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>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…
  • <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Newton. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. London, 1687.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Josephus. <i>De antiquitate Judaica.</i> Lubeck, 1475-76.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Carlerius. <i>Sporta fragmentorum, Sportula fragmentorum</i>. Brussels, 1478-79.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Fridolin. <i>Der Schatzbehalter</i>. Nuremberg, 1491.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Pinder. <i>Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie</i>. Nuremberg, 1505.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Isidorus Hispalensis. <i>Synonyma de Homine</i>. Nuremberg, 1470-71.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Durer. Sammelband including <i>Underweysung der messing</i>. Nuremberg, 1525-29.
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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 19: 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 28: Printed & Manuscript Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 5: African-American Fine Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Fall 2017 Auction Schedule</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 19:<br>Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 26: Rare & Important Travel Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Fall 2017 Auction Schedule</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 2:<br>Old Master Through Modern Prints</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 7: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Fall 2017 Auction Schedule</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 16: Contemporary Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14: Illustration Art</b>
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