Auction Update Review

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If its July there are fireworks

For the week ending Saturday June 28th 23 auctions were archived to the AED; 9 denominated in euros, 4 in British pounds, and 10 in US dollars.  Turnover was $12,699,640 as 13,499 lots were offered and 8,609 sold for a relatively weak 64% success rate.  Reoffers and weaker material on the sell side and less attention on the buy side often show up as spot weakness.  Nevertheless great material continues to come into the rooms.

<--- Profiles in History.  Property of a Distinguished American Private  Collector IV on July 11th.  Lot 1:  Adams, John, Second President.  Fine autograph letter signed.  Estimated $15,000 - $20,000  Click on the image to see the full sale

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Sothebys. Modern Art - Prints on June 23rd: $3,782,500
Sothebys. A Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk on June 24th: $3,210,817
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Old and Rare Books and Manuscripts on May 3rd: $1,016,769

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

OSENAT. The Empire at Fontainebleau on June 15th: 184.83%
Ferraton. Books and Prints, Part II on June 21st: 157.87%
Bonhams. Printed Books, Maps and Photographs on June 25th: 129.86%
Ferraton. Books and Prints, Part I on June 20th: 112.34%
PIASA. Ancient and Modern Prints on June 20th: 111.15%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. the Estate of Mary McRory on June 20th: 105.23%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Books, Manuscripts, Prints on May 16th: 101.73%
Sothebys. Modern Art - Prints on June 23rd: 101.14%

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

Dirk Soulis Auctions. the Estate of Mary McRory on June 20th: 100.00%
Sothebys. Modern Art - Prints on June 23rd: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 6/15 on June 22nd: 99.87%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 6/15 on June 22nd: 94.01%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Works on Paper and Books on June 14th: 89.64%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. RARE, OUT-OF-PRINT, AND USED BOOKS on June 13th: 89.15%
Bonhams. Printed Books, Maps and Photographs on June 25th: 88.27%
Bonhams. ASIAN DECORATIVE WORKS OF ARTS - Ref Books and Woodblock Prints on June 25th: 86.96%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 6/19 on June 26th: 85.25%
Ferraton. Books and Prints, Part I on June 20th: 84.92%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on June 24th: 82.86%
Ferraton. Books and Prints, Part II on June 21st: 80.27%

In the rare book, manuscript, map and ephmera auction market anymore the sun never sets.

 

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