Auction Update Review

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Continuing Strength in the Rooms


For the week ending Saturday April 26th 27 auctions were archived to the AED; 9 denominated in euros, 3 in British pounds, and 15 in US dollars.  Turnover was $18,574,343 as 9,876 lots were offered and 7,419 sold for a 75% success rate.  The average lot brought $2,503.62.  It was a solid week that begins to suggest we’ll see book, manuscript, map and ephemera auctions in a few years reach a billion dollars in annual sales.  

<--- Christies Prints and Multiples on April 23-24.  Lot 60:  Whistler's "The Steps, Amsterdam" realized $125,000 against an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Christies. Prints and Multiples on April 24th: $9,811,375
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on April 22nd: $2,345,749
Artcurial. Books and Manuscripts on April 16th: $1,337,909

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

RR Auction. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 3/21 on April 16th: 368.79%
OSENAT. IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF OVER 800 PRINTS ON THE REVOLUTION, THE CONSULATE AND THE EMPIRE on April 19th: 310.53%
Rupert Toovey and Co. Photographs, Autographs and Ephemera on April 22nd: 183.68%
Rupert Toovey and Co. Prints on April 23rd: 126.49%
Swann Galleries. Modernist Posters on April 24th: 102.59%

<--- Sothebys:  Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History on April 29th.  Lot 10 Redoute.  Les Liliacees.  First ed., 8 vols., Estimated GBP 70,000 to 100,000

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

National Book Auctions. Rare Books and Ephemera on April 6th: 100.00%
Rupert Toovey and Co. Photographs, Autographs and Ephemera on April 22nd: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Books and Ephemera on February 16th: 99.80%
National Book Auctions. Books and Ephemera - Monument Men, Law, Autographs, etc. on March 9th: 99.60%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 4/13 on April 20th: 98.55%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Prints on April 18th: 96.43%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/13 on April 20th: 96.25%
OSENAT. IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF OVER 800 PRINTS ON THE REVOLUTION, THE CONSULATE AND THE EMPIRE on April 19th: 90.70%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/17 on April 24th: 89.97%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Maps & Atlases incl. a Private Collection of Cartographic on April 25th: 88.87%
Rupert Toovey and Co. Prints on April 23rd: 88.10%
Heritage Auctions. Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Posters Benefiting Lifebeat Monthly Internet Charity on April 24th: 87.50%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on April 22nd: 86.96%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on April 11th: 86.68%
Christies. Prints and Multiples on April 24th: 84.91%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on April 22nd: 83.22%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on April 21st: 80.00%

For the week ahead 24 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Apr. 28th
ALDE. Paris. Letters and Original Manuscripts. 399 lots
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Comic Strips. 371 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Prints Before 1900. 95 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old and Modern Prints. 71 lots

Tue. Apr. 29th
Bonhams. Oxford . Photographs. 108 lots
Sothebys. London. Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History. 217 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Old Master Through Modern Prints. 446 lots
Doyle New York. New York. Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints. 212 lots
Sothebys. London. The Gustav Leonhardt Collection, Property from the Bartolotti House, Amsterdam. 27 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Une famille et l’Empire. 47 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Antiquarian and Modern Books. 326 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Civil War Union Generals' Cartes de Visite. 536 lots

Wed. Apr. 30th
Christies. Paris. Ancient Books, Art Books, and Manuscripts. 226 lots
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . Prints. 71 lots

Thu. May. 1st
Swann Galleries. New York. Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books. 291 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Asian Art - Books and Prints. 21 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/24. 495 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Affordable Prints and Photographs. 127 lots
Sothebys. New York. Prints. 357 lots

Fri. May. 2nd
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. 75172 Pforzheim. Old and Rare Books and Manuscripts. 5343 lots

Sun. May. 4th
Bonhams. Los Angeles. Entertainment Memorabilia, Including Animation Art. 93 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/27.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 4/27.
Freemans. Philadelphia. Modern and Contemporary Works of Art - Prints. 165 lots

The season advances and the market around the world is increasingly unified.  We are living through the most significant changes in the field in anyone's memory.

 

Bruce McKinney

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  • <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>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>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