• <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> [EINSTEIN, ALBERT]; JOHN GRAUDENZ [PHOTOGRAPHER]. Photographic portrait of Albert Einstein by John Graudenz, taken circa 1928. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> ENIGMA M4. A fully operational four-rotor ("M4") Kriegsmarine Enigma Cipher Machine. Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Germany, Heimsoeth und Rinke, 1942. $300,000 to $500,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> FEYNMAN, RICHARD P. <i>“Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman”. Adventures of a Curious Character.</i> New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1985. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> An intact egg of the Aepyornis Maximus, or Elephant Bird. Pre-17th century, Madagascar. $35,000 to $45,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> Palm frond with fish. Green River Formation, Wyoming, United States. <i>Sabalites sp.,</i> and <i>Diplomystus dentatus</i> Cenozoic, Eocene (53-33 million years ago). $60,000 to $70,000.
  • <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>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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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

  • <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.
  • <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.