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Articles - September - 2012 Issue

September Auctions

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Setpember - a busy month

September arrives like a Hoyt Wilhelm or R. A. Dickey pitch, the speed slow, and the outcome uncertain.   But we have been here before and know, by the end of September, that the month will resolve itself nicely.  At this point we just don’t know how.

The number of events scheduled already ensures the month will set a September record.  Such records are now routine but it’s nevertheless encouraging that, as we head into the traditional new auction year – September to August – the schedule continues to filling in.  Over the past 9 years the number of September sales covered on AE has steadily increased. 

Year                Sales               Total Lots

2012               61 [currently] Not yet known

2011               57                   27,828

2010               37                   12363

2009               35                   20276

2008               40                   17193

2007               36                   11716

2006               37                   14847

2005               49                   9959

2004               25                   5915

Because September sales are often posted after Labor Day we estimate another half dozen will be posted over the next two weeks.  It seems that even while economic and political uncertainty in the United States and Europe prevails some fields do better than others.  Auctions seem to be holding their ground.  

Sales now posted to the September calendar are:

Sat. Sept. 1st              Bloomsbury Auctions.  Books and Autographs [ROMA-78].  137 lots

                                    Morton Casa de Subastas.  Books, Documents and Prints [641].  359 lots

Mon. Sept. 3rd             Christie’s.  The London Sale [7858].  51 lots

Tues. Sept. 4th                        Bruun Rasmussen.  Books [1236].  247 lots

Wed. Sept. 5th                        Old World Auctions.  Maps, etc. [141]

Thurs. Sept. 6th          AntiquarianAuctions.com     Rare Books – ending today.

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books.  Online bidding ending today.

Fri. Sept. 7th                Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Prints [1044]

                                    Skinner, Inc.  Fine Prints [2609B]

Sat.  Sept. 8th              Clars Auction Gallery.  Prints, Photographs [90812]

                                    Neal Auction Company.  Fall Estates Auction [90812]

Sun. Sept. 9th              Clars Auction Gallery.  Prints, Photographs ending [90812]

                                    National Book Auctions.  Books, Art, Ephemera and Collectibles [90912]                      Neal Auction Company.  Fall Estates Auction ending [90812]

Wed. Sept. 12th          Dorotheum.  Posters, Advertising Art, Comics, Film and Photo History [9596]

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Estate Sale:  Prints and Photography [5101]

                                    Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints [1068].

Thurs. Sept. 13th        Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile [35949]

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Estate Sale:  Prints and Photography [5101]

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books.  Online bidding ending today.

                                    PBA Galleries.  Rare Books and Manuscripts [488]

                                    Waddington’s.  Joyner-Waddington Online Auction of Post-War Canadian Art including Prints [91312]

Sat. Sept 15th             Alain & Evelyne Morel de Westgaver.  Books, etc. [91512]

Sun.  Sept. 16th          Bonhams.  Prints and Photographs [20041]

Wed. Sept. 19th          Bonhams.  Prints featuring British Pop [19786]

                                    Christie’s.  Prints [5705].

                                    Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps & Documents [91912]

                                    Freeman’s [Samuel T. Freeman & Co.].  Photography and Photographic Books [1437].

                                    Sotheby’s.  Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints [L12161]

Thurs. Sept. 20th        Bloomsbury Auctions.  Children’s, Conjuring, Private Press and Modern First Editions [35952]

                                    Christie’s.  Etchings by James Ensor from an Important Private Collections [8258]

                                    Cowan’s Auctions.  The World at War [283].

                                    De Baecque & Associes.  Antiquarian and Modern Books [19666]

                                    Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  A Country House Library

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                                    Freeman’s [Samuel T. Freeman & Co.].  Books, Maps and Manuscripts [1438]

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare book – online bidding ending today [201238]

                                    Knotty Pine Auction Service.  Books and Ephemera [92012]

                                    Pierre Berge & Associes.  Books [19559]

                                    Swann Galleries.  19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings [560]

Fri. Sept. 21st              Ferraton.  Books, Autographs and Manuscripts [92112]

                                    Galerie Koller Auctions.  Prints, Books [A162].

                                    Galerie Koller Auctions.  Master Prints [W234]

                                    Venator and Hanstein [Buch und Graphikauktionen].  Books, Prints, Drawings, Autographs [124].

Sat. Sept. 22nd                        Auxerre Encheres – Auxerre Estimations.  Books [89739]

                                    Galerie Koller Auctions.  Prints,  Books [A162]

                                    Venator and Hanstein [Buch und Graphikauktionen].  Modern and Contemporary Prints and Drawings; Modern Literature on Art [125]

Mon. Sept. 24th          Sotheby’s.  Property from the Estate of Brook Astor [NO8890]

Tues.. Sept. 25th         Sotheby’s.  Property from the Estate of Brook Astor, continued [NO8890]

                                    Bonhams.  Printed Books and Maps [19844]

Wed. Sept. 26th          Dorotheum.  Modern Prints [92612]

                                    Lyon and Turnbull Ltd.  International Sale:  Prints [360]

                                    Mealy’s Auctioneer’s.  Rare Book and Collectors Sale [92612]

                                    Tajan.  Books [9740]

Thurs. Sept. 27th        Bloomsbury Auctions.  Modern and Contemporary Prints [35979]

                                    Central Mass Auctions.  Eliot Ness Memorabilia [92712]

                                    Christie’s.  Collection of Helene Rochas [3538]

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books online bidding ending today [201239]

                                    Mealy’s Auctioneer’s.  Rare Book and Collectors Sale continuing [92612]

                                    Morton Casa de Subastas.  Monclau Collection Antique Books [645]

                                    PBA Galleries.  Americana – Afri can American History – Travel and Exploration [489]

Sat. Sept. 29th             Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Comic Strips [13876]

There are certainly more to come.

Here is a link to the unified auction search.


Rare Book Monthly

  • <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.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Textile of the Great White Fleet, with portraits of Theodore Roosevelt, Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans & successor Charles Stillman Sperry, 1908. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> William J. Stone, <i>Declaration of Independence,</i> Force printing, 1833. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Shugart family papers including documentation of the Underground Railroad, 63 items, 1838-81. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Records of the Dickinson & Shrewsbury salt works, over 2000 items, with extensive slave labor correspondence, legal records & receipts, bulk 1820-1865. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Gloria Steinem, typescript for her speech <i>Living the Revolution,</i> with related letters and documents, 1941-77. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> <i>Liberty Triumphant or the Downfall of Oppression,</i> depicting the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party, c. 1774. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Juan Eusebio Nieremberg, <i>Historia naturae, maxime peregrinae, libris XVI distincta,</i> Antwerp, 1635. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Antonio de Mayorga, manuscript map of Mexico City, 1779. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Thomas L. McKenney & James Hall, <i>History of the Indian Tribes of North America,</i> first edition, 3 volumes, Philadelphia, 1842-44. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Samuel Walker, diary of the entire first cruise of the USS Kineo, a gunboat on the Mississippi, 1854-69. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Scrapbook on early Stanford football, with letters from Walter Camp, 1893-95 & 1931. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Roberts, David. Twenty Lithographs of the Holy Land, 19th Century. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Declaration by the Reps. of the United Colonies of N.A. 1775. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Composer Jerome Kern personal Letters, Albums and Other. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Paine, Thomas. <i>Common Sense,</i> London 1776. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Stowe, Harriet Beecher. <i>Uncle Tom’s Cabin,</i> Cleveland 1852. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Hobbes, Thomas. <i>Leviathan,</i> 3rd edition, London 1651. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Anno Regni Georgii III. Intolerable Acts and other Bills, 1774. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Wilberforce, William. An Abstract of the Evidence, 5 Letters, and two books. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Nightingale, Florence. Notes on Nursing and Signed Letters, ca. 1860 $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Tolstov, Leo. <i>War and Peace,</i> 5 volumes, 1886. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Dickinson, John. Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, 1768. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Twain, Mark. <i>Tom Sawyer,</i> 1877 [and] <i>Huckleberry Finn,</i> 1885. $4,000 to $6,000.

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