Auction Update Review


The Drought Seems Over

For the week ending Saturday April 21st 18 auctions were archived in the AED.  Three sales were denominated in euros, 5 in pounds, and 10 in US dollars.  Four thousand eight hundred and twenty-five lots were offered and 3,769 sold for an 78% success rate, a sale rate that is unusual and suggests reserves are low and estimates appealing.   Often the highest prices are realized in such an environment.  Total sales were $15,341,007 or 117% of the aggregate high estimate of all lots offered:  $13,093,563.  Sotheby’s sale of the Library of Jacques Levy provided the best overall outcome - $6,415,964 followed by Swann’s sale of Revolutionary Americana from the Allyn Kellogg Ford Collection - $2,084,030, and Bonhams sale of Grosvenor School Prints - $1,881,383.


For the week five sales reached or exceeded 100% of their aggregate high estimates:


Christie’s “Comte and Comtesse Niel.  Une passion partagee” On April 16th:  237%

Swann’s “Revolutionary Americana from the Allyn Kellogg Collection” on April 17th:  165%

Sotheby’s “Library of Jacques Levy” on April 20th:  165%        

Christie’s “Prints” on April 17th:  148%

Dominic Winter’s Birmingham Medical Institute – Books from 1500 to 1900:  131%


For the week ahead 28 sales are scheduled in what is a busy week:


Monday April 23rd Bonhams.  United States and Foreign Stamps and Postal History (19476)

                                    Doyle New York.  Books, Photographs and Prints (42312)

                                    Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Posters (12700)


Tuesday April 24th    Christie’s.  Prints and Multiples (2548)

                                    Henri Godts Books & Prints Auctions.  Books from the 16th to the 20th Century (18144)

                                    Mealy’s Auctioneer’s.  The Gentleman’s Library (042412)


Wed. April 25th          Christie’s.  Prints and Multiples (2548)

                                    Christie’s.  Travel, Science and Natural History (4826)

                                    Mealy’s Auctioneers.  Ireland’s Struggle (42512)

                                    Swann’s Galleries.  Old Master Through Modern Prints (2277)


Thurs.  April 26th       Antiquarian Auctions.  Rare Books – Online bidstart 4/26 – 5/3

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Duncan Campbell Collection (35911)

                                    Bonhams.  Space History (19632)

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books Internet ending 4/26 (201217)

                                    PBA Galleries.  Fine Americana – Travel & Exploration – Cartography (478)

                                    Sotheby’s.  Prints (NO8849)


Friday April 27th        Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile (35903)

                                    Gonelli Casa d’Aste.  Rare Books and Manuscripts (8)

                                    Sotheby’s.  Prints (NO8849)


Saturday April 28th   Dirk Soulis.  Landmark Liquidation of Spivey’s Rare Books and Maps  (42812)

                                    Gonnelli Casa d’Aste.  Books (9)

                                    Knotty Pine.  Antique and Estate Books (42812)

                                    Morton Casa de Subastas.  Documents, Prints and Books (630)


Sunday April 29th      Bonhams.  Books and Manuscripts (19992)

                                    Dirk Soulis.  Mid West Art – Prints (42912)


Good material is selling well and the field is talking recovery.


Bruce McKinney


April 22nd, 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 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>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