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  • <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Unique Association Copy of Signed Limited Roosevelt, African Game Trails, Extra-Illustrated. $5,000 - 7,500
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 24 Volumes Henry James in 1/2 Morocco - Alvin Langdon Coburn Frontis Illustrations. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> French Surrealism by Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, 1930 Limited Edition in Lovely Condition. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Unique and Beautifully Written Manuscript of 650 Quarto Pages - Unpublished History of Belle-Isle-En-Mer, 1754. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> William Beebe's Classic 4 Volume Work on "The Pheasants," Signed and Inscribed in 1919. $2,000 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Three Volumes of Washington's War Era Letters Published in New York in 1796. $1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 19th C. Vintage Album with 48 Sepia Toned Albumen Prints by Fratelli Alinari et. al.<br>$1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Report of Phipps' Voyage in 1773 In Search of a Passage to India Via the North Pole. $1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 17 Volumes of Wallace's American Trotting Register, 1874-1891. $1,500 - $2,500
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Rare First English Edition of Monardes, Joyfull Newes, 1577, Woodcut Illustrations.<br>$1,500 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 6 Volume Shakespeare Presented to Virginia Congressman Involved in the "Trent Affair". $1,200 - $1,500
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Classic Lothar Meggendorfer Movable Book Complete with 8 Chromolithograph Plates, Ca. 1890. $750 - $1,000
  • <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 Dec 14:</b> William Oden Waller studio, <i>Manhattan Mary</i>, gouache and graphite, 1927. Sold for $77,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 28:</b> Missionary archive of Samuel W. and Gideon H. Pond, Minnesota, 1833-93. Sold for $112,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b> Richard Hakluyt, <i>Novus Orbis</i>, first printed use of “Virginia” on a map, Paris, 1587. Sold for $80,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17:</b> Aegidius Romanus, <i>Lo libre del regiment dels princeps</i>, first edition in Catalan, Barcelona, 1480. Sold for $50,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> William Faulkner, <i>The Marble Faun</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed, Boston, 1924. Sold for $22,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 5:</b> Henry Ossawa Tanner, <i>Flight into Egypt</i>, oil on canvas, circa 1910. Sold for $341,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 2:</b> Edward Hopper, <i>The Lonely House</i>, etching, 1923. Sold for $317,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 7:</b> George Washington, Autograph Letter Signed, to his spymaster Benjamin Tallmadge, New Jersey, 1780. Sold for $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 19:</b> Saul Leiter, <i>Waiter, Paris</i>, chromogenic print, 1959. Sold for $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 26: </b> A. M. Cassandre, <i>Normandie / Maiden Voyage</i>, 1935. Sold for $20,000.

Auction Update Review

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25 Auctions Archived, 20 Sales upcoming this week

For the week ended Saturday May 9th 25 auctions were archived to the RBH database, 7 in euros, 2 in British pounds, and 16 in US dollars.  Turnover was $12,463,372 as 8,089 lots were offered and 6,022 sold for a 74% success rate.

2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysPrints on May 2nd: $7,073,250 
RR AuctionSpace Exploration - online bidstart 4/16 on April 23rd: $1,048,435 

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

Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersFine Auction - Books on April 25th: 179.48% 
ChristiesEUROPEAN NOBLE & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS - Books and Prints on April 30th: 127.71% 
Lyon and TurnbullRare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs on May 6th: 126.50% 
Bruun RasmussenBooks on May 5th: 126.50% 
RossiniAutographs and Photographs on April 28th: 118.20% 

The Arader Galleries Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys TEN PORTRAITS OF JEWS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (F. & S. II.226-235) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $200,000.
  2. Sothebys REFLECTIONS ON CRASH (C. 239) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $175,000.
  3. Sothebys HIGH GREEN VERSION I on May 2nd Actual price: USD $162,500.
  4. Sothebys SUPERMAN (F. & S. II.260) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $137,500.
  5. Sothebys QUEEN ELIZABETH II OF THE UNITED KINGDOM (F & S II.336A) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $137,500. ARader Auction Galleries
  6. Sothebys $ (9) (F. & S. II.285) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $125,000.
  7. Sothebys DOUBLE GREY SCRAMBLE (AXSOM 93) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $112,500.
  8. Sothebys EVA MUDOCCI (AFTER MUNCH) (F. & S. IIIA.59[B]) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $112,500.
  9. Sothebys NUDE READING (C. 288) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $112,500.
  10. Sothebys $ (QUADRANT) (F. & S. II.283) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $106,250.
  11. Sothebys DETAILS OF RENAISSANCE PAINTINGS (SANDRO BOTTICELLI, BIRTH OF VENUS, 1482) (F. & S. IIB.316) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $100,000.
  12. Sothebys SHOES (F. & S. II.253) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $93,750.
  13. Sothebys FREEFALL (HARRISON 233) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $93,750.
  14. Sothebys $ (QUADRANT) (F. & S. II.283) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $93,750.
  15. Sothebys LE DÉJEUNER SUR L'HERBE, D'APRÈS MANET. II (B. 1027; BA. 1287; P.P. L-106) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $93,750.
  16. Sothebys GRACE KELLY (F. & S. II.305) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $81,250.
  17. Sothebys MOULIN ROUGE - LA GOULUE (D. 339; ADR. 1.II; W. P1.A) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $81,250.
  18. Christies NATURAL AND POLITICAL OBSERVATIONS MENTIONED IN A FOLLOWING INDEX AND MADE UPON THE BILLS OF MORTALITY...WITH REFERENCE TO THE GOVERNMENT, RELIGION, TRADE, GROWTH, AYRE, DISEASES, AND THE SEVERAL CHANGES OF THE SAID CITY. on April 30th Actual price: USD $80,850.
  19. Sothebys LOVE (F. & S. II.310-312) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $77,500.
  20. Lyon and Turnbull Book of Hours - in Netherlandish, use of Utrecht, second half of the fifteenth century on May 6th Actual price: USD $76,000.
  21. Sothebys SIBERIAN TIGER (F. & S. II.297) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $75,000.
  22. Sothebys DETAILS OF RENAISSANCE PAINTINGS (SANDRO BOTTICELLI, BIRTH OF VENUS, 1492) (F. & S. II.318) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $75,000.
  23. Sothebys SANCTUM on May 2nd Actual price: USD $75,000.
  24. Sothebys ÉQUINOXE (D. 428) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $75,000.
  25. Sothebys MAO (F. & S. II.97) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $68,750.



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

Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Fine Auction - Books on April 25th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Doodle for Hunger Illustration Art Auction Benefiting St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelter on May 4th: 100.00%
Christies. EUROPEAN NOBLE & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS - Books and Prints on April 30th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Books, Art and Ephemera - Hollywood, Carreno, Steinbeck, etc on May 3rd: 99.80%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 4/26 on May 3rd: 99.45%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/26 on May 3rd: 99.39%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books on May 5th: 90.29%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on May 5th: 85.56%
Lyon and Turnbull. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs on May 6th: 83.19%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/30 on May 7th: 82.02%


25 total sales reported this week:

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Books and Manuscripts on May 7th: 76.52%
Swann Galleries. Modernist Posters on May 7th: 63.11%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/30 on May 7th: 82.02%
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Books on May 2nd: 54.02%
Christies. EUROPEAN NOBLE & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS - Books and Prints on April 30th: 100.00%
Lyon and Turnbull. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs on May 6th: 83.19%
Rossini. Prints on April 28th: 52.50%
Rossini. Autographs and Photographs on April 28th: 75.00%
Heritage Auctions. Doodle for Hunger Illustration Art Auction Benefiting St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelter on May 4th: 100.00%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Fine Auction - Books on April 25th: 100.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books on May 5th: 90.29%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on May 5th: 85.56%
Mid Hudson Auction Galleries. Fine Art, Antiques, Collectibles: Prints, Documents, Manuscripts on April 25th: 70.55%
Mid Hudson Auction Galleries. Seymour Stein Collection: Part 1 on May 2nd: 71.43%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on May 4th: 76.92%
RR Auction. Space Exploration - online bidstart 4/16 on April 23rd: 77.84%
National Book Auctions. Books, Art and Ephemera - Hollywood, Carreno, Steinbeck, etc on May 3rd: 99.80%
Eldreds. Asian Arts at Auction on May 2nd: 50.00%
Sothebys. Prints on May 2nd: 79.22%
Auctionata. Theme Auction: Icons on April 29th: 17.86%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/26 on May 3rd: 99.39%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 4/26 on May 3rd: 99.45%
Heritage Auctions. Photographs on May 3rd: 73.73%
PBA Galleries. Art and Art Reference - Fine Books in All Fields on April 30th: 66.18%
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Books and Prints on April 25th: 64.70%


For the week ahead 20 sales are scheduled:

Mon. May. 11th
Bonhams. New York. Post War and Contemporary - Prints. 119 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 7 lots

Tue. May. 12th
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Leiden. Books. 1371 lots
Alexander Historical Auctions. Chesapeake City. International Fine Arts - Prints. 54 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 71 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Contemporary Art. 319 lots

Wed. May. 13th
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Old Books and Paper.
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 560 lots
ALDE. Paris. Antiquarian and 19th Century Books. 220 lots
Bonhams. Edinburgh. The Sporting Sale. 68 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs & Artifacts. 968 lots
Sothebys. New York. Contemporary Art Day Auction - Prints. 62 lots

Thu. May. 14th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile. 359 lots
Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions. Milan. Books on Food. 679 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. MOTORING LITERATURE, AUTOMOBILIA EARLY CYCLING, RAILWAYANA CLOCKS AND SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS. 376 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Americana with California & the P.P.P.I E. - Travel & Exploration - Maps & Views. 326 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/7. 296 lots

Sat. May. 16th
Skinner. Boston. Asian Works of Art - Prints, Manuscripts, Catalogues. 32 lots

Sun. May. 17th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/10.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/10.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SAINT-EXUPERY, ANTOINE DE. Kodachrome Film (16mm) showing Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Consuelo on a boat, 1942. JOINED: Guestbook for the Boat, signed, with a drawing of the Little Prince. 15 000 to 20 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CANDEE, HELEN CHURCHILL. Autograph manuscript. TITANIC, 40 leaves. Original account of the most famous shipwreck, by a survivor of the ordeal. 300 000 to 400 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> TITANIC. Collection of 7 documents relating to the shipwreck of the Titanic (14 April 1912). 20 000 to<br>30 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> DUPLEIX DE CADIGNAN, JEANBAPTISTE. Signed autograph manuscript. Thirty years of memoirs related to military services and important information on the American War of Independence.<br>40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CURTIUS. Faiz et Conquestes d'Alexandre [Histoire d'Alexandre le Grand]. In French, illuminated manuscript on paper and parchment, 16 large miniatures. 300 000 to<br>500 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> NELSON, HORATIO. Signed autograph letter, ‘Nelson & Bronte,” aboard the Amazon, 14 October 1801, addressed to Sir William Hamilton. 4 000 to 5 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> GIROLAMO FRANCESCO MARIA MAZZUOLI DIT LE PARMESAN. Le couple amoureux. Pen and brown ink. 80 000 to 120 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SADE, DONATIEN-ALPHONSE-FRANÇOIS, MARQUIS DE. Autograph manuscript. The 120 Days of Sodom, or the School of Libertinage, 1785.<br>4 000 000 to 6 000 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> MIRÓ, JOAN. Signed autograph correspondence to Thomas and Diane Bouchard (1949-1976). 50 000 to 60 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> BALZAC, HONORÉ DE. Signed autograph manuscript, Ursule Mirouët, [1841]. One of only two manuscripts of novels by Balzac in private hands. 800 000 to<br>1 200 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> LENOIR, ALEXANDRE. Essai sur l'histoire des arts en Egypte pouvant servir d'appendice au grand ouvrage de la Commission. autograph manuscript with numerous additions and corrections. 40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SCHRÖDINGER, ERWIN. Autograph manuscript [Spring 1946, sent to Albert Einstein]. 1 500 to 2 000 €
  • <b>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 95. Turing. <i>Systems of Logic Based on Ordinals</i>. Offprint. London, 1939. Robin Gandy's Copy. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 98. Zernike, Fritz. The 1953 Nobel Prize for Physics: The Invention of the Phase-Contrast Microscope. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 111. Apple 1 Computer, operational, with exceptional provenance. $400,000 to $600,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1074. Bruce, Lenny. An unreleased 16 mm film by "Count" Lewis DePasquale featuring Lenny Bruce. $7,000 to $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1254. Hirohito. Manuscript in Japanese, "The Emperor's Monologue," transcribed by Terasaki Hidenari. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1095. Goldman. Emma. Large archive of correspondence, much of it to Warren Starr Van Valkenburgh. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 109. Wozniak and Jobs. The First Digital "Blue Box", Berkeley, 1972. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 46. Newton, Isaac. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. 1st issue. London, 1687. $300,000 to $500,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 49. Newton. Autograph Manuscript in English, a portion of a draft of Newton's study on revelation. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1027. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 1st edition, 1st issue. Scribners, 1925. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1042. Hemingway., Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls. Presentation copy, one of 15 copies. Scribners, 1940. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1215. A 48-star American Flag, flown from LCT-703, sunk on Omaha Beach, December 1944. $15,000 to $20,000