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42 Auctions Archived, 37 Sales Upcoming

For the week ending the 24th of September, 42 auctions were archived, generating $17,785,019 in sales. Eight of these sales were denominated in euros, 9 in British pounds, and 25 in U. S. dollars. A total of 12,052 lots were offered, while 9,399 were sold, for a robust success rate of 78%. The fall auction season has quickly swung into action. Last week's sales were less than $3 million. Thirty-seven more auctions are scheduled for the coming week. Look for heavy action going forward all the way until the middle of December.

 

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Arader Galleries. Natural History Works on Paper, Historic Maps, Rare Books and Audubon's Birds of America and Quadrup on September 17th: $3,276,779
Christies. Prints and Multiples on September 21st: $3,186,950
Swann Galleries. 19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings on September 22nd: $2,434,897
Bonhams. Exploration and Travel on September 20th: $1,135,874
Heritage Auctions. Lincoln and His Times A joint Auction by Heritage Auctions and The Rail Splitter in Recognition of t on September 17th: $1,023,589

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

Christies. Private Collection of President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan - Books, Prints on September 21st: 761.09%
Kedem Auction. History of the Jewish People in Eretz Israel and the Diaspora on September 21st: 170.38%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. August ‘unreserved book stock’ auction on August 17th: 167.13%
Ader. Books and Advertising on September 15th: 150.45%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books on September 20th: 145.15%
Kedem Auction. Jewish and Israeli History and Culture on September 20th: 135.72%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Antiquarian Literature and History on September 14th: 134.68%
Tajan. Claude Morillon's Library on September 20th: 129.43%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on July 20th: 118.02%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Fine Art - Prints on June 29th: 108.61%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Children's and Illustrated Books on July 21st: 108.22%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on June 16th: 100.16%


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

Christies. Private Collection of President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan - Books, Prints on September 21st: 100.00%
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. September Catalogue Auction on September 19th: 100.00%
Dallas Auction Gallery. The Fine and Decorative Art Auction - Books and Prints on September 14th: 100.00%
Gateway Gallery Auction. Sports Cards and Memorabilia on September 17th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 9/11 on September 18th: 100.00%
Carlsen Gallery. 25th Anniversary Auction - Prints, Books on September 18th: 100.00%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. August ‘unreserved book stock’ auction on August 17th: 98.69%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/11 on September 18th: 98.68%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Advertising at Auction on September 17th: 98.13%
Aspire Auctions. Prints - Internet bidstart 9/2 on September 10th: 97.76%
Arader Galleries. Natural History Works on Paper, Historic Maps, Rare Books and Audubon's Birds of America and Quadrup on September 17th: 93.83%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Antiquarian Literature and History on September 14th: 92.40%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare, Out of Print and Used Books on September 9th: 90.93%
Heritage Auctions. Lincoln and His Times A joint Auction by Heritage Auctions and The Rail Splitter in Recognition of t on September 17th: 89.83%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on July 20th: 88.33%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Children's and Illustrated Books on July 21st: 88.25%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on September 20th: 86.73%
Dorotheum . Posters, Advertising Art, Comics, Film and Photohistory on September 20th: 86.30%
Ader. Books and Advertising on September 15th: 83.81%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Clocks, etc. - Books on September 20th: 83.33%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books on September 20th: 82.35%
Christies. Prints and Multiples on September 21st: 82.28%
Dorotheum . Books and Decorative Prints on September 21st: 81.79%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on June 16th: 80.69%

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Arader Galleries 3 Manuscript Maps delignating the Land of Lord Thomas sixth Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1693-1781) on September 17th Actual price: USD $793,000.
  2. Arader Galleries First centralized, comprehensive, co-ordinated and scientific survey of the state of Maryland by John Henry Alexander on September 17th Actual price: USD $488,000.
  3. Arader Galleries Pivotal Early Views of Washington, DC by George Beck on September 17th Actual price: USD $335,500.
  4. Arader Galleries Pivotal Early Views of Washington, DC by George Beck on September 17th Actual price: USD $335,500.
  5. Christies Moonwalk on September 21st Actual price: USD $240,500.
  6. Arader Galleries Pivotal Early Views of Washington, DC by George Beck on September 17th Actual price: USD $213,500.
  7. Christies Superman, from: Myths on September 21st Actual price: USD $209,300.
  8. Christies La clownesse assise (Mademoiselle CHA-U-KA-O) on September 21st Actual price: USD $209,300.
  9. Arader Galleries Finest map of the southern East-Coast region of the time by Thomas Hutchins on September 17th Actual price: USD $183,000.
  10. Christies War Bonnet Indian, from: Cowboys and Indians on September 21st Actual price: USD $138,125.
  11. Heritage Auctions A Highly Important Abraham Lincoln Letter to His First Fiancée, Mary Owens. on September 17th Actual price: USD $137,500.
  12. Arader Galleries Audubon Aquatint, Male Turkey, Plate 1 on September 17th Actual price: USD $122,000.
  13. Bonhams The Principall Navigations, Voiages, and Discoveries of the English Nations, made by Sea or ouer Land, to the most remote and farthest distant Quarters of the earth at any time within the compasse of these 1500 yeeres: Devided into three seuerall parts, a on September 20th Actual price: USD $112,500.
  14. Heritage Auctions Mary Todd Lincoln: Silk Mourning Dress Ensemble. on September 17th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  15. Arader Galleries Audubon Aquatint, Long-billed Curlew, Plate 231 on September 17th Actual price: USD $97,600.
  16. Christies My House I, II, and III on September 21st Actual price: USD $78,000.
  17. Bruun Rasmussen Mart. Luther D., to Joseph Levin von Metzsch and Günter von Bünau. 1534. on September 20th Actual price: USD $75,936.
  18. Christies Miroir de la Tauromachie on September 21st Actual price: USD $73,125.
  19. Christies Second Version, Triptych 1944 (Large Version) on September 21st Actual price: USD $73,125.
  20. Bruun Rasmussen Ludvig Holberg's 15 first comedies. on September 20th Actual price: USD $72,576.
  21. Bonhams Untitled Ptolemaic Map of the World. [Insculptum est per Johane Schnitzer de Armszheim.] on September 20th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  22. Christies Ce qui manque à nous tous on September 21st Actual price: USD $61,750.
  23. Bonhams The Aboriginal Port Folio. on September 20th Actual price: USD $56,250.
  24. Bonhams America, quae est Geographiae Blauianae pars quinta liber unus volumen undecimum. on September 20th Actual price: USD $56,250.
  25. Bonhams A Plan of the Roads between Boston and Penobscott Bay. Surveyed by Order of the Governor in pursuance of a resolution of the General court of Massachusetts-Bay by F. Miller. on September 20th Actual price: USD $52,500.


42 total sales reported this week:

PBA Galleries. Angling & Sporting with Travel & Exploration plus Cartography on September 22nd: 61.99%
Kestenbaum and Company. Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Holy Land Maps and Ceremonial Objects on September 22nd: 60.43%
Swann Galleries. 19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings on September 22nd: 69.46%
Tajan. Claude Morillon's Library on September 20th: 70.91%
Christies. Private Collection of President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan - Books, Prints on September 21st: 100.00%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on September 18th: 77.05%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on September 17th: 74.53%
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Rare Books of the 18th to 20th Centuries on September 16th: 60.75%
Ader. Books and Advertising on September 15th: 83.81%
Aspire Auctions. Prints - Internet bidstart 9/2 on September 10th: 97.76%
Kedem Auction. History of the Jewish People in Eretz Israel and the Diaspora on September 21st: 74.07%
Bonhams. Fine Books and Manuscripts on September 21st: 58.29%
Christies. Prints and Multiples on September 21st: 82.28%
Dorotheum . Books and Decorative Prints on September 21st: 81.79%
Kedem Auction. Jewish and Israeli History and Culture on September 20th: 71.57%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Clocks, etc. - Books on September 20th: 83.33%
Paige Auction. Art, Advertising, Collectibles and More on September 20th: 75.86%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books on September 20th: 82.35%
Dorotheum . Posters, Advertising Art, Comics, Film and Photohistory on September 20th: 86.30%
Bonhams. Exploration and Travel on September 20th: 65.77%
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. September Catalogue Auction on September 19th: 100.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on September 20th: 86.73%
Arader Galleries. Natural History Works on Paper, Historic Maps, Rare Books and Audubon's Birds of America and Quadrup on September 17th: 93.83%
Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. The Philip Murray Book Collection on July 12th: 57.63%
Heritage Auctions. Lincoln and His Times A joint Auction by Heritage Auctions and The Rail Splitter in Recognition of t on September 17th: 89.83%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare, Out of Print and Used Books on September 9th: 90.93%
Mid Hudson Auction Galleries. Americana - Books and Prints on September 10th: 74.07%
Dallas Auction Gallery. The Fine and Decorative Art Auction - Books and Prints on September 14th: 100.00%
Carlsen Gallery. 25th Anniversary Auction - Prints, Books on September 18th: 100.00%
PBA Galleries. Rare Golf Books & Memorabilia (Sunday in the Poconos) on September 18th: 66.83%
Gateway Gallery Auction. Sports Cards and Memorabilia on September 17th: 100.00%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Advertising at Auction on September 17th: 98.13%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/11 on September 18th: 98.68%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 9/11 on September 18th: 100.00%
RR Auction. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 8/19 on September 14th: 53.51%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Antiquarian Literature and History on September 14th: 92.40%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. August ‘unreserved book stock’ auction on August 17th: 98.69%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Children's and Illustrated Books on July 21st: 88.25%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on July 20th: 88.33%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Art of the Book: Book Binding Studio of Philip Smith on June 30th: 70.97%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Fine Art - Prints on June 29th: 68.75%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on June 16th: 80.69%


For the week ahead 37 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Sep. 26th
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet pre-bidding 9/15-9/25. 103 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 77 lots
Rossini. Paris. Prints, 19th and 20th Century. 33 lots

Tue. Sep. 27th
Sothebys. London. Prints and Multiples. 246 lots
Christies. New York. First Open | Home - Books, Photos, Prints. 50 lots
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Books and Documents. 304 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Old Master Prints. 4 lots
Ader. PARIS. Post War and Contemporary Art - Prints. 85 lots

Wed. Sep. 28th
Dorotheum . Vienna. Globes. 16 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Robert de Balkany, Rue de Varenne, Paris – Day sale. 19 lots
Artcurial. Paris. More. 81 lots
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . Modern, Post-Modern and Contemporary Art - Prints. 228 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 24 lots
Sothebys. London. Made in Britain - Prints. 100 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Modern Classics - Prints. 7 lots

Thu. Sep. 29th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. 20th Century Books and Works on Paper. 404 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Illustration Art. 303 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Prints Before 1900. 74 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Architectural Books, Prints and Drawings. The Property of the late Nancy Sheiry Glaister. 153 lots
Christies. New York. Thiebaud from Thiebaud: Prints and Works on Paper from the Private Studio of Wayne Thiebaud. 97 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Editions. 121 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Post War and Contemporary Art - Prints. 11 lots
Ader. PARIS. Photographies à Tout Prix !. 451 lots

Fri. Sep. 30th
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Prints. 279 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Ornithology - Books and Prints. 146 lots
Freemans. Philadelphia. Books, Maps and Manuscripts. 411 lots
ALDE. Paris. Antiquarian and 19th Century Books. 188 lots
Guernseys. New York, NY. Johnny Winter - The Auction. 74 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Americana: Railroad Passes, Books, Ephemera. 602 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Art of the 20th and 21st Century - Prints. 60 lots

Sat. Oct. 1st
Guernseys. New York, NY. Guernseys: Johnny Winter - The Auction. 159 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Americana: Railroad Passes, Books, Ephemera. 298 lots
ALDE. Paris. Antiquarian Books of the XIXth Century. 142 lots

Sun. Oct. 2nd
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Americana: Railroad Passes, Books, Ephemera. 403 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 9/25.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/25.

Mike Stillman

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, 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.
  • <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>