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Auctions In March

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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

  • <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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