• <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> BROWNING, ELIZABETH BARRETT. Autograph Manuscript Initialed ("E.B.B."), being the working notebook for the poems contained in <i>The Seraphim and Other Poems</i>. $400,000 to 600,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> WILDE, OSCAR. Two leaves, pp 31-34, from the first appearance of <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine for July, 1890</i>, with Wilde's autograph revisions. $40,000 to 60,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories and Tragedies; Published according to the true Originall Copies. Second Impression. [THE SECOND FOLIO.]</i> $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> KENNEDY, JOHN FITZGERALD. Photograph Signed ("John F. Kennedy") and Inscribed, 8 x 10 inch gelatin silver print, of Senator Kennedy and Miss Barelli, at the swearing of the secretarial oath for Miss Barelli. $1,200 to 1,800
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter XXVII of <i>Afloat and Ashore</i>. $15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> IRVING, WASHINGTON. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter 20 from Volume IV of <i>The Life of George Washington</i>. $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> VERNE, JULES. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Jules Verne"), being the complete short story "<i>Une fantaisie de docteur Ox</i>". $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> ALCHEMY. <i>[The Crowning of Nature, or Coronatio Naturae.]</i> Original alchemical manuscript on paper, ruled in red, with watermark of the arms of Schieland. $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> DE JODE, CORNELUS. 1568 - 1600. <i>Quivirae Regnu, Cum Alija Versus Borea</i>. [Antwerp: Arnoldum Coninx, 1593]. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> HOOKER, JOSEPH DALTON. <i>The Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya; Being an Account, Botanical and Geographical, of the Rhododendrons Recently Discovered in the Mountains of Eastern Himalaya</i>… $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> CATLIN, GEORGE. <i>North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting scenes and amusements of the Rocky Mountains and prairies of America. From drawings and notes of the author, made during eight years' travel.</i> $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. HESLER, ALEXANDER. Platinum print, 8 3/4 x 6 3/4 in, of a beardless Lincoln, 1860.<br>$2,000 to 3,000
  • <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 22</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>Book of hours, manuscript on vellum. Around 1520. Est: € 15,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>H. Schedel, <i>Liber chronicarum</i>. 1493. Est: € 60,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br><i> Biblia germanica</i>. 1475/1476.<br>Est: € 140,000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 22</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>A. Ortelius, <i>Theatrum orbis terrarum</i>. 1574. Est: € 26,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>L. de Varthema, <i>Die ritterlich und lobwirdig Rays</i>. 1515. Est: € 15,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>J. H. van Linschoten, <i>His Discours of Voyages</i>. 1598. Est: € 70,000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 22</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>J. G. Stedman, <i>Narrative of Surinam</i>. 1806. Est: € 8,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>A. von Menzel, <i>Armeewerk Friedrichs d. Gr.</i> 1850-1860. Est: € 50,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>G. Heym, <i>Umbra Vitae</i>. 1924.<br>Est: € 8,000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 22</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>Master binding by G. Levitzky. 1914. Est: € 2,500
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>R. Char, <i>A la santé du serpent</i>. 1954. Est: € 8,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>Nam June Paik, <i>Fluxus Testament</i>. 1975. Est: € 18,000
  • <b>Now in press: 19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> <i>The First American Magna Carta. English Liberties.</i> Boston, 1721.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Babbage presentation to Peel, the man who killed the Difference Engine 1832
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> The Stamp Act. 1765
    <b>Now in press: 19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Central Park Photographs by Prevost 1862
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Salem Witch Trials. Wonders of the Invisible World 1693
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Mammoth print of Millie-Christine, "The Carolina Twins" c. 1868

Auction Update Review

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21 Sales Archived, 29 Auctions Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday 30 May 21 auctions were archived to the RBH database; 10 denominated in euros, 5 denominated in British pounds, and 6 denominated in US dollars.  Sales totaled $27,437,492 as 5,408 lots were offered and 3,893 sold for a 72% success rare.

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

SothebysMusic, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts on May 28th: $18,386,744 
SothebysPhotographs on May 23rd: $2,618,564 
Artcurialthe Universe of the Creator of TinTin on May 23rd: $1,779,550 
ArtcurialComic Strips on May 23rd: $1,450,114 
ChristiesThe Joel Spitz collection of English colour-plate books on May 27th: $1,050,359

The Arader Galleries Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys TCHAIKOVSKY, PYOTR AUTOGRAPH WORKING MANUSCRIPT OF THE ORCHESTRAL SUITE NO.2 OP.53 on May 28th Actual price: USD $503,370.
  2. Artcurial HERGÉ (Georges REMI dit) 1907-1983 L'ÉTOILE MYSTÉRIEUSE on May 23rd Actual price: USD $316,885.
  3. Sothebys MOZART, WOLFGANG AMADEUS FINE AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF MOZART’S TRANSCRIPTION OF THE “STABAT MATER” BY MARCHESE EUGENIO LIGNIVILLE, [K.ANH.238 (ANH. on May 28th Actual price: USD $255,510.
  4. Artcurial HERGÉ (Georges REMI dit) 1907-1983 LA TEMPÊTE on May 23rd Actual price: USD $247,997. ARader Auction Galleries
  5. Artcurial HERGÉ (Georges REMI dit) 1907-1983 TINTIN AU CONGO on May 23rd Actual price: USD $206,664.
  6. Artcurial SPIROU ET FANTASIO LE VOYAGEUR DU MÉSOZOIQUE on May 23rd Actual price: USD $206,664.
  7. Sothebys UNTITLED (FGM78), 1923-25 on May 23rd Actual price: USD $196,250.
  8. Sothebys 'LOLIONDO LION CHARGE', 1964 on May 23rd Actual price: USD $176,625.
  9. Sothebys BOOK OF HOURS. USE OF ROME on May 28th Actual price: USD $172,125.
  10. Sothebys MANN, THOMAS IMPORTANT SERIES OF C. 90 EARLY AUTOGRAPH LETTERS AND POSTCARDS, TO OTTO GRAUTOFF, ABOUT BUDDENBROOKS, INCLUDING ELEVEN UNPUBLISHED ITEMS, WITH POEMS AND TRANSCRIPTIONS on May 28th Actual price: USD $153,000.
  11. Sothebys THEOCRITUS AND DIOSCORIDES A VOLUME OWNED BY FLETCHER OF SALTOUN, on May 28th Actual price: USD $118,575.
  12. Sothebys 'CHANEL FEATHER HEADDRESS (B), NEW YORK', 1994 on May 23rd Actual price: USD $107,938.
  13. Artcurial GASTON LAGAFFE on May 23rd Actual price: USD $103,332.
  14. Sothebys WAGNER, RICHARD AUTOGRAPH SKETCH-LEAF CONTAINING DRAFTS AND IDEAS FOR “SIEGFRIED” AND “SIEGFRIEDS TOD”, THE FIRST VERSION OF “GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG”, on May 28th Actual price: USD $99,450.
  15. Sothebys BOULEZ, PIERRE AUTOGRAPH WORKING MANUSCRIPT OF 'CONDUITE' FROM LE VISAGE NUPTIAL, FOR VOICES AND LARGE ORCHESTRA with the title at the head of the first page ("I. on May 28th Actual price: USD $99,450.
  16. Sothebys 'LEE MILLER', C. 1930 on May 23rd Actual price: USD $98,125.
  17. Sothebys 'BABOONS, IMPALAS AND ELEPHANTS UNDER KILIMANJARO', 1984 on May 23rd Actual price: USD $88,313.
  18. Sothebys PLATO OMNIA PLATONIS OPERA. on May 28th Actual price: USD $86,063.
  19. Artcurial DES RAILS SUR LA MOQUETTE on May 23rd Actual price: USD $82,666.
  20. Sothebys 'NUDES FE 16', 2000 on May 23rd Actual price: USD $78,500.
  21. Sothebys BOULEZ, PIERRE AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF 'STRUCTURE 1A', THE OPENING MOVEMENT OF STRUCTURES, PREMIER LIVRE, FOR TWO PIANOS on May 28th Actual price: USD $76,500.
  22. Sothebys STUDIES OF INDUSTRIAL FORMS, C. 1965-70 on May 23rd Actual price: USD $74,575.
  23. Sothebys SHADOW PROFILE, NEW YORK, 1944 on May 23rd Actual price: USD $74,575.
  24. Sothebys STRAVINSKY, IGOR FINE AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF BERCEUSES DU CHAT AND PRIBAOUTKI, [VOCAL SCORE], SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY THE COMPOSER TO PRINCESS EUGÈNE (VIOLETTE) MURAT on May 28th Actual price: USD $72,675.
  25. Sothebys HERODOTUS HISTORIAE [TRANSLATED BY LAURENTIUS VALLA, EDITED BY BENEDICTUS BROGNOLUS]. on May 28th Actual price: USD $72,675.


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

Sothebys. Music, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts on May 28th: 402.93%
ALDE. First Editions of the 19th and 20th Century on May 22nd: 116.07%

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

Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/17 on May 24th: 98.17%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/17 on May 24th: 96.95%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/21 on May 28th: 94.83%
Heritage Auctions. Space Exploration on May 22nd: 94.78%
Woolley and Wallis. Asian Art II - Prints on May 21st: 91.67%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/14 on May 21st: 82.95%

21 total sales reported this week:

Artcurial. the Universe of the Creator of TinTin on May 23rd: 58.06%
PBA Galleries. Rare Books and Manuscripts on May 28th: 50.17%
ALDE. First Editions of the 19th and 20th Century on May 23rd: 14.01%
ALDE. First Editions of the 19th and 20th Century on May 22nd: 73.08%
Sothebys. Music, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts on May 28th: 64.44%
Christies. THE JOEL SPITZ COLLECTION OF ENGLISH COLOUR-PLATE BOOKS on May 27th: 75.38%
Artcurial. Comic Strips on May 23rd: 63.81%
Woolley and Wallis. Asian Art II - Prints on May 21st: 91.67%
PIASA. Russian and Soviet Photographs on May 21st: 28.57%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on May 26th: 76.71%
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Art of the XXth Century on May 26th: 66.67%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/21 on May 28th: 94.83%
Auctionata. Photography, Prints and Editions on May 21st: 33.33%
Auctionata. Graphic Art and Photography on May 21st: 26.49%
Sothebys. Photographs on May 23rd: 55.40%
Tajan. Books on May 20th: 50.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/17 on May 24th: 96.95%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/17 on May 24th: 98.17%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/14 on May 21st: 82.95%
Heritage Auctions. Space Exploration on May 22nd: 94.78%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. MOTORING LITERATURE, AUTOMOBILIA EARLY CYCLING, RAILWAYANA CLOCKS AND SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS on May 15th: 73.67%


For the week ahead 29 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jun. 1st
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Contemporary Photographs. 60 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Autographs. 320 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Doodle for Hunger Illustration Art Auction Benefiting St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelter - online. 54 lots
Australian Book Auctions. Armadale, . THE COLLECTION OF JOHN LANE MULLINS. 276 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 63 lots

Tue. Jun. 2nd
Audap and Mirabaud. PARIS. Prints. 350 lots

Wed. Jun. 3rd
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Photograph Sale. 417 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Prints and Illustrated Books. 205 lots
Beaussant Lefevre. Paris. Old and Modern Books, Autographs and Photographs. 113 lots
Minerva Auctions Roma. Roma. Photographs. 201 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Prints. 42 lots
Bonhams. London. Prints and Multiples. 252 lots
Florence Number Nine. Florence. Fine Chinese Works of Art - Prints. 12 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Special Sale Keiko Minami. 87 lots
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Jewish and Israeli History and Culture. 612 lots
PIASA. Paris. Photographs and Prints. 9 lots

Thu. Jun. 4th
Sothebys. London. Library on an English Bibliophile, Part IV. 182 lots
Minerva Auctions Roma. Roma. Books, Autographs and Prints. 739 lots
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Books - Internet Bidstart 5/28. 359 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. Posters. 200 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Photo Opportunities. 231 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/28. 247 lots

Fri. Jun. 5th
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. Modern Design - Prints. 11 lots
Rossini. Paris. Prints, Globes. 4 lots

Sat. Jun. 6th
Auctionata. New York. Post War and Contemporary Art - Prints. 123 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Spot On! Modern and Contemporary Art - Photos and Prints. 69 lots

Sun. Jun. 7th
Skinner. Boston. Fine Books and Manuscripts.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/31.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/31.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Sotheby’s London: Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History. 9 May 2017. Viewing 5 – 8 May.</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Ackermann, Rudolph—Uwins, Thomas. A collection of 240 drawings for Rudolph Ackermann's <i>Repository of Arts</i> magazine, 1809-1828. £20,000 – 30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, and Joan. <i>Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Sive Atlas Novus in Quo Tabulae et Descriptiones Omnium Regionum.</i> 1640-1654. £100,000 – 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Mercator, Gerard and Jodocus Hondius. <i>L’Atlas ou Méditations Cosmographiques de la Fabrique du Monde et Figure Diceluy.</i> 1613. £60,000 – 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History. 9 May 2017. Viewing 5 – 8 May.</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Speed, John. <i>The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain, Presenting an Exact Geography of the Kingdom of England, Scotland, Ireland and the Isles Adjoyning...</i> £100,000 – 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Wit, Frederick De. [General Atlas], With The Engraved Title For Atlas Maior. Amsterdam, [C.1688-1696]. £50,000 – 70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Kuntz, Joh. Rudolph. <i>[Abbildungen Königlich Württembergischer Gestütts-Pferde von Orientalischen Racen.</I> Stuttgart: Ebner 1823–1824]. £30,000 – 40,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History. 9 May 2017. Viewing 5 – 8 May.</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Lawrence, T.E. Ivory Silk Thawb, Or Under-Robe, Presented by Lawrence of Arabia to a family friend. £10,000 – 15,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Blaeu, Joan. <i>Archipelagus Orientalis Sive Asiaticus</i>. Amsterdam: Joan Blaeu, [1659]. £200,000 – 250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Blaeu, Joan. <i>Asiae Descriptio Novissima</i>. Amsterdam: Joan Blaeu, [1659]. £60,000 – 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History. 9 May 2017. Viewing 5 – 8 May.</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Japanese bird paintings—(Rinchô Zu). A Pair Of Painted Scrolls of Birds. [Japan, Late 18th Or Early 19th Century]. £25,000 – 35,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Huang, Qianren. Da Qing Wannian Yitong Tianxia Quantu [Complete Map of the Whole Unified Country of the Great Qing]. [1803]. £80,000 – 120,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Sôkaku or Ryôsei Jôkei. Da Ming Sheng Tu, [Map of (China Under) The Great Ming Dynasty]. (1691 Or 1711). £80,000 – 120,000
  • <b>Seth Kaller:</b> “America the Beautiful”
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> George Washington, Tongue-in-Cheek, Writes James McHenry About His Wife or Mistress—But Funding the Continental Army is the Real Topic
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Young’s Map of the United States
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> President Lincoln & His Most Profitable Client, the Illinois Central Railroad
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Lincoln Thanks Former Pro-Slavery and Newly Republican Congressman for a Fiery Anti-Slavery Speech at a Philadelphia Campaign Rally
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> “A Visit From St. Nicholas” - great association copy inscribed by Clement C. Moore
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Einstein Agrees to Allow “a Short Book on the Hydrogen Bomb” to Use His Statement Made on Eleanor Roosevelt’s TV Show
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> The Building Blocks of Albert Einstein’s Creative Mind
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> A Unique Manuscript Map of Block Island Sound Including Fisher’s and Gardiner’s Islands, the Hamptons, and Montauk Point
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> J.R.R. Tolkien Writes his Proofreader with a Lengthy Discussion of the Lord of the Rings, Including Criticism of Radio Broadcasts of his Work
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Six Benjamin Franklin Signed Receipts – Including his Earliest Obtainable Autograph — Acknowledging a Donation to the Famous Library Company He Founded, and Five Payments for His Pennsylvania Gazette
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Sherman Dishes on Lincoln & Thomas, Meade, Sheridan, Halleck & Grant
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Ernest Hemingway, Autograph Letter Signed "Love / Mr. Papa," to Marlene Dietrich, Cuba, 1952. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Alexis de Tocqueville, Autograph Letter Signed, on the publication of <i> Democracy in America </i>, 1837. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Thomas Hart Benton, Autograph Manuscript, draft of <i>The Mechanics of Form Organization in Painting</i>, with sketches, 1926. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Elliot Erwitt, photograph of Kennedy & Eisenhower, signed by both,<br>c. 1960. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> John Adams, Partly-printed Document Signed, as President, countersigned by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering, 1798. $4,000 to $6,000. 
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Graphite drawing of Albert Einstein, signed by him & the artist, S.N. Swamy, 1950. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Autograph Musical Quotation Signed, London, 1888. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Partly-printed vellum Document Signed, as President, countersigned by Secretary of State James Madison, 1809. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Agatha Christie, Autograph Manuscript notebook with early drafts for numerous novels, Baghdad, circa 1948. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Claude Monet, Autograph Letter Signed to Desmond Fitzgerald, in French, 1889. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Photograph of Fidel Castro, Signed & Inscribed, in Spanish, 1955. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Frederick Stuart Church, archive of 17 illustrated Autograph Letters Signed to Evander Schley, 1905-11. $5,000 to $7,500.