Auction Update Review

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28 Auctions Archived, 27 Sales Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday 24 May 28 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Transaction database; 14 denominated in euros, 5 in British pounds, and 9 in US dollars.  Turnover was $12,316,537.58 as 17,580 lots were offered and 11,152 sold for a 63.44% success rate.

2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Bloomsbury AuctionsImportant Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper on May 21st: $1,545,963 
Swann GalleriesFine Photographs on May 21st: $1,407,119 

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

Burgersdijk and NiermansBooks on May 13th: 189.32% 
TooveysPhotographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on May 19th: 116.71% 
FerratonBooks and Prints, Part I on May 8th: 113.79% 
Dorotheum Modern and Contemporary Prints on May 21st: 110.02% 
ArtcurialLimited Editions on May 19th: 107.18% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsImportant Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper on May 21st: 105.03% 

The Arader Galleries Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Bloomsbury Auctions Rights of Man: Being an Answer to Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution, on May 21st Actual price: USD $253,084.
  2. Swann Galleries The North American Indian. on May 21st Actual price: USD $233,000.
  3. Christies Three young farmers on their way to a dance, Westerland, 1914 on May 22nd Actual price: USD $164,065.
  4. Swann Galleries De Zee-Atlas Ofte Water-Waereld Vertoonende all de Zee-Kusten Van het bekende Deel des Aerd-Bodems, Met een generale beschrijvinge van dien. Seer dienstigh vooralle Schippers en Stuurlieden; mitsgaders Koop-lieden om op't Kantoor gebruykt te werden Nieuwe on May 19th Actual price: USD $125,000. ARader Auction Galleries
  5. ALDE [Rarissime paire de globes de parquet] Globe terrestre et globe céleste. on May 13th Actual price: USD $117,510.
  6. ALDE [X01] Histoire naturelle des oiseaux. on May 13th Actual price: USD $109,312.
  7. Swann Galleries The Grand Tetons and the Snake River. on May 21st Actual price: USD $81,250.
  8. Swann Galleries De Zee-Atlas / Ofte Water-Wereld, Waer in vertoont warden alle de Zee-Kusten Van het bekende des Aerd-Bodems. on May 19th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  9. Artcurial MIROIR DE LA TAUROMACHIE on May 19th Actual price: USD $79,632.
  10. Christies Brig on the Water, 1856 on May 22nd Actual price: USD $78,500.
  11. Swann Galleries A remarkable set of 50 platinum prints from the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition, most featuring portraits of the leaders and members of the Native American delegations that attended the Exposition, including Geronimo; some depicting outdoor on May 21st Actual price: USD $71,500.
  12. Swann Galleries Extremely rare and important separately-issued engraved view of Honolulu, printed on the island at the famous Lahainaluna Seminary press. on May 19th Actual price: USD $70,000.
  13. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Traffic Control, 1936 on May 21st Actual price: USD $60,000.
  14. Artcurial MICK JAGGER on May 19th Actual price: USD $58,262.
  15. Christies Lightness of Being, 2008 on May 22nd Actual price: USD $54,950.
  16. Artcurial LAND'S END on May 19th Actual price: USD $54,790.
  17. Bloomsbury Auctions The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner [&] The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe [&] Serious Reflections During the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, on May 21st Actual price: USD $48,670.
  18. Swann Galleries Portrait of Elephant in Dust, Amboseli (from "Across the Ravaged Land, Part I"). on May 21st Actual price: USD $46,800.
  19. Bloomsbury Auctions Sense and Sensibility: A Novel, on May 21st Actual price: USD $46,723.
  20. Artcurial ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE on May 19th Actual price: USD $45,069.
  21. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Le pitre rose, 1974 on May 21st Actual price: USD $45,000.
  22. Dorotheum Ohne Titel on May 21st Actual price: USD $42,000.
  23. Artcurial ETUDE POUR UN PORTRAIT DU PAPE INNOCENT X D'APRES VELASQUEZ on May 19th Actual price: USD $40,768.
  24. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Mick Jagger, 1975 on May 21st Actual price: USD $40,000.
  25. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Flowers III, 1970 on May 21st Actual price: USD $40,000.


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

Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/10 on May 17th: 99.84%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/10 on May 17th: 97.33%
Tooveys. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on May 19th: 96.38%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on May 8th: 93.43%
Heritage Auctions. Americana, Political on May 18th: 90.77%
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Books on May 13th: 88.77%
Swann Galleries. Maps and Atlases, Natural History and Color Plate Books on May 19th: 84.33%
Skinner. Asian Works of Art - Prints, Manuscripts, Catalogues on May 16th: 81.25%
Ferraton. Books and Prints, Part I on May 8th: 80.41%


28 total sales reported this week:

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Prints on May 21st: 74.34%
Dorotheum . Modern and Contemporary Prints on May 21st: 69.52%
Christies. 20/21 PHOTOGRAPHS: PHOTOGRAPHS SELECTED BY JAMES DANZIGER on May 22nd: 59.22%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Important Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper on May 21st: 76.82%
Swann Galleries. Fine Photographs on May 21st: 65.19%
Tajan. Prints on May 21st: 52.68%
Artcurial. Limited Editions on May 19th: 73.26%
Ader. Photographs on May 19th: 51.41%
Tooveys. Prints on May 20th: 70.69%
Tooveys. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on May 19th: 96.38%
Swann Galleries. Maps and Atlases, Natural History and Color Plate Books on May 19th: 84.33%
Aguttes. Old Books and Paper on May 6th: 66.13%
Heritage Auctions. Americana, Political on May 18th: 90.77%
RR Auction. Fine Autographs & Artifacts on May 13th: 58.99%
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Books on May 13th: 88.77%
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books, Autographs and Prints on April 25th: 44.88%
Dorotheum . Globes on May 18th: 66.67%
Bonhams. Scientific Instruments - Globes on May 19th: 63.64%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on May 19th: 73.85%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on May 18th: 62.50%
Skinner. Asian Works of Art - Prints, Manuscripts, Catalogues on May 16th: 81.25%
Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions. Books on Food on May 14th: 67.45%
ALDE. Antiquarian and 19th Century Books on May 13th: 66.36%
Ferraton. Books and Prints, Part I on May 8th: 80.41%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on May 8th: 93.43%
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Rare Books, Prints and Photographs on May 9th: 45.63%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/10 on May 17th: 97.33%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/10 on May 17th: 99.84%


For the week ahead 27 sales are scheduled:

Mon. May. 25th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 73 lots

Tue. May. 26th
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Amsterdam. Art of the XXth Century. 213 lots

Wed. May. 27th
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 437 lots
Christies. London - King Street. THE JOEL SPITZ COLLECTION OF ENGLISH COLOUR-PLATE BOOKS. 199 lots
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Firenze. Manuscripts, Incunabula and Books. 270 lots
Auctionata. New York. American and European Art. 84 lots

Thu. May. 28th
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . 15th -19th Century Prints. 828 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics. 1737 lots
Sothebys. London. Music, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts. 315 lots
Ader. PARIS. Prints. 299 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Books and Manuscripts. 289 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/21. 271 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books and Ephemera - Day 1. 709 lots

Fri. May. 29th
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Books. 304 lots
Skinner. Boston. Americana and European Prints and Photography. 109 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books and Ephemera - Day 2. 366 lots
ALDE. Paris. Letters and Autograph Manuscripts. 415 lots
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Comic Strips. 476 lots
Ader. PARIS. Prints. 289 lots

Sat. May. 30th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints and Photographs. 124 lots
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Printed Art - Internet bidstart 5/22. 10 lots
Audap and Mirabaud. PARIS. Sport. 138 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Modern Art Part II - Prints. 374 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Modern Art Part I - Prints. 180 lots

Sun. May. 31st
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/24.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/24.
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Fine Art and Antiques - Books, Prints - Day 2. 93 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Extremely Fine Copy of Fantasy Classic. Tolkien (J.R.R.) <i>The Hobbit, or There and Back Again,</i> L. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Museum Street) 1937. €20,000 to €30,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Incunabula. [Sirectus, Antonius] O’Fihely (Maurice)Abp. <i>Formalitates de Mente Doctoris Subtilis Scoti Nec Non Stephai Burlifer cum novis additionibus…</i> Venice 14th December 1051 (ie. 1501). €3,000 to €4,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Original Book Illustrations by Pamela Leonard. Illustrations: Regan (Peter) Touchstone, 8vo D. (Mount Salas Press) 1989. €3,500 to €4,500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> [Petit (Jean), Prevel (Jean) & Gregory (Pope)] [Gregorius]. <i>Compendium Textuale Compillationis decretalium Gregorri noni sine qua…</i>, Paris [Dec. 1524]. €350 to €500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Excessively Rare – V. Fine Copy. [Mac Mahon]. <i>Jus Primatiale Armacanum, In Omnes Archiepiscopos, Episcopos, et Universum Clerum</i>… [n.p.] 1728. €750 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Madden (R.R.). <i>Travels in Turkey, Egypt, Nubia and Palestine in 1824, 1825, 1826 and 1827,</i> 2 vols. 1822. €500 to €700
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Early English Herbal. Gerarde (John). The Herball or General History of Plants, thick folio L. (John Norton) 1597. €700 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The Tehran World War 2 Conference Photograph: [Tehran Conference 1943] An important and iconic Group Photograph showing Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. €80 to €120
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Natural History Specimens from Jersey Jersey Islands: Westacton [Mrs Acton] Collection of 53 original dried examples of Seaweed collected in Jersey, c. 1860. €300 to €400
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Plyglot Bible: Hutteri (Eliae). <i>Biblia Sacra, Ebraice, Chaldaice, Graece, Latinae, Germanice, Sclavonice.</i> Lg. folio Nurimberg 1599. €250 to €350
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The American Invasion 1888: “First Ever G.A.A. Hurling Match in America” Medal: G.A.A., The Invaders, 1888. €2,000 to €3,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> “Babe” Ruth and the G.A.A. G.A.A. & Baseball: A unique and early Sporting Association. An original Spalding B12 Baseball Bat. €4,000 to €6,000
  • <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 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