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, July 30:</b> Adam Smith, <i>Wealth of Nations,</i> first edition, descended from William Alexander, London, 1776. $70,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> George Gershwin, photograph signed & inscribed with autograph musical quotation, <i>An American in Paris,</i> 1928. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Friedrich Engels, <i>The Condition of the Working Class in England,</i> first edition, NY, 1887. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> <i>Bury St. Edmunds Witch Trials,</i> first edition, London, 1682. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Robert Rey, <i>Estampes,</i> complete portfolio of 12 wood engravings, Paris, 1950. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Archive of 47 letters by Enrico Caruso to a lady friend, 1906-20. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Books of Hours in Flemish, Netherlands, 15th century. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Jack Kerouac, <i>Doctor Sax,</i> deluxe limited edition, signed, NY, 1959. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Walt Disney, signature on title-page of Ward Greene’s <i>Lady and the Tramp,</i> first edition, first printing. $3,000 to $4,000.