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 Aug 5:</b> Charles Loupot, <i>Les Cigarettes Mekka,</i> 1919. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Plinio Codognato, <i>Cicli Fiat,</i> circa 1910. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> L.N. Britton, <i>Warning! Consider the Possible Consequences,</i> c. 1917. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Leonardo Bistolfi, <i>Première Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs Modernes,</i> 1902. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Paquet Pernot / Biscuits Pernot,</i> 1910. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jul 15:</b> Jessie Tarbox Beals, archive of signed photographs, 15 silver prints, c. 1930. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Francesco Nonni, <i>Font Meo / Acqua Minerale Naturale,</i> 1924. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Frederick Winthrop Ramsdell, <i>American Crescent Cycles,</i> 1899. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> <i>Be a Tight Wad! Own Something!</i> designer unknown, 1925. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Candido Aragonese de Faria, <i>Chamonix–Mont–Blanc,</i> c. 1910. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> W.E.J., <i>Irishmen Avenge the Lusitania,</i> c. 1915. $2,000 to $3,000.
  • <center><b>Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books<br>Fine Art<br>Antique Engravings & Lithographs<br>Works on Paper<br>Accepting bids until August 7</b>
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Maitres Affiches by MUCHA - Papier a cigarettes Job. 202. $5,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> De Bry - Map of the West Indies (including Florida, Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas, Parts of Central & South America, Sea Monsters, Ships). $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Gould - Short-billed Toucan (Ramphastos Brevicarinatus). $5,000 to $8,000.
    <center><b>Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books<br>Fine Art<br>Antique Engravings & Lithographs<br>Works on Paper<br>Accepting bids until August 7</b>
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Redoute, Folio - Pale Iris - Iris flavescens. 375. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Gillray - Light Expelling Darkness or The Sun of the Constitution. $200 to $500.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Gerard - Wild Hemp or Weed, Cannabis. 708. $150 to $450.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Shaw & Nodder - Head of The Dodo. 165. $100 to $300.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Your Own Sylvia:<br>Sylvia Plath’s letters to Ted Hughes and other items,<br>Property of Frieda Hughes<br>9 to 21 July 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Family photograph album ("The Hughes family Album"), 1957-1962. £30,000 to £50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Typed letter signed, to Ted Hughes, on "my own private doctrine", with a poem, 5 October 1956. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Pen and ink portrait of Ted Hughes, [1956]. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Your Own Sylvia:<br>Sylvia Plath’s letters to Ted Hughes and other items,<br>Property of Frieda Hughes<br>9 to 21 July 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. Joint autograph letter signed, to William and Edith Hughes, March 1960. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Photographic portrait by David Bailey, inscribed by Plath, 1961, and another press photo. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Tarot de Marseille. Deck of cards owned by Sylvia Plath. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Pair of gold wedding rings. £6,000 to £8,000.