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12 Auctions Archived, 8 sales Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday 13 August, 11 sales were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database, 3 denominated in euros, 3 in British pounds, and 6 in US dollars.  Turnover was $4,140,758 as 3,608 were offered and 2,523 sold for a 70% success rate.  We are in the doldrums.

 

1 auction saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Heritage Auctions. Comics on August 5th: $3,119,388

 

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

Tooveys. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on August 9th: 181.82%
Tooveys. Prints on August 10th: 143.07%
Ader. Illustrated and Modern Books on July 5th: 103.38%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Americana Exposition Auction - Decorative Prints on August 5th: 103.27%


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

Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/31 on August 7th: 99.87%
Heritage Auctions. /Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/31 on August 7th: 97.91%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Americana Exposition Auction - Decorative Prints on August 5th: 94.74%
Tooveys. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on August 9th: 91.58%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on August 9th: 90.48%
Tooveys. Prints on August 10th: 84.62%
Eldreds. Summer Americana Auction on August 4th: 83.87%


12 total sales reported this week:

Bloomsbury Auctions. Autographs and Memorabilia, including NASA Photographs on August 11th: 66.88%
Auctionata. From Beuys to Uecker: Collectibles of Prints and Photography on August 10th: 20.77%
Tooveys. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on August 9th: 91.58%
Tooveys. Prints on August 10th: 84.62%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on August 9th: 90.48%
Heritage Auctions. Comics on August 5th: 39.41%
RR Auction. RR Auction: Olympic Auction - Internet bidstart 7/14 on July 21st: 73.65%
Ader. Illustrated and Modern Books on July 5th: 68.66%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Americana Exposition Auction - Decorative Prints on August 5th: 94.74%
Eldreds. Summer Americana Auction on August 4th: 83.87%
Heritage Auctions. /Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/31 on August 7th: 97.91%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/31 on August 7th: 99.87% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions Action Comics #1 (DC, 1938) CGC FN- 5.5 Cream to off-white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $956,000.
  2. Heritage Auctions Startling Comics #2 Mile High Pedigree (Better Publications, 1940) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white to white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $101,575.
  3. Heritage Auctions All Star Comics #58 (DC, 1976) CBCS NM/MT 9.8 White pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $77,675.
  4. Heritage Auctions Batman #11 (DC, 1942) CGC NM 9.4 White pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $65,725.
  5. Heritage Auctions Action Comics #1 (DC, 1938) CBCS PR 0.3 Off-white to white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $65,725.
  6. Heritage Auctions Captain America Comics #1 (Timely, 1941) CBCS Restored VF+ 8.5 Moderate (P) Off-white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $47,800.
  7. Heritage Auctions More Fun Comics #58 (DC, 1940) CBCS FN 6.0 Cream to off-white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $39,435.
  8. Heritage Auctions Batman and Robin Toy Factory Prototype Figure Set (Ideal Toys, 1966). on August 5th Actual price: USD $33,460.
  9. Heritage Auctions All Star Comics #8 (DC, 1942) CGC VG 4.0 Slightly brittle pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $31,070.
  10. Heritage Auctions Batman #1 (DC, 1940) CBCS Restored VF- 7.5 (Moderate) Off-white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $29,875.
  11. Heritage Auctions Captain America #100 (Marvel, 1968) CGC NM/MT 9.8 White pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $27,485.
  12. Heritage Auctions All Star Comics #8 (DC, 1942) CBCS GD- 1.8 Off-white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $27,485.
  13. Heritage Auctions Vintage Near Complete Official Batman Utility Belt Crime Fighting Equipment Set (Ideal, 1966). on August 5th Actual price: USD $26,290.
  14. Heritage Auctions Detective Comics #71 (DC, 1943) CGC VF 8.0 Off-white to white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $22,705.
  15. Heritage Auctions Batman #121 (DC, 1959) CBCS VF+ 8.5 Cream to off-white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $20,315.
  16. Heritage Auctions Catman Comics #20 (Holyoke/Continental, 1943) CBCS VF/NM 9.0 White pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $19,120.
  17. Heritage Auctions Batman #52 (DC, 1949) CGC NM- 9.2 White pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $19,120.
  18. Heritage Auctions Sparkler Comics #18 Mile High pedigree (United Features Syndicate, 1943) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white to white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $17,925.
  19. Heritage Auctions Devil Kids Starring Hot Stuff #1 (Harvey, 1962) CBCS NM 9.4 White pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $16,730.
  20. Heritage Auctions The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2 (Marvel, 1965) CGC NM+ 9.6 Off-white to white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $16,730.
  21. Heritage Auctions More Fun Comics #55 (DC, 1940) CBCS Conserved GD+ 2.5 Off-white to white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $16,730.
  22. Heritage Auctions Thor #126 (Marvel, 1966) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $15,535.
  23. Heritage Auctions The Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel, 1962) CBCS Restored FN- 5.5 Slight (P) Off-white to white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $15,535.
  24. Heritage Auctions Action Comics #23 (DC, 1940) CBCS VG/FN 5.0 White pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $15,535.
  25. Heritage Auctions Superman #32 (DC, 1945) CGC NM- 9.2 Off-white to white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $14,938.

 


For the week ahead 8 sales are scheduled: 

Mon. Aug. 15th 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 52 lots 

Tue. Aug. 16th 
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Japanese Art and the Prints of Paul Jacoulet. 267 lots 

Wed. Aug. 17th 
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. August ‘unreserved book stock’ auction. 153 lots 

Thu. Aug. 18th 
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Miniature Books: Rico Onuma Memorial Auction from Lilliput Oval Saloon, Owned by Kazushige Onuma, To. 499 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. 2016 August Doodle for Hunger Celebrity Art Auction - Internet bidstart 7/20. 40 lots 

Sat. Aug. 20th 
Addison and Sarova. Macon. Summer Sale. 400 lots 

Sun. Aug. 21st 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 8/14
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/14.

 

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <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. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Copper Printing Plate for "Marshall's Household Engraving of Washington." $500 to $1000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Important Documentary Painting Showing Baseball Great Ty Cobb in Cuba. $1,000 to $2,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> <i>Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age</i>, Inscribed by Bill Wilson. $500 to $1,000
    <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983), <i>Prise à l'hameçon.</i> $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Maurice Dufrène (French, 1876-1955), <i>Rayon des Soieries</i>. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> William Pope.L (American, b. 1955), <i>Intimacy Project</i>. $2,000 to $4,000
  • <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Collection of 131 Herbert Ponting gelatin silver contact prints of Antartica, £6000-8000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of several lots of Henri Cartier-Bresson gelatin silver prints, £200-300
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Vintage gelatin silver print of Diego Rivera by Leonard McCombe, £300-500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Julia Margaret Cameron of Sir John Herschel (April, 1867), £30,000-50,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron, Love, 1864 (from the Norman album), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Lewis Carroll of Twyford School Eleven (Summer Term, 1859), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Lewis Carroll of Xie Kitchin as 'Dane' (Oxford, 1873), £500-800
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Calotype print (c1845) by Hill & Adamson of Lady Elizabeth (Rigby) Eastlake, £3000-4000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Group of 12 waxed paper negatives of Scottish scenes by Thomas Keith, mid-1850s, £3000-5000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of 15 lots of Roger Fenton salt prints of his work in the Crimea, mid-1850s, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Quarter plate ambrotype (c.1860s) with ethnographic portrait of a woman seated at a table, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Rare whole plate thermoplastic union case of the Landing of Columbus (c.1858),part of the John Hannavy collection, £1500-2000
  • <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>