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Thirty-seven Auctions Archived, 32 Scheduled this Week

For the week ended Saturday 18 November 2017 thirty-nine auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 2 denominated in Australian dollars, 12 in euros, 3 in British pounds, and 20 in US dollars.  Turnover was $16,585,656 as 12,411 lots were offered and 9,297 sold for a 75% success rate.  We’re in the high cotton.  The average lot brought $1,784.

 

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on November 15th: $2,279,202 
SothebysTravel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History on November 14th: $1,853,874 
Kestenbaum and CompanyThe Valmadonna Trust Library: Highly Important Hebrew Books on November 9th: $1,741,563 
Heritage AuctionsEntertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction on November 11th: $1,620,304 
ChristiesPhotographs on November 10th: $1,312,013 

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

Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersCollection of Paul F. Walters - Part 1 on November 11th: 188.31% 
Grogan and CompanyThe 30th Anniversary Auction - Fine Arts Prints and Photographs on November 5th: 169.03% 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on November 15th: 157.85% 
Kestenbaum and CompanyThe Valmadonna Trust Library: Highly Important Hebrew Books on November 9th: 143.92% 
Bruun RasmussenBooks and Manuscripts on November 12th: 131.93% 
Northeast AuctionsFall Weekend Auction on October 29th: 104.34% 
Brunk AuctionsNovember 9-11 Catalog Auction - Books, Prints on November 11th: 103.56% 


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

MossgreenInteriors - Books, Prints on November 14th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 11/5 on November 12th: 98.96% 
Heritage AuctionsHeritage Auctions: Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 11/7 on November 14th: 98.48% 
Heritage AuctionsSpace Exploration on November 10th: 97.69% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - bidstart 10/15 on November 12th: 95.91% 
Bruun RasmussenBooks and Manuscripts on November 12th: 95.45% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersCollection of Paul F. Walters - Part 1 on November 11th: 95.24% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 11/5 on November 12th: 95.19% 
Kestenbaum and CompanyThe Valmadonna Trust Library: Highly Important Hebrew Books on November 9th: 94.74% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on November 14th: 91.78% 
Grogan and CompanyThe 30th Anniversary Auction - Fine Arts Prints and Photographs on November 5th: 91.67% 
John McInnis AuctioneersOctober Estates Auction - Session 2 on October 28th: 89.86% 
Brunk AuctionsNovember 9-11 Catalog Auction - Books, Prints on November 11th: 88.95% 
Alaska AuctionBooks and Prints on October 26th: 84.38% 
Swann Galleries19th and 20th Century Literature on November 14th: 83.28% 
Lancaster Mennonite Historical SocietyRare and Used Books on September 8th: 82.96% 
Northeast AuctionsFall Weekend Auction on October 29th: 82.50% 
SkinnerFine Books and Manuscripts on November 12th: 81.90% 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on November 15th: 81.57% 
 
 
Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions Bob Dylan Owned and Stage-Played 1963 Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar, Serial #196405 Used at George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh. on November 11th Actual price: USD $396,500.
  2. Bonhams Archive of designs for and watercolours of the Thames Tunnel by Marc Isambard Brunel on November 15th Actual price: USD $264,000.
  3. Sothebys TOTIUS ORBIS DESCRIPTIO, on November 14th Actual price: USD $245,625.
  4. Kestenbaum and Company THE COMPLETE REFERENCE LIBRARY OF THE VALMADONNA TRUST on November 9th Actual price: USD $237,500.
  5. Christies The Hand of Miles Davis (B), New York, 1986 on November 10th Actual price: USD $235,410.
  6. Brunk Auctions A Journal of the Operations of the Queen's Rangers From the End of the Year 1777, to the Conclusion of the Late American War By Lieutenant-Colonel Simcoe Commander of that Corps. on November 11th Actual price: USD $168,000.
  7. Bonhams Archive of manuscripts on November 15th Actual price: USD $148,500.
  8. Christies Photogramme, Dessau, 1925 on November 10th Actual price: USD $147,500.
  9. Bonhams Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on November 15th Actual price: USD $140,250.
  10. Bonhams An Atlas of England and Wales] on November 15th Actual price: USD $140,250.
  11. Heritage Auctions Beatles - John Lennon's Personal Stereo "Butcher Cover" Prototype with His Original Artwork on the Blank Back and Signatures of Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr on the Front. The Rarest Beatle Record in the World. on November 11th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  12. Sothebys METAMORPHOSIS INSECTORUM SURINAMENSIUM OFTE VERANDERING DER SURINAAMSCHE INSECTEN. on November 14th Actual price: USD $122,813.
  13. Kestenbaum and Company Talmud Bavli. With commentary of Rashi, Tosaphoth, Piskei Tosaphoth, compendium by Asher b. Jehiel, commentary on the Mishnah by Moses Maimonides, plus index of decisions “Ein Mishpat.” on November 9th Actual price: USD $112,500.
  14. Sothebys CAMPI PHLEGRAEI. OBSERVATIONS ON THE VOLCANOS OF THE TWO SICILIES AS THEY HAVE BEEN COMMUNICATED TO THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON on November 14th Actual price: USD $106,438.
  15. Brunk Auctions A Plan of the Posts of York and Gloucester in the Province of Virginia. on November 11th Actual price: USD $102,000.
  16. Brunk Auctions A General Map of The Middle British Colonies, in America; Viz Virginia, Màriland, Dèlaware, Pensilvania, New-Jersey, New-York, Connecticut, And Rhode Island on November 11th Actual price: USD $102,000.
  17. Kestenbaum and Company Machzor [prayers for the entire year]. According to Roman rite. on November 9th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  18. Bonhams GOSPEL OF ST. MATTHEW from a Bible manuscript on vellum on November 15th Actual price: USD $99,000.
  19. Bonhams Autograph letter signed ("A.M. Turing") on November 15th Actual price: USD $99,000.
  20. Kestenbaum and Company Tephilah kephi Minhag Roma [prayers for the entire year]. According to Roman rite. on November 9th Actual price: USD $90,625.
  21. Sothebys THE HOLY LAND, SYRIA, IDUMEA, ARABIA, EGYPT & NUBIA. on November 14th Actual price: USD $81,875.
  22. Sothebys UNTITLED WORLD MAP. on November 14th Actual price: USD $81,875.
  23. Sothebys L'ATLAS OU MÉDITATIONS COSMOGRAPHIQUES DE LA FABRIQUE DU MONDE ET FIGURE DICELUY. on November 14th Actual price: USD $81,875.
  24. Bonhams Letter signed ("Charles Darwin") on November 15th Actual price: USD $79,200.
  25. Brunk Auctions , A Map of the Battle of Yorktown entitled Carte de la Partie de la Virginie ou L'Armée Combinée De France & Des États-Unis De L'Amérique a fait prisonniere l'Armée Anglaise commandée par Lord Cornwallis le 19 Oct.bre 1781. on November 11th Actual price: USD $78,000.


37 total sales reported this week:

Dorotheum . Christmas Auction - Graphics on November 16th: 44.12%
Bonhams. Fine Books and Manuscripts on November 15th: 81.57%
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Book Auction - Part 2 on November 12th: 62.45%
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Book Auction - Part 1 on November 11th: 61.38%
Heritage Auctions. Heritage Auctions: Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 11/7 on November 14th: 98.48%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Collection of Paul F. Walters - Part 1 on November 11th: 95.24%
Kestenbaum and Company. The Valmadonna Trust Library: Highly Important Hebrew Books on November 9th: 94.74%
Mossgreen. Interiors - Books, Prints on November 14th: 100.00%
Mossgreen. The Contents of Falls House - Prints, Photographs, Books on November 13th: 59.38%
ALDE. Michel Wittock Collection on November 14th: 70.26%
ALDE. Selected Books from the 15th through 19th Century on November 14th: 54.55%
Swann Galleries. 19th and 20th Century Literature on November 14th: 83.28%
Sothebys. 20th Century Art - A Different Perspective on November 14th: 75.00%
Sothebys. Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History on November 14th: 69.20%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on November 14th: 91.78%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books and Manuscripts on November 12th: 95.45%
Zisska and Lacher. Fine Art, Maps and Prints on November 10th: 63.05%
Zisska and Lacher. Rare Books and Photographs on November 9th: 61.86%
Zisska and Lacher. Rare Books, Autographs and Manuscripts on November 8th: 62.50%
Skinner. Fine Books and Manuscripts on November 12th: 81.90%
Christies. Photographs on November 10th: 48.95%
PBA Galleries. Fine Golf Books, Hickory Clubs & Golf Memorabilia on November 12th: 61.75%
Michaans Auctions. Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs on November 11th: 70.00%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Image Theatre Cinema Advertising on September 26th: 32.37%
Grogan and Company. The 30th Anniversary Auction - Fine Arts Prints and Photographs on November 5th: 91.67%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on September 8th: 82.96%
Alaska Auction. Books and Prints on October 26th: 84.38%
Brunk Auctions. November 9-11 Catalog Auction - Books, Prints on November 11th: 88.95%
Charlton Hall. Estate Auction - Prints, books on October 27th: 66.67%
Northeast Auctions. Fall Weekend Auction on October 29th: 82.50%
RR Auction. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 10/27 on November 8th: 56.77%
John McInnis Auctioneers. October Estates Auction - Session 2 on October 28th: 89.86%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 11/5 on November 12th: 95.19%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - bidstart 10/15 on November 12th: 95.91%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 11/5 on November 12th: 98.96%
Heritage Auctions. Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction on November 11th: 76.66%
Heritage Auctions. Space Exploration on November 10th: 97.69%

 

For the week ahead 32 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Nov. 20th
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Hamburg. Rare Books - Day 1. 107 lots
Rossini. Paris. Photographs. 251 lots
Bonhams. London. TCM Presents ... Vintage Movie Posters Featuring the Ira Resnick Collection. 393 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 70 lots

Tue. Nov. 21st
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Art books, Children's books, Varia. 1002 lots
Il Ponte. Milan. Books and Manuscripts. 253 lots
Stockholms Auktionsverk. Stockholm. Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts. 497 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Jacques Grange Collector. 16 lots
Bonhams. New York. TCM Presents... Out of this World!. 326 lots
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Hamburg. Rare Books - Day 2. 385 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 11/14. 453 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Fine printing, Literature. 642 lots

Wed. Nov. 22nd
Trafford Books. Manchester. Books. 245 lots
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. Books. 430 lots
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Autograph Books. 213 lots
ALDE. Paris. Modern Illustrated Books and Original Bindings. 344 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Indonesia, Africana, (Natural) history, Manuscripts, Old and Rare Books. 1106 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Old and Rare Books (Part 2). 658 lots

Thu. Nov. 23rd
Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions. Turin. Posters.
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. Books. 446 lots
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Ancient and Modern Books.
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Modern Art: Prints, etc.. 754 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Ceramics, Photos, Japanese Prints, and Posters. 409 lots

Fri. Nov. 24th
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Brussels. Books and Prints, Part I. 728 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 138 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Drawings, Old Master Prints, Maps and Plans. 697 lots

Sat. Nov. 25th
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Brussels. Books and Prints, Part II. 712 lots
Ader. PARIS. Modern Prints: Henri M. Petiet - 50th and Last Sale chez Ader.

Sun. Nov. 26th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 11/19.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 11/19.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 10/29. 405 lots
Ader. PARIS. PrModern Prints: Henri M. Petiet - 50th and Last Sale chez Ader.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Bonhams: Sale Results from <i>Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I.</i> September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. Sold for $97,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. Sold for $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. Sold for $87,50
    <b>Bonhams: Sale Results from <i>Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I.</i> September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. Sold for $8,750
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. Sold for $37,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. Sold for $6,875
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. Sold for $3,750
  • <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Aegidius Sadeler (Flemish, 1570-1629), engraving on laid paper "Madonna and Child in a Landscape", after a drawing by Albrecht Durer. $800 to $1,200
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920), drypoint etching on paper "On Hemso Island", 1917, pencil signed. $400 to $600
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Joseph Pennell (American, 1860-1926), etching on paper "Setting Up Columns", pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> William Lee Hankey (British, 1869-1952), drypoint etching on paper "Affection", pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> William Walcot (English, 1874-1943), drypoint etching on paper "Lower Broadway, New York", 1924, pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Auguste Brouet (French, 1872-1941), color etching "La Pirouette", pencil signed, ed 111/250. $400 to $600
    <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975), lithograph on paper "The Boy", pencil signed. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> John Stockton de Martelly (American, 1903-1979), lithograph on paper "Looking at the Sunshine", pencil signed, original AAA certificate. $400 to $600
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Jacques Hnizdovsky (Ukrainian-American, 1915-1985), woodcut on paper "Moppet", pencil signed and dated 1965, ed 118/250. $400 to $600
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Kurt Vonnegut, archive of 12 letters, signed to his family, 6 illustrated, 1930s-40s. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Allen Ginsberg, 11 autograph manuscripts, including 10 drafts of poems & a page of notes, circa 1948. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Joan Miró, illustrated autograph note signed to MoMA Director of Exhibitions & Publications, 1959. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Carl Gustav Jung, typed letter signed to a colleague, 1948. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Gustav Mahler, ALS, arranging a meeting during his historic visit to New York, circa 1908. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Mark Twain, ALS, explaining the target of his new book, 1902. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Charles Dickens, ALS, accepting an invitation in the voice of a <i>Martin Chuzzlewit</i> character, 1843. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Jacob Lawrence, illustrated greeting card signed, 1960. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Robert E. Lee, ALS, to the colonel of the Kanawha Valley volunteers, boosting morale, 1861. $15,000 to $25,000
  • <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>
  • <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SHACKLETON, Ernest Henry, Sir. <i>Aurora Australis. Printed at the Winter Quarters of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907, During the Winter Months of April, May, June, July, 1908.</i> $60,000 to $80,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> HUMBOLDT, Alexander von, and Aime J. A. BONPLAND. <i>Vues des Cordillères, et monumens des peuples indigènes de l'Amérique.</i> Paris, 1810. $30,000 to $40,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> COOK, James, Captain. [Collected Voyages]. London: Strahan and Cadell, 1773, 1777, 1784. First editions of the second and third voyages. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> DARWIN, Charles. <i>A Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836.</i> $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SPILBERGEN, Joris van (1568-1620). <i>Speculum orientalis occidentalisque Indiae navigationum.</i> Leiden: Nicolaus van Geelkercken, 1619. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> DRAKE, Francis, Sir. <i>Sir Francis Drake Revived. Who is or may be a Pattern to stirre up all Heroicke and active Spirits of these Times…</i> London, 1653 [i.e. 1652]. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SHACKLETON, Ernest Henry, Sir, Louis C. BERNACCHI, and Apsley George Benet CHERRY-GARRARD, editors. The South Polar Times. London, 1907-1914. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> ANSON, George. <i>A Voyage round the World, In the Years 1740...</i> 1744. London: John and Paul Knapton for the author, 1748. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> HERRERA Y TORDESILLAS, Antonio de. <i>Description des Indes Occidentales, Qu'on appelle aujourdhuy Le Nouveau Monde...</i> Amsterdam: Michel Colin, 1622. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> NOORT, Olivier van. <i>Description du Penible Voyage fait entour de l'univers ou globe terrestre...</i> Amsterdam: Cornille Nicolas, 1610. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> LEO AFRICANUS, Johannes. <i>A Geographical Historie of Africa, Written in Arabicke and Italian.</i> London: George Bishop, 1600. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SCHOUTEN, Willem Corneliszoon. <i>Journal ou Description du Merveilleux Voyage de Guillaume Schouten, Hollandois natif de Hoorn, fait es années 1615, 1616, & 1617.</i> 1619. $4,000 to $6,000