51%
Morton Casa de Subastas. Antiquarian Books and Documents on February 24th: 10.86%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 2/19 on February 26th: 89.20%
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques on February 14th: 48.61%
Sothebys. Of Royal and Noble Descent on February 24th: 87.50%
Christies. Interiors - Prints on February 24th: 85.71%
Christies. Interiors - Prints on February 25th: 100.00%
Aspire Auctions. Printed Art - Internet bidstart 2/13 on February 21st: 100.00%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Prints, Works on Paper on February 21st: 96.55%
ALDE. Antiquarian and Travel Books on February 20th: 65.41%
Copley Fine Art Auctions. The Winter Sale on February 12th: 92.86%
RR Auction. Remarkable Rarities - bidstart 2/12 on February 19th: 83.46%
Heritage Auctions. Texas Historical Association Benefit - Internet bidstart 2/3 on February 24th: 100.00%
Bonhams. Art and Decor - Prints on February 23rd: 59.68%
The Written Word Autographs. Autographs on February 12th: 40.89%
Cowans Auctions. Fine Arts: Prints on February 20th: 68.18%
National Book Auctions. Books, Art and Ephemera - RR, Masons, Mormon, Jewish, etc. on February 22nd: 100.00%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints and Photographs, Day 2 on February 22nd: 81.82%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints and Photographs, Day 1 on February 21st: 89.08%
Vermot de Pas. Prints on February 11th: 37.28%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 2/15 on February 22nd: 99.84%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/15 on February 22nd: 96.22%
Heritage Auctions. Comics and Comic Art on February 21st: 96.74%

For the week ahead 26 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Mar. 2nd
Florence Number Nine. Florence. 30215. 14 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 5 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Aeronautics. 100 lots
Skinner. Boston. Americana - Books and Prints. 11 lots

Tue. Mar. 3rd
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 52 lots

Wed. Mar. 4th
Bonhams. London. Prints and Multiples. 351 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps & Documents; Medieval Manuscripts & Illuminated Leaves; Bookbinding Equipment. 620 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 42 lots

Thu. Mar. 5th
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Golf BooksFine Golf Books & Memorabilia - The Library of John Burns, Part II - with Additions. 626 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. 19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings. 638 lots
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Autographs - Manuscripts. 434 lots
Waverly Auctions. Falls Church. Manuscripts. 16 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 2/26. 318 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. 19th and 20th Century Photographs from a Private Collection. 211 lots

Fri. Mar. 6th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Photo Opportunities. 239 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Library o Guy Bechtel. 242 lots

Sat. Mar. 7th
Addison and Sarova. Macon. Rare Books. 100 lots
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Brugge. Antiquarian Books. 744 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Comic Strips.
Sothebys. New York. Joy, Love and Peace: The Peter B. Lewis Collection.
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Rare Books. 317 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Prints.
Bonhams. Oxford . A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION OF VICTORIAN CARRIAGES AND COACHES TO INCLUDE ASSOCIATED MEMORABILIA -.
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . Estate Sale - Books and Prints.

Sun. Mar. 8th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 3/1.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 3/1.

The field is becoming complex.  We know more and increasingly see more.

 

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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
  • <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>