Auction Update Review

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39 Auctions Archived, 23 Upcoming This Week

 For the week ended Saturday May 2nd 39 sales were archived to the RBH database; 17 denominated in euros, 4 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 17 in US dollars.  Turnover was $14,336,800 as 13,814 lots were offered and 9,531 sold for a 69% success rate.  To paraphrase Mae West, it was an up and down week.

4 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Sothebys. Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History on April 30th: $3,197,299
Swann Galleries. Old Master Through Modern Prints on April 29th: $3,168,880
Christies. Books and Manuscripts on April 27th: $1,298,784
Doyle New York. Prints and Multiples on April 28th: $1,008,116

The Arader Galleries Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys MANUSCRIPT FLORILEGIUM. on April 30th Actual price: USD $636,020.
  2. Bonhams Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, California on April 28th Actual price: USD $179,000.
  3. Sothebys SNOWY OWL, STRIX NYCTIA (PLATE CXXI) on April 30th Actual price: USD $163,625.
  4. Sothebys A MONOGRAPH OF TROCHILIDAE OR FAMILY OF HUMMING BIRDS. on April 30th Actual price: USD $144,375.
  5. Swann Galleries Yellow House, Lannion on April 29th Actual price: USD $125,000. ARader Auction Galleries
  6. Swann Galleries Ross Winans on April 29th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  7. Galerie Bassenge Widmungsexemplar für Malwida von Meysenbug Nietzsche, Friedrich. on April 17th Actual price: USD $117,720.
  8. Bonhams Maroon Bells, near Aspen Colorado on April 28th Actual price: USD $112,500.
  9. Sothebys THREE WATERCOLOURS OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE. on April 30th Actual price: USD $105,875.
  10. Swann Galleries Nocturne: Palaces on April 29th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  11. Sothebys MONUMENTI DELL'EGITTO E DELLA NUBIA. on April 30th Actual price: USD $96,250.
  12. Galerie Bassenge HANDSCHRIFTEN UND EINZELBLÄTTER Biblia latina vulgata. on April 16th Actual price: USD $94,176.
  13. Christies Astronomique discours, par Jaques Bassantin Escossois. on April 27th Actual price: USD $94,050.
  14. Christies In quattuor Aristotilis Metheororum libros Expositio. on April 27th Actual price: USD $94,050.
  15. Swann Galleries Christ Carrying the Cross: the Large Plate on April 29th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  16. Sothebys THE GRETE HERBALL THE GRETE HERBALL WHICH GEVETH PARFYT KNOWLEGE AND UNDERSTANDYNG OF ALL MANER OF HERBES... on April 30th Actual price: USD $86,625.
  17. Sothebys PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR EDWARDS, ST JULIAN HUGH (ATTRIBUTED TO), AND OTHERS? ALBUM OF 60 PHOTOGRAPHS OF AMOY AND VICINITY. on April 30th Actual price: USD $77,000.
  18. Sothebys A COLLECTION OF OVER 600 WATERCOLOUR DRAWINGS AND SKETCHES OF KENT CHURCHES, CASTLES, AND MONUMENTS, TOGETHER WITH 5 POCKET SKETCHBOOKS. on April 30th Actual price: USD $77,000.
  19. Sothebys THE BIRDS OF GREAT BRITAIN. on April 30th Actual price: USD $77,000.
  20. Sothebys CHINA. on April 30th Actual price: USD $73,150.
  21. Sothebys CORRECTED MANUSCRIPT OF "LES MEMOIRES DU GENERAL COMTE DE HARRSCH...COMMANDANT EN CHEF POUR LA MAJESTÉ IMPLE ET CATHOLE A FRIBOURG EN BRISGAU & C, ESCRITS DEPUIS SA NAISSANCE, IUSQU'EN M.DCC.XIII". on April 30th Actual price: USD $73,150.
  22. Bloomsbury Auctions Map of Singapore Town, shewing building allotments & registered numbers of crown leases on April 30th Actual price: USD $72,565.
  23. Christies Les Jeux de la poupée. Illustrés de textes par Paul Éluard. on April 27th Actual price: USD $63,690.
  24. Swann Galleries Woolworth Building (The Dance) on April 29th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  25. Sothebys A DESCRIPTIVE ALBUM OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE COUNTRY AND PEOPLE OF SARAWAK. on April 30th Actual price: USD $61,600.


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

Neret Minet and Tessier. Prints on April 22nd: 158.35%
Galerie Bassenge. Literature of the 17th - 19th Century on April 17th: 122.15%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Western Prospects: Discovering Americana & Numismatics (session 6) on April 21st: 121.87%
Doyle New York. Prints and Multiples on April 28th: 118.32%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Books and Works on Paper on April 30th: 102.29%

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

Bloomsbury Auctions. Interiors: Day 1 - Prints on April 28th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 4/19 on April 26th: 99.35%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/19 on April 26th: 97.25%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Prints on April 22nd: 94.74%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints and Multiples on April 26th: 91.67%
Doyle New York. Prints and Multiples on April 28th: 90.29%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Property from the Oprah Winfrey Collection on April 25th: 90.00%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Western Prospects: Discovering Americana & Numismatics (session 2) on April 11th: 89.86%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Western Prospects: Discovering Americana & Numismatics (session 6) on April 21st: 86.62%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Western Prospects: Discovering Americana & Numismatics (session 4) on April 18th: 82.18%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Western Prospects: Discovering Americana & Numismatics (session 1) on April 10th: 80.67%

39 total sales reported this week:

Sothebys. Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History on April 30th: 69.77%
PIASA. Limited Editions on April 29th: 40.33%
ALDE. Binders, Books on April 29th: 70.03%
Artcurial. Sailing - Posters, ephemera on April 29th: 33.33%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/23 on April 30th: 77.67%
Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers. Numismatic Books on April 25th: 31.12%
Doyle New York. Prints and Multiples on April 28th: 90.29%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Books and Works on Paper on April 30th: 70.88%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Interiors: Day 1 - Prints on April 28th: 100.00%
Swann Galleries. Old Master Through Modern Prints on April 29th: 71.74%
Bonhams. The World War II 70th Anniversary Sale on April 29th: 33.71%
Bonhams. Photographs on April 28th: 59.81%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on April 28th: 68.18%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints and Multiples on April 26th: 91.67%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Books - Internet Bidstart 4/16 on April 23rd: 45.22%
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Books and Prints on April 25th: 66.19%
Christies. Around the World on April 28th: 46.88%
Christies. Books and Manuscripts on April 27th: 59.70%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Property from the Oprah Winfrey Collection on April 25th: 90.00%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Militaria on April 24th: 65.43%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Prints on April 22nd: 94.74%
Auctionata. Prints and Editions on April 24th: 38.36%
Auctionata. Photography and Prints on April 24th: 36.88%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/19 on April 26th: 97.25%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 4/19 on April 26th: 99.35%
OSENAT. The Empire at Fontainebleau on April 12th: 62.77%
Morton Casa de Subastas. Books and Antiquarian Documents on April 23rd: 47.22%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Western Prospects: Discovering Americana & Numismatics (session 6) on April 21st: 86.62%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Western Prospects: Discovering Americana & Numismatics (session 5) on April 20th: 75.55%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Western Prospects: Discovering Americana & Numismatics (session 4) on April 18th: 82.18%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Western Prospects: Discovering Americana & Numismatics (session 3) on April 17th: 77.03%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Western Prospects: Discovering Americana & Numismatics (session 1) on April 10th: 80.67%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Western Prospects: Discovering Americana & Numismatics (session 2) on April 11th: 89.86%
Galerie Bassenge. Modern Literature on April 18th: 61.62%
Galerie Bassenge. Autographs on April 17th: 65.50%
Galerie Bassenge. Literature of the 17th - 19th Century on April 17th: 58.10%
Galerie Bassenge. Rare Prints on April 16th: 61.26%
Galerie Bassenge. Valuable Books on April 16th: 46.78%
ALDE. LIBRARY OF AMADEO DELAUNET Y ESNAOLA II on April 18th: 65.39%

For the week ahead 23 sales are scheduled:

Mon. May. 4th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Doodle for Hunger Illustration Art Auction Benefiting St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelter. 43 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 13 lots

Tue. May. 5th
Tajan. Paris. Photographs. 170 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Books. 206 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 90 lots

Wed. May. 6th
Heritage Auctions. Beverly Hills. Illustration Art. 519 lots
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Old Books and Paper. 437 lots
Tajan. Paris. Rive Gauche. 27 lots
Lyon and Turnbull. Edinburgh. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs. 357 lots

Thu. May. 7th
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 396 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Modernist Posters. 309 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/30. 267 lots
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. Fine Art and Post War Contemporary. 244 lots

Fri. May. 8th
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Rare and Used Books. 502 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Pictures and Prints. 109 lots

Sat. May. 9th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Americana, Political. 444 lots
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Rare Books, Prints and Photographs. 630 lots
Mid Hudson Auction Galleries. Cornwall-on-Hudson, . Seymour Stein Antique Advertisements. 899 lots
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . Estate Sale - Books and Prints. 62 lots

Sun. May. 10th
Mid Hudson Auction Galleries. Cornwall-on-Hudson, . Seymour Stein Collection: Part 3.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 1/115/3.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/3.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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.
  • <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