• <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. <i>The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.</i> Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1876. $14,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> BATEMAN, JAMES. <i>The Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala.</i> London: J. Ridgway & Sons for the author, [1837]-1843. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> WHITMAN, WALT. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn: [For the author by Andrew and James Rome,] 1855. $150,000 to $200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> LEE, HARPER. Three “Seckatary Hawkins”-related books inscribed and signed by Harper Lee. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> POE, EDGAR ALLAN. <i>The Raven.</i> New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845. $120,000 to $180,000.
  • <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Churchill (Winston) & Others. 1944 Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference, 27 April 1944. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Joyce (James). <i>Ulysses.</i> First English edition, 1922. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Belzoni (Giovanni Battista). <i>Plates Illustrated of the Researches and Operations...in Egypt and Nubia,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1821-1822. £14,375 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Astor (John Jacob). A collection of rare letters, 9 January 1812- 4 September 1837. £26,000 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first issue, 1997. £27,500 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Royal Family. Photograph of Queen Elizabeth, George VI, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, signed, 1946. £3,640 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Collodi (Carlo). <i>Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1883. £8,401 inc Buyers Premium.
  • <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Macbeth: A Tragedy.</i> London, 1673. FIRST SEPARATE AND FIRST QUARTO EDITION. THE CHARLTON HESTON COPY. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. <i>In Our Time.</i> Paris, 1924. FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL. <i>Fanshawe, A Tale.</i> Boston, 1828. FIRST EDITION OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. <i>Walden; Or, Life in the Woods.</i> Boston, 1854. FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.</i> London, 1685. THE FOURTH FOLIO, Brewster/Bentley issue. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> STEIG, WILLIAM. Original maquette and 58 finished drawings for <i>The Agony in the Kindergarten,</i> one of Steig's most important books. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> VERNE, JULES. <i>A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.</i> New York & London, 1872. FIRST EDITION, RARE AMERICAN ISSUE, with Scribner & Welford cancel title. $5,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> KING, STEPHEN. <i>Carrie.</i> New York, 1974. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE MACINTOSH PROTOTYPE. 1983. The earliest known Macintosh with "Twiggy" drive, one of only two known working machines. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> PLATO. <i>Timaeus</i> [AND] <i>Critias</i> [from Ficini's 1484 Opera]. A LANDMARK OF SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> LOVELACE, AUGUSTA ADA. Sketch of the Analytical Engine Invented by Charles Babbage Esq. London, 1843. FIRST EDITION, JOURNAL ISSUE, MOST IMPORTANT PAPER IN EARLY DIGITAL COMPUTING. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE-1 COMPUTER. Signed by Steve Wozniak, used in development of Apple II. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. <i>On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection.</i> London, 1859. FIRST EDITION. $80,000 to $120,000.
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.

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

AE

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Currier & Ives, <i>The Mississippi in Time of Peace,</i> hand-colored lithograph, 1865. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Hartmann Schedel, <i>Liber Cronicarum...,</i> Nuremberg, 1493. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Claudius Ptolemaeus, <i>Geographicae Enarrationis Libri Octo,</i> Lyons, 1535. $20,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Thomas Jefferys, <i>The American Atlas,</i> London, 1776-77. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> John Speed, <i>A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World,</i> 20 miniature maps, London, 1665. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> <i>Biblia Das ist: Die Gantze Heilige Schrifft Durch D. Martin Luther Verteutscht,</i> illustrated cartographic Bible, Basel, 1665. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Early Hawaiian-language school geography, Lahainaluna Seminary, 1840. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Cornelis de Jode, <i>Africae Vera Forma, et Situs,</i> Antwerp, 1593. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Maria Vincenzo Coronelli, <i>America Settentrionale Colle Nuove Scoperte Sin All Anno,</i> Venice, 1688. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Christoph Volkamer, <i>Nürnbergische Hesperides,</i> Nuremberg, 1708-1714. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Bayer, <i>Uranometria, Omnium Asterismorum Continens Schemata...,</i> 51 celestial charts, c. 1603. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Manuscript map of Commodore Perry’s Black Ship squadron at Edo Bay, with manuscript sketchbook, ink & watercolor, Japan, c. 1853. $2,500 to $3,500.