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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 Aug 13:</b> <i>Manhattan Gay Scene Guide 1969, Summer Edition,</i> Mattachine Book Service. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Harvey Milk, 2 autograph letters signed, to Pat Mormon, during US Navy service, 1954. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Oscar Wilde, <i>“The secret of life is in Art,”</i> autograph quotation dated and signed, 1882. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Daniel Abraham, original art for <i>Stonewall Romances,</i> pen, ink & gouache, 1979. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Antonio Lopez, 9 men’s fashion studies, graphite, 1974. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Susie Gaynes & Amy E. Bartell, <i>March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights,</i> 1987. $600 to $900.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> <i>Paris is Burning,</i> photo offset poster by Anne Dutlinger, signed by film director Jennie Livingston, 1991. $400 to $600.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Toyen, pen & ink illustration from <i>Marquis de Sade: Justina cili prokletí ctnosti,</i> 1932. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> David Wojnarowicz, <i>Untitled (Genet with Dog),</i> mixed media collage. $8,000 to $12,000.