Auction Update Review
For the week ending May 5th, 2012 21 auctions were archived; 3 in British pounds, 12 in euros and 6 in US dollars. Turnover was $8,531,888, 78% of the aggregate high estimate of all lots offered - $10,919,178. Seven thousand three hundred and thirty-five lots were offered and 4,906 sold for a 67% success rate. It was a good, if not great, week.
Four sales reached or exceeded 100% of the aggregate high estimate of all lots offered:
Gallerie Bassenge. Autograph Letters on April 20th: 141%
Gonnelli Casa d’Aste. Books on April 28th: 117%
Sotheby’s. From the Collection of Prince and Princess Henry de la Tour D’Auvergne Lauraguais: 110%
Gallerie Bassenge. Special Sale – Emil Rudolf Weiss: 106%
Two sales reached or exceeded a million dollars:
Sotheby’s. From the Collection of Prince and Princess Henry de la Tour D’Auvergne Lauraguais on May 3rd: $2,120,682
Bonhams. Prints on May 1st: $1,277,409
For the week ahead 21 sales are scheduled:
Monday May 7th Australian Book Auctions. Books . 261 lots
Tuesday May 8th Alexander Autographs, Inc. Autographs and Militaria . 948 lots
Bonhams. Photographs . 170 lots
Wednesday May 9th Alexander Autographs, Inc. Autographs and Militaria . 948 lots continuing
Sotheby’s. Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History [L12401] 211 lots
Zisska & Schauer. Books, 1st Day [59a]. 1,010 lots
Thursday May 10th Coutau-Begarie. Antiquarian Books 
Heritage Auctions. Comics and Comic Art  1,359 lots.
PBA Galleries. Rare Books and Manuscripts  233 lots
Swann Galleries. Modernist Posters  205 lots
Zisska & Schauer. Books, 2nd Day [59b] 1,366 lots
Friday May 11th Christie’s. Important Books, Art Books, Manuscripts  226 lots
Heritage Auctions. Comics and Comic Art . 1,359 lots
Jeschke – van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH [79a]. 543 lots
Jeschke – van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH [79b]. 272 lots
Keys Fine Arts. Prints 
Zisska & Schauer. Books, 3rd Day [59c].
Saturday May 12th Alain & Evelyne Morel de Westgaver. Books, Postcards, Prints  665 lots
Heritage Auctions. Americana – online bidstart 4/23/12 . 189 lots
Heritage Auctions. Space Exploration – online bidstart 4/23 . 148 lots.
Morton Casa de Subastas. Documents, Prints and Books . 253 lots.
The pace of sales is impressive.
May 6, 2012