• <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.
  • <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.
  • <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>November 24</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> STEVE JOBS / WOZNIAK. Signed Lid for Apple II computer & related materials. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> [TESLA, NIKOLA] MARTIN, THOMAS COMMERFORD. Inscribed. <i>The Inventions, Researches and Writings of Nikola Tesla...</i> $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> TOCQUEVILLE, ALEXIS DE. <i>Democracy in America.</i> First American editions of both volumes. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>November 24</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Two typed letters signed to Professor Julian Hugo Bonfante, with associated materials. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> Attr. to BENING, ALEXANDER (SANDER). Pair of arch-topped miniatures (of the Adoration and the Deposition respectively), likely extracted from a Book of Hours. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> LEESER, ISAAC. <i>The Law of God.</i> First edition of the first Jewish translation of the Pentateuch into English. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>November 24</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> [RACKHAM, ARTHUR] WALTON, IZAAK. <i>The Compleat Angler; or the Contemplative Man's Recreation...</i> $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> LICHTENSTEIN, ROY. Drawings and Prints. First printing with a small drawing in color depicting three lemons initialed by Lichtenstein. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> Rare set of 12-inch Bardin globes on stands. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> MONTAIGNE, MICHEL EYQUEM DE [JOHN FLORIO, trans.]. <i>The Essayes Or Morall, Politike and Millitarie Discourses of Lo:...</i> $25,000 to $35,000.

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Twenty Auctions Archived, 16 Sales Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday, February 26th, 20 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; one denominated in Danish krona, 4 in euros, 3 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 11 in US dollars.  Turnover was $3,398,721 as 6,722 lots were offered and 5,121 lots sold for a 76% success rate.


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

TooveysPostcards, Autographs and Ephemera on February 21st: 177.03% 
De Baecque and AssociesWeapons - War - Historical Memory on February 22nd: 169.63% 
Cowans AuctionsProperty of N. Flayderman & Co. on February 21st: 152.74% 
ALDECollection Gerard Vidalenche - Artist's Books on February 21st: 127.29% 


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

Heritage AuctionsManuscripts and Autographs on February 17th: 100.00% 
Aspire AuctionsPrints - Internet bidstart 2/10 on February 18th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsScott W. Dawson Weekly Internet Auction - Books on February 18th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/12 on February 19th: 99.75% 
National Book AuctionsBooks, Art and Ephemera - Civil War, Steinbeck, Frontier on February 18th: 99.71% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/12 on February 19th: 97.94% 
TooveysPostcards, Autographs and Ephemera on February 21st: 92.26% 
Cowans AuctionsProperty of N. Flayderman & Co. on February 21st: 90.65% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on February 21st: 86.15% 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Cowans Auctions Rare & Important Album Containing CDVs & Cabinet Cards of Wells Fargo Highway Men, Train Robbers, & Other Criminals on February 21st Actual price: USD $46,800.
  2. Cowans Auctions Men of Color, To Arms! To Arms! Now or Never</i>, Exceptionally Rare Civil War Recruitment Broadside on February 21st Actual price: USD $34,800.
  3. RR Auction Prince Signed Handwritten Brit Awards Acceptance Speech on February 16th Actual price: USD $26,228.
  4. Cowans Auctions Charleston Mercury Extra</i>, Rare Broadside Announcing South Carolina Secession, December 1860 on February 21st Actual price: USD $24,000.
  5. RR Auction Prince 'The Screams of Passion' Handwritten Lyrics on February 16th Actual price: USD $23,555.
  6. RR Auction Classic Rock Legends Signatures: Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Canned Heat on February 16th Actual price: USD $23,309.
  7. Cowans Auctions Rare Richmond, Virginia, CSA Broadsides Calling for the Defense of Richmond on February 21st Actual price: USD $22,800.
  8. De Baecque and Associes Henri VIII, roi d’Angleterre. Lettre signée on February 22nd Actual price: USD $22,730.
  9. RR Auction Beatles 1965 'Help!' Grammy Nomination on February 16th Actual price: USD $20,405.
  10. Cowans Auctions Come and Join Us Brothers</i> Very Rare Civil War Colored Troops Recruitment Broadside on February 21st Actual price: USD $18,600.
  11. Cowans Auctions Extraordinary Barbary Wars-Era, United States Naval Officer's POW Diary, Ca 1803-1805 on February 21st Actual price: USD $18,000.
  12. Cowans Auctions Civil War Surgeon and Libby Prison POW William S. Newton Manuscript Archive on February 21st Actual price: USD $16,800.
  13. RR Auction Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Ladyland Alternate Album Cover Proof on February 16th Actual price: USD $16,630.
  14. RR Auction Jimi Hendrix Autograph Letter Signed on February 16th Actual price: USD $16,500.
  15. De Baecque and Associes Journal personnel campagne de Chine. on February 22nd Actual price: USD $16,236.
  16. RR Auction Sex Pistols Signed Album on February 16th Actual price: USD $15,919.
  17. De Baecque and Associes Correspondance d’Afrique. on February 22nd Actual price: USD $15,586.
  18. RR Auction Beatles Signed Photograph on February 16th Actual price: USD $15,000.
  19. RR Auction Prince Autograph Letter Signed on February 16th Actual price: USD $14,854.
  20. ALDE L’Inclémence lointaine. on February 21st Actual price: USD $14,438.
  21. RR Auction Prince Autograph Letter Signed in Card on February 16th Actual price: USD $13,829.
  22. PBA Galleries The San Francisco Directory for the Year 1852-53: Embracing a general directory of citizens; a street directory; a new and complete map of the city; and an appendix of general information, an almanac, etc. First Publication on February 23rd Actual price: USD $13,200.
  23. Cowans Auctions Exceptional Confederate Broadsides Concerning Texas Troops, 1862-1864 on February 21st Actual price: USD $13,200.
  24. Cowans Auctions John Brown, Jr., 1861 ALS to Social Reformer Gerrit Smith, Plus Presentation Knife on February 21st Actual price: USD $12,600.
  25. RR Auction Prince Signed Document on February 16th Actual price: USD $12,396.



20 total sales reported this week:

RR Auction. Marvels of Modern Music - Internet bidstart 2/9 on February 16th: 66.00%
PBA Galleries. Americana - Travel & Exploration - World History - Cartography on February 23rd: 58.98%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Books and Works on Paper on February 23rd: 73.48%
De Baecque and Associes. Weapons - War - Historical Memory on February 22nd: 69.03%
Tooveys. Prints on February 22nd: 64.00%
Tooveys. Postcards, Autographs and Ephemera on February 21st: 92.26%
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Rare Books and Prints on February 18th: 65.84%
ALDE. Collection Gerard Vidalenche - Artist's Books on February 21st: 78.70%
Ader. Photography Books: Araki to Ylla on February 16th: 43.45%
Morton Subastas. Books and Documents on February 21st: 38.29%
Cowans Auctions. Property of N. Flayderman & Co. on February 21st: 90.65%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on February 21st: 86.15%
Aspire Auctions. Prints - Internet bidstart 2/10 on February 18th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Books, Art and Ephemera - Civil War, Steinbeck, Frontier on February 18th: 99.71%
Alexander Historical Auctions. Historical Militaria on February 18th: 72.66%
Eldreds. Winter Market Auction - Prints and Books on February 18th: 66.67%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/12 on February 19th: 97.94%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/12 on February 19th: 99.75%
Heritage Auctions. Scott W. Dawson Weekly Internet Auction - Books on February 18th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Manuscripts and Autographs on February 17th: 100.00%


For the week ahead 16 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Feb. 27th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 75 lots

Tue. Feb. 28th
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Jucaica: Books, Manuscripts, Letters. 387 lots

Wed. Mar. 1st
Bonhams. London. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 209 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 520 lots
Christies. New York. Contemporary Editions. 203 lots
Ader. PARIS. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 167 lots
Audap and Mirabaud. PARIS. Old and Modern Prints, Photographs, Ancient and Modern Books. 340 lots

Thu. Mar. 2nd
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Prints. 116 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. 19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings. 634 lots
PIASA. Paris. Interiors - Prints. 59 lots
Charlton Hall. West Columbia, SC. ARTURO PERALTA-RAMOS ESTATE. 111 lots

Sat. Mar. 4th
Treadway Toomey Auctions. Oak Park. The Butch McGuire’s Collection - and - 20th Century Art and Design - Prints. 80 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Western Americana Postcards, Vintage Photographs, and Stocks. 918 lots

Sun. Mar. 5th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/26.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/26.
Carlsen Gallery. Greenville, NY. Early March Antique Auction - Books and Prints. 16 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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>Antikvariat Bryggen<br>Collectible Books:<br>Spanning 500 Years<br>Online until 23 November</b>
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> HOMER. <i>Batrachomyiomachia,</i> Paris, 1507. [EARLY & RARE EDITION!]. €3,600 to €5,400.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [Nordic] JACOB RIETER & JOHANNES SENN. <i>Danske Nationale Klædedragter.</i> [Danish National Costumes, very rare plate book]. €3,600 to €4,500.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [History / Maps] JACQUES BONGARS. <i>Gesta dei per Francos</i> [Crusader history & rare maps]. Exceptional provenance! €2,700 to €3,600.
    <center><b>Antikvariat Bryggen<br>Collectible Books:<br>Spanning 500 Years<br>Online until 23 November</b>
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [Travel – China ] - NIEUHOF & MONTANUS. <i>An embassy from the East-India Company,</i> 1673 /1671. €2,700 to €3,600.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [Art & Plate Books] MATISSE, Signed, 1947. Repli. [Linocuts, woodcuts & lithograps]. €1,800 to €2,700.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> JONATHAN SWIFT. <i>Gulliver’s Travels,</i> 1726 1st edition [Teerink “B”]. PROVENANCE: Sir Francis Burdett. €2,700 to €3,600.
    <center><b>Antikvariat Bryggen<br>Collectible Books:<br>Spanning 500 Years<br>Online until 23 November</b>
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> RUDYARD KIPLING. <i>The Jungle Book</i> [and] <i>The Second Jungle Book,</i> 1st editions, 1894-1895. €1,800 to €2,700.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [Prophecies / Predictions]. <i>Mirabilis Liber,</i> app. 1533. [PELLICAN-edition]. €1,800 to €2,700.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [Nordic] DAHLBERG. <i>Suecia Antiqva et Hodierna,</i> app. 1667-1716, [Sweden - 352 plates]. €1,800 to €2,700.
    <center><b>Antikvariat Bryggen<br>Collectible Books:<br>Spanning 500 Years<br>Online until 23 November</b>
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [Theology] GISBERTUS VOETIUS. <i>Selectarum Disputationum Theologicarum I-V,</i> 1648- 1669. [With the plates]. €1,350 to €2,250.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [Theology] GISBERTUS VOETIUS. <i>Politicae Ecclesiasticae,</i> 1663- 1676. [complete 3 parts in 4 vols.]. €1,350 to €2,250.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [History] FROBEN, Basel, 1545-1559. [Colombus’ discovery of America, Alexander the Great, Roman Empire with numerous full page wood cuts]. €1,350 to €1,800.
  • <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>
  • <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