• <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Beethoven, Ludwig van. Autograph Manuscript of the Canon "Ewig Dein" Woo 161, signed at the end ("...[Ewig] Dein...Freund Ludwig Van Beethowen"). Est. £120,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Brahms, Johannes. Autograph Manuscript of the "Geistliches Wiegenlied", Op.91 No.2, for Contralto, Viola And Piano, the original version of 1864, signed and inscribed at the end by the composer. Est. £200,000 to £250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Chopin, Frédéric. Autograph Manuscript of the Opening of the Étude Op.25 No.2, in A-Flat Major, signed and dated ("Paris Ce 28 Avril F. Chopin"). Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Haydn, Joseph. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jos Haydn[Paraph]"), to the Baden Choirmaster Anton Stoll, 30 July 1802. Est. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Autograph Working Manuscript of a scene from Ernani. Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Highly Important Series of Thirty-Six Autograph Letters Signed to The Librettist Salvadore Cammarano, written between 1844 And 1851, the greater part unpublished and unrecorded. Est. £250,000 to £300,000
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…
  • <b>Results from Bonhams’ sale of <i>Fine Books & Manuscripts Featuring Exploration and Travel</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Columbus. De Insulis nuper in mari Indico repertis. Basel, 1494. SOLD for $751,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cook in Tahiti. [Playbill]. [Germany, c.1840.] SOLD for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Aa, Pieter van der. Naaukeurige versameling der gedenk-waardigste zee en land-reysen. Leyden, 1706-8. SOLD for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Dürer. Underweysung der messung [and two more]. Nuremberg, 1525-8. SOLD for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cortes, Hernan. A Pleito signed by Antonio de Mendoza in the case of Hernan Cortes. 1542. SOLD for $8750
    <b>Results from Bonhams’ <i>The Air and Space Sale</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Russian Kholod 5D67 HFL Rocket Engine. SOLD for $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Neil Armstrong Apollo Era Training Glove. SOLD for $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Full Scale Sputnik-1 EMC/EMI Lab Model. SOLD for $847,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> SOLRAD GREB Spy Satellite Engineering Dummy. SOLD for $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Soviet LK-3 Lunar Lander Model. SOLD for $25,000
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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>Sotheby’s Paris: Books & Manuscripts. 30 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> MARCEL PROUST. Du côté de chez Swann. Grasset, 1913. First edition. One of 5 copies on Japan paper, inscribed by the author to Louis Brun. Est. €400,000 - 600,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> Saint-Exupéry. <i>25 Autograph Illustrated Letters to his Friend Charles Sallès</i>. Est. €30,000-50,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> French Revolution, 1793. Déclaration des droits de l’Homme. 2,55 x 1,30m. A monumental wallpaper poster of the 1793 version, with hand-colored highlights. Unique copy. Est. €100,000 - 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> GIAMBATTISTA PIRANESI. <i>Vedute di Roma</i>, 1748-1775. 107 etchings. An exceptional copy, printed and bound before 1780. Est. €50,000 - 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> Picasso, Pablo -- Fernando de Rojas. LA CÉLESTINE. [PARIS, EDITIONS DE L'ATELIER CROMMELYNCK, 1971.] One of the 30 copies hors commerce (n° X). 66 original etchings by Picasso. Signed. Est. €30,000 - €35,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br><i>The Centenary Edition of the Works of Ian Fleming</i>, one of 26 lettered sets, 18 volumes, London, 2008. $25,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> William Faulkner, <i>The Marble Faun</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to Dorothy Wilcox by Faulkner & Phil Stone, Boston, 1924. $18,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Maurice Sendak, <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to William Archibald, New York, 1963. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anne Frank, <i>Het Achterhuis</i>, first edition, in first state jacket, Amsterdam, 1947. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Roald Dahl, <i>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory</i>, first edition, signed, New York, 1964. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br>Ray Bradbury, <i>Fahrenheit 451</i>, first limited edition bound in Johns-Manville Quinterra, New York, 1953. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Benjamin Graham, <i>The Intelligent Investor</i>, first edition, in original dust jacket, New York, 1949. $4,500 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anna Sewell, <i>Black Beauty</i>, first edition, inscribed, London, 1877. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Arthur Conan Doyle, <i>A Study in Scarlet</i>, first American edition, Philadelphia, 1890. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> James Fenimore Cooper, <i>The Last of the Mohicans</i>, first edition, two volumes, Philadelphia, 1826. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Amelia Earhart, <i>20 hrs. 40 mins. Our Flight in Friendship</i>, limited first edition, signed, New York, 1928. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Philip K. Dick, <i>World of Chance</i>, first edition, signed, London, 1956. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Redouté, Pierre Joseph, and Claude Antoine Thory. <i>Les Roses</I>. Paris: Firmin Didot, 1817–1824. Est. $225,000 to $325,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Jakob Christoph. <i>Hortus Nitidissimis Omnen Per Annum Superbiens Floribus</i>… Nuremberg: Johann Joseph Fleischmann, 1750 [–1786]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Christoph Jakob, and Benedict Christian Vogel. <i>Plantæ Selectæ</i>…[Nuremberg:] 1750–1773; Supplement, [Augsburg:] 1790 [–1792]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Jacquin, Nikolaus Joseph von. <i>Plantarum Rariorum Horti Caesarei Schönbrunnensis Descriptiones Et Icones.</i>Vienna; London; Leiden, 1797–1804. Est. $180,000 to $250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Weinmann, Johann Wilhelm. <i>Phytanthoza Iconographia; Sive Conspectus Aliquot Millium, Tam Indigenarum Quam Exoticarum</i>… Regensburg, 1735–1737–1745. Est. $120,000 to $180,000