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Fifty-one Auctions Archived, 14 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 16 December 2017 51 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 3 in Swiss francs, 23 in euros, 8 in British pounds, 1 in Hong Kong dollars, and 16 in US dollars.  Turnover was $35,891,360 as 20,860 lots were offered and 14,929 sold for a 72% success rate.  The thoroughbreds were in fine form.

 

12 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ChristiesValuable Books and Manuscripts on December 13th: $6,207,885 
ChristiesThe Astor Collection from Tillypronie, Aberdeenshire on December 15th: $4,074,605 
SothebysEnglish Literature, History, Children’s Books & Illustrations on December 12th: $2,004,359 
ChristiesOld Master Prints on December 14th: $1,934,123 
Heritage AuctionsAnimation Art on December 10th: $1,512,467 
SothebysFine Books and Manuscripts on December 11th: $1,506,129 
Doyle New YorkPhotographs, including: Ansel Adams: The Complete Museum Set on December 14th: $1,480,638 
SothebysHistory of Science and Technology on December 12th: $1,462,375 
Galerie Bassenge15th-19th Century Prints on November 30th: $1,192,419 
ArtcurialLimited Edition on December 13th: $1,153,627 
BonhamsVoices of the 20th Century on December 6th: $1,109,373 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersFine Prints on December 14th: $1,055,589 



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

ChristiesThe Astor Collection from Tillypronie, Aberdeenshire on December 15th: 160.21% 
Koller AuctionsPrints and Multiples on December 9th: 121.43% 
Galerie BassengeModern Art Part II - Prints on December 2nd: 108.39% 
Galerie BassengeModern Art Part I - Prints on December 2nd: 107.46% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on December 12th: 103.67% 
ArtcurialLimited Edition on December 13th: 101.93% 
Swann GalleriesIllustration Art on December 14th: 101.22% 


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

Heritage AuctionsAnimation Art on December 10th: 99.52% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/3 on December 10th: 98.15% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/3 on December 10th: 97.33% 
ChristiesThe Astor Collection from Tillypronie, Aberdeenshire on December 15th: 96.36% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsThe Library of Richard Adams, author of Watership Down on December 14th: 96.27% 
Michaans AuctionsGallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs on December 9th: 93.88% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 12/5 on December 12th: 92.40% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on December 12th: 91.04% 
Heritage AuctionsHKINF World Currency Signature Auction on December 8th: 90.21% 
Doyle New YorkPhotographs, including: Ansel Adams: The Complete Museum Set on December 14th: 87.37% 
Galerie BassengeModern Art Part I - Prints on December 2nd: 85.89% 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersFine Prints on December 14th: 85.45% 
Bruun RasmussenBooks and Manuscripts on December 12th: 84.98% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on December 13th: 84.84% 
Koller AuctionsPrints and Multiples on December 9th: 84.00% 

 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. on December 13th Actual price: USD $1,056,925.
  2. Christies THE RIPLEY SCROLL, an illustrated alchemical manuscript, in English and Latin, on vellum, England on December 13th Actual price: USD $783,565.
  3. Sothebys A FULLY OPERATIONAL FOUR-ROTOR ("M4") KRIEGSMARINE ENIGMA CIPHER MACHINE. on December 12th Actual price: USD $435,000.
  4. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript in Japanese, Showa Tenno Dokuhakuroku ??????? "The Emperor's Monologue," on December 6th Actual price: USD $275,000.
  5. Christies A covey of red grouse by a spring on December 15th Actual price: USD $268,000.
  6. Christies The literary and personal archive of Brendan Behan (1923-1964). on December 13th Actual price: USD $268,000.
  7. Christies NOBEL PRIZE MEDAL. Nobel Prize Medal in Literature awarded to Doris Lessing in 2007. on December 13th Actual price: USD $251,250.
  8. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Nature morte au verre sous la lampe on December 14th Actual price: USD $245,000.
  9. Christies Blackgame in the glen on December 15th Actual price: USD $234,500.
  10. Christies Divina proportione. Ed. Antonio Capella. De l'architectura. on December 13th Actual price: USD $234,500.
  11. Koller Auctions Thinking Nude, State I. 1994. on December 9th Actual price: USD $224,725.
  12. Christies AN EARLY ENGLISH GLASS CELESTIAL GLOBE [with:] a 3 page sales catalogue in Portuguese and English Esphera Celeste Descripçã d’esta preciosa obra d’arte do seculo XVIII Existente em Portugal. on December 13th Actual price: USD $217,750.
  13. Christies Adam and Eve on December 14th Actual price: USD $201,000.
  14. Sothebys THE 1954 NOBEL PRIZE MEDAL FOR PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE AWARDED TO FREDERICK C. ROBBINS on December 12th Actual price: USD $200,000.
  15. Christies 'The eagle's stoop': a golden eagle snatching a ptarmigan on December 15th Actual price: USD $175,875.
  16. Christies 'A frosty dawn' on December 15th Actual price: USD $159,125.
  17. Christies Blackgame in snow, evening on December 15th Actual price: USD $150,750.
  18. Christies Self-Portrait etching at a Window on December 14th Actual price: USD $150,750.
  19. Christies Voyage autour du Caucase, chez les Tcherkesses et les Abkhases, en Colchide, en Géorgie, en Arménie et en Crimée. on December 13th Actual price: USD $150,750.
  20. Christies Autograph music manuscript, a complete draft of the orchestral and choral score for Gaudeamus igitur - Humoreske (LWV L11; R541; S.71), on December 13th Actual price: USD $150,750.
  21. Christies The Marine Atlas or Seaman's Complete Pilot. on December 13th Actual price: USD $147,400.
  22. Doyle New York Sequence of five images. on December 14th Actual price: USD $137,500.
  23. Christies Melencolia I on December 14th Actual price: USD $134,000.
  24. Christies Blackgame packing on December 15th Actual price: USD $125,625.
  25. Christies Ruslan i Liudmila. Poema v shesti pesniakh. [Ruslan and Liudmila. A Poem in Six Cantos.] on December 13th Actual price: USD $125,625.



51 total sales reported this week:

RR Auction. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 11/17 on December 14th: 58.65%
Doyle New York. Photographs, including: Ansel Adams: The Complete Museum Set on December 14th: 87.37%
Artcurial. Limited Edition on December 13th: 76.80%
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Live Auction - Books, Prints on December 12th: 71.80%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. The Library of Richard Adams, author of Watership Down on December 14th: 96.27%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on December 13th: 84.84%
PBA Galleries. Fine Americana - Travel & Exploration - World History - Cartography on December 14th: 69.82%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Prints on December 14th: 85.45%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Books and Works on Paper, Including Fine Photographs on December 14th: 63.23%
Swann Galleries. Illustration Art on December 14th: 70.36%
Bonhams. The Producer's Pix - Photographs from the Collection of Bruce Berman on December 15th: 48.45%
Bonhams. Entertainment Memorabilia on December 13th: 63.80%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books and Manuscripts on December 12th: 84.98%
Christies. The Astor Collection from Tillypronie, Aberdeenshire on December 15th: 96.36%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on December 12th: 91.04%
Christies. Old Master Prints on December 14th: 68.66%
Christies. Valuable Books and Manuscripts on December 13th: 71.60%
ALDE. Letters, Autographs, Manuscripts on December 13th: 44.17%
ALDE. Original Editions, 19th-21st Centuries on December 11th: 41.82%
Sothebys. History of Science and Technology on December 12th: 57.75%
Sothebys. English Literature, History, Children’s Books & Illustrations on December 12th: 70.03%
Sothebys. Fine Books and Manuscripts on December 11th: 62.11%
Michaans Auctions. Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs on December 9th: 93.88%
One Of Kind Collectibles. Rare Collectible - Internet bidstart 11/17 on December 7th: 78.20%
Binoche et Giquello. Ancient and Modern Books on December 8th: 50.00%
Galerie Bassenge. Photography on December 6th: 63.17%
Galerie Bassenge. 15th-19th Century Prints on November 30th: 64.44%
Galerie Bassenge. From the Library of a Rare Print Dealer on November 30th: 48.72%
Galerie Bassenge. Modern Art Part I - Prints on December 2nd: 85.89%
Galerie Bassenge. Modern Art Part II - Prints on December 2nd: 79.09%
Old World Auctions. Antique Maps, Globes, Charts, Atlases & Vintage Graphics - online bidstart 11/1 on November 15th: 69.83%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 12/5 on December 12th: 92.40%
Tajan. Books and Manuscripts on December 6th: 48.10%
PIASA. Editions on December 6th: 64.79%
Koller Auctions. Fashion: Vintage and Photography on December 6th: 36.11%
Koller Auctions. Photography on December 6th: 43.38%
Koller Auctions. Prints and Multiples on December 9th: 84.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/3 on December 10th: 97.33%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/3 on December 10th: 98.15%
Heritage Auctions. Animation Art on December 10th: 99.52%
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Rare Books and Fine Prints on December 9th: 68.65%
Bubb Kuyper. Drawings, Old Master Prints, Maps and Plans on November 24th: 73.31%
Bubb Kuyper. Ceramics, Photos, Japanese Prints, and Posters on November 23rd: 63.57%
Bubb Kuyper. Modern Art: Prints, etc. on November 23rd: 77.19%
Bubb Kuyper. Old and Rare Books (Part 2) on November 22nd: 69.00%
Bubb Kuyper. Indonesia, Africana, (Natural) history, Manuscripts, Old and Rare Books on November 22nd: 67.45%
Bubb Kuyper. Fine printing, Literature on November 21st: 67.60%
Bubb Kuyper. Art books, Children's books, Varia on November 21st: 68.26%
Heritage Auctions. HKINF World Currency Signature Auction on December 8th: 90.21%
Forum Auctions in Italy. Books and Works on Paper on November 29th: 43.88%
Bonhams. Voices of the 20th Century on December 6th: 35.71%


For the week ahead 12 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Dec. 18th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 68 lots
Bonhams. London. Prints and Multiples. 123 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Fine Books, Including the Culpin World War I Art Collection. 249 lots

Tue. Dec. 19th
Alexander Historical Auctions. Chesapeake City. Autographs. 1615 lots
Pandolfini. Florence . Asian Art - Books. 27 lots
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. The Sherlock Holmes Collection of Daniel Posnansky. 293 lots
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Superman: the Auction. 37 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 12/12. 513 lots

Wed. Dec. 20th
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . The Aristophil Collections - Inaugural Sale. 190 lots
Sothebys. New York. Important Judaica. 89 lots

Sun. Dec. 24th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/17.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/17.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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>
  • <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