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22 Auctions Archived, 28 Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday 17 October 19 auctions were archived to the RBH Transaction Database:  3 denominated in euros, 5 in British pounds, and 11 in US dollars.  Turnover was $10,256,471 as 6,240 lots were offered and 5,208 sold for an 83% success rate.

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysThe Library of Stéphane Mallarmé on October 15th: $5,078,872 
Heritage AuctionsIllustration Art on October 14th: $1,912,637 
Swann GalleriesIcons & Images: Fine & Vernacular Photographs on October 15th: $1,403,712 

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

SothebysThe Library of Stéphane Mallarmé on October 15th: 155.85% 
Henri Godts Books and Prints AuctionsAuction of Old & Modern Books & Graphics, Cartography on October 13th: 108.30% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsFine Arts - Photography on October 15th: 101.99% 


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

National Book AuctionsHollywood, Rackham, Engravings on October 11th: 100.00% 
Alaska AuctionBooks and Prints on October 10th: 100.00% 
Alaska AuctionBooks and Prints on October 9th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 10/4 on October 11th: 99.65% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/4 on October 11th: 97.71% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 10/8 on October 15th: 91.92% 
Heritage AuctionsIllustration Art on October 14th: 89.64% 
SothebysThe Library of Stéphane Mallarmé on October 15th: 88.69% 
BonhamsThe Sporting Sale on October 14th: 85.26% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on October 13th: 82.05% 


19 total sales reported this week: 

AuctionataIllustration and Comic Art on October 14th: 50.56% 
PBA GalleriesIllustrated & Children's Books - Oz - Fine Books in All Fields on October 15th: 60.25% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrints on October 16th: 76.68% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsBibliophile on October 15th: 79.11% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 10/8 on October 15th: 91.92% 
Swann GalleriesIcons & Images: Fine & Vernacular Photographs on October 15th: 66.30% 
SothebysThe Library of Stéphane Mallarmé on October 15th: 88.69% 
BonhamsThe Sporting Sale on October 14th: 85.26% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsFine Arts - Photography on October 15th: 72.54% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents: Travel and Exploration including Australia, Greece, and the Levan on October 14th: 76.57% 
Michaans AuctionsEstate Auction on October 10th: 41.38% 
Henri Godts Books and Prints AuctionsAuction of Old & Modern Books & Graphics, Cartography on October 13th: 77.09% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on October 13th: 82.05% 
Heritage AuctionsIllustration Art on October 14th: 89.64% 
National Book AuctionsHollywood, Rackham, Engravings on October 11th: 100.00% 
Alaska AuctionBooks and Prints on October 10th: 100.00% 
Alaska AuctionBooks and Prints on October 9th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/4 on October 11th: 97.71% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 10/4 on October 11th: 99.65%

 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys JAMAIS [SIC] UN COUP DE DÉS N’ABOLIRA LE HASARD. MAQUETTE AUTOGRAPHE POUR FIRMIN-DIDOT, IMPRIMEUR D’AMBROISE VOLLARD. [AVRIL OU DÉBUT MAI 1897]. on October 15th Actual price: USD $1,097,820.
  2. Sothebys LES FLEURS DU MAL. PARIS, POULET-MALASSIS ET DE BROISE, 1861. on October 15th Actual price: USD $413,820.
  3. Sothebys [LES POÈMES D’EDGAR POE ET NOTES SUR LE LANGAGE]. MANUSCRITS AUTOGRAPHES. [RESPECTIVEMENT VERS 1870-1875 ET 1869] on October 15th Actual price: USD $342,684.
  4. Sothebys LIBER AMICORUM DE MÉRY LAURENT. on October 15th Actual price: USD $263,340.
  5. Sothebys STÉPHANE MALLARMÉ ET AUGUSTE RENOIR. PHOTOGRAPHIE ORIGINALE. on October 15th Actual price: USD $233,244.
  6. Sothebys LE CORBEAU. THE RAVEN. on October 15th Actual price: USD $222,300.
  7. Swann Galleries "Candy Cigarette." on October 15th Actual price: USD $215,000.
  8. Heritage Auctions Bear Facts (A Modest Look; Bearback Rider), Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration on October 14th Actual price: USD $209,000.
  9. Sothebys 6 JEUX D’ÉPREUVES POUR UN COUP DE DÉS JAMAIS N’ABOLIRA LE HASARD DE L’ÉDITION DÉFINITIVE CHEZ VOLLARD. on October 15th Actual price: USD $140,220.
  10. Heritage Auctions Pin-Up with her Hair Up, #327 on October 14th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  11. Sothebys VERS SUR UN GALET D’HONFLEUR. [ETÉ 1892 OU ÉTÉ 1894.] on October 15th Actual price: USD $88,236.
  12. Sothebys 2 LETTRES AUTOGRAPHES SIGNÉES À STÉPHANE MALLARMÉ. HÔTEL NORMANDIE [FÉVRIER 1891] ET HÔTEL DE L'ATHÉNÉE, 25 FÉVRIER [1891]. on October 15th Actual price: USD $85,500.
  13. Sothebys PREMIER ÉTAT D’UN UN COUP DE DÉS JAMAIS N’ABOLIRA LE HASARD. MANUSCRIT AUTOGRAPHE. [FÉVRIER OU AVANT LE 5 MARS 1897]. on October 15th Actual price: USD $71,250.
  14. Swann Galleries Portfolio #4: "What Majestic Word, In Memory of Russell Varian," on October 15th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  15. Heritage Auctions Unexpected Lift (A Nice Catch), Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration on October 14th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  16. Sothebys L’APRÈS-MIDI D’UN FAUNE. ÉGLOGUE. on October 15th Actual price: USD $68,400.
  17. Heritage Auctions Lady Standing on Statue of Liberty, #326 and PN977 on October 14th Actual price: USD $65,625.
  18. Sothebys LA DERNIÈRE MODE. GAZETTE DU MONDE ET DE LA FAMILLE. 6 SEPTEMBRE AU 20 DÉCEMBRE 1874. on October 15th Actual price: USD $64,125.
  19. Heritage Auctions Some Sun Fun on October 14th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  20. Heritage Auctions Great Dame on October 14th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  21. Sothebys LES POÉSIES. on October 15th Actual price: USD $57,713.
  22. Sothebys LA PRIÈRE DU GUEUX [PLACET]. [AU VERSO :] L’ENFANT PRODIGUE. POÈMES AUTOGRAPHES.  on October 15th Actual price: USD $57,000.
  23. Sothebys ÉVENTAIL [DE MADEMOISELLE MALLARMÉ]. POÈME AUTOGRAPHE SIGNÉ. on October 15th Actual price: USD $55,575.
  24. Heritage Auctions Daisies Are Telling (Love Me, Love Me Not), Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration on October 14th Actual price: USD $55,000.
  25. Sothebys GERMAIN NOUVEAU EN BUSTE, DE TROIS-QUART. PHOTOGRAPHIE ORIGINALE. on October 15th Actual price: USD $54,150.

 

For the week ahead 28 sales are scheduled: 

Mon. Oct. 19th 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 65 lots 

Tue. Oct. 20th 
Bonhams. San Francisco. Prints and Multiples. 264 lots 
Bonhams. New York. Conflicts of the 20th Century. 91 lots 
Ader. PARIS. Prints. 12 lots 

Wed. Oct. 21st 
Bonhams. London. Richard Attenborough: Life Both Sides of the Camera. 198 lots 
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Antiquarian Books - Travel Books. 372 lots 

Thu. Oct. 22nd 
Freemans. Philadelphia. Books, Maps and Manuscripts. 705 lots 
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . History, Geography and Travel Books. 216 lots 
RR Auction. Amherst. Space and Aviation - Internet bidstart 10/15. 474 lots 
Swann Galleries. New York. Autographs. 387 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/15. 402 lots 
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. 20th Century Books and Works on Paper. 269 lots 
Sothebys. New York. The Creative Genius of Sam Simon: A Lifetime of Memorabilia. 277 lots 
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Rare Books. 467 lots 
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Manuscripts, Rare Books, Theology. 196 lots 
PIASA. Paris. Boxing, Etc.

Fri. Oct. 23rd 
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Literature and Children's Books. 545 lots 
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Autographs. 445 lots 
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. 75172 Pforzheim. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Prints, Maps and Photographs. 5849 lots 

Sat. Oct. 24th 
Sothebys. Paris. Collection J.-A. S. - Grand Masters of Comic Strips. 100 lots 
OSENAT. FONTAINEBLEAU. Automobilia. 165 lots 
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Modern Literature. 488 lots 
Archives International Auctions. FORT LEE,. AIA Part XXIX - Session 1 - Wall St. Bourse. 420 lots 
John McInnis Auctioneers. Amesbury. Estate Auction - Cohasset, MA. 38 lots 
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Fine Art - Prints and Photography

Sun. Oct. 25th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 10/18
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 10/18
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Legends of the West. 110 lots 

 

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

 

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 18:</b> Manuel Orazi, <i>La Maison Moderne,</i> 1900. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 18:</b> Maxfield Parrish, <i>The Century, Midsummer Holiday Number,</i> 1897. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 18:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Medee, Sarah Bernhardt,</i> 1898. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 18:</b> H.A. Volodimer, <i>Grand Prix d’Endurance de 24 Heures,</i> 1923. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 18:</b> Aldo Mazza, <i>Vini d’Italia,</i> circa 1920. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 18:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>l’Oie d’Or,</i> circa 1930. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 18:</b> <i>James Bond Does It Everywhere in “Thunderball!”</i> designer unknown, 1965. $1,500 to $2,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 18:</b> Emil Cardinaux, <i>Palace Hotel, St. Moritz,</i> 1920. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 18:</b> Joseph C. Leyendecker, <i>“Contour” Arrow Form-Fit Collars,</i> 1917. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 18:</b> Sascha Maurer, <i>Ski at Lake Placid,</i> 1938. $2,500 to $3,500.
  • <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Winter Auction<br>Jan. 30 & 31, 2021</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Rare 1778 Engraved map of Colonial Philadelphia after George Heap (1714-1752) and Nicholas Scull (1687-1761). $10,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Author signed and inscribed <i>THE FOUNTAINHEAD,</i> stated First Edition, by Ayn Rand, published by The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis, New York, 1943. $2,000 to $2,400.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> John James Audubon (American, 1785-1851) hand-colored aquatint engraving, "Yellow-billed Magpie, Stellers Jay, Ultramarine Jay and Clark's Crow," Plate Number CCCLXII. $1,800 to $2,200.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Winter Auction<br>Jan. 30 & 31, 2021</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) autograph letter, signed, as President, to Nathan Reid detailing Jackson’s intervention on behalf of Reid's grandson. $1,800 to $2,200.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Edward Steichen (Luxembourg/American, 1879-1973) portfolio of photographs, "The Early Years 1900-1927, 12 Hand-Gravure Prints" #41/1000, printed in 1981. $1,400 to $1,600.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, TLS, one-page typed letter on The White House, Washington, D.C., stationary to John Marshall Butler. $1,400 to $1,600.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Winter Auction<br>Jan. 30 & 31, 2021</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Two Pre-Civil War slave related letters, including one written by Mariah, a female domestic slave of James Vincent Musgrove (1814-1890) to her daughter. $1,000 to $1,200.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Two author signed and inscribed Ayn Rand related books, including one Rand signed <i>WE THE LIVING,</i> London 1940 edition. $1,000 to $1,200.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> PLAN DE LA VILLE DE MEMPHIS (ETATS-UNIS) 40,000 HABITANTS pen and ink with watercolor hand drawn drainage system map, circa 1870. $700 to $900.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Winter Auction<br>Jan. 30 & 31, 2021</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Scarce Mezzotint portrait of Thomas Pownall, Colonial Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay (1757-1760) and South Carolina (1760). $600 to $700.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> VIEW OF NORFOLK FROM COSPORT, VIRGINIA, John Hill, engraver, after John Shaw (U.K., 1776-1832). $600 to $700.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> THE BURNING OF THE MERCHANT'S EXCHANGE, NEW YORK CITY -THE GREAT FIRE OF DECEMBER, 1835. Scarce color lithograph, a 1909 reissue of the original 1836 print. $500 to $700.
  • <b><center>Christie’s<br>Paul Destribats:<br>Une Bibliothèque des Avant-gardes<br>Part III<br>2-3 and 4 February 2021</b>
    <b><center>Christie’s<br>Paul Destribats:<br>Une Bibliothèque des Avant-gardes<br>Part III<br>2-3 and 4 February 2021</b>
    <b><center>Christie’s<br>Paul Destribats:<br>Une Bibliothèque des Avant-gardes<br>Part III<br>2-3 and 4 February 2021</b>
    <b><center>Christie’s<br>Paul Destribats:<br>Une Bibliothèque des Avant-gardes<br>Part III<br>2-3 and 4 February 2021</b>
  • <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>28 January 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Schedel (Hartmann). <i>Liber Chronicarum,</i> first edition, Nuremberg, Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 1493. £30,000 to £50,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> [Greek Orthodox Church].- <i>Menaion,</i> manuscript in Greek, on paper, in Greek letters, [Eastern Mediterranean], [c. 1400]. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> American Revolution.- Loyalist's cow powder horn, engraved with the cypher "GR" for George III surmounted by a crown, an inscription, and on reverse an engraving of the "North River" [Hudson River], 1777. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>28 January 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Illuminated prayer book.- <i>Maria Carcer y Trigueros... Santa Misa y Oraciones,</i> illuminated manuscript in Spanish, on paper, [c. 1850]. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Hardy (Thomas). <i>The Mayor of Casterbridge,</i> 2 vol., first edition in book form, original cloth, 1886. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> [Austen (Jane)]. <i>Emma: A Novel,</i> first edition, Printed for John Murray, 1816. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>28 January 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Brontë (Charlotte). <i>Jane Eyre. An Autobiography,</i> 3 vol., first edition, Smith, Elder and Co., 1847. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Cruikshank (George). <i>The Road to the Derby,</i> one of two proof copies, Raphael Tuck & Sons, 1882. £600 to £800.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Meunier (Charles, binder).- Gruel (Leon). <i>Manuel Historique et Bibliographique de l'Amateur de Reliures,</i> 2 vol., Paris, 1887.-1905. £3,000 to £4,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>28 January 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Burne-Jones (Sir Edward). <i>The Work of Edward Burne-Jones,</i> edited by Philip Burne-Jones, one of 200 copies, [c.1900]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Nazraeli Press.- <i>Six by Six,</i> 36 vol. [a complete set], one of 100 sets, each with signed photograph, Portland, Or., 2010-16. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Australasia.- Péron (Francois) and Freycinet. <i>Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes,</i> 5 vol. including Atlas, second edition, Paris, 1824. £6,000 to £8,000.