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25 Auctions Archived, 34 Upcoming This Week

For the week ended Saturday 7 November 25 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 9 denominated in euros, 4 in British pounds, and 12 in US dollars.  Turnover was $12,557,518 as 7,956 lots were offered and 6,039 sold for a robust 76%.  We are in the high season.

4 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Heritage AuctionsManuscripts Grand Format Auction on November 5th: $3,744,764 
Swann GalleriesAmerican Prints from a Private Collection on November 4th: $3,018,305 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books on November 5th: $1,313,423 
ChristiesPosters on November 5th: $1,102,193 

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

Marc van de Wiele AuctionsBooks on October 9th: 142.39% 
Heritage AuctionsManuscripts Grand Format Auction on November 5th: 124.59% 
Marc van de Wiele AuctionsBooks on October 10th: 114.51% 

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

SothebysFrancesco Scavullo: No End to Beauty on November 2nd: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/23 on November 1st: 99.78% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 10/25 on November 1st: 98.30% 
TooveysPrints on November 4th: 92.50% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books on November 5th: 87.22% 
Heritage AuctionsManuscripts Grand Format Auction on November 5th: 86.10% 
Marc van de Wiele AuctionsBooks on October 9th: 85.93% 
TooveysPhotographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on November 3rd: 85.06% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on November 3rd: 83.53% 
FreemansModern and Contemporary Prints on November 1st: 83.02% 
Winter AssociatesPrints, Books on November 2nd: 80.00% 

25 total sales reported this week: 

Rago Arts and AuctionsFine Art and Post War Contemporary - Prints on November 5th: 74.55% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsPost War and Contemporary - Prints on November 5th: 63.68% 
ChristiesPosters on November 5th: 73.08% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 10/29 on November 5th: 77.36% 
Heritage AuctionsManuscripts Grand Format Auction on November 5th: 86.10% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books on November 5th: 87.22% 
Hauff and AuvermannBooks, autographs, avant-garde and posters Part 2 on October 31st: 55.50% 
Hauff and AuvermannModern Art - Prints on October 30th: 57.22% 
Hauff and AuvermannBooks, autographs, avant-garde and posters Part 1 on October 31st: 57.38% 
Swann GalleriesAmerican Prints from a Private Collection on November 4th: 64.34% 
TooveysPhotographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on November 3rd: 85.06% 
TooveysPrints on November 4th: 92.50% 
BonhamsTravel and Exploration - logbooks, prints, books on November 3rd: 77.59% 
Winter AssociatesPrints, Books on November 2nd: 80.00% 
ArtcurialAutomobilia on November 1st: 71.01% 
TajanPhotographs on October 29th: 22.03% 
TajanPhotographies from the Don Sanders' Collection on October 29th: 24.54% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on November 3rd: 83.53% 
Marc van de Wiele AuctionsBooks on October 10th: 79.44% 
Marc van de Wiele AuctionsBooks on October 9th: 85.93% 
Archives International AuctionsAIA Part XXIX - Session 1 - Wall St. Bourse on October 24th: 65.48% 
FreemansModern and Contemporary Prints on November 1st: 83.02% 
SothebysFrancesco Scavullo: No End to Beauty on November 2nd: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 10/25 on November 1st: 98.30% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/23 on November 1st: 99.78% 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions Abraham Lincoln Autograph Manuscript Signed, the Last Paragraph of His Second Inaugural Address, Circa March 1865. on November 5th Actual price: USD $2,213,000.
  2. Heritage Auctions Francis Peyton Rous: Nobel Prize Medal, Diploma, and Related Materials. on November 5th Actual price: USD $461,000.
  3. Heritage Auctions [Slavery]. Wederstrandt Family Archive of Correspondence, Documents, and Plantation Ledgers Regarding Their Ownership of Three Plantations in Louisiana. on November 5th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  4. Rago Arts and Auctions Muhammad Ali, 1978 on November 5th Actual price: USD $112,500.
  5. Rago Arts and Auctions Grace Kelly, 1984 on November 5th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  6. Christies L'IMPOSSIBLE MONSIEUR BÉBÉ on November 5th Actual price: USD $104,120.
  7. Heritage Auctions George Washington Autograph Letter Signed, With Initialed Postscript and Franking Signature. on November 5th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  8. Heritage Auctions Erwin Rommel Autograph Letter Twice Signed to Adolf Hitler. on November 5th Actual price: USD $78,125.
  9. Swann Galleries The Great Jewish Bride on November 4th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  10. Swann Galleries Wet Night, Route 6 on November 4th Actual price: USD $72,500.
  11. Bonhams An important album of sketches including the second known (and first detailed) panorama of Honolulu, and the earliest known view of Kealakekua Bay taken from Ka'awaloa, [Hawaii, Pitcairn, Marquesas Islands, Peru and Chile, 1837-1840] on November 3rd Actual price: USD $67,375.
  12. Swann Galleries Self Portrait in a Cap and Scarf with the Face Dark: Bust on November 4th Actual price: USD $65,000.
  13. Heritage Auctions Voyage Pittoresque autour du Monde, avec des Portraits de Sauvages d'Amérique, d'Asie, d'Afrique, et des Iles du Grand Ocean; des Paysages, des Vues Maritimes, et Pllusieurs Objets d'Histoire Naturelle; Accompagné de Descriptions par M. le Baron Cuvier, e on November 5th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  14. Bonhams A rare 18 1/2-inch Vincenzo Coronelli terrestrial globe, on November 3rd Actual price: USD $57,750.
  15. Christies MODIANO on November 5th Actual price: USD $57,000.
  16. Swann Galleries Old Man in Meditation, Leaning on a Book on November 4th Actual price: USD $52,500.
  17. Swann Galleries Self Portrait with Plumed Cap and Lowered Sabre on November 4th Actual price: USD $52,500.
  18. Swann Galleries The Sea Monster on November 4th Actual price: USD $50,000.
  19. Christies FLYING DOWN TO RIO on November 5th Actual price: USD $49,400.
  20. Freemans FORMS IN SPACE on November 1st Actual price: USD $48,750.
  21. Bonhams Indian Amateur's Photographic Album, nos. 1-31 (no. 5 being an 'Appendix', see below) bound in 3 vol., FIRST EDITION, [Bombay, William Henderson, November 1856-May 1859] on November 3rd Actual price: USD $48,125.
  22. Swann Galleries Jan Lutma, Goldsmith on November 4th Actual price: USD $47,500.
  23. Christies TO LONDON BY SLEEPER on November 5th Actual price: USD $45,600.
  24. Swann Galleries Rembrandt et jeune fille de profil on November 4th Actual price: USD $45,000.
  25. Heritage Auctions George Washington Franking Signature on a Cover Addressed to Thomas Jefferson. on November 5th Actual price: USD $45,000.


For the week ahead 34 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Nov. 9th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 69 lots

Tue. Nov. 10th
Paige Auction. Portland. Joy of Collecting. 66 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. 19th & 20th Century Literature Featuring The Lawrence M. Solomon Collection. 573 lots
Ader. PARIS. Ancient and Modern Books. 128 lots
Stockholms Auktionsverk. Stockholm. Prints and Photographs. 78 lots

Wed. Nov. 11th
Bonhams. London. Books. 284 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 417 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Travel & Natural History, Maps, Prints, Sporting Art. 560 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 10/23. 1182 lots

Thu. Nov. 12th
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Motoring Literature, Automobilia, Early Cycling and Railwayana. 225 lots
Christies. Paris. Photographs. 104 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Important Books and Manuscripts. 221 lots
ALDE. Paris. Library of Michel Wittock VI. 110 lots
Lyon and Turnbull. Edinburgh. 19th and 20th Century Pictures. 29 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/5. 463 lots

Fri. Nov. 13th
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Rare and Used Books. 473 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents: Natural History and Sporting Art. 213 lots
Christies. Paris. COLLECTION SHALOM SHPILMAN VENDUE AU PROFIT DU SHPILMAN INSTITUTE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY. 210 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Photography - Pierre Molinier, Emmanuelle Arsan Collection. 194 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Photographs. 135 lots
Auxerre Encheres Estimations. AUXERRE. Antiquarian and Modern Books. 258 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Books and Prints. 21 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Photographs. 326 lots

Sat. Nov. 14th
Bonhams. Hong Kong. Prints, Photographs and Works on Paper. 101 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Photography. 118 lots
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints. 147 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Books and Prints. 8 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Property from Cornelia Guest, Formerly The Collection of Winston & C.Z. Guest, Templeton. 58 lots
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Posters. 342 lots

Sun. Nov. 15th
Ader. PARIS. Exceptional Photograph Books. 447 lots
Skinner. Boston. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 409 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/8.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/8.
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints. 412 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò. <i>Nicholas Machiavel's Prince. Also, The life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca…</i> Translated by Edward Dacres. London, 1640. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FILSON, John. <i>The Discovery, Settlement and present State of Kentucke: and An Essay towards the Topography, and Natural History of that important Country…</i> Wilmington, Del.: James Adams, 1784. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> ELUARD, Paul. <i>Un poeme dans chaque livre.</i> Paris: Louis Broder, 1956. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LEWIS, James Otto. [<i>Aboriginal Port Folio.</i> Philadelphia: Published by the Author, 1835-1836]. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS]. BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin. [Southern Netherlands (Ghent or Bruges), c.1460]. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MORE, Thomas, Sir. <i>The Workes ... wrytten by him in the Englysh tongue.</i> Edited by William Rastell. London, 1557. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. <i>Love is Enough.</i> Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897. $5,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph endorsement signed as President (“A. Lincoln”), 24 February 1863. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> WASHINGTON, George. Address panel with autograph free frank signed ("G:o Washington"), as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, 5 August 1777. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Beastly Baby.</i> N.p.: The Fantod Press, 1962. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FROST, Robert. Photographic reproduction signed and inscribed ("Robert Frost”), to R.V. Thornton, 1955. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Bug Book.</i> New York: Looking Glass Library, 1959. $500 to $700.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Book of Hours with Illuminated Miniatures, France, mid-15th century. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Conradus de Alemania [Halberstadt the Elder], <i>Concordantiae Bibliorum,</i> Strassburg, 1474. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Christopher Marlowe, <i>The Jew of Malta,</i> London, 1633. Earliest extant edition of this antiauthoritarian Elizabethan play. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b><br>Sir Isaac Newton, <i>The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy,</i> first edition in English, 2 volumes, London, 1729. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> John Rae, <i>Narrative of an Expedition to the Shores of the Arctic Sea in 1846 and 1847,</i> first edition, London, 1850. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Philip Pittman, <i>The Present State of the European Settlements on the Mississippi…,</i> first edition, London, 1770. $10,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Cyanotype of an anatomy class at Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1895. $300 to $400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Equine veterinary formulary, manuscript on paper, East Earl, Pennsylvania, circa 1860. $400 to $600.
  • <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> REGAMEY, Felix (1844-1906). Unique drawing showing Verlaine and Rimbaud in London, September 1872. €70,000 to 100,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LABORDE, Alexandre de (1773-1842). <i>Voyage pittoresque et historique de l’Espagne.</i> Paris : 1806-1820. €20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> BOCCACE, Jean (1313-1375). <i>Il Decamerone…</i> Venise : Gabriele Giolito di Ferrari, 1542.<br>€ 12,000 to 15,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LAMBERT, Yvon (1936). Full collection of writings from <i>Une rêverie émanée de mes loisirs.</i> Paris : 1992 - 2018. €50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> JOUVE, Paul (1878-1973) -- KIPLING, Rudyard (1865-1936). <i>La Chasse de Kaa.</i> Paris : Javal & Bourdeaux, 1930. €2,000 to 3,000