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Auctions in October

October auctions 2012

Eighty-six Auctions and counting. There will be more.

This month 86 events are posted on the auction calendar.  The previous high for October was 57, reached both in 2011 and in 2007, the last year before the world economy was convulsed with economic tremors.  During this month additional events will be added and others rescheduled.   The mosaic of auctions is always a work in progress but the outlook positive.  The number of sales posted particularly high – 86 events.

Over the past 7 years the number of sales in October has been relatively stable:

Auctions in October 2004 to 2011

2011 57

2010 52

2009 56

2008 53

2007 57

2006 53

2005 49

So one metric is very positive.  What’s offered and how many will be bidding are other factors that will become clear as the month progresses.

What is clear is clear is that the opportunities will be many.

The book, manuscript, map and ephemera auctions is October –

Mon. Oct. 1st Bruun Rasmussen.  Books, 227 lots. [1240]

Tues. Oct. 2nd      Bonhams.  Early Printing and English Books, 285 lots.  [20412]

                                    Map World.  Antique Maps, 70 lots.  [5]

                                    Swann Galleries.  Printed & Manuscript Americana, 528 lots.  [2287]

Wed. Oct. 3rd              Lyon and Turnbull.  International Sale:  Prints, 2 lots.  [360]

                                    Map World.  Antique Maps, 70 lots.  [5]

                                    Sotheby’s.  Photographs, 270 lots.  [NO8885]

Thurs. Oct. 4th Bloomsbury Auctions.  Red China.  [35982]

                                    Christie’s.  Photographs.  [2586]

                                    Christie’s.  Posters with a Purpose:  The London Transport Museum Sale.  [6934]

                                    Christie’s.  Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds.  [5708]

                                    Christie’s.  Richard Avedon Photographs.  [2650]

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Historical Manuscripts, 468 lots.  [6084] 

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books, 960.  [6091]

                                    Kapandji Morhange.  Antiquarian and Modern Books.  [13920]

                                    Knotty Pine Auction Service.  Ephemera, Advertising and Estate Books.  [100412]

                                    Map World.  Antique Maps, 70 lots.  [5]

                                    Swann Galleries.  Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian.  [10412]

                                    Swann Galleries.  Fine Photographs & Photobooks.  [2288]

                                    Waddington’s.  Public Enemy:  US DOJ and FBI Wanted Posters and Related Ephemera – Internet Sale.  [100112]

Fri.  Oct. 5th                 Alde.  Library of Lucien Choudin; Books of Voltaire.  [19717]

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile.  [35984]

                                    Christie’s.  Photographs.  [2586]

                                    Christie’s.  Photographs.  [2650]

                                    Christie’s.  Art of Islam.  [6945]

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Historical Manuscripts.  [6084]

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.COM].  Rare Books, 960 items.  [6091]

                                    Kapandji Morhange.  Antiquarian and Modern Books.  [13920]

                                    Kiefer – Buch – and – Kunstauktionen.  Books, Graphics modern and Ancient Arts, Antiques, 8074 items.  [82]

                                    Map World.  Antique Maps.  [5]

                                    Marc van de Wiele Auctions.  Jewish books, maps, manuscripts, ketubbot, art books.  [43]

                                    Marc van de Wiele Auctions.  Modern Illustrated Books Auction, 486 items.  [44]

Sat.  Oct. 6th                Coutau-Begarie.  Comic Strips.  [100612]

                                    ERA Encheres.  Books.  [19693]

                                    Kiefer – Buch – und Kunstauktionen.  Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques.  [82]

                                    Marc van de Wiele Auctions.  Rare books and manuscripts auction, 808 lots.  [45].

Mon.  Oct. 8th              Alde.  Library First Editions.  [19718]

Tues.  Oct. 9th             Christie’s.  Travel, Science, and Natural History.  [6911]

                                    Rupert Toovey and Co.  Antiquarian and Collectors Books.  [1076]

Wed.  Oct. 10th           Bonhams.  Fine Books and Manuscripts.  [20048]

                                    Christie’s.  Rendez-vous:  Contemporary Interiors.  [3541]

                                    Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents.  [101012]

                                    Doyle New York.  Doyle @ Home:  Prints.  [101012]

                                    Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints.  [1075]

Thurs.  Oct. 11th         Dominic Winter.  Sporting and Natural History, Vintage and Contemporary Photography.  [101112]

                                    Freeman’s [Samuel T. Freeman & Co.].  Prints.  [1442]

                                    PBA Galleries.  Fine Literature with Books in all Fields.  [490]

                                    Swann Galleries.  Art, Press & Illustrated Books.  [2289]

Sat. Oct. 13th               Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Illustration Art.  [5111]

Mon. Oct. 15th Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Prints.  [19565]

Tues.  Oct. 16th           Henri Godts Books & Prints Auctions.  Books from the XVth to the XXth Century,  [18146]

                                    Sotheby’s.  Musical Collection of Andre Meyer.  [PF1227]

Wed.  Oct. 17th           Galerie Bassenge.  Books, Autographs, Decorative Prints.  [100a]

                                    Sotheby’s.  Musical Collection of Andre Meyer.  [PF1227]

                                    Tajan.  Books.  [9740]

Thurs.  Oct. 18th         AntiquarianAuctions.com.  Rare Books.  Internet bidding ending today.  [22]

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Literature, Manuscripts, Travel & Natural History.  [35986]

                                    Galerie Bassange.  Books, Autographs, Decorative Prints.  [100a]

                                    Swann Galleries.  African-American Fine Art.  [2290]

Fri.  Oct. 19th              Galerie Bassenge.  Books, Autographs, Decorative Prints.  [100a]

Sat. Oct. 20th               Galerie Bassenge.   Books, Autographs, Decorative Prints.  [100a]

Sun. Oct. 21st              Bonhams.  Prints and Photographs.  [20050].

Mon. Oct. 22nd            Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Enki Bilaf – “Oxymore” Last Paintings [19566]

                                    Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Prints and Multiples.  [19623]

Tues.  Oct. 23rd           Audap & Mirabaud.  Historical Memories.  [19715]

                                    Bonhams.  Prints.  [20059].

                                    Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Books and Autographs.  [19627]

Thurs. Oct. 25th          Bloomsbury Auctions.  Modern First Editions:  The Library of a Gentleman.  [35988]

                                    De Baecque & Associes.  Ancient and Modern Books, Autographs and Documents.  [19675]

                                    Hauff and Auvermann.  Books, Autographs and Prints [68].

                                    PBA Galleries.  Ranchos of California:  The John C. Broome Collection.  [491]

Fri.  Oct. 26th              Hauff and Auvermann.  Books, Autographs and Prints.  [68]

                                    Osenat.  Books.  [13960]

Sat. Oct. 27th    Hauff and Auvermann.  Books, Autographs and Prints.  [68]

                                    Morton Casa de Subastas.  Books, Documents and Prints.  [650]

Sun. Oct. 28th             Knotty Pine Auction Service.  Antique and Estate Books.  [102812]

Mon.  Oct. 29th           Christie’s.  Important Antiquarian Books, Art Books and Manuscripts.  [3518].

                                    Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Posters.  [14280]

Tues.  Oct. 30th           Alde.  Regionalism – Franche-Comte, Normandie, Provence, Savoie.  [19721]

                                    Bonhams.  Photographs.  [20064].

                                    Christie’s.  Prints and Multiples.  [2593]

                                    Christie’s.  Collection of an Amateur Bibliophile.  [3537].

                                    Christie’s.  Sporting Books.  [4354]

                                    Dorotheum.  Books and Decorative Prints.  [103012]

Wed. Oct. 31st  Alde.  Ancient and XIX Century Books.  [19723]

                                    Christie’s.  Prints and Multiples.  [2593]

                                    Photographs.  [7272]

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> 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> 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> 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.
  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 26, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Joyce (James). <i>Dubliners,</i> first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author, 1914. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> The Beatles.- Baker (Geoffrey.) 3 Autograph Letters and 1 Autograph Card signed to Ann Gosnell, addtionally sgn’d by George Harrison, John Lennon, Cynthia Lennon and others, 1968. £5,000 to £7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Pilgrim Press.- Dod (John). <i>A plaine and familiar exposition of the tenne commandements ...,</i> [Leiden], [William Brewster], 1617. £15,000 to £20,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 26, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Automaton Chess Player & Mechanical Illusion.- Reynell (H., printer). “The Famous Chess-Player, No.14, St.James's-Street, next Brooks's,” broadside advertisement for "The famous Automaton", [1784]. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Clemens (Samuel Langhorne). <i>Life on the Mississippi,</i> first English edition, signed presentation inscription from the author, 1883. £8,000 to £12,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Arctic Sledge Flag.- Fulford (Reginald Baldwin). Sledge flag... HMS Discovery, 1875. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 26, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> first edition, first printing, 1997. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Piranesi (Giovanni Battista). <i>Le Antichità Romane,</i> 4 vol., 1756. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal, called). <i>Urbis Venetiarum Prospectus Celebriores,</i> 3 parts in 1, Richard Ford's copy, Venice, Giovanni Battista Pasquali, 1751. £10,000 to £15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 26, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Atlases.- Speed (John). <i>A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World,</i> bound with <i>The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine,</i> 1631-27. £12,000 to £18,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Anatomical illustration.- Aselli (Gaspare). <i>De lactibus sive lacteis venis... dissertatio,</i> first edition, Milan, Giovanni Battista Bidelli, 1627. £20,000 to £30,000
  • <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>September 25, 2019</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first issue, 8vo, 1997. £15,000 to £20,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Bible, Italian.- Malermi Bible, woodcut illustrations, folio, Lazaro de Soardi & Bernardino Benali, Venice,1517. £8,000 to £12,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Germany.- Homann (Johann Baptist). <i>Atlas von Deutschland,</i> engraved half title, hand coloured, 87 double page engraved maps, [folio, Erben, Nuremberg, 1753]. £8,000 to £10,000
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>September 25, 2019</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> [Mirk (John)].- <i>Liber festivalis et Quatuor sermons</i> [bound with], [Le Roy (Pierre)] <i>A Pleasant Satyre or Poesie,</i> first edition in English, Widdow Orwin for Thomas Man, 1595, 8vo. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Antoninus Florentinus (Saint Archbishop of Florence). <i>Confessionale: Defecerunt…,</i> 8vo, Pietro Quarengi, Venice, 15 February 1499. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Jesuit Letters.- [Froes (Father Luigi) & et al.)] Avvisi del Giapone de gli anni 1582, 1583, 1584…, 1586 [bound with] Avvisi della Cina et Giapone…, FIRST EDITIONS, Rome. £1,000 to £1,500
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>September 25, 2019</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Plutarch & Probus (Aemilius). <i>Plutarchi Cheronei et Aemilii Probi Illustrium,</i> folio, Nicolas de Pratis for Jean-Petit, Paris, 1521. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Bible.- English. <i>The Byble in Englyshe of the Largest and Greatest volume,</i> elaborate woodcut border, text vignettes, folio, 1541. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Fore-edge Painting.- Lord George Byron, The Giaour, a Fragment of a Turkish Tale, bound with 10 other titles, 4 plates marked 'Proof.', 1813. £800 to £1,200
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>September 25, 2019</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Manson (John). Twelve by Sixteen Papers of John Mason, a collection of 50 sheets of paper, some watermarked, 12 x 16”, c.1978. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Fleming (Ian). <i>Dr. No,</i> FIRST EDITION, original boards, dust-jacket, 8vo, 1958. £700 to £900
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Eliot (T.S.) <i>Four Quartets,</i> NUMBER 121 of 290 COPIES, signed by author, 1960. £400 to £600

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