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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

  • <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Harriet Tubman Cabinet Card by H.S. Squyer, Auburn, NY, 1892. $10,000 to $15,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Scarce <i>Events of the Tulsa Disaster,</i> First Edition, 1922. $4,000 to $6,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Unpublished CDV of Frederick Douglass by Benjamin F. Smith, 1864. $3,000 to $5,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> California Imprint of <i>President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation</i> Broadside, 1864. $10,000 to $15,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> John C.H. Grabill Cabinet Card of Buffalo Soldier Wearing Buffalo Coat, ca 1886. $8,000 to $10,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Rare <i>What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking,</i> 2nd Cookbook Published by African American. $6,000 to $8,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Frederick Douglass Walking Stick, 1888. $3,000 to $5,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Only Known Slave Narrative Published Independently in California, <i>Life and Adventures of James Williams.</i> $2,000 to $4,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Rare First Edition of History of Black Literature, Abbé Grégoire <i>De La Littérature des Nègres</i>. $2,500 to $3,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> African American Soldier and Medal of Honor Winner Christian A. Fleetwood CDV, PLUS. $8,000 to $10,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries Pennant, 1910 Reno, Nevada. $2,000 to $4,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Joe Gans Photograph at 1906 Goldfield, Nevada Fight by Percy Dana. $600 to $800
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Sense and Sensibility: A Novel, By a Lady,</i> 3 volumes, London, 1811. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Virginia Woolf, <i>Kew Gardens,</i> limited edition, signed by Woolf & Bell, London, 1927. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> <i>[Arabian Nights],</i> Calcutta II version, 4 volumes, Calcutta & London, 1839-1842. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Princess Diana, 6 ALS to <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i> editor, anticipating Christie’s sale of her dresses for charity, 1995-97. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Emma,</i> first edition, London, 1816. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Hirohito & Nagako, Emperor & Empress of Japan, 2 photographs signed, showing Nagako in kimono & obi bearing the imperial seal. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Princess Diana, 6 autograph letters signed to <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i> editor Elizabeth Tilberis, anticipating Christie’s announcement of a sale of her dresses for charity, 1995-97. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Sarojini Naidu, complete galley proof of <i>The Broken Wing</i> signed with several holograph pages & an autograph letter signed to writer Edmund Gosse, 1916. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Fernando Pessoa, <i>Mensagem,</i> first edition, presentation copy, signed & inscribed, Lisbon, 1934. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Graham Greene, <i>The Basement Room,</i> first edition, Greene’s personal copy, signed with annotations throughout, London, 1935. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Abraham Lincoln, partly-printed document signed, call for troops issued during America’s first national draft just days before the NYC draft riots, 1863. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b><br><i>Les Chansons de Bilitis</i> by Pierre Louÿs, illustrated by George Barbier & F.L. Schmied, Paris, 1922. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €

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