Auction Update Review

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The Auctions in October: High Cotton

For the week ended Saturday October 18th, 29 auctions were archived to the AED; 14 in euros, 1 in British pounds, and 14 in US dollars.  Turnover was $5,190,094 as 7,445 lots were offered and 5,863 sold for a 79% success rate.  It was a workman like performance with plenty of lots but few of the high spots we expect this time of year.  No sales reached the million dollar level.  Whether stock market and ebola were factors this past week is uncertain but likely.

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

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De Baecque and Associes. Contemporary Art - Design #6 on October 13th: 210.46%
OSENAT. Automobilia on October 12th: 176.14%
ALDE. Versailles and the Grand Century - Collection of an Amateur on October 9th: 153.40%
Ader. Books - Library of an Amateur on October 16th: 111.29%
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. library of baron Reginald de Kerchove d'Ousselghem. on October 3rd: 110.93%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Natural History and Historical Prints on October 14th: 110.80%
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Books, Maps, Prints on October 14th: 108.58%

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

Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 10/5 on October 12th: 100.00%
Beaussant Lefevre. Prints on October 10th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/5 on October 12th: 99.31%
OSENAT. Automobilia on October 12th: 95.05%
Clars Auction Gallery. Fine Art and Antiques - Books, Prints - Day 1 on October 11th: 90.32%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on October 14th: 89.36%
Freemans. Books, Manuscripts and Maps on October 16th: 87.98%
Cowans Auctions. Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints on October 11th: 87.69%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/9 on October 16th: 85.88%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on October 12th: 84.85%
ALDE. First Editions on October 16th: 84.41%
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Books, Maps, Prints on October 14th: 82.64%
Swann Galleries. Rare and important Travel Posters on October 14th: 82.32%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on October 10th: 81.82%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/2 on October 9th: 80.23%


The 29 total sales that were reported this week:

ALDE. First Editions on October 16th: 84.41%
Ader. Books - Library of an Amateur on October 16th: 76.58%
OSENAT. Automobilia on October 12th: 95.05%
Beaussant Lefevre. Prints on October 10th: 100.00%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on October 10th: 81.82%
Freemans. Books, Manuscripts and Maps on October 16th: 87.98%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/9 on October 16th: 85.88%
Heritage Auctions. Photographs on October 16th: 61.19%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/5 on October 12th: 99.31%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 10/5 on October 12th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/2 on October 9th: 80.23%
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Books, Maps, Prints on October 14th: 82.64%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Natural History and Historical Prints on October 14th: 78.57%
Swann Galleries. Rare and important Travel Posters on October 14th: 82.32%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Vintage Posters on October 14th: 50.63%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on October 14th: 89.36%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on October 13th: 71.43%
De Baecque and Associes. Contemporary Art - Design #6 on October 13th: 79.41%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Centennial of the Great War - Day 1 on October 8th: 18.97%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Centennial of the Great War - Day 2 on October 9th: 62.50%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Movie Posters on October 10th: 49.75%
Bonhams. Period Art and Design - Prints and Books on October 12th: 64.29%
Cowans Auctions. Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints on October 11th: 87.69%
Skinner. European Decorative Prints on October 11th: 60.00%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on October 12th: 84.85%
Clars Auction Gallery. Fine Art and Antiques - Books, Prints - Day 1 on October 11th: 90.32%
ALDE. Versailles and the Grand Century - Collection of an Amateur on October 9th: 76.04%
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Books, Maps, Prints on October 4th: 74.58%
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. library of baron Reginald de Kerchove d'Ousselghem. on October 3rd: 74.31%

For the week ahead 31 sales are scheduled:

Tue. Oct. 21st
Swann Galleries. New York. Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books. 360 lots
PIASA. Paris. PERFORMING ART FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION. 61 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Interiors,Day 1: Prints. 107 lots
Bonhams. San Francisco. Prints and Multiples. 302 lots
Rossini. Paris. Prints.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Doodle for Hunger Illustration Art Auction Benefiting St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelter - online. 57 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. A.C. Daum Firearms Collection:. 20 lots
Potomack Company. Alexandria. Fine Books and Prints - Internet bidstart Now. 11 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 43 lots

Wed. Oct. 22nd
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Photography. 181 lots
Bonhams. New York. History of Science. 288 lots

Thu. Oct. 23rd
RR Auction. Amherst. Marvels of Modern Music - Internet bidstart 10/16. 500 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Literature with Literature Manuscripts and Archives. 441 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. 20th Century Books and Manuscripts. 496 lots
Christies. New York. Prints and Multiples. 288 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/16. 361 lots

Fri. Oct. 24th
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Books and Decorative Prints - Part 1. 559 lots
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Books and Decorative Prints - Part 2. 668 lots
Mid Hudson Auction Galleries. Cornwall-on-Hudson, . On the Waterfront - Books and Prints. 50 lots
Rossini. Paris. Books.
Ader. PARIS. Far East - Prints. 12 lots

Sat. Oct. 25th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Americana, Political.
Archives International Auctions. FORT LEE,. U.S. & Worldwide Scripophily, Autographs & Historic Objects and Artifacts,. 448 lots
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Berlin. Books, Autographs and Manuscripts, Antique Maps and Prints. 1097 lots
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Works on Paper. 250 lots
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Modern Literature and Art. 481 lots
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Modern and Contemporary Art. 371 lots
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Prints - Internet bidstart 10/17.
Knotty Pine Auction Service. West Swanzey. FALL AMERICANA, DECORATIVE ARTS & BOOK AUCTION. 308 lots

Sun. Oct. 26th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 10/19.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/19.

The market tends to focus on the highly valuable but for collectors and institutions the obscure and often intensely rare are often where the great fun is.  

 

Bruce McKinney

AE 

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    <b>Swann:</b> John Bachmann, <i>Panorama of the Seat of War,</i> New York, 1861-62. Sold June 23 — $35,000.
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