Auction Update Review

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22 Auctions Archived, 11 Sales Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 25 July 22 sales were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 8 denominated in euros, 3 in British pounds, and 11 in US dollars.  Turnover was $3,866,378 as 5,183 lots were offered and 3,682 sold for a 71% success rate.  The beach umbrellas are up and the bidding paddles down.  It is summer!

1 auction saw total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysModern Life: Post War Photographs, Prints and Design on July 22nd: $1,499,625 

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

De Baecque and AssociesAntiquarian and Modern Books on April 29th: 117.48% 
OSENATFontainebleau Empire on July 5th: 114.33% 

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

Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 7/12 on July 19th: 99.72% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/12 on July 19th: 99.40% 
Alaska AuctionJuly 8th Auction - Books and Prints on July 8th: 96.00% 
Brunk AuctionsBrunk Auction - Books, Maps, Manuscripts on July 18th: 94.35% 
Cowans AuctionsAmerican History - Online bidstart 7/2 on July 13th: 88.74% 
Keys Fine Arts AuctioneersAutomobilia on July 18th: 83.33% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 7/16 on July 23rd: 82.05% 

22 total sales reported this week: 

Kedem AuctionBooks, Objects, Manuscripts, Rabbinic Letters on July 7th: 73.28% 
PBA GalleriesFine Americana with California and the West on July 23rd: 64.55% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 7/16 on July 23rd: 82.05% 
SothebysModern Life: Post War Photographs, Prints and Design on July 22nd: 71.10% 
OSENATFontainebleau Empire on July 5th: 74.22% 
Alaska AuctionJuly 8th Auction - Books and Prints on July 8th: 96.00% 
AntiquarianAuctions.comBooks - Internet Bidstart 7/9 on July 16th: 48.52% 
Florence Number NineMonthly Online Sale - Prints, Books on February 6th: 0.00% 
Florence Number Nine30215 on March 2nd: 7.14% 
Florence Number NineFine Chinese Works of Art - Prints on June 3rd: 66.67% 
Sheppards Irish Auction HousePrints on April 29th: 55.00% 
Sheppards Irish Auction HouseBooks, Manuscripts and Maps on July 10th: 0.00% 
De Baecque and AssociesAutographs - Manuscripts on March 5th: 31.34% 
De Baecque and AssociesAntiquarian and Modern Books on April 29th: 70.06% 
Bearnes Hampton and LittlewoodMaritime on July 1st: 60.98% 
Keys Fine Arts AuctioneersAutomobilia on July 18th: 83.33% 
TooveysPrints on July 15th: 76.47% 
Brunk AuctionsBrunk Auction - Books, Maps, Manuscripts on July 18th: 94.35% 
BonhamsTCM Presents ... Picture Perfect - The Art of Movie Posters on July 20th: 60.26% 
Cowans AuctionsAmerican History - Online bidstart 7/2 on July 13th: 88.74% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/12 on July 19th: 99.40% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 7/12 on July 19th: 99.72% 
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books, Art, Ephemera, and Collectibles.

 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys COWBOYS AND INDIANS (FELDMAN & SCHELLMANN II.377-386) on July 22nd Actual price: USD $346,000.
  2. OSENAT Correspondance de 24 lettres autographes adressées à ses parents. on July 5th Actual price: USD $129,438.
  3. Sothebys UNTITLED (SELF-PORTRAIT, BOULDER, COLORADO) on July 22nd Actual price: USD $68,750.
  4. Sothebys 'NEW YORK CITY' (GIRLS IN THE WINDOWS) on July 22nd Actual price: USD $40,000.
  5. Sothebys YAKUSA on July 22nd Actual price: USD $40,000.
  6. Bonhams Top Hat on July 20th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  7. Sothebys SCOTCH BROTH (FELDMAN & SCHELLMANN II.55) on July 22nd Actual price: USD $33,750.
  8. Sothebys 11 POP ARTISTS, VOLUME I on July 22nd Actual price: USD $32,500.
  9. Kedem Auction Manuscript, Accounting Notebook of Rabbi Sekl Loeb Wormser - the Ba'al Shem of Michelstadt on July 7th Actual price: USD $32,500.
  10. Sothebys 'GERBERA DAISY' on July 22nd Actual price: USD $31,250.
  11. Sothebys OYSTER STEW (FELDMAN & SCHELLMANN II.60) on July 22nd Actual price: USD $27,500.
  12. Sothebys 'KUSHO #2' on July 22nd Actual price: USD $27,500.
  13. Sothebys DRACULA (FELDMAN & SCHELLMANN II.264) on July 22nd Actual price: USD $25,000.
  14. Bonhams The Lady from Shanghai on July 20th Actual price: USD $25,000.
  15. Kedem Auction A Large Ancient Manuscript -- Oran and Tlemcen (Algeria), 1620-1650 - Compositions Never Printed on July 7th Actual price: USD $23,750.
  16. Brunk Auctions Thomas Jefferson letter, 1802 one-page letter written from Thomas Jefferson to his master carpenter, James Dinsmore dated Oct. 15, 1802 on July 18th Actual price: USD $23,600.
  17. Sothebys 'JESSIE AT 12' on July 22nd Actual price: USD $22,500.
  18. Sothebys 'LIPS' on July 22nd Actual price: USD $22,500.
  19. Kedem Auction Siddur Tehillat Hashem - With the Signature of the Lubavitch Rebbe on July 7th Actual price: USD $22,500.
  20. Bonhams Gilda on July 20th Actual price: USD $21,875.
  21. Sothebys 'CALVIN KLEIN FASHION, N. Y.' on July 22nd Actual price: USD $21,250.
  22. Sothebys POOL MADE WITH PAPER BLUE INK FOR BOOK (MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART TOKYO 234) on July 22nd Actual price: USD $21,250.
  23. Kedem Auction Tehillim with Seder Ma'amadot - Slavita, 1822 on July 7th Actual price: USD $21,250.
  24. Brunk Auctions The Birds of America from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories by John James Audubon on July 18th Actual price: USD $20,060.
  25. Sothebys BLACK CORSET on July 22nd Actual price: USD $20,000.

 

For the week ahead 11 sales are scheduled: 

Mon. Jul. 27th 
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Summer Auction. 14 lots 

Wed. Jul. 29th 
Bonhams. Oxford . Books. 243 lots 
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Americana, Paintings and Maritime Art. 61 lots 
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. July 29th Auction - Prints. 3 lots 

Thu. Jul. 30th 
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books and Ephemera - Day 1. 764 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/23. 297 lots 

Fri. Jul. 31st 
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books and Ephemera - Day 2. 249 lots 
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . Contemporary Art - Prints. 65 lots 

Sun. Aug. 2nd 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/26
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/26

 

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.
  • <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Adams (Richard). <i>Watership Down,</i> FIRST EDITION, author inscription on front free end paper, folded map tipped in, original boards, dust-jacket. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bowles (John). <i>Several Prospects of the Most…la Ville de Londres, avec des Remarques Historiques fort Succinctes, qui les Regardant,</i> 20 double page engraved plates only, of 23, 1724. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Auden (W.H.). <i>Our Hunting Fathers,</i> FIRST SEPARATE EDITION, 1 of 22 copies, COPY B OF 5 PRINTED ON NORMANDIE, original patterned wrappers, Cambridge, for Frederic Prokosch, 1935. £800 to £1200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Barrie (J. M.) & Attwell (Mabel Lucie, illustrator). <i>Peter Pan & Wendy,</i> FIRST EDITION, 12 chromolithograph plates, publisher's blue cloth, original printed dust jacket, [c.1920]; and 3 others (4). £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bartolozzi (Francesco). Genius Calling Forth the Fine Arts to Adorn Manufactures and Commerce; Agriculture (Husbandry Aided by Arts and Commerce), glazed and framed. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> A collection of engraved caricatures, including Gillray ([James]) Tales of Wonder!, 1802; Rowlandson (Thomas) Sports, Smock Racing, 1811;Irish Jaunting Carr, 1814. £400 to £600
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bennett (Charles H, illustrator). <i>Æsop’s Fables,</i> 1875; Buchanan (Robert). <i>Ballad Stories of the Affections,</i> [1866]; Douce (Francis), The Dance of Death, 1833. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Chinese Illustrations. A group of 6 Cantonese rice paper illustrations, depicting scenes of torture with different instruments, gouache, c.340 x 220mm, original wrapper boards preserved, [c. 1800]. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Dulac (Edmund). <i>The Queen of Romania, The Dreamer of Dreams,</i> 5 coloured plates, [1915]; and others illustrated by Edmund Dulac. £300 to £400
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Fronth (Per). Xingu Chronicles, the portfolio, comprising 30 plates, photogravues in colours, each signed, dated and titled in pencil, each numbered 10/35, on wove paper, 790 x 600 x 60mm, 1997. £300 to £400
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Pasternak (Boris). <i>Doctor Zhivago,</i> FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, original red publisher’s cloth, pictorial dust jacket, 4to, Collins & Harvill Press, 1958. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> 13 sepia photographs of visitors to the Thermes Nationaux d’Aix-les-Bains, c. 150 x 105mm, c.1890 (12). £300 to £400
  • <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000