Auction Update Review

Nopreview

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 13:</b> <i>Manhattan Gay Scene Guide 1969, Summer Edition,</i> Mattachine Book Service. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Harvey Milk, 2 autograph letters signed, to Pat Mormon, during US Navy service, 1954. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Oscar Wilde, <i>“The secret of life is in Art,”</i> autograph quotation dated and signed, 1882. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Daniel Abraham, original art for <i>Stonewall Romances,</i> pen, ink & gouache, 1979. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Antonio Lopez, 9 men’s fashion studies, graphite, 1974. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Susie Gaynes & Amy E. Bartell, <i>March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights,</i> 1987. $600 to $900.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> <i>Paris is Burning,</i> photo offset poster by Anne Dutlinger, signed by film director Jennie Livingston, 1991. $400 to $600.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Toyen, pen & ink illustration from <i>Marquis de Sade: Justina cili prokletí ctnosti,</i> 1932. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> David Wojnarowicz, <i>Untitled (Genet with Dog),</i> mixed media collage. $8,000 to $12,000.