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Strength in the Rooms

For the week ending Saturday October 6th, 2012 16 auctions were archived to the AED; 1 in euros, 7 in British pounds, and 8 in US dollars.  Turnover was a robust $24,495,995, 79% of the high estimate of all lots offered:  $30,929,914.

 

Christie's carried the heavy freight this week with five sales; 3 in London and 2 in New York.  Their turnover alone was $11,757,737.  Sotheby’s with a single sale of photographs in New York raised $4,488,253.

 

For the week 8 sales reached the $1.0 million level:

 

Christie's.  Photographs on October 4th in New York:  $6,254,500

Sotheby’s.  Photographs on October 3rd in New York:  $4,488,253

Swann Galleries.  Fine Photographs & Photo Books on October 4th:  $2,711,628

Christie's.  Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds on October 4th in London:  $1,757,920

Bonhams.  Early Printing and English Books in London on October 2nd:  $1,732,545

Christie's.  Posters with a Purpose:  The London Transport Museum Sale in London on October 4th:  $1,656,578

Christie's.  Richard Avedon Photographs on October 4th in New York:  $1,517,250

RR Auction.  Old West, Gangsters, Mobsters on September 30th:  $1,479,822

 

Six sales reached or exceeded 100% of their aggregate high estimates:

 

Lyon and Turnbull.  International Sale:  Prints on October 3rd:  100%

Bonhams.  Early Printing and English Books in London on October 2nd:  168% 

Christie's.  Arts of Islam in London on October 5th:  164%

Christie's.  Posters with a Purpose:  The London Transport Museum Sale in London on October 4th:  146%

Swann Galleries.  Printed & Manuscript Americana on October 2nd:  129%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Books on October 1st:  118%

 

Nine sales saw at least 80% of their lots sell:

 

Lyon and Turnbull.  International Sale:  Prints:  100%

National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Art, Bronzes, Maps, Glass, etc.:  99.7%

Bonhams.  Early Printing and English Books in London on October 2nd:  96.14%

RR Auction.  Old West, Gangsters, Mobsters:  95.56%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Books on October 1st:  92.07%

Swann Galleries.  Printed & Manuscript Americana:  92.05%

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Red China on October 4th:  90.31%

Christie's.  Arts of Islam in London on October 5th:  83.33%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books internet bidding ended October 4th:  80.68%

 

For the week ahead 15 sales are scheduled:

 

Mon.  Oct. 8th        Alde.  Library First Editions.  [19718].  304 lots

 

Tues.  Oct. 9th             Christie’s.  Travel, Science, and Natural History.  [6911].  193 lots

                                    Rupert Toovey and Co.  Antiquarian and Collectors Books.  [1076].  201 lots

 

Wed.  Oct. 10th           Bonhams.  Fine Books and Manuscripts.  [20048].  422 lots

                                    Christie’s.  Rendez-vous:  Contemporary Interiors.  [3541].  53 lots

                                    Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents.  [101012].  732 lots

                                    Doyle New York.  Doyle @ Home:  Prints.  [101012].  21 lots

                                    Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints.  [1075].  51 lots

 

Thurs.  Oct. 11th         Dominic Winter.  Sporting and Natural History, Vintage and Contemporary Photography.  [101112].  76 lots

                                    Freeman’s [Samuel T. Freeman & Co.].  Prints.  [1442].  13 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books internet auction ending October 11th [201241].  455 lots 

                                    PBA Galleries.  Fine Literature with Books in all Fields.  [490].  368 lots

                                    Swann Galleries.  Art, Press & Illustrated Books.  [2289].  367 lots

 

Fri. Oct. 12th               Ader.  Shunga – Erotic Prints [20060].  286 lots

 

Sat. Oct. 13th               Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Illustration Art.  [5111].  726 lots

 

The market is on display in the rooms and the descriptive term capturing the spirit:  strength.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

October 7th, 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 €