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Rare Book Hub: 18 Auctions Archived, another 12 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 15 December 2018 18 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 1 denominated in Swiss francs, 1 in euros, 5 in British pounds, 1 in Hong Kong dollars, and 10 in US dollars.  Turnover was $11,425,422 as 8,498 lots were offered and 7,027 sold for a 83% success rate.  Brexit, American political unrest, and worldwide economic uncertainty continue to undermine consignor and bidder resolve.  The material in the rooms has been exceptional and will continue to be so into 2019.

  

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ChristiesFine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana on December 4th: $5,425,625 
Heritage AuctionsAnimation Art on December 9th: $1,956,296 
Arader GalleriesDecember Auction on December 8th: $1,541,007 

 


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

Leland Little AuctionsImportant Winter Auction on December 1st: 170.59% 
ALDEItalian Impressions on December 12th: 112.06% 


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

Leland Little AuctionsImportant Winter Auction on December 1st: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsAnimation Art on December 9th: 98.67% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/2 on December 9th: 98.32% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 11/11 on December 9th: 97.35% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/4 on December 11th: 96.72% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/2 on December 9th: 95.02% 
Heritage AuctionsHKINF World Currency Signature Auction on December 6th: 91.19% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 8th: 88.32% 

 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE – In Congress, July 4, 1776. The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America. on December 4th Actual price: USD $852,500.
  2. Christies Liber Chronicarum. on December 4th Actual price: USD $372,500.
  3. Christies Novum ac magnum theatrum urbium Belgicae Regiae [– Foederate.] on December 4th Actual price: USD $287,500.
  4. 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.
  5. Christies World War II Scrapbook, including 22 autograph letters signed ("Kurt III" and "Kay") to his family; together with telegrams, period photographs, printed matter, ephemera, and related material; on December 4th Actual price: USD $187,500.
  6. Christies Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. on December 4th Actual price: USD $162,500.
  7. Christies On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. on December 4th Actual price: USD $162,500.
  8. Arader Galleries Hooping Crane, Plate 266. on December 8th Actual price: USD $150,000.
  9. Arader Galleries Louisiana Heron, Plate 217. on December 8th Actual price: USD $137,500.
  10. Christies Entertaining Passages Relating to Philip's War which Began in the Month of June, 1675. on December 4th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  11. Christies The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. on December 4th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  12. Arader Galleries Brown Pelican (Standing), Plate 251. on December 8th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  13. Christies Les Singularitez de la France Antarctique. on December 4th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  14. Arader Galleries History of the Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs. Embellished with One Hundred and Twenty Portraits from the Indian Gallery ... at Washington. on December 8th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  15. Christies Ulysses. on December 4th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  16. Christies Wild Flowers of New England. on December 4th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  17. Christies Voyage pittoresque autour du monde, avec des portraits de sauvages d'Amérique, d'Asie, d'Afrique, et des iles du Grand Ocean; des paysages, des vues maritimes, et plusieurs objets d'histoire naturelle. on December 4th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  18. Arader Galleries A Bill in the Chancery of New-Jersey, at the Suit of John Earl of Stair, and others, Proprietors of the Eastern-Division of New-Jersey; against Benjamin Bond, and some other Persons of Elizabeth-Town. on December 8th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  19. Christies Autograph manuscript, headed "The Lord of the Rings III," being late revisions to Return of the King, book six, chapter two, on December 4th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  20. Christies A correspondence, including 13 letters from Gandhi, five of which are autograph letters signed ("M.K.Gandhi"), to Earl Stanley Jones, Sabarmati and Sevagram, 1922-1940. on December 4th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  21. Christies A superb collection of original printing plates for Tenniel’s celebrated illustrations to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, on December 4th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  22. Christies The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. Translated by Andrew Motte. on December 4th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  23. Christies Itinerario. on December 4th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  24. Christies Elementa geometria, in Arabic. Recension of Nasir al-Din al-Tusi. on December 4th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  25. Christies Miss Lonelyhearts. on December 4th Actual price: USD $72,500.



18 total sales reported this week:

Christies. Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana on December 4th: 74.32%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on December 11th: 72.52%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Select Modern & Contemporary Editions and Artist's Books on December 7th: 16.26%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books, day 2 on December 7th: 52.83%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books, Maps, Prints and Ephemera on December 6th: 68.74%
RR Auction. Fine Autograph and Artifact Auction featuring Pop Culture - Online bidstart: 11/16 on December 5th: 63.43%
ALDE. Italian Impressions on December 12th: 57.93%
Leland Little Auctions. Important Winter Auction on December 1st: 100.00%
Arader Galleries. December Auction on December 8th: 71.29%
Koller Auctions. Photography on December 4th: 57.23%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/2 on December 9th: 98.32%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 11/11 on December 9th: 97.35%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/4 on December 11th: 96.72%
Chiswick Auctions. Printed Books & Manuscripts; Photographica on November 28th: 72.79%
Heritage Auctions. HKINF World Currency Signature Auction on December 6th: 91.19%
Heritage Auctions. Animation Art on December 9th: 98.67%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/2 on December 9th: 95.02%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 8th: 88.32%

 


For the week ahead 12 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Dec. 17th
Il Ponte. Milan. Photographs. 62 lots
Tajan. Paris. Books - Internet bidstart 12/10. 164 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 100 lots

Tue. Dec. 18th
Bonhams. London. Prints and Multiples. 168 lots
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . December 18th Eclectic Variety Auction. 34 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/11. 639 lots

Wed. Dec. 19th
Il Ponte. Milan. Photographs. 18 lots
Sothebys. New York. Important Judaica, Including a Distinquished Private Collection. 81 lots

Sat. Dec. 22nd
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper.

Sun. Dec. 23rd
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/16.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/16.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 11/25. 132 lots

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