Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century

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Auction Name Voices of the 20th Century Total Sales (USD) 1,109,373.00
Auction Date 12/06/2017 - 12/06/2017 Low Estimate of Lots Sold (USD) 635,700.00
Sale Number #24254 High Estimate of Lots Sold (USD) 985,900.00
Total Lots 266
Sold Lots 95 Low Estimate of All Lots (USD) 1,242,400.00
% of Lots Sold 35.71% High Estimate of All Lots (USD) 1,870,100.00
Unsold Lots 171 Total Sales as a % of High Est. 59.32%

Top twenty-five by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
1254 HIROHITO, EMPEROR SHOWA. 1901-1989.

Autograph Manuscript in Japanese, Showa Tenno Dokuhakuroku ??????? "The Emperor's Monologue,"

1946 USD 100,000.00 - 150,000.00 USD 275,000.00

BATTLE OF THE SEXES: The tennis racquet used by Billie Jean King during her epochal match against Bobby Riggs, September 20, 1973.

1973 USD 100,000.00 - 200,000.00 USD 125,000.00
1095 GOLDMAN, EMMA. 1869–1940.<br><br>VAN VALKENBURGH, WARREN STARR. 1884-1938.

Archive of correspondence between Goldman, Van Valkenburgh, and other members of the anarchist movement of the early 20th century

early 20th century USD 70,000.00 - 100,000.00 USD 87,500.00
1042 HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. 1899-1961.

For Whom the Bell Tolls.

1940 USD 25,000.00 - 35,000.00 USD 81,250.00
1027 FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT. 1896-1940.

The Great Gatsby.

1925 USD 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 USD 62,500.00
1058 RAND, AYN. 1905-1982.

Autograph Manuscript, 1 p, 4to,

1950s USD 25,000.00 - 35,000.00 USD 56,250.00
1059 RAND, AYN. 1905-1982.

Autograph Manuscript, 1 p, 4to,

1950s USD 25,000.00 - 35,000.00 USD 52,500.00

D-Day: A 48 star American Flag, flown from LCT-703, sunk on Omaha Beach.

1944 USD 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 USD 35,000.00

Japanese Imperial Navy flag, presented to commander Robert Morris in Tokyo Bay at the time of the Surrender Signing.

1945 USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD 25,000.00

World War I: US 39th Aero Squadron, a Canvas side panel from a SPAD XIII with "Pegasus" insignia.

c.1918. USD 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 USD 18,750.00

A German ABWEHR Model SE 109/3 spy radio.

1943 USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 12,500.00
1075 DYLAN, BOB. B.1941.

Autograph Manuscript,

1956 USD 6,000.00 - 9,000.00 USD 10,000.00


1950s. USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 10,000.00
1008 HOCKNEY, DAVID. b.1937

Hockney Paints the Stage.

1983 USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 9,375.00

Five autograph letters signed ("Jackie") to her mother, 24 pp in total,

USD 7,000.00 - 10,000.00 USD 8,750.00

D-DAY: An "Operation Titanic" Paradummy parachutist.

1944 USD 7,000.00 - 10,000.00 USD 8,750.00


1912-1925 USD 6,000.00 - 9,000.00 USD 8,125.00
1180 FLAGG, JAMES MONTGOMERY. 1877-1960.

I Want You for U.S. Army

[c.1917] Not Available USD 8,125.00
1094 BRANDEIS, LOUIS D. 1856-1941.

Typed Manuscript, carbon copy, Plans of Justice Brandeis for Constructive Work in Palestine, containing what is likely the first printed appearance the whole of Louis D.

1920 USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD 7,500.00

8 Autograph Letters Signed ("Jackie") to her grandfather, James T. Lee, as "Gramps"

USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 7,500.00
1057 RAND, AYN. 1905-1982.

Photograph Signed ("Ayn Rand") and Inscribed

1951 USD 6,000.00 - 9,000.00 USD 7,500.00
1176 TOLSTOY, COUNT LEO. 1828-1910.

Photograph Signed ("Lev Tolstoy," in Cyrillic), cabinet portrait photograph showing Tolstoy looking directly into the camera,

1898-99 USD 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 USD 7,500.00

Keep Calm and Carry On poster.

1939 USD 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 USD 6,875.00

Battle of the Bulge: A 712th Tank Battalion battle damaged flag.

1944 USD 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 USD 6,875.00
1074 BRUCE, LENNY. 1925-1966.

An unreleased, edited 16 mm film by "Count" Lewis DePasquale featuring Lenny Bruce, approximately 450 feet, running time 12:37, black-and-white, original jazz soundtrack (likely by "Count" Lewis),

USD 7,000.00 - 10,000.00 USD 6,250.00
  • <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
  • <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
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