Auction Update Review

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Twenty-Two Sales Archived, 24 More Upcoming

In the run-up to summer auction houses around the world completed twenty-two sales in the category of works on paper that were archived this past week.  Eight thousand eight hundred and sixty-one lots were offered and 75% or 6,661 lots sold, raising $23.4 million dollars against their aggregate high estimates of $23.7 million.  It was another strong reporting period and evidence the market is finding a comfortable level.  Six sales were denominated in British pounds; four in dollars and a dozen is Euros.

 

By dollars the five largest sales were:

 

Christie’s.  Manuscrits, Continental English Literature, etc on May 11th:  $4,628,122;

Christie’s.  Wittock Importants Livres, Livres d’Artistes, etc on May 11th:  $2,451,116;

Sotheby’s.  Manuscripts on May 10th:  $2,256,660;

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F.Tajan.  Ancient Books on May 9th:  $2,058,776;

Alde.  Rare Ancient Books on May 6th:  $2,130,2228

 

Nine sales reached or exceeded 100% of their total high estimate:

 

Alde.  Rare Ancient Books on May 6th: 220%;

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books & Maps, African & General Travel, Natural History, Historical Docs., etc on May 11th:  137%;

Zisska & Schauer.  Books and Prints [session D] on May 6th:  119%;

Christie’s.  Collection Michel Wittock on May 11th:  119%;

Piasa.  Modern Prints, Literature; Art, Press and Illustrated Books on May 5th:  117%;

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F.Tajan.  Ancient Books on May 9th:  113%;

Zisska & Schauer.  Books and Prints [session A] on May 4th:  109%;

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Manuscripts on May 12th:  106%;

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Prints on May 12th:  105%

 

For all 22 sales together a remarkable 99% of the aggregate high estimates were achieved.

 

For the coming week the auction schedule continues to be robust.  Twenty-four events are scheduled.

 

Christie’s Photographs on May 17th;

Henri Godts’ Books from the XVIth to the XXth Centuries on May 17th;

Rubert Toovey’s Antiquarian & Collectors’ Books, etc on May 17th;

Ader:  Weapons and Historic Memories on May 18th;

Bloomsbury Auctions’ Photographs on May 18th;

Dominic Winter’s Collectors Sale:  Aviation and Transport on May 18th;

Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts on May 18th;

Bonham’s Photographs on May 19th;

Christie’s Americana:  Printed and Manuscript on May 19th;

Dominic Winter’s Collectors Sale:  Medals, Uniforms & Militaria on May 19th;

Hauff and Auvermann:  Part I – Rare Books, Autographs and Engravings on May 19th;

PBA:  Rare Americana – Travel & Exploration – Maps & Atlases on May 19th;

Swann Galleries:  Important Photobooks & Photographs on May 19th;

Bloomsbury Auctions:  Photographs on May 20th;

Coutau-Begarie:  Historical, Military Souveniers on May 20th;

Hauff and Auvermann:  Part II – Rare Books, Autographs and Engravings on May 20th;

Le Libraire Alain Ferraton:  Ancient & Modern Books – Drawings & Prints on May 20th;

Sotheby’s:  The James S. Copley Library – third section on May 20th;

Sotheby’s:  John Lansing’s Notes from the United States Constitutional Convention May 20th;

Alde:  Ancient and Modern Books on May 21st;

Hauff and Auvermann:  Part III – Modern Literature, Posters, Modern Art on May 21st;

Heritage Auctions:  Dallas Grand Format Americana & Political Memorabilia Auction on May 21st;

Le Libraire Alain Ferraton:  Ancient & Modern Books – Drawings & Prints – Second Section on May 21st;

Bonhams’ Books and Manuscripts on May 22nd

Bruce McKinney
AE
May 15, 2011

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Book of Hours with Illuminated Miniatures, France, mid-15th century. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Conradus de Alemania [Halberstadt the Elder], <i>Concordantiae Bibliorum,</i> Strassburg, 1474. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Christopher Marlowe, <i>The Jew of Malta,</i> London, 1633. Earliest extant edition of this antiauthoritarian Elizabethan play. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b><br>Sir Isaac Newton, <i>The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy,</i> first edition in English, 2 volumes, London, 1729. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> John Rae, <i>Narrative of an Expedition to the Shores of the Arctic Sea in 1846 and 1847,</i> first edition, London, 1850. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Philip Pittman, <i>The Present State of the European Settlements on the Mississippi…,</i> first edition, London, 1770. $10,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Cyanotype of an anatomy class at Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1895. $300 to $400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Equine veterinary formulary, manuscript on paper, East Earl, Pennsylvania, circa 1860. $400 to $600.
  • <b><center>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Rare & Remarkable Autographs<br>and Manuscripts<br>Now until October 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Most Remarkable Autograph Album Ever Offered: Wilde Poem, Melville Quotes Shakespeare, 8 presidents, Mary Lincoln & 400 More. $30,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Unique Napoleon Autograph Manuscript Detailing his Military Campaign in Italy, plus Doodles. $18,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Remarkable Pasteur Manuscript on Rabies Research 8 Months before 1st Successful Human Vaccination. $12,500 to $15,000.
    <b><center>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Rare & Remarkable Autographs<br>and Manuscripts<br>Now until October 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Freud 1933 ALS Supporting First Lay Analyst Theodor Reik with Reik’s Handwritten Definition of Psychology. $15,000 to $16,000.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Begin & Sadat Unique Signed Photo from Camp David Summit. $2,000 to $2,500.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Rare Scriabin ALS Written the Year He Completed “The Poem of Ecstasy.” $4,000 to $5,000.
    <b><center>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Rare & Remarkable Autographs<br>and Manuscripts<br>Now until October 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Columbus’ Patron Pays for a Gift to a Lady in Waiting. $2,000 to $2,500.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Rare Signed Photo of Nansen, Nobel Prize Winner & Norway’s First Great Arctic Explorer. $1,000 to $1,200.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Stravinsky Pens 5 Bars from "Petrouschka.” $1,200 to $1,500.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Zapata Letter Written 4 Days Following Collapse of Negotiations between Villa and Carranza. $2,000 to $2,200.
  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò. <i>Nicholas Machiavel's Prince. Also, The life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca…</i> Translated by Edward Dacres. London, 1640. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FILSON, John. <i>The Discovery, Settlement and present State of Kentucke: and An Essay towards the Topography, and Natural History of that important Country…</i> Wilmington, Del.: James Adams, 1784. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> ELUARD, Paul. <i>Un poeme dans chaque livre.</i> Paris: Louis Broder, 1956. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LEWIS, James Otto. [<i>Aboriginal Port Folio.</i> Philadelphia: Published by the Author, 1835-1836]. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS]. BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin. [Southern Netherlands (Ghent or Bruges), c.1460]. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MORE, Thomas, Sir. <i>The Workes ... wrytten by him in the Englysh tongue.</i> Edited by William Rastell. London, 1557. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. <i>Love is Enough.</i> Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897. $5,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph endorsement signed as President (“A. Lincoln”), 24 February 1863. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> WASHINGTON, George. Address panel with autograph free frank signed ("G:o Washington"), as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, 5 August 1777. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Beastly Baby.</i> N.p.: The Fantod Press, 1962. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FROST, Robert. Photographic reproduction signed and inscribed ("Robert Frost”), to R.V. Thornton, 1955. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Bug Book.</i> New York: Looking Glass Library, 1959. $500 to $700.
  • <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> REGAMEY, Felix (1844-1906). Unique drawing showing Verlaine and Rimbaud in London, September 1872. €70,000 to 100,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LABORDE, Alexandre de (1773-1842). <i>Voyage pittoresque et historique de l’Espagne.</i> Paris : 1806-1820. €20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> BOCCACE, Jean (1313-1375). <i>Il Decamerone…</i> Venise : Gabriele Giolito di Ferrari, 1542.<br>€ 12,000 to 15,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LAMBERT, Yvon (1936). Full collection of writings from <i>Une rêverie émanée de mes loisirs.</i> Paris : 1992 - 2018. €50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> JOUVE, Paul (1878-1973) -- KIPLING, Rudyard (1865-1936). <i>La Chasse de Kaa.</i> Paris : Javal & Bourdeaux, 1930. €2,000 to 3,000