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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>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