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 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
  • <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>