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40 Auctions Archived, 28 Sales upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday June 13th, 40 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub database; 19 in euros, 4 in British pounds, 1 in Hong Kong dollars, and 16 in US dollars.  Total sales were $16,321,951 as 9,308 lots were offered and 6,795 sold for a 73% success rate.

4 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ChristiesFine Printed Books and Manuscripts - Including Americana on June 12th: $3,501,003 
Profiles in HistoryHistorical Auction on June 11th: $1,915,885 
SothebysBoundless: Contemporary Art on June 11th: $1,439,425 
ChristiesPosters on June 9th: $1,133,476 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.

  1. Christies De re aedificatoria. on June 12th Actual price: USD $437,000.
  2. Sothebys DOG on June 11th Actual price: USD $416,000.
  3. Christies De architectura. on June 12th Actual price: USD $389,000.
  4. Sothebys SOFU TESHIGAHARA (TWO WORKS) on June 11th Actual price: USD $369,200.
  5. Christies De humani corporis fabrica libri septem. on June 12th Actual price: USD $269,000.
  6. Christies The Raven and Other Poems. on June 12th Actual price: USD $221,000.
  7. Profiles in History Historic engrossed copy of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution signed by 125 members of Congress on June 11th Actual price: USD $180,000.
  8. Minerva Auctions Roma Lettera autografa on June 4th Actual price: USD $153,216.
  9. Christies MAGNA CARTA AND STATUTES OF THE REALM, in Latin and Anglo-Norman French, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM, on June 12th Actual price: USD $137,000.
  10. Profiles in History Historic autograph letter signed (“W.T. Sherman Maj. Gnl.”) on June 11th Actual price: USD $96,000.
  11. Christies [MEDICI FAMILY] – A collection of the correspondence of Ottavio Falconieri (1636-1675), humanist scholar and cleric, comprising c.420 letters received chiefly from members of the Medici family, c.1658-1675 on June 9th Actual price: USD $91,063.
  12. Christies Historiae Romanae decades. on June 12th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  13. Profiles in History Historic manuscript document signed of Lee’s historic General Order No. on June 11th Actual price: USD $87,000.
  14. Artcurial FEMME AU FAUTEUIL N°1 on June 3rd Actual price: USD $83,955.
  15. Christies Manuscript document signed, 24 February 1868. on June 12th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  16. Christies Le Antichita  Romane. on June 12th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  17. Christies The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, as Agreed Upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787. on June 12th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  18. Christies A Hyakumanto pagoda with associated printed dharani. on June 12th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  19. Sothebys REVERSAL GREY MARILYN (FROM PICTURES OF DIAMOND DUST) on June 11th Actual price: USD $74,750.
  20. Rossini Partie de Coran on June 5th Actual price: USD $71,190.
  21. Christies The Discoverie of Witchcraft, wherin the lewde dealings of witches and witchmongers is notablie detected, the knauerie of conjurors, the impietie of inchantors. on June 12th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  22. Hauswedell and Nolte  Zwei Menschen - Die Einsamen on June 9th Actual price: USD $66,662.
  23. Sothebys ASTRÉE on June 11th Actual price: USD $65,000.
  24. Christies CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION. A collection of 72 letters and documents, on June 12th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  25. Christies Autograph letter signed to Wilhelm Wien (1864-1928), Berlin, 15 June 1914. on June 12th Actual price: USD $62,500.


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


RossiniPrints, Globes on June 5th: 478.16% 
Audap and MirabaudFrom Empire to Literary Salons on June 8th: 268.66% 
ChristiesModern Literature: The Personal Collection of Anthony Hobson on June 10th: 172.03% 
Galerie BassengeSpecial Sale Keiko Minami on June 3rd: 166.91% 
ChristiesPosters on June 9th: 129.03% 
Audap and MirabaudPrints on June 2nd: 120.57% 
ArtcurialPrints and Illustrated Books on June 3rd: 111.26% 
ALDEBooks of an Amateur Collector on June 10th: 109.14% 
Galerie BassengeModern Art Part II - Prints on May 30th: 107.69% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints and Photographs on June 10th: 105.56% 
SothebysBoundless: Contemporary Art on June 11th: 105.06% 

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

Galerie Bassenge. Special Sale Keiko Minami on June 3rd: 100.00%
Alaska Auction. Prints on June 3rd: 100.00%
Rossini. Prints, Globes on June 5th: 100.00%
Audap and Mirabaud. From Empire to Literary Salons on June 8th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/31 on June 7th: 99.15%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/31 on June 7th: 98.16%
Alaska Auction. Prints, Books on April 25th: 96.97%
Christies. Modern Literature: The Personal Collection of Anthony Hobson on June 10th: 90.40%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Spot On! Modern and Contemporary Art - Photos and Prints on June 6th: 89.86%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 6/4 on June 11th: 88.19%
Beaussant Lefevre. Old and Modern Books, Autographs and Photographs on June 3rd: 85.84%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. PRINTED BOOKS, MAPS & EPHEMERA, NATURAL HISTORY & FISHING BOOKS, SPORTING ART, TAXIDERMY & FOSSILS on June 11th: 85.83%
Christies. Posters on June 9th: 84.97%
ALDE. Books of an Amateur Collector on June 10th: 84.15%
Sothebys. Boundless: Contemporary Art on June 11th: 83.87%
Swann Galleries. Art, Press & Illustrated Books on June 10th: 82.98%
Galerie Bassenge. Modern Art Part II - Prints on May 30th: 82.89%
Artcurial. Prints and Illustrated Books on June 3rd: 82.44%
Skinner. Fine Books and Manuscripts - online bidstart 5/27 on June 7th: 81.82%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Bibliophile on June 11th: 80.80%


40 total sales reported this week:

ALDE. Books of an Amateur Collector on June 10th: 84.15%
Hauswedell and Nolte. Modern Art - Prints on June 10th: 18.72%
Hauswedell and Nolte. Contemporary Art - Prints on June 9th: 41.57%
Hauswedell and Nolte. Modern Art/Contemporary Art - Prints on June 9th: 53.85%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Tintinomania on June 8th: 75.59%
Aguttes. Books, Old Paper on June 9th: 54.14%
Cowans Auctions. American History on June 12th: 71.43%
Christies. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts - Including Americana on June 12th: 76.06%
Profiles in History. Historical Auction on June 11th: 64.00%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Bibliophile on June 11th: 80.80%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. PRINTED BOOKS, MAPS & EPHEMERA, NATURAL HISTORY & FISHING BOOKS, SPORTING ART, TAXIDERMY & FOSSILS on June 11th: 85.83%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 6/4 on June 11th: 88.19%
Sothebys. Boundless: Contemporary Art on June 11th: 83.87%
Swann Galleries. Art, Press & Illustrated Books on June 10th: 82.98%
Audap and Mirabaud. From Empire to Literary Salons on June 8th: 100.00%
Skinner. Gentleman's Auction - Online Bidstart 5/28 on June 8th: 55.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints and Photographs on June 10th: 70.00%
Christies. Posters on June 9th: 84.97%
Christies. Modern Literature: The Personal Collection of Anthony Hobson on June 10th: 90.40%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on June 9th: 76.19%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Spot On! Modern and Contemporary Art - Photos and Prints on June 6th: 89.86%
Auctionata. American and European Art on May 27th: 30.95%
Auctionata. Post War and Contemporary Art - Prints on June 6th: 47.15%
Rossini. Prints, Globes on June 5th: 100.00%
Rago Arts and Auctions. Modern Design - Prints on June 7th: 63.64%
Beaussant Lefevre. Old and Modern Books, Autographs and Photographs on June 3rd: 85.84%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Books - Internet Bidstart 5/28 on June 4th: 50.14%
Galerie Bassenge. Special Sale Keiko Minami on June 3rd: 100.00%
Galerie Bassenge. Modern Art Part II - Prints on May 30th: 82.89%
Galerie Bassenge. Photograph Sale on June 3rd: 55.40%
Skinner. Fine Books and Manuscripts - online bidstart 5/27 on June 7th: 81.82%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/31 on June 7th: 98.16%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/31 on June 7th: 99.15%
Minerva Auctions Roma. Books, Autographs and Prints on June 4th: 36.81%
Minerva Auctions Roma. Photographs on June 3rd: 29.85%
Alaska Auction. Prints, Books on April 25th: 96.97%
Alaska Auction. Prints on June 3rd: 100.00%
PIASA. Photographs and Prints on June 3rd: 11.11%
Artcurial. Prints and Illustrated Books on June 3rd: 82.44%
Audap and Mirabaud. Prints on June 2nd: 78.57%


For the week ahead 28 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jun. 15th
Dorotheum . Vienna. Books and Prints. 335 lots
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Asian Arts - Prints. 32 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 66 lots

Tue. Jun. 16th
Christies. London - King Street. Important Books and Manuscripts from the Library of Jenna A. Bonna. 165 lots
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Bruxelles . Books. 455 lots
Bonhams. New York. Voices of the 20th Century. 158 lots
Jacksons Auction. Cedar Falls, Iowa . World Treasures: Important Russian, European, Asian & American Works - Important Americana. 40 lots

Wed. Jun. 17th
Swann Galleries. New York. 19th and 20th Century Literature. 282 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints. 14 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Interiors: Prints. 11 lots
Bonhams. London. British Master Prints. 102 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. The NASA Collection of Leon Ford. 997 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. William E. Fredeman Pre-Raphaelite Collection Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs. 376 lots

Thu. Jun. 18th
Ader. PARIS. Letters, Manuscripts and Autographs. 296 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Books and Works on Paper. 232 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 6/11. 283 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Travel and Exploration - Cartography. 338 lots

Fri. Jun. 19th
Sothebys. New York. Books and Manuscripts. 150 lots
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Advertising, Toy and Doll Auction. 36 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Rare Prints and Portfolios from the Brusberg Gallery. 56 lots
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Brussels. DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY - Day 1. 266 lots

Sat. Jun. 20th
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Comic Strips. 709 lots
Bonhams. Oxford . Summer Classic Sale - Automobilia. 94 lots
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Books and Prints. 643 lots
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Brussels. DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY - Day 2. 497 lots

Sun. Jun. 21st
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 6/14.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 6/14.
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books, Art and Ephemera - Craighead, Modern Firsts, Frontier.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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
  • <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.