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Twenty five Auctions Archived, 15 Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday, January 29th, 25 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 6 denominated in euros, 3 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 15 in US dollars.  Turnover was $8,487,938 as 5,478 lots were offered and 4,018 sold for a 73% success rate.

1 auction saw its total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ChristiesOld Master Prints on January 25th: $4,635,188 



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

Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on January 25th: 137.25% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 24th: 106.11% 
TooveysPrints on January 25th: 102.21% 


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

Gibson Auction Inc.Rare Americana Books and Maps on July 2nd: 100.00% 
National Book AuctionsBooks, Art, Ephemera, and Collectibles on January 21st: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/15 on January 22nd: 99.73% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/15 on January 22nd: 99.18% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersAmerican Prints & Drawings: 1925-1975 on January 25th: 99.15% 
Doyle New YorkThe Nelson Doubleday, Jr. Collection - Books and Manuscripts on January 11th: 98.77% 
Gibson Auction Inc.IMPORTANT JOSEPH “ABE” LEISCH CIVIL WAR AUCTION on December 10th: 98.09% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 24th: 91.55% 
Swann GalleriesAlphonse Mucha & Masters of Art Nouveau: The Harry C. Meyerhoff Collection on January 26th: 89.04% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on January 25th: 87.66% 
TooveysPrints on January 25th: 81.25% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies The Submersion of Pharaoh’s Army in the Red Sea on January 25th Actual price: USD $751,500.
  2. Sothebys Astérix – Le Devin Planche 6 on January 21st Actual price: USD $341,865.
  3. Christies Saint Michael slaying the Dragon on January 25th Actual price: USD $211,500.
  4. Christies Knight, Death and the Devil on January 25th Actual price: USD $187,500.
  5. Christies A Scholar in his Study ('Faust') on January 25th Actual price: USD $150,000.
  6. Christies The Three Trees on January 25th Actual price: USD $137,500.
  7. Christies Triton and Nereid on January 25th Actual price: USD $137,500.
  8. Gibson Auction Inc. John Lederer on July 2nd Actual price: USD $129,375.
  9. Christies The Death of the Virgin on January 25th Actual price: USD $112,500.
  10. Christies Landscape with a Cottage and a large Tree on January 25th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  11. Christies Madonna lactans with the Last Supper on January 25th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  12. Christies La Tauromaquia on January 25th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  13. Christies Carceri d’Invenzione on January 25th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  14. Christies Melencolia I on January 25th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  15. Christies El famoso Americano, Mariano Ceballos, from: The Bulls of Bordeaux on January 25th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  16. Christies Ephraim Bonus, Jewish Physician on January 25th Actual price: USD $77,500.
  17. Christies Knight, Death and the Devil on January 25th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  18. Christies Coat of Arms with a Skull on January 25th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  19. Christies Saint Eustace on January 25th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  20. Christies Christ healing the Sick ('The Hundred Guilder Print') on January 25th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  21. Christies The Great Jewish Bride on January 25th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  22. Christies Hercules, or: The Effects of Jealousy on January 25th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  23. Christies The Windmill on January 25th Actual price: USD $60,000.
  24. Christies The Angel appearing to the Shepherds on January 25th Actual price: USD $60,000.
  25. Christies The Large Hercules on January 25th Actual price: USD $60,000.



25 total sales reported this week:

Gibson Auction Inc.. Rare Americana Books and Maps on July 2nd: 100.00%
Gibson Auction Inc.. IMPORTANT JOSEPH “ABE” LEISCH CIVIL WAR AUCTION on December 10th: 98.09%
Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. Rare Books, Literature, Manuscripts, Maps, Works of Art on December 13th: 65.73%
Swann Galleries. Alphonse Mucha & Masters of Art Nouveau: The Harry C. Meyerhoff Collection on January 26th: 89.04%
Tooveys. Prints on January 25th: 81.25%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. American Prints & Drawings: 1925-1975 on January 25th: 99.15%
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Antiques, Interiors, Collectibles - Books, Prints on December 7th: 47.06%
Dorothy Sloan Rare Books. The Mexican-American War - Day 2 on December 16th: 23.08%
Dorothy Sloan Rare Books. The Mexican-American War - Day 1 on December 15th: 28.57%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on January 25th: 87.66%
Christies. Old Master Prints on January 25th: 77.22%
RR Auction. Olympic Memorabilia - Internet bidstart 1/12 on January 19th: 50.00%
Morton Subastas. Books and Documents on January 24th: 27.81%
JellyFishTree. Collectible Books on January 18th: 39.31%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on January 24th: 91.55%
National Book Auctions. Books, Art, Ephemera, and Collectibles on January 21st: 100.00%
Eldreds. Antiques and Accessories - Books and Prints on January 21st: 77.59%
Doyle New York. The Nelson Doubleday, Jr. Collection - Books and Manuscripts on January 11th: 98.77%
Auctionata. Antiques and Collectibles - Books on January 23rd: 7.14%
Auctionata. Prints, Multiples and Photography on January 18th: 15.94%
Auctionata. Post War and Contemporary Art on January 18th: 15.04%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Palm Beach January Auction on January 19th: 65.79%
Sothebys. Comic Strips on January 21st: 66.20%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/15 on January 22nd: 99.73%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/15 on January 22nd: 99.18%


For the week ahead 15 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jan. 30th
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Firenze. Books, Manuscripts and Autographs. 962 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 96 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Historical Autographs and Maps - Internet bidstart 1/19. 219 lots

Tue. Jan. 31st
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Photo Opportunities. 218 lots
Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions. Jerusalem. Holy books, letters from Rabbis and Rebbes, Judaica, Posters & Periodicals, Postcards, Maps, Zionism. 590 lots

Wed. Feb. 1st
Bonhams. London. Travel and Exploration. 102 lots
Rossini. Paris. Photographs. 90 lots

Fri. Feb. 3rd
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 306 lots
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Antiquarian and Modern Books, Engravings and Autographs. 903 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Exposition Auction - Books and Prints. 46 lots

Sat. Feb. 4th
Potter and Potter Auctions. Chicago. The Golden Age of Magic Posters. 294 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books and Ephemera.

Sun. Feb. 5th
Grogan and Company. Dedham. The February Auction - Fine Art: Prints. 15 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/29.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/29.

Bruce McKinney

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 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.