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Thirty-nine Auctions Archived, 23 Sales Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday, April 29th, 39 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 15 denominated in euros, 7 in British pounds, and 17 in US dollars.  Turnover was $21,069,855 as 9,873 lots were offered and 6,816 lots sold for a 69% success rate.  The market has seemed a bit cautious.

 5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 


SothebysPrints and Multiples on April 28th: $8,712,438 
Pierre Berge and AssociesJEAN A. BONNA LIBRARY - SELECTED BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS FROM THE 15TH TO THE 20TH CENTURY on April 26th: $3,366,113 
ChristiesTHE GIANCARLO BELTRAME LIBRARY OF SCIENTIFIC BOOKS, PART III on April 26th: $1,162,613 
SothebysThe Maurice Neville Collection of Modern Literature (Part III) on April 24th: $1,124,875 
Doyle New YorkRare Books, Autographs and Photographs on April 26th: $1,122,874 

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

Neret Minet and TessierTintinomania on April 22nd: 145.04% 
Pierre Berge and AssociesImportant Books on the History and Conquest of Algeria on April 21st: 115.35% 
AderLetters and Autograph Manuscripts on April 27th: 115.01% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsThe Library of the Late Hubert Dingwall on April 27th: 106.01% 
 
 
Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys MARILYN MONROE (MARILYN) (F. & S. II.23-31) on April 28th Actual price: USD $1,092,500.
  2. Sothebys 0-9 (ULAE 19) on April 28th Actual price: USD $972,500.
  3. Pierre Berge and Associes Discorsi e Dimostrazioni matematiche, intorno à due nuove scienze Attenenti alla Mecanica & i Movimenti Locali [...] Con una Appendice del centro di gravità d'alcuni Solidi. on April 26th Actual price: USD $793,432.
  4. Doyle New York THE PAPERS OF BREVET MAJOR GENERAL JOHN GROSS BARNARD (1815-1882), Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac, then Chief Engineer... on April 26th Actual price: USD $372,500.
  5. Sothebys MUHAMMAD ALI (F. & S. II.179 - 182) on April 28th Actual price: USD $312,500.
  6. Galerie Bassenge Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. on April 11th Actual price: USD $207,809.
  7. Sothebys SUPERMAN (F. & S. II.260) on April 28th Actual price: USD $206,250.
  8. Sothebys MARILYN MONROE (MARILYN) (F. & S. II.31) on April 28th Actual price: USD $187,500.
  9. Sothebys TARGET (ULAE 147) on April 28th Actual price: USD $187,500.
  10. Sothebys TENDER IS THE NIGHT. on April 24th Actual price: USD $175,000.
  11. Sothebys MARILYN MONROE (MARILYN) (F. & S. II.23) on April 28th Actual price: USD $162,500.
  12. RR Auction Apollo 11 Flown Command Module Columbia Rescue Arrow from Crew Hatch on April 20th Actual price: USD $147,572.
  13. Sothebys MICKEY MOUSE (F. & S. II.265) on April 28th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  14. Pierre Berge and Associes À l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs. on April 26th Actual price: USD $118,677.
  15. Sothebys RETROSPECT (L. PP. 120-21) on April 28th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  16. Pierre Berge and Associes [SCRIPTORES REI RUSTICAE]. Libri de re rustica. on April 26th Actual price: USD $101,443.
  17. Sothebys A LARGE COLLECTION (COLE W. 3-21) on April 28th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  18. Sothebys MINOTAURE AVEUGLE GUIDÉ PAR MARIE-THÉRÈSE AU PIGEON DANS UNE NUIT ÉTOILÉE (B. 225; BA. 437) on April 28th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  19. Sothebys THE EIGHT (C. CEP 18) on April 28th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  20. Sothebys PAY ATTENTION (CORDES 16; GEMINI 36.5) on April 28th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  21. Sothebys PORTRAIT DE JACQUELINE DE FACE. I (TÊTE DE FEMME) (B. 1064; BA. 1278) on April 28th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  22. Sothebys THE WRITINGS OF MARK TWAIN. on April 24th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  23. Sothebys WOMAN (DAS WEIB) (W. 147; S. 122) on April 28th Actual price: USD $85,000.
  24. Sothebys BALD EAGLE (F. & S. II.296) on April 28th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  25. Sothebys MARILYN MONROE (MARILYN) (F. & S. II.29) on April 28th Actual price: USD $81,250.


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

Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 4/16 on April 23rd: 99.25%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 4/16 on April 23rd: 97.39%
Forum Auctions in Italy. Online Sale: Antiquarian and Rare Books on April 18th: 93.83%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Tintinomania on April 22nd: 92.50%
Clars Auction Gallery. Antiques, Asian and Fine Arts: Prints on April 22nd: 90.24%
Bloomsbury Auctions. The Library of the Late Hubert Dingwall on April 27th: 90.13%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Important Books on the History and Conquest of Algeria on April 21st: 88.29%
Swann Galleries. Printed & Manuscript Americana on April 27th: 87.63%
Doyle New York. Rare Books, Autographs and Photographs on April 26th: 86.57%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on April 25th: 86.30%
Tooveys. Antiquarian and Collectors Books on April 24th: 83.86%
Sothebys. Prints and Multiples on April 28th: 81.63%
Clars Auction Gallery. Antiques, Asian and Fine Arts: Prints on April 23rd: 80.49%
Freemans. American Folk and Decorative Art - Prints on April 26th: 80.00%


39 total sales reported this week:

Freemans. American Folk and Decorative Art - Prints on April 26th: 80.00%
Neal Auction Company. Spring Estates Auction - Books and Prints - Day 2 on April 23rd: 77.78%
Neal Auction Company. Important Spring Estates Auction - Books and Prints - Day 1 on April 22nd: 63.89%
Sothebys. Prints and Multiples on April 28th: 81.63%
Pierre Berge and Associes. JEAN A. BONNA LIBRARY - SELECTED BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS FROM THE 15TH TO THE 20TH CENTURY on April 26th: 73.62%
Swann Galleries. Printed & Manuscript Americana on April 27th: 87.63%
Ader. Letters and Autograph Manuscripts on April 27th: 61.36%
Ader. Letters and Autograph Manuscripts on April 26th: 65.36%
Christies. THE GIANCARLO BELTRAME LIBRARY OF SCIENTIFIC BOOKS, PART III on April 26th: 63.94%
Tajan. Prints on April 25th: 54.98%
Doyle New York. Rare Books, Autographs and Photographs on April 26th: 86.57%
Bloomsbury Auctions. The Library of the Late Hubert Dingwall on April 27th: 90.13%
Bloomsbury Auctions. The Transport Sale on April 26th: 78.95%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on April 20th: 71.67%
Forum Auctions in Italy. Online Sale: Antiquarian and Rare Books on April 18th: 93.83%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on April 13th: 76.19%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/13 on April 20th: 40.92%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Tintinomania on April 22nd: 92.50%
Ader. Photographs at All Prices! on April 21st: 41.41%
Tooveys. Antiquarian and Collectors Books on April 24th: 83.86%
Freemans. Asian Art - Books and Prints on April 25th: 75.00%
Bonhams. Photographs on April 25th: 43.24%
Sothebys. The Maurice Neville Collection of Modern Literature (Part III) on April 24th: 73.53%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on April 25th: 86.30%
Clars Auction Gallery. Antiques, Asian and Fine Arts: Prints on April 23rd: 80.49%
Clars Auction Gallery. Antiques, Asian and Fine Arts: Prints on April 22nd: 90.24%
RR Auction. Space and Aviation - Internet bidstart 4/13 on April 20th: 77.21%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Important Books on the History and Conquest of Algeria on April 21st: 88.29%
Rossini. Photographs on February 1st: 4.44%
Rossini. Bibliophily, Autographs, Philately, Posters, Scripophily and Postcards on April 20th: 62.87%
Vermot de Pas. NASA Photographs on April 13th: 15.69%
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Prints on April 11th: 66.67%
Skinner. Studio Art online - Prints - bidstart 4/6 on April 14th: 62.16%
Skinner. Discovery Interiors Online - bidstart 4/6 on April 14th: 77.78%
Galerie Bassenge. Book Sale - Day 3: Modern Literature on April 13th: 58.36%
Galerie Bassenge. Book Sale - Day 2: Literature and Autographs on April 12th: 59.39%
Galerie Bassenge. Book Sale - Day 1: Valuable Books on April 11th: 48.40%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 4/16 on April 23rd: 97.39%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 4/16 on April 23rd: 99.25%


For the week ahead 23 sales are scheduled:

Mon. May. 1st
Doyle New York. New York. Prints and Multiples. 248 lots
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Prints. 35 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 74 lots

Tue. May. 2nd
Sothebys. London. Collections - Prints, Photographs. 4 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Old Master Through Modern Prints. 553 lots

Wed. May. 3rd
Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions. Jerusalem. Holy books, letters from Rabbis and Rebbes, Judaica, Maps, Periodicals, Postcards, banknotes, Eretz. 459 lots

Thu. May. 4th
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Documenting History: Science, Exploration. 548 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Autographs. 461 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Spring Asian Art - Prints. 64 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Illustrated Books - Children's Literature - Decorative Arts - Fine Bindings - Gary Dollar Oz Collect. 354 lots

Fri. May. 5th
Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions. Milan. Posters. 395 lots
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. 75172 Pforzheim. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques - Day 1. 2586 lots
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Marine and Travel - Books, Prints, Maps. 114 lots
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Prints, Books. 995 lots

Sat. May. 6th
Potter and Potter Auctions. Chicago. Gambling Memorabilia - Day 1 - Cards, Books, Ephemera. 633 lots
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. 75172 Pforzheim. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques - Day 2. 2552 lots
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. Post War and Contemporary - Prints, Internet bidstart 4/14. 193 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Denver, . Arts of the American West Spring Auction. 28 lots

Sun. May. 7th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 4/30.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 4/30.
Dorotheum . Vienna. Charity Auction - Graphic Prints. 30 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Cinema Posters. 211 lots
Potter and Potter Auctions. Chicago. Gambling Memorabilia - Day 2 - Coin-op, cheating, poker chips. 32 lots

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