• <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> [EINSTEIN, ALBERT]; JOHN GRAUDENZ [PHOTOGRAPHER]. Photographic portrait of Albert Einstein by John Graudenz, taken circa 1928. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> ENIGMA M4. A fully operational four-rotor ("M4") Kriegsmarine Enigma Cipher Machine. Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Germany, Heimsoeth und Rinke, 1942. $300,000 to $500,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> FEYNMAN, RICHARD P. <i>“Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman”. Adventures of a Curious Character.</i> New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1985. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> An intact egg of the Aepyornis Maximus, or Elephant Bird. Pre-17th century, Madagascar. $35,000 to $45,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> Palm frond with fish. Green River Formation, Wyoming, United States. <i>Sabalites sp.,</i> and <i>Diplomystus dentatus</i> Cenozoic, Eocene (53-33 million years ago). $60,000 to $70,000.
  • <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.
  • <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> 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.

Auction Update Review

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Tis the season

For the week ended Saturday November 29th 49 auctions were archived to the AED; 1 in Australian dollars, 20 in euros, 4 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 23 in US dollars.  Turnover was a svelte $41,379,681 as 19,379 lots were offered and 15,130 sold for a 78% success rate.  It was, in the category, one of the busiest weeks in auction history.

10 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Bonhams. There' No Place Like Hollywood on November 24th: $9,177,841
Heritage Auctions. Comics on November 21st: $7,207,047
Artcurial. Comic Strips on November 22nd: $4,403,479
Doyle New York. New York City Bar Association on November 24th: $2,367,267
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters on November 23rd: $2,351,374
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Autographs, Decorative Prints, Maritime and North German Art on November 18th: $1,881,690
Robert Siegel Galleries. Brandon Collection Part 2: General Issues and Postal History on November 21st: $1,549,918
RR Auction. Space and Aviation - Internet bidstart 11/13 on November 20th: $1,427,765
Galerie Bassenge. Prints on November 27th: $1,312,260
Swann Galleries. Printed & Manuscript Americana on November 25th: $1,109,257

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

Binoche et Giquello. Extraordinary collection of the Prince's Palace of Monaco - Day 1 on November 15th: 672.87%
Bonhams. There' No Place Like Hollywood on November 24th: 250.22%
Doyle New York. New York City Bar Association on November 24th: 235.27%
OSENAT. Automobilia on November 9th: 166.98%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. 50 Year Collection of Railroadiana - Day 2 on November 16th: 154.50%
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Antiquarian Books on November 19th: 152.20%
Robert Siegel Galleries. Brandon Collection Part 2: General Issues and Postal History on November 21st: 141.78%
Swann Galleries. Printed & Manuscript Americana on November 25th: 126.26%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books - Day 2 on November 21st: 123.62%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. 50 Year Collection of Railroadiana on November 15th: 115.66%
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Books and Prints on November 22nd: 115.25%
Bloomsbury Philobiblon. Rare Books on November 11th: 115.16%
Minerva Auctions Roma. Modern and Contemporary Prints on November 11th: 113.27%
Hauswedell and Nolte. Rare Books and Autographs on November 18th: 101.94%
Bonhams. Printed Books, Maps and Photographs on November 25th: 100.75%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Comics on November 17th: 100.11%


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

Doyle New York. New York City Bar Association on November 24th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/16 on November 23rd: 100.00%
Binoche et Giquello. Extraordinary collection of the Prince's Palace of Monaco - Day 1 on November 15th: 100.00%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. 50 Year Collection of Railroadiana on November 15th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Texas State Historical Association Winter Benefit Auction on November 21st: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics on November 21st: 99.80%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. The Loyd Davis Estate on November 22nd: 99.50%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. 50 Year Collection of Railroadiana - Day 2 on November 16th: 98.13%
Robert Siegel Galleries. Brandon Collection Part 2: General Issues and Postal History on November 21st: 96.84%
OSENAT. Automobilia on November 9th: 95.00%
Skinner. Modern Japanese Prints - Internet bidstart 11/17 on November 24th: 94.94%
Addison and Sarova. Rare and Fine Books on November 22nd: 93.23%
Addison and Sarova. The Dawning & Awakening: A Nation, A Religion, & An Art Form on August 3rd: 92.68%
ALDE. An Architectural Enthusiast's Library on November 26th: 91.60%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters on November 23rd: 91.21%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Comics on November 17th: 90.86%
Doyle New York. Rare Books, Autographs & Maps on November 24th: 90.82%
Bonhams. Printed Books, Maps and Photographs on November 25th: 88.00%
Swann Galleries. Printed & Manuscript Americana on November 25th: 87.24%
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Antiquarian Books on November 19th: 85.69%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books and Manuscripts on November 25th: 84.29%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/13 on November 20th: 83.83%
Doyle New York. Photographs on November 25th: 82.58%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/20 on November 26th: 81.41%
Bonhams. There' No Place Like Hollywood on November 24th: 81.12%


49 total sales reported this week:

Galerie Bassenge. Prints on November 27th: 53.43%
Morton Casa de Subastas. Auction Records, Antiquarian and Contemporary Prints and Books on November 27th: 10.61%
Neal Auction Company. Louisiana Purchase Auction on November 23rd: 71.72%
Auctionata. Alibris: Treasures from Seven Centuries of European Book Art on November 20th: 9.72%
Ader. Photobooks - Collection of Jean Claude Eidelman on November 26th: 71.92%
ALDE. An Architectural Enthusiast's Library on November 26th: 91.60%
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Antiquarian Books on November 19th: 85.69%
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Autographs, Decorative Prints, Maritime and North German Art on November 18th: 66.87%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books - Day 2 on November 21st: 64.83%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books - Day 1 on November 20th: 70.92%
Kedem Auction. Rare and Important Items on November 25th: 70.54%
Bonhams. Printed Books, Maps and Photographs on November 25th: 88.00%
Christies. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts on November 25th: 56.86%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/20 on November 26th: 81.41%
Heritage Auctions. Texas State Historical Association Winter Benefit Auction on November 21st: 100.00%
Australian Book Auctions. Rare Books on November 25th: 77.66%
Swann Galleries. Printed & Manuscript Americana on November 25th: 87.24%
Doyle New York. Photographs on November 25th: 82.58%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books and Manuscripts on November 25th: 84.29%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on November 25th: 47.83%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. The Loyd Davis Estate on November 22nd: 99.50%
Addison and Sarova. The Dawning & Awakening: A Nation, A Religion, & An Art Form on August 3rd: 92.68%
Addison and Sarova. Rare and Fine Books on November 22nd: 93.23%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on November 24th: 75.00%
Bonhams. There' No Place Like Hollywood on November 24th: 81.12%
Skinner. Modern Japanese Prints - Internet bidstart 11/17 on November 24th: 94.94%
Doyle New York. Rare Books, Autographs & Maps on November 24th: 90.82%
Doyle New York. New York City Bar Association on November 24th: 100.00%
RR Auction. Space and Aviation - Internet bidstart 11/13 on November 20th: 58.50%
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Books and Prints on November 22nd: 70.04%
Robert Siegel Galleries. Brandon Collection Part 2: General Issues and Postal History on November 21st: 96.84%
Artcurial. Comic Strips on November 22nd: 65.02%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Cinema on September 27th: 64.41%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Comics on November 17th: 90.86%
Binoche et Giquello. Extraordinary collection of the Prince's Palace of Monaco - Day 1 on November 15th: 100.00%
Hauswedell and Nolte. Rare Books and Autographs on November 18th: 50.44%
Hauswedell and Nolte. Rare Books and Autographs on November 18th: 59.32%
Auctionata. Prints, Manuscripts and Graphics on November 19th: 42.14%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. 50 Year Collection of Railroadiana - Day 2 on November 16th: 98.13%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. 50 Year Collection of Railroadiana on November 15th: 100.00%
Minerva Auctions Roma. Modern and Contemporary Prints on November 11th: 73.97%
Bloomsbury Philobiblon. Rare Books on November 11th: 74.11%
OSENAT. Automobilia on November 9th: 95.00%
Eldreds. Fall Americana and Paintings on November 22nd: 54.26%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/16 on November 23rd: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters on November 23rd: 91.21%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/13 on November 20th: 83.83%
Heritage Auctions. Comics on November 21st: 99.80%
Cowans Auctions. Books on Exploration and More - Internet bidstart 11/6 on November 17th: 64.62%

For the week ahead 43 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Dec. 1st
Skinner. Boston. The Gentleman's Auction - Internet bidstart 11/20. 16 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 10 lots

Tue. Dec. 2nd
Sothebys. London. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts. 54 lots
Sothebys. New York. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana. 276 lots
Christies. New York. FIRST EDITIONS, SECOND THOUGHTS: AN AUCTION OF BOOKS AND ARTWORK TO BENEFIT PEN AMERICAN CENTER. 75 lots
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Books, Prints. 18 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 58 lots
Rossini. Paris. Collection dont Ancienne Provenance Galerie de France - Prints. 35 lots

Wed. Dec. 3rd
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints. 21 lots
Bonhams. London. Travel and Exploration. 142 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Photography. 364 lots
ALDE. Paris. Modern Illustrated Books. 252 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Prints and Illustrated Books. 284 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 261 lots
Christies. London - King Street. Old Master Prints. 118 lots
Ader. PARIS. Art of the Orient. 28 lots

Thu. Dec. 4th
Swann Galleries. New York. Maps and Atlases, Natural History and Color Plate Books. 379 lots
Ader. PARIS. Letters and Autograph Manuscripts.
PIASA. Paris. Prints - Petiet Collection. 256 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. 500 Years of Printmaking. 294 lots
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Antiquarian and Modern Books. 355 lots
Koller Auctions. Geneve. Modern Prints. 28 lots
Sothebys. New York. Important Judaica. 121 lots
Christies. New York. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts - Including Americana. 268 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Fall Asian Art Auction. 25 lots
Bonhams. New York. The Transportation History Sale. 41 lots
Christies. New York. Dr. James D. Watson Nobel Medal and Related Papers. 3 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/27. 424 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Americana with the Jess Jones Collection of Californiana & Pictorial Letter Sheets. 448 lots
Waverly Auctions. Falls Church. Maps & Atlases, Autographs, Rare Books, Fine Bindings, First Editions, Press Books, Americana and Ar.

Fri. Dec. 5th
Tajan. Paris. Prints.
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Contemporary Art -Photos. 22 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Books and Prints. 89 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. The Library of Jean C.. 351 lots
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . 16th Annual Fine Arts Sale - Prints. 62 lots

Sat. Dec. 6th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Entertainment. 714 lots
Koller Auctions. Zurich. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 162 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Comic Strips, Original Prints, Animation.
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Modern & Contemporary Fine and Decorative Arts. 117 lots
Arader Galleries. New York City. From Sea to Shining Sea: Art of America.

Sun. Dec. 7th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/30.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/30.
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books, Art and Ephemera - Basquiat, Medical, Hemingway, etc..

The numbers speak for themselves.

 

Bruce McKInney

AE

  • <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>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.