• <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Malcolm X, typed manuscripts for the <i>LA Herald Dispatch</i> column "God's Angry Men," 1957.<br>$200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Frederick Douglass, Autograph Letter Signed to George Alfred Townsend, Washington, 1880.<br>$40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Carte-de-visite album featuring a previously unrecorded image of Harriet Tubman, 1860s.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Collection of documents from the Montgomery Improvement Association, Alabama, 1955-63. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Martin Luther King, Jr., working draft of the "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Alabama, 1963. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> <i>Benjamin Bannaker's Almanac</i> for 1795, Baltimore. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Collection of 41 letters addressed to Rebecca Primus, 1854-72.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Abby Fisher, <i>What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking</i>, first edition, San Francisco, 1881.<br>$10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Victor H. Green, <i>The Negro Motorist Green-Book for 1941</i>, New York, 1940. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Toni Morrison, <i>The Bluest Eye, </i>reviewer's copy, New York, 1971. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <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
  • <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>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

Auction Update Review

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Life in the fast lane [with the top down]

For the week ending Saturday August 1st 18 sales were archived to the RBH Database; 3 denominated in euros, 1 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 13 in US dollars.  Turnover was $3,046,082 as 4,682 lot were offered and 3,627 sold for a 77% success rate.  In the auction rooms the action never stops.

1 auction saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Heritage Auctions. Vintage Movie Posters on July 26th: $1,518,398

1 auction saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered:

Bonhams. Books on July 29th: 113.08%

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

Kedem Auction. Mail Auction - Italian Judaica, Jewry and Printings on July 15th: 100.00%
John McInnis Auctioneers. The William "Bill" Johnson Collection - Day 1 on July 10th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/19 on July 26th: 99.52%
John McInnis Auctioneers. The William "Bill" Johnson Collection - Day 2 on July 11th: 96.15%
Addison and Sarova. The Library of Robert Easton on July 25th: 95.83%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Books, Photographs, Prints on July 25th: 94.02%
Heritage Auctions. Vintage Movie Posters on July 26th: 93.06%
Bonhams. Books on July 29th: 92.18%


18 total sales were reported this week:

Winter Associates. Summer Auction on July 27th: 71.43%
Rossini. Prints on May 21st: 34.17%
Rossini. Prints on July 13th: 17.91%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Books, Photographs, Prints on July 25th: 94.02%
Addison and Sarova. The Library of Robert Easton on July 25th: 95.83%
Morton Casa de Subastas. Opportunities - Books and Prints on July 25th: 32.50%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on July 26th: 65.52%
Clars Auction Gallery. Printed Art on July 25th: 74.22%
Bonhams. Books on July 29th: 92.18%
Case Antiques, Inc.. Summer Art and Antiques Auction on July 18th: 78.00%
Auctionata. Prints and Photographs on July 22nd: 14.94%
Kedem Auction. Mail Auction - Italian Judaica, Jewry and Printings on July 15th: 100.00%
RR Auction. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 6/23 on July 15th: 62.35%
John McInnis Auctioneers. The William "Bill" Johnson Collection - Day 2 on July 11th: 96.15%
John McInnis Auctioneers. The William "Bill" Johnson Collection - Day 1 on July 10th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/19 on July 26th: 99.52%
Heritage Auctions. Vintage Movie Posters on July 26th: 93.06%
Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers. Online Numismatic Book Sale on July 25th: 55.22%

 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions Stagecoach (United Artists, 1939). One Sheet (27" X 41"). on July 26th Actual price: USD $43,020.
  2. Heritage Auctions Cimarron (RKO, 1931). One Sheet (27" X 41"). on July 26th Actual price: USD $40,630.
  3. Heritage Auctions My Man Godfrey (Universal, 1936). One Sheet (27" X 41") Style C. on July 26th Actual price: USD $35,850.
  4. Heritage Auctions The Klondike Kid (United Artists, 1932). One Sheet (28" X 41"). on July 26th Actual price: USD $33,460.
  5. RR Auction Apollo 15 Flown map on July 15th Actual price: USD $31,595.
  6. Heritage Auctions Mother Goose Goes Hollywood (RKO, 1938). One Sheet (27" X 41"). on July 26th Actual price: USD $28,680.
  7. Heritage Auctions The Three Stooges in Playing the Ponies (Columbia, 1937). One Sheet (27" X 41"). on July 26th Actual price: USD $22,705.
  8. Heritage Auctions The Oregon Trail (Republic, 1936). One Sheet (27" X 41"). on July 26th Actual price: USD $20,913.
  9. Heritage Auctions Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (RKO, 1937). One Sheet (27" X 41") Style C. on July 26th Actual price: USD $20,315.
  10. Heritage Auctions London After Midnight (MGM, 1927). Lobby Card (11" X 14"). on July 26th Actual price: USD $20,315.
  11. Heritage Auctions Creature from the Black Lagoon (Universal International, 1954). One Sheet (27" X 41"). on July 26th Actual price: USD $20,315.
  12. Heritage Auctions The Red Shoes (Eagle Lion, 1949). Italian 4 - Foglio (55" X 78"). on July 26th Actual price: USD $19,120.
  13. Heritage Auctions Mickey Mouse Stock Poster (United Artists, 1932). Three Sheet (41" X 79"). on July 26th Actual price: USD $19,120.
  14. Heritage Auctions Frankenstein (Universal, 1931). Lobby Card (11" X 14"). on July 26th Actual price: USD $16,730.
  15. Heritage Auctions The Man Who Laughs (Universal, 1928). Swedish One Sheet (27.5" X 39.5"). on July 26th Actual price: USD $15,535.
  16. Heritage Auctions Romance of the Redwoods (Paramount-Artcraft, 1917). One Sheet (27.75" X 40.75"). on July 26th Actual price: USD $15,535.
  17. Heritage Auctions Room Service (RKO, 1938). One Sheet (27" X 41") Style B. on July 26th Actual price: USD $15,535.
  18. Heritage Auctions The Red Shoes (Eagle Lion, 1949). Italian 2 - Foglio (39.25" X 55"). on July 26th Actual price: USD $14,938.
  19. Heritage Auctions The Roaring Twenties (Warner Brothers, 1939). One Sheet (27" X 41"). on July 26th Actual price: USD $13,743.
  20. RR Auction Deng Xiaoping SP on July 15th Actual price: USD $13,561.
  21. Heritage Auctions Devil Dogs of the Air (Warner Brothers, 1935). Three Sheet (41" X 76"). on July 26th Actual price: USD $13,145.
  22. Heritage Auctions Frankenstein (Universal, 1931). CGC Graded Lobby Card (11" X 14"). on July 26th Actual price: USD $13,145.
  23. Heritage Auctions Forbidden Planet (MGM,1956). One Sheet (27" X 41"). on July 26th Actual price: USD $13,145.
  24. Heritage Auctions The Adventures of Robin Hood (Warner Brothers, 1938). One Sheet (27" X 41"). on July 26th Actual price: USD $13,145.
  25. RR Auction John Wilkes Booth Signature on July 15th Actual price: USD $12,066.


For the week ahead 15 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Aug. 3rd
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 72 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. General - Books and Prints. 28 lots

Tue. Aug. 4th
Archives International Auctions. FORT LEE,. U.S. & Worldwide Banknotes, Coins, Scripophily, Historic Ephemera & Security Printing Ephemera.. 1204 lots
Quagga Rare Books and Art. Cape Town. Rare Books. 17 lots

Wed. Aug. 5th
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 274 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books. 395 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Vintage Posters. 700 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Prints. 14 lots
Arader Galleries. New York City. The History of the Caribbean Pirates & Treasure As Told Through Maps, Atlases, & Natural History Wat. 65 lots

Thu. Aug. 6th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/30. 353 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Books in All Fields. 785 lots

Sat. Aug. 8th
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . Estate Sale - Books and Prints. 53 lots
Skinner. Marlborough. August Americana - Prints and Manuscripts. 29 lots

Sun. Aug. 9th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 8/2.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/2.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Potter (Beatrix). The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first edition, first issue, [1901]. Part of an extensive, private Beatrix Potter collection. £15,000 - 20,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Dodgson (Charles Lutwidge). The Hunting of the Snark, first edition, with original printed dust-jacket, 1876.<br>£7,000 - 9,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Buckland Wright (John). Pervigilium Veneris: The Vigil of Venus, number 1 of 100 copies (Christopher Sandford's copy), Golden Cockerel Press, 1939.<br>£2,000 - 3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Kelmscott Press. Keats (John). The Poems, one of 300, orig. vellum, 8vo, Kelmscott Press, 1894. £1,800 - 2,200
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Greenhill (Elizabeth).- Morison (Stanley) and Kenneth Day. The Typographic Book, 1450-1935, bound in dark green goatskin by Elizabeth Greenhill, 1963. £6,000 - 8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Fitzgerald (F. Scott). The Great Gatsby, first edition, first state dust-jacket, New York, 1925. £25,000 - 35,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Dionysius, <i>Halicarnassensis</i>. Antiquitates Romanae, Editio princeps, Treviso, Bernardinus Celerius, 24 or 25 February, 1480. £4,000 - 6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Canon Law. [Laurentius Puldericus. Breviarum decreti], manuscript in Latin, on paper, [?Germany], [c. 1450].<br>£5,000 - 7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Swimming. Percey (William) The Compleat Swimmer: or, the Art of Swimming, first and only edition, by J.C. for Henry Fletcher, 1658. £5,000 - 7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Binding with silverwork by Anthony Nelme. The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New: : newly translated out of the original tongues, Oxford, John Baskett, 1716. £10,000 - 15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> George IV's copy. Nash (John, architect). The Royal Pavilion at Brighton, one of 10 copies, 1826. £8,000 - 10,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Blake (William, 1757-1827). "With Dreams upon my bed thou scarest me & affrightest me with Visions", 1825. £700 - 1,000
  • <b>Auction Pierre Bergé & associés in association with Sotheby’s: Important Books and Manuscripts from the Library of Jean A. Bonna from the 15th to the 20th Century. Sale on April 26, 2017. Exhibition in London March 28-30</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Galileo, <i>Discorsi e Dimostrazioni matematiche.</i> Leyde, Elzevier, 1638. Original edition: only known copy of the first state. €700,000 – 900,000
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Fables illustrated by Benjamin Rabier. Paris, Tallandier, without date [ca. 1910]. Superb binding doubled in vellum decorated with painted and mosaic decors by André Mare illustrating four fables. €10,000 – 15,000
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Gustave Flaubert, draft for the preface of the <i>Memoir for the defense of Madame Bovary</i>, 15-30 January 1857. Exceptiona signed autograph manuscript. €40,000 – 60,000
    <b>Auction Pierre Bergé & associés in association with Sotheby’s: Important Books and Manuscripts from the Library of Jean A. Bonna from the 15th to the 20th Century. Sale on April 26, 2017. Exhibition in London March 28-30</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Boccace, <i>The Book of Praise and the Virtue of the Noble and Cleric Ladies.</i> Verard, 1493. First edition of the French version attributed to Laurent de Premierfait. €40,000 – 60,000
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Exceptional set of 15 original bindings by Jean de Gonet, on rare editions illustrated by Picasso, Matisse, Miro or original editions of Bataille or Radiguet.
  • <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> THE PAPERS OF BREVET MAJOR GENERAL JOHN GROSS BARNARD (1815-1882), Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac. Estimate: $75,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> ALVIN LANGDON COBURN. London. With 20 photogravures by Coburn and text by Hilaire Belloc, London and New York: 1909. First edition. Est: $4,000-6,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> WILLIAM FADEN, A Plan of New York Island, with part of Long Island, Staten Island & East New Jersey. London: 1776. Estimate: $5,000-8,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> MAX BEERBOHM, Lord Curzon delivering an oration. Original drawing with collage. London, 1912. Est: $2,000-3,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> AMERICAN REVOLUTION, Recueil des Loix Constitutives des Colonies Angloises. A Philadelphie, et se vend a Paris: Cellot & Jombert, 1778. First collected edition in French. Estimate: $500-800
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN, Confederate General Joseph Johnston's copy of Sherman's General Orders No. 65 announcing the final agreement of Surrender, 27 April 1865. Est: $4,000-6,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> JOHN KEATS, Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of Saint Agnes and Other Poems. London: Taylor and Hessey, 1820. First edition of Keats’s third book.. Estimate: $5,000-7,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> M. T. Cicero's Cato Major, or his discourse of Old-age: With Explanatory Notes. Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin, 1744. Est: $5,000-8,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> WINSTON S CHURCHILL, History of the English Speaking Peoples. London: Cassell, 1956-58. First editions. Est: $1,500-2,500