• <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.
  • <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.

Auction Update Review

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41 Auctions Archived, 21 Upcoming

For the week ending Saturday June 22nd 41 auctions were archived to the AED; 20 in US dollars, 1 in Mexican pesos, 6 in British pounds, and 14 in euros.  Turnover was $25,773,487 as 11,872 lots were offered and 8,711 sold for a 73% success rate.

 

Six sales reached the million-dollar level:

 

Sothebys.  Collection Raoul Simonsen on June 19th:  $5,169,957

Christies.  Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts on June 21st:  $4,103,750

Christies.  The Collection of Arthur & Charlotte Vershbow Part Three:  The Baroque and Rococo on June 20th:  $3,452,439

Bonhams.  Books on June 19th:  $2,641,263

John Innis Auctioneers.  Presidential Auction on February 17th:  $1,203,388

Christies.  Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts on June 18th:  $1,094,700

 

Thirteen sales saw their total proceeds exceed 100% of the total of the high estimates of all lots offered:

 

RR Auction.  Marvels of Modern Music, online bidding ended February 21st:  589%

Dorotheum.  Books and Decorative Prints on June 20th:  211%

Audap & Mirabuad.  Autographs and Manuscripts, Ancient and Modern Books on June 17th:  185%

Sothebys.  Collection Raoul Simonsen on June 19th:  183%

Stair Auctioneers.  The Photograph Collection of Jan Cowles on February 16th:  181%

John McInnis Auctioneers on February 17th:  176%

Bonhams.  Books on June 19th:  158%

Henri Godts Books & Prints Auctions on June 18th:  148%

Aguttes.  Books, Posters, Ancient Paper on June 12th:  119%

Northeast Auctions.  Historical Americana on May 25th:  118%

Christies.  Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts on June 18th:  116%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed  Books, Maps and Documents on June 19th:  113%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Children’s Illustrated Books, etc. on June 20th:  102%

 

Twenty-two auctions saw at least 80% of their lots sell:

 

Clars Auction Gallery.  Books on June 16th:  100%

National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Circus, Maps, Hunting and Fishing, West, etc.  on May 12th:  100%

National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Earhart, Antique, History, etc. on June 2nd:  100%

Stair Auctioneers & Appraisers.  The Photograph Collection of Jan Cowles:  100%

Stair Auctioneers & Appraisers.  Works on Paper on February 2nd:  98%

Aspire Auctions.  Works on Paper – internet bidding ended February 14th:  97%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books internet bidding ended June 20th:  96%

Sothebys.  Collection Raoul Simonsen on June 19th:  93%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books internet bidding ended June 13th:  92%

Robert A. Siegel Galleries.  The Alyeska Collection of Pony Express Mail on March 20th:  91%

Clars Auction Gallery.  Prints, Photographs on June 15th:  89%

Dorotheum.  Books and Decorative Prints on June 20th:  88% 

Rupert Toovey and Co..  Prints on June 12th:  87%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Children’s Illustrated Books on June 20th:  86%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents on June 19th:  84%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints on June 18th:  84%

Northeast Auctions.  Historical Americana on May 25th:  83%

Christies.  Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including Americana on June 21st:  82%

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile Sale on June 19th:  81%

Henri Godts Books & Prints Auctions.  Books on June 18th:  81%

Bonhams.  Books on June 19th:  81%

PBA Galleries.  Fine Literature – Illustrated & Children’s Books – Oz:  The Collection of Robert A. Massey on June 13th:  80%

 

For the week ahead 21 sales are scheduled:

Mon. June 24th Alde.  Ancient and of the 19th Century Books [21426].  251 lots

Tues.  June 25th Alde.  Modern Illustrated Books [21425].  352 lots
Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Prints [21844].  135 lots
Bonhams.  Books [20698].  395 lots
Bonhams.  Fine Books and Manuscripts [20981].
Bonhams.  Northwest America and the Arctic [21309]

Wed.  June 26th Gary's Auctioneers.  Prints [68].
Waverly Auctions.  Prints [33864]
Bonhams.  Fine  Books and Manuscripts [20981].  427 lots
Bonhams.  Russian Literature and Works on Paper [21421].  294 lots.

Thurs. June 27th Adams Amsterdam.  Modern Art and Literature:  Jan Cremer [62713].  743 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions.  Modern and Contemporary Prints [36059].  254 lots
Eldred's.  Prints [779].  43 lots
Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books internet bidding ending today [201326].  206 lots
PBA Galleries.  Fine & Rare Books [509].  252 lots
Swann Galleries.  Discovery [2320].  514 lots
Tajan.  Ancient and Modern Prints [22207].  329 lots

Fri. June 28th Aguttes.  Books [21541].  10 lots
Rossini.  Prints [22287].

Sat. June 29th Alain & Evelyne Morel de Westgaver.  Books [38].  594 lots

Sun.  June 30th Bonhams.  Prints, Books [20985].  154 lots

The auction field has been so busy that a mere 21 sales for the week upcoming almost seems slow.  But think again.  Twenty-one times 52 is well over a thousand, that is a thousand book, manuscript, map and ephemera auctions in a single year.  It remains busy, even as we head into summer.

Bruce McKinney
AE

 

  • <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>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>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.