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Dirk Soulis April 30th.
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38 Auctions Archived, 31 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 23 April 38 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 6 denominated in euros, 10 in British pounds, and 22 in US dollars.  Turnover was $28,956,068 as 10,068 lots were offered and 7,510 sold for a 75% success rate.  For Sotheby’s it was a dominating week.

9 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysPrints on April 21st: $7,878,688 
SothebysThe Library of Mohammed and Margaret Makiya on April 19th: $3,875,191 
SothebysAlchemy: Objects of Desire on April 21st: $3,658,140 
SothebysArts of the Islamic World on April 20th: $3,231,000 
BonhamsPrints and Multiples on April 19th: $2,023,059 
Profiles in HistoryHistorical Auction on April 18th: $1,253,740 
Swann GalleriesImages and Objects: Photographs and Photobooks on April 19th: $1,233,525 
ChristiesTravel, Science and Natural History on April 21st: $1,087,027 
Heritage AuctionsPhotographs - Reflections on Childhood on April 17th: $1,039,313 

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

SothebysAlchemy: Objects of Desire on April 21st: 649.58% 
SothebysThe Library of Mohammed and Margaret Makiya on April 19th: 453.89% 
ChristiesTravel, Science and Natural History on April 21st: 192.52% 
SothebysArts of the Islamic World on April 20th: 146.36% 
TooveysAntiquarian and Collectors Books on April 18th: 141.91% 
Audap and MirabaudAutograph Manuscripts, Books and Prints on April 13th: 133.93% 
Keys Fine Arts AuctioneersAntiques and Interiors - Books and Pictures on April 18th: 132.87% 
Gonnelli Casa DAsteBooks, Manuscripts, Autographs and Musical works on April 8th: 124.04% 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersBooks and Prints on April 21st: 118.54% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsInteriors - Prints on April 19th: 103.18% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Prints on April 6th: 100.68% 

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

Brunk AuctionsBooks, Prints on April 7th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 4/10 on April 17th: 99.86% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/10 on April 17th: 97.92% 
SothebysThe Library of Mohammed and Margaret Makiya on April 19th: 93.24% 
TooveysAntiquarian and Collectors Books on April 18th: 91.34% 
Rachel Davis Fine ArtsFine Art - Prints on March 19th: 87.08% 
Fonsie Mealy AuctioneersFine Art Sale - Books and Prints on March 8th: 86.67% 
SothebysPrints on April 21st: 86.10% 
Audap and MirabaudAutograph Manuscripts, Books and Prints on April 13th: 83.94% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Prints on April 6th: 83.58% 

38 total sales reported this week: 

John McInnis AuctioneersPhotography on April 3rd: 79.23% 
Winter AssociatesContinental - Prints and Books on April 18th: 67.74% 
TooveysAntiquarian and Collectors Books on April 18th: 91.34% 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersBooks and Prints on April 21st: 66.67% 
AuctionataA Gentleman's Library on April 15th: 3.33% 
Cowans AuctionsCleveland Live Salesroom Auction: Prints and Books on April 16th: 63.09% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsBooks and Works on Paper on April 21st: 66.50% 
SothebysAlchemy: Objects of Desire on April 21st: 73.85% 
PBA GalleriesFine Literature on April 21st: 68.48% 
ChristiesTravel, Science and Natural History on April 21st: 76.74% 
SothebysPrints on April 21st: 86.10% 
SothebysArts of the Islamic World on April 20th: 72.73% 
Clars Auction GalleryPrints on April 17th: 62.26% 
Clars Auction GalleryPrints on April 16th: 67.15% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsInteriors - Prints on April 19th: 70.59% 
BonhamsPrints and Multiples on April 19th: 78.10% 
Profiles in HistoryHistorical Auction on April 18th: 72.77% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on April 19th: 64.52% 
AderPhotographs on April 14th: 48.84% 
Audap and MirabaudAutograph Manuscripts, Books and Prints on April 13th: 83.94% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsGreat Estates Auction - Books and Prints on April 14th: 61.70% 
Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic BooksellersOnline Numismatic Book Sale on April 16th: 40.75% 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersSt. Louis Spring Auction - Prints on April 16th: 79.59% 
Keys Fine Arts AuctioneersAntiques and Interiors - Books and Pictures on April 18th: 69.23% 
Keys Fine Arts AuctioneersSporting and Taxidermy - Prints and Books on April 15th: 57.48% 
Brunk AuctionsBooks, Prints on April 7th: 100.00% 
RR AuctionFine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 3/18 on April 13th: 67.30% 
Swann GalleriesImages and Objects: Photographs and Photobooks on April 19th: 73.83% 
SothebysThe Library of Mohammed and Margaret Makiya on April 19th: 93.24% 
Gonnelli Casa DAsteBooks, Manuscripts, Autographs and Musical works on April 8th: 70.50% 
Fonsie Mealy AuctioneersFine Art Sale - Books and Prints on March 8th: 86.67% 
Rachel Davis Fine ArtsFine Art - Prints on March 19th: 87.08% 
EldredsBooks and Art - Internet bidstart 4/2 on April 14th: 67.44% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Prints on April 6th: 83.58% 
SothebysAt Home: Designer Showhouse and Auction - Prints, Photographs on April 17th: 70.97% 
Heritage AuctionsPhotographs - Reflections on Childhood on April 17th: 56.15% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 4/10 on April 17th: 99.86% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/10 on April 17th: 97.92% 
 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys SIX LATIN WRITERS AND POETS on April 21st Actual price: USD $750,240.
  2. Sothebys PORTRAIT DE JEUNE FILLE, D'APRÈS CRANACH LE JEUNE (B. 859; BA. 1053) on April 21st Actual price: USD $694,000.
  3. Sothebys The Levant A COLLECTION OF 15 VOLUMES ON PALESTINE, THE HOLY LAND, SYRIA AND LEBANON, ALL 8VO AND IN ORIGINAL CLOTH, INCLUDING: on April 19th Actual price: USD $612,000.
  4. Sothebys A rare and finely decorated Qur’an leaf in eastern Kufic script on April 20th Actual price: USD $542,880.
  5. Sothebys PATHS AND EDGES #3 on April 21st Actual price: USD $542,880.
  6. Sothebys Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa ('Epistles of the Brethren of Purity') Book I on the mathematical sciences on April 20th Actual price: USD $525,600.
  7. Sothebys POSTER FOR ROCI - BERLIN on April 21st Actual price: USD $525,600.
  8. Sothebys The Levant and Egypt A COLLECTION OF 7 VOLUMES, 8VO, COMPRISING: on April 19th Actual price: USD $525,600.
  9. Sothebys Iraq A COLLECTION OF 229 VOLUMES RELATING TO IRAQ, FROM ANCIENT TIMES TO THE PRESENT, INCLUDING: on April 19th Actual price: USD $456,480.
  10. Sothebys NUDE WITH BLUE HAIR (C. 286) on April 21st Actual price: USD $454,000.
  11. Sothebys Zakhirah-yi Khwarazmshahi ('Treasury dedicated to the king of Khwarazmshahi') an encyclopaedia of medical science, books I (part II), II and III on April 20th Actual price: USD $335,520.
  12. Sothebys COWBOYS AND INDIANS (F. & S. II.377-386) on April 21st Actual price: USD $322,000.
  13. Sothebys THE LAST POET OF IRAN  on April 21st Actual price: USD $318,240.
  14. Sothebys UNTITLED: FOUR PRINTS on April 21st Actual price: USD $298,000.
  15. Sothebys DETAILS OF RENAISSANCE PAINTINGS (SANDRO BOTTICELLI, BIRTH OF VENUS, 1482) (F. & S. II.316-319) on April 21st Actual price: USD $262,000.
  16. Sothebys MOONWALK (F. & S. II.405) on April 21st Actual price: USD $262,000.
  17. Sothebys Mirza Mahdi Khan Astarabadi, the Jahan-gusha-ye Nadiri on April 20th Actual price: USD $249,120.
  18. Sothebys Shaykh San'an and the Christian maiden on April 20th Actual price: USD $249,120.
  19. Sothebys KEITH HARING AT ROBERT FRASER GALLERY on April 21st Actual price: USD $249,120.
  20. Sothebys Two Qajar deeds, Persia, dated 1315 AH/1897 AD and 1337 AH/1918 AD on April 21st Actual price: USD $249,120.
  21. Sothebys FORTY-TWO SHEETS OF ARCHITECTURAL AND TOPOGRAPHICAL DRAWINGS OF CAIRO FOR 'ARCHITECTURE ARABE OU MONUMENTS DU KAIRE'. on April 19th Actual price: USD $171,000.
  22. Sothebys FRANÇOISE SUR FOND GRIS (B. 681; M. 195) on April 21st Actual price: USD $162,500.
  23. Sothebys GRANDE TÊTE DE JACQUELINE AU CHAPEAU (B. 1077; BAER 1317; PP.) on April 21st Actual price: USD $150,000.
  24. Sothebys A monumental Qur'an leaf in Kufic script on vellum on April 20th Actual price: USD $140,400.
  25. Sothebys PARAMOUNT (F. & S. IIB.352) on April 21st Actual price: USD $137,500.


For the week ahead 31 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Apr. 25th
Doyle New York. New York. Prints and Multiples. 292 lots
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . Antique, Decorative & Fine Arts - Books, Manuscripts. 86 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 56 lots

Tue. Apr. 26th
Christies. New York. Prints and Multiples. 276 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Library of R & B.L. Dada-Surrealism. 496 lots
Bonhams. New York. Photographs. 108 lots
Auctionata. New York. Spring Photography. 64 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Illustration Art. 448 lots

Wed. Apr. 27th
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Antiquarian and Modern Books. 318 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. The Transport Sale. 14 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books and Ephemera. 540 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Art of the 17th - 19th Century. 86 lots

Thu. Apr. 28th
Swann Galleries. New York. Old Master Through Modern Prints. 559 lots
Sothebys. London. Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History. 128 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/21.
Sothebys. London. Collections - Prints, Books. 28 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile. 454 lots
Auctionata. New York. Rare and Exceptional Books. 55 lots

Fri. Apr. 29th
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Posters. 452 lots
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Brussels. Antiquarian Books - Day 1. 722 lots
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. 75172 Pforzheim. Books and Prints. 4658 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Spring Asian Art - Prints. 46 lots
RJM Autographs and Antiques. Boston. Distinguished Historical Letters and Documents. 151 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Editions and Photography. 118 lots

Sat. Apr. 30th
Artcurial. Paris. Comic Strips. 317 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Universe of the Creator of Tin Tin. 119 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Fine Auction - Prints. 23 lots
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Brussels. Antiquarian Books - Day 2. 692 lots

Sun. May. 1st
OSENAT. FONTAINEBLEAU. Works of Art - Prints.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 4/24.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/24.

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 Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on 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. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <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. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on 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. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500