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The Stormy Season

For the week ending Saturday November 10th 13 auctions were archived to the AED, 2 in British pounds, 3 in euros and 7 in US dollars.  Four thousand and twenty-four lots were offered and 3,061 sold for a 76% success rate.  Total turnover was $6,771,611, 70% of the aggregate high estimate of all lots offered:  $9,701,371.  The uncertainty associated with the American fiscal cliff seems the likely culprit for softness in the rooms.  Representative Behner’s quickly enunciated willingness to cooperate, after the election of President Obama, may ultimately lead to a grand bargain but until such an agreement is reached the auction rooms may be held hostage.  The hearty will look past the short term economic uncertainty toward what is shaping up as a good to very good 2013 if the Congress does not bury the economy alive.

 

Two sales reached a million dollars:

 

Doyle New York.  Photographs and Prints on November 5th:  $2,532,960

Swann Galleries.   Old Master through Modern Prints; including Salvador Dali Prints, Drawings, Art Books:  $2,068,542

 

Two sales saw their sales reach 100% of their aggregate high estimates:  

 

Remy Le Fur & Associes.  Bibliotheque de Pierre Lacam on October 31st:  210%

Doyle New York.  Photographs and Prints on November 5th:  119%

 

Four sales saw 80% of their lots sell:

 

Remy Le Fur & Associes.  Bibliotheque de Pierre Lacam on October 31st:  100%

Aspire Auctions.  Prints internet sale ended November 2nd:  96%

Doyle New York.  Photographs and Prints on November 5th:  86%

Leslie Hindman.  Fine Books and Manuscripts on November 7th:  85%

 

For the week ahead 38 sales are scheduled.  Most are currently searchable in the AE Upcoming Auction Search.  As to today 12,392 of these lots are available.

 

Monday Nov. 12th  Artcurial Bries-Le Fur-Poulain. Tajan.  Historic Memories and Antiques Arms [19575].  7 lots

                                    Bonhams.  Prints [20069].  126 lots

                                    Christie’s.  Andy Warhol Benefit [2766].  356 lots

                                    Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Comic Strips [14093].  390 lots

 

Tuesday Nov. 13th     Bonhams.  Books, Maps and Manuscripts [20139].  248 lots

                                    Bruun Rasmussen.  Dan Fog Music Book Store [1246].  1 lot

                                    Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books [336].  1,110 lots

                                    Galerie Koller.  Books [651].  66 lots

 

Wed. Nov. 14th           Bloomsbury Auctions.  Old Master to 20th Century Prints & Drawings and Vintage
  Posters [35990].  463 lots

                                    Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books [336].  1,110 lots

                                    Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents [111412]

                                    Freeman’s.  Pennsylvania Sale [1446].  125 lots

                                    Freeman’s.  Historic Muhlenberg Property from a Private Collection [1446A].  27 lots

 

Thurs. Nov. 15th         Bloomsbury Auctions.  Old Master to 20th Prints & Drawings and Vintage Posters [35990].  463 lots

                                    Gonnelli Casa d’Aste.  Books, Manuscripts, Autographs:  790 lots

                                    Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  The Collectors Sale:  Aviation, Motoring and other Transport [111512]

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Comics and Comic Art [7066].  2,025 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books Internet bidding ends today.  392 lots

                                    Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Photographs and Books [14094].  278 lots

                                    PBA Galleries.  Rare Manuscripts and Archives [493].  174 lots

                                    Piasa.  Ancient and Modern Prints [19944]

                                    Profiles in History.  Historical Documents [111512].  174 lots

                                    Skinner, Inc.  Fine Books and Manuscripts [2620M].  137 lots

                                    Sotheby’s.  Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History [L12405].  339 lots

                                    Swann Galleries.  American Art * Contemporary Art [2294].  171 lots

 

Friday Nov. 16th         Christie’s.  Photographs [3514].  196 lots

                                    Gonnelli Casa d’Aste.  Books, Manuscripts, Autographs:  790 lots

                                    Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  The Collector’s Sale:  Militaria, Railway Part V [111612]

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Comics and Comic Art [7066].  2,025 lots

                                    Sotheby’s.  Photographs [PF1222]

                                    Romantic Agony.  Books and Prints [49]

 

Saturday Nov. 17th    Addison and Sarova.  Rare and Fine Books [1002].  225 lots

                                    Christie’s.  Photographs [3514].  196 lots

                                    Gonnelli Casa d’Aste.  Prints and Drawings [11b].  394 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Photographs [5119]

                                    Romantic Agony.  Books and Prints [49]

 

Sunday Nov. 18th       Bonhams.  Prints [20070]

                                    ERA Encheres.  Rare and Ancient Books about Regionalism [18804]

                                    National Book Auctions.  Books, Art, Ephemera, and Collectibles [111812]

                                    Piasa.  Herge:  Comic Strips [20011]

                                    Skinner, Inc.  Fine Books and Manuscripts [2621B].  704 lots

 

What with the American elections and hurricane damage in the New York area it has been a complicated two weeks.  Sales, long scheduled, are coming up.  The opportunities are appealing, the chance to support both consignors and auction houses equally important.  At moments like this we are reminded that, while acting individually, we are also part of a complex unique community.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

November 11th, 2012

  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò. <i>Nicholas Machiavel's Prince. Also, The life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca…</i> Translated by Edward Dacres. London, 1640. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FILSON, John. <i>The Discovery, Settlement and present State of Kentucke: and An Essay towards the Topography, and Natural History of that important Country…</i> Wilmington, Del.: James Adams, 1784. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> ELUARD, Paul. <i>Un poeme dans chaque livre.</i> Paris: Louis Broder, 1956. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LEWIS, James Otto. [<i>Aboriginal Port Folio.</i> Philadelphia: Published by the Author, 1835-1836]. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS]. BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin. [Southern Netherlands (Ghent or Bruges), c.1460]. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MORE, Thomas, Sir. <i>The Workes ... wrytten by him in the Englysh tongue.</i> Edited by William Rastell. London, 1557. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. <i>Love is Enough.</i> Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897. $5,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph endorsement signed as President (“A. Lincoln”), 24 February 1863. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> WASHINGTON, George. Address panel with autograph free frank signed ("G:o Washington"), as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, 5 August 1777. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Beastly Baby.</i> N.p.: The Fantod Press, 1962. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FROST, Robert. Photographic reproduction signed and inscribed ("Robert Frost”), to R.V. Thornton, 1955. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Bug Book.</i> New York: Looking Glass Library, 1959. $500 to $700.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Book of Hours with Illuminated Miniatures, France, mid-15th century. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Conradus de Alemania [Halberstadt the Elder], <i>Concordantiae Bibliorum,</i> Strassburg, 1474. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Christopher Marlowe, <i>The Jew of Malta,</i> London, 1633. Earliest extant edition of this antiauthoritarian Elizabethan play. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b><br>Sir Isaac Newton, <i>The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy,</i> first edition in English, 2 volumes, London, 1729. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> John Rae, <i>Narrative of an Expedition to the Shores of the Arctic Sea in 1846 and 1847,</i> first edition, London, 1850. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Philip Pittman, <i>The Present State of the European Settlements on the Mississippi…,</i> first edition, London, 1770. $10,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Cyanotype of an anatomy class at Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1895. $300 to $400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Equine veterinary formulary, manuscript on paper, East Earl, Pennsylvania, circa 1860. $400 to $600.
  • <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> REGAMEY, Felix (1844-1906). Unique drawing showing Verlaine and Rimbaud in London, September 1872. €70,000 to 100,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LABORDE, Alexandre de (1773-1842). <i>Voyage pittoresque et historique de l’Espagne.</i> Paris : 1806-1820. €20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> BOCCACE, Jean (1313-1375). <i>Il Decamerone…</i> Venise : Gabriele Giolito di Ferrari, 1542.<br>€ 12,000 to 15,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LAMBERT, Yvon (1936). Full collection of writings from <i>Une rêverie émanée de mes loisirs.</i> Paris : 1992 - 2018. €50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> JOUVE, Paul (1878-1973) -- KIPLING, Rudyard (1865-1936). <i>La Chasse de Kaa.</i> Paris : Javal & Bourdeaux, 1930. €2,000 to 3,000