• <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>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>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.

Auction Update Review

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25 Auctions Archived, 20 Sales upcoming this week

For the week ended Saturday May 9th 25 auctions were archived to the RBH database, 7 in euros, 2 in British pounds, and 16 in US dollars.  Turnover was $12,463,372 as 8,089 lots were offered and 6,022 sold for a 74% success rate.

2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysPrints on May 2nd: $7,073,250 
RR AuctionSpace Exploration - online bidstart 4/16 on April 23rd: $1,048,435 

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

Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersFine Auction - Books on April 25th: 179.48% 
ChristiesEUROPEAN NOBLE & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS - Books and Prints on April 30th: 127.71% 
Lyon and TurnbullRare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs on May 6th: 126.50% 
Bruun RasmussenBooks on May 5th: 126.50% 
RossiniAutographs and Photographs on April 28th: 118.20% 

The Arader Galleries Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys TEN PORTRAITS OF JEWS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (F. & S. II.226-235) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $200,000.
  2. Sothebys REFLECTIONS ON CRASH (C. 239) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $175,000.
  3. Sothebys HIGH GREEN VERSION I on May 2nd Actual price: USD $162,500.
  4. Sothebys SUPERMAN (F. & S. II.260) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $137,500.
  5. Sothebys QUEEN ELIZABETH II OF THE UNITED KINGDOM (F & S II.336A) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $137,500. ARader Auction Galleries
  6. Sothebys $ (9) (F. & S. II.285) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $125,000.
  7. Sothebys DOUBLE GREY SCRAMBLE (AXSOM 93) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $112,500.
  8. Sothebys EVA MUDOCCI (AFTER MUNCH) (F. & S. IIIA.59[B]) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $112,500.
  9. Sothebys NUDE READING (C. 288) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $112,500.
  10. Sothebys $ (QUADRANT) (F. & S. II.283) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $106,250.
  11. Sothebys DETAILS OF RENAISSANCE PAINTINGS (SANDRO BOTTICELLI, BIRTH OF VENUS, 1482) (F. & S. IIB.316) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $100,000.
  12. Sothebys SHOES (F. & S. II.253) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $93,750.
  13. Sothebys FREEFALL (HARRISON 233) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $93,750.
  14. Sothebys $ (QUADRANT) (F. & S. II.283) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $93,750.
  15. Sothebys LE DÉJEUNER SUR L'HERBE, D'APRÈS MANET. II (B. 1027; BA. 1287; P.P. L-106) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $93,750.
  16. Sothebys GRACE KELLY (F. & S. II.305) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $81,250.
  17. Sothebys MOULIN ROUGE - LA GOULUE (D. 339; ADR. 1.II; W. P1.A) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $81,250.
  18. Christies NATURAL AND POLITICAL OBSERVATIONS MENTIONED IN A FOLLOWING INDEX AND MADE UPON THE BILLS OF MORTALITY...WITH REFERENCE TO THE GOVERNMENT, RELIGION, TRADE, GROWTH, AYRE, DISEASES, AND THE SEVERAL CHANGES OF THE SAID CITY. on April 30th Actual price: USD $80,850.
  19. Sothebys LOVE (F. & S. II.310-312) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $77,500.
  20. Lyon and Turnbull Book of Hours - in Netherlandish, use of Utrecht, second half of the fifteenth century on May 6th Actual price: USD $76,000.
  21. Sothebys SIBERIAN TIGER (F. & S. II.297) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $75,000.
  22. Sothebys DETAILS OF RENAISSANCE PAINTINGS (SANDRO BOTTICELLI, BIRTH OF VENUS, 1492) (F. & S. II.318) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $75,000.
  23. Sothebys SANCTUM on May 2nd Actual price: USD $75,000.
  24. Sothebys ÉQUINOXE (D. 428) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $75,000.
  25. Sothebys MAO (F. & S. II.97) on May 2nd Actual price: USD $68,750.



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

Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Fine Auction - Books on April 25th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Doodle for Hunger Illustration Art Auction Benefiting St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelter on May 4th: 100.00%
Christies. EUROPEAN NOBLE & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS - Books and Prints on April 30th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Books, Art and Ephemera - Hollywood, Carreno, Steinbeck, etc on May 3rd: 99.80%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 4/26 on May 3rd: 99.45%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/26 on May 3rd: 99.39%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books on May 5th: 90.29%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on May 5th: 85.56%
Lyon and Turnbull. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs on May 6th: 83.19%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/30 on May 7th: 82.02%


25 total sales reported this week:

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Books and Manuscripts on May 7th: 76.52%
Swann Galleries. Modernist Posters on May 7th: 63.11%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/30 on May 7th: 82.02%
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Books on May 2nd: 54.02%
Christies. EUROPEAN NOBLE & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS - Books and Prints on April 30th: 100.00%
Lyon and Turnbull. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs on May 6th: 83.19%
Rossini. Prints on April 28th: 52.50%
Rossini. Autographs and Photographs on April 28th: 75.00%
Heritage Auctions. Doodle for Hunger Illustration Art Auction Benefiting St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelter on May 4th: 100.00%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Fine Auction - Books on April 25th: 100.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books on May 5th: 90.29%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on May 5th: 85.56%
Mid Hudson Auction Galleries. Fine Art, Antiques, Collectibles: Prints, Documents, Manuscripts on April 25th: 70.55%
Mid Hudson Auction Galleries. Seymour Stein Collection: Part 1 on May 2nd: 71.43%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on May 4th: 76.92%
RR Auction. Space Exploration - online bidstart 4/16 on April 23rd: 77.84%
National Book Auctions. Books, Art and Ephemera - Hollywood, Carreno, Steinbeck, etc on May 3rd: 99.80%
Eldreds. Asian Arts at Auction on May 2nd: 50.00%
Sothebys. Prints on May 2nd: 79.22%
Auctionata. Theme Auction: Icons on April 29th: 17.86%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/26 on May 3rd: 99.39%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 4/26 on May 3rd: 99.45%
Heritage Auctions. Photographs on May 3rd: 73.73%
PBA Galleries. Art and Art Reference - Fine Books in All Fields on April 30th: 66.18%
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Books and Prints on April 25th: 64.70%


For the week ahead 20 sales are scheduled:

Mon. May. 11th
Bonhams. New York. Post War and Contemporary - Prints. 119 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 7 lots

Tue. May. 12th
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Leiden. Books. 1371 lots
Alexander Historical Auctions. Chesapeake City. International Fine Arts - Prints. 54 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 71 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Contemporary Art. 319 lots

Wed. May. 13th
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Old Books and Paper.
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 560 lots
ALDE. Paris. Antiquarian and 19th Century Books. 220 lots
Bonhams. Edinburgh. The Sporting Sale. 68 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs & Artifacts. 968 lots
Sothebys. New York. Contemporary Art Day Auction - Prints. 62 lots

Thu. May. 14th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile. 359 lots
Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions. Milan. Books on Food. 679 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. MOTORING LITERATURE, AUTOMOBILIA EARLY CYCLING, RAILWAYANA CLOCKS AND SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS. 376 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Americana with California & the P.P.P.I E. - Travel & Exploration - Maps & Views. 326 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/7. 296 lots

Sat. May. 16th
Skinner. Boston. Asian Works of Art - Prints, Manuscripts, Catalogues. 32 lots

Sun. May. 17th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/10.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/10.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and 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.