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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>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
  • <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