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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>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>
  • <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, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.