Auction Update Review

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Happy Holidays

For the week ended Saturday 23 December 28 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 4 denominated in euros, 4 denominated in British pounds, and 20 in US dollars.  Turnover was $8,086,561 as 9,570 lots were offered and 7,546 sold for a 79% success rate.  The average lot brought $1,067.66.  

 

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysImportant Judaica on December 20th: $2,268,500 
BonhamsPrints and Multiples on December 18th: $1,408,519 
Forum AuctionsBanksy on December 12th: $1,261,298 

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

Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersBooks, Manuscripts, Prints on December 16th: 130.44% 
Robert Siegel GalleriesStampless Stories: A Postal History of America on December 12th: 124.55% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsChildren's and Illustrated Books on December 15th: 124.13% 
Fonsie Mealy AuctioneersRare Books on December 5th: 110.23% 
BonhamsPrints and Multiples on December 18th: 100.32% 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys An Exceedingly Rare Ashkenazic Hebrew Bible with Numerous Micrographic Decorations, Scribe: Mattithiah ben Jedidiah on December 20th Actual price: USD $555,000.
  2. Sothebys An Exceptional Copy of the Sefer Minhagim of Rabbi Samuel of Ulm, Accompanied by Numerous Other Historical, Rabbinic, and Literary Texts on December 20th Actual price: USD $435,000.
  3. Sothebys Tefillah mi-Kol ha-Shanah ke-Minhag ha-Ashkenazim, with Seder ha-Haggadah shel Pesah (A Previously Unknown and Earliest Extant Complete Western Ashkenazic Daily Prayer Book and Haggadah), on December 20th Actual price: USD $312,500.
  4. Sothebys Pentateuch with Masorah on December 20th Actual price: USD $237,500.
  5. Forum Auctions Girl with Balloon on December 12th Actual price: USD $177,375.
  6. Bonhams Cirque on December 18th Actual price: USD $153,188.
  7. Sothebys Torah Scroll on December 20th Actual price: USD $150,000.
  8. Forum Auctions NOLA (Pink to Yellow Rain) on December 12th Actual price: USD $137,063.
  9. Bonhams Nola (Blue and Green Rain) on December 18th Actual price: USD $96,750.
  10. Bonhams Alexander The Great on December 18th Actual price: USD $77,400.
  11. Dominic Winter Book Auctions Down and Out in Paris and London, on December 15th Actual price: USD $73,660.
  12. Forum Auctions Christ with Shopping Bags on December 12th Actual price: USD $72,563.
  13. Forum Auctions Girl with Balloon on December 12th Actual price: USD $67,725.
  14. Forum Auctions Watchtower on December 12th Actual price: USD $58,050.
  15. Sothebys The Haggadah, Executed by Arthur Szyk, Edited by Cecil Roth on December 20th Actual price: USD $56,250.
  16. Forum Auctions Rude Copper (Anarchy) on December 12th Actual price: USD $54,825.
  17. Sothebys A Monumental Micrographic Manuscript Plaque on December 20th Actual price: USD $50,000.
  18. Bonhams The Sunshine Roof on December 18th Actual price: USD $48,375.
  19. Forum Auctions Happy Choppers on December 12th Actual price: USD $48,375.
  20. Bonhams No Ball Games on December 18th Actual price: USD $45,150.
  21. Bonhams Pulp Fiction on December 18th Actual price: USD $45,150.
  22. Forum Auctions Bomb Love (Bomb Hugger) on December 12th Actual price: USD $45,150.
  23. Forum Auctions Morons (Sepia) on December 12th Actual price: USD $45,150.
  24. Sothebys Miniature Torah Scroll on December 20th Actual price: USD $43,750.
  25. Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers The World Described; or A New and Correct Sett of Maps, shewing the Several Empires, Kingdoms, Republics, Principalities, Provinces & c., in all known parts of the Earth; tall atlas on December 5th Actual price: USD $42,480.



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

National Book Auctions. Fraternal, Children’s, Antique, etc. on December 9th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/10 on December 17th: 99.57%
Robert Siegel Galleries. Stampless Stories: A Postal History of America on December 12th: 99.55%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/10 on December 17th: 98.96%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Books, Manuscripts, Prints on December 16th: 97.56%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 12/12 on December 19th: 96.88%
Christies. Collection Jean Lafont on September 22nd: 96.30%
Forum Auctions. Banksy on December 12th: 95.00%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Autographs/Animation Art on December 5th: 92.21%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on December 19th: 86.76%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints on December 9th: 84.78%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Children's and Illustrated Books on December 15th: 84.32%
Holabird Kagin Americana. December Premiere Sale - Day 3 on December 3rd: 83.64%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on December 14th: 82.88%
Cowans Auctions. Fine Books, Including the Culpin World War I Art Collection on December 18th: 82.73%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 11/19 on December 17th: 82.01%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 14th: 81.07%


28 total sales reported this week:

Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Books, Manuscripts, Prints on December 16th: 97.56%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints on December 9th: 84.78%
Moreshet Auctions. Judaica: Books and Manuscripts on December 6th: 67.30%
Sothebys. Important Judaica on December 20th: 57.30%
Alexander Historical Auctions. Autographs on December 20th: 76.10%
JellyFishTree. Books on November 15th: 43.52%
Cowans Auctions. Fine Books, Including the Culpin World War I Art Collection on December 18th: 82.73%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on December 19th: 86.76%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on December 18th: 77.24%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 14th: 81.07%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on December 14th: 82.88%
Forum Auctions. Banksy on December 12th: 95.00%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 12/12 on December 19th: 96.88%
Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions. Holy books, letters from Rabbis and Rebbes, Judaica, Maps, Periodicals, Postcards, banknotes, Eretz on November 29th: 60.20%
Minerva Auctions Roma. Prints and Multiples on December 12th: 52.61%
Robert Siegel Galleries. Stampless Stories: A Postal History of America on December 12th: 99.55%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Autographs/Animation Art on December 5th: 92.21%
Grays Auctioneers. Paintings, Prints & Photographs on December 13th: 56.25%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Children's and Illustrated Books on December 15th: 84.32%
National Book Auctions. Fraternal, Children’s, Antique, etc. on December 9th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 11/19 on December 17th: 82.01%
Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. Rare Books on December 5th: 71.10%
Holabird Kagin Americana. December Premiere Sale - Day 3 on December 3rd: 83.64%
Holabird Kagin Americana. December Premiere Sale - Day 2 on December 2nd: 69.42%
Holabird Kagin Americana. December Premiere Sale - Day 1 on December 1st: 69.62%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/10 on December 17th: 98.96%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/10 on December 17th: 99.57%
Christies. Collection Jean Lafont on September 22nd: 96.30%

For the week ahead 4 sales are scheduled:


Tue. Dec. 26th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Heritage Auctions: Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 11/26. 280 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 12/19. 244 lots

Fri. Dec. 29th
Tooveys. West Sussex. End of Year Sale - Prints. 31 lots

Sat. Dec. 30th
Artcurial. Paris. Paris#Marrakech. 11 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500
  • <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>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