Auction Update Review

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The Fall Auction Season Looms


For the week ending Saturday August 16th 24 auctions were archived to the AED; 3 in euros, 7 in British pounds, and 14 in US dollars.  Turnover was $6,144,427 as 7,064 lots were offered and 5,935 sold for an 84% success rate.

Among the results this week is the outcome of the single lot sale of the contents of an antiquarian bookshop in Denmark.  The auction was conducted by Bruun Rasmussen.  The more than 20,000 book lot brought US$17,587.  Large lots can be difficult to sell.

<--- Addison and Sarova.  Rare Books in All Fields on August 23rd. The image is a link to their catalogue. 

1 auction saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Heritage Auctions. Comics on August 9th: $5,178,197

4 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered:

Rupert Toovey and Co. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on August 12th: 191.05%
Northeast Auctions. ANNUAL SUMMER AMERICANA AUCTION on August 3rd: 154.56%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books - Day 2 on August 1st: 142.85%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on August 11th: 114.62%

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

Bruun Rasmussen. Danish antiquarian bookshop with 20-25.000 book titles. on August 12th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics on August 9th: 99.88%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 8/3 on August 10th: 99.79%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/3 on August 10th: 95.49%
Rupert Toovey and Co. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on August 12th: 92.50%
Northeast Auctions. ANNUAL SUMMER AMERICANA AUCTION on August 3rd: 88.89%
Grogan and Company. The Estate of Celia Thaxter Hubbard - Prints, Photos, Ephemera on August 1st: 86.36%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on August 12th: 85.71%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on August 10th: 82.35%
Clars Auction Gallery. Books and Prints on August 9th: 82.32%

For the week ahead 11 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Aug. 18th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 33 lots

Tue. Aug. 19th
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Fine Art, Asian and Antiques. 73 lots

Thu. Aug. 21st
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 8/14. 455 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Animation Auction - Online bidstart 8/14. 497 lots
Morton Casa de Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Prints. 107 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Posters Benefiting Lifebeat Monthly Internet Charity Auction. 82 lots

Sat. Aug. 23rd
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Entertainment. 528 lots
Addison and Sarova. Macon. Rare Books in All Fields. 131 lots

Sun. Aug. 24th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 8/17.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/17.
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books, Art, Ephemera, and Collectible.

One experienced department head at a leading auction house remarked to me over lunch this past week, "it's going to be a busy fall."  It certainly feels that way.

Bruce McKinney

AE 

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Pride & Prejudice,</i> 3 volumes, first edition, London, 1813. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> John Hancock, Uncommon Privateer Commission, signed as President of Continental Congress, 1777. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Frank Lloyd Wright, photograph signed & inscribed. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Abraham Lincoln, document signed conscripting troops for first national draft in U.S., 1863. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Sense & Sensibility,</i> 3 volumes, first edition, London, 1811. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Charles Dickens, <i>American Notes for General Circulation,</i> first edition, inscribed to Richard Henry Dana, Jr., London, 1842. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> John Maynard Keynes, <i>The General Theory of Employment, Interest & Money,</i> first edition, London, 1936. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Alexandre Raymond, <i>L’Art Islamique en Orient,</i> 2 volumes, first editions, Péra-Constantinople, 1922-24. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Igor Stravinsky, autograph musical quotation signed, 3 bars from <i>Perséphone,</i> 1936. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <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
  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>James Bond: A Collection of<br>Books and Manuscripts<br>The Property of a Gentleman<br>11 November 2020<br>London</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Nov. 11:</b> FLEMING | <i>Casino Royale,</i> 1953, first edition, presentation copy. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Nov. 11:</b> FLEMING | <i>Live and Let Die,</i> 1954, first edition, presentation copy inscribed to Winston Churchill. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Nov. 11:</b> FLEMING | <i>Moonraker,</i> 1955, first edition, presentation copy inscribed to Raymond Chandler. £70,000 to £100,000.
    <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>James Bond: A Collection of<br>Books and Manuscripts<br>The Property of a Gentleman<br>11 November 2020<br>London</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Nov. 11:</b> FLEMING | Diamonds are Forever, [1955-56], the final revised typescript. £80,000 to £120,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Nov. 11:</b> FLEMING | <i>The Spy Who Loved Me,</i> 1962, first edition, presentation copy to Robert Kennedy. £35,000 to £50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Nov. 11:</b> FLEMING | <i>From Russia, With Love,</i> 1957, first edition. £2,000 to £3,000
  • <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.