Auction Update Review

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It's Reigning Books

For the week ending Saturday June 16th 25 auctions were archived; 6 in British pounds, 9 in US$ and 10 in euros.  Nine thousand three hundred and eighty-nine lots were offered and 6,158 lots sold.  Sixty-six percent of all lots offered sold, 85% of the dollar denominated and 61% of pound and euro lots.  Europe has been taking it on the chin, caught between national sovereignty and the need for continent-wide economic policy.   Bookmakers though, looking at book dealers and the auction houses, may want to shorten their odds on intensifying union.  The market is a little beaten-up but clearly looking past the current uncertainty.  I’ll bid at auction this week in support of the field and encourage you, if the material is appealing, to do the same.  Uncertain moments create opportunities.

 

Total sales for the 66% of lots that sold were $16,493,648, 83% of the total of the high estimates for all lots offered.  A number at or above 100% of the high estimates suggests a very strong market while a percentage below 70% suggests weakness.  Eighty-three percent is mid way.

 

The following sales reached or exceeded 100% of the total of their high estimates:

 

Dorotheum.  Autographs on May 31st:  199%

Heritage.  Legends of the West on June 10th:  169%

Piasa.  Prints on June 7th:  105%

Christie’s.  Books on June 13th:  100%

 

The following sales reached or exceeded a million dollars:

 

Christie’s.  Books on June 13th:  $4,986,458

Sotheby’s.  Fine Books and Manuscripts on June 15th:  $2,651,692

Heritage.  Legends of the West on June 10th:  $2,143,788

Bonhams.  Manuscripts and Historical Photos on June 12th:  $1,799,602

Galeria Bessenge.  Prints on May 31st:  $1,132,323

 

The following sales saw 80% or more of the lots offered sell:

 

Carlsen Gallery.  Books of English Architecture and Antiquities:  100%

National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera - Champney, Modern 1sts, Nautical, etc:  100%

Heritage.  Rare Books – Internet auction ended June 14th:  87%

Heritage.  Legends of the West on June 10th:  87%

Bloomsbury.  Bibliophile on June 8th:  86%

Freeman’s.  Books, Manuscripts and Ephemera on May 31st:  85%

Bonhams.    Manuscripts and Historical Photos on June 12th:  81%

Christie’s.  Books on June 13th:  80% 

 

For the week ahead 18 auctions are scheduled:

 

Tuesday June 19th    Bonhams.  Fine Books and Manuscripts, including Russian Literature [20009].  436 lots

Christie’s.  Books [6237].  448 lots
Henri Godts Books & Prints Auctions.  Books from the 16th to the 20th Century [18145].  431 lots

 

Wed. June 20th          Bonhams.  The Gentleman’s Library [19598].  526 lots

                                    Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents [S328].  725 lots

                                    Dorotheum.  Books and Decorative Prints [9464].  473 lots.

 

Thurs.  June 21st       Bonhams.  Sporting Sale [20221].  75 lots

                                    Cowan’s Auctions.  American History [261].  349 lots.

                                    Dominic Winter.  Children’s & Illustrated Books, Antique Toys & Games [62112].

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books – Internet bidstart 6/14 [201225].  434 lots.

                                    PBA Galleries.  Rare Books and Manuscripts, with Children’s Books [482].  354 lots.

                                    Swann Galleries.  19th & 20th Century Literature [2282].  323 lots.

 

Friday June 22nd  Christie’s.  Books and Manuscripts [2572].  292 Lots.

                                    Christie’s.  George Washiongton’s Personal Copy of Acts Passed at a Congress [2761]  1 lot

                                    Ferraton.  Antiquarian and Modern Books [2384].

                                    Galerie Koller.  Modern Prints [Z32].  140 lots

 

Saturday June 23rd   Ferraton.  Antiquarian and Modern Books continued [2384].

 

Sunday June 24th      National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Geology, Paleontology, Signatures, etc. [06242012]

 

Sales are continuing at a strong pace.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

Sunday June 17th, 2012

  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €
  • <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Harriet Tubman Cabinet Card by H.S. Squyer, Auburn, NY, 1892. $10,000 to $15,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Scarce <i>Events of the Tulsa Disaster,</i> First Edition, 1922. $4,000 to $6,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Unpublished CDV of Frederick Douglass by Benjamin F. Smith, 1864. $3,000 to $5,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> California Imprint of <i>President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation</i> Broadside, 1864. $10,000 to $15,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> John C.H. Grabill Cabinet Card of Buffalo Soldier Wearing Buffalo Coat, ca 1886. $8,000 to $10,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Rare <i>What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking,</i> 2nd Cookbook Published by African American. $6,000 to $8,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Frederick Douglass Walking Stick, 1888. $3,000 to $5,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Only Known Slave Narrative Published Independently in California, <i>Life and Adventures of James Williams.</i> $2,000 to $4,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Rare First Edition of History of Black Literature, Abbé Grégoire <i>De La Littérature des Nègres</i>. $2,500 to $3,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> African American Soldier and Medal of Honor Winner Christian A. Fleetwood CDV, PLUS. $8,000 to $10,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries Pennant, 1910 Reno, Nevada. $2,000 to $4,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Joe Gans Photograph at 1906 Goldfield, Nevada Fight by Percy Dana. $600 to $800
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.