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Forty-five Auctions Archived, 30 upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 30 September 45 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 12 denominated in euros, 4 in Swiss francs, 6 in British pounds and 22 in US dollars.  Turnover was $19,480,115 as 12,692 lots were offered and 8,952 sold for a 71% success rate.  Enthusiasm seems to be carrying the day at a moment when political and economic uncertainty are dominating the headlines.  The average lot brought $2,176,06.

 

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysPost-War and Contemporary Photographs on September 28th: $2,486,125 
Arader GalleriesSeptember Auction on September 23rd: $1,899,220 
ChristiesThe Collection of Paul F. Walter on September 27th: $1,853,750 
BonhamsRare Books and Manuscripts featuring Exploration and Travel on September 26th: $1,382,184 
BonhamsThe Air and Space Sale on September 27th: $1,221,277 


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

SothebysThe Vivien Leigh Collection on September 26th: 353.90% 
De Baecque and AssociesDemeure by Jacqueline Offenbach and the painter Pierre Mousset Souvenirs-Partitions Library -Tableau on September 23rd: 184.21% 
FreemansRare Books, Maps and Manuscripts on September 28th: 148.03% 
FerratonBooks and Engravings on September 15th: 134.00% 
Keys Fine Arts AuctioneersOrnithology - Books and Prints on September 22nd: 130.55% 
BonhamsThe Air and Space Sale on September 27th: 127.13% 
ChristiesThe Collection of Paul F. Walter on September 27th: 126.66% 
Swann GalleriesPrinted and Manuscript Americana on September 28th: 113.93% 
Koller AuctionsAutographs on September 18th: 112.04% 
Forum AuctionsFine Books and Works on Paper on September 27th: 110.00% 
Potomack CompanySeptember Live Auction: Books and prints on September 23rd: 108.95% 
Copley Fine Art AuctionsThe Sporting Sale - Books and Prints on July 28th: 106.92% 
Koller AuctionsOld Master Prints on September 22nd: 106.47% 
SothebysThe Library of John and Suzanne Bonham on September 26th: 100.75% 
Dorotheum Globes on September 28th: 100.52% 


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

Winner's Auctions and ExhibitionsWin-One Rosh HaShana (No. 1) on September 6th: 100.00% 
SothebysThe Vivien Leigh Collection on September 26th: 100.00% 
William H. Bunch Auctions and AppraisalsQuarterly Catalogue Auction on September 26th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 9/17 on September 24th: 99.49% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 9/17 on September 24th: 98.94% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 9/19 on September 26th: 98.51% 
Heritage AuctionsInternet Sports Collectibles - bidstart 8/29 on September 24th: 96.79% 
ChristiesThe Collection of Paul F. Walter on September 27th: 91.43% 
De Baecque and AssociesDemeure by Jacqueline Offenbach and the painter Pierre Mousset Souvenirs-Partitions Library -Tableau on September 23rd: 89.47% 
Copley Fine Art AuctionsThe Sporting Sale - Books and Prints on July 28th: 87.69% 
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Books and Works on Paper on September 22nd: 86.27% 
SothebysYeats: The Family Collection on September 27th: 85.94% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on September 26th: 85.71% 
Swann GalleriesPrinted and Manuscript Americana on September 28th: 85.54% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on September 27th: 84.62% 
FerratonBooks and Engravings on September 15th: 84.50% 
Koller AuctionsAutographs on September 18th: 84.00% 
FreemansRare Books, Maps and Manuscripts on September 28th: 83.51% 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersFine Prints on September 28th: 82.65% 
Kedem AuctionJewish and Israeli History, Art and Culture on August 29th: 82.17% 
Forum AuctionsFine Books and Works on Paper on September 27th: 81.77% 
SothebysThe Library of John and Suzanne Bonham on September 26th: 80.15% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Bonhams De Insulis nuper in mari Indico repertis. Preceded by Carolus Verardus (1440-1500). Historia Baetica. on September 26th Actual price: USD $751,500.
  2. Sothebys A STORYBOOK LIFE (THE COMPLETE SERIES) on September 28th Actual price: USD $468,500.
  3. Sothebys MAILÄNDER DOM (FASSADE), MAILAND on September 28th Actual price: USD $456,500.
  4. Arader Galleries Blaeu's Atlas Major on September 23rd Actual price: USD $274,500.
  5. Freemans [Charts of the Coast of America from Cape Breton to the Entrance of the Gulph of Mexico]. on September 28th Actual price: USD $212,500.
  6. Arader Galleries Audubon Aquatint Engraving, Male Turkey, Plate 1 on September 23rd Actual price: USD $183,000.
  7. Bonhams Underweysung der messung, mit dem zirckel unn richtscheyt in Linien ebnen unnd gantzen corporen. on September 26th Actual price: USD $175,000.
  8. Arader Galleries THE ONLY SURVIVING ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT OF THE FIRST PLAN OF THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH on September 23rd Actual price: USD $158,600.
  9. Arader Galleries Audubon Aquatint Engraving, Pileated Woodpecker, Plate 111 on September 23rd Actual price: USD $158,600.
  10. Christies Suzhou I-IV on September 27th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  11. Heritage Auctions 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #53 PSA NM-MT 8 - Only One Higher. on September 21st Actual price: USD $120,000.
  12. Sothebys THE CAPTAIN on September 27th Actual price: USD $117,250.
  13. Swann Galleries Large archive of Indian missionary letters written by the Pond family on the Minnesota frontier. on September 28th Actual price: USD $112,500.
  14. Christies Views of India, Indonesia and Myanmar (Burma), c. 1858 on September 27th Actual price: USD $107,500.
  15. Arader Galleries Extremely rare map of North America by Forlani on September 23rd Actual price: USD $98,820.
  16. Heritage Auctions 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #149 PSA NM-MT 8. on September 21st Actual price: USD $90,000.
  17. Christies Ten Days on September 27th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  18. Arader Galleries Champlains Definitive Map of New France on September 23rd Actual price: USD $85,400.
  19. Arader Galleries Fully Framed Set of the First Edition of Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio on September 23rd Actual price: USD $85,400.
  20. Heritage Auctions 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig #160 PSA NM-MT+ 8.5 - Pop Two, Two Higher. on September 21st Actual price: USD $84,000.
  21. Sothebys VIVIEN LEIGH READING WITH TISSY on September 26th Actual price: USD $83,750.
  22. Sothebys GERHARD RICHTER 1, KÖLN on September 28th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  23. Sothebys GONE WITH THE WIND on September 26th Actual price: USD $78,725.
  24. Arader Galleries First Globe to show Travel's of Lewis & Clark on September 23rd Actual price: USD $73,200.
  25. Forum Auctions Historia Coelestis libri duo quorum prior exhibet catalogum stellarum fixarum Britannicum... Oservante... in Observatorio Regio Grenovicensi continua serie ab anno 1676 ad annum 1705 completum on September 27th Actual price: USD $72,025.



45 total sales reported this week:

Venator and Hanstein. Modern and contemporary prints, drawings, multiples, modern books and portfolios. on September 23rd: 52.01%
Quagga Rare Books and Art. Internet Book Sale - Historical, Non-fiction - Bidstart 9/21 on September 28th: 47.19%
Freemans. Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts on September 28th: 83.51%
Sothebys. Post-War and Contemporary Photographs on September 28th: 74.47%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Prints on September 28th: 82.65%
Swann Galleries. Printed and Manuscript Americana on September 28th: 85.54%
Skinner. Fine Prints, Fine Photographs on September 27th: 76.92%
Audap and Mirabaud. Posters on June 23rd: 10.92%
Forum Auctions. Fine Books and Works on Paper on September 27th: 81.77%
Dorotheum . Globes on September 28th: 69.23%
Dorotheum . Prints Before 1900 on September 27th: 75.49%
Koller Auctions. Old Master & 19th Century Prints & Drawings (West) on September 22nd: 35.48%
Vermot de Pas. Mister D. Succession : Postcards, Stamps, Posters, Historical Documents, etc... on September 26th: 40.88%
ALDE. Antiquarian and 19th Century Books on September 26th: 68.10%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on September 27th: 84.62%
Christies. The Collection of Paul F. Walter on September 27th: 91.43%
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Quarterly Catalogue Auction on September 26th: 100.00%
Bonhams. The Air and Space Sale on September 27th: 57.14%
Sothebys. Yeats: The Family Collection on September 27th: 85.94%
Bonhams. Rare Books and Manuscripts featuring Exploration and Travel on September 26th: 62.89%
Sothebys. The Vivien Leigh Collection on September 26th: 100.00%
Sothebys. The Library of John and Suzanne Bonham on September 26th: 80.15%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on September 26th: 85.71%
Ferraton. Books and Engravings on September 15th: 84.50%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 9/19 on September 26th: 98.51%
Potomack Company. September Live Auction: Books and prints on September 23rd: 66.67%
Eldreds. Antiques and Accessories - Books and Prints on September 23rd: 72.29%
De Baecque and Associes. Demeure by Jacqueline Offenbach and the painter Pierre Mousset Souvenirs-Partitions Library -Tableau on September 23rd: 89.47%
Arader Galleries. September Auction on September 23rd: 64.89%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Ornithology - Books and Prints on September 22nd: 68.66%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 9/17 on September 24th: 99.49%
Heritage Auctions. Internet Sports Collectibles - bidstart 8/29 on September 24th: 96.79%
Ader. Photograph Books on September 22nd: 61.28%
Venator and Hanstein. Books, manuscripts, autographs and prints on September 22nd: 53.04%
PBA Galleries. Rare Cartography - Americana on September 21st: 57.62%
Venator and Hanstein. Rare Posters on September 21st: 60.71%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on September 22nd: 86.27%
Koller Auctions. Old Master Prints on September 22nd: 79.37%
Koller Auctions. Autographs on September 18th: 84.00%
Koller Auctions. Books on September 18th: 78.23%
Copley Fine Art Auctions. The Sporting Sale - Books and Prints on July 28th: 87.69%
Kedem Auction. Jewish and Israeli History, Art and Culture on August 29th: 82.17%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 9/17 on September 24th: 98.94%
Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions. Win-One Rosh HaShana (No. 1) on September 6th: 100.00%
Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions. Holy books, letters from Rabbis and Rebbes, Judaica, Maps, Periodicals, Postcards, banknotes, Eretz on July 19th: 62.24%


For the week ahead 30 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Oct. 2nd
Bonhams. New York. Photographs. 108 lots
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Modern, Fine Art - Prints. 35 lots
Il Ponte. Milan. Interior Decoration - Modern Art/Modern Antiques - session 10: Books. 307 lots
Il Ponte. Milan. Interior Decoration - Modern Art/Modern Antiques - Prints. 90 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 72 lots

Tue. Oct. 3rd
Tooveys. West Sussex. Antiquarian and Collectors' Books. 178 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. Masterpieces of Design and Photography. 15 lots
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Books and Documents on the History of Mexico. 314 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 9/26. 718 lots

Wed. Oct. 4th
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 593 lots
Purcell Auctioneers. Birr. Autumn Irish Interest Books.
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints and Maps. 203 lots
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . Fine Art, etc. - Books, Prints. 52 lots

Thu. Oct. 5th
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Fine Art - Prints. 211 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Literature. 327 lots
Sothebys. New York. Photographs. 153 lots
Forum Auctions in Italy. Roma. Online Sale: Prints & Drawings - 16th-19th Century. 126 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art – Antique Engravings & Lithographs – Works on Paper. 150 lots

Fri. Oct. 6th
Guernseys. New York, NY. The Kennedy Era. 409 lots
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Brugge. Rare Books. 1045 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 99 lots
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. 75172 Pforzheim. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques. 5810 lots

Sat. Oct. 7th
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs. 67 lots
Gibson Auction Inc.. Orange County. Best of the Best Fall Sale. 13 lots
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. October Gallery Sale - Books, Prints. 53 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books.

Sun. Oct. 8th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - bidstart 9/10. 238 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 10/1.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 10/1.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €