• <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.
  • <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>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.

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RBH: 34 Auctions Archived, 23 up this Week

For the week ended Saturday 5 May 2018 34 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 9 denominated in euros, 2 in British pounds, and 23 in US dollars.  Turnover was $18,612,475 as 11,947 lots were offered and 9,923 sold for an exceptional 83% success rate.  The buying spirits are alive in the rooms.

 

For the week ahead a fresh 23 auctions go under the hammer.

 

6 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 


ChristiesComic Strips and Illustrations on May 3rd: $3,003,000 
Heritage AuctionsCSNS Currency Signature Auction - session 2 on May 1st: $1,802,209 
Heritage AuctionsCSNS Currency Signature Auction - session 5 on May 1st: $1,666,206 
Heritage AuctionsCSNS Currency Signature Auction - session 4 on May 1st: $1,585,266 
BonhamsPrints and Multiples on May 1st: $1,449,935 
Kedem AuctionRare and Important Items on April 24th: $1,244,637


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

SothebysCollections - Prints, Books on May 3rd: 154.31% 
ALDEMaps and Plans - Travel on April 27th: 119.83% 
BonhamsPrints and Multiples on May 1st: 111.28% 
ChristiesComic Strips and Illustrations on May 3rd: 102.98% 


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

Forum Auctions in ItalyNo Reserve Online Sale: Antiquarian and Rare Books on May 3rd: 100.00% 
SothebysCollections - Prints, Books on May 3rd: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 4/22 on April 29th: 99.55% 
Heritage AuctionsCSNS Currency Signature Auction - session 5 on May 1st: 99.05% 
Heritage AuctionsCSNS Currency Signature Auction - session 6 on May 1st: 98.14% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 4/24 on May 1st: 97.71% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 4/1 on April 29th: 96.19% 
Heritage AuctionsCSNS Currency Signature Auction - session 3 on May 1st: 96.08% 
Heritage AuctionsCSNS Currency Signature Auction - session 8 on May 1st: 96.05% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 4/22 on April 29th: 95.21% 
Dirk Soulis AuctionsProperty from the William D. Hutsell Trust - Books, Prints on April 28th: 94.12% 
Heritage AuctionsCSNS Currency Signature Auction - session 4 on May 1st: 92.73% 
Heritage AuctionsCSNS Currency Signature Auction - session 7 on May 1st: 92.44% 
Heritage AuctionsCSNS World Currency Signature Auction - session 2 on April 30th: 91.52% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersFine Auction - Books and Prints on April 29th: 91.30% 
Heritage AuctionsCSNS Currency Signature Auction - session 2 on May 1st: 89.70% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on May 1st: 89.02% 
BonhamsPrints and Multiples on May 1st: 87.65% 
Neret Minet and TessierComics on April 27th: 86.36% 
Heritage AuctionsCSNS Currency Signature Auction - session 1 on May 1st: 83.23% 
Cowans AuctionsFine Books, Maps and Manuscripts - Internet bidstart 4/19 on April 30th: 82.68% 
Kedem AuctionRare and Important Items on April 24th: 81.34% 
One Of Kind CollectiblesAutographs, Manuscripts and Sports Memorabilia on April 26th: 80.92% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies LE PETIT VINGTIÈME, 1939, Illustration originale, couverture du Petit Vingtième n° 25, du 22 juin 1939. on May 3rd Actual price: USD $729,000.
  2. Christies COKE EN STOCK (T.19), CASTERMAN 1958 on May 3rd Actual price: USD $210,000.
  3. Kedem Auction Holidays Machzor - High Holy Days, Pesach, Shavuot, Sukkot and Rosh Chodesh - Elaborate Miniature on a Single Sheet of Parchment Cut Into Circles - Unusual and Unique Hebrew Manuscript - Italy, 15th Century on April 24th Actual price: USD $209,100.
  4. Christies LUCKY LUKE, Illustration originale pour l’article Lucky Luke on May 3rd Actual price: USD $172,500.
  5. Kedem Auction Manuscript - Sefer HeChazon (HaChezyonot) by Rabbi Chaim Vital - Handwritten by Rebbe Natan of Breslov (Moharnat) - With His Request to Send a Copy as a Gift to the Ohev Yisrael of Apta - Discovery on April 24th Actual price: USD $159,900.
  6. Swann Galleries [LONDON TRANSPORT] - KEEPS LONDON GOING. 1938. on May 3rd Actual price: USD $149,000.
  7. Heritage Auctions Fr. 375 Serial Number One $20 1891 Treasury Note PCGS Very Fine 35. on May 1st Actual price: USD $114,000.
  8. Artcurial Livre d’heures en latin à l’usage deParis, manuscrit et enluminé sur vélin on April 26th Actual price: USD $106,964.
  9. Bonhams Growing #2, from Growing Suite on May 1st Actual price: USD $102,500.
  10. Artcurial Livre d’heures en latin à l’usage deRome, manuscrit et enluminé sur vélin on April 26th Actual price: USD $102,245.
  11. Heritage Auctions Fr. 362 Serial Number One Courtesy Autographed $5 1891 Treasury Note PCGS New 62. on May 1st Actual price: USD $102,000.
  12. Christies BLAKE ET MORTIMER, LES 3 FORMULES DU PROFESSEUR SATO (T.11), LE LOMBARD 1977 on May 3rd Actual price: USD $97,500.
  13. Bonhams The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, from The Apocalypse on May 1st Actual price: USD $95,000.
  14. ALDE Portulan de la Méditerranée. on April 27th Actual price: USD $90,750.
  15. Heritage Auctions Fr. 1217 $500 1922 Gold Certificate PCGS About New 53. on May 1st Actual price: USD $90,000.
  16. Heritage Auctions Fr. 810 $10 Serial Number One 1918 Federal Reserve Bank Note PCGS Very Choice New 64PPQ. on May 1st Actual price: USD $87,600.
  17. Heritage Auctions Fr. 341 $100 1880 Silver Certificate PMG Very Fine 30. on May 1st Actual price: USD $87,000.
  18. Heritage Auctions Fr. 167a $100 1863 Legal Tender PMG Choice Very Fine 35 Net. on May 1st Actual price: USD $78,000.
  19. Heritage Auctions Fr. 148 $50 1862 Legal Tender PCGS Very Fine 30. on May 1st Actual price: USD $78,000.
  20. Heritage Auctions Fr. 842a Serial Number One $5 1914 Red Seal Federal Reserve Note PCGS About New 53. on May 1st Actual price: USD $78,000.
  21. Bonhams Giant Panda, from Endangered Species on May 1st Actual price: USD $75,000.
  22. Kedem Auction Letter of Recommendation, Handwritten and Signed by the Chatam Sofer - with Blessings for a Good Year and "Health, Children and Livelihood" on April 24th Actual price: USD $73,800.
  23. Neret Minet and Tessier Paire de globes terrestre et céleste par CARYPieds tripodes en acajou, tables équatoriales avec les signes du zodiaque. on April 26th Actual price: USD $69,575.
  24. Galerie Bassenge Journal fondé et dirigé par Ch. Philipon. on April 17th Actual price: USD $66,974.
  25. Heritage Auctions Fr. 1890-G* $100 1929 Federal Reserve Bank Note. PMG Gem Uncirculated 65 EPQ. on May 1st Actual price: USD $66,000.

 


34 total sales reported this week:

PosterConnection Inc.. Posters on April 28th: 43.58%
One Of Kind Collectibles. Autographs, Manuscripts and Sports Memorabilia on April 26th: 80.92%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Comics on April 27th: 86.36%
Swann Galleries. Graphic Design on May 3rd: 64.57%
PBA Galleries. Fine Literature and Books on May 3rd: 75.15%
Christies. Comic Strips and Illustrations on May 3rd: 78.49%
Sothebys. Collections - Prints, Books on May 3rd: 100.00%
Forum Auctions in Italy. No Reserve Online Sale: Antiquarian and Rare Books on May 3rd: 100.00%
Cowans Auctions. Fine Books, Maps and Manuscripts - Internet bidstart 4/19 on April 30th: 82.68%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 4/24 on May 1st: 97.71%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on May 1st: 87.65%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on May 1st: 89.02%
Heritage Auctions. CSNS Currency Signature Auction - session 2 on May 1st: 89.70%
Heritage Auctions. CSNS Currency Signature Auction - session 4 on May 1st: 92.73%
Heritage Auctions. CSNS Currency Signature Auction - session 3 on May 1st: 96.08%
Heritage Auctions. CSNS Currency Signature Auction - session 7 on May 1st: 92.44%
Heritage Auctions. CSNS Currency Signature Auction - session 1 on May 1st: 83.23%
Heritage Auctions. CSNS Currency Signature Auction - session 8 on May 1st: 96.05%
Heritage Auctions. CSNS Currency Signature Auction - session 6 on May 1st: 98.14%
Heritage Auctions. CSNS Currency Signature Auction - session 5 on May 1st: 99.05%
Galerie Bassenge. Valuable Books on April 17th: 52.06%
Kedem Auction. Rare and Important Items on April 24th: 81.34%
Heritage Auctions. CSNS World Currency Signature Auction - session 2 on April 30th: 91.52%
Heritage Auctions. CSNS World Currency Signature Auction - session 1 on April 26th: 77.87%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Fine Auction - Books and Prints on April 29th: 91.30%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Property from the William D. Hutsell Trust - Books, Prints on April 28th: 94.12%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. East Anglian Sale, Part 1 - including Books and Maps on April 27th: 70.18%
Artcurial. Books and Manuscripts on April 26th: 56.59%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Marine and Travel - Books, Prints, Maps on April 26th: 52.31%
ALDE. Russian Art on April 27th: 46.84%
ALDE. Maps and Plans - Travel on April 27th: 65.65%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 4/22 on April 29th: 99.55%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 4/1 on April 29th: 96.19%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 4/22 on April 29th: 95.21%

 


For the week ahead 7 sales are scheduled:


Mon. May. 7th
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Americana, Railroad, Mining and More! Day 1. 510 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 74 lots
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Online Auction 13: Judaica – Books, Manuscripts, Letters, Objects. 545 lots

Tue. May. 8th
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Leiden. Rare Books - Day 1. 568 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Old Master Through Modern Prints. 527 lots
Winner's Auctions Ltd. Jerusalem. Eretz Israel and Zionism, Postcards and Photographs, Numismatics, Posters, Maps, Judaica, Holy books. 423 lots
Freemans. Philadelphia. MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART INCLUDING FLASH: BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE COLLECTION OF JEFFREY M. KAP. 61 lots
University Archives. Westport. Fantastic Selection of Autographed Documents, Manuscripts, Photos, Books & Relics. 255 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Americana, Railroad, Mining and More! Day 2. 126 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 5/1. 438 lots

Wed. May. 9th
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 4/20. 1023 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Americana, Railroad, Mining and More! Day 3. 583 lots
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Leiden. Rare Books - Day 2. 590 lots
Jasper52. New York. Antique Civil War Books. 200 lots

Thu. May. 10th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics. 1692 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 141 lots
Aste Bolaffi. Turin. Poster. 119 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Americana, Railroad, Mining and More! Day 4. 753 lots

Fri. May. 11th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Space Exploration. 562 lots
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Books. 466 lots
Brunk Auctions. Asheville, NC . Premier Catalogue Auction - Prints, Books. 120 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Exposition Auction - Books and Prints. 19 lots

Sat. May. 12th
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs. 54 lots

Sun. May. 13th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 4/15. 215 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 5/6.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 5/6.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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>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.