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>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.
  • <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Collection of 131 Herbert Ponting gelatin silver contact prints of Antartica, £6000-8000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of several lots of Henri Cartier-Bresson gelatin silver prints, £200-300
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Vintage gelatin silver print of Diego Rivera by Leonard McCombe, £300-500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Julia Margaret Cameron of Sir John Herschel (April, 1867), £30,000-50,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron, Love, 1864 (from the Norman album), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Lewis Carroll of Twyford School Eleven (Summer Term, 1859), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Lewis Carroll of Xie Kitchin as 'Dane' (Oxford, 1873), £500-800
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Calotype print (c1845) by Hill & Adamson of Lady Elizabeth (Rigby) Eastlake, £3000-4000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Group of 12 waxed paper negatives of Scottish scenes by Thomas Keith, mid-1850s, £3000-5000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of 15 lots of Roger Fenton salt prints of his work in the Crimea, mid-1850s, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Quarter plate ambrotype (c.1860s) with ethnographic portrait of a woman seated at a table, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Rare whole plate thermoplastic union case of the Landing of Columbus (c.1858),part of the John Hannavy collection, £1500-2000
  • <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>