• <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>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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June 2018

For the week ended Saturday 2 June 2018 25 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 14 denominated in euros, 3 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 7 in US dollars.  Turnover was $14,481,682 as 7,581 lots were offered and 5,571 sold for a 73% success rate.  The average lot brought $2,599.

 

For the week just starting 24 auctions are scheduled.

 

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ArtcurialJapanese Prints on May 23rd: $3,347,801 
BonhamsWASSENAAR ZOO A Dutch Private Library on May 30th: $2,292,251 
ChristiesBooks and Manuscripts on May 29th: $1,759,575 
Forum AuctionsFine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper on May 31st: $1,049,437 
Ketterer Kunst DoerlingValuable books Manuscripts · Autographs · Decorative Graphics on May 28th: $1,042,136 


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

ArtcurialJapanese Prints on May 23rd: 510.44% 
Ketterer Kunst DoerlingValuable books Manuscripts · Autographs · Decorative Graphics on May 28th: 145.18% 
AderOld and Modern Prints - Day 2 on May 25th: 134.10% 
AderOld and Modern Prints - Day 1 on May 24th: 115.36% 
Forum AuctionsFine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper on May 31st: 102.33% 


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

Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 5/20 on May 27th: 99.64% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 5/23 on May 29th: 99.46% 
BonhamsWASSENAAR ZOO A Dutch Private Library on May 30th: 97.02% 
ArtcurialJapanese Prints on May 23rd: 95.92% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 4/29 on May 27th: 95.77% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 5/20 on May 27th: 95.63% 
Forum Auctions in ItalyNo Reserve Online Sale: Antiquarian and Rare Books on May 29th: 91.67% 
Lancaster Mennonite Historical SocietyBooks on May 11th: 90.77% 

Ketterer Kunst DoerlingValuable books Manuscripts · Autographs · Decorative Graphics on May 28th: 83.50% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Artcurial Actor Morita Kan'ya VIII as the Palanquin-bearer Uguisu no Jirôsaku on May 23rd Actual price: USD $715,256.
  2. Artcurial Actor Onoe Matsusuke I as Matsushita Mikinoshin on May 23rd Actual price: USD $600,184.
  3. Artcurial Obvious Love (Arawaruru koi), from the series Anthology of Poems: The Love Section (Kasen koi no bu) on May 23rd Actual price: USD $441,960.
  4. Artcurial Actor Ôtani Tokuji as the Footman (Yakko) Sodesuke on May 23rd Actual price: USD $384,424.
  5. Artcurial Actor Sakata Hangorô III as Fujikawa Mizuemon on May 23rd Actual price: USD $326,888.
  6. Christies Égypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie : dessins photographiques recueillis pendant les années 1849, 1850 et 1851, accompagnés d’un texte explicatif et précédés d’une introduction par Maxime Du Camp, chargé d’une mission archéologique en Orient par le minist on May 29th Actual price: USD $294,060.
  7. Bonhams The Birds of Australia on May 30th Actual price: USD $249,375.
  8. PBA Galleries The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, as Agreed upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787 on May 31st Actual price: USD $223,500.
  9. Christies The Portrait of Picasso. on May 29th Actual price: USD $217,500.
  10. Forum Auctions Doktor Zhivago original typescript on May 31st Actual price: USD $182,875.
  11. Christies Les Fleurs du mal. on May 29th Actual price: USD $166,750.
  12. Christies La Célestine. on May 29th Actual price: USD $152,250.
  13. Christies La Chèvre-Feuille. on May 29th Actual price: USD $145,000.
  14. Bonhams The Birds of New Guinea and the Adjacent Papuan Islands, Including Many New Species Recently Discovered in Australia… on May 30th Actual price: USD $136,325.
  15. Christies Manuscrit musical autographe signé "A.Cl. Debussy", pour Hymnis. Comédie lyrique de Théodore de Banville, musique de Achille-Claude Debussy, partition pour piano et chant, adressé à "Mme. [Marie] Vasnier". on May 29th Actual price: USD $130,500.
  16. ALDE La Rivière enchantée. on May 30th Actual price: USD $127,600.
  17. Ketterer Kunst Doerling Brügger Stundenbuch auf Pergament Lateinisches Stundenbuch für den Gebrauch von Rom. on May 28th Actual price: USD $119,851.
  18. Bonhams Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots: the greater part of them species hitherto unfigured… on May 30th Actual price: USD $119,700.
  19. ALDE Maquette originale du Florilège des Amours. on May 30th Actual price: USD $116,000.
  20. ALDE Jazz. on May 30th Actual price: USD $116,000.
  21. Artcurial Actor Osagawa Tsuneyo II as Ippei's Older Sister on May 23rd Actual price: USD $113,100.
  22. Artcurial Tatsumi Rokô (name in rebus form), from the series Renowned Beauties Likened to the Six Immortal Poets (Kômei bijin rokkasen) on May 23rd Actual price: USD $105,560.
  23. Artcurial The Widow of Asahiya (Asahiya goke, in rebus form), from the series Renowned Beauties Likened to the Six Immortal Poets (Kômei bijin rokkasen). on May 23rd Actual price: USD $105,560.
  24. Bonhams The Mammals of Australia on May 30th Actual price: USD $96,425.
  25. Bonhams The Birds of Asia on May 30th Actual price: USD $91,438.



25 total sales reported this week:

Forum Auctions. Photographs and Photobooks on June 1st: 37.50%
Forum Auctions. Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper on May 31st: 78.49%
PBA Galleries. Americana - Travel & Exploration - Manuscript Material - Cartography on May 31st: 67.65%
PIASA. Photographs, including a Large French Collection on May 30th: 23.61%
Vermot de Pas. France History and Regions on May 29th: 16.18%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Old and Modern Books on May 30th: 52.47%
ALDE. Modern Illustrated Books on May 30th: 72.58%
Bonhams. WASSENAAR ZOO A Dutch Private Library on May 30th: 97.02%
Artcurial. Limited Editions on May 29th: 73.44%
Artcurial. Japanese Prints on May 23rd: 95.92%
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Valuable books Manuscripts · Autographs · Decorative Graphics on May 28th: 83.50%
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Wertvolle Bücher Manuskripte · Autographen · Dekorative Graphik - Part 2 on May 28th: 59.96%
Morton Subastas. Books and Historical Documents on May 29th: 36.52%
Christies. Books and Manuscripts on May 29th: 77.89%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on May 29th: 77.50%
Forum Auctions in Italy. No Reserve Online Sale: Antiquarian and Rare Books on May 29th: 91.67%
Winner's Auctions Ltd. Eretz Israel and Zionism, Postcards and Photographs, Numismatics, Posters, Maps, Judaica, Holy books on May 8th: 74.23%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 5/23 on May 29th: 99.46%
Binoche et Giquello. Ancient and Modern Books on May 25th: 47.64%
Ader. Old and Modern Prints - Day 2 on May 25th: 76.14%
Ader. Old and Modern Prints - Day 1 on May 24th: 74.47%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Books on May 11th: 90.77%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 5/20 on May 27th: 99.64%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 5/20 on May 27th: 95.63%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 4/29 on May 27th: 95.77%

 


For the week ahead 24 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jun. 4th
Dorotheum . Vienna. Autographs, Manuscripts and Certificates. 401 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 53 lots

Tue. Jun. 5th
Swann Galleries. New York. Illustration Art. 255 lots
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Icons and Legends of Hollywood - Day 1. 126 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Art Photography. 200 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Graphic Prints. 234 lots
Heritage Auctions. New York. Photographs. 423 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 5/29. 584 lots

Wed. Jun. 6th
Old World Auctions. Glen Allen. Antique Maps, Globes, Charts, Atlases & Vintage Graphics - online bidstart 5/23. 751 lots
PIASA. Paris. Editions: Prints, Illustrated Books, Multiples. 153 lots
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Icons and Legends of Hollywood - Day 2. 45 lots
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . Fine Art - Prints. 108 lots

Thu. Jun. 7th
Swann Galleries. New York. Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books. 397 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper.

Fri. Jun. 8th
Skinner. Marlborough. Fine Books and Manuscripts - Internet bidstart 5/31. 747 lots
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Icons and Legends of Hollywood - Day 4. 143 lots

Sat. Jun. 9th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Legends of the West. 129 lots
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Prints and Drawings. 463 lots
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. Collectibles. 70 lots
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs. 42 lots

Sun. Jun. 10th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Civil War and Militaria.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 5/13. 179 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 6/3.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 6/3.

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>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> 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.