Auction Update Review

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The Bacchanal ahead of summer

For the week ending Saturday May 24th 38 auctions were archived to the AED, 16 in euros, 7 in British pounds, and 15 in US dollars.  Sales reached $35,042,918 as 11,270 lots were offered and 8,883 sold for a 79% success rate.  Such strong reporting weeks are rare but becoming increasingly common.  The auction market is moving with authority.

<--- Skinner.  Books & Manuscripts.  Sale 2730B in Boston on May 31st.  Lot 147 - Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Experiments and Observations on Electricity. London: for David Henry, sold by Francis Newbery, 1769.  Estimate $3,000-$5,000

4 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Sothebys. Contemporary Art - Prints on May 15th: $8,224,250
Heritage Auctions. Comics on May 17th: $4,887,141
Sothebys. Music and Continental Books and Manuscripts on May 20th: $3,919,789
Christies. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts on May 21st: $3,111,375

<--- Keys Fine Arts.  Books Day 1.  Lot 818:  Thomas Telford, James Douglas, Ralph Dodd, George Dance and William Jessop.  The Several Plans and Drawings . . . upon the improvement of the Port of London, 1800.  Estimated BP 800-1,000

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

Beaussant Lefevre. Prints on May 16th: 761.07%
Profiles in History. DEBBIE REYNOLDS – THE AUCTION FINALE - Ephemera on May 17th: 241.62%
Bonhams. Scientific Instruments - Globes on May 20th: 187.96%
Ader. Modern and Contemporary Prints on May 16th: 157.92%
Ader. Ancient and Modern Prints on May 15th: 152.31%
Doyle New York. Prints on May 21st: 137.45%
Guillaumot Richard . Hunting Library of Mr. E. B Château de La Palisse in Allier on May 10th: 127.13%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on May 19th: 110.59%

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

Beaussant Lefevre. Prints on May 16th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 5/11 on May 18th: 99.88%
Heritage Auctions. Comics on May 17th: 99.86%
Profiles in History. DEBBIE REYNOLDS – THE AUCTION FINALE - Ephemera on May 17th: 98.70%
Doyle New York. Prints on May 21st: 96.88%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/11 on May 18th: 94.83%
Guillaumot Richard . Hunting Library of Mr. E. B Château de La Palisse in Allier on May 10th: 94.14%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints and Photographs on May 17th: 87.50%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/8 on May 15th: 85.51%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on May 20th: 81.94%
Bonhams. Period Art and Design - Prints on May 19th: 81.48%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints on May 10th: 80.98%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. PRINTED BOOKS & MAPS, TRAVEL & POLAR EXPLORATION, NATURAL HISTORY & SCIENCE on May 14th: 80.40%

For the week ahead 14 sales are scheduled:

Mon. May. 26th
PIASA. Paris. Photography Books, etc. - Online bidstart 5/16. 110 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints. 39 lots

Wed. May. 28th
Alexander Autographs. Chesapeake City. Abstract and Outsider Art - Prints. 16 lots

Thu. May. 29th
Christies. London -South Kensington. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts. 293 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Automobilia. 128 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . 15th-18th Century Prints. 831 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books - Day 1. 808 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/22. 499 lots

Fri. May. 30th
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books - Day 2. 232 lots

Sat. May. 31st
Skinner. Boston. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 405 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Modern Art Part II - Prints. 435 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Modern Art Part I - Prints. 179 lots

Sun. Jun. 1st
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 5/25.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/25.

With June looming this quiet week is a moment to rest.  June, at last count has 125 events scheduled.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

  • <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