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The Summer Arrives

For the week ending Saturday June 30th, 2012 14 sales were archived; 1 denominated in Swiss Francs, 1 in British pounds, 3 in euros and 9 in US dollars.  Sales totaled $5,380,268, 58% of the $9,210,202 total of the high estimates of all lots offered.  This relatively low percentage suggests that we should expect the percentage of lots sold to also be low.  In fact it was quite high:  79%.  This is explained by the inclusion of one sale from National Book and two from Heritage.  Between them it’s common to sell more than 95% of their lots.  In this report they offered 1,611 lots and sold 96.7% of them:  1558.

 

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

 

Heritage Auctions.  Illustration Art on June 27th:  197%

Dorotheum.  Books and Decorative Prints on June 20th:  172%

Aguttes.  Books, Ancient Documents and Stamps on June 28th:  121%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Ancient and Modern Prints on June 25th:  103%

 

For the week 3 sales reached a million dollars:

 

Heritage Auctions.  Illustration Art on June 27th:  $2,647,780

Robert A Siegel Auctions.  Five printed lots among a much larger philatelic auction:  $2,190,750

Bloomsbury Auctions.   Modern and Contemporary Prints:  $1,445,555

 

Eight sales sold 80% or more of their listed lots:

 

National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera, Geology, Paleontology, Signatures on June 28th:  100%

Heritage Auctions.  Illustration Art on June 27th:  97.3%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books, online auction ending June 28th:  93.3%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Ancient and Modern Prints on June 25th:  89.7%

Dorotheum.  Books and Decorative Prints on June 20th:  85.4%

Cowan’s Auctions.  American History ending 6/28/12:  83.1%

Bonhams.  Books on 6/26/12:  82.3%

Robert A Siegel.   Five printed lots among a much larger philatelic auction:  80%

 

For the week ahead 10 sales are scheduled:

 

Monday July 2nd Alde.  Ancient and Modern Books [18322].  354 lots

 

Tuesday July 3rd        Alde.  Library Jimmy Drulhon [19436].  247 lots

                                    Bonhams.  Entertainment Memorabilia [19800].  368 lots

 

Wed. July 4th              Ader.  Ancient and Modern Books [19475].  168 lots

                                    Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Posters [13600].  503 lots

                                    Sotheby’s.  Comics [PF1224].  92 lots

 

Thursday July 5th      Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile [35926]  442 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books – auction ends 7/5/12.  [201227].  431 lots.

                                    PBA Galleries.  Fine Literature [483].  427 lots

 

Sunday July 8th          National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Antique, Ethnology, Adirondacks, etc. [07082012].  300 lots

Summer is finally settling in.  The Euro2012 Soccer Final, completed today, is the surest sign that summer isn't coming, it has arrived and auctions, while continuing, will do so at a slower pace until September.

It has been an extraordinary first half for the book auctions, tough but exhilarating.  The rules are changing.

Bruce McKinney
AE
July 1st, 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 €