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, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Newton. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. London, 1687.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Josephus. <i>De antiquitate Judaica.</i> Lubeck, 1475-76.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Carlerius. <i>Sporta fragmentorum, Sportula fragmentorum</i>. Brussels, 1478-79.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Fridolin. <i>Der Schatzbehalter</i>. Nuremberg, 1491.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Pinder. <i>Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie</i>. Nuremberg, 1505.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Isidorus Hispalensis. <i>Synonyma de Homine</i>. Nuremberg, 1470-71.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Durer. Sammelband including <i>Underweysung der messing</i>. Nuremberg, 1525-29.
  • <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Keep Calm and Carry On</i>, designer unknown, 1939. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, <i>Le Journal / La Traite des Blanches</i>, 1899. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>"Let Us Go Forward Together,"</i> designer unknown, 1940. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, <i>Babylone d'Allemagne</i>, 1894. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Frank Beatty, <i>Out of the Running</i>, 1929. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Wake Up America Day</i>, 1917. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Danté / Sim • Sala • Bim!</i>, designer unknown. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>[Zodiac]</i>, 1900. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Rick Griffin, <i>Jimi Hendrix Experience / John Mayall</i>, 1968. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Abram Games, <i>Join the ATS</i>, 1941. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Aldo Mazza, <i>Torino / Esposizione Internazionale</i>, 1911. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Robert Motherwell, <i>Julliard School / Dedication - Lincoln Center</i>, 1969. $3,000 to $4,000