Rare Book Monthly

Articles - May - 2004 Issue

For the First Time Ever: Search Worldwide<br>Auction Listings From One Place : FREE!

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Search box on AE home page free to search auction listings.


By Bruce McKinney

This month the Americana Exchange offers an amazing new tool that enables you to do something that was never before possible, search the wide world of book auctions all from one place. And, it is absolutely free. It’s the AE Auction Search, and it allows you to search book listings from over 60 worldwide auction houses, all from one place, and virtually instantaneously. What you never could do before, keep up with listings at the dozens of auction houses that frequently offer books and other printed material, has just become as easy as an internet search. And, not to be repetitive, but yes, it truly is 100% free and extremely fast.

Here’s the issue: there are dozens of auction houses that sell books and printed material, some regularly, others occasionally. Wherever you are, most are thousands of miles away. They may have catalogues and websites, but the task of reading these catalogues or searching 60+ websites regularly to find new listings is essentially impossible. Besides which, many don’t have search engines, so online you have to scroll through hundreds of listings, most of which may not even be books, to see if there’s one item hidden in there you want. Complicating matters more, many listings are not posted until shortly before the sale, so you would have to go back and re-search every site at least every few days. Even if you don’t plan on buying at these auctions right now, many serious collectors, booksellers and rare book librarians want to know what is selling at auction and at what prices in order to make intelligent collecting and business decisions.

So, here’s the solution: the AE gathers these auction listings from all over the world and places them in a single database as the unfolding portion of our complex historical records survey of books and ephemera. We now simply have decided to treat these prospective records as a free search service to encourage interest and participation in book auctions. If auctions are the pulse of the book world let that pulse beat strongly.

Now, with a single search for any term or phrase in AE Auction Search, you find every relevant lot in every upcoming documented book sale. And you find it in a few nanoseconds with each match to your search term(s) highlighted. Full lot details lie just beyond the more link in the description field. From there the auction houses are only one more click away. It is really that easy.

The AE Auction Search, can be found both on the home page (click on the AE logo to get there) and on the Auction Calendar (go to “Auctions" on the top toolbar and click “Auctions Calendar"). Both are free access. Paid members can compare upcoming material to the priced history files contained in our 675,000 full text listings. The AED (Research membership) is $10 a month or $114 a year if paid once.

AE Upcoming Auction Search

Now let’s try it. For Hemingway there are 31 lots. England finds 187, Canada 61 and Detroit 17. George Washington finds 47, Susan B. Anthony 1, Cat in the Hat 4, and All Quiet on the Western Front 2. If your curiosity hasn’t yet compelled you to look for what interests you now it is your turn. Simply enter the key word or words that are of interest and click “search." That’s all. Your results will appear in a few nanoseconds.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, <i>Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States,</i> pamphlet, 1862. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens & the persons who served him, 1866-1907. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Autograph book with inscriptions by orators Moses Roper & Peter Williams, 1821-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Archive of letters, postcards, and greeting cards sent by Romare Bearden, 1949-87. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br>E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Early German-American anti-slavery broadside, <i>Sclaven-Handel,</i> Philadelphia, 1794. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br><i>The Black Panther: Black Community News Service,</i> 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, <i>I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike,</i> silver print, 1968. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>March For Freedom Now!,</i> poster for the 1960 Republican Convention. $4,000 to $6,000.

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