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45 Auctions Archived, 35 Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday 21 November 45 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 16 denominated in euros, 3 in British pounds, 1 in SA rands, and 25 in US dollars.  Turnover was $17,592,653 as 10,135 lots were offered and 7,170 sold for a 71% success rate.

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysTravel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History on November 17th: $3,228,483 
ChristiesCOLLECTION SHALOM SHPILMAN VENDUE AU PROFIT DU SHPILMAN INSTITUTE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY - Part 1 on November 13th: $1,711,973 
ChristiesCOLLECTION SHALOM SHPILMAN VENDUE AU PROFIT DU SHPILMAN INSTITUTE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY - Part 2 on November 20th: $1,172,319 
SkinnerFine Books and Manuscripts on November 15th: $1,112,578 
Kestenbaum and CompanyPART II: RABBINIC MANUSCRIPTS FROM AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION on November 19th: $1,079,171 

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

Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersProperty from Cornelia Guest, Formerly The Collection of Winston & C.Z. Guest, Templeton on November 14th: 211.84% 
ArtcurialModern Books and Manuscripts on November 17th: 155.01% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsGrosman/Nicholson Magic Collection on October 31st: 146.51% 
TajanBooks and Prints on November 17th: 119.39% 
Northeast AuctionsPortsmouth, N.H. Fall Weekend Auction on November 1st: 111.53% 
ALDEBinders, Original, Modern, Illustrated on November 18th: 107.57% 
Fonsie Mealy AuctioneersImportant Country House Sale - Furness, Naas, Co. Kildare on October 6th: 102.96% 
Northeast AuctionsMemorial Day Weekend Auction on May 24th: 102.64% 

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

Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersProperty from Cornelia Guest, Formerly The Collection of Winston & C.Z. Guest, Templeton on November 14th: 100.00% 
Alaska AuctionBooks and Prints on November 13th: 100.00% 
Alaska AuctionBooks and Prints on November 14th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 11/8 on November 15th: 99.58% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/8 on November 15th: 98.08% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsGrosman/Nicholson Magic Collection on October 31st: 97.28% 
Aspire AuctionsPrints - Internet bidstart 10/23 on October 31st: 97.06% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 3/6 on November 19th: 96.25% 
Northeast AuctionsPortsmouth, N.H. Fall Weekend Auction on November 1st: 95.33% 
Northeast AuctionsMemorial Day Weekend Auction on May 24th: 91.03% 
SkinnerFine Books and Manuscripts on November 15th: 87.04% 
Clars Auction GalleryPrints on November 14th: 86.39% 
One Of Kind CollictiblesAutographs, Documents and Photographs on November 19th: 84.40% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsBibliophile on November 19th: 83.53% 

45 total sales reported this week: 

PandolfiniBooks, Prints and Drawings on November 18th: 60.98% 
AuctionataModern Art on November 20th: 43.38% 
AuctionataPhotography on November 20th: 15.22% 
ChristiesCOLLECTION SHALOM SHPILMAN VENDUE AU PROFIT DU SHPILMAN INSTITUTE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY - Part 2 on November 20th: 61.33% 
ChristiesCOLLECTION SHALOM SHPILMAN VENDUE AU PROFIT DU SHPILMAN INSTITUTE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY - Part 1 on November 13th: 66.67% 
One Of Kind CollictiblesAutographs, Documents and Photographs on November 19th: 84.40% 
Kestenbaum and CompanyPART II: RABBINIC MANUSCRIPTS FROM AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION on November 19th: 65.90% 
PBA GalleriesRare Books & Manuscripts on November 19th: 57.79% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 3/6 on November 19th: 96.25% 
FreemansThe Sporting Sale on November 19th: 37.50% 
Swann GalleriesRare and important Travel Posters on November 19th: 76.85% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsPhotographs on November 19th: 37.79% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsBibliophile on November 19th: 83.53% 
Jacksons AuctionWorld Treasures: Important Russian, European, Asian & American Works on November 18th: 69.51% 
AderExceptional Photograph Books on November 15th: 45.41% 
ALDEBinders, Original, Modern, Illustrated on November 18th: 72.04% 
TajanBooks and Prints on November 17th: 60.77% 
AuctionataThe Floating World - Japanese Prints on November 17th: 8.24% 
ArtcurialModern Books and Manuscripts on November 17th: 59.65% 
BonhamsPost War and Contemporary Prints and Multiples on November 17th: 46.67% 
SothebysTravel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History on November 17th: 60.33% 
Bruun RasmussenBooks and Maps on November 17th: 77.64% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on November 17th: 70.77% 
Auxerre Encheres EstimationsAntiquarian and Modern Books on November 13th: 69.77% 
Alaska AuctionBooks and Prints on November 14th: 100.00% 
Alaska AuctionBooks and Prints on November 13th: 100.00% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersProperty from Cornelia Guest, Formerly The Collection of Winston & C.Z. Guest, Templeton on November 14th: 100.00% 
Clars Auction GalleryPrints on November 14th: 86.39% 
SkinnerFine Books and Manuscripts on November 15th: 87.04% 
BonhamsPrints, Photographs and Works on Paper on November 14th: 54.46% 
Quagga Rare Books and ArtCollectable out-of-print books including Anglo-Boer War. - Internet bidstart 11/9 on November 16th: 51.85% 
Bolaffi Ambassador AuctionsPosters - Internet bidstart 10/5 on October 30th: 44.54% 
Fonsie Mealy AuctioneersImportant Country House Sale - Furness, Naas, Co. Kildare on October 6th: 73.93% 
Binoche et GiquelloOld Maps - Travel on November 6th: 42.64% 
ArtcurialPhotography - Pierre Molinier, Emmanuelle Arsan Collection on November 13th: 48.45% 
RR AuctionFine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 10/23 on November 11th: 55.58% 
Northeast AuctionsMemorial Day Weekend Auction on May 24th: 91.03% 
Northeast AuctionsPortsmouth, N.H. Fall Weekend Auction on November 1st: 95.33% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsGrosman/Nicholson Magic Collection on October 31st: 97.28% 
Aspire AuctionsPrints - Internet bidstart 10/23 on October 31st: 97.06% 
Archives International AuctionsAIA Part XXIX - Session 2 - Wall St. on October 29th: 72.31% 
ALDELibrary of Michel Wittock VI on November 12th: 78.18% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/8 on November 15th: 98.08% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 11/8 on November 15th: 99.58% 
Heritage AuctionsPhotographs on November 13th: 49.39% 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys ATLAS MAJOR, SIVE COSMOGRAPHIA BLAVIANA, QUA SOLUM, SALUM, COELUM ACCURATISSIME DESCRIBUNTUR. on November 17th Actual price: USD $883,120.
  2. Artcurial LIVRE D'HEURES EN LATIN ENLUMINE SUR PEAU DE VELIN, AVEC QUELQUES RUBRIQUES EN NEERLANDAIS on November 17th Actual price: USD $373,430.
  3. Christies Les années vous guettent, 1936 on November 13th Actual price: USD $348,285.
  4. Skinner The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. on November 15th Actual price: USD $237,000.
  5. Artcurial POISSONS, ECREVISSES ET CRABES, DE DIVERSES COULEURS ET FIGURES EXTRAORDINAIRES, QUE L'ON TROUVE AUTOUR DES ISLES MOLUQUES, ET SUR LES COTES DES TERRES AUSTRALES on November 17th Actual price: USD $221,975.
  6. Sothebys CHOIX DES PLUS BELLES FLEURS. on November 17th Actual price: USD $208,240.
  7. Christies Nature morte avec un jeu d'échecs, moulage en plâtre et A l'Heure de l'Observatoire - Les Amoureux, vers 1935-1936 on November 13th Actual price: USD $181,365.
  8. Sothebys THE HOLY LAND, SYRIA, IDUMEA, ARABIA, EGYPT, AND NUBIA. on November 17th Actual price: USD $180,500.
  9. Sothebys TRAITE DES ARBRES ET ARBUSTES QUE L'ON CULTIVE EN FRANCE EN PLEINE TERRE... on November 17th Actual price: USD $171,000.
  10. Sothebys HISTOIRE NATURELLE DES PERROQUETS. on November 17th Actual price: USD $133,000.
  11. Northeast Auctions "THE BLOODY MASSACRE PERPETRATED IN KING STREET, BOSTON ON MARCH 5TH, 1770, BY A PARTY OF THE 29TH REG’T." on November 1st Actual price: USD $120,000.
  12. Christies Komposition, vers 1935 on November 13th Actual price: USD $117,165.
  13. Christies Cerro Morro Solar, Lima, Peru, 2003 on November 20th Actual price: USD $117,165.
  14. Sothebys THE PRINCIPALL NAVIGATIONS, VOIAGES AND DISCOVERIES OF THE ENGLISH NATION, MADE BY SEA OR OVER LAND. on November 17th Actual price: USD $114,000.
  15. ALDE Les Euvres de Sainct Justin, philosophe & martyr, mises de grec en langage françois, par Jan de Maumont. on November 12th Actual price: USD $110,959.
  16. Christies Fotogramm, 1922 (1926 dans le Catalogue Raisonné) on November 13th Actual price: USD $110,745.
  17. Sothebys HORTI MEDICI AMSTELODAMENSIS RARIORUM TAM ORIENTALIS QUAM OCCIDENTALIS INDIAE, ALIARUMQUE PEREGRINARUM PLANTARUM. on November 17th Actual price: USD $104,500.
  18. Sothebys LES ROSES. on November 17th Actual price: USD $85,500.
  19. Kestenbaum and Company Prophets and Writings: Jeremiah (Yirmiyahu). * Zechariah. * Proverbs (Mishlei). * Chronicles (Divrei Hayamim). Fragment of each Biblical Book, along with Massoretic notes. on November 19th Actual price: USD $79,950.
  20. Christies Study at Night from Steichen's Studio at 40th st., New York, vers 1933 on November 13th Actual price: USD $78,645.
  21. Christies A Unique Object, 1936 on November 13th Actual price: USD $78,645.
  22. Kestenbaum and Company Illuminated Marriage Contract. Uniting Isaac Moses, son of Shabthai Zadik, with Hanna, daughter of Mordehai Zvi. Witnessed by: Binyamin son of Shem-Tov Havali and Hizkiyahu, son of Gabriel Atrik. Artist-scribe: Shmuel Manoach, son of Shabthai Isaac of Fia on November 19th Actual price: USD $73,800.
  23. Ader Chine on November 15th Actual price: USD $73,563.
  24. Christies Oskar Schlemmer in Ascona, 1927 on November 13th Actual price: USD $72,225.
  25. Sothebys THE HOLY LAND, SYRIA, IDUMEA, ARABIA, EGYPT, AND NUBIA. on November 17th Actual price: USD $72,200.


For the week ahead 35 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Nov. 23rd
Bonhams. New York. Entertainment Memorabilia. 304 lots
Doyle New York. New York. Rare Books, Autographs and Photographs. 794 lots
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Hamburg. Rare Books. 1191 lots
Sothebys. New York. Prints and Multiples. 381 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 103 lots

Tue. Nov. 24th
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Books: Bibliography, Arts, Children's Books. 1160 lots
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Books and Old Paper. 370 lots
Hauswedell and Nolte. Hamburg. Rare Books and Autographs. 869 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Art, Press & Illustrated Books. 277 lots
Bonhams. London. Prints and Multiples. 129 lots
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . The Harry Ruskin Collection Rare Books, Prints and Works on Paper - Internet Bidstart 11/2. 412 lots
Sothebys. London. Library of and English Gentleman. 145 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Books: Fine Printing, Literature. 735 lots

Wed. Nov. 25th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Fine Art Sale, Part 2: Modern and Contemporary Art and Editions - Prints. 127 lots
ALDE. Paris. Library of an Amateur. 135 lots
PIASA. Paris. Pierre Székely (1923-2001) Sculptures, reliefs and prints. 53 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Books: Varia, History, Natural History. 1201 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Manuscripts, Old and Rare Books. 707 lots

Thu. Nov. 26th
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Books - Internet Bidstart 11/19. 482 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . 15th-19th Century Prints. 905 lots
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Books and Old Paper. 581 lots
Beaussant Lefevre. Paris. Antiquarian and Modern Books. 66 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/19. 259 lots
Anteo Subastas. San Sebastián. November Sale. 9 lots
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Ancient and Modern Books. 307 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Modern Art: Prints and Drawings (part 1). 1042 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Modern Art (2), Photographs, Japanese Prints. 653 lots

Fri. Nov. 27th
Ader. PARIS. Letters and Autograph Manuscripts - Regarding the Josephine Baker Collection. 325 lots
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Rare Books, Prints and Photographs. 1358 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Drawings, Old Master Prints, Maps and Plans.

Sat. Nov. 28th
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Photographs - Ancient and Modern Books.
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Modern Art Part II - Prints.
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Modern Art Part I - Prints.

Sun. Nov. 29th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/22.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/22.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Newton. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. London, 1687.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Josephus. <i>De antiquitate Judaica.</i> Lubeck, 1475-76.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Carlerius. <i>Sporta fragmentorum, Sportula fragmentorum</i>. Brussels, 1478-79.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Fridolin. <i>Der Schatzbehalter</i>. Nuremberg, 1491.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Pinder. <i>Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie</i>. Nuremberg, 1505.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Isidorus Hispalensis. <i>Synonyma de Homine</i>. Nuremberg, 1470-71.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Durer. Sammelband including <i>Underweysung der messing</i>. Nuremberg, 1525-29.
  • <b>Booth & Williams: NO RESERVE Rare Book Auction, now through July 23, 7:15PM EDT</b>
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> John Muir. <i>My First Summer in the Sierra</i>, Boston, 1911.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Ernest Hemingway. <i>For Whom the Bell Tolls</i>, New York, 1940. First edition later printing.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Upton Sinclair. <i>The Jungle</i>, New York, 1906. First edition.
    <b>Booth & Williams: NO RESERVE Rare Book Auction, now through July 23, 7:15PM EDT</b>
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> George Orwell. <i>Nineteen Eighty-Four</i>, 1949. First American edition.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Harper Lee. <i>To Kill a Mocking Bird</i>, 1960. Early printing.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Richard Wright. <i>Native Son</i>, New York, 1940. First edition.
    <b>Booth & Williams: NO RESERVE Rare Book Auction, now through July 23, 7:15PM EDT</b>
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Dryden, Congreve, and others. <i>Ovid’s Art of Love</i>, London, 1764. English translation of Ovid’s work.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> S. E. Hinton. <i>The Outsiders</i>, New York, 1967. First edition.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> J. D. Salinger. <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i>, Boston, 1951. Book club edition.
    <b>Booth & Williams: NO RESERVE Rare Book Auction, now through July 23, 7:15PM EDT</b>
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Ayn Rand. <i>Atlas Shrugged</i>, New York, 1957. Early printing.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> J. D. Salinger. <i>Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters</i> and <i>Seymour: An Introduction</i>, Boston, 1963. First [book] edition, third state.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Tennessee Williams. <i>Sweet Bird of Youth</i>, 1959. First edition.
  • <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Keep Calm and Carry On</i>, designer unknown, 1939. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, <i>Le Journal / La Traite des Blanches</i>, 1899. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>"Let Us Go Forward Together,"</i> designer unknown, 1940. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, <i>Babylone d'Allemagne</i>, 1894. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Frank Beatty, <i>Out of the Running</i>, 1929. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Wake Up America Day</i>, 1917. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Danté / Sim • Sala • Bim!</i>, designer unknown. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>[Zodiac]</i>, 1900. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Rick Griffin, <i>Jimi Hendrix Experience / John Mayall</i>, 1968. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Abram Games, <i>Join the ATS</i>, 1941. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Aldo Mazza, <i>Torino / Esposizione Internazionale</i>, 1911. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Robert Motherwell, <i>Julliard School / Dedication - Lincoln Center</i>, 1969. $3,000 to $4,000