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21 Auctions Archived, 28 upcoming this week

For the week ended Saturday March 14th 21 auctions were archived to the Transaction History database; 9 denominated euros, 2 in British pounds and 10 in US dollars.  Turnover was $7,995,319 as 6,505 lots were offered and 5,193 sold for an 80% success rate.

2 auctions saw total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Sothebys. Comic Strips on March 7th: $4,165,922
Binoche et Giquello. Library o Guy Bechtel on March 6th: $1,132,878

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

Bonhams. A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION OF VICTORIAN CARRIAGES AND COACHES TO INCLUDE ASSOCIATED MEMORABILIA - on March 7th: 273.08%
Ferraton. Books on February 27th: 185.89%
Binoche et Giquello. Library o Guy Bechtel on March 6th: 134.09%
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Antiquarian Books on March 7th: 130.52%
Addison and Sarova. Rare Books on March 7th: 126.63%


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

Bonhams. A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION OF VICTORIAN CARRIAGES AND COACHES TO INCLUDE ASSOCIATED MEMORABILIA - on March 7th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 3/1 on March 8th: 99.63%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 3/1 on March 8th: 97.65%
Addison and Sarova. Rare Books on March 7th: 95.00%
Doyle New York. Doyle at Home: Books and Decorative Prints on March 10th: 85.71%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/5 on March 12th: 85.35%
Old World Auctions. Maps on February 18th: 84.95%
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Antiquarian Books on March 7th: 84.01%
Ferraton. Books on February 27th: 83.69%
Michaans Auctions. Estate Sale - Books and Prints on March 7th: 83.02%
Binoche et Giquello. Library o Guy Bechtel on March 6th: 82.64%


21 total sales reported this week:

Rossini. Prints on January 27th: 38.95%
Rossini. Books on March 10th: 61.07%
Kedem Auction. Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters on March 11th: 74.89%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Bibliophile on March 12th: 76.81%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/5 on March 12th: 85.35%
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Antiquarian Books on March 7th: 84.01%
Doyle New York. Doyle at Home: Books and Decorative Prints on March 10th: 85.71%
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Rare Books on March 7th: 48.90%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on March 10th: 64.81%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on March 9th: 71.43%
Old World Auctions. Maps on February 18th: 84.95%
Michaans Auctions. Estate Sale - Books and Prints on March 7th: 83.02%
Binoche et Giquello. Library o Guy Bechtel on March 6th: 82.64%
Bonhams. A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION OF VICTORIAN CARRIAGES AND COACHES TO INCLUDE ASSOCIATED MEMORABILIA - on March 7th: 100.00%
PBA Galleries. Fine Golf BooksFine Golf Books & Memorabilia - The Library of John Burns, Part II - with Additions on March 5th: 70.93%
Sothebys. Comic Strips on March 7th: 65.63%
Sothebys. Joy, Love and Peace: The Peter B. Lewis Collection on March 7th: 69.05%
Ferraton. Books on February 27th: 83.69%
Addison and Sarova. Rare Books on March 7th: 95.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 3/1 on March 8th: 99.63%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 3/1 on March 8th: 97.65%

For the week ahead 28 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Mar. 16th
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American History - Online bidstart 3/5. 346 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 5 lots
ALDE. Paris. Games and Entertainment - Collection of Philippe Messager. 627 lots

Tue. Mar. 17th
Sothebys. London. Prints and Multiples. 234 lots
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Bruxelles . Old & Modern Books, Prints, Maps, Photographs, Popular Art. 450 lots
PIASA. Paris. Antiquarian and Modern Books. 290 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 51 lots

Wed. Mar. 18th
Christies. London - King Street. Prints and Multiples. 155 lots
Bonhams. London. Fine Books, Manuscripts, Atlases and Historical Photographs. 230 lots
Tajan. Paris. Raoul Lehouard Library. 156 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Remarkable Rarities - Internet bidstart 3/11. 211 lots

Thu. Mar. 19th
Ader. PARIS. Ancient and Modern Books. 306 lots
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. Particular History of Photography - Mr. and Mrs. X Collection. 341 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. English and Continental Books and Manuscripts. 169 lots
Sothebys. London. Exploration and Discovery, 1576-1939, The Library of Franklin Brooke- Hitching, Part III, K-P. 350 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Autographs. 223 lots
Kestenbaum and Company. New York. Judaica: Books and Manuscripts. 248 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Illustrated and Children's Books - Fine Books in All Fields. 588 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/12. 200 lots

Fri. Mar. 20th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Autographs, Memorabilia and Vintage Posters. 291 lots
Venator and Hanstein. Köln . Books, Prints and Drawings, Autographs. 1134 lots

Sat. Mar. 21st
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints and Photographs. 118 lots
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Automobilia. 116 lots
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Fine Art - Prints. 162 lots

Sun. Mar. 22nd
Northeast Auctions. Portsmouth. Spring Afternoon Auction. 39 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 3/15.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 3/15.
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Fine Arts - Prints. 67 lots

Many houses are trying to capture more and better lots.  There is a sense of increased competition and consignors may benefit.

 

Bruce McKinney

Rare Book Hub and Americana Exchange

  • <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.