Auction Update Review

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28 Auctions Reported, 29 Upcoming this Week

 For the week ended Saturday April 25th 28 auctions were archived to the RBH database; 6 in euros, 4 in British pounds and 18 in US dollars.  Turnover $17,823,240 as 6,825 lots were offered and 5,346 sold for a 78% success rate.  It was another strong week.

4 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Christies. Prints and Multiples on April 24th: $8,346,875
Arader Galleries. Age of European and American Exploration on April 18th: $2,426,982
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on April 21st: $2,021,687
Christies. Prints and Multiples on April 22nd: $1,095,531

The Arader Galleries Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies Andy Mouse on April 24th Actual price: USD $629,000.
  2. Christies Endangered Species on April 24th Actual price: USD $557,000.
  3. Christies Ads the complete set of ten screenprints on April 24th Actual price: USD $449,000.
  4. Arader Galleries Geographie opus nouissima traductione e Grecorum on April 18th Actual price: USD $329,400.
  5. Arader Galleries Portrait of Abraham Ortelius on April 18th Actual price: USD $305,000. ARader Auction Galleries
  6. Christies Cowboys and Indians on April 24th Actual price: USD $281,000.
  7. Arader Galleries Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Antwerp: Officina Plantiniana, on April 18th Actual price: USD $213,500.
  8. Arader Galleries Snowy Owl, Plate 121 on April 18th Actual price: USD $198,250.
  9. Christies Superman, from Myths on April 24th Actual price: USD $197,000.
  10. Christies House Tops on April 24th Actual price: USD $197,000.
  11. Christies Reflections on Crash, from Reflections on April 24th Actual price: USD $155,000.
  12. Christies Nature morte sous la Lampe on April 24th Actual price: USD $149,000.
  13. Christies An English 15-inch Armillary Sphere on April 23rd Actual price: USD $121,555.
  14. Christies Pay Attention on April 24th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  15. Christies Twelve Maquettes of Stained Glass Windows for Jerusalem on April 24th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  16. Bonhams Bull Profile Series 6 on April 21st Actual price: USD $112,500.
  17. Arader Galleries Grosser Atlas uber die gantze Welt. on April 18th Actual price: USD $109,800.
  18. Bonhams Growing Series I-V 5 on April 21st Actual price: USD $108,750.
  19. Christies Moonwalk: one plate on April 24th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  20. Christies L'homme à la fraise on April 24th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  21. Christies The Cat Boat on April 24th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  22. Arader Galleries Atlas Minor, Sive Geographia Compendiosa Qua Orbis ... on April 18th Actual price: USD $103,700.
  23. Christies Ten Landscapes on April 24th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  24. Christies Jacqueline on April 24th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  25. Christies Le Repas Frugal, from La Suite des Saltimbanques on April 24th Actual price: USD $100,000.


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

Alaska Auction. April 18th Auction - Prints, Ephemera on April 18th: 1383.29%
Ader. Judaica on April 22nd: 184.09%
Beaussant Lefevre. Works of Art - Prints on April 17th: 178.57%
ALDE. LIBRARY OF AMADEO DELAUNET Y ESNAOLA I on April 17th: 106.65%


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

Aspire Auctions. Printed Art - Internet bidstart 4/10 on April 18th: 100.00%
Alaska Auction. April 18th Auction - Prints, Ephemera on April 18th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 4/12 on April 19th: 99.58%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/12 on April 19th: 97.72%
Ader. Judaica on April 22nd: 91.67%
Freemans. Books, Maps and Manuscripts on April 23rd: 90.43%
Paige Auction. Magic of Collection - Prints, Ephemera on April 21st: 87.36%
Arader Galleries. Age of European and American Exploration on April 18th: 87.10%
Cowans Auctions. American History - Online bidstart 4/9 on April 20th: 86.21%
Beaussant Lefevre. Works of Art - Prints on April 17th: 85.71%
Tooveys. Antiquarian and Collectors Books on April 21st: 83.86%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on April 21st: 83.33%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/16 on April 23rd: 81.44%
Christies. Prints and Multiples on April 24th: 80.85%


28 total sales reported this week:

Christies. Travel, Science and Natural History on April 23rd: 59.38%
Christies. Prints and Multiples on April 24th: 80.85%
Galerie Bassenge. Geography on April 15th: 56.01%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/16 on April 23rd: 81.44%
Freemans. Books, Maps and Manuscripts on April 23rd: 90.43%
ALDE. LIBRARY OF AMADEO DELAUNET Y ESNAOLA I on April 17th: 71.07%
Ader. Judaica on April 22nd: 91.67%
Alaska Auction. April 18th Auction - Prints, Ephemera on April 18th: 100.00%
Aspire Auctions. Printed Art - Internet bidstart 4/10 on April 18th: 100.00%
Paige Auction. Magic of Collection - Prints, Ephemera on April 21st: 87.36%
Tooveys. Prints on April 22nd: 76.36%
Tooveys. Antiquarian and Collectors Books on April 21st: 83.86%
Arader Galleries. Age of European and American Exploration on April 18th: 87.10%
Cowans Auctions. American History - Online bidstart 4/9 on April 20th: 86.21%
Christies. Prints and Multiples on April 22nd: 69.84%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on April 21st: 83.33%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on April 20th: 77.78%
RR Auction. Fine Autographs and Artifacts - bidstart 3/22 on April 15th: 58.56%
Bonhams. Space History on April 21st: 46.21%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on April 21st: 78.04%
Sothebys. Sotheby's Designer Showhouse on April 20th: 53.85%
Beaussant Lefevre. Works of Art - Prints on April 17th: 85.71%
Neal Auction Company. Spring Estates Auction Day 3 on April 19th: 60.38%
Neal Auction Company. Spring Estates Auction Day 2 on April 18th: 70.97%
Neal Auction Company. Spring Estates Auction Day 1 on April 17th: 66.67%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/12 on April 19th: 97.72%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 4/12 on April 19th: 99.58%
Heritage Auctions. Entertainment and Music Auction on April 19th: 76.01%


For the week ahead 29 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Apr. 27th
Christies. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 201 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 88 lots

Tue. Apr. 28th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Interiors: Day 1 - Prints. 4 lots
Doyle New York. New York. Prints and Multiples. 206 lots
Rossini. Paris. Autographs and Photographs. 24 lots
Bonhams. New York. Photographs. 107 lots
Sheppards Irish Auction House. Durrow. Prints. 20 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. Around the World. 32 lots
Rossini. Paris. Prints. 120 lots

Wed. Apr. 29th
Bonhams. New York. The World War II 70th Anniversary Sale. 175 lots
PIASA. Paris. Limited Editions. 181 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Old Master Through Modern Prints. 605 lots
ALDE. Paris. Binders, Books. 357 lots
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Antiquarian and Modern Books. 324 lots
Auctionata. New York. Theme Auction: Icons. 84 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Sailing - Posters, ephemera. 57 lots

Thu. Apr. 30th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Books and Works on Paper. 285 lots
Sothebys. London. Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History. 258 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/23. 318 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Art and Art Reference - Fine Books in All Fields. 102 lots

Fri. May. 1st
Sothebys. New York. Prints. 307 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Asian Arts at Auction. 24 lots
Heritage Auctions. Beverly Hills. The Red Dot Auction Benefiting Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. 208 lots

Sat. May. 2nd
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Berlin. Books. 1231 lots
Knotty Pine Auction Service. West Swanzey. Antique and Estate Book Sale - Session 2: Books. 309 lots
Mid Hudson Auction Galleries. Cornwall-on-Hudson, . Seymour Stein Collection: Part 1. 14 lots

Sun. May. 3rd
Heritage Auctions. New York. Photographs. 217 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 4/26.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/26.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <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. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Copper Printing Plate for "Marshall's Household Engraving of Washington." $500 to $1000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Important Documentary Painting Showing Baseball Great Ty Cobb in Cuba. $1,000 to $2,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> <i>Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age</i>, Inscribed by Bill Wilson. $500 to $1,000
    <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983), <i>Prise à l'hameçon.</i> $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Maurice Dufrène (French, 1876-1955), <i>Rayon des Soieries</i>. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> William Pope.L (American, b. 1955), <i>Intimacy Project</i>. $2,000 to $4,000
  • <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>