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Articles - March - 2013 Issue

Auctions In March

Auctions in March

Heading into March 66 sales are on the calendar.  This is down from 82 in 2012 and the first down month comparison since May 2012.  It’s too early to know how many lots will be posted and sold but we know that last year’s high volume lowered the median price by 3 to 4% even after allowing for a large increase in less expensive books that further lowered prices.  Every month every year does not beat the prior year.  In 2012 May was down 15 sales from 2011.  The 2010 to 2009 comparison may be more appropriate.  2010 was higher only in 6 months.

In any event this March there is a sale every 11 hours and 15 minutes.

This year, as we head into March, 66 events are scheduled:

Fri. Mar 1st            Heritage Auctions..  Texana [6097].  204 lots

Sat. Mar. 2nd          Dorotheum.  Gun Books [9932].  8 lots

Mon. Mar. 4th          Bruun Rasmussen.  Prints [1310].

Tues. Mar. 5th          Christie’s.  Andy Wharhol.  Internet sale ending today [24389].  125 items

                              ERA Encheres.  Maps [21203].  1 item

Wed. Mar 6th            Ader.  Comics [208280.  140 lots

                              Bruun Rasmussen.  Prints [838].  58 items

                              Dominic Winter.  Printed Books and Maps [30613].   624 lots

                            Gray’s Auctioneers.  Prints [65]

Thurs. Mar 7th      Ader.  Theatre and Performing Arts – Collection Jacques Lorcey [20827]

                              Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Natural History and Sporting Books and Prints [30713].

                              Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books – online bidding ending today [201310]

                              Pierre Berge & Associes.  Ancient and Modern Books [15126].

                              Swann Galleries.  19th and 20th Century Prints [2306].  663 lots

Fri. Mar. 8th            Alde.  The Claude L. Library [20982].  344 lots

Sat. Mar. 9th            Cowan’s Auctions, Inc.  Fine and Decorative Art:  Prints and Books [310].  74 lots

                                Dorotheum.  Fine Prints [9930].  31 lots

                                Marc van de Wiele Auctions.  Rare books, manuscripts and Ensor [48].  778 lots

Mon. Mar. 11th      Alde.  Library of the Castle of La Plagne [21115].  331 lots

                                Bruun Rasmussen.  Prints [1311].

Tues. Mar. 12th    Dorotheum.  Books and Decorative Prints [9939].  305 lots

Wed. Mar. 13th      Ader.  Ancient and Modern Books [20829].  289 lots

                              Bloomsbury Auctions.  Modern and Contemporary Prints [31313].

Thurs. Mar. 14th        Addison and Sarova.  Rare Books:  “God, Guts and Glory” the Library of a Southern Collector [1003a]

                              AntiquarianAuctions.com.  Rare Books online sale ending today [25].

                              Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile Books [31413].

                              Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books online bidding ending today [201311].

                              PBA Galleries.  Fine Literature; Children’s and Illustrated Books [502].

Fri. Mar. 15th          The Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions.  Books and Prints [50].  1,345 lots

Sat.  Mar. 16th        Addison and Sarova.   Rare Books:  “God, Guts and Glory” the Library of a Southern Collector [1003b]

                              The Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions.  Books and Prints [50] ending today.  1,345 lots

Sun. Mar. 17th      Bonhams.  Books, Prints, Photographs [20900]

Mon. Mar. 18th      Bruun Rasmussen.  Prints [1312].

                                Cowan’s Auctions, Inc.  American History [347]

Tues. Mar. 19th      Bloomsbury Auctions.  Vintage Posters [31913].

                              Bonhams.  Books, Maps, Manuscripts, and Historical Photographs [20751].

                            Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions.  Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Prints [31913].

                              Sothebys.  Modern and Contemporary Prints [L13162]

                              Sothebys.  Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints [L13160].

Wed.  Mar. 20th      Bonhams.  The Xi’an Incident:  The Papers of Hyland “Bud” Lyon [21070].  7 Lots

                              Christies.  Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints [1114].

                              Christies.  Library of a Spanish Bibliophile [4897].

                              Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints [1111].

Thurs. Mar. 21st    Ader.  Threatre and Performing Arts – Collection of Jacques Lorcey [20832].

                              Bloomsbury Auctions.  Travel and Natural History Books [32113].

                            Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Book internet auction ending today [201312].

                            Keys Fine Arts.  Books [32113].

                              Sothebys.  Mark Birley:  The Private Collection [L13313].

                              Swann Galleries.  Printed and Manuscript African-Americana [2308].

Fri.  Mar. 22nd        Gallerie Koller Auctions.  Prints [A164a].

                              Keys Fine  Arts Auctioneers.  Books [32113].

                              Venator and Hanstein [Buch und Graphikauktionen].  Books and Prints [126].

Sat. Mar. 23rd        Cottone.  Prints [76].

                              Galerie Koller Auctions.  Manuscripts and Books [A164b].

                              Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Vintage Movie Posters [7072].

                            Venator and Hanstein [Buch und Graphikauktionen].  Books and Prints [126] continued.

Sun. Mar. 24th        Bonhams.  Prints [30906]

                              Osenat.  French Empire at Fontainbleau [21043].

Wed. Mar. 27th      Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Books and Autographs [20942].

                              Minerva Auctions Roma.  Books, Autographs and Prints [OMA-88].

Thurs.  Mar. 28th     Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books internet bidding ending today [201313].

                              PBA Galleries.  Rare Americana – African American History – Travel – Cartography [503].

                              Piasa.  Ancient and Modern Prints [20618].

Fri. Mar. 29th          Piasa.  Photographs [20619].

                              Tajan.  Books [9804]

Sat. Mar. 30th          Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Entertainment and Music memorabilia [7074].

On every AE page there is a search link to Upcoming Auctions.  As we prepare to publish the lots for 34 upcoming sales are posted:  8,319.  This number of course changes every day. 

Rare Book Monthly

  • Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Winston Churchill. The Second World War. Set of First-Edition Volumes. 6,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard. A Collection of The Pooh Books. Set of First-Editions. 18,600 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 USD
    Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter Series. Finely Bound First Printing Set of Complete Series. 5,650 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. First Edition, First Printing. 4,200 USD
  • Manuscript Masterpieces from the Schøyen Collection
    London auction, 11 June
    BROWSE NOW
    Christie’s, Explore now: The Holkham Hebrew Bible. In Hebrew, decorated manuscript on vellum [Toledo, 2nd quarter 13th century]. £1,500,000–3,000,000
    Christie’s, Explore now: The Crosby-Schøyen Codex. In Coptic, manuscript on papyrus [Upper Egypt, middle 3rd century / 4th century]. £2,000,000–3,000,000
    Christie’s, Explore now: The Geraardsbergen Bible. In Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Southern Netherlands, late 12th century]. £700,000–1,000,000
    Christie’s, Explore now : Jean de Courcy (fl. 1420). The Chronique de la Bouquechardiere. In French, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Paris, c.1480]. £200,000–300,000
    Christie’s, Explore now: The ‘Catherine de Medici’ Hours. In Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Paris, c.1485]. £120,000–180,000
  • Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Potter (Beatrix). Complete set of four original illustrations for the nursery rhyme, 'This pig went to market', 1890s. £60,000 to £80,000.
    Forum, May 30: Dante Alighieri.- Lactantius (Lucius Coelius Firmianus). Opera, second edition, Rome, 1468. £40,000 to £60,000.
    Forum, May 30: Distilling.- Brunschwig (Hieronymus). Liber de arte Distillandi de Compositis, first edition of the so-called 'Grosses Destillierbuch', Strassburg, 1512. £22,000 to £28,000.
    Forum, May 30: Eliot (T.S.), W. H. Auden, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, Robert Lowell, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, & others. A Personal Anthology for Eric Walter White, 60 autograph poems. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum, May 30: Cornerstone of French Enlightenment Philosophy.- Helvetius (Claude Adrien). De l'Esprit, true first issue "A" of the suppressed first edition, Paris, 1758. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Szyk (Arthur). The Haggadah, one of 125 copies, this out-of-series, Beaconsfield Press, 1940. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Fleming (Ian). Casino Royale, first edition, first impression, 1953. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Japan.- Ryusui (Katsuma). Umi no Sachi [Wealth of the Sea], 2 vol., Tokyo, 1762. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Computing.- Operating and maintenance manual for the BINAC binary automatic computer built for Northrop Aircraft Corporation 1949, Philadelphia, 1949. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Burmese School (probably circa 1870s). Folding manuscript, or parabaik, from the Court Workshop at the Royal Court at Manadaly, Burma, [c.1870s]. £8,000 to £12,000.
  • Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Marx, Das Kapital,1867. Dedication copy. Est: € 120,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Latin and French Book of Hours, around 1380. Est: € 25,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Theodor de Bry, Indiae Orientalis, 1598-1625. Est: € 80,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviary, Latin manuscript, around 1450-75. Est: € 10,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    G. B. Piranesi, Vedute di Roma, 1748-69. Est: € 60,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Schmidt-Rottluff, Arbeiter, 1921. Orig. watercolour on postcard. Est: € 18,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviarium Romanum, Latin manuscript, 1474. Est: € 20,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    C. J. Trew, Plantae selectae, 1750-73. Est: € 28,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    M. Beckmann, Apokalypse, 1943. Est: € 50,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Ulrich von Richenthal, Das Concilium, 1536. Est: € 9,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    I. Kant, Critik der reinen Vernunft, 1781. Est: €12,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung (AIZ) / Die Volks-Illustrierte (VI), 1932-38. Est: €8,000

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