Auction Update Review

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The Hum in the Far Off Hills

 

For the week ending Saturday September 6th 11 auctions were archived to the AED, 1 in Australian dollars, 3 in euros, and 7 in US dollars.  Turnover was a slim $1,163,517 as 3,568 lots were offered and 2,826 sold for a 79% success rate.  Auction houses in the books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera categories have seen their last days off until the end of the year.

 

< A first edition of perhaps the most important scientific book ever published, Newton's Principia, will be sold at Koller's on September 20 (image is a link).


No auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars this week.

 

< The only known extant poster from the Beatles' only Australian tour will be sold at Alexander Historical Auctions September  9 (image is a link).


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

Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on September 1st: 156.12%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books and Manuscripts on September 2nd: 106.12%


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

Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 8/24 on August 31st: 100.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on September 1st: 100.00%
Cowans Auctions. American History - Online bidstart 8/21 on September 2nd: 97.22%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/24 on August 31st: 96.19%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books and Manuscripts on September 2nd: 89.56%


A total of 11 sales reported this week: 

Cowans Auctions. American History - Online bidstart 8/21 on September 2nd: 97.22%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 8/28 on September 4th: 75.27%
Heritage Auctions. Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Posters Benefiting Lifebeat Monthly Internet Charity - Internet bidstart on September 4th: 62.50%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on September 2nd: 73.68%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books and Manuscripts on September 2nd: 89.56%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on September 1st: 100.00%
RR Auction. Animation Auction - Online bidstart 8/14 on August 21st: 52.92%
Australian Book Auctions. Spring Book Auction on September 1st: 76.70%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/24 on August 31st: 96.19%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 8/24 on August 31st: 100.00%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Antiquarian Books - Internet bidstart 8/21 on August 27th: 49.12%


For the week ahead 27 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Sep. 8th
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Antiques. 13 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Online only sale - Ephemera - Online bidstart: now. 64 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 5 lots

Tue. Sep. 9th
Paige Auction. Portland. Vintage Advertising. 59 lots
Alexander Historical Auctions. Chesapeake City. Summer 2014 Auction. 1565 lots
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . MIlitary, Technology and Space Exploration. 49 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 46 lots

Wed. Sep. 10th
Rupert Toovey and Co. West Sussex. Prints. 19 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 8/22. 1019 lots
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . Prints. 37 lots
Lyon and Turnbull. Edinburgh. Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts. 515 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Transport - Ephemera. 23 lots

Thu. Sep. 11th
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Literature with the Michael Montfort Collection of Charles Bukowski. 374 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 9/4. 344 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile. 402 lots
Waverly Auctions. Falls Church. Rare Books. 531 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Posters Benefiting Lifebeat Monthly Internet Charity - Internet bidstart. 86 lots

Fri. Sep. 12th
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Rare and Used Books. 439 lots
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Books and Prints. 1250 lots

Sat. Sep. 13th
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Books, Prints.
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Art and Antiques - Prints, Day 1. 172 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. End of Summer Sale - Collections. 649 lots
Bonhams. London. Goodwill Revival - Automobilia. 19 lots

Sun. Sep. 14th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 9/7.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/7.
Carlsen Gallery. Greenville, NY. Important Autumn Antique Auction - Books and Prints. 21 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books, etc..
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Art and Antiques - Prints, Day 2.

The story of the auctions this fall will be one of diversity and complexity, the story of the week the renewed pace of auctions of what has already been a history making year.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> C.F. Payne, <i>Micawber—Imitating Norman Rockwell's "Triple self-portrait,"</i> acrylic, watercolor & colored pencil, 2002. Sold June 2021 for $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Jane Russell, archive of letters written during a whaling voyage, 1840s. Sold July 2021 for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Guild of Women Binders, exhibition binding of A.F. Pollard’s <i>Henry VIII,</i> London, 1902. Sold July 2021 for $12,350.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Robert Frost, <i>Collected Poems,</i> author’s presentation copy, signed, with entirety of <i>Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening</i> inscribed, NY, 1930. Sold June 2021 for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> James Joyce, <i>Ulysses,</i> deluxe limited issue, signed, London, 1936. Sold June 2021 for $21,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Mercator [family], <i>[World and Continents],</i> 5 double-page maps, Amsterdam, c. 1633. Sold June 2021 for $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Schlegel, <i>New York, Taken from Central Park,</i> hand-finished color-tinted lithograph, 1874. Sold June 2021 for $11,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolaus Copernicus, <i>De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium,</i> second edition, Basel, 1566. Sold April 2021 for $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Book of Hours, Use of Utrecht, illuminated manuscript, c. 1435-45. Sold April 2021 for $60,000.
  • <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 20. ADAMS, JOHN QUINCY. Letter to the editors of the Boston Atlas on slavery and its political ramifications, 1842. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 208. HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. <i>A Farewell To Arms.</i> New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. First edition. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 237. ADDAMS, CHARLES. Original drawing "Now Remember-act casual." $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 4. SMITH, ADAM. <i>An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations.</i> Philadelphia, 1789. The first American edition. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 131. BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VON. <i>Cinquieme Sinfonie en ut mineur: C Moll de Louis Van Beethoven. Oeuvre 67.</i> First edition of the complete score. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 73. Chinese Export Painting. Album of twenty-three original Chinese natural history studies of flowers and insects. Likely Canton: circa 1850. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 241. GOREY, EDWARD. Original drawing "Cat Drawing Wallpaper." Signed in Pencil in lower right margin. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 36. LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. Autograph note signed instructing Edwin Stanton to meet with the important African American abolitionist and officer Martin Delany. [Washington:] 21 February 1865. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 112. JONSON, BEN. <i>Workes</i>. London: William Stansby, 1616; Together with <i>Workes.</i> London: Richard Meighen,1640-41. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 161. STURGIS, LEE. <i>Salmon Fishing on Cain River, New Brunswick.</i> (Chicago:) Privately printed (for the author by Ralph Fletcher Seymour), 1919. First edition. $3,000 to $5,000.
  • <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Rosellini (Ippolito). <i>I Monumenti dell Egitto e Della Nubia,</i> Plate Volumes 1, 11 & 111, 3 vols. Elephant folio. €50,000 to €80,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Curtis (William), 1746 - 179, & other Editors. <i>The Botanical Magazine: or, The Flower Garden Displayed.</i> London 1793 - 1982-83. Together 184 vols. [with] other botanical material. €30,000 to €40,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Berkeley (George). <i>A Treatise Concerning the principles of Human Knowledge, wherein the chief Causes of Error and Difficulty in the Sciences…</i> Part I, Dublin, 1710 Rare First Edn. €15,000 to €20,000.
    <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Ruskin (John). A large finely executed Pencil Drawing, captioned <i>Oxford Cathedral, The Choir,</i> & Signed 'J. Ruskin Ch. Ch. 1838. €15,000 to €20,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Sir Edward L. Lutyens. Howth Castle Plans: A Series of 10 Original Architects Drawings and Sketches, Alterations and Additions for J.C. Gaisford St. Lawrence, County Dublin, Ireland. €8,000 to €12,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Newman (Rev. Fr. John Henry, later Cardinal, now Saint) A very good collection of 24 A.L.S. to [Thomas] Gaisford of the Gaisford St. Lawrence family of Howth Castle. €10,000 to €15,000.
    <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Manuscript Atlas: Hodges, Smith & Co. <i>The Estate of the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Howth Situate in the County of Dublin,</i> lg. atlas folio Dublin (Hodges, Smith & Co.) 1863. €4,000 to €6,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Anon. <i>Herbolario Volgare: nel quale se dimostra conoscer le herbe et le sue vrtu…</i> Sm. 8vo Venice (Gio Maria Palamides) 1539. €3,000 to €4,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Baron (Caesar). <i>Annales Ecclesiastici</i>. [With] <i>Annalium Ecclesiasticorum Caesaris Baronii... Apparatus.</i> [With] <i>Index Universalis Rerum Omnium</i> [and one other]. 38 vols total. €1,500 to €2,000.
    <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Log Books of Three British Warships. Three folio Volumes, containing meticulously arranged logs of the voyages of Royal Navy Ships from 1876 – 1881. €1,200 to €1,800.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Walpole (Robert). <i>Memoirs Relating to European and Asiatic Turkey,</i> lg. 4to Lond. 1817. €1,000 to €1,500.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Bosio (Antonio). <i>Roma Sotteranea,</i> Opera Postuma. Large thick folio Rome (Guglielmo Facciotti) 1632. €1,000 to €1,500.
  • <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> ZEILER, Martin - <i>Topographiae Italiae.</i> Francoforte: Mattheus Merian, 1688. €3,500 to €4,500.
    <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> HAMILTON, William, Sir -- HANCARVILLE, Pierre-Francois HUGUES - Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities from the Cabinet of the Hon. William Hamilton. Napoli: Francois Morelli, 1766-67. €38,000 to €48,000.
    <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> [ASTRONOMIA] - Manoscritto astronomico. Italia: 1650. €1,000 to €1,500.
    <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> DALI, Salvador - <i>Biblia Sacra vulgatae editionis.</i> Edizione “Ad Personam” Milano: Rizzoli, 1967. €40,000 to €60,000.