Auction Update Review

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The Market is Alive

For the week ending Saturday April 7th 23 auctions were archived, 5 in British pounds, 4 in Swiss francs, 7 each in euros and US dollars.  Seven thousand three hundred and eleven lots were offered and 5,576 sold for a robust 76% success rate.  The aggregate low estimate for the lots sold was $12,421,861, the aggregate high estimate $17,917,826.  Total sales for these lots were $27,370,056.  The total of the high estimates for all sold offered, all the sold and unsold lots, was $23,217,622.  Actual sales exceeded the aggregate high estimate of all lots by more than $4 million.

 

Eleven of the 23 archived sales reached or exceeded 100% of their total high estimates:

 

Christie’s.  Collection Victor Hugh on April 4th:  323%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain F. Tajan.  Weapons, Historical Souvenirs on April 2nd:  297%

Sotheby’s.  Collection Florence Loeb on April 5th:  193%

Rupert Toovey & Co.  Antiquarian and Collectors --- on February 21st:  160%

Alain & Evelyne Morel de Westgaver.  Autographs, Prints, and Books on February 4th:  159%

Rupert Toovey & Co.  Prints on February 22nd:  134%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain F. Tajan.  Comic  Strips on March 31st:  125%

Galerie Koller.  Old Master Prints on March 30th:  117%

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Books, Autographs and Prints on March 27th:  112%

Christie’s.  Photographs on April 5th:  108%

Heritage.  Music and Entertainment Memorabilia on March 31st:  105%

 

For the week ahead 18 auctions are scheduled:

 

Monday April 9th           Bruun Rasmussen.  Old and Modern Prints (1215) (72 lots)

 

Tuesday April 10th         Bruun Rasmussen.  Old and Modern Prints (1215) (72 lots)

                                          Christie’s.  Books and Manuscripts (2622)  (165 lots)   

 

Wednesday April 11th    Ader.  Prints (18979) (43 items)

                                                Cowan’s Auctions.  Continental and Asian Decorative Art (275) (26 items)

                                                Dominic Winter.  Printed Books and Maps (S322) (542 lots)

                                                Heritage Auctions.  Historical Manuscripts (6080) (417 items)

                                                Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books (6085) (755 lots)

 

Thursday April 12th          Ader.  Prints (18988) (209 lots)

                                                Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books (6085) (755 items)

                                                PBA Galleries.  Fine and Rare Books (477)

                                                Swann Galleries.  Fine Books (2275) (100 items)

 

Saturday April 14th        Bonhams.   Mapping and Discovery of America (19631) (91 items)

                                           Clars Auction Gallery.  Fine Arts Prints and Photographs (41412)

                                                Profiles in History.  Captain America:  The First Avenger (41412) (31 items)

 

Sunday April 15th            Bonhams.   R. M. S. Titanic:  100 Years of Fact & Fiction (19599) (72 items)

                                                Clars Auction Gallery.  Fine Arts Prints and Photographs (41412)

                                                National Book Auctions.   Books and Ephemera – Sets, Native Am. Artifacts, Nautical,
  Bookcases, etc.
(04152012)

 

April is off to a strong start.  This coming week there are 18 sales and the following two weeks 30 and 28 more.  Ten years ago such weeks would have capped an exceptional year.  These days we expect great auctions every month.

 

Bruce McKInney

The Americana Exchange

Sunday April 8th, 2012

  • <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>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Pride & Prejudice,</i> 3 volumes, first edition, London, 1813. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> John Hancock, Uncommon Privateer Commission, signed as President of Continental Congress, 1777. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Frank Lloyd Wright, photograph signed & inscribed. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Abraham Lincoln, document signed conscripting troops for first national draft in U.S., 1863. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Sense & Sensibility,</i> 3 volumes, first edition, London, 1811. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Charles Dickens, <i>American Notes for General Circulation,</i> first edition, inscribed to Richard Henry Dana, Jr., London, 1842. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> John Maynard Keynes, <i>The General Theory of Employment, Interest & Money,</i> first edition, London, 1936. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Alexandre Raymond, <i>L’Art Islamique en Orient,</i> 2 volumes, first editions, Péra-Constantinople, 1922-24. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Igor Stravinsky, autograph musical quotation signed, 3 bars from <i>Perséphone,</i> 1936. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <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