• <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Churchill (Winston) & Others. 1944 Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference, 27 April 1944. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Joyce (James). <i>Ulysses.</i> First English edition, 1922. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Belzoni (Giovanni Battista). <i>Plates Illustrated of the Researches and Operations...in Egypt and Nubia,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1821-1822. £14,375 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Astor (John Jacob). A collection of rare letters, 9 January 1812- 4 September 1837. £26,000 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first issue, 1997. £27,500 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Royal Family. Photograph of Queen Elizabeth, George VI, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, signed, 1946. £3,640 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Collodi (Carlo). <i>Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1883. £8,401 inc Buyers Premium.
  • <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Macbeth: A Tragedy.</i> London, 1673. FIRST SEPARATE AND FIRST QUARTO EDITION. THE CHARLTON HESTON COPY. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. <i>In Our Time.</i> Paris, 1924. FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL. <i>Fanshawe, A Tale.</i> Boston, 1828. FIRST EDITION OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. <i>Walden; Or, Life in the Woods.</i> Boston, 1854. FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.</i> London, 1685. THE FOURTH FOLIO, Brewster/Bentley issue. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> STEIG, WILLIAM. Original maquette and 58 finished drawings for <i>The Agony in the Kindergarten,</i> one of Steig's most important books. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> VERNE, JULES. <i>A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.</i> New York & London, 1872. FIRST EDITION, RARE AMERICAN ISSUE, with Scribner & Welford cancel title. $5,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> KING, STEPHEN. <i>Carrie.</i> New York, 1974. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE MACINTOSH PROTOTYPE. 1983. The earliest known Macintosh with "Twiggy" drive, one of only two known working machines. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> PLATO. <i>Timaeus</i> [AND] <i>Critias</i> [from Ficini's 1484 Opera]. A LANDMARK OF SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> LOVELACE, AUGUSTA ADA. Sketch of the Analytical Engine Invented by Charles Babbage Esq. London, 1843. FIRST EDITION, JOURNAL ISSUE, MOST IMPORTANT PAPER IN EARLY DIGITAL COMPUTING. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE-1 COMPUTER. Signed by Steve Wozniak, used in development of Apple II. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. <i>On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection.</i> London, 1859. FIRST EDITION. $80,000 to $120,000.
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> [EINSTEIN, ALBERT]; JOHN GRAUDENZ [PHOTOGRAPHER]. Photographic portrait of Albert Einstein by John Graudenz, taken circa 1928. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> ENIGMA M4. A fully operational four-rotor ("M4") Kriegsmarine Enigma Cipher Machine. Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Germany, Heimsoeth und Rinke, 1942. $300,000 to $500,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> FEYNMAN, RICHARD P. <i>“Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman”. Adventures of a Curious Character.</i> New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1985. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> An intact egg of the Aepyornis Maximus, or Elephant Bird. Pre-17th century, Madagascar. $35,000 to $45,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> Palm frond with fish. Green River Formation, Wyoming, United States. <i>Sabalites sp.,</i> and <i>Diplomystus dentatus</i> Cenozoic, Eocene (53-33 million years ago). $60,000 to $70,000.

Auction Update Review

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What to make of a wild week: opportunity

By the numbers this was a significant week.  More than 16,000 lots were offered and, because earlier undisclosed results are included, 19,497 lots reported.  Two decades ago these numbers represented a full year, these days a week.  Today we live in a brave new world that is seeing a copy of Huxley’s classic of the same name come up at auction every 23 days.   Fifteen sales were denominated is euros, 14 in US dollars, 8 in British pounds, and 1 in Australian dollars – 38 sales in all.  Twelve thousand and three lots, or 62% of all lots offered, sold.  Leaving aside the 8,074 lot sale handled by Kiefer that saw 4,114 lots, or 51% sell, the percentage of lots sold at all other reported auctions was 69%, just a small fraction below the 72% statistical norm that has prevailed for most of the year.

 

The total low estimates of the lots sold was $20,968,244, their aggregate high estimate $27,486,920.  Altogether these items brought $35,528,340, a 29% premium to their high estimates.  Thirty eight percent, or 7,464 lots, did not receive bids at or above consignor reserves.

 

Of the auctions archived 12 reached a million dollars:

 

Christie’s.  Books and Manuscripts Session I on December 7th:  $7,709,252

Christie’s.  Old Master Prints on December 6th:  $2,362,131

Guernsey’s.  The Arader Sale - Color Plate Books, Rare Maps, Natural History on December 5th:  $2,258,342

Heritage Auctions.  Vintage Movie Posters on November 29th:  $2,216,847

Galerie Bassenge.  Prints 15th to 19th Century on November 29th:  $1,697,754

Osenat.  Fontainebleau Empire on December 2nd:  $1,328,889

Kiefer - Buch- und Kunstauktionen.  Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques on October 5th:  $1,318,488

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Modern and Contemporary Prints on December 4th:  $1,312,248

Bonhams.  Illuminated Space on December 5th:  $1,263,980

Christie’s.  Multiples by Matisse from the Matisse Family Collections Internet only ended December 4th:  $1,290,125

Bonhams.  The Dictionary Collection of Thomas Malin Rodgers on December 4th:  $1,133,692

 

Eleven sales saw their total sales reach a hundred percent of their total high estimates:

 

Osenat. Fontainebleau Empire on December 2nd:  297%

Bonhams.  The Dictionary Collection of Thomas Malin Rodgers on December 4th:  169%

Heritage Auctions.  Vintage Movie Posters on November 29th:  161%

Profiles in History.  Historical Documents on November 15th:  146%

Galerie Bassenge.  "Drama and Vision" Collection of Ivan Nagel on November 29th:  126%

Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Old Master Prints on November 23rd:  124%

Bonhams.  Polar Sale, Travel and Photographs on December 4th:  117%

Galerie Bassenge.  Modern Art Part I on December 1st:  115%

Christie’s.  Multiples by Matisse from the Matisse Family Collections Internet only ended December 4th:  106%

Christie’s.  Old Master Prints on December 6th:  105%

Galerie Bassenge.  Modern Art Part II on December 1st:  101%

 

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

 

Bonhams.  The Dictionary Collection of Thomas Malin Rodgers on December 4th:  95%

Christie’s.  Multiples by Matisse from the Matisse Family Collections Internet only ended December 4th:  93%

Profiles in History.  Historical Documents on November 15th:  89%

Heritage Auctions.  Vintage Movie Posters on November 29th:  87%

Swann Galleries.  Maps & Atlases, Natural History and Historical Prints, Ephemera:  86%

Heritage Auctions.  Books and Autographs, internet sale ended December 6th:  85%

Galerie Bassenge.  Modern Art Part I on December 1st:  82%

 

For the week ahead 36 sales are upcoming and 13,327 lots searchable in the AE Auction Search:

 

Monday Dec. 10th

 

Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Sale No. 19629.  Prints and Multiples.  352 lots

Cowan’s.  Stereoview and Early Photography – Internet sale ending today.  168 lots

 

Tuesday Dec. 11th

 

Henri Godts Books & Prints Auctions.  Sale No. 18147.  Books from the XVth to the XXth Century.  431 lots

Piasa.  Sale No. 20131.  Manuscripts.  306 lots

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Legends of the Old West.  1825 lots

Swann Galleries, Inc.  Sale No. 2298.  Fine Photographs and Photobooks.  425 lots

 

Wednesday Dec. 12th

 

Dominic  Winter Book Auctions.  Sale No. 121212.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents.  641 lots

Sothebys.  The Art of Illustration from the Collection of Michael Winner [12409].  157 lots

Ader.  Sale No. 19598.  Prints.  500 lots

Bloomsbury.  Astronomy and Space Exploration [36006].  403 lots

Woolley and Wallis.  Sale No. 121212b.  Books.  54 lots

Woolley and Wallis.  Sale No. 121212p.  Books.  43 lots

Sothebys.  Sale No. N08886.  A Show of Hands:  Photographs from the Collection of Henry Buhl.  428 lots

Sothebys.  English Literature and History [L12408].  183 lots

Dorotheum.  Sale No. 121212.  Prints.  366 lots

 

Thursday Dec. 13th

 

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Sale No. 19588.  Books and Manuscripts.  290 lots

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Sale No. 121312.  Children’s Illustrated Books.  568 lots

Knotty Pine Auction Service.  Sale No. 121312.  Ephemera, Advertising and Estate Books.  222 lots

Sothebys.  N08886.  A Show of Hands:  Photographs from the Collection of Henry Buhl.  428 lots

PBA Galleries.  Sale No. 495.  Fine Books in all Fields.  406 lots

Minerva Auctions Roma.  Books, Autographs and Prints [ROMA-85]. Ends today.  820 lots

Tajan.  Sale No. 9758.  Ancient and Modern Prints.  336 lots

Ader.  Letters, Manuscripts and Autographs [20504].  127 lots

Ader.  Francis Picabia [20503].  87 lots

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books internet bidding ending December 6th [201250].  272 lots

 

Friday Dec. 14th

 

Sothebys.  Sale No. N08919.  Books and Manuscripts.  190 lots

Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Sale No. 1031.  Selected Quality Pictures, including Ornithological [1031].  26 lots

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Sale No. 36007.  Antiquarian Books.  417 lots

Aspire Auctions.  Prints – Internet bidding ends today [319]

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Music Memorabilia and Autographs [7064].  259 lots

Ferraton.  Ancient Books and Prints – 1st Vacation [20471].  590 lots

Ader.  Letters, Manuscripts and Autographs II [20505].  228 lots

 

Saturday Dec. 15th

 

ERA Encheres.  Sale No. 19969.  Books about Teratology, Curiosa, Documents about Cinema.  366 lots

Ferraton.  Ancient Books and Prints – 2nd Vacation [20472].  622 lots

Profiles in History.  Drama, Action, Romance – the Hollywood Auction [53].  400 lots

 

Sunday Dec. 16th:

 

Bonhams.  Sale No.  20087.  Period Art and Design.

 

We are now in the crescendo and the opportunities are alive.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

Sunday December 9th, 2012

 

 

 

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Currier & Ives, <i>The Mississippi in Time of Peace,</i> hand-colored lithograph, 1865. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Hartmann Schedel, <i>Liber Cronicarum...,</i> Nuremberg, 1493. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Claudius Ptolemaeus, <i>Geographicae Enarrationis Libri Octo,</i> Lyons, 1535. $20,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Thomas Jefferys, <i>The American Atlas,</i> London, 1776-77. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> John Speed, <i>A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World,</i> 20 miniature maps, London, 1665. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> <i>Biblia Das ist: Die Gantze Heilige Schrifft Durch D. Martin Luther Verteutscht,</i> illustrated cartographic Bible, Basel, 1665. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Early Hawaiian-language school geography, Lahainaluna Seminary, 1840. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Cornelis de Jode, <i>Africae Vera Forma, et Situs,</i> Antwerp, 1593. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Maria Vincenzo Coronelli, <i>America Settentrionale Colle Nuove Scoperte Sin All Anno,</i> Venice, 1688. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Christoph Volkamer, <i>Nürnbergische Hesperides,</i> Nuremberg, 1708-1714. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Bayer, <i>Uranometria, Omnium Asterismorum Continens Schemata...,</i> 51 celestial charts, c. 1603. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Manuscript map of Commodore Perry’s Black Ship squadron at Edo Bay, with manuscript sketchbook, ink & watercolor, Japan, c. 1853. $2,500 to $3,500.
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. <i>The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.</i> Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1876. $14,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> BATEMAN, JAMES. <i>The Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala.</i> London: J. Ridgway & Sons for the author, [1837]-1843. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> WHITMAN, WALT. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn: [For the author by Andrew and James Rome,] 1855. $150,000 to $200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> LEE, HARPER. Three “Seckatary Hawkins”-related books inscribed and signed by Harper Lee. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> POE, EDGAR ALLAN. <i>The Raven.</i> New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845. $120,000 to $180,000.
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.