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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>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: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <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. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Copper Printing Plate for "Marshall's Household Engraving of Washington." $500 to $1000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Important Documentary Painting Showing Baseball Great Ty Cobb in Cuba. $1,000 to $2,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> <i>Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age</i>, Inscribed by Bill Wilson. $500 to $1,000
    <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983), <i>Prise à l'hameçon.</i> $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Maurice Dufrène (French, 1876-1955), <i>Rayon des Soieries</i>. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> William Pope.L (American, b. 1955), <i>Intimacy Project</i>. $2,000 to $4,000
  • <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>