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Rare Book Hub: 37 Auctions Archived, another 35 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 8 December 2018 37 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 1 in Australian dollars, 13 in euros, 4 in British pounds, and 19 in US dollars.  Turnover was $21,596,621 as 10,627 lots were offered and 7,485 sold for a 70% success rate.  Recent economic and political uncertainty seem to be factors in auction room enthusiasm. 

 

6 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ChristiesFine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana on December 4th: $5,425,625 
ChristiesAlbert Einstein: The God Letter on December 4th: $2,892,500 
SothebysLady Blue Eyes: Property of Barbara and Frank Sinatra on December 6th: $2,224,750 
Galerie Bassenge15th -19th Century Prints on November 28th: $1,799,738 
SothebysMedieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books on December 4th: $1,616,413 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts, Including the World of Hilary Knight on December 5th: $1,015,761 

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

ChristiesAlbert Einstein: The God Letter on December 4th: 192.83% 
Dorotheum Books and Decorative Prints on December 5th: 178.16% 
SothebysLady Blue Eyes: Property of Barbara and Frank Sinatra on December 6th: 176.02% 
Jacksons AuctionModern & Vintage Masters - Day 1 on November 27th: 134.02% 
Galerie Bassenge15th -19th Century Prints on November 28th: 124.47% 
Australian Book AuctionsDecember Gallery Auction on December 3rd: 101.82% 


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

ChristiesAlbert Einstein: The God Letter on December 4th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 11/25 on December 2nd: 99.22% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 11/27 on December 4th: 98.96% 
SothebysLady Blue Eyes: Property of Barbara and Frank Sinatra on December 6th: 98.28% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 11/25 on December 2nd: 96.27% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - bidstart 11/4 on December 2nd: 96.20% 
Alaska AuctionBooks, Magazines, Prints on November 28th: 91.67% 
Australian Book AuctionsDecember Gallery Auction on December 3rd: 91.32% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 1st: 90.68% 
Alaska AuctionPrints, Advertising on November 29th: 90.38% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on December 4th: 86.49% 
Jacksons AuctionModern & Vintage Masters - Day 1 on November 27th: 84.21% 
Dorotheum Books and Decorative Prints on December 5th: 82.56% 
 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies Autograph letter signed (“A. Einstein”) to Eric Gutkind, Princeton, 3 January 1954. on December 4th Actual price: USD $2,892,500.
  2. Christies Gospel Sonnets, or, Spiritual Songs. In Six Parts. on December 4th Actual price: USD $852,500.
  3. Sothebys SINATRA: AN AMERICAN CLASSIC (PORTRAIT OF FRANK SINATRA) on December 6th Actual price: USD $687,000.
  4. Sothebys GIRL WITH TURBAN (ZULEIKA) on December 6th Actual price: USD $495,000.
  5. Sothebys BATHER AND CLOUD REFLECTIONS on December 6th Actual price: USD $375,000.
  6. Christies Liber Chronicarum. on December 4th Actual price: USD $372,500.
  7. Christies Novum ac magnum theatrum urbium Belgicae Regiae [– Foederate.] on December 4th Actual price: USD $287,500.
  8. Sothebys Jean d’Enghien, Le Livre des cronicques de Brabant, in French on December 4th Actual price: USD $240,000.
  9. Christies De lateribus et angulis triangulorum, tum planorum rectilineorum tum Sphaericorum, libellus eruditissimus & utilissimus... Additus est Canon semissium subtensarum rectarum linearum in Circulo. on December 4th Actual price: USD $200,000.
  10. Binoche et Giquello Catalogue des Vases, Colonnes, Tables de Marbres rares, Figures de bronze, Porcelaines de choix, Laques, Meubles précieux, Pendules, Lustres, Bras & Lanternes de bronze doré mat:... on November 28th Actual price: USD $194,839.
  11. Jacksons Auction IMPORTANT ORIGINAL BARBARA KRUGER on November 27th Actual price: USD $193,750.
  12. Christies The Glass Menagerie. A Play. on December 4th Actual price: USD $187,500.
  13. Christies Sports & Divertissements. on December 4th Actual price: USD $162,500.
  14. Christies On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. on December 4th Actual price: USD $162,500.
  15. Sothebys King David in Penitence, by the Master of the Houghton Miniatures on December 4th Actual price: USD $144,000.
  16. Bonhams Glenn Gould's extensively annotated copy of Bach's Goldberg Variations ("Klavier?bung IV.Teil Aria Mit verschiedenen Ver?nderungen 'Goldberg-Variationen'," on December 5th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  17. Christies Entertaining Passages Relating to Philip's War which Began in the Month of June, 1675. on December 4th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  18. Christies The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. on December 4th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  19. Binoche et Giquello Oeuvres de Gillot on November 28th Actual price: USD $119,963.
  20. Galerie Bassenge Doppelportrait des Malers Konrad Eberhard mit s... on November 28th Actual price: USD $119,187.
  21. Sothebys USE OF SARUM, IN LATIN on December 4th Actual price: USD $104,000.
  22. Sothebys UNTITLED on December 6th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  23. Bonhams Hilary Knight's ORIGINAL Plaza Hotel portrait of ELOISE. on December 5th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  24. Christies Les Singularitez de la France Antarctique. on December 4th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  25. Sothebys UNTITLED on December 6th Actual price: USD $93,750.



37 total sales reported this week:

Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Co Westerik: Paintings, drawings and prints. The collection of Frank Verhallen on October 29th: 77.66%
Swann Galleries. Illustration Art on December 6th: 68.44%
Robert Siegel Galleries. The Alfredo Frohlich Collection: The Evolution of Postal Systems in Panama 1777-1881 on December 4th: 52.70%
Dorotheum . Books and Decorative Prints on December 5th: 82.56%
Galerie Bassenge. Photography on December 5th: 46.65%
Galerie Bassenge. 15th -19th Century Prints on November 28th: 69.57%
Bonhams. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the World of Hilary Knight on December 5th: 67.58%
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Fine Art, Photographs, Modern and Contemporary Art - Prints on December 4th: 77.72%
Sothebys. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books on December 4th: 54.40%
Potter and Potter Auctions. Vintage Travel Posters on December 1st: 72.74%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on December 5th: 60.23%
Bonhams. The History of Science and Technology on December 5th: 44.78%
Sothebys. Lady Blue Eyes: Property of Barbara and Frank Sinatra on December 6th: 98.28%
Forum Auctions in Italy. Online Sale: The Library of Marquis Giulio Carlo Stanga Trecco (1794-1852) - Part I on December 4th: 51.85%
Christies. Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana on December 4th: 74.32%
Christies. Albert Einstein: The God Letter on December 4th: 100.00%
ALDE. Modern Illustrated Books and Original Bindings on November 30th: 64.37%
Rossini. Photographs on November 20th: 54.72%
Rossini. CATALOG SALE: DISPERSION OF THE LIBRARY OF THE ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY AT THE SORBONNE JEA on November 28th: 42.38%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on December 4th: 86.49%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 11/27 on December 4th: 98.96%
Forum Auctions. Fine Books and Works on Paper on November 29th: 75.36%
Forum Auctions. Artsy: Select Editions on December 4th: 35.48%
Australian Book Auctions. December Gallery Auction on December 3rd: 91.32%
Alaska Auction. Prints, Advertising on November 29th: 90.38%
Alaska Auction. Books, Magazines, Prints on November 28th: 91.67%
Jacksons Auction. Modern & Vintage Masters - Day 1 on November 27th: 84.21%
Eldreds. Asian Art - Prints on November 30th: 73.44%
Binoche et Giquello. COLLECTION A.J. ANCIENT BOOKS & MANUSCRIPTS, ETIENNE DOLET (1509-1546) FRENCH AUTHOR AND PRINTER on November 28th: 77.36%
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Rare Books on November 26th: 61.65%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 11/25 on December 2nd: 99.22%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 11/25 on December 2nd: 96.27%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - bidstart 11/4 on December 2nd: 96.20%
Soler Y Llach. Books, Prints, Manuscripts on November 29th: 39.28%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 1st: 90.68%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Books - Internet Bidstart 11/22 on November 29th: 38.51%
Old World Auctions. Antique Maps, Globes, Charts, Atlases & Vintage Graphics - online bidstart 10/31 on November 14th: 75.37%

 


For the week ahead 35 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Dec. 10th
Minerva Auctions Roma. Roma. Books, Autographs and Prints. 625 lots
Ader. PARIS. Letters and Autograph Manuscripts. 401 lots
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Prints; French Travel Posters. 28 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 104 lots

Tue. Dec. 11th
Bonhams. London. Entertainment Memorabilia. 161 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 292 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 131 lots
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Essentially Marylin - The Auction. 1235 lots
Winner's Auctions Ltd. Jerusalem. Judaica - Books, Manuscripts. 264 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Books. 241 lots
Minerva Auctions Roma. Roma. Books, Autographs and Prints. 296 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/4. 731 lots
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Essentially Marylin - The Auction. 142 lots

Wed. Dec. 12th
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 536 lots
Aste Bolaffi. Turin. Rare Books and Autographs. 674 lots
Christies. London - King Street. Valuable Books and Manuscripts. 279 lots
Purcell Auctioneers. Birr. The Christmas Book Sale. 651 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Playing Cards, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. 117 lots

Thu. Dec. 13th
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Modern Literature and First Editions. 399 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Maps and Atlases, Natural History and Color Plate Books. 385 lots
Doyle New York. New York. Photographs. 148 lots
Minerva Auctions Roma. Roma. Prints and Multiples. 300 lots
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Old and Modern Books. 347 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Americana - Travel & Exploration - Cartography. 573 lots
Sothebys. New York. Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection: Part II | Music, Ame. 152 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Science and Technology - Online bidstart 12/6. 319 lots

Fri. Dec. 14th
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Prints.
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. The Library of Pierre Berge. 130 lots
Arenberg Auctions. BRUSSEL. Books. 1201 lots

Sat. Dec. 15th
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. December Sale - Internet bidstart 12/7. 18 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper.
The Written Word Autographs. Tamworth, NH . Sports and Entertainers Autographs.

Sun. Dec. 16th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/9.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 11/18. 163 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/9.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ian Fleming, <i>Goldfinger,</i> first edition, inscribed to Sir Henry Cotton, MBE, London, 1959. Sold for $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Joseph Brant, Mohawk Chief, ALS, writing after pledging support to King George III against American rebels, 1776. Sold for a record $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Sonia Delaunay, <i>Ses Peintures</i> . . ., 20 pochoir plates, Paris, 1925. Sold for a record $13,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Diana, Princess of Wales, 6 autograph letters signed to British <i>Vogue</i> editor, 1989-92. Sold for $10,400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alexander Hamilton, ALS, as Secretary of the Treasury covering costs of the new U.S. Mint, 1793. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Benjamin Graham & David L. Dodd, <i>Security Analysis,</i> first edition, inscribed by Graham to a Wall Street trader, NY, 1934. Sold for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Barbier & François-Louis Schmied, <i>Personnages de Comédie,</i> Paris, 1922. Sold for $9,375.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Ilsée, Princesse de Tripoli,</i> Paris, 1897. Sold for a record $13,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ralph Waldo Emerson, <i>The Dial,</i> first edition of the reconstituted issue, Emerson’s copy with inscriptions, Cincinnati, 1860. Sold for a record $3,250.
  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini. June 27</b>
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> KENNEDY ONASSIS, JACQUELINE Typed letter signed to Oleg Cassini. $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> [CASSINI-KENNEDY FASHIONS] Important archives related to the development of fashions for Mrs. Kennedy… $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> [CASSINI-KENNEDY FASHIONS] Detailed ledger of the Kennedy White House years… $500 to $800
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> KELLY, GRACE. Four autograph letters to Oleg Cassini. $5,000 to $8,000
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini. June 27</b>
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> CASSINI, OLEG. Group of Kennedy-era original fashion sketches. $1,000 to $1,500
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> KENNEDY ONASSIS, JACQUELINE. Autograph letter signed to Oleg Cassini. $800 to $1,200
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> CASSINI, OLEG. Fashion sketch titled “Mrs. Kennedy-Palais de Versailles-State Dinner.” $800 to $1,200
    Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini: [CASSINI, OLEG - KENNEDY, JACQUELINE.] Group of approximately 130 original fashion designs… $800 to $1,200.
  • <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> Blaise Cendrars and Fernand Léger, <i>La Fin du monde filmée par l’ange N.-D.,</i> Paris, Editions de la Sirène, 1919
    <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> André Breton, <i>Second manifeste du Surréalisme,</i> Paris, Editions Kra, 1930
    <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> Paul Eluard and Pablo Picasso, <i>La Barre d’appui,</i> Paris, Editions « Cahiers d’Art », 1936
    <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> Blaise Cendrars and Fernand Léger, <i>La Fin du monde filmée par l’ange N.-D.,</i> Paris, Editions de la Sirène, 1919
    <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> Hans Bellmer, <i>Die Puppe,</i> Paris, G.L.M., 1936
    <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> Salvador Dali, <i>La femme visible,</i> Paris, Editions Surréalistes, 1930