Auction Update Review

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Auctions: a busy busy time

For the week ended Saturday March 28th 39 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Database; 14 in euros, 7 in British pounds, 2 in Mexican pesos, and 16 in US dollars.  Turnover was $16,855,479 as 9,075 lots were offered and 6,828 sold for a 75% success rate.  This was a busy reporting period.

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs - Music on March 24th: $2,588,277
Pierre Berge and Associes. Particular History of Photography - Mr. and Mrs. X Collection on March 19th: $2,569,564
Sothebys. Exploration and Discovery, 1576-1939, The Library of Franklin Brooke- Hitching, Part III, K-P on March 19th: $1,810,375
Sothebys. Made in Britain on March 25th: $1,581,478 
ChristiesThe Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth IV - The Library on March 21st: $1,176,876

The Arader Galleries Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung O HaNDEL, Georg Friedrich, 1685 - 1759. Eigenhandiges Musikmanuskript mit Unterschrift "G. F. Hendel." und Datum "li 12 di Iuglio. / 1708. / Napoli" am Schluß. 29 S. Querformat (ca. 21,7 x 28,5 cm), achtzeilig. 4 Lagen festes, unbeschnittenes Papier à 4 B on March 24th Actual price: USD 632200.0.
  2. Pierre Berge and Associes Gustave Le Gray posant dans le cloitre de l'eglise abbatiale Sainte-Marie d'Arles-sur-Tech 1851 on March 19th Actual price: USD 545545.0.
  3. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung O (KANDLER, Franz Sales, osterreichischer Musikschriftsteller, 1792 - 1831.) - Mu s i k - S t ammb u c h mit 55 Eintragungen von Musikern und Musikfreunden. (Wien) 1817 bis 1829, 2 Eintragungen Venedig 1818 und 1820. 192 (+ 76 nicht beschriebene Notenblat on March 24th Actual price: USD 379320.0.
  4. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van, 1770 - 1827. Eigenh. Musikmanuskript. (1801.) 2 S. Querformat, 12-zeilig. Am linken Rand montiert. on March 24th Actual price: USD 379320.0.
  5. Pierre Berge and Associes Aquilin SCHAD La Frayeur Virginie OLDOINI, comtesse de CASTIGLIONE Epreuve photographique entierement sur-peinte a la gouache 1861-1864 on March 19th Actual price: USD 341824.0. Arader Galleries
  6. Christies Taifudo meiseki taifudo meiseki (The Works of Chinese Painters in the collection of Dafengtang). on March 21st Actual price: USD 275650.0.
  7. Christies AUCTION CATALOGS A group of approximately 850 volumes comprising Christie's, Sotheby's, and Chinese sales of Asian art, and other subjects, on March 21st Actual price: USD 248830.0.
  8. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung O WEBER, Carl Maria von, 1786 - 1826. Eigenh. Musikmanuskript mit Namenszug auf dem Titel, am Schluss datiert "Vollendet Berlin d. 18. Juny 1821". Titel + 60 S. Querformat, 14-zeilig. Leicht gebraunt und fleckig. Geheftet und eingehangt in eine Leinendeck on March 24th Actual price: USD 164372.0.
  9. Sothebys IVY (H. 80) on March 25th Actual price: USD 157250.0.
  10. Pierre Berge and Associes Ordre du jour, Armee d'Italie 1859 on March 19th Actual price: USD 143535.56.
  11. Sothebys WHENCE & WHITHER? (C. CEP 14) on March 25th Actual price: USD 101750.0.
  12. Sothebys RETURNING TO THE TRENCHES (B. 9) on March 25th Actual price: USD 92500.0.
  13. Pierre Berge and Associes Un Tambo dans les Cordilleres a la hauteur de 16.000 pieds Daguerreotype pleine plaque en coffret 1849 on March 19th Actual price: USD 90568.1.
  14. Sothebys A VILLAGE SCENE on March 25th Actual price: USD 88800.0.
  15. Sothebys PURCHAS HIS PILGRIMES IN FIVE BOOKS... CONTAYNING THE VOYAGES AND PEREGRINATIONS MADE BY ANCIENT KINGS... A DESCRIPTION OF ALL THE CIRCUMNAVIGATIONS OF THE GLOBE... NAVIGATIONS AND VOYAGES OF ENGLISH-MEN [&C.] [ENGRAVED TITLE: HAKLUYTUS POSTHUMUS OR PURCH on March 19th Actual price: USD 85675.0.
  16. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung O SCARLATTI, Alessandro, 1660 - 1725. Eigenh. Musikmanuskript, am Kopf datiert "4 Giug[n]o 1703" und signiert "Alesso Scarlatti". 42/3 S. Querformat, 12-zeilig. In einen von Aloys Fuchs beschrifteten Umschlag geheftet. on March 24th Actual price: USD 82186.0.
  17. Christies Jin Tang Yilai Shuhuajia Jiancangjia Kuanyinpu (The Signatures and Seals of Artists Connoisseurs and Collectors on Painting and Calligraphy since Tsin Dynasty). on March 21st Actual price: USD 78225.0.
  18. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van, 1770 - 1827. E. Br. m. U. "Beethoven". O. O. u. D. 3 S. 8o. Minimal fleckig; auf der leeren vierten Seite schwache Montagespuren. on March 24th Actual price: USD 75864.0.
  19. Pierre Berge and Associes Alger 1854 on March 19th Actual price: USD 70196.0.
  20. Pierre Berge and Associes Groupe de personnes au pied d'un chene, foret de Fontainebleau 1849-1850 on March 19th Actual price: USD 70196.0.
  21. Sothebys OBSERVATIONS AND REMARKS MADE DURING A VOYAGE TO THE ISLANDS OF TENERIFFE, AMSTERDAM, MARIA'S ISLANDS NEAR VAN DIEMAN'S LAND; OTAHEITE, SANDWICH ISLANDS; OWHYHEE, THE FOX ISLANDS ON THE NORTH WEST COAST OF AMERICA, TINIAN, AND FROM THENCE TO CANTON, IN T on March 19th Actual price: USD 67050.0.
  22. Christies Yuwai suocang Zhongguo guhuaji ji (Twenty-Four Albums of Old Chinese Paintings). on March 21st Actual price: USD 65187.5.
  23. Sothebys THE TUBE STATION (C. CEP 32) on March 25th Actual price: USD 64750.0.
  24. Pierre Berge and Associes Auguste MESTRAL (Rans 1812-1884) Portail ouest de l'eglise Saint-Ours, Loches (Indre-et-Loire) 1851 on March 19th Actual price: USD 64580.32.
  25. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung BRAHMS, Johannes, 1833 - 1897. Eigenh. Musikmanuskript (Tinte), am Schluss nachtraglich mit Bleistift datiert "Juli 73. Tutzing." 31/2 S. Querformat, 9-zeilig. Leicht fleckig, kleine Randlasuren; beide Blatter mit langerem Einriss am rechten Rand. on March 24th Actual price: USD 63220.0.


13 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered in the sale:

Christies. The Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth IV - The Library on March 21st: 668.72%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs - Music on March 24th: 187.19%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs -Literature on March 24th: 159.17%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs - Science on March 24th: 155.67%
Sothebys. Exploration and Discovery, 1576-1939, The Library of Franklin Brooke- Hitching, Part III, K-P on March 19th: 150.22%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs - History on March 25th: 130.15%
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Old & Modern Books, Prints, Maps, Photographs, Popular Art on March 17th: 127.73%
Sothebys. Made in Britain on March 25th: 125.18%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Autographs, Memorabilia and Vintage Posters on March 20th: 119.00%
Bonhams. Books, Maps and Manuscripts on March 24th: 113.71%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs - Fine Arts on March 24th: 113.02%
Swann Galleries. Autographs on March 19th: 104.43%
Bloomsbury Auctions. English and Continental Books and Manuscripts on March 19th: 102.67%


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

Alaska Auction. Prints on March 14th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 3/15 on March 22nd: 99.52%
Christies. The Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth IV - The Library on March 21st: 99.32%
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. PHOTOGRAPHS - LOCOMOTIVES & RAILROAD BRIDGES - Online bidstart 3/5 on March 23rd: 97.83%
Sothebys. Exploration and Discovery, 1576-1939, The Library of Franklin Brooke- Hitching, Part III, K-P on March 19th: 97.43%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 3/15 on March 22nd: 96.75%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints and Photographs on March 21st: 95.76%
Swann Galleries. Autographs on March 19th: 93.72%
Northeast Auctions. Spring Afternoon Auction on March 22nd: 92.31%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs - Science on March 24th: 89.66%
Sothebys. Made in Britain on March 25th: 88.51%
Bonhams. Books, Maps and Manuscripts on March 24th: 88.13%
Grogan and Company. March Auction - Prints on March 22nd: 87.50%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs -Literature on March 24th: 87.14%
Bloomsbury Auctions. English and Continental Books and Manuscripts on March 19th: 86.98%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs - Fine Arts on March 24th: 86.05%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs - Music on March 24th: 85.53%
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. BOOKS FROM IMPORTANT PROPERTIES - Online bidstart 3/5 on March 24th: 84.85%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/19 on March 26th: 84.50%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on March 23rd: 83.33%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/12 on March 19th: 83.00%
Winter Associates. Prints, Illustrations on March 23rd: 82.61%
Clars Auction Gallery. Fine Arts - Prints on March 22nd: 82.09%


39 total sales reported this week:

Bloomsbury Auctions. Modern and Contemporary Prints on March 26th: 73.64%
RR Auction. Remarkable Rarities - Internet bidstart 3/11 on March 18th: 74.88%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs - History on March 25th: 78.23%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs - Music on March 24th: 85.53%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs - Fine Arts on March 24th: 86.05%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs - Science on March 24th: 89.66%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs -Literature on March 24th: 87.14%
Swann Galleries. Printed and Manuscript African Americana on March 26th: 65.56%
Sothebys. Made in Britain on March 25th: 88.51%
Bonhams. Books, Maps and Manuscripts on March 24th: 88.13%
Winter Associates. Prints, Illustrations on March 23rd: 82.61%
James D Julia Auctioneers. The Private & Personal Collection of Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt - RARE ASIAN PHOTOGRAPHS on March 23rd: 50.00%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Particular History of Photography - Mr. and Mrs. X Collection on March 19th: 35.48%
Morton Casa de Subastas. Old and Modern Books and Documents on March 23rd: 45.21%
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. BOOKS FROM IMPORTANT PROPERTIES - Online bidstart 3/5 on March 24th: 84.85%
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. PHOTOGRAPHS - LOCOMOTIVES & RAILROAD BRIDGES - Online bidstart 3/5 on March 23rd: 97.83%
Grogan and Company. March Auction - Prints on March 22nd: 87.50%
Northeast Auctions. Spring Afternoon Auction on March 22nd: 92.31%
Alaska Auction. Prints on March 14th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/19 on March 26th: 84.50%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/5 on March 12th: 30.18%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on March 24th: 53.85%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on March 23rd: 83.33%
Clars Auction Gallery. Fine Arts - Prints on March 22nd: 82.09%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints and Photographs on March 21st: 95.76%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 3/15 on March 22nd: 99.52%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 3/15 on March 22nd: 96.75%
Ader. Ancient and Modern Books on March 19th: 60.13%
Christies. The Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth IV - The Library on March 21st: 99.32%
Tajan. Raoul Lehouard Library on March 18th: 55.13%
Swann Galleries. Autographs on March 19th: 93.72%
Sothebys. Exploration and Discovery, 1576-1939, The Library of Franklin Brooke- Hitching, Part III, K-P on March 19th: 97.43%
PIASA. Antiquarian and Modern Books on March 17th: 67.59%
PBA Galleries. Illustrated and Children's Books - Fine Books in All Fields on March 19th: 66.16%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/12 on March 19th: 83.00%
Morton Casa de Subastas. Modern Art - Prints on March 19th: 47.42%
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Old & Modern Books, Prints, Maps, Photographs, Popular Art on March 17th: 76.00%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Autographs, Memorabilia and Vintage Posters on March 20th: 68.73%
Bloomsbury Auctions. English and Continental Books and Manuscripts on March 19th: 86.98%

For the week ahead 25 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Mar. 30th
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Photography. 56 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts. 62 lots
Australian Book Auctions. Armadale, . Books and Documents. 276 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Wes Cowan Stereoview Auction - online bidstart 3/13. 249 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 6 lots

Tue. Mar. 31st
Christies. New York. 20/21 PHOTOGRAPHS/ LEAVES OF LIGHT AND SHADOW: PHOTOGRAPHS GATHERED BY WILLIAM T. HILLMAN. 116 lots
Christies. New York. 20/21 PHOTOGRAPHS. 145 lots
Bonhams. New York. THE LAUREN BACALL COLLECTION - Prints. 99 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. English and Continental Letters and Documents. 201 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 79 lots
Auctionata. New York. Modern Masters - Prints. 67 lots

Wed. Apr. 1st
Bonhams. London. Wellington, Waterloo and the Napoleonic Wars. 46 lots
Ader. PARIS. Photo Books - Collection of Jean-Claude Eidelman, Part 2. 351 lots
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. COLLECTION OF TWO LOVERS OF XIX th CENTURY The Gaston and Albert Tissandier brothers aeronauts and A. 223 lots
Sothebys. New York. The New York Sale. 42 lots
Sothebys. New York. Photographs. 188 lots

Thu. Apr. 2nd
Swann Galleries. New York. Ascension: A Century of African American Art. 178 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Americana and Exploration of the West. 749 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/6. 220 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Prints Before 1900.

Fri. Apr. 3rd
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Spring Americana. 44 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Modern and Antiquarian Books - Art Photography Books.

Sat. Apr. 4th
Potomack Company. Alexandria. Books, Prints, Manuscripts. 49 lots

Sun. Apr. 5th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 3/29.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 3/29.

 

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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.
  • <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