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Weekly Auction Update: 23 Auctions Archived, 29 More This Week

 For the week that ended Saturday 24 March 2018 23 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 8 denominated in euros, 4 in British pounds, and 11 in US dollars.  Turnover was $8,161,964 as 8,421 lots were offered and 6,447 sold for a 77% success rate.  The average lot brought $1,266.  The market is holding up even as uncertainty hovers over the United States and the world economy.

 

Twenty-nine new auctions are in the rooms this week.

 

2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on March 21st: $2,216,767 
SothebysMade in Britain - Prints on March 20th: $1,005,991 

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

SothebysMade in Britain - Prints on March 20th: 134.04% 
Forum AuctionsFine Books and Works on Paper on March 22nd: 121.01% 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on March 21st: 116.27% 
John McInnis AuctioneersMarch Estate Auction - Session 2 on March 17th: 113.37% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on March 20th: 101.87% 


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

San Rafael Auction GallerySpring Auction on March 17th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 3/11 on March 18th: 99.11% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 2/13 on March 20th: 98.87% 
John McInnis AuctioneersMarch Estate Auction - Session 2 on March 17th: 98.84% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/20 on March 18th: 97.66% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 3/11 on March 18th: 96.01% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on March 17th: 93.82% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on March 20th: 90.14% 
Nye & Company AuctioneersMarch Backyard Auction - Books, Prints on March 22nd: 88.10% 
SothebysMade in Britain - Prints on March 20th: 87.50% 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on March 21st: 86.91% 
Bruun RasmussenBooks on March 20th: 84.75% 
Swann GalleriesAutographs on March 22nd: 83.78% 
Heritage AuctionsTexana on March 17th: 83.56% 
Forum AuctionsFine Books and Works on Paper on March 22nd: 83.39% 
Marc van de Wiele AuctionsSpring Auction - Books and Prints - Session 2 on March 17th: 81.24% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Bonhams The Bell Jar by Victoria Lucas on March 21st Actual price: USD $123,375.
  2. Bonhams The Bell Jar by Victoria Lucas on March 21st Actual price: USD $105,750.
  3. Venator and Hanstein Darwin, Charles; Naturforscher (Shrewsbury 1809- 1882 Down House/Kent). on March 16th Actual price: USD $90,774.
  4. Bonhams Harmonia Macrocosmica seu atlas universalis et novus on March 21st Actual price: USD $79,313.
  5. Bonhams A collection of approximately 480 seventeenth and eighteenth century pamphlets (mostly in English) on March 21st Actual price: USD $74,025.
  6. Marc van de Wiele Auctions Hypnerotomachia Poliphili on March 17th Actual price: USD $67,650.
  7. Sothebys EX-POSITION (L. 46) on March 20th Actual price: USD $63,000.
  8. Bonhams Theatrum orbis terrarum on March 21st Actual price: USD $61,688.
  9. Bonhams Micrographia: or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses on March 21st Actual price: USD $56,400.
  10. Forum Auctions Choose Your Weapon (Cool Grey) on March 21st Actual price: USD $52,875.
  11. Bonhams The substantial collection of holiday travel journals on March 21st Actual price: USD $52,875.
  12. Sothebys GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN  on March 20th Actual price: USD $52,500.
  13. Sothebys LOVE RAT on March 20th Actual price: USD $52,500.
  14. Sothebys THE BLUE GUITAR (S.A.C. 199-218; MCA TOKYO 178-197) on March 20th Actual price: USD $49,000.
  15. Bonhams Sylvia Plath's Hermes 3000 typewriter on March 21st Actual price: USD $45,825.
  16. Venator and Hanstein COLOGNE CATHEDRAL 1985 on March 17th Actual price: USD $42,361.
  17. Venator and Hanstein Thesaurus rei herbarii hortensisque universalis ... on March 16th Actual price: USD $42,361.
  18. Sothebys (3D) BANKSY on March 20th Actual price: USD $42,000.
  19. Sothebys RUTH SMOKING. (C. 90-94) on March 20th Actual price: USD $42,000.
  20. Bonhams The Hawk in the Rain on March 21st Actual price: USD $40,538.
  21. Heritage Auctions [Civil War]. John Stayton Autograph Letter Signed on March 17th Actual price: USD $40,000.
  22. Bonhams Banks' Florilegium. A Publication in Thirty-Four Parts of Seven Hundred and Thirty-Eight Copperplate Engravings of Plants Collected on Captain James Cook's First Voyage Round the World in H.M.S. Endeavour on March 21st Actual price: USD $38,775.
  23. Forum Auctions Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on March 22nd Actual price: USD $38,775.
  24. Sothebys PULP FICTION on March 20th Actual price: USD $38,500.
  25. Heritage Auctions Rare J.H. Dance and Brothers Confederate Dragoon Single Action Revolver, Found at the Dance Factory in Columbia, Texas. on March 17th Actual price: USD $37,500.



23 total sales reported this week:

Nye & Company Auctioneers. March Backyard Auction - Books, Prints on March 22nd: 88.10%
Forum Auctions. Fine Books and Works on Paper on March 22nd: 83.39%
Forum Auctions. Editions and Works on Paper on March 21st: 67.19%
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Spring Auction - Books and Prints - Session 2 on March 17th: 81.24%
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Spring Auction - Books and Prints - Session 1 on March 16th: 77.84%
Ader. Judaica on March 21st: 54.39%
Swann Galleries. Autographs on March 22nd: 83.78%
Bonhams. Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 21st: 86.91%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on March 17th: 93.82%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 2/13 on March 20th: 98.87%
Sothebys. Made in Britain - Prints on March 20th: 87.50%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books on March 20th: 84.75%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on March 20th: 90.14%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 3/11 on March 18th: 99.11%
Vermot de Pas. Comic Strips and Original Plates, Japanese Animation on March 17th: 64.38%
John McInnis Auctioneers. March Estate Auction - Session 2 on March 17th: 98.84%
San Rafael Auction Gallery. Spring Auction on March 17th: 100.00%
Venator and Hanstein. Books - Prints and Drawings - Autographs on March 16th: 32.47%
Venator and Hanstein. Modern and Contemporary Prints - Contemporary Books on March 17th: 54.92%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/20 on March 18th: 97.66%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 3/11 on March 18th: 96.01%
Heritage Auctions. Texana on March 17th: 83.56%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/8 on March 15th: 43.39%

 

 

For the week ahead 29 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Mar. 26th
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Antonio Lopez: The Art of Fashion. 64 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 72 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American History - Online bidstart 3/15. 261 lots
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Books. 20 lots

Tue. Mar. 27th
Dorotheum . Vienna. Prints Before 1900. 130 lots
Sothebys. London. Prints and Multiples. 219 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Editions and Works on Paper. 95 lots
Ader. PARIS. Envelopes of Artists: Pierre-Stéphane Proust Collection. 279 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 3/20. 565 lots

Wed. Mar. 28th
Chiswick Auctions. London. Autographs and Memorabilia. 214 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. Prints and Multiples. 216 lots
Freemans. Philadelphia. Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts. 408 lots
Bonhams. London. Prints and Multiples. 312 lots
Old World Auctions. Glen Allen. Antique Maps, Globes, Charts, Atlases & Vintage Graphics - online bidstart 3/1421.
Artcurial. Paris. Prints and Illustrated Books. 179 lots
ALDE. Paris. The Life of an Amateur. 167 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 110 lots
Chiswick Auctions. London. The Warrens Library and a Fine Collection of Maps & Atlases.
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . Live Ending Online Auction - Prints. 14 lots
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . Fine Art - Prints. 83 lots

Thu. Mar. 29th
Swann Galleries. New York. Printed and Manuscript African Americana. 384 lots
Chiswick Auctions. London. Books from the Library of Giancarlo Beltrame, Part II.
Forum Auctions. London. Forum Auctions @ Artsy: Select Urban Editions. 40 lots
Ader. PARIS. Illustrated Modern Books: Dr. Yves Gogue Collection.

Sat. Mar. 31st
Arader Galleries. New York City. Audubon Prints, and Rare Books.
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Engravings and Lithographs - Works on Paper. 150 lots

Sun. Apr. 1st
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 3/25.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 3/4. 285 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 3/25.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <center><b>The Transatlantic Book Fair<br>July 22-27, 2021</b>
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies.</i> London, Tho Cotes, for Robert Allot, 1632.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> STAHL, Augusto. <i>Panorama of Rio de Janiero.</i> c.1859. 3-part albumen print panorama (266 x 1186mm.).
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> WILDE, Oscar. <i>Lady Windermere's Fan</i>. London: Elkin Mathews & John Lane, 1893. Presentation copy.
    <center><b>The Transatlantic Book Fair<br>July 22-27, 2021</b>
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> DE TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis. <i>De la Democratie en Amerique.</i> Paris: Pagnerre, 1850. Thirteenth Edition. Presentation copy.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> CHAUDRON, A[delaide] de V[endel]. <i>Chaudron’s Spelling Book.</i> Mobile (AL): S.H. Goetzel, 1865.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> SAINT CHER, Hugh of. <i>Commentary on Peter Lombard’s Sentences, with the Abridgement of the Sentences.</i> Eastern France, illuminated manuscript., first half of the fifteenth century.
    <center><b>The Transatlantic Book Fair<br>July 22-27, 2021</b>
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> LANE, Thomas. <i>The Crystal Palace.</i> London, 1851.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> B[ULWER], J[ohn]. <i>Anthropometamorphosis: man transform’d: or, the artificiall changling historically presented…</i> London: William Hunt, 1653.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> VOLTAIRE, François-Marie Arouet de. <i>Oeuvres de M. de Voltaire.</i> Dresden, George-Conrad Walther (i.e. Leipzig, Breitkopf), 1748-1750.
    <center><b>The Transatlantic Book Fair<br>July 22-27, 2021</b>
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> HAWKING, Stephen & Leonard Mlodinow. <i>The Grand Design.</i> London: Bantam Books, 2011.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> FIELDS, James T. <i>Yesterdays with Authors.</i> With fine manuscript letter by Charles Dickens, and autograph letters from Forster, Landor, Mitford and others.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> <i>Kit, the Arkansas Traveller Broadside.</i> Chromolithograph.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Charles Loupot, <i>Les Cigarettes Mekka,</i> 1919. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Plinio Codognato, <i>Cicli Fiat,</i> circa 1910. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> L.N. Britton, <i>Warning! Consider the Possible Consequences,</i> c. 1917. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Leonardo Bistolfi, <i>Première Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs Modernes,</i> 1902. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Paquet Pernot / Biscuits Pernot,</i> 1910. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jul 15:</b> Jessie Tarbox Beals, archive of signed photographs, 15 silver prints, c. 1930. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Francesco Nonni, <i>Font Meo / Acqua Minerale Naturale,</i> 1924. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Frederick Winthrop Ramsdell, <i>American Crescent Cycles,</i> 1899. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> <i>Be a Tight Wad! Own Something!</i> designer unknown, 1925. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Candido Aragonese de Faria, <i>Chamonix–Mont–Blanc,</i> c. 1910. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> W.E.J., <i>Irishmen Avenge the Lusitania,</i> c. 1915. $2,000 to $3,000.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Your Own Sylvia:<br>Sylvia Plath’s letters to Ted Hughes and other items,<br>Property of Frieda Hughes<br>9 to 21 July 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Family photograph album ("The Hughes family Album"), 1957-1962. £30,000 to £50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Typed letter signed, to Ted Hughes, on "my own private doctrine", with a poem, 5 October 1956. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Pen and ink portrait of Ted Hughes, [1956]. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Your Own Sylvia:<br>Sylvia Plath’s letters to Ted Hughes and other items,<br>Property of Frieda Hughes<br>9 to 21 July 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. Joint autograph letter signed, to William and Edith Hughes, March 1960. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Photographic portrait by David Bailey, inscribed by Plath, 1961, and another press photo. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Tarot de Marseille. Deck of cards owned by Sylvia Plath. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Pair of gold wedding rings. £6,000 to £8,000.
  • <center><b>Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books<br>Fine Art<br>Antique Engravings & Lithographs<br>Works on Paper<br>Accepting bids until July 31</b>
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Cleveley, Jukes, & Cook - View of Charlotte Sound, New Zealand. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Peron - Platypus. $300 to $600.
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Loon & Pitt - Map of the World published 1680 - <I>Orbis Terrarum nova et accuratissima tabula.</i> $5,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Maitres de l'Affiche by MUCHA - La Dame aux Camelias. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <center><b>Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books<br>Fine Art<br>Antique Engravings & Lithographs<br>Works on Paper<br>Accepting bids until July 31</b>
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Cause - Peony, Crocus, Dog's Tooth Violet. $400 to $800.
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Redoute, Folio - Lemmonnier's Iris - Iris Monnieri. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Audubon, Imperial Folio - Common American Deer. $6,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Gould - Cuvier's Toucan (Ramphastos Cuvieri). $5,000 to $8,000.
  • <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul. FROG TEACHER LEADING ELF PUPILS ... Watercolour, c.1920.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> SATO, Gyro. [GENDAI RYOKI SENTAN ZUKAN]. Tokyo : Shinchosa, 1931.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> CARROLL, Lewis. ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. London : Macmillan and Co., 1868.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> FLEMING, Ian and MILLER, Albert. CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. New York : Random House, 1968.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> PHOENIX. Adelaide : Adelaide University Union, 1939.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> BOWEN, Emmanuel. A complete map of the Southern Continent. London : 1744.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> NORTHFIELD, James. AUSTRALIA. Melbourne : Northfield Studios and J.E. Hackett, c.1935