Auction Update Review

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Happy Holidays

For the week ended Saturday 23 December 28 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 4 denominated in euros, 4 denominated in British pounds, and 20 in US dollars.  Turnover was $8,086,561 as 9,570 lots were offered and 7,546 sold for a 79% success rate.  The average lot brought $1,067.66.  

 

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysImportant Judaica on December 20th: $2,268,500 
BonhamsPrints and Multiples on December 18th: $1,408,519 
Forum AuctionsBanksy on December 12th: $1,261,298 

5 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered: 

Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersBooks, Manuscripts, Prints on December 16th: 130.44% 
Robert Siegel GalleriesStampless Stories: A Postal History of America on December 12th: 124.55% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsChildren's and Illustrated Books on December 15th: 124.13% 
Fonsie Mealy AuctioneersRare Books on December 5th: 110.23% 
BonhamsPrints and Multiples on December 18th: 100.32% 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys An Exceedingly Rare Ashkenazic Hebrew Bible with Numerous Micrographic Decorations, Scribe: Mattithiah ben Jedidiah on December 20th Actual price: USD $555,000.
  2. Sothebys An Exceptional Copy of the Sefer Minhagim of Rabbi Samuel of Ulm, Accompanied by Numerous Other Historical, Rabbinic, and Literary Texts on December 20th Actual price: USD $435,000.
  3. Sothebys Tefillah mi-Kol ha-Shanah ke-Minhag ha-Ashkenazim, with Seder ha-Haggadah shel Pesah (A Previously Unknown and Earliest Extant Complete Western Ashkenazic Daily Prayer Book and Haggadah), on December 20th Actual price: USD $312,500.
  4. Sothebys Pentateuch with Masorah on December 20th Actual price: USD $237,500.
  5. Forum Auctions Girl with Balloon on December 12th Actual price: USD $177,375.
  6. Bonhams Cirque on December 18th Actual price: USD $153,188.
  7. Sothebys Torah Scroll on December 20th Actual price: USD $150,000.
  8. Forum Auctions NOLA (Pink to Yellow Rain) on December 12th Actual price: USD $137,063.
  9. Bonhams Nola (Blue and Green Rain) on December 18th Actual price: USD $96,750.
  10. Bonhams Alexander The Great on December 18th Actual price: USD $77,400.
  11. Dominic Winter Book Auctions Down and Out in Paris and London, on December 15th Actual price: USD $73,660.
  12. Forum Auctions Christ with Shopping Bags on December 12th Actual price: USD $72,563.
  13. Forum Auctions Girl with Balloon on December 12th Actual price: USD $67,725.
  14. Forum Auctions Watchtower on December 12th Actual price: USD $58,050.
  15. Sothebys The Haggadah, Executed by Arthur Szyk, Edited by Cecil Roth on December 20th Actual price: USD $56,250.
  16. Forum Auctions Rude Copper (Anarchy) on December 12th Actual price: USD $54,825.
  17. Sothebys A Monumental Micrographic Manuscript Plaque on December 20th Actual price: USD $50,000.
  18. Bonhams The Sunshine Roof on December 18th Actual price: USD $48,375.
  19. Forum Auctions Happy Choppers on December 12th Actual price: USD $48,375.
  20. Bonhams No Ball Games on December 18th Actual price: USD $45,150.
  21. Bonhams Pulp Fiction on December 18th Actual price: USD $45,150.
  22. Forum Auctions Bomb Love (Bomb Hugger) on December 12th Actual price: USD $45,150.
  23. Forum Auctions Morons (Sepia) on December 12th Actual price: USD $45,150.
  24. Sothebys Miniature Torah Scroll on December 20th Actual price: USD $43,750.
  25. Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers The World Described; or A New and Correct Sett of Maps, shewing the Several Empires, Kingdoms, Republics, Principalities, Provinces & c., in all known parts of the Earth; tall atlas on December 5th Actual price: USD $42,480.



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

National Book Auctions. Fraternal, Children’s, Antique, etc. on December 9th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/10 on December 17th: 99.57%
Robert Siegel Galleries. Stampless Stories: A Postal History of America on December 12th: 99.55%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/10 on December 17th: 98.96%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Books, Manuscripts, Prints on December 16th: 97.56%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 12/12 on December 19th: 96.88%
Christies. Collection Jean Lafont on September 22nd: 96.30%
Forum Auctions. Banksy on December 12th: 95.00%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Autographs/Animation Art on December 5th: 92.21%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on December 19th: 86.76%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints on December 9th: 84.78%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Children's and Illustrated Books on December 15th: 84.32%
Holabird Kagin Americana. December Premiere Sale - Day 3 on December 3rd: 83.64%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on December 14th: 82.88%
Cowans Auctions. Fine Books, Including the Culpin World War I Art Collection on December 18th: 82.73%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 11/19 on December 17th: 82.01%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 14th: 81.07%


28 total sales reported this week:

Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Books, Manuscripts, Prints on December 16th: 97.56%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints on December 9th: 84.78%
Moreshet Auctions. Judaica: Books and Manuscripts on December 6th: 67.30%
Sothebys. Important Judaica on December 20th: 57.30%
Alexander Historical Auctions. Autographs on December 20th: 76.10%
JellyFishTree. Books on November 15th: 43.52%
Cowans Auctions. Fine Books, Including the Culpin World War I Art Collection on December 18th: 82.73%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on December 19th: 86.76%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on December 18th: 77.24%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 14th: 81.07%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on December 14th: 82.88%
Forum Auctions. Banksy on December 12th: 95.00%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 12/12 on December 19th: 96.88%
Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions. Holy books, letters from Rabbis and Rebbes, Judaica, Maps, Periodicals, Postcards, banknotes, Eretz on November 29th: 60.20%
Minerva Auctions Roma. Prints and Multiples on December 12th: 52.61%
Robert Siegel Galleries. Stampless Stories: A Postal History of America on December 12th: 99.55%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Autographs/Animation Art on December 5th: 92.21%
Grays Auctioneers. Paintings, Prints & Photographs on December 13th: 56.25%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Children's and Illustrated Books on December 15th: 84.32%
National Book Auctions. Fraternal, Children’s, Antique, etc. on December 9th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 11/19 on December 17th: 82.01%
Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. Rare Books on December 5th: 71.10%
Holabird Kagin Americana. December Premiere Sale - Day 3 on December 3rd: 83.64%
Holabird Kagin Americana. December Premiere Sale - Day 2 on December 2nd: 69.42%
Holabird Kagin Americana. December Premiere Sale - Day 1 on December 1st: 69.62%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/10 on December 17th: 98.96%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/10 on December 17th: 99.57%
Christies. Collection Jean Lafont on September 22nd: 96.30%

For the week ahead 4 sales are scheduled:


Tue. Dec. 26th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Heritage Auctions: Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 11/26. 280 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 12/19. 244 lots

Fri. Dec. 29th
Tooveys. West Sussex. End of Year Sale - Prints. 31 lots

Sat. Dec. 30th
Artcurial. Paris. Paris#Marrakech. 11 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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><center>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Rare & Remarkable Autographs<br>and Manuscripts<br>Now until October 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Most Remarkable Autograph Album Ever Offered: Wilde Poem, Melville Quotes Shakespeare, 8 presidents, Mary Lincoln & 400 More. $30,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Unique Napoleon Autograph Manuscript Detailing his Military Campaign in Italy, plus Doodles. $18,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Remarkable Pasteur Manuscript on Rabies Research 8 Months before 1st Successful Human Vaccination. $12,500 to $15,000.
    <b><center>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Rare & Remarkable Autographs<br>and Manuscripts<br>Now until October 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Freud 1933 ALS Supporting First Lay Analyst Theodor Reik with Reik’s Handwritten Definition of Psychology. $15,000 to $16,000.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Begin & Sadat Unique Signed Photo from Camp David Summit. $2,000 to $2,500.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Rare Scriabin ALS Written the Year He Completed “The Poem of Ecstasy.” $4,000 to $5,000.
    <b><center>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Rare & Remarkable Autographs<br>and Manuscripts<br>Now until October 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Columbus’ Patron Pays for a Gift to a Lady in Waiting. $2,000 to $2,500.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Rare Signed Photo of Nansen, Nobel Prize Winner & Norway’s First Great Arctic Explorer. $1,000 to $1,200.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Stravinsky Pens 5 Bars from "Petrouschka.” $1,200 to $1,500.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Zapata Letter Written 4 Days Following Collapse of Negotiations between Villa and Carranza. $2,000 to $2,200.
  • <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>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