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  • <b>Results from Bonhams’ sale of <i>Fine Books & Manuscripts Featuring Exploration and Travel</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Columbus. De Insulis nuper in mari Indico repertis. Basel, 1494. SOLD for $751,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cook in Tahiti. [Playbill]. [Germany, c.1840.] SOLD for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Aa, Pieter van der. Naaukeurige versameling der gedenk-waardigste zee en land-reysen. Leyden, 1706-8. SOLD for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Dürer. Underweysung der messung [and two more]. Nuremberg, 1525-8. SOLD for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cortes, Hernan. A Pleito signed by Antonio de Mendoza in the case of Hernan Cortes. 1542. SOLD for $8750
    <b>Results from Bonhams’ <i>The Air and Space Sale</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Russian Kholod 5D67 HFL Rocket Engine. SOLD for $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Neil Armstrong Apollo Era Training Glove. SOLD for $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Full Scale Sputnik-1 EMC/EMI Lab Model. SOLD for $847,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> SOLRAD GREB Spy Satellite Engineering Dummy. SOLD for $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Soviet LK-3 Lunar Lander Model. SOLD for $25,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Beethoven, Ludwig van. Autograph Manuscript of the Canon "Ewig Dein" Woo 161, signed at the end ("...[Ewig] Dein...Freund Ludwig Van Beethowen"). Est. £120,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Brahms, Johannes. Autograph Manuscript of the "Geistliches Wiegenlied", Op.91 No.2, for Contralto, Viola And Piano, the original version of 1864, signed and inscribed at the end by the composer. Est. £200,000 to £250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Chopin, Frédéric. Autograph Manuscript of the Opening of the Étude Op.25 No.2, in A-Flat Major, signed and dated ("Paris Ce 28 Avril F. Chopin"). Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Haydn, Joseph. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jos Haydn[Paraph]"), to the Baden Choirmaster Anton Stoll, 30 July 1802. Est. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Autograph Working Manuscript of a scene from Ernani. Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Highly Important Series of Thirty-Six Autograph Letters Signed to The Librettist Salvadore Cammarano, written between 1844 And 1851, the greater part unpublished and unrecorded. Est. £250,000 to £300,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Redouté, Pierre Joseph, and Claude Antoine Thory. <i>Les Roses</I>. Paris: Firmin Didot, 1817–1824. Est. $225,000 to $325,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Jakob Christoph. <i>Hortus Nitidissimis Omnen Per Annum Superbiens Floribus</i>… Nuremberg: Johann Joseph Fleischmann, 1750 [–1786]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Christoph Jakob, and Benedict Christian Vogel. <i>Plantæ Selectæ</i>…[Nuremberg:] 1750–1773; Supplement, [Augsburg:] 1790 [–1792]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Jacquin, Nikolaus Joseph von. <i>Plantarum Rariorum Horti Caesarei Schönbrunnensis Descriptiones Et Icones.</i>Vienna; London; Leiden, 1797–1804. Est. $180,000 to $250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Weinmann, Johann Wilhelm. <i>Phytanthoza Iconographia; Sive Conspectus Aliquot Millium, Tam Indigenarum Quam Exoticarum</i>… Regensburg, 1735–1737–1745. Est. $120,000 to $180,000

Auction Update Review

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19 Auctions Archived, 5 Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday 26 December 19 sales were archived to the RBH database; 8 denominated in euros and 11 in US dollars.  Sales were $21,558,344 as 11,835 lots were offered and 8,435 sold for a 71% success rate.

The fall sales have ended.

2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Sothebys.
 The Valmadonna Trust Library: Part I Magnificent Manuscripts and the Bomberg Talmud on December 22nd: $14,868,000 
Sothebys
Important Judaica on December 22nd: $3,418,375 

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

Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions
Rare Books and Autographs on December 16th: 124.85% 
Bubb Kuyper
Modern Art: Prints and Drawings (part 1) on November 26th: 108.91

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

Heritage Auctions
Comics - Internet bidstart 12/13 on December 20th: 100.00% 
Heritage Auctions
Entertainment on December 19th: 99.28% 
Heritage Auctions
Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 12/13 on December 20th: 97.97% 
Heritage Auctions
The William E. Fredeman Victoriana Collection Rare Books Internet Auction on December 20th: 95.92% 
Holabird Kagin Americana
December Sale - Part 1 on December 12th: 93.42% 
Heritage Auctions
Rare Books - Internet bidstart 12/17 on December 24th: 92.14% 

19 total sales reported this week: 

Heritage Auctions
Rare Books - Internet bidstart 12/17 on December 24th: 92.14% 
Holabird Kagin Americana
Americana - Online Only on December 15th: 24.44% 
Holabird Kagin Americana
Western Americana Live Auction - session 2 on December 14th: 74.22% 
Holabird Kagin Americana
Western Americana Live Auction - session 1 on December 13th: 61.05% 
Holabird Kagin Americana
December Sale - Part 1 on December 12th: 93.42% 
Sothebys
Important Judaica on December 22nd: 70.89% 
Sothebys
The Valmadonna Trust Library: Part I Magnificent Manuscripts and the Bomberg Talmud on December 22nd: 75.00% 
Bubb Kuyper
Drawings, Old Master Prints, Maps and Plans on November 27th: 76.05% 
Bubb Kuyper
Modern Art (2), Photographs, Japanese Prints on November 26th: 69.68% 
Bubb Kuyper
Modern Art: Prints and Drawings (part 1) on November 26th: 69.58% 
Bubb Kuyper
Manuscripts, Old and Rare Books on November 25th: 67.75% 
Bubb Kuyper
Books: Varia, History, Natural History on November 25th: 60.87% 
Bubb Kuyper
Books: Fine Printing, Literature on November 24th: 65.71% 
Bubb Kuyper
Books: Bibliography, Arts, Children's Books on November 24th: 68.02% 
Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions
Rare Books and Autographs on December 16th: 71.34% 
Heritage Auctions
Comics - Internet bidstart 12/13 on December 20th: 100.00% 
Heritage Auctions
Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 12/13 on December 20th: 97.97% 
Heritage Auctions
The William E. Fredeman Victoriana Collection Rare Books Internet Auction on December 20th: 95.92% 
Heritage Auctions
Entertainment on December 19th: 99.28% 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys The Complete Babylonian Talmud, Printed by Daniel Bomberg in Venice, Comprising tractates from the First (1519/20-1523) and Second (1525-1539) Editions on December 22nd Actual price: USD $9,322,000.
  2. Sothebys Hebrew Bible: Pentateuch with Haftarot and the Five Scrolls, England: 15 Tammuz 4949=2 July 1189 on December 22nd Actual price: USD $3,610,000.
  3. Sothebys Illuminated Hebrew Bible: Psalms, with Commentary by David Kimhi. Scribe: Shem-Tov ben Samuel Barukh [Bologna]: 1401 on December 22nd Actual price: USD $670,000.
  4. Sothebys Arba'ah Turim (Four Rows),  Jacob ben Asher, Soncino: Solomon ben Moses Soncino [1490] on December 22nd Actual price: USD $430,000.
  5. Sothebys An Important Illuminated Haggadah, [Calcutta, India]: 1868 on December 22nd Actual price: USD $418,000.
  6. Sothebys Grace after Meals (Seder Birkat Ha-Mazon), Vienna: 1737 [Scribe-Artist: Ze'ev Wolf Herlingen]<br> on December 22nd Actual price: USD $382,000.
  7. Sothebys Teshuvot She'elot (Responsa), Solomon ibn Adret, Rome: Obadiah, Manasseh and Benjamin [ca. 1469-73] on December 22nd Actual price: USD $346,000.
  8. Sothebys Hebrew Bible: Pentateuch with Masorah and Masoretic and Grammatical Introduction (Hamisha Humshei Torah with Mahberet ha-Tijan). Scribe: Benayah ben Sa'adyah ben Zechariah. Yemen: 1470 on December 22nd Actual price: USD $334,000.
  9. Sothebys SEFER TORAH (PENTATEUCH), MANUSCRIPT SCROLL ON PARCHMENT, ASHKENAZ:  CA.1270 on December 22nd Actual price: USD $310,000.
  10. Sothebys Zedah la-Derekh (Provisions for the Road), Joseph ben Azriel [ Zurich],  Scribe: Yehiel [Zurich: ca. 1426] on December 22nd Actual price: USD $280,000.
  11. Sothebys Perush ha-Torah (Commentary on the Pentateuch), Moses ben Nahman (Nahmanides), Rome: Obadiah, Manasseh and Benjamin of Rome [ca. 1469-73] on December 22nd Actual price: USD $200,000.
  12. Sothebys Decorated Hebrew Bible: (Pentateuch: Shemot-Devarim) Yemen: Early Fifteenth Century on December 22nd Actual price: USD $187,500.
  13. Sothebys The Earliest American Ketubbah (Jewish Marriage Contract), New York: 1751 on December 22nd Actual price: USD $187,500.
  14. Sothebys Samaritan Torah Scroll (Aktaba Kadisha), Land of Israel [ca. 1166, Scribe: Shalmah ben Abraham bar Yosef of Sarepta] on December 22nd Actual price: USD $162,500.
  15. Sothebys Sefer ha-Assufot (Halakhic Miscellany), Ashkenaz: ca. 1307 on December 22nd Actual price: USD $137,500.
  16. Sothebys Mishnayot ‘im Peirush le-ha-Rambam (Mishnah, with the Commentary of Maimonides), Moses ben Maimon (Maimonides), Naples: Joshua Solomon Soncino, 11 Iyar 5252 (8 May 1492) on December 22nd Actual price: USD $125,000.
  17. Sothebys Order of Blessings for Meals…Occasional Blessings…and the Order of Prayers for Women… (Seder Tikun Se'udah…Birkot ha-Nehenin…ve-Seder Nashim…) [Vienna or Dresden?, circa 1725] on December 22nd Actual price: USD $112,500.
  18. Sothebys Register of Internments, Isaac Leeser, Manuscript on Paper, Philadelphia: 1830-1858. Bound with: Sof Adam (The End of Man), Jacob de Meza, Amsterdam: 1827 on December 22nd Actual price: USD $112,500.
  19. Sothebys A Monumental Illuminated Micrographic Manuscript, Levi Van Gelder, [Chicago: ca. 1865] on December 22nd Actual price: USD $100,000.
  20. Sothebys Samaritan Pentateuch (Arhuta Kadishta), Land of Israel: late 14th–early 15th century<br> on December 22nd Actual price: USD $87,500.
  21. Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions Magnifico autografo musicale, 12 pagine in folio, con gli schizzi del più noto dei due quintetti composti da Dvoràk nella stessa tonalità, il Quintetto per pianoforte e archi in la maggiore op. 81 on December 16th Actual price: USD $68,125.
  22. Sothebys Tehillim (Psalms) with Commentary of David Kimhi, Italy [Bologna]: Joseph and Nerijah Hayyim, Mordecai and Hezekiah Montero, 29 August 1477 on December 22nd Actual price: USD $62,500.
  23. Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions [Raccolta di diverse vedute della città di Genova e delle principali sue parti e fabbriche. on December 16th Actual price: USD $61,313.
  24. Bubb Kuyper Toverspiegel. on November 26th Actual price: USD $50,767.
  25. Sothebys A Magnificient Illustrated Esther Scroll, (Prague: ca. 1700) on December 22nd Actual price: USD $43,750.


For the week ahead 5 sales are scheduled:

Thu. Dec. 31st
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints. 35 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 12/24. 188 lots

Sun. Jan. 3rd
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 12/27.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 12/27.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>ALDE: Highlights from the Maurice Burrus Collection. October 17, 2017</b>
    <b>Alde, Oct. 17:</b> BIBLE, LATIN. VOL. I ONLY (Genesis-Psalms). [Strassburg: Johann Mentelin, not after 1460].<br>Est: 450 000 / 600 000 €
    <b>Alde, Oct. 17:</b> MISSAL for the use of SALZBURG. Illuminated manuscript on vellum, Augsburg or Salzburg, c 1480. Est: 40 000 / 60 000 €
  • <b>Sotheby’s Paris: Books & Manuscripts. 30 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> MARCEL PROUST. Du côté de chez Swann. Grasset, 1913. First edition. One of 5 copies on Japan paper, inscribed by the author to Louis Brun. Est. €400,000 - 600,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> FRENCH REVOLUTION 1793. Déclaration des droits de l’Homme. 2,55 x 1,30m.A poster of the 1793 version, with hand-colored highlights. Unique copy. Est. €100,000 - 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> GIAMBATTISTA PIRANESI. Vedute di Roma, 1748-1775. 107 etchings. An exceptional copy. printed and bound before 1780. Est. €50,000 - 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> SADE. Autograph annotations by Sade facing 12 erotic drawings for Juliette. Est. €40,000 – 60,000
  • <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 Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br><i>The Centenary Edition of the Works of Ian Fleming</i>, one of 26 lettered sets, 18 volumes, London, 2008. $25,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> William Faulkner, <i>The Marble Faun</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to Dorothy Wilcox by Faulkner & Phil Stone, Boston, 1924. $18,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Maurice Sendak, <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to William Archibald, New York, 1963. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anne Frank, <i>Het Achterhuis</i>, first edition, in first state jacket, Amsterdam, 1947. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Roald Dahl, <i>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory</i>, first edition, signed, New York, 1964. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br>Ray Bradbury, <i>Fahrenheit 451</i>, first limited edition bound in Johns-Manville Quinterra, New York, 1953. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Benjamin Graham, <i>The Intelligent Investor</i>, first edition, in original dust jacket, New York, 1949. $4,500 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anna Sewell, <i>Black Beauty</i>, first edition, inscribed, London, 1877. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Arthur Conan Doyle, <i>A Study in Scarlet</i>, first American edition, Philadelphia, 1890. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> James Fenimore Cooper, <i>The Last of the Mohicans</i>, first edition, two volumes, Philadelphia, 1826. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Amelia Earhart, <i>20 hrs. 40 mins. Our Flight in Friendship</i>, limited first edition, signed, New York, 1928. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Philip K. Dick, <i>World of Chance</i>, first edition, signed, London, 1956. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Forum Auctions:<br>The Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs 1964-1972 (Online Only). Now through October 18</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> "The world's first view of the Earth taken by a spacecraft from the vicinity of the Moon" (NASA), Lunar Orbiter 1, 23 August 1966. Est. £600 to £800
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Anders (William). The first Earthrise seen by Man, Apollo 8, December 1968. Est. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Armstrong (Neil). The first photograph taken by Armstrong after setting foot on the Moon, Apollo 11, July 1969. Est. £600 to £800
    <b>Forum Auctions:<br>The Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs 1964-1972 (Online Only). Now through October 18</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Aldrin (Buzz). Aldrin's bootprint in the pristine lunar dust, Apollo 11, July 1969. Est. £600 to £800
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Armstrong (Neil). Buzz Aldrin with the LM and Armstrong reflected in his visor, Apollo 11, July 1969. Est. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Full Moon seen from the receding spacecraft, Apollo 13, April 1970. Est £300 to £500
    <b>Forum Auctions:<br>The Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs 1964-1972 (Online Only). Now through October 18</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Craters Copernicus and Reinhold, Apollo 12, November 1969. Est. £300 to £500
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Conrad (Pete). The photographer reflected in Alan Bean's gold-plated sun visor, Apollo 12, November 1969. Est. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Scott (David). James Irwin and the Rover, Mount Hadley beyond, Apollo 15, August 1951. Est. £400 to £600
    <b>Forum Auctions:<br>The Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs 1964-1972 (Online Only). Now through October 18</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Duke (Charles). John Young's jumping salute in lunar gravity, Apollo 16, April 1972. Est. £600 to £800
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Cernan (Eugene). Harrison Schmitt with the flag, the Earth overhead, Apollo 17, December 1972. Est. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Forum Auctions, Now thru Oct. 18:</b> Evans (Ronald). The last Earthrise over the Moon seen by man, Apollo 17, December 1972. Est. £800 to £1,200