Auction Update Review

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Do You Believe in Magic?

For the week ending March 31st 17 auctions were archived; 6 in US dollars, 6 in Euros and 5 in British Pounds.  Total turnover was $22,261,567, 98% of the aggregate high estimate of all lots listed.  Six thousand and twenty lots were offered and 4,896 sold for an 81% success rate.  It was a good week. 

 

The strength was in prints.  Christies and Sotheby’s together raised $10,203,560 on 341 lots.  Books, maps and ephemera also did well, if not so breathtakingly.  Here too Sotheby’s swung the big bat realizing $5,976,388 on the sale of 185 [of 190] lots of Books from the Library of R. + B.L.  Three other sales reached one million dollars; Heritage’s Vintage Movie Posters - $1,923,834, Bonham’s Fine Books, Maps and Manuscripts - $1,475,678 and again Bonhams for their Polar Sale on March 30th that reached $1,000,173.

 

The run-up to April has been impressive and bodes well.

 

For the week ahead 14 sales are scheduled:

 

Monday April 2nd  Galerie Koller.  Nessi Collection:  Books (S11)

 

Tuesday April 3rd      Sotheby’s.  Photographs (N08841)

 

Wednesday April 4th Bloomsbury Auctions.  Antique Books:  Property of a Collector (35896)

                                    Christie’s.  Collection Victor Hugo (3526)

                                    Christie’s.  The Raglan Collection:  Waterloo, Wellington & The Crimea (4138)

                                    Doyle New York.  Decorative Arts:  Prints (196)

                                    Leslie Hindman.  Fine Books and Manuscripts (193)

                                    Swann Galleries.  Property from the Estate of Gary Winick / 19th & 20th Century Photographs
 & Photobooks (2274)

 

 

Thursday April 5th    Christies.  Photographs.  (2543)

                                    Christies.  Collection Victor Hugo (3526)

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books Internet (201214)

                                    Kapandji Auction.  Ancient and Modern Photographs (12100)

                                    Sotheby’s.  Collection Florence Loeb – Sources et Affinites (PF1226)

 

Sunday April 8th      Coutau-Begarie.  Antiquarian Books (40112)

 

Best of luck

 

Bruce McKinney

AE
April 1st, 2012


  
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Charles Loupot, <i>Les Cigarettes Mekka,</i> 1919. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Plinio Codognato, <i>Cicli Fiat,</i> circa 1910. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> L.N. Britton, <i>Warning! Consider the Possible Consequences,</i> c. 1917. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Leonardo Bistolfi, <i>Première Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs Modernes,</i> 1902. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Paquet Pernot / Biscuits Pernot,</i> 1910. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Francesco Nonni, <i>Font Meo / Acqua Minerale Naturale,</i> 1924. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Frederick Winthrop Ramsdell, <i>American Crescent Cycles,</i> 1899. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> <i>Be a Tight Wad! Own Something!</i> designer unknown, 1925. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Candido Aragonese de Faria, <i>Chamonix–Mont–Blanc,</i> c. 1910. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> W.E.J., <i>Irishmen Avenge the Lusitania,</i> c. 1915. $2,000 to $3,000.
  • <center><b>Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books<br>Fine Art<br>Antique Engravings & Lithographs<br>Works on Paper<br>Accepting bids until August 7</b>
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Maitres Affiches by MUCHA - Papier a cigarettes Job. 202. $5,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> De Bry - Map of the West Indies (including Florida, Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas, Parts of Central & South America, Sea Monsters, Ships). $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Gould - Short-billed Toucan (Ramphastos Brevicarinatus). $5,000 to $8,000.
    <center><b>Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books<br>Fine Art<br>Antique Engravings & Lithographs<br>Works on Paper<br>Accepting bids until August 7</b>
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Redoute, Folio - Pale Iris - Iris flavescens. 375. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Gillray - Light Expelling Darkness or The Sun of the Constitution. $200 to $500.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Gerard - Wild Hemp or Weed, Cannabis. 708. $150 to $450.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Shaw & Nodder - Head of The Dodo. 165. $100 to $300.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Your Own Sylvia:<br>Sylvia Plath’s letters to Ted Hughes and other items,<br>Property of Frieda Hughes<br>9 to 21 July 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Family photograph album ("The Hughes family Album"), 1957-1962. £30,000 to £50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Typed letter signed, to Ted Hughes, on "my own private doctrine", with a poem, 5 October 1956. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Pen and ink portrait of Ted Hughes, [1956]. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Your Own Sylvia:<br>Sylvia Plath’s letters to Ted Hughes and other items,<br>Property of Frieda Hughes<br>9 to 21 July 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. Joint autograph letter signed, to William and Edith Hughes, March 1960. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Photographic portrait by David Bailey, inscribed by Plath, 1961, and another press photo. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Tarot de Marseille. Deck of cards owned by Sylvia Plath. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Pair of gold wedding rings. £6,000 to £8,000.