• <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>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. 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.

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9 Sales Archived, 13 Sales Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday, January 7th, 2017, 1,548 lots were offered and 1,373 sold for an 89% success rate.  Auction bidders, lacking the typical thirty auctions to bid on each week focused their attention on the 9 auctions available and bought almost 90% of the lots.  It suggests there are fewer and fewer off weeks anymore.  Turnover was a thin $1,036,240, but I doubt many consignors were complaining.

 

The RBH Database reached 7,049,000 full text records this week.


1 auction saw its total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered:   

Kestenbaum and CompanyBooks, Manuscripts and Fine Art on December 14th: 127.28% 


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

Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/25 on January 1st: 99.60% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/25 on January 1st: 97.60% 
TooveysPrints on December 30th: 88.00% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 3rd: 85.71% 


9 total sales reported this week: 

Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 3rd: 85.71% 
Kestenbaum and CompanyBooks, Manuscripts and Fine Art on December 14th: 65.63% 
TooveysPrints on December 30th: 88.00% 
AuctionataNaked: Nudes from the 20th and 21st Centuries on December 29th: 25.81% 
AuctionataArt of Nature: Animals, Flowers and Still Life from four Centuries on December 29th: 10.00% 
AuctionataAbstractionism: Post War Art - Prints on December 29th: 0.00% 
AuctionataFrom Joseph Beuys to Henry Moore: Prints and Editions on December 29th: 44.44% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/25 on January 1st: 99.60% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/25 on January 1st: 97.60% 
 
 
Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Moreshet Auctions AMULET ON PARCHMENT FROM THE HOLY HANDS OF THE TSADDIK, THE ADMOR RABBI YESHAYLE KRESTIRER—RARE. on December 21st Actual price: USD $192,000.
  2. Gonnelli Casa DAste A map exhibiting all the new discoveries in the interior parts of North America... additions to 1802. on December 13th Actual price: USD $44,400.
  3. Minerva Auctions Roma Carmina on December 16th Actual price: USD $34,688.
  4. Minerva Auctions Roma Il porto sepolto on December 16th Actual price: USD $27,750.
  5. Stockholms Auktionsverk Ichthyologia sive opera omnia de piscibus scilicet: Bibliotheca ichthyologica. on December 20th Actual price: USD $21,560.
  6. Minerva Auctions Roma Libro da imparare giochare a scachi, et de belissimi partiti, reuisti & recoretti, & con summa diligentia da molti famosissimi giocatori emendati on December 16th Actual price: USD $20,813.
  7. Stockholms Auktionsverk An Account of the Voyages undertaken by the order of his present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, and successively performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Wallis, Captain Carteret, and Captain Cook, in the Dolphin, the Swallow, and on December 20th Actual price: USD $19,539.
  8. Auctionata Flowers on December 5th Actual price: USD $19,425.
  9. Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions Fortunato Depero. Depero futurista. on December 14th Actual price: USD $17,550.
  10. Moreshet Auctions THE MACHZOR SHALOSH REGALIM WITH PESACH HAGGADAH, OF THE SIDNA “BABA SALI” on December 21st Actual price: USD $16,800.
  11. Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions Arte del blasone che incomincia dal primo doge di Venezia con la descrizione di tutte le famiglie nobili e come ebbero il loro prencipio. on December 14th Actual price: USD $15,600.
  12. Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions [Armi di diverse Famiglie, Arti e Compagnie della città di Bologna]. on December 14th Actual price: USD $15,600.
  13. Minerva Auctions Roma L'Alleluiah. Catéchisme de Dianus on December 16th Actual price: USD $13,875.
  14. Stockholms Auktionsverk KORAN. Arabisk handskrift, daterad 1829 on December 20th Actual price: USD $13,475.
  15. Rachel Davis Fine Arts Hawaiian Fisherman'' (Miles 48) on December 10th Actual price: USD $12,980.
  16. Minerva Auctions Roma De sculptura. Ubi agitur de symetriis. De lineamentis. De physiognomonia [...] on December 16th Actual price: USD $12,488.
  17. Minerva Auctions Roma Voyage pittoresque ou description des Royames de Naples et de Sicilie on December 16th Actual price: USD $12,488.
  18. Stockholms Auktionsverk KUNGLIGA VETENSKAPS AKADEMIENS HANDLINGAR OCH TAL M.M. I 120 VOLYMER.Kungliga Vetenskaps Akademiens handlingar 1739-1837 + registervolymerna 1739-55 resp. 1755-69. on December 20th Actual price: USD $12,128.
  19. Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions Bellissimo insieme di documenti e autografi dell’avventura fiumana di Gabriele D’Annunzio. on December 14th Actual price: USD $11,700.
  20. Minerva Auctions Roma Apocalissi e sedici traduzioni on December 16th Actual price: USD $11,100.
  21. Stockholms Auktionsverk 63 brev och dokument författade av Axel Oxenstierna varav 32 egenhändigt skrivna och 31 av kanslist. 46 av dessa egenhändigt undertecknade. on December 20th Actual price: USD $10,780.
  22. Stockholms Auktionsverk Globus caelestis cufico-arabicus veliterni Musei Borgiani... illustratus praemissa ejusdem De Arabum astronomia dissertatione et adjectis duabus epistolis Cl. Josephi Toaldi. on December 20th Actual price: USD $10,780.
  23. Rachel Davis Fine Arts St. George and The Dragon'' (Fields 47-1)(Michler and Lopsinger 59) on December 10th Actual price: USD $10,620.
  24. William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals (2) handcolored engravings of Emperor Qianlong''s Conquest on December 13th Actual price: USD $10,350.
  25. Kestenbaum and Company “Citizens, to the Ballot Box! Vote for Ticket Number 7 - the United Jewish Socialist Workers’ Party. on December 14th Actual price: USD $9,840.


For the week ahead 13 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jan. 9th
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Mid-Century Modern - Prints. 29 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 44 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Edwin S. Curtis "The North American Indian" - Online. 90 lots

Wed. Jan. 11th
Lyon and Turnbull. Edinburgh. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photography. 465 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 12/16. 862 lots

Thu. Jan. 12th
Forum Auctions. London. Collectors' Sale: Books and Works on Paper.
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Medicine & Science: Inventory of Edwin V. Glaser Rare Books. 518 lots

Fri. Jan. 13th
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Rare, Out of Print and Used Books. 457 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Happy New Year Exposition Auction.

Sat. Jan. 14th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Antiques, Asian and Fine Arts: Prints.
Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers. Gahanna. 2017 New York Book Auction.

Sun. Jan. 15th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/8.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/8.

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.