• <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.

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19 Auctions Archived, 19 Sales Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday 16 July 2016 19 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 7 denominated in euros, 5 in British pounds, and 7 in US dollars.  Turnover was $20,109,979 as 3,596 lots were offered and 2,595 sold for a 72% success rate.  The list of top 25 lots this week tells the story of continuing interest at the top of the field.

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Christies. Valuable Books and Manuscripts on July 13th: $9,205,846
Christies. THE GIANCARLO BELTRAME LIBRARY OF SCIENTIFIC BOOKS, PART I on July 13th: $7,148,328
Sothebys. English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations on July 12th: $2,062,472

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

Kedem Auction. Books, Chassidim, Manuscripts, Rabbinic Letters on July 11th: 166.67%
John McInnis Auctioneers. Hopedale Mass. On Site Auction on July 7th: 146.08%
Kedem Auction. Manuscripts, Graphics on July 12th: 143.26%
Artcurial. Automobilia on July 9th: 110.16%
Minerva Auctions Roma. Books, Autographs and Prints - Session 3 on July 8th: 109.64%


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

Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/3 on July 10th: 99.38%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/3 on July 10th: 99.11%
John McInnis Auctioneers. Hopedale Mass. On Site Auction on July 7th: 97.83%
Artcurial. Automobilia on July 9th: 87.50%
Kedem Auction. Books, Chassidim, Manuscripts, Rabbinic Letters on July 11th: 85.49%


19 total sales reported this week:

Tooveys. Prints on July 13th: 70.37%
Auctionata. Decorate. Art Deco, Bauhaus, Contemporary Collectibles - Prints on July 13th: 27.27%
Christies. Valuable Books and Manuscripts on July 13th: 65.29%
Christies. THE GIANCARLO BELTRAME LIBRARY OF SCIENTIFIC BOOKS, PART I on July 13th: 65.00%
Auctionata. Castle of Style: Books on July 12th: 19.05%
Sothebys. English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations on July 12th: 73.31%
Kedem Auction. Manuscripts, Graphics on July 12th: 62.28%
Tooveys. Antiquarian and Collectors Books on July 11th: 62.96%
Kedem Auction. Books, Chassidim, Manuscripts, Rabbinic Letters on July 11th: 85.49%
Auctionata. Figurative Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries on July 11th: 4.41%
Auctionata. Abstract Art of the 21st Century - Prints on July 11th: 16.67%
Michaans Auctions. July Estate Auction on July 9th: 72.22%
Brunk Auctions. Books, Prints on July 9th: 72.84%
Artcurial. Automobilia on July 9th: 87.50%
Minerva Auctions Roma. Books, Autographs and Prints - Session 3 on July 8th: 45.31%
Minerva Auctions Roma. Books, Autographs and Prints - Session 2 on July 8th: 34.49%
John McInnis Auctioneers. Hopedale Mass. On Site Auction on July 7th: 97.83%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/3 on July 10th: 99.11%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/3 on July 10th: 99.38%

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies Autograph music manuscript, titled and signed in autograph 'Prelude [-- Fuga – Allegro] pour la Luth. ò Cembal. Par J.S. Bach', for the Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for lute or keyboard in E flat major, BWV 998 on July 13th Actual price: USD $3,324,420.
  2. Christies Hortus Eystettensis. on July 13th Actual price: USD $2,548,260.
  3. Christies De libris revolutionum eruditissimi viri...Doctoris Nicolai Copernici… Narratio prima. on July 13th Actual price: USD $2,400,420.
  4. Christies Sidereus nuncius magna, longeque admirabilia spectacula pandens. on July 13th Actual price: USD $415,140.
  5. Christies Aequatorium Astronomicum. Ad lectorem: Sydera gyrato passim currentia coelo Volvat ut aequato pondere cuncta polus Orbibus aspectus varios hinc inde rotatis Lector sydereum hoc visere spondet opus. on July 13th Actual price: USD $383,460.
  6. Christies A Swiss silver open-face pocket watch. on July 13th Actual price: USD $351,780.
  7. Christies Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica. on July 13th Actual price: USD $351,780.
  8. Christies Versuche über Pflanzen-Hybriden'. on July 13th Actual price: USD $320,100.
  9. Christies Le operazioni del compasso geometrico, et militare. [Bound with:] Difesa contro alle calunnie & imposture di Baldessare Capra. on July 13th Actual price: USD $320,100.
  10. Christies SPHÆRA STELLISERA. In qua, ut speculo quodam firmamenti, universum Sijderu ornatum, ac stellarum ordinem summa, quâ fieri potuit, industriâ à Guilielmo Ianßonio, magni Tychonis quondam discipulo, accuratiss[im]e dispositum. on July 13th Actual price: USD $264,660.
  11. Christies Divina proportione. Opera a tutti glingegni perspicaci e curiosi necessaria. Ove ciascun studioso de philosophia: prospective picture sculptura: architectura: musica: e alter mathematice. on July 13th Actual price: USD $256,740.
  12. Christies Cinco tratados. on July 13th Actual price: USD $193,380.
  13. Christies Opera, in Greek. With works by Galen (129-199? A.D.), Theophrastus (c.370-c.287 B.C.), Philo Judaeus (c.30 B.C.-45 A.D.), Alexander Aphrodisiensis (fl. early 3rd century), and other authors. on July 13th Actual price: USD $193,380.
  14. Christies Mundus Subterraneus. on July 13th Actual price: USD $193,380.
  15. Christies De lateribus et angulis triangulorum, tum planorum rectilineorum tum sphaericorum, libellus eruditissimus & utilissimus… Additus est canon semissium subtensarum rectarum linearum in circulo. on July 13th Actual price: USD $177,540.
  16. Christies Instauratio magna. [Novum organum]. on July 13th Actual price: USD $177,540.
  17. Christies THE VON ERLACH 'HOLY SHROUD' PRAYERBOOK, in Latin and German, manuscript on vellum with illuminations by the Master of Claude de France on July 13th Actual price: USD $153,780.
  18. Christies Elementa geometriae. on July 13th Actual price: USD $149,028.
  19. Christies A brown leather 'Cossack' jacket by Levi, Strauss & Co on July 13th Actual price: USD $145,860.
  20. Christies Poésies. Eaux-fortes originales de Henri-Matisse. on July 13th Actual price: USD $137,940.
  21. Christies Quadrans vetus, in Latin, decorated manuscript on vellum on July 13th Actual price: USD $137,940.
  22. Christies Dos Libros de Cosmographia. on July 13th Actual price: USD $137,940.
  23. Christies Autograph letter signed ('Martinus Luther') to the theologian Jacob Montanus ('Jacobo Spirensi'), Wittenberg, 'Dominica post Jacobi' on July 13th Actual price: USD $130,020.
  24. Sothebys A COLLECTION OF FIVE WORKS, FOUR RELATING TO CAPTAIN BLIGH AND THE BOUNTY, ONE INSCRIBED BY BLIGH, COMPRISING: on July 12th Actual price: USD $128,700.
  25. Sothebys HEIMSOETH & RINKE, 1943, SERIAL NUMBER A15155 on July 12th Actual price: USD $123,750.

 

For the week ahead 19 sales are scheduled: 

Mon. Jul. 18th 
Sothebys. London. The Patricia Milne-Henderson Collection: Books on Coins, Medals and Antiquities - Internet bidstart. 115 lots 
Rossini. Paris. 19th Century Modern and Contemporary Prints - Internet bidstart 7/6. 60 lots 

Tue. Jul. 19th 
Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions. Jerusalem. Judaica, Books and Manuscripts. 400 lots 
Potomack Company. Alexandria. Online Books, Prints. 43 lots 

Wed. Jul. 20th 
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 437 lots 
Bonhams. New York. Space History. 208 lots 
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . Fine Art - Prints, Books. 92 lots 
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Antiquarian and Contemporary Books and Documents. 296 lots 

Thu. Jul. 21st 
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Children's and Illustrated Books. 349 lots 
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Modern and Contemporary Editions. 393 lots 
Charlton Hall. West Columbia, SC. Six Centuries at Auction - Books, Prints. 19 lots 
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Fine Sale - Books. 230 lots 
RR Auction. Amherst. RR Auction: Olympic Auction - Internet bidstart 7/14. 148 lots 

Sat. Jul. 23rd 
Goldberg Coins and Collectibles. LOS ANGELES. The Stamps, Manuscripts and Space Memorabilia Sale. 425 lots 
Potter and Potter Auctions. Chicago. Three Ring Auction!. 601 lots 

Sun. Jul. 24th 
Copley Fine Art Auctions. Boston. Sporting Sale - Fine Art Prints
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/17
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/17
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books, Art, Ephemera, and Collectibles

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

 

 
 
  • <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.