• <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>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.

Auction Update Review

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21 Sales Archived, 29 Auctions Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday 30 May 21 auctions were archived to the RBH database; 10 denominated in euros, 5 denominated in British pounds, and 6 denominated in US dollars.  Sales totaled $27,437,492 as 5,408 lots were offered and 3,893 sold for a 72% success rare.

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

SothebysMusic, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts on May 28th: $18,386,744 
SothebysPhotographs on May 23rd: $2,618,564 
Artcurialthe Universe of the Creator of TinTin on May 23rd: $1,779,550 
ArtcurialComic Strips on May 23rd: $1,450,114 
ChristiesThe Joel Spitz collection of English colour-plate books on May 27th: $1,050,359

The Arader Galleries Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys TCHAIKOVSKY, PYOTR AUTOGRAPH WORKING MANUSCRIPT OF THE ORCHESTRAL SUITE NO.2 OP.53 on May 28th Actual price: USD $503,370.
  2. Artcurial HERGÉ (Georges REMI dit) 1907-1983 L'ÉTOILE MYSTÉRIEUSE on May 23rd Actual price: USD $316,885.
  3. Sothebys MOZART, WOLFGANG AMADEUS FINE AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF MOZART’S TRANSCRIPTION OF THE “STABAT MATER” BY MARCHESE EUGENIO LIGNIVILLE, [K.ANH.238 (ANH. on May 28th Actual price: USD $255,510.
  4. Artcurial HERGÉ (Georges REMI dit) 1907-1983 LA TEMPÊTE on May 23rd Actual price: USD $247,997. ARader Auction Galleries
  5. Artcurial HERGÉ (Georges REMI dit) 1907-1983 TINTIN AU CONGO on May 23rd Actual price: USD $206,664.
  6. Artcurial SPIROU ET FANTASIO LE VOYAGEUR DU MÉSOZOIQUE on May 23rd Actual price: USD $206,664.
  7. Sothebys UNTITLED (FGM78), 1923-25 on May 23rd Actual price: USD $196,250.
  8. Sothebys 'LOLIONDO LION CHARGE', 1964 on May 23rd Actual price: USD $176,625.
  9. Sothebys BOOK OF HOURS. USE OF ROME on May 28th Actual price: USD $172,125.
  10. Sothebys MANN, THOMAS IMPORTANT SERIES OF C. 90 EARLY AUTOGRAPH LETTERS AND POSTCARDS, TO OTTO GRAUTOFF, ABOUT BUDDENBROOKS, INCLUDING ELEVEN UNPUBLISHED ITEMS, WITH POEMS AND TRANSCRIPTIONS on May 28th Actual price: USD $153,000.
  11. Sothebys THEOCRITUS AND DIOSCORIDES A VOLUME OWNED BY FLETCHER OF SALTOUN, on May 28th Actual price: USD $118,575.
  12. Sothebys 'CHANEL FEATHER HEADDRESS (B), NEW YORK', 1994 on May 23rd Actual price: USD $107,938.
  13. Artcurial GASTON LAGAFFE on May 23rd Actual price: USD $103,332.
  14. Sothebys WAGNER, RICHARD AUTOGRAPH SKETCH-LEAF CONTAINING DRAFTS AND IDEAS FOR “SIEGFRIED” AND “SIEGFRIEDS TOD”, THE FIRST VERSION OF “GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG”, on May 28th Actual price: USD $99,450.
  15. Sothebys BOULEZ, PIERRE AUTOGRAPH WORKING MANUSCRIPT OF 'CONDUITE' FROM LE VISAGE NUPTIAL, FOR VOICES AND LARGE ORCHESTRA with the title at the head of the first page ("I. on May 28th Actual price: USD $99,450.
  16. Sothebys 'LEE MILLER', C. 1930 on May 23rd Actual price: USD $98,125.
  17. Sothebys 'BABOONS, IMPALAS AND ELEPHANTS UNDER KILIMANJARO', 1984 on May 23rd Actual price: USD $88,313.
  18. Sothebys PLATO OMNIA PLATONIS OPERA. on May 28th Actual price: USD $86,063.
  19. Artcurial DES RAILS SUR LA MOQUETTE on May 23rd Actual price: USD $82,666.
  20. Sothebys 'NUDES FE 16', 2000 on May 23rd Actual price: USD $78,500.
  21. Sothebys BOULEZ, PIERRE AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF 'STRUCTURE 1A', THE OPENING MOVEMENT OF STRUCTURES, PREMIER LIVRE, FOR TWO PIANOS on May 28th Actual price: USD $76,500.
  22. Sothebys STUDIES OF INDUSTRIAL FORMS, C. 1965-70 on May 23rd Actual price: USD $74,575.
  23. Sothebys SHADOW PROFILE, NEW YORK, 1944 on May 23rd Actual price: USD $74,575.
  24. Sothebys STRAVINSKY, IGOR FINE AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF BERCEUSES DU CHAT AND PRIBAOUTKI, [VOCAL SCORE], SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY THE COMPOSER TO PRINCESS EUGÈNE (VIOLETTE) MURAT on May 28th Actual price: USD $72,675.
  25. Sothebys HERODOTUS HISTORIAE [TRANSLATED BY LAURENTIUS VALLA, EDITED BY BENEDICTUS BROGNOLUS]. on May 28th Actual price: USD $72,675.


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

Sothebys. Music, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts on May 28th: 402.93%
ALDE. First Editions of the 19th and 20th Century on May 22nd: 116.07%

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

Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/17 on May 24th: 98.17%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/17 on May 24th: 96.95%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/21 on May 28th: 94.83%
Heritage Auctions. Space Exploration on May 22nd: 94.78%
Woolley and Wallis. Asian Art II - Prints on May 21st: 91.67%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/14 on May 21st: 82.95%

21 total sales reported this week:

Artcurial. the Universe of the Creator of TinTin on May 23rd: 58.06%
PBA Galleries. Rare Books and Manuscripts on May 28th: 50.17%
ALDE. First Editions of the 19th and 20th Century on May 23rd: 14.01%
ALDE. First Editions of the 19th and 20th Century on May 22nd: 73.08%
Sothebys. Music, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts on May 28th: 64.44%
Christies. THE JOEL SPITZ COLLECTION OF ENGLISH COLOUR-PLATE BOOKS on May 27th: 75.38%
Artcurial. Comic Strips on May 23rd: 63.81%
Woolley and Wallis. Asian Art II - Prints on May 21st: 91.67%
PIASA. Russian and Soviet Photographs on May 21st: 28.57%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on May 26th: 76.71%
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Art of the XXth Century on May 26th: 66.67%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/21 on May 28th: 94.83%
Auctionata. Photography, Prints and Editions on May 21st: 33.33%
Auctionata. Graphic Art and Photography on May 21st: 26.49%
Sothebys. Photographs on May 23rd: 55.40%
Tajan. Books on May 20th: 50.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/17 on May 24th: 96.95%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/17 on May 24th: 98.17%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/14 on May 21st: 82.95%
Heritage Auctions. Space Exploration on May 22nd: 94.78%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. MOTORING LITERATURE, AUTOMOBILIA EARLY CYCLING, RAILWAYANA CLOCKS AND SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS on May 15th: 73.67%


For the week ahead 29 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jun. 1st
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Contemporary Photographs. 60 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Autographs. 320 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Doodle for Hunger Illustration Art Auction Benefiting St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelter - online. 54 lots
Australian Book Auctions. Armadale, . THE COLLECTION OF JOHN LANE MULLINS. 276 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 63 lots

Tue. Jun. 2nd
Audap and Mirabaud. PARIS. Prints. 350 lots

Wed. Jun. 3rd
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Photograph Sale. 417 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Prints and Illustrated Books. 205 lots
Beaussant Lefevre. Paris. Old and Modern Books, Autographs and Photographs. 113 lots
Minerva Auctions Roma. Roma. Photographs. 201 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Prints. 42 lots
Bonhams. London. Prints and Multiples. 252 lots
Florence Number Nine. Florence. Fine Chinese Works of Art - Prints. 12 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Special Sale Keiko Minami. 87 lots
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Jewish and Israeli History and Culture. 612 lots
PIASA. Paris. Photographs and Prints. 9 lots

Thu. Jun. 4th
Sothebys. London. Library on an English Bibliophile, Part IV. 182 lots
Minerva Auctions Roma. Roma. Books, Autographs and Prints. 739 lots
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Books - Internet Bidstart 5/28. 359 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. Posters. 200 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Photo Opportunities. 231 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/28. 247 lots

Fri. Jun. 5th
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. Modern Design - Prints. 11 lots
Rossini. Paris. Prints, Globes. 4 lots

Sat. Jun. 6th
Auctionata. New York. Post War and Contemporary Art - Prints. 123 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Spot On! Modern and Contemporary Art - Photos and Prints. 69 lots

Sun. Jun. 7th
Skinner. Boston. Fine Books and Manuscripts.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/31.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/31.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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>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.