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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>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 372: Martin Luther King Jr. March for Freedom Now! Placard. Chicago, 1960. 28 x 22”. $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 567: Warhol, Andy. Tate Gallery Exhibition Booklet, Signed on the Cover by Warhol. Tate Gallery, 1971. $700 to $900
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 72: Mitchell, Margaret. <i>Gone With the Wind.</i> New York: The Macmillan Co., 1936. First edition, first issue. $4,000 to $5,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 468: Photo Archive Documenting the 1930s—50s Chicago Jazz and Night Club Scene. A significant collection. $2,000 to $4,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 143: Dr. Seuss. <i>Oh Say Can You Say.</i> 1979, First Edition, Signed. $200 to $300
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 285: [Maps] Thomas G. Bradford. <i>A Comprehensive Atlas, Geographical, Historical & Commercial.</i> Boston: William D. Ticknor, 1835. First Edition. $1,600 to $1,800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 69: Herman Melville. <i>Moby Dick, or The Whale</i>. New York: Random House, 1930. First Kent Trade Edition. $400 to $600
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 295: John James Audoban. Group of 148 Lithographs from the Birds of America. Philadelphia: J.T. Bowen, ca. 1840s. $600 to $800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 54: Langston Hughes. <i>One-Way Ticket.</i> New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. First edition. $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 7: Ray Bradbury. <i>The Martian Chronicles.</i> With a Wine Label Signed by Bradbury. Garden City: Doubleday, 1950. First edition $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 121. Frank L Baum. <i>The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.</i> Chicago: George M. Hill Co., 1899, 1900. First Edition. $4,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 369. [Declaration of Independence] Peter Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence. One page; 29 x 26”. From the "American Archives" 1837-1853 series of books. $15,000 to $20,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.
  • <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>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>The Tragedie of Julius Caesar.</i> London, 1623. 1st appearance in print, Complete from the First Folio. Sold for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000
  • <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Zane Grey, Inscribed photograph album depicting Grey and party at Catalina, fishing, and in Arizona. $700 to $1,000
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Eric Taverner, Salmon Fishing...London: Seeley, Service & Co., 1931. $600 to $900
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> The Gentleman Angler. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Ken Robinson, Flyfishers' Progress. [London: The Flyfishers' Club, 2000. $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> G. H. Lacy, North Punjab Fishing Club Angler's Handbook. Calcutta: Newman & Co., 1890. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> J. Harrington Keene, Fly-Fishing and Fly-Making for Trout, etc. New York, 1887. $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Arthur Macrate, The History of The Tuna Club, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California, 1948. $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Joseph D. Bates Jr. Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing. Harrisburg, PA: The Stackpole Company, 1966. $800 to $1,200
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Paul Schmookler and Ingrid V. Sils. Rare and Unusual Fly Tying Materials: A Natural History. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Herbert Hoover, Fishing For Fun - And To Wash Your Soul. New York: Random House, 1963. $400 to $600