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Sixteen Auctions Archived, 26 Sales Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday, February 11th, 16 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database, 1 in Danish krona, 4 in euros, 1 in British pounds, and 10 in US dollars.  Turnover was $3,641,289 as 5,068 lots were offered and 3,981 sold for a 79% success rate.  The evidence is circumstantial but encouraging.

1 auction saw its total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysBooks and Manuscripts on February 8th: $1,839,598 

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

Dominic Winter Book AuctionsUnreserved Book Stock Sale on February 8th: 200.94% 
FerratonAntiquarian and Modern Books, Engravings and Autographs on February 3rd: 159.02% 
Case Antiques, Inc.Winter Art and Antiques - Prints, Manuscripts, Books on January 21st: 119.44% 
Binoche et GiquelloAutographs and Manuscripts on February 8th: 118.44% 
SothebysBooks and Manuscripts on February 8th: 102.72% 


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

Dominic Winter Book AuctionsUnreserved Book Stock Sale on February 8th: 100.00% 
Grogan and CompanyThe February Auction - Fine Art: Prints on February 5th: 100.00% 
National Book AuctionsBooks, Art and Ephemera - 1601, Fancy Leather, Breathed, etc on February 4th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/29 on February 5th: 99.36% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/29 on February 5th: 97.14% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsThe Golden Age of Magic Posters on February 4th: 94.22% 
Binoche et GiquelloAutographs and Manuscripts on February 8th: 90.95% 
Case Antiques, Inc.Winter Art and Antiques - Prints, Manuscripts, Books on January 21st: 89.51% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersExposition Auction - Books and Prints on February 3rd: 86.96% 
FerratonAntiquarian and Modern Books, Engravings and Autographs on February 3rd: 86.49% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on February 7th: 82.43% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys LA RIVIERE DE CASSIS. POÈME AUTOGRAPHE. on February 8th Actual price: USD $303,345.
  2. Sothebys PLAISIRS DU JEUNE ÂGE. 7 DESSINS MANUSCRITS AUTOGRAPHES. on February 8th Actual price: USD $127,063.
  3. Potter and Potter Auctions Houdini Presents His Own Original Invention. The Greatest Sensational Mystery Ever Attempted in This or any Other Age!!! on February 4th Actual price: USD $114,000.
  4. Sothebys DE FORMATO FOETU. – DE VENARUM OSTIOLIS. – DE LOCUTIONE ET EJUS INSTRUMENTIS LIBER. — DE BRUTORUM LOQUELA. on February 8th Actual price: USD $82,925.
  5. Sothebys BÜCHER UND SCHRIFFTEN. [EN TÊTE DU PREMIER VOLUME :] CHIRURGISCHE BÜCHER UND SCHRIFFTEN. on February 8th Actual price: USD $58,850.
  6. Sothebys LA NOUVELLE CHUTE DE L’AMÉRIQUE. on February 8th Actual price: USD $56,175.
  7. Sothebys LETTRE AUTOGRAPHE SIGNÉE À LOU [CONTENANT 2 POÈMES SOUS FORME DE FABLES :] "LES FLEURS RARES" ET "LE TOUTOU ET LE GUI". on February 8th Actual price: USD $54,838.
  8. Sothebys MON CHER FRECHTMAN... TRÈS IMPORTANT ENSEMBLE DE LETTRE À SON TRADUCTEUR, AGENT LITTÉRAIRE ET CONFIDENT BERNARD FRECHTMAN. on February 8th Actual price: USD $45,475.
  9. Sothebys [REÇU DU HARAR ADRESSÉ À ARMAND SAVOURÉ, POUR LE COMPTE DU ROI MÉNÉLIK II]. on February 8th Actual price: USD $38,788.
  10. Sothebys QUATUOR HIS SUARU[M] INSTITUTIONUM GEOMETRICARUM LIBRIS. on February 8th Actual price: USD $37,450.
  11. Sothebys LES CARACTÈRES DE THÉOPHRASTE. on February 8th Actual price: USD $34,775.
  12. Sothebys IMPORTANTE CORRESPONDANCE REÇUE PAR PIET DE GROOF, ALIAS WALTER KORUN, DIRECTEUR DE LA GALERIE TAPTOE. on February 8th Actual price: USD $32,100.
  13. Sothebys DIE HETÄRENGESPRÄCHE DES LUKIAN. on February 8th Actual price: USD $32,100.
  14. Sothebys ODE À MA MÈRE. on February 8th Actual price: USD $32,100.
  15. Sothebys NEDERLANDISCHE VOGELEN. on February 8th Actual price: USD $32,100.
  16. Sothebys POMME ENDORMIE. on February 8th Actual price: USD $29,425.
  17. Sothebys POUR UN FUNAMBULE.  MANUSCRIT ET TAPUSCRIT INCONNUS.  on February 8th Actual price: USD $29,425.
  18. Sothebys VERZAMELING VAN UITLANDSCHE EN ZELDZAAME VOGELEN.  on February 8th Actual price: USD $29,425.
  19. Sothebys RARE CORRESPONDANCE À SES CRÉANCIERS DURAND ET DESVIGNES, 13 OCTOBRE 1819-24 MARS 1830. [AVEC :] 50 PIÈCES MANUSCRITES RELATIVE À NICÉPHORE NIÉPCE. on February 8th Actual price: USD $26,750.
  20. Sothebys ARS DE STATICA MEDICINA APHORISMORUM. on February 8th Actual price: USD $26,750.
  21. Sothebys [COUTUMIER DE NORMANDIE. on February 8th Actual price: USD $24,075.
  22. Potter and Potter Auctions Kellar?s Startling Wonder. The Cassadaga Propaganda. on February 4th Actual price: USD $24,000.
  23. Potter and Potter Auctions Houdini. King of Cards. on February 4th Actual price: USD $24,000.
  24. Sothebys CORRESPONDANCE À PIET DE GROOF, ALIAS WALTER KORUN. on February 8th Actual price: USD $22,738.
  25. Sothebys PHYSIOCRATIE, OU CONSTITUTION NATURELLE DU GOUVERNEMENT LE PLUS AVANTAGEUX AU GENRE HUMAIN. on February 8th Actual price: USD $22,738.



16 total sales reported this week:

Case Antiques, Inc.. Winter Art and Antiques - Prints, Manuscripts, Books on January 21st: 89.51%
Binoche et Giquello. Autographs and Manuscripts on February 8th: 90.95%
Potter and Potter Auctions. The Golden Age of Magic Posters on February 4th: 94.22%
Ferraton. Antiquarian and Modern Books, Engravings and Autographs on February 3rd: 86.49%
National Book Auctions. Books, Art and Ephemera - 1601, Fancy Leather, Breathed, etc on February 4th: 100.00%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/19 on November 24th: 37.47%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Unreserved Book Stock Sale on February 8th: 100.00%
Sothebys. Books and Manuscripts on February 8th: 74.32%
Grogan and Company. The February Auction - Fine Art: Prints on February 5th: 100.00%
Rossini. Engravings, etc. on December 15th: 70.00%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/6 on January 26th: 36.21%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on February 7th: 82.43%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Exposition Auction - Books and Prints on February 3rd: 86.96%
Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions. Holy books, letters from Rabbis and Rebbes, Judaica, Posters & Periodicals, Postcards, Maps, Zionism on January 31st: 46.44%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/29 on February 5th: 99.36%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/29 on February 5th: 97.14%


For the week ahead 26 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Feb. 13th
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . February Auction - Continental. 36 lots
Il Ponte. Milan. Home Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 9 and 10: Interior Design and Books. 264 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 95 lots

Tue. Feb. 14th
Swann Galleries. New York. Icons & Images: Photographs & Photobooks. 322 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Discover Nature. 54 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Portraits - People as Seen by Artists. 53 lots
Il Ponte. Milan. Home Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 11 and 12: Interior Design - Prints. 35 lots

Wed. Feb. 15th
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Remaining books from the Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching. 96 lots
Il Ponte. Milan. Home Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 13 and 14: Interior Design - Prints. 19 lots

Thu. Feb. 16th
Auctionata. Berlin. From Chagall to Hockney: Prints and Editions. 84 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. The Spectrum of Artistic Expression. 21 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. The Spectrum of Artistic Expression: Art of the 20th & 21st Century. 66 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Marvels of Modern Music - Internet bidstart 2/9. 503 lots
Il Ponte. Milan. Home Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 15 and 16: Interior Design - Prints. 23 lots

Fri. Feb. 17th
Copley Fine Art Auctions. Boston. Winter Sale. 100 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Winter Market Auction - Prints and Books. 96 lots
Freemans. Philadelphia. Books, Maps and Manuscripts. 384 lots
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. 75172 Pforzheim. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques. 6025 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Manuscripts and Autographs. 249 lots

Sat. Feb. 18th
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Prints - Internet bidstart 2/10. 63 lots
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Berlin. Rare Books and Prints. 1133 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Scott W. Dawson Weekly Internet Auction - Books. 239 lots
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints. 124 lots

Sun. Feb. 19th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Antiques, Asian and Fine Arts: Prints. 63 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/12.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/12.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Extremely Fine Copy of Fantasy Classic. Tolkien (J.R.R.) <i>The Hobbit, or There and Back Again,</i> L. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Museum Street) 1937. €20,000 to €30,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Incunabula. [Sirectus, Antonius] O’Fihely (Maurice)Abp. <i>Formalitates de Mente Doctoris Subtilis Scoti Nec Non Stephai Burlifer cum novis additionibus…</i> Venice 14th December 1051 (ie. 1501). €3,000 to €4,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Original Book Illustrations by Pamela Leonard. Illustrations: Regan (Peter) Touchstone, 8vo D. (Mount Salas Press) 1989. €3,500 to €4,500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> [Petit (Jean), Prevel (Jean) & Gregory (Pope)] [Gregorius]. <i>Compendium Textuale Compillationis decretalium Gregorri noni sine qua…</i>, Paris [Dec. 1524]. €350 to €500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Excessively Rare – V. Fine Copy. [Mac Mahon]. <i>Jus Primatiale Armacanum, In Omnes Archiepiscopos, Episcopos, et Universum Clerum</i>… [n.p.] 1728. €750 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Madden (R.R.). <i>Travels in Turkey, Egypt, Nubia and Palestine in 1824, 1825, 1826 and 1827,</i> 2 vols. 1822. €500 to €700
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Early English Herbal. Gerarde (John). The Herball or General History of Plants, thick folio L. (John Norton) 1597. €700 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The Tehran World War 2 Conference Photograph: [Tehran Conference 1943] An important and iconic Group Photograph showing Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. €80 to €120
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Natural History Specimens from Jersey Jersey Islands: Westacton [Mrs Acton] Collection of 53 original dried examples of Seaweed collected in Jersey, c. 1860. €300 to €400
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Plyglot Bible: Hutteri (Eliae). <i>Biblia Sacra, Ebraice, Chaldaice, Graece, Latinae, Germanice, Sclavonice.</i> Lg. folio Nurimberg 1599. €250 to €350
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The American Invasion 1888: “First Ever G.A.A. Hurling Match in America” Medal: G.A.A., The Invaders, 1888. €2,000 to €3,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> “Babe” Ruth and the G.A.A. G.A.A. & Baseball: A unique and early Sporting Association. An original Spalding B12 Baseball Bat. €4,000 to €6,000
  • <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>