Auction Update Review

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24 Auctions Archived, 22 upcoming

For the week ended Saturday March 7th 24 sales were archived to the RBT database; 4 denominated in euros, 6 in British pounds, and 14 in US dollars.  Turnover was $7,755,354 as 5,578 lots were offered and 4,512 sold for an 81% success rate.  Bidder enthusiasm and auction estimates were nicely balanced.

2 auctions saw total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Swann Galleries. 19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings on March 5th: $2,506,211
Arader Galleries. Natural History & Americana on February 28th: $1,279,750

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

Carlsen Gallery. Mid-Winter Sale - Books and Prints on February 8th: 474.38%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on March 2nd: 161.63%
Heritage Auctions. Americana, Political on February 28th: 154.84%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on March 4th: 127.11%
Skinner. Americana - Books and Prints on March 2nd: 110.65%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps & Documents; Medieval Manuscripts & Illuminated Leaves; Bookbinding Equipment on March 4th: 105.17%
Tooveys. Decorative Prints on February 25th: 101.35%

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

Carlsen Gallery. Mid-Winter Sale - Books and Prints on February 8th: 100.00%
Alaska Auction. Prints on February 28th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 2/22 on March 1st: 99.23%
Heritage Auctions. Americana, Political on February 28th: 98.85%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/22 on March 1st: 98.25%
Arader Galleries. Natural History & Americana on February 28th: 96.32%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 2/26 on March 5th: 91.51%
Skinner. Americana - Books and Prints on March 2nd: 90.91%
Tooveys. Decorative Prints on February 25th: 86.49%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on March 3rd: 84.62%
Tooveys. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on February 24th: 80.58%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps & Documents; Medieval Manuscripts & Illuminated Leaves; Bookbinding Equipment on March 4th: 80.16%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on March 2nd: 80.00%

24 total sales reported this week:

Carlsen Gallery. Mid-Winter Sale - Books and Prints on February 8th: 100.00%
Alaska Auction. Prints on February 28th: 100.00%
Artcurial. Aeronautics on March 2nd: 58.00%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps & Documents; Medieval Manuscripts & Illuminated Leaves; Bookbinding Equipment on March 4th: 80.16%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 2/26 on March 5th: 91.51%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Photo Opportunities on March 6th: 56.90%
Bloomsbury Auctions. 19th and 20th Century Photographs from a Private Collection on March 5th: 75.36%
Swann Galleries. 19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings on March 5th: 65.52%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on March 4th: 72.65%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on March 4th: 71.43%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on March 3rd: 84.62%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on March 2nd: 80.00%
Bonhams. Entertainment Memorabilia on March 1st: 79.05%
Eldreds. Winter Market Sale - Prints on February 28th: 69.77%
Skinner. Americana - Books and Prints on March 2nd: 90.91%
Auctionata. Prints, Photographs on February 28th: 31.07%
Heritage Auctions. Americana, Political on February 28th: 98.85%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 2/22 on March 1st: 99.23%
Tooveys. Decorative Prints on February 25th: 86.49%
Tooveys. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on February 24th: 80.58%
Skinner. Asian Art - Books and Prints - Internet Bidstart 2/17 on February 27th: 63.03%
Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers. North American Numismatic Literature Live Online Sale on February 28th: 77.11%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/22 on March 1st: 98.25%
Arader Galleries. Natural History & Americana on February 28th: 96.32%



For the week ahead 22 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Mar. 9th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 7 lots

Tue. Mar. 10th
Doyle New York. New York. Doyle at Home: Decorative Prints. 28 lots
Rossini. Paris. Books. 244 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 54 lots

Wed. Mar. 11th
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Books, Maps and Prints.
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs and Artifacts - bidstart 2/20. 941 lots
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters. 470 lots

Thu. Mar. 12th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile. 483 lots
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/5. 497 lots
Waverly Auctions. Falls Church. Manuscripts. 16 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/5. 273 lots

Fri. Mar. 13th
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Rare and Used Books. 468 lots

Sat. Mar. 14th
Christies. Paris. Comics and Illustration. 446 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Texana. 362 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Prints. 25 lots
Christies. Paris. Tintin. 10 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Antiques and Accessories - Books and Prints. 57 lots

Sun. Mar. 15th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 3/8.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 3/8.
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Militaria - Documents, Books, letters. 24 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Marilyn Monroe Photographs Internet bidstart 3/5. 45 lots

The first cresendo of the young 2015 auction season is just a month away.  The quiet months have not been quiet.  April will see the year's first real tests.

 

Bruce McKinney

Rare Book Hub

  • <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>
  • <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.