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>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Book of Hours with Illuminated Miniatures, France, mid-15th century. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Conradus de Alemania [Halberstadt the Elder], <i>Concordantiae Bibliorum,</i> Strassburg, 1474. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Christopher Marlowe, <i>The Jew of Malta,</i> London, 1633. Earliest extant edition of this antiauthoritarian Elizabethan play. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b><br>Sir Isaac Newton, <i>The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy,</i> first edition in English, 2 volumes, London, 1729. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> John Rae, <i>Narrative of an Expedition to the Shores of the Arctic Sea in 1846 and 1847,</i> first edition, London, 1850. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Philip Pittman, <i>The Present State of the European Settlements on the Mississippi…,</i> first edition, London, 1770. $10,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Cyanotype of an anatomy class at Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1895. $300 to $400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Equine veterinary formulary, manuscript on paper, East Earl, Pennsylvania, circa 1860. $400 to $600.
  • <b><center>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Rare & Remarkable Autographs<br>and Manuscripts<br>Now until October 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Most Remarkable Autograph Album Ever Offered: Wilde Poem, Melville Quotes Shakespeare, 8 presidents, Mary Lincoln & 400 More. $30,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Unique Napoleon Autograph Manuscript Detailing his Military Campaign in Italy, plus Doodles. $18,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Remarkable Pasteur Manuscript on Rabies Research 8 Months before 1st Successful Human Vaccination. $12,500 to $15,000.
    <b><center>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Rare & Remarkable Autographs<br>and Manuscripts<br>Now until October 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Freud 1933 ALS Supporting First Lay Analyst Theodor Reik with Reik’s Handwritten Definition of Psychology. $15,000 to $16,000.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Begin & Sadat Unique Signed Photo from Camp David Summit. $2,000 to $2,500.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Rare Scriabin ALS Written the Year He Completed “The Poem of Ecstasy.” $4,000 to $5,000.
    <b><center>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Rare & Remarkable Autographs<br>and Manuscripts<br>Now until October 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Columbus’ Patron Pays for a Gift to a Lady in Waiting. $2,000 to $2,500.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Rare Signed Photo of Nansen, Nobel Prize Winner & Norway’s First Great Arctic Explorer. $1,000 to $1,200.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Stravinsky Pens 5 Bars from "Petrouschka.” $1,200 to $1,500.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Zapata Letter Written 4 Days Following Collapse of Negotiations between Villa and Carranza. $2,000 to $2,200.
  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò. <i>Nicholas Machiavel's Prince. Also, The life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca…</i> Translated by Edward Dacres. London, 1640. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FILSON, John. <i>The Discovery, Settlement and present State of Kentucke: and An Essay towards the Topography, and Natural History of that important Country…</i> Wilmington, Del.: James Adams, 1784. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> ELUARD, Paul. <i>Un poeme dans chaque livre.</i> Paris: Louis Broder, 1956. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LEWIS, James Otto. [<i>Aboriginal Port Folio.</i> Philadelphia: Published by the Author, 1835-1836]. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS]. BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin. [Southern Netherlands (Ghent or Bruges), c.1460]. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MORE, Thomas, Sir. <i>The Workes ... wrytten by him in the Englysh tongue.</i> Edited by William Rastell. London, 1557. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. <i>Love is Enough.</i> Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897. $5,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph endorsement signed as President (“A. Lincoln”), 24 February 1863. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> WASHINGTON, George. Address panel with autograph free frank signed ("G:o Washington"), as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, 5 August 1777. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Beastly Baby.</i> N.p.: The Fantod Press, 1962. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FROST, Robert. Photographic reproduction signed and inscribed ("Robert Frost”), to R.V. Thornton, 1955. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Bug Book.</i> New York: Looking Glass Library, 1959. $500 to $700.
  • <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> REGAMEY, Felix (1844-1906). Unique drawing showing Verlaine and Rimbaud in London, September 1872. €70,000 to 100,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LABORDE, Alexandre de (1773-1842). <i>Voyage pittoresque et historique de l’Espagne.</i> Paris : 1806-1820. €20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> BOCCACE, Jean (1313-1375). <i>Il Decamerone…</i> Venise : Gabriele Giolito di Ferrari, 1542.<br>€ 12,000 to 15,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LAMBERT, Yvon (1936). Full collection of writings from <i>Une rêverie émanée de mes loisirs.</i> Paris : 1992 - 2018. €50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> JOUVE, Paul (1878-1973) -- KIPLING, Rudyard (1865-1936). <i>La Chasse de Kaa.</i> Paris : Javal & Bourdeaux, 1930. €2,000 to 3,000