• <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>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>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.

Auction Update Review

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The Glow of a Busy Fall

 

 

For the week ending Saturday December 14th 35 sales were archived to the AED:  I in Swiss francs, 9 in euros, 10 in British pounds, and 15 in US dollars.  Turnover was $23,875,181 as 9,803 lots were offered and 6,918 sold for a 71% success rate.  It was a strong week.

4 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 


Christies. Old Master Prints on December 3rd: $2,211,000
Sothebys. English Literature, History, Children's Books and Illustrations on December 10th: $1,690,814
Bloomsbury Auctions. Pictures and Books on December 11th: $1,124,277
Koller Auctions. Modern Prints on December 7th: $1,001,640

5 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered in the sale:

Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books - Day 2 on November 29th: 164.03%
Heritage Auctions. Entertainment on December 12th: 128.03%
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Contemporary Prints on December 7th: 120.00%
Bonhams. Automobilia on December 9th: 117.84%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Books, Autographs and Manuscripts on December 6th: 101.88%


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

National Book Auctions. Books and Ephemera - Autographs, Civil War, Mags on November 24th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Butterflies, Cookbooks, Life, etc. on December 8th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 12/1 on December 8th: 97.45%
Heritage Auctions. Civil War on December 6th: 91.30%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on December 7th: 90.68%
Heritage Auctions. Posters - internet bidstart 12/1 on December 8th: 90.45%
Heritage Auctions. Entertainment on December 12th: 88.75%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 12/5 on December 12th: 86.17%
Rupert Toovey and Co. Prints on December 4th: 85.00%
Bonhams. Automobilia on December 9th: 83.93%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on December 10th: 83.58%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on December 9th: 83.33%

 

For the week ahead 25 sales are scheduled: 

7,182 lots searchable in the upcoming auction lot search.  The strength of the market is evident in the number of sales scheduled as Christmas approaches.  In years past the market, this close to Christmas, was slowing.  This year every open date is, for auction houses, an opportunity.


Mon. Dec. 16th
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American History - online bidstart 12/5. 457 lots
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Asian Art. 28 lots
Blacksparrow. Sun Valley. Childhood Nostalgia. 31 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 9 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 375 lots

Tue. Dec. 17th
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Bruxelles . Books. 451 lots
Tajan. Paris. Ancient and Modern Prints. 206 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 52 lots
Ader. PARIS. Letters and Autographs. 317 lots
Sothebys. New York. Important Judaica. 72 lots

Wed. Dec. 18th
Bonhams. London. Entertainment Memorabilia. 292 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Bibliothèque littéraire Raoul Simonson – Albert et Monique Kies – Seconde partie. 320 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Julius Paul Collection of Posters. 378 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Antiquarian Books. 468 lots
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Rock and Roll. 161 lots
Bonhams. San Francisco. Asian Decorative Art. 41 lots

Thu. Dec. 19th
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Books. 461 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 12/12. 350 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Books in All Fields. 436 lots
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector Part III . 216 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Heritage Charity Auction - Entertainment Photos, Book. 10 lots
Robert Siegel Galleries. New York. United States Postal History. 1321 lots

Fri. Dec. 20th
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Animation. 400 lots

Sat. Dec. 21st
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Hollywood . 279 lots

Sun. Dec. 22nd
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . Signed Prints. 51 lots

As our attentions turn to all things family AE wishes you the best this holiday season and for the year ahead.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

 

  • <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.
  • <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.