Auction Update Review
For the week ending Saturday January 19th 7 auctions were archived to the AED; 3 in US dollars, 2 in British pounds and 2 in euros. Total turnover was $1,642,742. The total of the high estimates of all lots was $2,140,511. Two thousand one hundred and fourteen lots were offered and 1,620 sold for a 77% success rate. The recent trend has been for reserves to be modest and it’s helping to clear materials accumulating to sell. It’s a healthy trend although too early to say what it portends for the important spring season.
One indicator is clear; the number of sales posted in the January auction calendar. That number in 2012 was 32, this January 51.
Only one sale saw total sales exceed 100% of the total of their high estimates:
Lyons and Turnbull. Rare Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Photography on January 16th: 111%
Their runner up was Bloomsbury Auctions’ Bibliophile Books on January 17th: 93%
Three sales saw at least 80% of their lots sell:
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books Internet sale ended January 17th: 91%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Bibliophile Books on January 17th: 88%
Lyon and Turnbull. Rare Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Photographs on January 16th: 82%.
For the week ahead 18 sales are scheduled:
Mon. Jan. 21st Bruun Rasmussen. Old Prints [1304a]. 23 lots
Copley Fine Art. Sporting Prints, Books . 48 lots
Tues. Jan 22nd Bruun Rasmussen. Modern Prints [1304b]. 49 lots
Wed. Jan. 23rd Rupert Toovey and Co. Prints . 37 lots
Thurs. Jan. 24th Bloomsbury Auctions. Antiquarian Books . 202 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books, Day 1 . 730 lots
PBA Galleries. Americana – Asian-American History – Travel – Maps and Views . 434 lots
Swann Galleries. 20th Century Illustration Original Art / Books, Featuring Maurice Sendak . 281 lots
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books. Internet bidding ends today . 201 lots
Rossini. Posters  299 lots
Friday Jan. 25th Christies. American Prints . 14 lots
Sothebys. Audubon Prints [N08950]. 39 lots
Saturday Jan. 26th Robert C. Eldred, Inc. Prints, Books . 50 lots
Morton Casa de Subastas. Maps . 202 lots
Sotheby’s. Prints [N08950]. 39 lots
Neret – Minet & Tessier/ Marine – Voyages .
Sun. Jan 27th National Book Auctions. Books and Ephemera – Americana, Antique, Firsts, Nautical, etc. 
Here is a link to the RecentAuctions Spreadsheet. It’s still being tweaked but is already useful.
It’s much too early to see any pattern other than the rising volume present all through continues into 2013.
20 January 2013