Auction Update Review


Some Early Strength

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 [12113].  48 lots


Tues. Jan 22nd        Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints [1304b].  49 lots


Wed. Jan. 23rd          Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints [1098].  37 lots


Thurs. Jan. 24th          Bloomsbury Auctions.  Antiquarian Books [12413].  202 lots

                                    Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Books, Day 1 [1071].  730 lots

                                    PBA Galleries. Americana – Asian-American History – Travel – Maps and Views [498].  434 lots

                                    Swann Galleries.   20th Century Illustration Original Art / Books, Featuring Maurice Sendak [2300].  281 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books.  Internet bidding ends today [201304].  201 lots

                                    Rossini.  Posters [20990]  299 lots


Friday Jan. 25th          Christies.  American Prints [2670].   14 lots

Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Books, Day 2 [1072].  122 lots

                                    Sothebys.  Audubon Prints [N08950].  39 lots


Saturday Jan. 26th     Robert C. Eldred, Inc.  Prints, Books [778].  50 lots

                                    Morton Casa de Subastas.  Maps [660].  202 lots

                                    Sotheby’s.  Prints [N08950].  39 lots

                                    Neret – Minet & Tessier/  Marine – Voyages [15190].


Sun. Jan 27th              National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Americana, Antique, Firsts, Nautical, etc.  [01272013]


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.


Bruce McKinney


20 January 2013

  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript, Part 2<br>27 April 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Ronald Reagan. Series of 37 letters to Senator George Murphy, and related material, 1968-90. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Chaim Weizmann. Autograph letter signed, to General Sir Gilbert Clayton, 6 September 1918. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Sir Winston Churchill. Autograph letter signed, to Pamela, Lady Lytton, 1942. £20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript, Part 2<br>27 April 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Oscar Wilde. Five autograph letters signed, to Alsager Vian, 1887. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Napoleon I. Letter signed to Admiral Ganteaume, ordering the invasion of England, 22 August 1805. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Horatio, Viscount Nelson, and Emma Hamilton. Two autograph letter signed, to Catherine and George Matcham, 1805. £6,000 to £8,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Frances Palmer, <i>Battle of Buena Vista,</i> chromolithograph, New York, 1847. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma, the earliest publication concerned solely with chocolate, first edition, Madrid, 1631. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Romans Bernard, <i>An Exact View of the Late Battle at Charlestown, June 17th, 1775,</i> engraving, 1776. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> <i>A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston,</i> English edition, London, 1770. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> William Soule, <i>Lodge of the Plains Indians,</i> albumen print, 1872. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Manuscript document to enforce New York’s “Agreement of Non-Importation” during the heyday of the Sons of Liberty, New York, 1769. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Clarence Mackenzie, <i>Drummer Boy of the 13th Regiment of Brooklyn,</i> salt print with applied color, 1861. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Moses Lopez, <i>A Lunar Calendar,</i> first Jewish calendar published in America, Newport, RI, 1806. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b><br>The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <center><b>Gonnelli Auction House<br>Books and Graphics<br>19th, 20th and 21st April 2021</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 19-21<br>Books from XVI to XX Century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 20<br>Atlases and Maps</b
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br> Veneto and Venice, a Selection of Books from the XVI to XX century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 20<br></b>Rossini Gioachino, Baguette de chef d'orchestre appartenuta a Gioachino Rossini, dono del Comune di Passy. 1500 €
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br></b>Manetti Saverio, Storia naturale degli uccelli trattata con metodo. Cinque volumi. 1767. 18.000 €
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br></b>Poe Edgar Allan, Double assassinat dans la rue morgue. Illustrations de Cura. 1946.
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 19-21<br>Books from XVI to XX Century</b>
  • <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 54. Fanciful engraving of earth's interior with magma core and errupting volcanoes (1682). $1500 to $1800.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 165. Rare state of Jefferys' influential map of New England in contemporary color (1755). $8000 to $9500.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 177. Mouzon's foundation map of the Carolinas (1775). $10000 to $13000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 183. Very rare first state of De Fer's map of the Lower Mississippi Valley (1715). $20000 to $25000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 253. Scarce Scottish edition based on Ellicott's plan of Washington, D.C. (1796). $2400 to $3000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 313. Stunning view of Philadelphia by John Bachmann (1850). $3250 to $4250.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 338. Rare Civil War map based on Bucholtz map of Virginia (1862). $9500 to $12000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 667. First map to accurately show Luzon in Philippines (1590). $6000 to $7500.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 682. Rare map of Shanghai International Settlement published just after WWI (1918). $7000 to $9000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 738. Coronelli's superb map of the Pacific showing the Island of California (1697) Est. $2400 - $3000
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 743. A cornerstone piece in the mapping of Australia and New Zealand (1726) Est. $6000 - $7500
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 781. An uncommon signature during Jefferson's Governorship of Virginia (1779) Est. $9500 - $11000