Auction Update Review

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For the week ending Saturday September 1st, 2012 16 auctions were archived to the AED; 1 in Mexican pesos, 1 in Australian dollars, 7 in US dollars and 7 in British pounds.  Turnover was light at $1,511,409.  Four thousand and seventy-seven lots were offered and 3,225 sold for a 79% success rate.  The strongest sale results were achieved at Lyon and Turnbull, the UK auction house.  They offered rare books, maps and manuscripts on August 29th and realized $624,088, 130% of their aggregate high estimate for all lots.

 

For the week three auctions reached 100% of their total high estimate:

 

Lyon and Turnbull.  Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts on August 29th:  130%

Rupert Toovey and Co.  Photographs, Autographs and Ephemera on August 14th:  127%

Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints on August 15th:  116%

 

Five sales sold 80% or more of their lots:

 

Heritage Auctions.  Posters.  Online bidding ended July 15th:  96%

Heritage Auctions.  Comics.  Online bidding ended July 15th:  95%

Australian Book Auctions.  Books on August 27th:  90%

Lyon and Turnbull.  Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts on August 29th:  83%

Eldred’s.  Japanese Art on August 22nd:  80%

 

For the week ahead the fall season gets underway.  Fourteen sales are scheduled:

 

Mon. Sept. 3rd  Christie’s.  The London Sale [7858].  51 lots

 

Tues. Sept. 4th                        Bruun Rasmussen.  Books [1236].  247 lots

 

Wed. Sept. 5th                        Old World Auctions.  Maps, etc. [141].  803 lots

 

Thurs. Sept. 6th          Antiquarian Auctions.  Rare Books online bidding ends today [21].  382 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books online bidding ends today.

 

Fri. Sept. 7th                Keys Fine Arts.  Prints [1044].  391 lots.

                                    Skinner, Inc.  Fine Prints [2609B].  251 lots

 

Sat. Sept 8th                Clars Auction Gallery.  Prints, Photographs [90812]

                                    Guernsey’s.  The Roger Tory Peterson Auction [31203].  558 lots

                                    Neal Auction Co.  Fall Estates Auction [90812].   7 selected lots

 

Sun. Sept. 9th              Clars Auction Gallery.  Prints, Photographs [90812]

                                    National Book Auctions.  Books, Art, Ephemera and Collectibles [90912]

                                    National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Grosz, Maps, Coins, Dickens, etc. [09092012]

                                    Neal Auction Company [90812].  7 selected lots

 

It promises to be a complex fall season.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

September 2nd, 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.