Auction Update Review

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Everything but the fireworks

For the week ending Saturday June 23rd 29 auctions were archived; 6 in British pounds, 9 in euros, 1 in Mexican pesos and 13 in US dollars.  Ten thousand one hundred and fifty-six lots were offered and 6,963 sold for a 68.6% success rate.  A single lot, George Washington’s personally annotated copy of the [US] Constitution, Bill of Rights and other key acts of the first Congress in 1789 brought $9,826,500 at Christie’s against its high estimate of $3,000,000.  Sales for all lots totaled $20,864,959, 112% of the high estimate of all lots offered.  It was, on its face, a good week that also provided evidence of broad weakness.

 

The following auctions exceeded 100% of the total of their high estimates:

 

Christie’s.  George Washington’s Personal Copy of the first Acts of Congress in 1789 on
  June 22nd:  328%

Osenat.  The French Empire at Fontainbleau on June 10th:  236%

Henri Godts Books & Prints.  Books from the 16th to 20th Centuries on June 16th:  219%

Ader.  Letters and Manuscripts, Autographs, Collection of E. H. and diverses on June 14th:  218%

Rupert Toovey.  Prints on June 13th:  171%

Gonelli Casa d’Aste.  Prints on June 14th:  138%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Children’s & Illustrated Books, Antique Toys and Games on June 21st:  132%

Christie’s.  Books on June 19th:  107%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents on June 20th:  101%

 

The following auctions realized more than $1,000,000 in total sales:

 

Christie’s.  George Washington’s Personal Copy of the first Acts of Congress in 1789 on June 22nd:  $9,826,500

Christie’s.  Books and Manuscripts on June 22nd:  $1,961,725

Christie’s.  Books on June 19th:  $1,161,699

Swann Galleries.  American Art / Contemporary Art on June 14th:  $1,076,559

 

The following sales sold at least 80% of their lots:

 

Christie’s.  George Washington’s Personal Copy of the first Acts of Congress in 1789 on June 22nd:  100%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books – Internet auctioned June 21st:   97%

Clars Auction Gallery.  Art and German Literature Books on June 16th:  94%

Ader. Letters and Manuscripts, Autographs, Collection of E. H. and diverses on June 14th:  93%

Swann Galleries.  19th & 20th Century Literature on June 21st:  89%

Pierre Berge & Associates.  Archeology on June 1st:  88%

Rupert Toovey.  Prints on May 16th:  86%

Osenat.  The French Empire at Fontainbleau on June 10th:  84%

Swann Galleries.  American Art / Contemporary Art on June 14th:  84%

 

For the week ahead 19 sales are scheduled:

 

Tuesday June 26th  Bonhams.  Books [20138].  738 lots

                                    Robert A. Siegel.  Rarities of the World [1025].  5 selected lots

 

Wed. June 27th          Gray’s Auctioneers.  Decorative Arts [58].  43 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Illustration Art [5087].  878 lots

 

Thursday June 28th  Ader.  Letters, Manuscripts, Autographs [19473].  393 lots.

                                    Aguttes.  Books, Ancient Documents and Stamps [18567].  209 lots

                                    Aguttes.  Books [19337].  39 lots

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Modern and Contemporary Prints [35934].  422 lots

                                    Cowan’s Auctions.  American History – Internet bidstart 6/21 [263].  355 lots

                                    Eldred’s.  Fine and Decorative Arts [750].  51 lots           

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Illustration Art [5087].  878 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books.  Internet bidstart 6/21.  433 lots

                                    Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Militaria [13402].  36 items

                                    Swann Galleries.  Discovery Sale [2283].  333 lots

 

Friday June 29th        Eldred’s.  Fine and Decorative Arts [750].  51 lots

 

Saturday June 30th   Dirk Soulis.  Important Railroadiana [53987].  61 lots

                                    Neal Auction Company.  Prints [63012].  56 lots.

 

Sunday July 1st          Amsterdam Book Auctions.  Curios, Books, Comics, Art [19].  696 lots

                                    Neal Auction Company.  Prints [63012].  56 lots.

 

With summer now underway and the auctions still in full advance we are experiencing a rare auction season, a busy and solid flow of sales that will run through July.  At this point there are 48 events on the July calendar and inevitably more to be scheduled.

Bruce McKinney
AE
June 24th, 2012

  • <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.
  • <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 €