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Eleven Auctions Archived, 24 Auctions Upcoming This Week

For the week ended Saturday, January 21st, 11 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 1 sale denominated in euros, 2 in British pounds, and 8 in US dollars.  Turnover was $4,226,135 as 2,913 lots were offered and 2,339 sold for an 80% success rate.  It’s January and already the market is lively.

 

1 auction saw its total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysAlexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive on January 18th: $2,645,750 


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

SothebysAlexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive on January 18th: 125.10% 


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

SothebysAlexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive on January 18th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/8 on January 15th: 99.66% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/8 on January 15th: 97.16% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersHappy New Year Exposition Auction on January 13th: 90.91% 
BonhamsA Gentleman's Library on January 19th: 86.67% 
Clars Auction GalleryAntique, Art, Jewelry, Asian - Prints, Photographs on January 15th: 81.34% 
 
Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys A PREVOUSLY UNRECORDED AUTOGRAPH DRAFT OF PACIFICUS ESSAY NO. VI on January 18th Actual price: USD $262,500.
  2. Sothebys ALEXANDER HAMILTON'S APPOINTMENT AS AIDE-DE-CAMP TO GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON on January 18th Actual price: USD $212,500.
  3. Sothebys A GROUP OF 34 AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED ("PH. SCHUYLER"), 1790–1804, TO HIS DAUGHTER ELIZABETH SCHUYLER HAMILTON on January 18th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  4. Sothebys A GROUP OF 17 LETTERS, 1793–1803, ADDRESSED TO HIS SON-IN-LAW, ALEXANDER HAMILTON on January 18th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  5. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (''AH'') TO ELIZABETH SCHUYLER (''MY DEAREST GIRL''); THE EARLIEST SURVIVING LOVE LETTER FROM ALEXANDER HAMILTON TO HIS FUTURE WIFE  on January 18th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  6. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (''A HAMILTON) TO ELIZABETH HAMILTON, ANNOUNCING THAT THE ARMY IS PREPARING TO ENGAGE CORNWALLIS IN VIRGINIA on January 18th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  7. Sothebys CORRESPONDENCE ABOUT HIS REPUTATION AS A SOLDIER AND A GENTLEMAN NEARLY PROVOKING A DUEL, 1779 on January 18th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  8. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER TO ELIZABETH SCHUYLER, ANNOUNCING THE TREASON OF BENEDICT ARNOLD on January 18th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  9. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (''AH'') TO ANGELICA SCHUYLER CHURCH, SENDING AND REQUESTING FAMILY NEWS on January 18th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  10. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH NOTES PREPARED FOR PRESIDENT WASHINGTON'S THIRD ANNUAL MESSAGE TO CONGRESS on January 18th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  11. RR Auction George Washington ALS on January 11th Actual price: USD $61,931.
  12. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER DRAFT TO LOUIS-MARIE, VICOMTE DE NOAILLES, ABOUT THE PRESENT MILITARY AND FINANCIAL SITUATION OF THE UNITED STATES on January 18th Actual price: USD $60,000.
  13. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY RICHARD FOLWELL (''RICD. FOLWELL'') TO EDWARD JONES, PROVIDING BACKGROUND INFORMATION, INTENDED FOR ALEXANDER HAMILTON, ON MARIA REYNOLDS AND A SUPPOSED CONSPIRACY TO ENTRAP HIM on January 18th Actual price: USD $56,250.
  14. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER DRAFT TO AN UNNAMED RECIPIENT (BUT POSSIBLY JEREMIAH WADSWORTH), REGARDING THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 1796 on January 18th Actual price: USD $56,250.
  15. Sothebys A GROUP OF LETTERS WRITTEN TO HER BROTHER-IN-LAW ALEXANDER HAMILTON, 1789–1795 on January 18th Actual price: USD $56,250.
  16. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (ACHURCH") TO RENSSELAER SCHUYLER, REPORTING THE DEATH OF PHILIP HAMILTON IN A DUEL on January 18th Actual price: USD $50,000.
  17. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (''AH'') TO ELIZABETH HAMILTON (''MY LOVED ELIZA''), REPORTING PREPARATIONS TO PUT DOWN THE WHISKEY REBELLION on January 18th Actual price: USD $50,000.
  18. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (''AH'') TO ELIZABETH SCHUYLER; AN ANGUISHED, PLEADING LOVE LETTER THAT ALSO ANNOUNCES THE ARRIVAL OF FRENCH GENERAL ROCHAMBEAU on January 18th Actual price: USD $47,500.
  19. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED ("I AM AND I ALWAYS WILL BE YOUR AFFECTIONATE FATHER PH. SCHUYLER''), TO ELIZABETH HAMILTON, EXPRESSING CONDOLENCES AND CONSOLATION UPON THE RECENT, TRAGIC DEATH OF HER HUSBAND on January 18th Actual price: USD $43,750.
  20. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (''ALEX HAMILTON'') TO ELIZABETH SCHUYLER; AN EARLY LOVE LETTER, REGRETTING THEIR SEPARATION AND HOPING FOR THEIR REUNION on January 18th Actual price: USD $43,750.
  21. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER TO MARGARITA (PEGGY) SCHUYLER, CONFESSING HIS LOVE FOR HER SISTER ELIZABETH on January 18th Actual price: USD $43,750.
  22. Sothebys A GROUP OF AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENTS AND LETTERS RELATED TO PREPARATIONS AT FORT TICONDEROGA FOR THE INVASION OF CANADA, 1775 on January 18th Actual price: USD $43,750.
  23. Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers Thian Master Album with 297 Specimens of Confederate Currency on January 14th Actual price: USD $41,300.
  24. Sothebys TWO AUTOGRAPH MEMORANDA, ONE WITH A DIAGRAM, PLANNING THE GARDENS AT THE GRANGE on January 18th Actual price: USD $40,000.
  25. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED ("P. HAMILTON") TO HIS FATHER, ALEXANDER HAMILTON, ("DEAR PAPA"), DISCUSSING HIS SCHOOLING AND HIS DESIRE TO BE "A GOOD MAN" on January 18th Actual price: USD $40,000.



11 total sales reported this week:

Bonhams. A Gentleman's Library on January 19th: 86.67%
Sothebys. Alexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive on January 18th: 100.00%
Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers. 2017 New York Book Auction on January 14th: 67.67%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on January 17th: 79.78%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Happy New Year Exposition Auction on January 13th: 90.91%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Prints from the Collection of Clifford and Rosemary Ellis on January 16th: 33.74%
Clars Auction Gallery. Antique, Art, Jewelry, Asian - Prints, Photographs on January 15th: 81.34%
Clars Auction Gallery. Asian, Furniture, Jewelry, Art: Prints on January 14th: 69.11%
RR Auction. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 12/16 on January 11th: 72.39%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/8 on January 15th: 97.16%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/8 on January 15th: 99.66%


For the week ahead 24 sales are scheduled.

Mon. Jan. 23rd
Auctionata. Berlin. Antiques and Collectibles - Books. 14 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 71 lots

Tue. Jan. 24th
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Books and Documents. 320 lots

Wed. Jan. 25th
Christies. New York. Old Master Prints. 237 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 543 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Fine Books and Works on Paper. 317 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. American Prints & Drawings: 1925-1975. 117 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints. 16 lots
25 Blythe Road. LONDON. British & Continental Pictures & Prints - Photographs.
Ader. PARIS. Classic Sale - Books, Prints.
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. China and Asian Art - Letters and Prints.

Thu. Jan. 26th
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/6. 417 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Literature and Modern First Editions. 504 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Alphonse Mucha & Masters of Art Nouveau: The Harry C. Meyerhoff Collection. 218 lots
Tajan. Paris. Modern and Contemporary Works of Art - Prints. 6 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Prints in Art and Collectibles - Internet bidstart 1/14. 28 lots

Fri. Jan. 27th
Tajan. Paris. A Doctor's Library. 303 lots
Skinner. Boston. Fine Prints, Photographs. 199 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Space History Sale. 21 lots
Brunk Auctions. Asheville, NC . January Sale. 75 lots

Sat. Jan. 28th
Arader Galleries. New York City. Winter 2017 Auction. 284 lots
OSENAT. FONTAINEBLEAU. Automobilia.

Sun. Jan. 29th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/22.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/22.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò. <i>Nicholas Machiavel's Prince. Also, The life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca…</i> Translated by Edward Dacres. London, 1640. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FILSON, John. <i>The Discovery, Settlement and present State of Kentucke: and An Essay towards the Topography, and Natural History of that important Country…</i> Wilmington, Del.: James Adams, 1784. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> ELUARD, Paul. <i>Un poeme dans chaque livre.</i> Paris: Louis Broder, 1956. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LEWIS, James Otto. [<i>Aboriginal Port Folio.</i> Philadelphia: Published by the Author, 1835-1836]. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS]. BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin. [Southern Netherlands (Ghent or Bruges), c.1460]. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MORE, Thomas, Sir. <i>The Workes ... wrytten by him in the Englysh tongue.</i> Edited by William Rastell. London, 1557. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. <i>Love is Enough.</i> Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897. $5,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph endorsement signed as President (“A. Lincoln”), 24 February 1863. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> WASHINGTON, George. Address panel with autograph free frank signed ("G:o Washington"), as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, 5 August 1777. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Beastly Baby.</i> N.p.: The Fantod Press, 1962. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FROST, Robert. Photographic reproduction signed and inscribed ("Robert Frost”), to R.V. Thornton, 1955. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Bug Book.</i> New York: Looking Glass Library, 1959. $500 to $700.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Book of Hours with Illuminated Miniatures, France, mid-15th century. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Conradus de Alemania [Halberstadt the Elder], <i>Concordantiae Bibliorum,</i> Strassburg, 1474. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Christopher Marlowe, <i>The Jew of Malta,</i> London, 1633. Earliest extant edition of this antiauthoritarian Elizabethan play. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b><br>Sir Isaac Newton, <i>The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy,</i> first edition in English, 2 volumes, London, 1729. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> John Rae, <i>Narrative of an Expedition to the Shores of the Arctic Sea in 1846 and 1847,</i> first edition, London, 1850. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Philip Pittman, <i>The Present State of the European Settlements on the Mississippi…,</i> first edition, London, 1770. $10,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Cyanotype of an anatomy class at Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1895. $300 to $400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Equine veterinary formulary, manuscript on paper, East Earl, Pennsylvania, circa 1860. $400 to $600.
  • <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> REGAMEY, Felix (1844-1906). Unique drawing showing Verlaine and Rimbaud in London, September 1872. €70,000 to 100,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LABORDE, Alexandre de (1773-1842). <i>Voyage pittoresque et historique de l’Espagne.</i> Paris : 1806-1820. €20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> BOCCACE, Jean (1313-1375). <i>Il Decamerone…</i> Venise : Gabriele Giolito di Ferrari, 1542.<br>€ 12,000 to 15,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LAMBERT, Yvon (1936). Full collection of writings from <i>Une rêverie émanée de mes loisirs.</i> Paris : 1992 - 2018. €50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> JOUVE, Paul (1878-1973) -- KIPLING, Rudyard (1865-1936). <i>La Chasse de Kaa.</i> Paris : Javal & Bourdeaux, 1930. €2,000 to 3,000