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The Season in Earnest

For the week ended Saturday 26 September 30 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 5 denominated in Swiss francs, 6 in euros, 1 in British pounds, 17 in US dollars and 1 in South African rands.  Eight thousand and two lots were offered and 5,852 sold for a 73% success rate.  Turnover was $14,820,868.

6 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Swann Galleries19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings on September 24th: $3,698,900 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on September 22nd: $1,780,290 
Arader GalleriesAudubon's Aquatints of Birds and Quads, Important Maps and Natural History Watercolors on September 19th: $1,634,235 
Heritage AuctionsEntertainment and Music Memorabilia on September 20th: $1,334,389 
BonhamsThe History of Science and Technology on September 21st: $1,317,400 
Koller AuctionsA Private Collection of Italian Manuscript Illumination on September 18th: $1,266,359 

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

Dorotheum Books and Decorative Prints on September 22nd: 196.71% 
Koller AuctionsPrints, Books, Photographs on September 18th: 132.49% 
Kedem AuctionJewish and Israeli History and Culture on September 8th: 132.32% 
Koller AuctionsA Private Collection of Italian Manuscript Illumination on September 18th: 117.43% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on September 23rd: 112.60% 

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

Carlsen GalleryPrints, Books on September 20th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 9/13 on September 20th: 99.44% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/13 on September 20th: 98.25% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 9/17 on September 24th: 90.33% 
Bruun RasmussenOld Master Prints on September 21st: 85.71% 
Clars Auction GalleryPrints on September 19th: 84.25% 
Arader GalleriesAudubon's Aquatints of Birds and Quads, Important Maps and Natural History Watercolors on September 19th: 83.57% 
Koller AuctionsPrints, Books, Photographs on September 18th: 82.61% 
Clars Auction GalleryPrints on September 20th: 80.62% 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on September 22nd: 80.41% 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Bonhams THE 1934 NOBEL PRIZE MEDAL FOR PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE. PRESENTED TO GEORGE MINOT FOR HIS PIONEERING WORK ON PERNICIOUS ANEMIA. on September 21st Actual price: USD $545,000.
  2. Bonhams ENIGMA MACHINE. A Rare Early 3-Rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machines (aka Heeres Enigma), on September 21st Actual price: USD $209,000.
  3. Bonhams Autograph Letter Signed ("Ch. Darwin") on September 21st Actual price: USD $197,000.
  4. Koller Auctions The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia. on September 19th Actual price: USD $142,655.
  5. Bonhams Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War. on September 22nd Actual price: USD $137,000.
  6. Bonhams An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. on September 22nd Actual price: USD $137,000.
  7. Bonhams An Essay on the Principle of Population, as It Affects the Future Improvement of Society. on September 22nd Actual price: USD $137,000.
  8. Arader Galleries Wood Ibis, Pl 216 on September 19th Actual price: USD $136,640.
  9. Arader Galleries Toucan on September 19th Actual price: USD $109,800.
  10. Heritage Auctions The First Recording Contract Signed By The Beatles, For The "My Bonnie" Session (Germany, 1961). on September 20th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  11. Bonhams On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. on September 22nd Actual price: USD $81,250.
  12. Heritage Auctions Beatles - A Sign From the Montreal Bed-In For Peace Signed By John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1969). on September 20th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  13. Heritage Auctions Beatles Yesterday And Today Sealed First State Stereo "Butcher Cover" LP in GEM MINT 10 Condition (Capitol, 1966). on September 20th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  14. Arader Galleries Wood Duck, Pl. 206 on September 19th Actual price: USD $73,200.
  15. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript in Latin on September 21st Actual price: USD $68,750.
  16. Arader Galleries Trumpeter Swan, Mature, Pl. 406 on September 19th Actual price: USD $67,100.
  17. Swann Galleries Les Courses on September 24th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  18. Koller Auctions Historiated initial M with the three Marys at the empty tomb of Christ. on September 18th Actual price: USD $62,315.
  19. Arader Galleries Some of the Best Harts in the Forest on September 19th Actual price: USD $61,000.
  20. Swann Galleries Les Caprices de Goya on September 24th Actual price: USD $55,000.
  21. Swann Galleries Le Permissionaire on September 24th Actual price: USD $55,000.
  22. Swann Galleries Femme assise au Chignon on September 24th Actual price: USD $55,000.
  23. Arader Galleries Orbis Typus Universalis luxta hydrographorum on September 19th Actual price: USD $51,850.
  24. Swann Galleries Imaginations and Objects of the Future on September 24th Actual price: USD $50,000.
  25. Swann Galleries Shadow Dance on September 24th Actual price: USD $50,000.


30 total sales reported this week:

Auctionata. Meet the Masters: From Modern to Pop on September 24th: 61.32%
PBA Galleries. Rare Books and Manuscripts on September 24th: 67.35%
Dorotheum . Books and Decorative Prints on September 22nd: 77.97%
Swann Galleries. 19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings on September 24th: 68.38%
Bloomsbury Auctions. The Transport Sale on September 23rd: 50.00%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 9/17 on September 24th: 90.33%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on September 23rd: 65.71%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on September 22nd: 79.79%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on September 21st: 85.71%
PIASA. Wegman: Dogs on Furniture on September 16th: 70.27%
Arader Galleries. Audubon's Aquatints of Birds and Quads, Important Maps and Natural History Watercolors on September 19th: 83.57%
Koller Auctions. Photography on September 19th: 44.19%
Koller Auctions. Books and Autographs on September 19th: 57.48%
Koller Auctions. Prints on September 18th: 60.64%
Koller Auctions. A Private Collection of Italian Manuscript Illumination on September 18th: 76.06%
Koller Auctions. Prints, Books, Photographs on September 18th: 82.61%
Carlsen Gallery. Prints, Books on September 20th: 100.00%
Skinner. Asian Works of Art - Prints on September 19th: 39.02%
RR Auction. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 8/21 on September 16th: 61.15%
PBA Galleries. Fine Books on September 17th: 62.50%
Vermot de Pas. CollectioMania II : Posters, Mai 68 Posters, Abstract and Contemporary Paintings and Prints, Tribal on September 3rd: 37.77%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on September 20th: 80.62%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on September 19th: 84.25%
Bonhams. Fine Books and Manuscripts on September 22nd: 80.41%
Bonhams. The History of Science and Technology on September 21st: 68.75%
Kedem Auction. Jewish and Israeli History and Culture on September 8th: 72.34%
Quagga Rare Books and Art. Collectible Africana Books, Art and Ephemera - Internet bidstart 9/8 on September 15th: 52.38%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/13 on September 20th: 98.25%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 9/13 on September 20th: 99.44%
Heritage Auctions. Entertainment and Music Memorabilia on September 20th: 75.58%

For the week ahead 29 sales are scheduled: 

Mon. Sep. 28th 
Auctionata. Berlin. Prints and Editions. 140 lots 
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Amsterdam. Modern Art from the Collection of Frans Molenaar. 272 lots 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 81 lots 

Tue. Sep. 29th 
Sothebys. London. Prints and Multiples. 175 lots 
Dorotheum . Vienna. Posters, Advertising Art, Comics, Film and Photohistory. 303 lots 
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Hollywood Auction - Day 1. 627 lots 
Sothebys. London. Rock and Pop. 65 lots 
Sothebys. Paris. A Collection of Historical Items. 34 lots 
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Amsterdam. Design, Photography and Books from the Collection of Frans Molenaar. 125 lots 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Photographs. 137 lots 
Morton Casa de Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Books and Documents. 325 lots 
Potomack Company. Alexandria. Prints, Books. 28 lots 

Wed. Sep. 30th 
Sothebys. London. Exploration & Discovery 1576-1939: The Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching. Part 4, Q-Z. 350 lots 
Dorotheum . Vienna. Prints. 54 lots 
Ader. PARIS. Photographs. 447 lots 
Sothebys. London. Made in Britain. 190 lots 
PIASA. Paris. Japanese Art: Estate of Madam X - Woodblock Prints. 184 lots 
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Hollywood Auction - Day 2. 611 lots 

Thu. Oct. 1st 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 9/24. 403 lots 
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Hollywood Auction - Day 3. 660 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Chuck Jones Birthday Auction Benefiting the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. 58 lots 

Fri. Oct. 2nd 
ALDE. Paris. Library of Georges Wendling and other Amateur Collectors. 111 lots 
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Six Day - Million Dollar Auction - Session 4. 586 lots 
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Books and Prints. 17 lots 

Sat. Oct. 3rd 
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Six Day - Million Dollar Auction - Session 5. 552 lots 
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Books and Prints. 54 lots 

Sun. Oct. 4th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 9/27
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/27
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Six Day - Million Dollar Auction - Session 6. 7 lots 

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 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.
  • <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