Auction Update Review


On the Cusp

For the week just ended fifteen auctions were archived:  five denominated in dollars, four in British pounds, one in Australian dollars, and five in Euros.  Four thousand seven hundred and forty-five lots were offered and 3,557sold for a 75% success rate.  For lots sold the aggregate low estimate were $5,093,004 and the aggregate high $7,461,071.  Total sales were $8,531,258 and the total high estimate of all sold [sold and unsold] was $10,521,109.  Total sales amounted to 81% of the aggregate high estimate.  It was a good week.


Four sales reached or exceeded the total of their high estimates:


Ferraton:  Ancient and Modern Books, Prints and Photographies – 2nd Vacation – 153%;


Christie’s:  Travel, Science and Natural History – 130%


Alde:  Ancient and Modern Books – XIX century – 124%;


Christie’s:  L’age d’or du rail – 117%;


For the week ahead 11 sales are scheduled:



October 4th Bonhams:  Travel and Photography [18942]

                        Rupert Toovey and Co.:  Books, Photos, Prints, Ephemera [987]                       


October 5th Dominic Winter:  Printed Books & Maps [10511]

                        Sothebys:  Photographs [NO8775]


October 6th Alde:  Pierre Jean Remy Library [17316]

                        Bloomsbury Auctions:  Bibliophile [Godalming] [35842]

                        Christie’s:  Photographs [2470]

                        Dominic Winter:  Natural History [10611]

                        PBA Galleries:  Rare Americana [464]


October 7th Christie’s:  The American Landscape, Black and White Photographs from
The Collection of Bruce and Nancy Berman [2515]

                        Tajan:  Books [100711]

Bruce McKinney
3 October 2011

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> <i>Manhattan Gay Scene Guide 1969, Summer Edition,</i> Mattachine Book Service. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Harvey Milk, 2 autograph letters signed, to Pat Mormon, during US Navy service, 1954. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Oscar Wilde, <i>“The secret of life is in Art,”</i> autograph quotation dated and signed, 1882. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Daniel Abraham, original art for <i>Stonewall Romances,</i> pen, ink & gouache, 1979. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Antonio Lopez, 9 men’s fashion studies, graphite, 1974. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Susie Gaynes & Amy E. Bartell, <i>March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights,</i> 1987. $600 to $900.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> <i>Paris is Burning,</i> photo offset poster by Anne Dutlinger, signed by film director Jennie Livingston, 1991. $400 to $600.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Toyen, pen & ink illustration from <i>Marquis de Sade: Justina cili prokletí ctnosti,</i> 1932. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> David Wojnarowicz, <i>Untitled (Genet with Dog),</i> mixed media collage. $8,000 to $12,000.