• <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>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.
  • <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.

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38 Auctions Archived, 31 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 23 April 38 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 6 denominated in euros, 10 in British pounds, and 22 in US dollars.  Turnover was $28,956,068 as 10,068 lots were offered and 7,510 sold for a 75% success rate.  For Sotheby’s it was a dominating week.

9 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysPrints on April 21st: $7,878,688 
SothebysThe Library of Mohammed and Margaret Makiya on April 19th: $3,875,191 
SothebysAlchemy: Objects of Desire on April 21st: $3,658,140 
SothebysArts of the Islamic World on April 20th: $3,231,000 
BonhamsPrints and Multiples on April 19th: $2,023,059 
Profiles in HistoryHistorical Auction on April 18th: $1,253,740 
Swann GalleriesImages and Objects: Photographs and Photobooks on April 19th: $1,233,525 
ChristiesTravel, Science and Natural History on April 21st: $1,087,027 
Heritage AuctionsPhotographs - Reflections on Childhood on April 17th: $1,039,313 

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

SothebysAlchemy: Objects of Desire on April 21st: 649.58% 
SothebysThe Library of Mohammed and Margaret Makiya on April 19th: 453.89% 
ChristiesTravel, Science and Natural History on April 21st: 192.52% 
SothebysArts of the Islamic World on April 20th: 146.36% 
TooveysAntiquarian and Collectors Books on April 18th: 141.91% 
Audap and MirabaudAutograph Manuscripts, Books and Prints on April 13th: 133.93% 
Keys Fine Arts AuctioneersAntiques and Interiors - Books and Pictures on April 18th: 132.87% 
Gonnelli Casa DAsteBooks, Manuscripts, Autographs and Musical works on April 8th: 124.04% 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersBooks and Prints on April 21st: 118.54% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsInteriors - Prints on April 19th: 103.18% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Prints on April 6th: 100.68% 

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

Brunk AuctionsBooks, Prints on April 7th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 4/10 on April 17th: 99.86% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/10 on April 17th: 97.92% 
SothebysThe Library of Mohammed and Margaret Makiya on April 19th: 93.24% 
TooveysAntiquarian and Collectors Books on April 18th: 91.34% 
Rachel Davis Fine ArtsFine Art - Prints on March 19th: 87.08% 
Fonsie Mealy AuctioneersFine Art Sale - Books and Prints on March 8th: 86.67% 
SothebysPrints on April 21st: 86.10% 
Audap and MirabaudAutograph Manuscripts, Books and Prints on April 13th: 83.94% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Prints on April 6th: 83.58% 

38 total sales reported this week: 

John McInnis AuctioneersPhotography on April 3rd: 79.23% 
Winter AssociatesContinental - Prints and Books on April 18th: 67.74% 
TooveysAntiquarian and Collectors Books on April 18th: 91.34% 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersBooks and Prints on April 21st: 66.67% 
AuctionataA Gentleman's Library on April 15th: 3.33% 
Cowans AuctionsCleveland Live Salesroom Auction: Prints and Books on April 16th: 63.09% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsBooks and Works on Paper on April 21st: 66.50% 
SothebysAlchemy: Objects of Desire on April 21st: 73.85% 
PBA GalleriesFine Literature on April 21st: 68.48% 
ChristiesTravel, Science and Natural History on April 21st: 76.74% 
SothebysPrints on April 21st: 86.10% 
SothebysArts of the Islamic World on April 20th: 72.73% 
Clars Auction GalleryPrints on April 17th: 62.26% 
Clars Auction GalleryPrints on April 16th: 67.15% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsInteriors - Prints on April 19th: 70.59% 
BonhamsPrints and Multiples on April 19th: 78.10% 
Profiles in HistoryHistorical Auction on April 18th: 72.77% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on April 19th: 64.52% 
AderPhotographs on April 14th: 48.84% 
Audap and MirabaudAutograph Manuscripts, Books and Prints on April 13th: 83.94% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsGreat Estates Auction - Books and Prints on April 14th: 61.70% 
Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic BooksellersOnline Numismatic Book Sale on April 16th: 40.75% 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersSt. Louis Spring Auction - Prints on April 16th: 79.59% 
Keys Fine Arts AuctioneersAntiques and Interiors - Books and Pictures on April 18th: 69.23% 
Keys Fine Arts AuctioneersSporting and Taxidermy - Prints and Books on April 15th: 57.48% 
Brunk AuctionsBooks, Prints on April 7th: 100.00% 
RR AuctionFine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 3/18 on April 13th: 67.30% 
Swann GalleriesImages and Objects: Photographs and Photobooks on April 19th: 73.83% 
SothebysThe Library of Mohammed and Margaret Makiya on April 19th: 93.24% 
Gonnelli Casa DAsteBooks, Manuscripts, Autographs and Musical works on April 8th: 70.50% 
Fonsie Mealy AuctioneersFine Art Sale - Books and Prints on March 8th: 86.67% 
Rachel Davis Fine ArtsFine Art - Prints on March 19th: 87.08% 
EldredsBooks and Art - Internet bidstart 4/2 on April 14th: 67.44% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Prints on April 6th: 83.58% 
SothebysAt Home: Designer Showhouse and Auction - Prints, Photographs on April 17th: 70.97% 
Heritage AuctionsPhotographs - Reflections on Childhood on April 17th: 56.15% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 4/10 on April 17th: 99.86% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/10 on April 17th: 97.92% 
 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys SIX LATIN WRITERS AND POETS on April 21st Actual price: USD $750,240.
  2. Sothebys PORTRAIT DE JEUNE FILLE, D'APRÈS CRANACH LE JEUNE (B. 859; BA. 1053) on April 21st Actual price: USD $694,000.
  3. Sothebys The Levant A COLLECTION OF 15 VOLUMES ON PALESTINE, THE HOLY LAND, SYRIA AND LEBANON, ALL 8VO AND IN ORIGINAL CLOTH, INCLUDING: on April 19th Actual price: USD $612,000.
  4. Sothebys A rare and finely decorated Qur’an leaf in eastern Kufic script on April 20th Actual price: USD $542,880.
  5. Sothebys PATHS AND EDGES #3 on April 21st Actual price: USD $542,880.
  6. Sothebys Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa ('Epistles of the Brethren of Purity') Book I on the mathematical sciences on April 20th Actual price: USD $525,600.
  7. Sothebys POSTER FOR ROCI - BERLIN on April 21st Actual price: USD $525,600.
  8. Sothebys The Levant and Egypt A COLLECTION OF 7 VOLUMES, 8VO, COMPRISING: on April 19th Actual price: USD $525,600.
  9. Sothebys Iraq A COLLECTION OF 229 VOLUMES RELATING TO IRAQ, FROM ANCIENT TIMES TO THE PRESENT, INCLUDING: on April 19th Actual price: USD $456,480.
  10. Sothebys NUDE WITH BLUE HAIR (C. 286) on April 21st Actual price: USD $454,000.
  11. Sothebys Zakhirah-yi Khwarazmshahi ('Treasury dedicated to the king of Khwarazmshahi') an encyclopaedia of medical science, books I (part II), II and III on April 20th Actual price: USD $335,520.
  12. Sothebys COWBOYS AND INDIANS (F. & S. II.377-386) on April 21st Actual price: USD $322,000.
  13. Sothebys THE LAST POET OF IRAN  on April 21st Actual price: USD $318,240.
  14. Sothebys UNTITLED: FOUR PRINTS on April 21st Actual price: USD $298,000.
  15. Sothebys DETAILS OF RENAISSANCE PAINTINGS (SANDRO BOTTICELLI, BIRTH OF VENUS, 1482) (F. & S. II.316-319) on April 21st Actual price: USD $262,000.
  16. Sothebys MOONWALK (F. & S. II.405) on April 21st Actual price: USD $262,000.
  17. Sothebys Mirza Mahdi Khan Astarabadi, the Jahan-gusha-ye Nadiri on April 20th Actual price: USD $249,120.
  18. Sothebys Shaykh San'an and the Christian maiden on April 20th Actual price: USD $249,120.
  19. Sothebys KEITH HARING AT ROBERT FRASER GALLERY on April 21st Actual price: USD $249,120.
  20. Sothebys Two Qajar deeds, Persia, dated 1315 AH/1897 AD and 1337 AH/1918 AD on April 21st Actual price: USD $249,120.
  21. Sothebys FORTY-TWO SHEETS OF ARCHITECTURAL AND TOPOGRAPHICAL DRAWINGS OF CAIRO FOR 'ARCHITECTURE ARABE OU MONUMENTS DU KAIRE'. on April 19th Actual price: USD $171,000.
  22. Sothebys FRANÇOISE SUR FOND GRIS (B. 681; M. 195) on April 21st Actual price: USD $162,500.
  23. Sothebys GRANDE TÊTE DE JACQUELINE AU CHAPEAU (B. 1077; BAER 1317; PP.) on April 21st Actual price: USD $150,000.
  24. Sothebys A monumental Qur'an leaf in Kufic script on vellum on April 20th Actual price: USD $140,400.
  25. Sothebys PARAMOUNT (F. & S. IIB.352) on April 21st Actual price: USD $137,500.


For the week ahead 31 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Apr. 25th
Doyle New York. New York. Prints and Multiples. 292 lots
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . Antique, Decorative & Fine Arts - Books, Manuscripts. 86 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 56 lots

Tue. Apr. 26th
Christies. New York. Prints and Multiples. 276 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Library of R & B.L. Dada-Surrealism. 496 lots
Bonhams. New York. Photographs. 108 lots
Auctionata. New York. Spring Photography. 64 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Illustration Art. 448 lots

Wed. Apr. 27th
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Antiquarian and Modern Books. 318 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. The Transport Sale. 14 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books and Ephemera. 540 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Art of the 17th - 19th Century. 86 lots

Thu. Apr. 28th
Swann Galleries. New York. Old Master Through Modern Prints. 559 lots
Sothebys. London. Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History. 128 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/21.
Sothebys. London. Collections - Prints, Books. 28 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile. 454 lots
Auctionata. New York. Rare and Exceptional Books. 55 lots

Fri. Apr. 29th
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Posters. 452 lots
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Brussels. Antiquarian Books - Day 1. 722 lots
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. 75172 Pforzheim. Books and Prints. 4658 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Spring Asian Art - Prints. 46 lots
RJM Autographs and Antiques. Boston. Distinguished Historical Letters and Documents. 151 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Editions and Photography. 118 lots

Sat. Apr. 30th
Artcurial. Paris. Comic Strips. 317 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Universe of the Creator of Tin Tin. 119 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Fine Auction - Prints. 23 lots
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Brussels. Antiquarian Books - Day 2. 692 lots

Sun. May. 1st
OSENAT. FONTAINEBLEAU. Works of Art - Prints.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 4/24.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/24.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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>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.