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The Tide Comes In

For the week ending Saturday October 13th 21 auctions were archived to the AED; 4 in British pounds, 7 in US dollars, and 10 in euros.  Seven thousand six hundred and eight lots were offered and 5,844 sold for a 76.8% success rate.  Turnover was $7,694,190, 87.4% of the aggregate high estimate of all lots offered:  $8,804,757.

 

Three sales raised a million dollars:

 

Bonhams.  Fine Books and Manuscripts in New York on October 10th:  $1,336,933

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books on October 4th:  $1,273,394

Christie’s.  Travel, Science and Natural History on October 9th:  $1,025,023

 

Eight sales realized 100% or more of the aggregate high estimates of all lots offered:

 

Kapandji Morhange.  Library Fund from The Nave of Fools, tribute to Christopher Tupin on October 5th:  221%

Alde.  Library of Lucien Choudin; Books of Voltaire on October 5th:  162%

Bonhams.  Fine Books and Manuscripts in New York on October 10th:  153%

Alde.  Literary First Editions on October 11th:  129%

Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Comic Strips on September 29th:  112%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents on October 10th:  101%

Marc van de Wiele Auctions.  Jewish books, maps, manuscripts, ketubbot, art books on October 5th:  100%

Marc van de Wiele Auctions.  Rare books and manuscripts on October 6th:  100%

 

Seven auctions saw at least 80% of their lots sell:

 

Dominic Winter.    Sporting and Natural History, Vintage and Contemporary Photography on October 11th:  100%

Kapandji Morhange.   Library Fund from The Nave of Fools, tribute to Christopher Tupin on October 5th:  95%

Heritage Auctions.  Historical Manuscripts on October 4th:  95%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books on October 4th:  92%

Swann Galleries.  Art, Press and Illustrated Books on October 11th:  83%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Book Internet auction ending October 11th:  82%

Dominic Winter.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents:  81%

 

For the week ahead 26 sales that contain books, manuscripts, maps, and ephemera are scheduled.  The number of lots in each sale with this material is listed at the end of each description.  These lots are fully searchable in the AE Unified Search:

 

This week we begin coverage of Archive International.  Their 2800 lots of paper history go on the block beginning Saturday October 20th, continue on Sunday the 21st and complete on Tuesday the 23rd.  On Saturday October 27th J. Sugarman Auction Company in Miami is offering bulk lots of important general categories of works on paper.

 

Mon. Oct. 15th    Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Prints.  [19565].  17 lots

                                    Bruun Rasmussen.  Old Prints [1242a].  12 lots

 

Tues.  Oct. 16th           Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints [1242b].  66 lots

Henri Godts Books & Prints Auctions.  Books from the XVth to the XXth Century [18146].  438 lots
Paisa.  Ancient and Modern Books and Manuscripts [19936].  355 lots

                                    Rossini.  Books [20029].  418 lots   

                                    Sotheby’s.  Musical Collection of Andre Meyer [PF1227].  354 lots

 

Wed.  Oct. 17th           Galerie Bassenge.  Books, Autographs, Decorative Prints.  [100a]

                                    Sotheby’s.  Musical Collection of Andre Meyer.  [PF1227]

                                    Tajan.  Books.  [9740].  354 lots

 

Thurs.  Oct. 18th         AntiquarianAuctions.com.  Rare Books.  Internet bidding ending today [22].  392 items

                                    Audap & Mirabaud.  Women Give to Women [19714].  11 lots

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Literature, Manuscripts, Travel & Natural History [35986].  623 lots 

                                    Galerie Bassange.  Books, Autographs, Decorative Prints [100a].  236 lots

                                    Galerie Bassange.  History, Geography, Travel [100b].  236 lots

                                    Galerie Bassange.  Valuable Books [100c].  349 items

                                    Galerie Bassange.  Incunabula / Books before 1600 [100d].  196 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books online auction ending October 18th [201242].  376 lots

Swann Galleries.  African-American Fine Art [2290].  51 lots

 

 

Fri.  Oct. 19th              Galerie Bassange.  17th-19th Century Literature [100e].  708 items

                                    Galerie Bassenge.   Autograph Letters [100f].  346 lots

 

Sat. Oct. 20th               Archive International.  Scripophily, Autographs & Ephemera [XIIa].  919 lots

                                    Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Comics [19617].

                                    Galerie Bassenge.  Modern Literature [100g].  844 lots

                                   

 

Sun. Oct. 21st              Archive International.  Scripophily, Autographs & Ephemera [XIIb].  809 lots

Bonhams.  Prints and Photographs.  [20050].  24 lots
National Book Auctions.   Books and Ephemera – Scholarly, Autographs,
  Exploration, Maps, etc [10212012]

 

This month 110 events are on the calendar.  The depth and complexity of the material on offer is stunning.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

October 14th, 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.