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27 Auctions Archived, 33 Auctions Upcoming This Week

For the week ending Saturday, April 1, 27 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database, one each in Australian dollars, Danish krona, and Mexican pesos, 6 in euros, 6 in British pounds, and 12 in U.S. dollars. Total sales were $14,240,211 as 8,610 lots were offered and 6,165 sold. The sell-through rate was 71.6%, for an average lot price of $2,310. The sell-through might have been a little lower than usual, but the prices achieved per lot were quite strong.

 

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Christies. Prints and Multiples on March 29th: $4,952,423
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters on March 26th: $2,333,719
Swann Galleries. Printed and Manuscript African Americana on March 30th: $1,248,399
Arader Galleries. Spring 2017 Auction on March 25th: $1,236,969
Venator and Hanstein. Library of Dr. Henning Rasner on March 23rd: $1,060,856

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

Sothebys. Two Great Scottish Collections: Property from the Forbeses of Pitsligo and the Marquesses of Lothian on March 28th: 267.29%
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Print Pictures, Books on February 21st: 179.25%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Fine Clocks, Barometers & Scientific Instruments on March 28th: 132.65%
Dorotheum . Globes on March 29th: 131.94%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Fine Sale - Day 3: Books on March 23rd: 117.62%
Venator and Hanstein. Library of Dr. Henning Rasner on March 23rd: 115.77%


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

Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Exposition Auction - Books and Prints on March 24th: 100.00%
Sothebys. Two Great Scottish Collections: Property from the Forbeses of Pitsligo and the Marquesses of Lothian on March 28th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 3/19 on March 26th: 99.28%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Fine Clocks, Barometers & Scientific Instruments on March 28th: 98.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters on March 26th: 96.53%
Addison and Sarova. Rare Books, Manuscripts and Ephemera on March 25th: 93.43%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Fine Art - Prints on March 25th: 92.02%
Skinner. A Scholar's Library - Online, bidstart 3/9 on March 24th: 89.58%
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Print Pictures, Books on February 21st: 88.24%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on March 28th: 81.37%
Australian Book Auctions. Books, Ephemera, Manuscripts, and Artworks. on March 28th: 80.46%

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Arader Galleries The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands. on March 25th Actual price: USD $305,000.
  2. Heritage Auctions The Invisible Man (Universal, 1933). One Sheet (27" X 41") Style A, Teaser, Karoly Grosz Art. on March 26th Actual price: USD $274,850.
  3. Arader Galleries A Map of the Inhabited Part of Virginia, containing the whole of the Province of Maryland with Part of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and North Carolina. on March 25th Actual price: USD $250,100.
  4. Christies Alexander the Great on March 29th Actual price: USD $216,250.
  5. Swann Galleries Civil War-period carte-de-visite album, including two photographs of Harriet Tubman, one of them unrecorded. on March 30th Actual price: USD $161,000.
  6. Christies Sweet Dreams Baby!, from: 11 Pop Artists, Volume III on March 29th Actual price: USD $148,438.
  7. Christies Afternoon Swimming on March 29th Actual price: USD $117,188.
  8. Arader Galleries Birds of Asia. on March 25th Actual price: USD $112,500.
  9. Christies First Light on March 29th Actual price: USD $109,375.
  10. Christies $ (Quadrant) on March 29th Actual price: USD $109,375.
  11. Christies Adam and Eve on March 29th Actual price: USD $109,375.
  12. Heritage Auctions Casablanca (Warner Brothers, R-1953). Italian 4 - Fogli (55" X 77.25") Luigi Martinati Artwork. on March 26th Actual price: USD $107,550.
  13. Christies Reaper (h) on March 29th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  14. Christies Hollywood on March 29th Actual price: USD $101,563.
  15. Swann Galleries Autograph Letter Signed to [George Alfred] Townsend. on March 30th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  16. Christies Skulls on March 29th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  17. Heritage Auctions Casablanca (Warner Brothers, 1946). First Post-War Release Danish Poster (24.5" X 33.5"). Benny Stilling Artwork. on March 26th Actual price: USD $89,625.
  18. Heritage Auctions Casablanca (United Artists, R-1962). Italian 4 - Fogli (54.5" X 77.25") Silvano "Nano" Campeggi Artwork. on March 26th Actual price: USD $89,625.
  19. Christies Nez Carotte on March 29th Actual price: USD $85,938.
  20. Arader Galleries Birds of Europe. on March 25th Actual price: USD $79,300.
  21. Christies Femmes on March 29th Actual price: USD $78,125.
  22. Heritage Auctions The Wizard of Oz (MGM, 1939). Half Sheet (22" X 28") Style A. on March 26th Actual price: USD $71,700.
  23. Christies Bighorn Ram, from: Endangered Species on March 29th Actual price: USD $70,313.
  24. Christies The New Spirit (Donald Duck), from: Ads on March 29th Actual price: USD $70,313.
  25. Christies Details of Renaissance Paintings (Leonardo da Vinci, The Annunciation, 1472) on March 29th Actual price: USD $70,313.



27 total sales reported this week:

Bloomsbury Auctions. Books and Works on Paper & Early Prints on March 30th: 68.21%
Swann Galleries. Printed and Manuscript African Americana on March 30th: 79.32%
Christies. Prints and Multiples on March 29th: 75.69%
Dorotheum . Globes on March 29th: 76.47%
Australian Book Auctions. Books, Ephemera, Manuscripts, and Artworks. on March 28th: 80.46%
Sothebys. Two Great Scottish Collections: Property from the Forbeses of Pitsligo and the Marquesses of Lothian on March 28th: 100.00%
Morton Subastas. American and French Interventions in Mexico on March 29th: 41.23%
Addison and Sarova. Rare Books, Manuscripts and Ephemera on March 25th: 93.43%
Venator and Hanstein. Modern and contemporary Prints and Drawings · Modern Books on March 25th: 56.89%
Venator and Hanstein. Books, Prints and Drawings, Autographs on March 24th: 42.84%
Venator and Hanstein. Library of Dr. Henning Rasner on March 23rd: 58.53%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Fine Clocks, Barometers & Scientific Instruments on March 28th: 98.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on March 28th: 81.37%
Skinner. A Scholar's Library - Online, bidstart 3/9 on March 24th: 89.58%
Forum Auctions in Italy. Books and Works on Paper on March 25th: 63.97%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Fine Art - Prints on March 25th: 92.02%
Bonhams. TCM Presents... Rock and Roll Through the Lens on March 27th: 50.96%
Mid Hudson Auction Galleries. Antiques, Fine Art, Audubons, Collectibles on March 26th: 73.83%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 3/19 on March 26th: 99.28%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters on March 26th: 96.53%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Exposition Auction - Books and Prints on March 24th: 100.00%
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Print Pictures, Books on February 21st: 88.24%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Fine Sale - Day 3: Books on March 23rd: 77.31%
Purcell Auctioneers. Pub and Shop Memorabilia - Posters and Prints on March 22nd: 77.33%
Arader Galleries. Spring 2017 Auction on March 25th: 58.33%
Kestenbaum and Company. Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Holy Land Maps and Art on March 16th: 58.58%
PBA Galleries. Fine Literature on March 23rd: 75.17%


For the week ahead 33 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Apr. 3rd
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American History - Online bidstart 3/23. 360 lots
Sothebys. Hong Kong. Moments of Flash. 24 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 188 lots

Tue. Apr. 4th
Artcurial. Paris. Prints and Illustrated Books. 188 lots
Sothebys. London. Prints and Multiples. 196 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Master Prints Before 1900. 75 lots

Wed. Apr. 5th
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Travel & Atlases, Maps & Prints, British Topography & Geology, Natural History, Art & Architecture. 602 lots
Sothebys. London. Made in Britain - Prints, Photographs. 130 lots
Sothebys. New York. Photographs. 187 lots
Sothebys. London. Scarfe at Sotheby's. 130 lots
Michael Treloar. Adelaide SA. Voyages and exploration, rare medical books, art, photographs, literature, maps, prints and Australi. 235 lots
Doyle New York. New York. The Collection of Willa Kim and William Pène du Bois - Prints, Books. 6 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. SURREALISM ART, AVANT-GARDES, ART OF THE XXTH CENTURY - Prints, books. 323 lots

Thu. Apr. 6th
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Spring Americana - Books, Prints, Ephemera. 62 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Books and Miscellanea. 543 lots
Christies. New York. PHOTOGRAPHS INCLUDING PROPERTY SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION. 179 lots
Christies. New York. PORTRAIT OF A COLLECTOR: THE JOHN M. BRANSTEN COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS. 28 lots
Freemans. Philadelphia. 1000 Years of Collecting - Prints, Books. 177 lots
Michael Treloar. Adelaide SA. Voyages and exploration, rare medical books, art, photographs, literature, maps, prints and Australi. 228 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. English Literature, History & Theology, Science & Medicine, Surgical Instruments, Philosophy & Econo. 245 lots

Fri. Apr. 7th
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. St. Louis Spring Auction - Prints. 57 lots
Alexander Historical Auctions. Chesapeake City. Black Heritage Auction.

Sat. Apr. 8th
Artcurial. Paris. The World of Hergé, Tintin’s Creator. 93 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Comic Strips. 193 lots
Potter and Potter Auctions. Chicago. Spring Magic Auction. 334 lots
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Fine Art - Prints -Internet bidstart: 3/31.
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . April Estate Auction. 39 lots
Potomack Company. Alexandria. Live Auction - Books, Prints. 35 lots
The Written Word Autographs. Tamworth, NH . Autographs - Session 1. 554 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books.

Sun. Apr. 9th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 4/2.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 4/2.
The Written Word Autographs. Tamworth, NH . Autographs - Session 2. 436 lots

Another busy week is on tap.

Mike Stillman

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 Nov 17:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Pride & Prejudice,</i> 3 volumes, first edition, London, 1813. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> John Hancock, Uncommon Privateer Commission, signed as President of Continental Congress, 1777. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Frank Lloyd Wright, photograph signed & inscribed. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Abraham Lincoln, document signed conscripting troops for first national draft in U.S., 1863. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Sense & Sensibility,</i> 3 volumes, first edition, London, 1811. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Charles Dickens, <i>American Notes for General Circulation,</i> first edition, inscribed to Richard Henry Dana, Jr., London, 1842. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> John Maynard Keynes, <i>The General Theory of Employment, Interest & Money,</i> first edition, London, 1936. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Alexandre Raymond, <i>L’Art Islamique en Orient,</i> 2 volumes, first editions, Péra-Constantinople, 1922-24. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Igor Stravinsky, autograph musical quotation signed, 3 bars from <i>Perséphone,</i> 1936. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <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