• <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> BROWNING, ELIZABETH BARRETT. Autograph Manuscript Initialed ("E.B.B."), being the working notebook for the poems contained in <i>The Seraphim and Other Poems</i>. $400,000 to 600,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> WILDE, OSCAR. Two leaves, pp 31-34, from the first appearance of <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine for July, 1890</i>, with Wilde's autograph revisions. $40,000 to 60,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories and Tragedies; Published according to the true Originall Copies. Second Impression. [THE SECOND FOLIO.]</i> $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> KENNEDY, JOHN FITZGERALD. Photograph Signed ("John F. Kennedy") and Inscribed, 8 x 10 inch gelatin silver print, of Senator Kennedy and Miss Barelli, at the swearing of the secretarial oath for Miss Barelli. $1,200 to 1,800
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter XXVII of <i>Afloat and Ashore</i>. $15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> IRVING, WASHINGTON. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter 20 from Volume IV of <i>The Life of George Washington</i>. $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> VERNE, JULES. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Jules Verne"), being the complete short story "<i>Une fantaisie de docteur Ox</i>". $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> ALCHEMY. <i>[The Crowning of Nature, or Coronatio Naturae.]</i> Original alchemical manuscript on paper, ruled in red, with watermark of the arms of Schieland. $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> DE JODE, CORNELUS. 1568 - 1600. <i>Quivirae Regnu, Cum Alija Versus Borea</i>. [Antwerp: Arnoldum Coninx, 1593]. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> HOOKER, JOSEPH DALTON. <i>The Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya; Being an Account, Botanical and Geographical, of the Rhododendrons Recently Discovered in the Mountains of Eastern Himalaya</i>… $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> CATLIN, GEORGE. <i>North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting scenes and amusements of the Rocky Mountains and prairies of America. From drawings and notes of the author, made during eight years' travel.</i> $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. HESLER, ALEXANDER. Platinum print, 8 3/4 x 6 3/4 in, of a beardless Lincoln, 1860.<br>$2,000 to 3,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s London: Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History. 9 May 2017. Viewing 5 – 8 May.</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Ackermann, Rudolph—Uwins, Thomas. A collection of 240 drawings for Rudolph Ackermann's <i>Repository of Arts</i> magazine, 1809-1828. £20,000 – 30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, and Joan. <i>Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Sive Atlas Novus in Quo Tabulae et Descriptiones Omnium Regionum.</i> 1640-1654. £100,000 – 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Mercator, Gerard and Jodocus Hondius. <i>L’Atlas ou Méditations Cosmographiques de la Fabrique du Monde et Figure Diceluy.</i> 1613. £60,000 – 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History. 9 May 2017. Viewing 5 – 8 May.</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Speed, John. <i>The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain, Presenting an Exact Geography of the Kingdom of England, Scotland, Ireland and the Isles Adjoyning...</i> £100,000 – 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Wit, Frederick De. [General Atlas], With The Engraved Title For Atlas Maior. Amsterdam, [C.1688-1696]. £50,000 – 70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Kuntz, Joh. Rudolph. <i>[Abbildungen Königlich Württembergischer Gestütts-Pferde von Orientalischen Racen.</I> Stuttgart: Ebner 1823–1824]. £30,000 – 40,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History. 9 May 2017. Viewing 5 – 8 May.</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Lawrence, T.E. Ivory Silk Thawb, Or Under-Robe, Presented by Lawrence of Arabia to a family friend. £10,000 – 15,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Blaeu, Joan. <i>Archipelagus Orientalis Sive Asiaticus</i>. Amsterdam: Joan Blaeu, [1659]. £200,000 – 250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Blaeu, Joan. <i>Asiae Descriptio Novissima</i>. Amsterdam: Joan Blaeu, [1659]. £60,000 – 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History. 9 May 2017. Viewing 5 – 8 May.</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Japanese bird paintings—(Rinchô Zu). A Pair Of Painted Scrolls of Birds. [Japan, Late 18th Or Early 19th Century]. £25,000 – 35,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Huang, Qianren. Da Qing Wannian Yitong Tianxia Quantu [Complete Map of the Whole Unified Country of the Great Qing]. [1803]. £80,000 – 120,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Sôkaku or Ryôsei Jôkei. Da Ming Sheng Tu, [Map of (China Under) The Great Ming Dynasty]. (1691 Or 1711). £80,000 – 120,000

Auction Update Review

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30 Auctions Archived, 22 Sales Upcoming

It was another busy week in the rooms. For the week ending the 1st of October, 30 sales were archived, generating $16,210,429 in sales. Fifteen were denominated in euros, 9 in U.S. dollars, 4 in British pounds, and 2 in Swiss francs. There were 7,144 lots offered, with 5,130 being sold. That was good for a sell-through rate of 72%. The average sales price was a healthy $3,160, with the big dollars going primarily for prints.

 


2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Sothebys. Prints and Multiples on September 27th: $5,584,150
Christies. Thiebaud from Thiebaud: Prints and Works on Paper from the Private Studio of Wayne Thiebaud on September 29th: $4,466,750

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

Sothebys. Robert de Balkany, Rue de Varenne, Paris – Day sale on September 29th: 380.25%
Artcurial. More on September 28th: 165.35%
Ferraton. Books and Prints on September 17th: 162.41%
Auctionata. Old Master Prints on September 27th: 142.73%
Christies. Thiebaud from Thiebaud: Prints and Works on Paper from the Private Studio of Wayne Thiebaud on September 29th: 134.14%
Sothebys. Prints and Multiples on September 27th: 117.11%
Sothebys. Made in Britain - Prints on September 28th: 108.27%
Neal Auction Company. Books and Prints on September 24th: 106.30%


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

Christies. Thiebaud from Thiebaud: Prints and Works on Paper from the Private Studio of Wayne Thiebaud on September 29th: 100.00%
Sothebys. Robert de Balkany, Rue de Varenne, Paris – Day sale on September 29th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Easton, Egypt, Antique Leather, etc. on September 24th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 9/18 on September 25th: 98.70%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/18 on September 25th: 97.76%
Artcurial. More on September 28th: 90.12%
Sothebys. Made in Britain - Prints on September 28th: 84.00%
Ferraton. Books and Prints on September 17th: 83.44%
Sothebys. Prints and Multiples on September 27th: 83.33%
Forum Auctions. Fine Books and Works on Paper on September 22nd: 80.53%

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys TWO HUMAN BEINGS. THE LONELY ONES (W. 157; SCH. 133) on September 27th Actual price: USD $2,034,500.
  2. Christies City and Streets signed '? Thiebaud' (upper left) on September 29th Actual price: USD $583,500.
  3. Christies Levees and Dikes (Green River Turn) on September 29th Actual price: USD $487,500.
  4. Christies Untitled (Cupcake) on September 29th Actual price: USD $463,500.
  5. Christies Lemon Meringue Pie Slices signed and dated '? Thiebaud 1990 2013' (upper center); dated again '1990' (on the reverse) on September 29th Actual price: USD $211,500.
  6. Christies Untitled (Sunglasses) on September 29th Actual price: USD $199,500.
  7. Christies A La Recherche du Shoe Perdu on September 27th Actual price: USD $199,500.
  8. Sothebys PROMENADE VOR DEM CAFÉ (KAISER-CAFÉ BERLIN) (GERCKEN 670; DUBE 244) on September 27th Actual price: USD $178,100.
  9. Sothebys ZWEI FRAUEN (G. 681; D. 259) on September 27th Actual price: USD $178,100.
  10. Christies Coastline (Drawing for California Arts Plate) on September 29th Actual price: USD $168,750.
  11. Sothebys SHADOWS II (F. & S. II.210-215) on September 27th Actual price: USD $162,500.
  12. Christies Big Suckers, from Seven Still Lifes and a Rabbit on September 29th Actual price: USD $156,250.
  13. Sothebys MARILYN MONROE (F. & S. II.31) on September 27th Actual price: USD $154,375.
  14. Sothebys DREI AKTE IM WALDE (D. 637) on September 27th Actual price: USD $113,750.
  15. Christies Cake Slices signed '? Thiebaud' (upper center) on September 29th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  16. Christies Untitled (Pie Slice) on September 29th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  17. Christies Large Sucker, from Seven Still Lifes and a Rabbit on September 29th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  18. Christies Delights on September 29th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  19. Christies Eight Lipsticks on September 29th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  20. Christies Untitled (Four Striped Ties) on September 29th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  21. Sothebys PORTRAIT STYLISÉ DE JACQUELINE (B. 1065; BA. 1285) on September 27th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  22. Sothebys SELF-PORTRAIT (WOLL 37; SCHIEFLER 31) on September 27th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  23. Christies Tie Rows on September 29th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  24. Sothebys KATE MOSS on September 28th Actual price: USD $73,125.
  25. RR Auction Dave Scott’s Apollo 17 Flown Robbins Medal on September 26th Actual price: USD $68,750.


30 total sales reported this week:

Bloomsbury Auctions. 20th Century Books and Works on Paper on September 29th: 68.81%
Swann Galleries. Illustration Art on September 29th: 67.00%
Auctionata. Post War and Contemporary Art - Prints on September 29th: 18.18%
Auctionata. Editions on September 29th: 23.14%
Christies. Thiebaud from Thiebaud: Prints and Works on Paper from the Private Studio of Wayne Thiebaud on September 29th: 100.00%
Dorotheum . Prints Before 1900 on September 29th: 66.22%
Sothebys. Robert de Balkany, Rue de Varenne, Paris – Day sale on September 29th: 100.00%
Sothebys. Made in Britain - Prints on September 28th: 84.00%
Artcurial. More on September 28th: 90.12%
Auctionata. Modern Classics - Prints on September 28th: 0.00%
Dorotheum . Globes on September 28th: 37.50%
Ader. Photo - Books on September 23rd: 52.48%
Auctionata. Old Master Prints on September 27th: 75.00%
Christies. First Open | Home - Books, Photos, Prints on September 27th: 54.00%
Sothebys. Prints and Multiples on September 27th: 83.33%
Rossini. Prints, 19th and 20th Century on September 26th: 57.58%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on September 27th: 11.69%
RR Auction. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet pre-bidding 9/15-9/25 on September 26th: 54.37%
Forum Auctions. Fine Books and Works on Paper on September 22nd: 80.53%
National Book Auctions. Easton, Egypt, Antique Leather, etc. on September 24th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 9/18 on September 25th: 98.70%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/18 on September 25th: 97.76%
Neal Auction Company. Books and Prints on September 24th: 75.00%
Venator and Hanstein. Modern and contemporary Prints and Drawings · Modern Books on September 24th: 50.34%
Venator and Hanstein. Books · Prints and Drawings · Autographs on September 23rd: 36.67%
Koller Auctions. Old Master Prints on September 23rd: 71.21%
Koller Auctions. Old Master Prints on September 23rd: 44.29%
Eldreds. Antiques and Accessories - Books and Prints on September 23rd: 54.55%
Skinner. Fine Prints, Fine Photographs on September 23rd: 79.27%
Ferraton. Books and Prints on September 17th: 83.44%


For the week ahead 22 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Oct. 3rd
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Photographs. 426 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 93 lots

Tue. Oct. 4th
Tooveys. West Sussex. Antiquarian and Collectors Books. 292 lots
Christies. New York. Photographs: The Evening Sale. 26 lots
Christies. London - King Street. Leslie Waddington Collection - Prints. 3 lots
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Prints. 30 lots

Wed. Oct. 5th
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints and Maps. 176 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 485 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Bibliothèque cynégétique du Verne : Vénerie, fauconnerie, chasses. 271 lots
Christies. New York. Photographs. 156 lots
Dallas Auction Gallery. Dallas. The Fine Art Auction - Prints. 32 lots
Purcell Auctioneers. Birr. Antiques and Collectables -Books and Prints. 42 lots
Robert Siegel Galleries. New York. Peter Sharrer Collection of Postal Markings. 107 lots

Thu. Oct. 6th
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Literature. 453 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Photographs. 155 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. African-American Fine Art - Prints. 173 lots

Fri. Oct. 7th
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Brugge. Antiquarian Books. 1178 lots
Sothebys. London. Photographs. 175 lots
OSENAT. FONTAINEBLEAU. The Empire at Fontainebleau. 37 lots

Sat. Oct. 8th
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . October Estate Sale - Prints and Books. 27 lots

Sun. Oct. 9th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 10/2.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/2.

Mike Stillman

RBH and AE

  • <b>Seth Kaller:</b> “America the Beautiful”
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> George Washington, Tongue-in-Cheek, Writes James McHenry About His Wife or Mistress—But Funding the Continental Army is the Real Topic
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Young’s Map of the United States
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> President Lincoln & His Most Profitable Client, the Illinois Central Railroad
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Lincoln Thanks Former Pro-Slavery and Newly Republican Congressman for a Fiery Anti-Slavery Speech at a Philadelphia Campaign Rally
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> “A Visit From St. Nicholas” - great association copy inscribed by Clement C. Moore
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Einstein Agrees to Allow “a Short Book on the Hydrogen Bomb” to Use His Statement Made on Eleanor Roosevelt’s TV Show
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> The Building Blocks of Albert Einstein’s Creative Mind
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> A Unique Manuscript Map of Block Island Sound Including Fisher’s and Gardiner’s Islands, the Hamptons, and Montauk Point
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> J.R.R. Tolkien Writes his Proofreader with a Lengthy Discussion of the Lord of the Rings, Including Criticism of Radio Broadcasts of his Work
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Six Benjamin Franklin Signed Receipts – Including his Earliest Obtainable Autograph — Acknowledging a Donation to the Famous Library Company He Founded, and Five Payments for His Pennsylvania Gazette
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Sherman Dishes on Lincoln & Thomas, Meade, Sheridan, Halleck & Grant
  • <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 22</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>Book of hours, manuscript on vellum. Around 1520. Est: € 15,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>H. Schedel, <i>Liber chronicarum</i>. 1493. Est: € 60,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br><i> Biblia germanica</i>. 1475/1476.<br>Est: € 140,000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 22</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>A. Ortelius, <i>Theatrum orbis terrarum</i>. 1574. Est: € 26,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>L. de Varthema, <i>Die ritterlich und lobwirdig Rays</i>. 1515. Est: € 15,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>J. H. van Linschoten, <i>His Discours of Voyages</i>. 1598. Est: € 70,000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 22</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>J. G. Stedman, <i>Narrative of Surinam</i>. 1806. Est: € 8,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>A. von Menzel, <i>Armeewerk Friedrichs d. Gr.</i> 1850-1860. Est: € 50,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>G. Heym, <i>Umbra Vitae</i>. 1924.<br>Est: € 8,000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 22</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>Master binding by G. Levitzky. 1914. Est: € 2,500
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>R. Char, <i>A la santé du serpent</i>. 1954. Est: € 8,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>Nam June Paik, <i>Fluxus Testament</i>. 1975. Est: € 18,000
  • <b>Now in press: 19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> <i>The First American Magna Carta. English Liberties.</i> Boston, 1721.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Babbage presentation to Peel, the man who killed the Difference Engine 1832
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> The Stamp Act. 1765
    <b>Now in press: 19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Central Park Photographs by Prevost 1862
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Salem Witch Trials. Wonders of the Invisible World 1693
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Mammoth print of Millie-Christine, "The Carolina Twins" c. 1868
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Ernest Hemingway, Autograph Letter Signed "Love / Mr. Papa," to Marlene Dietrich, Cuba, 1952. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Alexis de Tocqueville, Autograph Letter Signed, on the publication of <i> Democracy in America </i>, 1837. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Thomas Hart Benton, Autograph Manuscript, draft of <i>The Mechanics of Form Organization in Painting</i>, with sketches, 1926. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Elliot Erwitt, photograph of Kennedy & Eisenhower, signed by both,<br>c. 1960. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> John Adams, Partly-printed Document Signed, as President, countersigned by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering, 1798. $4,000 to $6,000. 
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Graphite drawing of Albert Einstein, signed by him & the artist, S.N. Swamy, 1950. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Autograph Musical Quotation Signed, London, 1888. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Partly-printed vellum Document Signed, as President, countersigned by Secretary of State James Madison, 1809. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Agatha Christie, Autograph Manuscript notebook with early drafts for numerous novels, Baghdad, circa 1948. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Claude Monet, Autograph Letter Signed to Desmond Fitzgerald, in French, 1889. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Photograph of Fidel Castro, Signed & Inscribed, in Spanish, 1955. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Frederick Stuart Church, archive of 17 illustrated Autograph Letters Signed to Evander Schley, 1905-11. $5,000 to $7,500.