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The Quiet before the Storm

For the week ending Saturday September 29th, 2012 15 auctions were archived to the AED, 3 in US dollars, 3 in Swiss francs, 2 in British pounds, 1 in Canadian dollars and 6 in euros.  Five thousand five hundred and ninety-six lots were offered and 3,777 sold for a 67.5% success rate.  Total turnover was $4,547,571 or 73% of the high estimate of all lots offered.

 

No sales, looking exclusively at their book, manuscript, map and ephemera lots, sold a million dollars of material.  Of course, the Brook Astor Sale at Sotheby’s realized $19 million but only 29 of the 902 lots were in the categories AE encompasses.  These lots realized $237,193.

 

Four sales reached 100% of the total of the high estimates for all lots offered:

 

Sothebys.  Property from the Estate of Brook Astor on September 24th:  193%

Ferraton.  Books, Autographs and Manuscripts on September 21st:  125%

Dorotheum.  Modern Prints on September 26th:  120%

Bonhams.  Printed Books and Maps on September 25th:  115%

 

Four sales sold at least 80% of their lots:

 

Sotheby’s.  Property from the Estate of Brook Astor on September 24th:  93%

Bonhams.  Printed Books and Maps on September 25th:  92%

Christie’s.  Collection of Helene Rochas:  85%

Ferraton.  Books, Autographs and Manuscripts on September 21st:  82%

 

For the week ahead 36 sales are scheduled:

 

Mon. Oct. 1st    Bruun Rasmussen.  Books, 227 lots. [1240]

 

Tues. Oct. 2nd          Bonhams.  Early Printing and English Books, 285 lots.  [20412]

                                    Map World.  Antique Maps, 70 lots.  [5]

                                    Swann Galleries.  Printed & Manuscript Americana, 528 lots.  [2287]

 

Wed. Oct. 3rd              Lyon and Turnbull.  International Sale:  Prints, 2 lots.  [360]

                                    Map World.  Antique Maps, 70 lots.  [5]

                                    Sotheby’s.  Photographs, 270 lots.  [NO8885]

 

Thurs. Oct. 4th      Bloomsbury Auctions.  Red China.  [35982]

                                    Christie’s.  Photographs.  [2586]

                                    Christie’s.  Posters with a Purpose:  The London Transport Museum Sale.  [6934]

                                    Christie’s.  Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds.  [5708]

                                    Christie’s.  Richard Avedon Photographs.  [2650]

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Historical Manuscripts, 468 lots.  [6084] 

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books, 960.  [6091]

                                    Kapandji Morhange.  Antiquarian and Modern Books.  [13920]

                                    Knotty Pine Auction Service.  Ephemera, Advertising and Estate Books.  [100412]

                                    Map World.  Antique Maps, 70 lots.  [5]

                                    Swann Galleries.  Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian.  [10412]

                                    Swann Galleries.  Fine Photographs & Photobooks.  [2288]

                                    Waddington’s.  Public Enemy:  US DOJ and FBI Wanted Posters and Related Ephemera – Internet Sale.  [100112]

 

Fri.  Oct. 5th                 Alde.  Library of Lucien Choudin; Books of Voltaire.  [19717]

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile.  [35984]

                                    Christie’s.  Photographs.  [2586]

                                    Christie’s.  Photographs.  [2650]

                                    Christie’s.  Art of Islam.  [6945]

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Historical Manuscripts.  [6084]

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.COM].  Rare Books, 960 items.  [6091]

                                    Kapandji Morhange.  Antiquarian and Modern Books.  [13920]

                                    Kiefer – Buch – and – Kunstauktionen.  Books, Graphics modern and Ancient Arts, Antiques, 8074 items.  [82]

                                    Map World.  Antique Maps.  [5]

                                    Marc van de Wiele Auctions.  Jewish books, maps, manuscripts, ketubbot, art books.  [43]

                                    Marc van de Wiele Auctions.  Modern Illustrated Books Auction, 486 items.  [44]

 

Sat.  Oct. 6th                Coutau-Begarie.  Comic Strips.  [100612]

                                    ERA Encheres.  Books.  [19693]

                                    Kiefer – Buch – und Kunstauktionen.  Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques.  [82]

                                    Marc van de Wiele Auctions.  Rare books and manuscripts auction, 808 lots.  [45].

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

September 30th, 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 €