Auction Update Review

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The Market: coming into focus

For the week ending Saturday January 26th 9 sales were archived to the AED; 6 in US dollar, 1 in British pounds, and 2 in euros.  Total sales were, when adjusted into US dollars, $1,479,907, 66% of the total of the high estimates of all lots offered.  Two thousand one hundred and fourteen lots were offered and 1,620 sold for a 77% success rate.

 

No auction event reached a million dollars in total sales while two sales reached 100% of the total of their high estimates.

 

Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints on January 22nd:  101%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Old Prints on January 21st:  100%

 

Four sales sold 80% or more of their lots:

 

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books, Internet bidding ended January 24th:  91%

Sothebys.  Audubon Prints on January 25th:  82%
Bonhams.  Prints on January 20th:  81%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints on January 22nd:  80%

 

For the week ahead 22 sales are scheduled:

 

Tuesday Jan 29th  Ader.  Prints [20820].  171 lots

Christie’s.  Old Master Prints [2778].  62 lots

Doyle New York.  Prints, Books [12913].  26 lots

                                    Sotheby’s.  Property of the Estate of Giancarlo Baroni [N08857].  2 lots

 

Wed. Jan. 30th           Alexander Autographs, Inc.  Autographs [49].  697 lots

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Ephemera [13013].  713 lots

Gray’s Auctioneers.  Prints [64].  60 lots

Sotheby’s.  Property of the Estate of Giancarlo Baroni [N08857].  2 lots

 

Thursday Jan. 31st    Alexander Autographs, Inc.  Autographs ending today [49].  697 lots AntiquarianAuctions.com  Rare Books internet bidding ending today [24].  434 lots

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Maps and Atlases [36031].  397 lots

                                    De Baecque & Associes.  Ancient and Modern Books – Books of XIX Century and Regionalism [20925]

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books internet bidding ends today [201305].  200 lots

 

Friday Feb. 1st            Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Prints [1086].  130 lots

                                    Kiefer – Book and Art Auctions.  Books [83].  7,828 lots

                                    Piasa.  Ancient, Modern and Contemporary Photos [20602].  197 lots

                                    Skinner, Inc.  Fine Prints [2635B].  260 lots

 

Sat. Feb. 2nd                Alain & Evelyne Morel de Westgaver.  Prints and Books [37].  592 lots

                                    Coutau-Begarie.  Comics [20900]

                                    Kiefer – Book and Art Auctions.  Books continuing [83].  7,828 lots

                                    Stair Auctioneers & Appraisers.  Works on Paper [20213]. 239 lots

 

Here is a link to an interactive database of this past week's reported sales.  The headers, when clicked, re-order the data.

A field dominated by fixed prices on listing and dealer sites, in a rapidly fluctuating market, is very dependent on auction realizations to establish current value.  The evolving picture seems to be of continuing interest but at prices a b it lower than a year ago.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

Sunday  January 27th, 2013

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Charles Loupot, <i>Les Cigarettes Mekka,</i> 1919. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Plinio Codognato, <i>Cicli Fiat,</i> circa 1910. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> L.N. Britton, <i>Warning! Consider the Possible Consequences,</i> c. 1917. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Leonardo Bistolfi, <i>Première Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs Modernes,</i> 1902. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Paquet Pernot / Biscuits Pernot,</i> 1910. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Francesco Nonni, <i>Font Meo / Acqua Minerale Naturale,</i> 1924. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Frederick Winthrop Ramsdell, <i>American Crescent Cycles,</i> 1899. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> <i>Be a Tight Wad! Own Something!</i> designer unknown, 1925. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Candido Aragonese de Faria, <i>Chamonix–Mont–Blanc,</i> c. 1910. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> W.E.J., <i>Irishmen Avenge the Lusitania,</i> c. 1915. $2,000 to $3,000.
  • <center><b>Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books<br>Fine Art<br>Antique Engravings & Lithographs<br>Works on Paper<br>Accepting bids until August 7</b>
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Maitres Affiches by MUCHA - Papier a cigarettes Job. 202. $5,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> De Bry - Map of the West Indies (including Florida, Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas, Parts of Central & South America, Sea Monsters, Ships). $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Gould - Short-billed Toucan (Ramphastos Brevicarinatus). $5,000 to $8,000.
    <center><b>Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books<br>Fine Art<br>Antique Engravings & Lithographs<br>Works on Paper<br>Accepting bids until August 7</b>
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Redoute, Folio - Pale Iris - Iris flavescens. 375. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Gillray - Light Expelling Darkness or The Sun of the Constitution. $200 to $500.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Gerard - Wild Hemp or Weed, Cannabis. 708. $150 to $450.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Shaw & Nodder - Head of The Dodo. 165. $100 to $300.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Your Own Sylvia:<br>Sylvia Plath’s letters to Ted Hughes and other items,<br>Property of Frieda Hughes<br>9 to 21 July 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Family photograph album ("The Hughes family Album"), 1957-1962. £30,000 to £50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Typed letter signed, to Ted Hughes, on "my own private doctrine", with a poem, 5 October 1956. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Pen and ink portrait of Ted Hughes, [1956]. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Your Own Sylvia:<br>Sylvia Plath’s letters to Ted Hughes and other items,<br>Property of Frieda Hughes<br>9 to 21 July 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. Joint autograph letter signed, to William and Edith Hughes, March 1960. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Photographic portrait by David Bailey, inscribed by Plath, 1961, and another press photo. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Tarot de Marseille. Deck of cards owned by Sylvia Plath. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Pair of gold wedding rings. £6,000 to £8,000.