Auction Update Review

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Week Sixteen Fall 2009, 4 Auctions Archived through 12.27.09

The fall auction season, that began with concerns in September, ends in a few days amid mixed messages about the health of the collectible works on paper field. Along the way there have been high points and lows, sometimes in the same week.

Increasingly there are two views of the auctions: the rest of the world and mine. The general perception of auctions is as a channel, a level, a method that reverses the traditional book selling model of setting the price and letting the time vary. With auctions, the time of sale is set and the price varies. Often auctions try to have it both ways - setting both the time and the price. It sometimes works for the consignor but often fails for the buyer. It's a particularly ineffective practice in declining markets and is the reason that many houses have seen their sell-rates decline.

What I see is an emerging "event driven" approach to auctions. This is simply recognition that auctions are a group of people in pursuit of the same thing at the same time and that if you create an event you increase participation and bids. In 2010 we'll work with auction houses to create these events. They will help the market recover.

With four days to go in 2009 there is still one auction to be run. Take a good look. It's Dirk Solis's sale on December 29. [See the December calendar] Click on 12/29. Item 1. is a 1541 Lyon imprint that brought more than a $1,000 in 2007. Lot 3. is another early imprint: SEMINARIUM ET PLANTARIUM printed in 1540. A copy estimated at 500-800 Euros failed to sell in 2008. This copy is estimated $200-300. Between football games its worth a look.

Mike Stillman is preparing an article on the Top 500 books, manuscripts & ephemera lots at auction in 2009. Look for it in the January issue of AE Monthly.

Bruce McKinney
AE

December 27, 2009

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    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…
  • <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Newton. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. London, 1687.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Josephus. <i>De antiquitate Judaica.</i> Lubeck, 1475-76.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Carlerius. <i>Sporta fragmentorum, Sportula fragmentorum</i>. Brussels, 1478-79.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Fridolin. <i>Der Schatzbehalter</i>. Nuremberg, 1491.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Pinder. <i>Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie</i>. Nuremberg, 1505.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Isidorus Hispalensis. <i>Synonyma de Homine</i>. Nuremberg, 1470-71.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Durer. Sammelband including <i>Underweysung der messing</i>. Nuremberg, 1525-29.
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