• <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Music, Continental Books<br>and Medieval Manuscripts<br>24 Nov. – 1 Dec. 2020<br>Online</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b><br>F. Schubert. Autograph letter to his brother Ferdinand, 4 pages, Zseliz, 1818. £80,000 to £120,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b><br>L. v. Beethoven. Fine autograph letter to his librettist Friedrich Treitschke, about their planned opera, 1815. £70,000 to £90,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b> Hermann Hesse, Highly important series of 62 letters and postcards to Stefan Zweig, 1903-1938. £60,000 to £80,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Music, Continental Books<br>and Medieval Manuscripts<br>24 Nov. – 1 Dec. 2020<br>Online</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b> Book of Hours, Use of Reims, illuminated manuscript on vellum [France, late 15th century]. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b> Armenian gospel book, illuminated manuscript on vellum, seventeenth century, tooled calf binding. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b><br>C. Goldoni. Ten autograph letters signed to the Genoese nobleman Cristoforo Spinola, Venice 1742-1743. £7,000 to £9,000.
  • <center><b>Antikvariat Bryggen<br>Collectible Books:<br>Spanning 500 Years<br>Online until 23 November</b>
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> HOMER. <i>Batrachomyiomachia,</i> Paris, 1507. [EARLY & RARE EDITION!]. €3,600 to €5,400.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [Nordic] JACOB RIETER & JOHANNES SENN. <i>Danske Nationale Klædedragter.</i> [Danish National Costumes, very rare plate book]. €3,600 to €4,500.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [History / Maps] JACQUES BONGARS. <i>Gesta dei per Francos</i> [Crusader history & rare maps]. Exceptional provenance! €2,700 to €3,600.
    <center><b>Antikvariat Bryggen<br>Collectible Books:<br>Spanning 500 Years<br>Online until 23 November</b>
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [Travel – China ] - NIEUHOF & MONTANUS. <i>An embassy from the East-India Company,</i> 1673 /1671. €2,700 to €3,600.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [Art & Plate Books] MATISSE, Signed, 1947. Repli. [Linocuts, woodcuts & lithograps]. €1,800 to €2,700.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> JONATHAN SWIFT. <i>Gulliver’s Travels,</i> 1726 1st edition [Teerink “B”]. PROVENANCE: Sir Francis Burdett. €2,700 to €3,600.
    <center><b>Antikvariat Bryggen<br>Collectible Books:<br>Spanning 500 Years<br>Online until 23 November</b>
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> RUDYARD KIPLING. <i>The Jungle Book</i> [and] <i>The Second Jungle Book,</i> 1st editions, 1894-1895. €1,800 to €2,700.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [Prophecies / Predictions]. <i>Mirabilis Liber,</i> app. 1533. [PELLICAN-edition]. €1,800 to €2,700.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [Nordic] DAHLBERG. <i>Suecia Antiqva et Hodierna,</i> app. 1667-1716, [Sweden - 352 plates]. €1,800 to €2,700.
    <center><b>Antikvariat Bryggen<br>Collectible Books:<br>Spanning 500 Years<br>Online until 23 November</b>
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [Theology] GISBERTUS VOETIUS. <i>Selectarum Disputationum Theologicarum I-V,</i> 1648- 1669. [With the plates]. €1,350 to €2,250.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [Theology] GISBERTUS VOETIUS. <i>Politicae Ecclesiasticae,</i> 1663- 1676. [complete 3 parts in 4 vols.]. €1,350 to €2,250.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [History] FROBEN, Basel, 1545-1559. [Colombus’ discovery of America, Alexander the Great, Roman Empire with numerous full page wood cuts]. €1,350 to €1,800.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Oscar Wilde, <i>“The secret of life is in Art,”</i> autograph quotation dated and signed, 1882. Sold for $15,600.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>Manhattan Gay Scene Guide 1969, Summer Edition,</i> Mattachine Book Service. Sold for $3,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Toyen, pen & ink illustration from <i>Marquis de Sade: Justina cili prokletí ctnosti,</i> 1932. Sold for $26,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Antonio Lopez, 9 men’s fashion studies, graphite, 1974. Sold for $6,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Harvey Milk, 2 autograph letters signed, to Pat Mormon, during US Navy service, 1954. Sold for $2,210.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Daniel Abraham, original art for <i>Stonewall Romances,</i> pen, ink & gouache, 1979. Sold for $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> David Wojnarowicz, <i>Untitled (Genet with Dog),</i> mixed media collage. Sold for $27,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Susie Gaynes & Amy E. Bartell, <i>March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights,</i> 1987. Sold for $1,188.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>Paris is Burning,</i> photo offset poster by Anne Dutlinger, signed by film director Jennie Livingston, 1991. Sold for $1,500.

Auction Update Review

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The Crescendo is Near

For the week ended Saturday November 22nd 36 sales were archived to the AED; 13 in euros, 8 in British pounds, and 15 in US dollars.  Turnover was $26,313,367 as 10,019 lots were offered and 7,375 sold for a 74% success rate.  It was a busy week.

7 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Sothebys. Man Ray on November 15th: $3,391,969
Christies. 20/21 Photographs on November 14th: $3,149,063
Christies. Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books on November 19th: $2,765,751
Sothebys. Photographs on November 14th: $2,592,219
Christies. Highlights from the Erotic Library of Tony Fekete on November 18th: $2,012,936
Sothebys. Music, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts on November 20th: $1,892,831
Artcurial. Photography on November 14th: $1,187,679

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

Beaussant Lefevre. Books and Autographs on November 7th: 201.01%
PIASA. Autographs, Letters and Manuscripts on November 7th: 111.04%
Christies. Highlights from the Erotic Library of Tony Fekete on November 18th: 109.95%
Skinner. Fine Books and Manuscripts on November 16th: 105.74%
Artcurial. Limited Editions on November 10th: 102.38%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on November 12th: 100.40%

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

Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/9 on November 16th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/9 on November 16th: 94.62%
Beaussant Lefevre. Books and Autographs on November 7th: 94.02%
Poulin Antiques Auctions. Rare Books on November 18th: 91.24%
Paige Auction. Prints, Ephemera on November 18th: 90.36%
Swann Galleries. Autographs on November 20th: 89.03%
Heritage Auctions. Space Exploration on November 12th: 88.22%
Northeast Auctions. Fall Afternoon Auction - Prints on November 17th: 87.50%
Swann Galleries. 19th and 20th Century Literature on November 18th: 84.27%
Artcurial. Limited Editions on November 10th: 84.15%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on November 17th: 84.00%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on November 12th: 83.01%
Christies. Highlights from the Erotic Library of Tony Fekete on November 18th: 81.90%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/6 on November 13th: 81.84%
Cowans Auctions. American History: Live Salesroom Auction on November 21st: 81.06%

36 total sales reported this week:

Cowans Auctions. American History: Live Salesroom Auction on November 21st: 81.06%
Northeast Auctions. Fall Afternoon Auction - Prints on November 17th: 87.50%
ALDE. Antiquarian Books and Nineteenth Century on November 19th: 64.16%
Paige Auction. Prints, Ephemera on November 18th: 90.36%
PBA Galleries. Fine Books and manuscripts from the Collection of the Late Cecil M. Wahle on November 20th: 63.91%
Swann Galleries. Autographs on November 20th: 89.03%
Swann Galleries. 19th and 20th Century Literature on November 18th: 84.27%
Tajan. Photographs on November 14th: 21.68%
Poulin Antiques Auctions. Rare Books on November 18th: 91.24%
Christies. Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books on November 19th: 54.02%
Christies. Highlights from the Erotic Library of Tony Fekete on November 18th: 81.90%
Skinner. Fine Books and Manuscripts on November 16th: 78.94%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on November 17th: 84.00%
Christies. 20/21 Photographs on November 14th: 75.44%
Christies. Photographs on November 14th: 76.12%
Sothebys. Music, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts on November 20th: 42.58%
Sothebys. Man Ray on November 15th: 64.94%
Sothebys. Photographs on November 14th: 57.65%
Aguttes. Prints, Photographs on March 31st: 60.00%
Aguttes. Books on November 13th: 63.04%
RR Auction. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - Internet bidstart 10/24 on November 12th: 67.75%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Photographs and Photobooks on November 21st: 47.32%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Important Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper on November 13th: 58.50%
Kestenbaum and Company. Books, Manuscripts, Ceremonial Objects and Works of Art on November 13th: 22.36%
Ader. Judaica on November 13th: 54.42%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/6 on November 13th: 81.84%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Historical Aviation, Maritime, and Transport Memorabilia - Day 2 on November 14th: 66.67%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Historical Aviation, Maritime, and Transport Memorabilia on November 13th: 72.04%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on November 12th: 83.01%
Beaussant Lefevre. Books and Autographs on November 7th: 94.02%
PIASA. Autographs, Letters and Manuscripts on November 7th: 62.00%
Artcurial. Photography on November 14th: 55.86%
Artcurial. Limited Editions on November 10th: 84.15%
Heritage Auctions. Space Exploration on November 12th: 88.22%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/9 on November 16th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/9 on November 16th: 94.62%


For the week ahead 29 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Nov. 24th
Doyle New York. New York. New York City Bar Association. 324 lots
Doyle New York. New York. Rare Books, Autographs & Maps. 294 lots
Australian Book Auctions. Armadale, . Rare Books. 394 lots
Skinner. Boston. Modern Japanese Prints - Internet bidstart 11/17. 158 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 8 lots
Bonhams. New York. There' No Place Like Hollywood. 376 lots

Tue. Nov. 25th
Bonhams. Oxford . Printed Books, Maps and Photographs. 325 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Books, Manuscripts, Prints. 6242 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Printed & Manuscript Americana. 384 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Books and Manuscripts. 191 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts. 204 lots
Doyle New York. New York. Photographs. 155 lots
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Amsterdam. Art on Paper. 156 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 46 lots
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Rare and Important Items. 112 lots

Wed. Nov. 26th
Ader. PARIS. Photobooks - Collection of Jean Claude Eidelman. 349 lots
ALDE. Paris. An Architectural Enthusiast's Library. 119 lots
Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions. Turin. Posters - Internet bidstart 11/12. 409 lots

Thu. Nov. 27th
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Prints. 874 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/20.
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/20. 488 lots
Morton Casa de Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Auction Records, Antiquarian and Contemporary Prints and Books. 358 lots

Fri. Nov. 28th
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Books - Manuscripts - Photos.

Sat. Nov. 29th
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Rare Books, Prints, Photography.
Alain and Evelyne Morel de Westgaver. 1050 Bruxelles. Books and Manuscripts. 551 lots
Carlsen Gallery. Greenville, NY. Thanksgiving Weekend Sale - Prints. 10 lots
OSENAT. FONTAINEBLEAU. The Spirit of the 20th Century.

Sun. Nov. 30th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/23.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/23.

For some the holidays are relaxing.  For institutions, collectors and dealers this is when the attention is on the best material, the opportunities and tension are greatest.

 

Bruce McKinney

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  • <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 1st<br>Antique and modern prints,<br>drawings and paintings</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 2nd<br>Photographs, autographs, musical works and manuscripts</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 3rd<br>Books from XV to XX Century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 3rd<br>Mathematics books</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 3rd<br>Art books from Salvador Dalí<br>& others</b>
  • <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>Latin and French Book of Hours, around 1490. Est: € 20,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br> P. Goos, <i>Le Grand Miroir de la Mer,</i> 1669. Est: € 25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>L. Feininger, Letter with woodcuts, 1920. Est: € 25,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>Latin Bible manuscript, 12th century. Est: € 20,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>M. E. Bloch, <i>Naturgeschichte der Fische,</i> 1782-95. Est: € 40,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>M. Chagall, <i>Daphnis & Chloé,</i> 1961. Est: € 90,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>L. J. Waghenaer, <i>Speculum nauticum,</i> 1586. Est: € 180,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>P. J. de Pannemaeker, Collection of orig. watercolors, 1878-1887.<br>Est: € 25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>G. Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> 1918.<br>Est: € 15,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br><i>Livro dos prestimonios,</i> Manuscript, 1665. Est: € 25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>W. Kandinsky, <i>Klänge,</i> 1913.<br>Est: € 18,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>J. Miró in J. Cassou, <i>Vingt-deux poémes,</i> 1978. Est: € 8,000
  • <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> <i>All-Negro Comics</i> Issue #1, 1947. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Early Memoir of a Black Hairdresser, 1859. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> First Edition <i>Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, An African,</i> 1782. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Bessie Coleman Aero News Vol. 1 Issue 1, May 1930, Signed by William J. Powell. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Book of Poetry and Music by Formerly Illiterate Author Thomas Young, 1897. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Cabinet Card of 24th Infantryman, Tombstone, Arizona Territory, circa 1882. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> James Baldwin Portrait by Carl Van Vechten, 1955. $3,500 to $4,500.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> <i>The Pacific Appeal</i> Newspaper, San Francisco, 1877. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Only Known Copy <i>Spreading Joy,</i> Uplift History of African Americans in Los Angeles, 1937. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> 1940 Los Angeles <i>The Official Central Avenue District Directory.</i> $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> GRÉGOIRE, Henri (French, 1750-1831). <i>An Enquiry Concerning the Intellectual and Moral Faculties, and Literature of Negroes,</i> First American Edition, 1810. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> 1893 Indian Territory Album with Images of Tacky Grayson. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>November 24</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> STEVE JOBS / WOZNIAK. Signed Lid for Apple II computer & related materials. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> [TESLA, NIKOLA] MARTIN, THOMAS COMMERFORD. Inscribed. <i>The Inventions, Researches and Writings of Nikola Tesla...</i> $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> TOCQUEVILLE, ALEXIS DE. <i>Democracy in America.</i> First American editions of both volumes. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>November 24</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Two typed letters signed to Professor Julian Hugo Bonfante, with associated materials. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> Attr. to BENING, ALEXANDER (SANDER). Pair of arch-topped miniatures (of the Adoration and the Deposition respectively), likely extracted from a Book of Hours. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> LEESER, ISAAC. <i>The Law of God.</i> First edition of the first Jewish translation of the Pentateuch into English. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>November 24</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> [RACKHAM, ARTHUR] WALTON, IZAAK. <i>The Compleat Angler; or the Contemplative Man's Recreation...</i> $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> LICHTENSTEIN, ROY. Drawings and Prints. First printing with a small drawing in color depicting three lemons initialed by Lichtenstein. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> Rare set of 12-inch Bardin globes on stands. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> MONTAIGNE, MICHEL EYQUEM DE [JOHN FLORIO, trans.]. <i>The Essayes Or Morall, Politike and Millitarie Discourses of Lo:...</i> $25,000 to $35,000.