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29 Auctions Archived, 30 Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday 24 October 29 auctions were archived to the RBH Transaction Database:  5 denominated in euros, 2 in British pounds, and 22 in US dollars.  Turnover was $10,256,471 as 6,240 lots were offered and 5,208 sold for an 83% success rate.


1 auction saw its total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on October 20th: $1,892,937 


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

Bonhams. Richard Attenborough: Life Both Sides of the Camera on October 21st: 144.03%
Rago Arts and Auctions. October Sale - Prints on October 18th: 134.43%
Sothebys. The Creative Genius of Sam Simon: A Lifetime of Memorabilia on October 22nd: 122.97%
ALDE. Books from the 16th to the 19th Century Theatre on October 16th: 102.35%


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

Alaska Auction. Books and Prints on October 17th: 100.00%
Alaska Auction. Books, Prints, Photographs on October 16th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 10/11 on October 18th: 99.89%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/11 on October 18th: 99.56%
Sothebys. The Creative Genius of Sam Simon: A Lifetime of Memorabilia on October 22nd: 94.22%
Rago Arts and Auctions. October Sale - Prints on October 18th: 92.86%
Bonhams. Richard Attenborough: Life Both Sides of the Camera on October 21st: 89.90%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/15 on October 22nd: 88.31%
Bloomsbury Auctions. 20th Century Books and Works on Paper on October 22nd: 84.39%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Six Day - Million Dollar Auction - Session 3 on September 27th: 82.63%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on October 18th: 82.19%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on October 17th: 82.17%
Dorotheum . Automobilia on October 17th: 81.92%
Swann Galleries. Autographs on October 22nd: 80.88%


29 total sales reported this week:

Alaska Auction. Books and Prints on October 17th: 100.00%
Alaska Auction. Books, Prints, Photographs on October 16th: 100.00%
Bloomsbury Auctions. 20th Century Books and Works on Paper on October 22nd: 84.39%
Freemans. Books, Maps and Manuscripts on October 22nd: 78.72%
Swann Galleries. Autographs on October 22nd: 80.88%
Sothebys. The Creative Genius of Sam Simon: A Lifetime of Memorabilia on October 22nd: 94.22%
Bonhams. Richard Attenborough: Life Both Sides of the Camera on October 21st: 89.90%
Bonhams. Conflicts of the 20th Century - Manuscripts, posters, photographs on October 21st: 27.47%
Old World Auctions. Antique Maps, Globes, Charts, Atlases & Vintage Graphics on September 16th: 73.57%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/15 on October 22nd: 88.31%
ALDE. Books from the 16th to the 19th Century Theatre on October 16th: 62.73%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Books - Internet Bidstart 10/8 PREVIEW on October 15th: 36.03%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on October 20th: 70.08%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on October 20th: 76.92%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on October 18th: 82.19%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 10/11 on October 18th: 99.89%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on October 17th: 82.17%
Rago Arts and Auctions. October Sale - Prints on October 18th: 92.86%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Six Day - Million Dollar Auction - Session 6 on October 4th: 57.14%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Six Day - Million Dollar Auction - Session 5 on October 3rd: 69.93%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Six Day - Million Dollar Auction - Session 4 on October 2nd: 48.12%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Six Day - Million Dollar Auction - Session 3 on September 27th: 82.63%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Six Day - Million Dollar Auction - Session 2 on September 26th: 61.31%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Six Day - Million Dollar Auction - Session 1 on September 25th: 64.09%
Dorotheum . Automobilia on October 17th: 81.92%
RR Auction. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 9/25 on October 14th: 63.73%
Ader. Photographs on September 30th: 58.48%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/11 on October 18th: 99.56%
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Books on October 10th: 55.86%

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Bonhams La Bible (V. 199-303; C. bk. 30) on October 20th Actual price: USD $281,000.
  2. RR Auction Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ANS on October 14th Actual price: USD $217,017.
  3. Bonhams Blue Surround on October 20th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  4. Bonhams Femme au Corsage à Fleurs (B. 847; M. 307) on October 20th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  5. Freemans Stipple Engravings Printed in Color & Finished by Hand: "Snowy Owl." on October 22nd Actual price: USD $68,750.
  6. Nosbüsch & Stucke Sammelband mit sieben bedeutenden deutschsprachigen Werken zur Medizin der ersten Hälfte des 16. Jahrhunderts. on October 10th Actual price: USD $60,534.
  7. Bonhams The Kid on October 21st Actual price: USD $57,750.
  8. ALDE Les Œuvres. on October 16th Actual price: USD $54,241.
  9. Bonhams Untitled (Head) on October 20th Actual price: USD $52,500.
  10. Bonhams A Dog's Life on October 21st Actual price: USD $50,050.
  11. Bonhams Liz (F./S. II.7) on October 20th Actual price: USD $50,000.
  12. Bonhams Les Grandes Manoeuvres (D. 575) on October 20th Actual price: USD $50,000.
  13. Nosbüsch & Stucke Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une société de gens de lettres. on October 10th Actual price: USD $48,427.
  14. Bonhams Apple, from Ads (F./S. II.359) on October 20th Actual price: USD $47,500.
  15. Bloomsbury Auctions Casino Royale, on October 22nd Actual price: USD $42,011.
  16. Bonhams , by Charles Sorlier The Magic Flute (M. CS. 38) on October 20th Actual price: USD $40,000.
  17. Bonhams Mao (F./S. II.95) on October 20th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  18. Bonhams Indian Head Nickel, from Cowboys and Indians (F./S. II.385) on October 20th Actual price: USD $35,000.
  19. Freemans "Virginia, Discovered and Discribed by Captayn John Smith, Graven by William Hole." on October 22nd Actual price: USD $33,750.
  20. Bonhams Mégaclès reconnait sa Fille pendant le Festin, pl. 40, from Daphnis et Chloé (M. 347; C. bk. 46) on October 20th Actual price: USD $31,250.
  21. Swann Galleries CHURCHILL, GANDHI, AND TAGORE EACH SIGNED ON HIS BIRTHDATE PAGE (ALBUM--SOUTH ASIA.) The Tagore Birthday Book. on October 22nd Actual price: USD $30,000.
  22. Swann Galleries HOW SHOULD CLARINET PLAY OPENING OF "RHAPSODY IN BLUE"? GERSHWIN, GEORGE. Typed Letter Signed on October 22nd Actual price: USD $27,500.
  23. Freemans [Memoire] aux republiques equinoxiales, et a celles qui leur seront naturellement confederees. on October 22nd Actual price: USD $26,250.
  24. Bonhams Five Flavors on October 20th Actual price: USD $25,000.
  25. Bonhams Shipboard Girl (C. II. 6) on October 20th Actual price: USD $25,000.



For the week ahead 30 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Oct. 26th
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Contemporary Art and Photography. 71 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American History: Timed Online Auction - Internet bidstart 10/15. 456 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 61 lots

Tue. Oct. 27th
Bonhams. New York. Photographs. 106 lots
Christies. New York. Prints and Multiples. 321 lots
Doyle New York. New York. Prints and Multiples. 253 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Early Printed & Medical Books. 385 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Photography - Amedeo M. Turello Collection. 201 lots

Wed. Oct. 28th
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Surrealism and Avant Guard in the 20th Century. 277 lots

Thu. Oct. 29th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/22. 363 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Cartography, Exploration & Voyages: The Warren Heckrotte Collection, Part I. 201 lots
Tajan. Paris. Photographs. 118 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Picasso, Miro, Chagall and Dali. 84 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Cats: The Collection of the Late Marianne C. Gourary. 290 lots
Tajan. Paris. Photographies from the Don Sanders' Collection. 163 lots
Archives International Auctions. FORT LEE,. AIA Part XXIX - Session 2 - Wall St.. 484 lots

Fri. Oct. 30th
Bonhams. London. Automobilia. 26 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Pop Art. 64 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Warhol Only. 82 lots
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Modern Art - Prints. 187 lots

Sat. Oct. 31st
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Prints - Internet bidstart 10/23. 34 lots
Potter and Potter Auctions. Chicago. Grosman/Nicholson Magic Collection. 331 lots
Northeast Auctions. Portsmouth. Portsmouth, N.H. Fall Weekend Auction. 107 lots
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Books, autographs, avant-garde and posters Part 1. 725 lots
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Books, autographs, avant-garde and posters Part 2. 418 lots

Sun. Nov. 1st
Artcurial. Paris. Automobilia. 69 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 10/25.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/23.
Freemans. Philadelphia. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 53 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books.

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>