• <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Ernest Hemingway, Autograph Letter Signed "Love / Mr. Papa," to Marlene Dietrich, Cuba, 1952. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Alexis de Tocqueville, Autograph Letter Signed, on the publication of <i> Democracy in America </i>, 1837. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Thomas Hart Benton, Autograph Manuscript, draft of <i>The Mechanics of Form Organization in Painting</i>, with sketches, 1926. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Elliot Erwitt, photograph of Kennedy & Eisenhower, signed by both,<br>c. 1960. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> John Adams, Partly-printed Document Signed, as President, countersigned by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering, 1798. $4,000 to $6,000. 
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Graphite drawing of Albert Einstein, signed by him & the artist, S.N. Swamy, 1950. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Autograph Musical Quotation Signed, London, 1888. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Partly-printed vellum Document Signed, as President, countersigned by Secretary of State James Madison, 1809. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Agatha Christie, Autograph Manuscript notebook with early drafts for numerous novels, Baghdad, circa 1948. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Claude Monet, Autograph Letter Signed to Desmond Fitzgerald, in French, 1889. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Photograph of Fidel Castro, Signed & Inscribed, in Spanish, 1955. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Frederick Stuart Church, archive of 17 illustrated Autograph Letters Signed to Evander Schley, 1905-11. $5,000 to $7,500.
  • <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Maurice Neville Collection of Modern Literature (Part III). April 24, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Clemens, Samuel L. <i>The Writings Of Mark Twain.</i> New York And London: Harper & Brothers, 1904to1906. $80,000 to 120,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Biggers, Earl Derr. <i>The House Without a Key</i>. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1925. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Bukowski, Charles. Extensively revised typescript of his novel <i>Factotum</i>. [Los Angeles, c. 1973 to 75]. $50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Maurice Neville Collection of Modern Literature (Part III). April 24, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Dickens, Charles. Autograph quotation from <i>A Christmas Carol</i> signed ("Charles Dickens" With Paraph). $25,000 to 35,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Fitzgerald, Zelda. A group of paper dolls with costumes, circa 1927. $25,000 to 35,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. <i>Men Without Women</i>. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928. $25,000 to 35,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Maurice Neville Collection of Modern Literature (Part III). April 24, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Lawrence, T. E. Autograph letter signed ("TE Shaw") completing the order for George VII — The Brough Superior motorcycle on which he was killed. $5,000 to 7,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Steadman, Ralph. "Somewhere Around Barstow". $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Jones, Robert Tyre ("Bobby"), and O. B. Keeler. <i>Down The Fairway: The Golf Life And Play Of Robert T. Jones, Jr.</i> New York: Minton, Balch, 1927. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Ruth, George Herman ("Babe"). <i>Babe Ruth's Own Book Of Baseball</i>. New York & London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1928. $8,000 to 12,000
  • <b>Now in press: 19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> <i>The First American Magna Carta. English Liberties.</i> Boston, 1721.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Babbage presentation to Peel, the man who killed the Difference Engine 1832
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> The Stamp Act. 1765
    <b>Now in press: 19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Central Park Photographs by Prevost 1862
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Salem Witch Trials. Wonders of the Invisible World 1693
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Mammoth print of Millie-Christine, "The Carolina Twins" c. 1868
  • <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> BROWNING, ELIZABETH BARRETT. Autograph Manuscript Initialed ("E.B.B."), being the working notebook for the poems contained in <i>The Seraphim and Other Poems</i>. $400,000 to 600,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> WILDE, OSCAR. Two leaves, pp 31-34, from the first appearance of <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine for July, 1890</i>, with Wilde's autograph revisions. $40,000 to 60,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories and Tragedies; Published according to the true Originall Copies. Second Impression. [THE SECOND FOLIO.]</i> $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> KENNEDY, JOHN FITZGERALD. Photograph Signed ("John F. Kennedy") and Inscribed, 8 x 10 inch gelatin silver print, of Senator Kennedy and Miss Barelli, at the swearing of the secretarial oath for Miss Barelli. $1,200 to 1,800
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter XXVII of <i>Afloat and Ashore</i>. $15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> IRVING, WASHINGTON. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter 20 from Volume IV of <i>The Life of George Washington</i>. $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> VERNE, JULES. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Jules Verne"), being the complete short story "<i>Une fantaisie de docteur Ox</i>". $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> ALCHEMY. <i>[The Crowning of Nature, or Coronatio Naturae.]</i> Original alchemical manuscript on paper, ruled in red, with watermark of the arms of Schieland. $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> DE JODE, CORNELUS. 1568 - 1600. <i>Quivirae Regnu, Cum Alija Versus Borea</i>. [Antwerp: Arnoldum Coninx, 1593]. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> HOOKER, JOSEPH DALTON. <i>The Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya; Being an Account, Botanical and Geographical, of the Rhododendrons Recently Discovered in the Mountains of Eastern Himalaya</i>… $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> CATLIN, GEORGE. <i>North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting scenes and amusements of the Rocky Mountains and prairies of America. From drawings and notes of the author, made during eight years' travel.</i> $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. HESLER, ALEXANDER. Platinum print, 8 3/4 x 6 3/4 in, of a beardless Lincoln, 1860.<br>$2,000 to 3,000

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Twenty-Two Auctions Archived, Another 22 Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday 20 February 22 auctions were archived to the RBH database; 1 denominated in Australian dollars, 6 in euros, 1 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 13 in US dollars.  Turnover was $13,518,786 as 5,104 lots were offered and 3,942 sold for a 77% success rate.

For the week ahead another 22 sales are scheduled.

 

2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 


ChristiesModern Visions: Exceptional Photographs on February 18th: $8,888,940 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on February 14th: $1,735,873 

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

Neret Minet and TessierComics on February 13th: 128.73% 
Neret Minet and TessierBooks on February 9th: 117.59% 
ChristiesModern Visions: Exceptional Photographs on February 18th: 110.41% 


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

Alaska AuctionBooks, Prints on February 12th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 2/7 on February 14th: 99.87% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/7 on February 14th: 99.42% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 1/11 on February 18th: 98.01% 
ChristiesModern Visions: Exceptional Photographs on February 18th: 90.32% 
Dirk Soulis AuctionsLeroy Nieman Prints - Internet bidstart 2/1 on February 15th: 89.80% 
Copley Fine Art AuctionsWinter Auction - Fine Art Prints on February 12th: 87.22% 
Australian Book AuctionsAngling Books: the collection of the late John Cummins on February 15th: 83.46% 


22 total sales reported this week: 

Morton Casa de SubastasPainting and Graphic Work on February 18th: 69.57% 
SothebysNow! - Prints on February 18th: 75.68% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsBooks and Works on Paper on February 18th: 75.94% 
ChristiesModern Visions: Exceptional Photographs on February 18th: 90.32% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 1/11 on February 18th: 98.01% 
Dirk Soulis AuctionsLeroy Nieman Prints - Internet bidstart 2/1 on February 15th: 89.80% 
Australian Book AuctionsAngling Books: the collection of the late John Cummins on February 15th: 83.46% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on February 16th: 79.35% 
Thomaston Place Auction GalleriesWinter Auction - Day 2 on February 14th: 74.67% 
Thomaston Place Auction GalleriesWinter Auction - Day 1 on February 13th: 40.00% 
Alaska AuctionBooks, Prints on February 12th: 100.00% 
Michaans AuctionsFebruary Estate Auction on February 13th: 51.52% 
Copley Fine Art AuctionsWinter Auction - Fine Art Prints on February 12th: 87.22% 
Neret Minet and TessierComics on February 13th: 74.52% 
Neret Minet and TessierBooks on February 9th: 71.29% 
RR AuctionFine Autographs and Artifacts - bidstart 1/22 on February 10th: 56.50% 
RossiniPrints on December 2nd: 23.60% 
RossiniPrints on February 8th: 41.67% 
PBA GalleriesRare Books & Manuscripts - Sunday at Pasadena on February 14th: 60.44% 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on February 14th: 72.25% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/7 on February 14th: 99.42% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 2/7 on February 14th: 99.87% 

 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies Bateaux quittant le port du Havre (navires de la flotte de Napoleon III), 1856-1857 on February 18th Actual price: USD $965,000.
  2. Christies In Memoriam, 1901 on February 18th Actual price: USD $665,000.
  3. Bonhams Dr. Kary Mullis' 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, on February 14th Actual price: USD $665,000.
  4. Christies Migrant Mother, 1936 on February 18th Actual price: USD $389,000.
  5. Christies The Pool - Evening: A Symphony to a Race and to a Soul, 1899 on February 18th Actual price: USD $341,000.
  6. Christies Equivalents [167C], variant of [228C], [152E],[152D], [147C], [145D], [179A], [251B], 1925-30 on February 18th Actual price: USD $269,000.
  7. Christies Georgia O'Keeffe with African Statuary, c. 1919 on February 18th Actual price: USD $269,000.
  8. Christies Shell, 1927 on February 18th Actual price: USD $233,000.
  9. Christies The Brig, 1856 on February 18th Actual price: USD $221,000.
  10. Christies L'Atelier, c. 1927 on February 18th Actual price: USD $197,000.
  11. PBA Galleries Mr. VVilliam Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies on February 14th Actual price: USD $177,500.
  12. Christies Vortograph, 1917 on February 18th Actual price: USD $137,000.
  13. Christies La vague brisée - Cette - Mer Méditerranée, 1857 on February 18th Actual price: USD $137,000.
  14. Christies New York, from the Shelton, 1935 on February 18th Actual price: USD $137,000.
  15. RR Auction Alan Turing Immensely influential British mathematician on February 10th Actual price: USD $136,122.
  16. Christies Dunes, Oceano, 1936 on February 18th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  17. Christies Knees, 1927 on February 18th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  18. Christies (bois) on February 18th Actual price: USD $112,500.
  19. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript in Latin and English, 4 full and 2 partial pp on conjoined leaves, 4to (200 x 155 mm), n.p., c. on February 14th Actual price: USD $112,500.
  20. Christies Mademoiselle Pogany II, 1920 on February 18th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  21. Christies Taos, New Mexico, Ranchos Church #2, 1931 on February 18th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  22. Christies Georgia O'Keeffe - After Return from New Mexico [Equivalent O1], 1929 on February 18th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  23. Christies Self-Portrait in his Studio, c. 1922 on February 18th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  24. Christies Bewegungsstudie (Movement study), 1925 on February 18th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  25. Christies Dunes, Oceano, 1936 on February 18th Actual price: USD $100,000.



For the week ahead 22 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Feb. 22nd
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Books and Prints - Online Bidstart 2/11. 88 lots
Connecticut Book Auctions. Wilmington, VT . Books. 175 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 141 lots

Tue. Feb. 23rd
Artcurial. Paris. Antiquarian and Modern Books. 123 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera. 259 lots
Morton Casa de Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Books and Documents. 264 lots
Swaen Map Auction. Indian Rocks Beach. Maps and Altases. 560 lots

Wed. Feb. 24th
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Science Books - Antiquarian and Modern Books. 458 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints. 23 lots
Dallas Auction Gallery. Dallas. The Fine and Decorative Auction - Books and Prints. 21 lots

Thu. Feb. 25th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 2/18. 238 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Art and Storytelling: Photographs and Photobooks. 268 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile. 477 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Prints and Photography. 268 lots

Fri. Feb. 26th
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Books and Prints. 978 lots

Sat. Feb. 27th
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Winter Market Auction - Prints and Books. 50 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Americana, Political. 359 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Books and Prints. 17 lots
Skinner. Boston. American Furniture & Decorative Arts - Prints. 18 lots

Sun. Feb. 28th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 2/21.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/21.
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. 20th C Decorative Arts and Design - Books and Prints - starts 2/26. 9 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Seth Kaller:</b> “America the Beautiful”
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> George Washington, Tongue-in-Cheek, Writes James McHenry About His Wife or Mistress—But Funding the Continental Army is the Real Topic
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Young’s Map of the United States
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> President Lincoln & His Most Profitable Client, the Illinois Central Railroad
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Lincoln Thanks Former Pro-Slavery and Newly Republican Congressman for a Fiery Anti-Slavery Speech at a Philadelphia Campaign Rally
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> “A Visit From St. Nicholas” - great association copy inscribed by Clement C. Moore
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Einstein Agrees to Allow “a Short Book on the Hydrogen Bomb” to Use His Statement Made on Eleanor Roosevelt’s TV Show
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> The Building Blocks of Albert Einstein’s Creative Mind
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> A Unique Manuscript Map of Block Island Sound Including Fisher’s and Gardiner’s Islands, the Hamptons, and Montauk Point
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> J.R.R. Tolkien Writes his Proofreader with a Lengthy Discussion of the Lord of the Rings, Including Criticism of Radio Broadcasts of his Work
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Six Benjamin Franklin Signed Receipts – Including his Earliest Obtainable Autograph — Acknowledging a Donation to the Famous Library Company He Founded, and Five Payments for His Pennsylvania Gazette
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Sherman Dishes on Lincoln & Thomas, Meade, Sheridan, Halleck & Grant
  • <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 37. Anonymous, <i>[Untitled - Ancient World]</i>, 1553. Est. $20,000 - $23,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 45. Cellarius, <i>Haemisphaerium Stellatum Australe</i>, 1708. Est. $2,400 - $3,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 51. Kircher, <i>Systema Ideale quo Exprimitur</i>, 1665. Est. $1,600 - $1,900
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 152. David H. Vance, <i>Map of the United States of North America</i>, 1825. Est. $8,000 - $10,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 309. Mark Storm, <i>Official Texas Brags Map of North America</i>, 1948. Est. $350 - $425
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 426. B. Crété, <i>Carte Symbolique de l'Europe / Europe en 1914</i>, 1915. Est. $2,000 - $2,300
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 636. Hartmann Schedel, <i>Folio LXIIII - Destruccio Iherosolime</i>, 1493. Est. $1,100 - $1,400
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 649. Heinrich Bunting, <i>Asia Secunda pars Terrae in Forma Pegasi</i>, 1581. Est. $3,000 - $3,750
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 747. Theodore de Bry, <i> [Lot of 22 - Complete Set of De Bry's Virginia Natives]</i>, 1590. Est. $6,000 - $7,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 769. Lotter/Lobeck, <i>Atlas Geographicus Portatilis</i>, 1760. Est. $1,900 - $2,200
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 772. Henry Teesdale, <i>A New General Atlas of the World</i>, 1835. Est. $1,200 - $1,500
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 777. Marco Coltellini, <i>[3 Volumes] Il Gazzettiere Americano</i>, 1763. Est. $5,500 - $7,000
  • <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b>  Lewis Morris Rutherfurd, The Moon, From a Negative taken at the Observatory of Mr. L. M. Rutherfurd...May 19, 1874. Est: $5,000-8,000 (Lot 3)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Alvin Langdon Coburn. London. With 20 photogravures by Coburn and text by Hilaire Belloc, London and New York: 1909. First edition. Est: $4,000-6,000 (Lot 32)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Lee Friedlander, Newark, New Jersey, 1962 and Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1972.<br>Est: $7,000-9,000 (Lot 50)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> The  papers of Brevet Major General John Gross Barnard (1815-1882), Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac. Est: $75,000-100,000 (Lot 160)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> James Joyce, Dubliners, London: Grant Richards, 1914. First edition. Est: $5,000-8,000 (Lot 362)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> George Sand, Group of five volumes inscribed to Henry Harrisse. Est: $4,000-6,000 (Lot 405)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Thomas More, Sir, Saint [Utopia]: De optimo reip. statu deque nova insula utopia libellus vere aureus… Basel: Froben, March 1518. First Basel edition. Est: $15,000-25,000 (Lot 308)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Johannes Brahms, Autograph letter in German signed "Joh. Brahms.” Est: $4,000-6,000 (Lot 285)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Kelmscott Press, [Guilelmus, of Tyre, Archbishop]. The History of Godefrey of Boloyne. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. Est: $2,000-3,000 (Lot 270)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Gilles Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles Didier, Atlas universel...Paris: the author and Boudet, 1757[-58]. Est: $10,000 - $15,000  (Lot 222)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> John Keats, Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of Saint Agnes and Other Poems. London: Taylor and Hessey, 1820. First edition. Est: $5,000-7,000 (Lot 399)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Specimen book of Schumacher & Ettlinge, between 1870-1895. Original roan-backed boards.. Est: $2,000-3,000 (Lot 195)