Rare Book Monthly

Articles - August - 2011 Issue

A Book Auction in Maine August 16th

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Auction Highlights on the Poulin website

On August 16th in Fairfield, Maine just off Route 95, at Poulin Antique and Auction Gallery, an authentic collection of gems and rhinestones in the books, maps and ephemera field come up for sale.  The event is a throwback to the days when the interesting and sometimes spectacular were lotted-up and offered as a challenge to buyers to sort-out.  In the upcoming sale an average lot contains 11 books as 5,000 items are offered in 475 lots.  Adding to the sense of deja-vu the buyer’s premium rate for lots paid for in cash, with money orders and transfers is ten percent.  The field has not consistently seen a 10% buyer’s premium in decades.  The sale promises to be immense fun and an intellectual challenge.  For those who love books there may not be a better way to invest two days, the first to inspect the material and the second to bid.  The sale that gets under way at 11:00 am on the 16th will be sold at breakneck speed.  The goal is to dispose of all lots by 6:30 pm, in time to meet the lobster boats bringing in dinner.

The material comes into the rooms from various sources.

As befits a sale in the ‘country style’ an advertisement running in the Maine Antique Digest and Newtown Bee projects a sense of material that is at once difficult to find and stacked up like cordwood.  The goal, for the house is of course to encourage a substantial audience.  The complexity of the box lots, well advertised and described, increases the prospects that a wider audience, via the internet, will find objects to bid-on online or by absentee offer.  In past auctions Poulins has had as many as 8 lines for phone bidders and this sale may use them all.  All lots are offered without reserve, subject only to a $25 starting bid.  Prices will be determined in the room and promptly reported soon after.

Here is the working text of the ad going to press in the next few days:

IMPORTANT MAINE BOOK AUCTION: Tues. Aug.16th at our Auction Gallery in Fairfield, Maine at 11:00. PREVIEW: Mon., Aug. 15th, 9-5:00 and Tues, Aug. 9-11. The catalog with detailed descriptions and photographs is now ONLINE on Artfact to review, register and bid as well as on the Americana Exchange to review and research to confirm material of interest.  On the Poulin website,  http://www.poulinantiques.com/ background on the house and details on the lots [via the AUCTIONS link], are accessible.   There is a thirteen buyer’s premium with a 3 percent discount for cash, pre-approved checks and money orders.  

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Eric Carle, <i>The Very Hungry Caterpillar,</i> hand-painted collage. Sold for a record $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Couple passing a giant bird house,</i> watercolor cartoon for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1948. Sold for $16,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Miriam Troop, <i>Rain on Laundry Day,</i> oil on canvas, cover for <i>The Saturday Evening Post,</i> 1940. Sold for $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Rockwell Kent, <i>To All Fascists,</i> ink broadside for The League of American Writers, circa 1937. Sold for $6,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Jo Mielziner, <i>Pet Shop Drop,</i> backdrop design for <i>Pal Joey</i> on Broadway, 1940. Sold for a record $55,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Lee Brown Coye, acrylic cover illustration for the 25th anniversary of <i>Weird Tales,</i> 1944. Sold for $18,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Virgil Finlay, <i>The Outsider & Others,</i> pen & ink dust jacket illustration for H.P. Lovecraft's book, 1939. Sold for $5,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Al Hirschfeld, <i>Paul Robeson as Othello,</i> illustration for <i>The New York Times,</i> 1942. Sold for $68,750
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Frederic Remington, pen & ink illustration for <i>A Scout with the Buffalo Soldiers</i> in <i>The Century</i> magazine, 1889. Sold for $17,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> EARLY AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE. Chronicling 20th century aviation from the earliest Wright Brothers images through commercial and military applications. $50,000 to $70,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> FIRST TELEPHONE CALL TO THE MOON. Partial transcription signed by Apollo 11 astronauts and President Nixon. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> SPUTNIK-1 EMC/EMI LAB MODEL, 1957. Full scale vintage test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite, Moscow, [February, 1957]. $400,000 to $600,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> Apollo 11 Beta cloth crew emblem, SIGNED BY THE ENTIRE APOLLO 11 CREW. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> GEMINI 1/8 SCALE MODEL. Rarely seen large-scale contractor's model. $3,000 to $5,000
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.

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