Auction Update Review

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The extensive collection of
fine books and manuscripts
held by Barbara J. Land will
be sold at Bonham's on Sept.
22.

Summer is Coming to an End

For the week ending Saturday September 5th, 18 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 1 denominated in euros, 2 in British pounds, and 15 in US dollars.  Turnover was $6,453,365 as 4,457 lots were offered and 3,850 sold for an 86% success rate. The biggest numbers in this off-season week came from a Heritage comic book auction, where 99%+ of over 1,300 lots sold, bringing in over $5 million.

 

1 auction saw its total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Heritage AuctionsComics on August 29th: $5,128,424 

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

James D Julia AuctioneersAnnual Summer Fine Arts, Asian and Antiques - Session 4 on August 28th: 149.32% 


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

Alaska AuctionPrints on August 26th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 8/23 on August 30th: 99.66% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/23 on August 30th: 99.61% 
Heritage AuctionsComics on August 29th: 99.17% 
Cowans AuctionsDiscovery - Live Auction - Prints on August 29th: 97.30% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 8/27 on September 3rd: 90.98% 
James D Julia AuctioneersAnnual Summer Fine Arts, Asian and Antiques - Session 1 on August 25th: 90.91% 
James D Julia AuctioneersAnnual Summer Fine Arts, Asian and Antiques - Session 4 on August 28th: 88.24% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on September 1st: 81.82% 
Lyon and TurnbullRare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs on September 2nd: 80.40% 
Winter AssociatesPrints on August 31st: 80.00% 


18 total sales reported this week: 

AntiquarianAuctions.comBooks - Internet Bidstart 8/27 on September 3rd: 44.29% 
Alaska AuctionPrints on August 26th: 100.00% 
EldredsAsian Art Auction - Books on August 29th: 33.33% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsAutographs and Memorabilia on September 4th: 73.81% 
Lyon and TurnbullRare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs on September 2nd: 80.40% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 8/27 on September 3rd: 90.98% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on September 1st: 81.82% 
Winter AssociatesPrints on August 31st: 80.00% 
Mid Hudson Auction GalleriesPrints, Books on August 29th: 0.00% 
Cowans AuctionsDiscovery - Live Auction - Prints on August 29th: 97.30% 
James D Julia AuctioneersAnnual Summer Fine Arts, Asian and Antiques - Session 4 on August 28th: 88.24% 
James D Julia AuctioneersAnnual Summer Fine Arts, Asian and Antiques - Session 3 on August 27th: 67.65% 
James D Julia AuctioneersAnnual Summer Fine Arts, Asian and Antiques - Session 2 on August 26th: 79.55% 
James D Julia AuctioneersAnnual Summer Fine Arts, Asian and Antiques - Session 1 on August 25th: 90.91% 
EldredsJapanese Arts - Prints on August 26th: 75.46% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/23 on August 30th: 99.61% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 8/23 on August 30th: 99.66% 
Heritage AuctionsComics on August 29th: 99.17% 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions Suspense Comics #3 Pennsylvania pedigree (Continental Magazines, 1944) CBCS VF/NM 9.0 White pages. on August 29th Actual price: USD $173,275.
  2. Heritage Auctions John Byrne and Terry Austin X-Men #137 Double Splash Pages 2-3 Original Art (Marvel, 1980). on August 29th Actual price: USD $167,300.
  3. Heritage Auctions All-American Comics #16 (DC, 1940) CGC FN+ 6.5 Cream to off-white pages. on August 29th Actual price: USD $110,538.
  4. Heritage Auctions Alex Raymond Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 1-27-35 (King Features Syndication, 1935). on August 29th Actual price: USD $95,600.
  5. Heritage Auctions Frank Frazetta The Amsirs and the Iron Thorn Painted Book Cover Original Art (Fawcett, 1967). on August 29th Actual price: USD $89,625.
  6. Heritage Auctions Carl Barks Sailboat Donald Duck Painting CB-OIL 19 Original Art (1972). on August 29th Actual price: USD $71,700.
  7. Heritage Auctions Marvel Comics #1 (Timely, 1939) CGC VG 4.0 Cream to off-white pages. on August 29th Actual price: USD $68,713.
  8. Heritage Auctions Action Comics #23 (DC, 1940) CGC VF+ 8.5 Cream to off-white pages. on August 29th Actual price: USD $65,725.
  9. Heritage Auctions George Wilson Magnus, Robot Fighter #1 Cover Painting Original Art (Gold Key, 1963). on August 29th Actual price: USD $54,970.
  10. Heritage Auctions The Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel, 1962) CGC VF- 7.5 Off-white pages. on August 29th Actual price: USD $50,190.
  11. Heritage Auctions Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta New Gods #4 Cover Original Art (DC, 1971). on August 29th Actual price: USD $45,410.
  12. Heritage Auctions Frank Miller and Klaus Janson Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #2 Page 8 Original Art (DC, 1986). on August 29th Actual price: USD $40,630.
  13. Heritage Auctions Frank Frazetta Tarzan At The Earth's Core Bear Attack Illustration and Preliminary Original Art Group of 2 (Canaveral Press, 1962). on August 29th Actual price: USD $40,630.
  14. Heritage Auctions George Tuska and Frank Giacoia Iron Man #8 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1968). on August 29th Actual price: USD $38,240.
  15. Heritage Auctions George Tuska and Frank Giacoia Iron Man #5 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1968). on August 29th Actual price: USD $38,240.
  16. Heritage Auctions Curt Swan and George Klein Superboy #113 Cover Original Art (DC, 1964). on August 29th Actual price: USD $38,240.
  17. Heritage Auctions Steve Ditko Beware the Creeper #2 Cover Original Art (DC, 1968). on August 29th Actual price: USD $38,240.
  18. Heritage Auctions Detective Comics #37 (DC, 1940) CGC VF- 7.5 Off-white to white pages. on August 29th Actual price: USD $38,240.
  19. Heritage Auctions Ron Wilson and John Romita Avengers #123 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1974). on August 29th Actual price: USD $35,850.
  20. Heritage Auctions Jack Kirby and Mike Royer Our Fighting Forces #158 Complete Issue Original Art Group of 19 (DC, 1975). on August 29th Actual price: USD $35,850.
  21. Heritage Auctions Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers Fantastic Four Annual #1 Page 24 Namor Original Art (Marvel, 1963). on August 29th Actual price: USD $35,850.
  22. Heritage Auctions Johnny Craig Vault of Horror #28 Zombie Cover Original Art (EC, 1952). on August 29th Actual price: USD $33,460.
  23. James D Julia Auctioneers TSUGUHARU FOUJITA (Japanese, 1886-1968) “A BOOK OF CATS: BEING 20 DRAWINGS”. on August 28th Actual price: USD $32,588.
  24. Heritage Auctions Charles Schulz Peanuts Daily Comic Strip Original Art dated 3-21-69 (United Feature Syndicate, 1969). on August 29th Actual price: USD $31,070.
  25. Heritage Auctions Superman #1 Verified Signature -- Signed By Siegel, Shuster, and Others (DC, 1939) CBCS Conserved GD- 1.8 Cream to off-white pages. on August 29th Actual price: USD $31,070.



For the week ahead 20 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Sep. 7th
Australian Book Auctions. Armadale, . Books. 297 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 62 lots

Tue. Sep. 8th
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Jewish and Israeli History and Culture. 482 lots

Wed. Sep. 9th
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints. 29 lots
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . Antiques, Scientific Instruments - Books and Papers. 5 lots

Thu. Sep. 10th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile. 382 lots
Waverly Auctions. Falls Church. Rare Books. 415 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 9/3. 420 lots
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. Asian Arts - Woodblock Prints. 100 lots

Fri. Sep. 11th
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Rare and Used Books. 501 lots
Skinner. Boston. Fine Prints and Photographs. 139 lots
Charlton Hall. West Columbia, SC. Fall International Sale. 67 lots
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. Great Estates Auction - Books and Prints. 33 lots
Brunk Auctions. Asheville, NC . Catalogue Auction: Books and Prints. 12 lots

Sat. Sep. 12th
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Fall Estates Auction - Books and Prints - Day 1. 46 lots
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . Estate Auction. 42 lots

Sun. Sep. 13th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 9/6.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/6.
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books and Ephemera.
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Fall Estates Auction - Books and Prints - Day 2. 45 lots

The slower summer season concludes this week with America's last summer holiday - Labor Day. After that, expect the pace to pick up as auctions begin their busiest time of the year.

 

Mike Stillman

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.