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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>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <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>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Collection of 131 Herbert Ponting gelatin silver contact prints of Antartica, £6000-8000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of several lots of Henri Cartier-Bresson gelatin silver prints, £200-300
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Vintage gelatin silver print of Diego Rivera by Leonard McCombe, £300-500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Julia Margaret Cameron of Sir John Herschel (April, 1867), £30,000-50,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron, Love, 1864 (from the Norman album), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Lewis Carroll of Twyford School Eleven (Summer Term, 1859), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Lewis Carroll of Xie Kitchin as 'Dane' (Oxford, 1873), £500-800
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Calotype print (c1845) by Hill & Adamson of Lady Elizabeth (Rigby) Eastlake, £3000-4000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Group of 12 waxed paper negatives of Scottish scenes by Thomas Keith, mid-1850s, £3000-5000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of 15 lots of Roger Fenton salt prints of his work in the Crimea, mid-1850s, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Quarter plate ambrotype (c.1860s) with ethnographic portrait of a woman seated at a table, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Rare whole plate thermoplastic union case of the Landing of Columbus (c.1858),part of the John Hannavy collection, £1500-2000
  • <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>