• <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.
  • <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.

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Twenty-five Auctions Archived, 27 Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday February 27th 25 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 5 denominated in euros, 3 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 16 in US dollars.  Turnover was $10,866,338 as 6,092 lots were offered and 5,051 sold for an 83% sell-though.  It was a strong week.

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Heritage AuctionsComics on February 18th: $5,734,758 
Swann GalleriesArt and Storytelling: Photographs and Photobooks on February 25th: $1,627,571 
Heritage AuctionsEntertainment on February 20th: $1,212,834 

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

ArtcurialAntiquarian and Modern Books on February 23rd: 154.91% 
Neal Auction CompanyImportant Estates - Books, Prints - Day 2 on February 20th: 100.65% 

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

Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 2/14 on February 21st: 99.86% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/14 on February 21st: 99.62% 
Heritage AuctionsComics on February 18th: 98.50% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 2/18 on February 25th: 94.96% 
ArtcurialAntiquarian and Modern Books on February 23rd: 87.80% 
Clars Auction GalleryPrints on February 20th: 86.81% 
Clars Auction GalleryPrints on February 21st: 85.71% 
Paige AuctionMemorabilia, Prints, Collectible on February 16th: 85.37% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on February 23rd: 82.98% 
Dallas Auction GalleryThe Fine and Decorative Auction - Books and Prints on February 24th: 80.95% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsBibliophile on February 25th: 80.71% 
Neal Auction CompanyImportand Estates Auction - Day 1 - Prints on February 19th: 80.00% 

25 total sales were reported this week: 

Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 2/18 on February 25th: 94.96% 
Connecticut Book AuctionsBooks on February 22nd: 61.14% 
Binoche et GiquelloScience Books - Antiquarian and Modern Books on February 24th: 62.01% 
Dallas Auction GalleryThe Fine and Decorative Auction - Books and Prints on February 24th: 80.95% 
AuctionataPrints and Photography on February 25th: 54.48% 
TooveysPrints on February 24th: 73.91% 
Swann GalleriesArt and Storytelling: Photographs and Photobooks on February 25th: 73.88% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsBibliophile on February 25th: 80.71% 
TooveysPhotographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on February 23rd: 78.76% 
Morton Casa de SubastasBooks and Documents on February 23rd: 45.08% 
Cowans AuctionsBooks and Prints - Online Bidstart 2/11 on February 22nd: 68.18% 
ArtcurialAntiquarian and Modern Books on February 23rd: 87.80% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on February 23rd: 82.98% 
Beaussant LefevrePrints on February 19th: 60.00% 
Paige AuctionMemorabilia, Prints, Collectible on February 16th: 85.37% 
Winter AssociatesFebruary Sale - Prints on February 15th: 72.22% 
Clars Auction GalleryPrints on February 21st: 85.71% 
Clars Auction GalleryPrints on February 20th: 86.81% 
Neal Auction CompanyImportant Estates - Books, Prints - Day 3 on February 21st: 78.33% 
Neal Auction CompanyImportand Estates Auction - Day 1 - Prints on February 19th: 80.00% 
Neal Auction CompanyImportant Estates - Books, Prints - Day 2 on February 20th: 78.95% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 2/14 on February 21st: 99.86% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/14 on February 21st: 99.62% 
Heritage AuctionsEntertainment on February 20th: 76.41% 
Heritage AuctionsComics on February 18th: 98.50% 

 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions Amazing Fantasy #15 on February 18th Actual price: USD $454,100.
  2. Swann Galleries Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico. on February 25th Actual price: USD $221,000.
  3. Heritage Auctions John Romita Sr. Amazing Spider-Man #62 Cover Original Art on February 18th Actual price: USD $179,250.
  4. Heritage Auctions Detective Comics #27 on February 18th Actual price: USD $167,300.
  5. Heritage Auctions Wally Wood Daredevil #9 Cover Original Art on February 18th Actual price: USD $149,375.
  6. Heritage Auctions Beatles Yesterday And Today Sealed First State Stereo "Butcher Cover" LP in GEM MINT 10 Condition (Capitol, 1966) with Rare Original "Dear Beatles Chapter President" Letter and Envelope, with LOA from Perry Cox. on February 20th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  7. Heritage Auctions The Amazing Spider-Man #1 on February 18th Actual price: USD $110,538.
  8. Heritage Auctions The Avengers #1 on February 18th Actual price: USD $98,588.
  9. Heritage Auctions Fantastic Four #52 on February 18th Actual price: USD $83,650.
  10. Heritage Auctions Superman #1 on February 18th Actual price: USD $83,650.
  11. Swann Galleries The General Strike, Policeman. on February 25th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  12. Swann Galleries An album entitled Sketches of Chinese Life and Character. on February 25th Actual price: USD $65,000.
  13. Artcurial Constellations on February 23rd Actual price: USD $55,025.
  14. Heritage Auctions Todd McFarlane Amazing Spider-Man #309 Cover Original Art on February 18th Actual price: USD $54,970.
  15. Heritage Auctions John Romita Sr. and Mike Esposito Amazing Spider-Man #49 Page 15 Original Art on February 18th Actual price: USD $53,775.
  16. Swann Galleries An album with 25 photographs of snowflakes. on February 25th Actual price: USD $52,000.
  17. Heritage Auctions Tales of Suspense #57 on February 18th Actual price: USD $47,800.
  18. Artcurial La Poupée on February 23rd Actual price: USD $45,701.
  19. Heritage Auctions Michael Golden Marvel Fanfare #1 Spider-Man and the Angel Cover Original Art on February 18th Actual price: USD $45,410.
  20. Binoche et Giquello De casibus virorum illustrium. on February 24th Actual price: USD $45,375.
  21. Swann Galleries A portfolio entitled 15 Big Shots. on February 25th Actual price: USD $45,000.
  22. Heritage Auctions John Romita Sr. and Mike Esposito (as Mickey Demeo) Amazing Spider-Man #39 "How Green Was My Goblin!" Page 15 Original Art on February 18th Actual price: USD $44,215.
  23. Heritage Auctions Fantastic Four #49 on February 18th Actual price: USD $44,215.
  24. Heritage Auctions John Byrne and Terry Austin X-Men #137 Page 14 Original Art on February 18th Actual price: USD $43,020.
  25. Heritage Auctions Ross Andru and Mike Esposito Amazing Spider-Man #179 Cover Green Goblin Original Art on February 18th Actual price: USD $43,020.


For the week ahead 27 sales are scheduled:


Mon. Feb. 29th
Auctionata. Berlin. British and American Art - Prints. 64 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Made in Germany - Prints. 90 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 77 lots

Tue. Mar. 1st
Rossini. Paris. Trip to the East. 30 lots
Christies. New York. First Open: Editions. 320 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. March Online Auction. 46 lots

Wed. Mar. 2nd
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. PRINTED BOOKS, MAPS & PRINTS BIBLES, ANTIQUARIAN LITERATURE & SCIENCE A REGENCY LIBRARY M R JAMES &. 544 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. The World on Paper - Classical Modern Works - Prints. 102 lots
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . Books and Prints. 29 lots

Thu. Mar. 3rd
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Golf Books & Memorabilia. 500 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Photo Opportunities. 206 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 59 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Abstractionism - Prints. 23 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Collectibles and Post-War and Contemporary Art - Prints. 47 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 2/25. 302 lots

Fri. Mar. 4th
ALDE. Paris. 19th Century Collection of Books. 259 lots
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Brugge. Judaica, Architecture, Avant-garde, Literature. 1156 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Editions. 127 lots
ALDE. Paris. Library of Michel Weber. 76 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Works on Paper of the 20th and 21st Century. 134 lots

Sat. Mar. 5th
Northeast Auctions. Portsmouth. Portsmouth Weekend Auction - Books and Prints. 121 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Books, Prints. 10 lots
Treadway Toomey Auctions. Oak Park. 20th Century Art and Design - Prints. 61 lots

Sun. Mar. 6th
Carlsen Gallery. Greenville, NY. Early March Antique Auction - Books and Prints. 19 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 2/28.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/28.
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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. 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> 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.