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July going quietly into that good night..

This week the title is a turn on Dylan Thomas' phase "do not go gentle into that good night.  Old age should burn and rave at close of day."  And so it is with seasons of books and of men.  We live in dangerous times, the past not prologue, our contents staked to the old as we live through to the new.  

For the week ending Saturday July 27th 8 auctions were archived to the AED; 5 in US dollars and 1 each in Mexican pesos, British pounds, and euros.  Turnover was $1,585,579 as 3,831 lots were offered and 2,604 sold for a 68% success rate.

 

No sales reached the million dollar level.  Neither did any total sale exceed the total of the high estimates of all lots offered.

 

Three sales saw at least 80% of their lots sell:

 

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Book online bidding ended July 25th:  92%

Christies.  Interiors – Prints on July 23rd:  86%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Documents on July 24th:  81%

 

For the week ahead 20 events are scheduled:

 

Tues. July 30th      Copley Fine Art.  The Sporting Sale [73013].  99 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Illustration Art [5140].  432 lots

 

Wed.  July 31st           Bloomsbury Auctions.  Visual Arts [36061].  330 lots

                                    Bonhams.  Prints [20703].  26 lots

                                    Copley Fine Art.  The Sporting Sale [73013].  99 lots

                                    Eldred’s.  Books, Prints, Maps [782].  129 lots

                                    Gray’s Auctioneers.  Prints, Books [69].  114 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Illustration Art [5140].  432 lots

                                    Profiles in History.  Animation [58].  900 lots

 

Thurs Aug. 1st           Eldred’s.  Books, Prints, Maps [782].  129 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Illustration Art [5140].  432 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Vintage Comics and Comic Art
   [7079].  1,203 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books online bidding
  ending today [201331].  218 lots

 

Fri. Aug. 2nd                Eldred’s.  Books, Prints, Maps [782].  129 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Vintage Comics and Comic Art [7079].  1,203 lots

                                    Northeast Auctions.  Americana [13].  132 lots

 

Sat. Aug. 3rd              Addison and Sarova.  The Dwaning & the Awakening:  A Nation, A Religion,
  & an Art Form [1004].  369 lots

                                    Northeast Auctions

 

Sun. Aug. 4th               National Book Auctions.

                                    Northeast Auctions.  Americana [13].  132 lots

 

August is what was once the quiet month but more houses now selling into the waning summer because one can be seen and heard more easily.  

 

Bruce McKinney

AE 

  • <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.