• <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Oscar Wilde, <i>“The secret of life is in Art,”</i> autograph quotation dated and signed, 1882. Sold for $15,600.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>Manhattan Gay Scene Guide 1969, Summer Edition,</i> Mattachine Book Service. Sold for $3,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Toyen, pen & ink illustration from <i>Marquis de Sade: Justina cili prokletí ctnosti,</i> 1932. Sold for $26,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Antonio Lopez, 9 men’s fashion studies, graphite, 1974. Sold for $6,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Harvey Milk, 2 autograph letters signed, to Pat Mormon, during US Navy service, 1954. Sold for $2,210.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Daniel Abraham, original art for <i>Stonewall Romances,</i> pen, ink & gouache, 1979. Sold for $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> David Wojnarowicz, <i>Untitled (Genet with Dog),</i> mixed media collage. Sold for $27,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Susie Gaynes & Amy E. Bartell, <i>March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights,</i> 1987. Sold for $1,188.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>Paris is Burning,</i> photo offset poster by Anne Dutlinger, signed by film director Jennie Livingston, 1991. Sold for $1,500.
  • <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Live Online<br>2 December 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Dec. 2:</b> Rackham (Arthur). 'The Skein', original pen, ink and watercolour drawing. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Dec. 2:</b> Vico (Giambattista). <i>Principj di una scienza nuova,</i> FIRST EDITION, Felice Mosca, Naples,1725. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Dec. 2:</b> <i>Bauerkeller's New Embossed Plan of London,</i> first edition, Ackermann & Co., 1841. £1,800 to £2,200.
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Live Online<br>2 December 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Dec. 2:</b> Bible, English, Coverdale's Version, J. Nycolson, Southwark, [1535]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Dec. 2:</b> Johnson (Samuel). <i>A Dictionary of the English Langauge,</i> 2 vol., fourth edition revised by the author, folio, 1773. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Dec. 2:</b> Orwell (George). <i>The Road to Wigan Pier,</i> first public edition, 8vo., Victor Gollancz, 1937. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Dec. 2:</b> Rowling (J. K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first printing 1997. £6,000 to £8,000.
  • <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> <i>All-Negro Comics</i> Issue #1, 1947. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Early Memoir of a Black Hairdresser, 1859. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> First Edition <i>Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, An African,</i> 1782. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Bessie Coleman Aero News Vol. 1 Issue 1, May 1930, Signed by William J. Powell. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Book of Poetry and Music by Formerly Illiterate Author Thomas Young, 1897. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Cabinet Card of 24th Infantryman, Tombstone, Arizona Territory, circa 1882. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> James Baldwin Portrait by Carl Van Vechten, 1955. $3,500 to $4,500.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> <i>The Pacific Appeal</i> Newspaper, San Francisco, 1877. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Only Known Copy <i>Spreading Joy,</i> Uplift History of African Americans in Los Angeles, 1937. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> 1940 Los Angeles <i>The Official Central Avenue District Directory.</i> $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> GRÉGOIRE, Henri (French, 1750-1831). <i>An Enquiry Concerning the Intellectual and Moral Faculties, and Literature of Negroes,</i> First American Edition, 1810. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> 1893 Indian Territory Album with Images of Tacky Grayson. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 1st<br>Antique and modern prints,<br>drawings and paintings</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 2nd<br>Photographs, autographs, musical works and manuscripts</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 3rd<br>Books from XV to XX Century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 3rd<br>Mathematics books</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 3rd<br>Art books from Salvador Dalí<br>& others</b>

Auction Update Review

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32 Auctions Archived, 15 Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday 26 March 32 sales were archived to the Rare Book Hub database; 4 denominated in Swiss francs, 7 in euros, 8 in British pounds, and 13 in U.S. dollars.  Turnover was $10,047,793 as 7,458 lots were offered and 5,443 sold for a 73% success rate.  The world is unstable and bidders recently have been somewhat shy.  This too shall pass.

1 auction saw its total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysPrints and Multiples on March 22nd: $4,563,703

8 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered: 

AguttesAntiquarian Books on March 17th: 305.47% 
TooveysPrints on March 23rd: 199.52% 
Henri Godts Books and Prints AuctionsAntiquarian Books on March 22nd: 156.27% 
Lyon and TurnbullAsian Art - Books and Prints on March 22nd: 130.99% 
Koller AuctionsOld Master Prints on March 22nd: 123.18% 
SothebysPrints and Multiples on March 22nd: 112.54% 
RR AuctionThe Presidential Collection of Everett Fisher - Internet bidstart 3/10 on March 17th: 112.22% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on March 22nd: 100.56% 


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

Carlsen GalleryEarly March Antique Auction - Books and Prints on March 6th: 100.00% 
Robert Siegel GalleriesUnited States Revenues incl. Hunting Permits on March 18th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 3/13 on March 20th: 99.63% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 3/13 on March 20th: 97.86% 
TooveysPostcards, Topographical Books on March 22nd: 94.01% 
SothebysPrints and Multiples on March 22nd: 90.13% 
AguttesAntiquarian Books on March 17th: 87.50% 
Koller AuctionsOld Master Prints on March 22nd: 86.27% 
TooveysPrints on March 23rd: 83.33% 
Koller AuctionsAutographs on March 19th: 81.25% 
Keys Fine Arts AuctioneersBooks on March 17th: 80.85% 


32 auctions reported this week: 

PBA GalleriesFine Books in All Fields with Illustrated & Children's Books on March 24th: 72.25% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsBibliophile on March 24th: 73.05% 
AuctionataThe Superhero Sale on March 23rd: 39.29% 
TooveysPrints on March 23rd: 83.33% 
TooveysPostcards, Topographical Books on March 22nd: 94.01% 
Koller AuctionsOld Master Prints on March 22nd: 86.27% 
Koller AuctionsPhotography on March 19th: 61.40% 
Koller AuctionsAutographs on March 19th: 81.25% 
Koller AuctionsBooks on March 19th: 54.36% 
BonhamsPrints and Multiples on March 23rd: 53.42% 
Lyon and TurnbullAsian Art - Books and Prints on March 22nd: 78.57% 
AguttesAntiquarian Books on March 17th: 87.50% 
25 Blythe RoadBritish & Continental Pictures & Prints and Photographs Sale on March 17th: 21.37% 
RR AuctionThe Presidential Collection of Everett Fisher - Internet bidstart 3/10 on March 17th: 73.74% 
Henri Godts Books and Prints AuctionsAntiquarian Books on March 22nd: 72.97% 
SothebysPrints and Multiples on March 22nd: 90.13% 
Carlsen GalleryEarly March Antique Auction - Books and Prints on March 6th: 100.00% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on March 22nd: 79.63% 
Clars Auction GalleryPrints on March 20th: 62.90% 
Clars Auction GalleryPrints on March 19th: 79.84% 
Brunk AuctionsBooks, Prints on March 19th: 66.67% 
Adams Amsterdam AuctionsPaul Blanca Photographs on March 21st: 76.39% 
Adams Amsterdam AuctionsPhotographs on March 21st: 49.51% 
EldredsAntiques and Accessories - Books and Prints on March 19th: 60.00% 
ChristiesFirst Open/Home - Prints on March 22nd: 52.78% 
Keys Fine Arts AuctioneersBooks on March 17th: 80.85% 
Robert Siegel GalleriesUnited States Revenues incl. Hunting Permits on March 18th: 100.00% 
Alexander Historical AuctionsSpring 2016 Historical Militaria Day 1 on March 18th: 71.00% 
Venator and HansteinModern and Contemporary Prints and Drawings; Modern Illustrated Books on March 19th: 54.74% 
Venator and HansteinBooks, Prints and Drawings, Autographs on March 18th: 58.12% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 3/13 on March 20th: 99.63% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 3/13 on March 20th: 97.86% 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys A LA RECHERCHE DU SHOE PERDU; AND SHOE AND LEG (F. & S. IV.69B - 85) on March 22nd Actual price: USD $416,060.
  2. Aguttes Entomologie, ou histoire naturelle des Insectes,avec leurs caractères génériques et spécifiques, leur description, leur synonymie et leur figure enluminée. Entomologie - Histoire naturelle des insectes. on March 17th Actual price: USD $222,683.
  3. Sothebys THE BULLS OF BORDEAUX (HARRIS 283-286; DELTEIL 286-289) on March 22nd Actual price: USD $211,580.
  4. Sothebys MARILYN MONROE (F. & S. II.31) on March 22nd Actual price: USD $194,540.
  5. Sothebys GOETHE (F. & S. II.270-273) on March 22nd Actual price: USD $168,625.
  6. Sothebys MARILYN MONROE (F. & S. II.23) on March 22nd Actual price: USD $150,875.
  7. Sothebys MOCHA STANDARD (WALKER ART CENTER 30) on March 22nd Actual price: USD $115,375.
  8. Koller Auctions Histoire naturelle des perroquets. on March 19th Actual price: USD $105,575.
  9. Sothebys MOONWALK (F. & S. II.404) on March 22nd Actual price: USD $97,625.
  10. Koller Auctions Poissons Ecrevisses et Crabes, de diverses couleurs et figures extraordinaires, que l‘on trouve autour des Isles Moluques, et sur les côtes des Terres Australes: [...] Divisé en deux tomes, dont le premier a été copié sur l on March 19th Actual price: USD $93,215.
  11. Koller Auctions Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des art et des métiers... on March 19th Actual price: USD $93,215.
  12. Sothebys MARILYN MONROE (F. & S. II.28) on March 22nd Actual price: USD $92,300.
  13. Sothebys MIROIR DE LA TAUROMACHIE (S. 29-30) on March 22nd Actual price: USD $88,750.
  14. Sothebys MARILYN MONROE (F. & S. II.22) on March 22nd Actual price: USD $85,200.
  15. Sothebys MARILYN MONROE (F. & S. II.29) on March 22nd Actual price: USD $78,100.
  16. RR Auction William Henry Harrison DS on March 17th Actual price: USD $74,938.
  17. Venator and Hanstein Reise in das innere Nord-America in den Jahren 1832 bis 1834. Daraus der Atlasband on March 18th Actual price: USD $73,665.
  18. Sothebys MARILYN MONROE (F. & S. II.25) on March 22nd Actual price: USD $71,000.
  19. Sothebys ERASMUS OF ROTTERDAM (B. 107; M., HOLL., 105) on March 22nd Actual price: USD $71,000.
  20. Sothebys MAO (F. & S. II.91) on March 22nd Actual price: USD $69,225.
  21. Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions La grande cita de Anversa. on March 22nd Actual price: USD $68,880.
  22. Sothebys NAPOLÉON (DELTEIL 358; ADRIANI 135; WITTROCK 140) on March 22nd Actual price: USD $67,450.
  23. Sothebys MICK JAGGER (F. & S. II.146) on March 22nd Actual price: USD $63,900.
  24. Sothebys LENIN (F. & S. II.402) on March 22nd Actual price: USD $62,125.
  25. Sothebys CARMEN (M. CS 39) on March 22nd Actual price: USD $62,125.

 

For the week ahead 15 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Mar. 28th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 41 lots

Tue. Mar. 29th
Ader. PARIS. Modern Prints. 119 lots
Auctionata. New York. Modern and Contemporary Art. 132 lots

Wed. Mar. 30th
Dorotheum . Vienna. Prints Before 1900. 73 lots

Thu. Mar. 31st
Swann Galleries. New York. Printed and Manuscript African Americana. 462 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Globes. 20 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Modern and Contemporary Editions. 477 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/24. 199 lots

Sat. Apr. 2nd
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Montana "Big Sky" Auction. 385 lots
Arader Galleries. New York City. Natural History Works on Paper, Historic Maps, Rare Books and Audubon's Birds of America and Quadrup. 203 lots

Sun. Apr. 3rd
Sothebys. New York. Photographs. 152 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 3/27.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 3/27.
John McInnis Auctioneers. Amesbury. Photography. 544 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>Latin and French Book of Hours, around 1490. Est: € 20,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br> P. Goos, <i>Le Grand Miroir de la Mer,</i> 1669. Est: € 25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>L. Feininger, Letter with woodcuts, 1920. Est: € 25,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>Latin Bible manuscript, 12th century. Est: € 20,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>M. E. Bloch, <i>Naturgeschichte der Fische,</i> 1782-95. Est: € 40,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>M. Chagall, <i>Daphnis & Chloé,</i> 1961. Est: € 90,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>L. J. Waghenaer, <i>Speculum nauticum,</i> 1586. Est: € 180,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>P. J. de Pannemaeker, Collection of orig. watercolors, 1878-1887.<br>Est: € 25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>G. Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> 1918.<br>Est: € 15,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br><i>Livro dos prestimonios,</i> Manuscript, 1665. Est: € 25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>W. Kandinsky, <i>Klänge,</i> 1913.<br>Est: € 18,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>J. Miró in J. Cassou, <i>Vingt-deux poémes,</i> 1978. Est: € 8,000
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Music, Continental Books<br>and Medieval Manuscripts<br>24 Nov. – 1 Dec. 2020<br>Online</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b><br>F. Schubert. Autograph letter to his brother Ferdinand, 4 pages, Zseliz, 1818. £80,000 to £120,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b><br>L. v. Beethoven. Fine autograph letter to his librettist Friedrich Treitschke, about their planned opera, 1815. £70,000 to £90,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b> Hermann Hesse, Highly important series of 62 letters and postcards to Stefan Zweig, 1903-1938. £60,000 to £80,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Music, Continental Books<br>and Medieval Manuscripts<br>24 Nov. – 1 Dec. 2020<br>Online</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b> Book of Hours, Use of Reims, illuminated manuscript on vellum [France, late 15th century]. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b> Armenian gospel book, illuminated manuscript on vellum, seventeenth century, tooled calf binding. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b><br>C. Goldoni. Ten autograph letters signed to the Genoese nobleman Cristoforo Spinola, Venice 1742-1743. £7,000 to £9,000.
  • <center><b>Firsts Online Rare Book Fair<br> 27 November to 2 December<br><br> Presented by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association</b>