• <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.
  • <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>Case Antiques: Historic Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> <i>The Massachusetts Magazine: or Monthly Museum of Knowledge and Rational Entertainment,</i> 1789. Signed by George Washington. $28,000 to $32,000
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> George Washington Signed Letter to John Marshall. $12,000 to $14,000
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Picasso Signed “Vallauris” 1952 Exhibition Poster. $6,000 to $8,000
    <b>Case Antiques: Historic Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Military appointment commission document signed by both President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of War Henry Dearborn, dated January 27, 1803. $2,400 to $2,800
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Doris Ulmann and Julia Peterkin. <i>Roll, Jordan, Roll.</i> New York, 1933, deluxe edition, preceding first edition of the same year. No. 74 of 350. $5,000 to $6,000
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> John Marshall. <i>The Life of George Washington,</i> Philadelphia, 1832. Signed by author. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Case Antiques: Historic Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Samuel L. Margolies (American, 1897-1974). Aquatint and etching, "Builders of Babylon," 1937. $4,000 to $4,500
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Two Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) signed documents as President of Washington College. $3,000 to $3,500
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> William C. Harris. <i>The Fishes of North America That Are Captured on Hook and Line</i>, Vol I., New York, 1898. 40 chromolithograph plates. $2,000 to $2,500
    <b>Case Antiques: Historic Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> $100 "Date Back" bank note 1902 from the Clarksville National Bank, Clarksville, Tennessee, depicting the portrait of John Jay Knox, Jr. $1,400 to $1,800
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> View of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and Monticello, Taken from Lewis Mountain, drawn and lithographed by Edward Sachse. $800 to $1,000
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Large Civil War photograph mounted on card stock depicting Rossville Gap in Missionary Ridge. $400 to $450
  • <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 39: Presidential Pardon Signed by John F. Kennedy. November 1962. $7,000 to $9,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 537: Marc Chagall. <i>Illustrations for the Bible</i>. Features 28 lithograph plates. First American edition, 1956. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 252: Jack Kerouac. <i>On the Road</i>. 1957. First edition. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 143: Arthur Rimbaud. <i>A Season in Hell</i>. With photogravures by Robert Mapplethorpe. The Limited Editions Club, 1986. $600 to $800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 72: Group of 11 Harry Truman Signed Letters. Typed & signed by the former President. 1962-1970. $1,500 to $2,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 157: Arthur Conan Doyle. The Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes by The Limited Editions Club. 8 vols. 1950-52. $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 173: Jacob Lawrence. <i>The First Book of Moses, Called Genesis</i>. Illustrated with silkscreens by Lawrence. 1989. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 239: William Faulkner. <i>Sartoris</i>. First edition. New York: Harcourt, Brace, & Company, 1929. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 286: Walt Whitman. New Year’s Eve Postcard Signed, “Walt Whitman,” to the poet Gabriel Sarrazin. January, 1891. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 351: Pair of European Fine Bindings. Including Gesanbuch (1831) & Naboznych Vylevov (1911). $200 to $300
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 423: August Luben. <i> Naturhistorischer Atlas der Saugethiere </i>. Includes complete set of 30 loose plates. Leipzig: 1858. $1,000 to $1,500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 386: <i>Famous Monsters of Filmland No 1</i>. Art by Will Elder, text by Forrest Ackerman. Warren’s first monster magazine. Feb, 1958. $2,000 to $3,000

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, Feb 15:</b> Icons & Images: Photographs & Photobooks
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 1:</b> Vintage Posters Featuring Highlights from the Gail Chisholm Collection
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 8:</b> Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 13:</b> 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 22:</b> Autographs
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 29:</b> Printed & Manuscript African Americana
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Apr 12:</b> Printed & Manuscript Americana
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Apr 26:</b> Fine Illustrated Books & Graphics
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 3:</b> Graphic Design
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 15:</b> 19th & 20th Century Literature
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jun 7:</b><br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jun 21:</b> Revolutionary & Presidential Americana from the Collection of William Wheeler III
  • <b>Arader Galleries Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> Snowy Heron, Plate 242. John James Audubon (1785-1851). First Edition Engravings with Original Hand Color. London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> Great Blue Heron, Plate 211. John James Audubon (1785-1851). First Edition Engravings with Original Hand Color. London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> The Clouded Leopard. Charles Robert Knight (1874-1953). Oil on canvas.
    <b>Arader Galleries Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> A Bouquet of Daffodils and Other Flowers with a Butterfly on the Stem. Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840). Black Chalk, Watercolor And Gum Arabic On Vellum.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> CELLARIUS, Andreas (ca 1596-1665). <i>Harmonia macrocosmica seu atlas universalis et Novus</i>. Amsterdam: Pieter Schenk and Gerald Valk, 1708.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> HOMANN, Johann Baptist (1663-1724). <i>Grosser Atlas über die gantze Welt</i>. Nuremburg: J.H.G. Bieling for the heirs of Homann, 1737.
    <b>Arader Galleries Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> LEVAILLANT, Francois (1753-1824). <i>Histoire naturelle des perroquets</i>. Paris: Levrault frères (later Levrault, Schoell & Co.), 1801-1805.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> FUCHS, Leonhard (1501-1566). <i>De historia stirpium commentarii insignes. adiectis earundem vivis plusquam quingentis imaginibus</i>… Basel: Michel Isingrin, 1542.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> Original Manuscript Map "Plano De Una Parte De La Provincia De La Luisiana..." AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE AND HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT MAP SHOWING THE ORIGINS OF THE STATE OF TEXAS AT THE TURN OF THE 19TH CENTURY.
    <b>Arader Galleries Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> J. De Cordova's Map of the State of Texas Compiled from the records of the General Land Office of the State by Robert Creuzbaur, Houston. Hand-colored lithograph. New York: J. Atwood, 1850.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> Texas. David Burr (1803-1875). Engraved Map with original hand color in full. New York: J. H. Colton & Co., 1834. Second Edition.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> Map of Texas with Parts of Adjoining States Compiled by Stephen F. Austin. Engraved Map with original hand color. Philadelphia, 1830. First Edition.
  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. January 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> <i>Verve: Revue Artistique et Littéraire/An Artistic and Literary Quarterly,</i> nos.1-38 in 26 vol [a complete set], numerous colour lithographs by Picasso, Chagall, Matisse & others. £8,000 to £12,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Wesley (John, Church of England clergyman and a founder of Methodism, 1703-91). Autograph Letter signed to Rev. John Bredin, 1782. £8,000 to £12,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Austen (Jane). Brock (Charles Edward). A group of seventeen ink and watercolour drawings for Dent's edition of Jane Austen's <i>Sense and Sensibility,</i> 1908. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. January 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Tibullus (Albius) and Gaius Valerius Catullus. <i>Elegiae, sive Carmina,</i> Venice, Andreas de Paltasichis, 1487. £5,000 to £7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Doves Press. English Bible (The), 5 vol., one of 500 copies, signed and inscribed by Laurence Hodson, Doves Press, 1903. £5,000 to £7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Africa. Smith (Andrew). <i>Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa,</i> 5 vol., first edition, original cloth, [1838-50]. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. January 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Longitude. <i>An Act for providing a Publick Reward for such Person or Persons as shall Discover the Longitude at Sea,</i> first edition of this highly important act, John Baskett, 1714. £3,000 to £5,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Shirley (James). <i>Six new playes, viz. The Brothers. Sisters. Doubtfull Heir. Imposture. Cardinall. Court secret,</i> first edition, 1653. £3,000 to £4,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Heaney (Seamus). <i>Ugolino,</i> number 77 of 125 copies, Dublin, Dolmen Press, 1979. £3,000 to £4,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. January 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Lasinio (Carlo, 1759-1838). <i>[Ritratti Originali de Pittori Esistenti Nella Reale Galleria de Firenze],</i> 99 engravings, circa 1791-96. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Japan. Kusakabe Kimbei. Photograph Album, 50 hand-coloured albumen prints, oblong folio, [c.1890-1900]. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Polar. Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin. Arctic Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, printed flyer, 1852. £1,000 to £1,500