Auction Update Review

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The heavy lifting has begun

 

For the week ended Saturday September 20th 29 auctions were archived to the AED; 2 denominated in euros, 7 in British pounds, and 20 in US dollars.  Turnover was $17,667,761 as 7,890 lots were offered and 6,260 sold for a 79% success rate.  It was a strong week.

<---- Bonhams:  Fine Books and Manuscripts in Los Angeles on September 22nd beginning at 10:00 PST [click on the image to review the catalogue]

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Sothebys. Prints and Multiples on September 16th: $6,623,709 

Christies. Modern and Contemporary Prints on September 17th: $5,701,292 

Christies. MODERN MASTERS & POLÍGRAFA: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF PRINTMAKING on September 18th: $1,328,049


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

Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Books, Maps and Documents on September 17th: 112.85%
Waverly Auctions. Rare Books on September 11th: 100.09%

<---- Swann Galleries:  19th Century & Americana Prints & Drawings on September 23rd.  461 lots.  Sale begins at 10:30 am EST.  [Click on the image to review all upcoming lots]


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

Heritage Auctions. Doodles for Hunger Illustration Art - online bidstart 8/26 on September 16th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 9/7 on September 14th: 99.82%
Carlsen Gallery. Important Autumn Antique Auction - Books and Prints on September 14th: 95.24%
John McInnis Auctioneers. September Auction: Books, Prints - Day 2 on September 6th: 94.59%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/7 on September 14th: 92.75%
Waverly Auctions. Rare Books on September 11th: 92.28%
John McInnis Auctioneers. September Auction: Books, Prints - Day 1 on September 5th: 91.02%
Clars Auction Gallery. Art and Antiques - Prints, Day 1 on September 13th: 89.53%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on September 12th: 87.93%
Sothebys. Prints and Multiples on September 16th: 84.21%
Bonhams. Printed Books, Maps and Photographs on September 16th: 81.13%


Here is a list of all 29 total sales reported this week:

Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 9/11 on September 18th: 78.35%
Skinner. Americana and European Prints and Photography on September 19th: 79.36%
Waverly Auctions. Rare Books on September 11th: 92.28%
Skinner. Discovery - Books and Prints on September 18th: 73.17%
Christies. MODERN MASTERS & POLÍGRAFA: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF PRINTMAKING on September 18th: 68.48%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Books, Maps and Documents on September 17th: 78.20%
Bonhams. Prints, Featuring the Works of L. S. Lowry on September 17th: 70.31%
Christies. Modern and Contemporary Prints on September 17th: 70.37%
Sothebys. Prints and Multiples on September 16th: 84.21%
Freemans. Photographs and Photobooks on September 16th: 51.54%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on September 16th: 62.50%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on September 15th: 66.67%
Holabird Kagin Americana. End of Summer Sale - Collections on September 14th: 71.03%
Carlsen Gallery. Important Autumn Antique Auction - Books and Prints on September 14th: 95.24%
Clars Auction Gallery. Art and Antiques - Prints, Day 2 on September 14th: 78.79%
Clars Auction Gallery. Art and Antiques - Prints, Day 1 on September 13th: 89.53%
Bonhams. Printed Books, Maps and Photographs on September 16th: 81.13%
Neal Auction Company. Important Estates - Books, Prints - Day 2 on September 14th: 59.09%
Neal Auction Company. Important Estates - Books, Prints - Day 1 on September 13th: 70.83%
Grays Auctioneers. Prints on September 10th: 40.54%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on September 12th: 87.93%
Bonhams. Goodwill Revival - Automobilia on September 13th: 63.16%
John McInnis Auctioneers. September Auction: Books, Prints - Day 2 on September 6th: 94.59%
John McInnis Auctioneers. September Auction: Books, Prints - Day 1 on September 5th: 91.02%
RR Auction. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 8/22 on September 10th: 65.06%
Kedem Auction. Books, Manuscripts, and Rabbinical Letters on September 3rd: 74.58%
Heritage Auctions. Doodles for Hunger Illustration Art - online bidstart 8/26 on September 16th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/7 on September 14th: 92.75%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 9/7 on September 14th: 99.82%

For the week ahead 21 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Sep. 22nd
Bonhams. Los Angeles. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 280 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Posters, Advertising Art, Comics, Film and Photohistory. 373 lots
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Amsterdam. From the Archives of Nico Kosterby. 192 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 3 lots

Tue. Sep. 23rd
Swann Galleries. New York. 19th and 20th Century Prints. 784 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern Prints. 63 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern Prints. 55 lots

Wed. Sep. 24th
Woolley and Wallis. Salisbury. Prints. 78 lots

Thu. Sep. 25th
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books - Day 1.
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Books and Manuscripts. 327 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Autographs,Documents and Historic Sporting Memorabilia. 273 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 9/18. 342 lots

Fri. Sep. 26th
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books - Day 2.
Venator and Hanstein. Köln . Books, Prints and Autographs. 1196 lots
Rossini. Paris. Books.

Sat. Sep. 27th
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Cinema. 177 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Prints and Photographs. 78 lots
Alain and Evelyne Morel de Westgaver. 1050 Bruxelles. Postcards, Prints and Antiquarian Books. 553 lots
Guillaumot Richard . Villefranche sur Saône. One Hundred Eighty Books.

Sun. Sep. 28th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 9/21.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/21.

The evident strength in the rooms is suggesting a well-earned vitality.  Collecting seems safer and more certain these days and this is very good for dealers, institutions and collectors.

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 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