Auction Update Review

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All is well that ends well

For the week ended Saturday 29 December 21 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 6 denominated euros, 1 in British pounds, and 14 in US dollars.  Turnover was $6,593,158 as 4,813 lots were offered and 3,940 sold for a 82% success rate.  It’s been a busy year with many outstanding results.

On January 1st a review of the top lots sold in 2018 will be published in Rare Book Monthly.  Look for it!

 

2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysFine Books & Manuscripts Online - Online bidstart 12/3 on December 17th: $2,289,125 
AderAutographed Letters & Manuscripts on December 11th: $2,102,310
 

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

AderAutographed Letters & Manuscripts on December 11th: 327.09% 
SkinnerThe Gentleman's Auction online on December 20th: 155.59% 
Il PontePhotographs on December 19th: 117.32% 
SothebysFine Books & Manuscripts Online - Online bidstart 12/3 on December 17th: 112.70% 


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

Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/16 on December 23rd: 99.62% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/18 on December 25th: 98.65% 
Winter AssociatesPrints; French Travel Posters on December 10th: 96.43% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 22nd: 96.20% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/16 on December 23rd: 95.55% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 11/25 on December 23rd: 93.94% 
William H. Bunch Auctions and AppraisalsDecember 18th Eclectic Variety Auction on December 18th: 91.18% 
Il PontePhotographs on December 19th: 88.89% 
SkinnerThe Gentleman's Auction online on December 20th: 88.24% 
Rachel Davis Fine ArtsFine Art Prints on December 8th: 85.56% 
Doyle New YorkAngling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson on December 18th: 84.92% 
Neret Minet and TessierComics on December 3rd: 84.42% 
 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys Confusion de Confusiones. Dialogos curiosos entre un Philosopho agudo, un Mercader discreto, y un Accionista erudito descriviendo el negocio de las Acciones, su origen, su ethimologia, su realidad, su juego, y su enredo. on December 17th Actual price: USD $375,000.
  2. Sothebys A remarkable letter, in German, from Mendel to his parents, in which he mentions Friedrich Franz on December 17th Actual price: USD $300,000.
  3. Sothebys Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies. The Second Impression on December 17th Actual price: USD $300,000.
  4. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Londres 11 février 1873, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $182,400.
  5. Ader Karl MARX. 4 L.A.S., [Londres] 5-28 novembre 1872, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $175,104.
  6. Arader Galleries Map of Texas with Parts of Adjoining States Compiled by Stephen F. Austin. on January 27th Actual price: USD $164,700.
  7. Ader Karl MARX. P.S. « Karl Marx », écrite et signée par Maurice La Châtre, 13 février 1872  on December 11th Actual price: USD $138,624.
  8. Sothebys 'LE ROSE' on October 3rd Actual price: USD $137,500.
  9. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., 1 Maitland Park Road, Haverstock Hill, Londres 7 mars 1872, [à Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $134,246.
  10. Sothebys APPLE CORPS LIMITED DISSOLUTION OF CONTRACT, SIGNED BY ALL FOUR BEATLES on December 17th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  11. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Londres 19 octobre 1872, à « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $105,062.
  12. Ader Karl MARX (1818-1883). L.A.S., [Londres] 9 janvier 1872, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre à San Sebastian]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $103,603.
  13. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Londres 4 août 1873, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $87,552.
  14. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Londres 29 mars 1873, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $87,552.
  15. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., [Londres] 17 mars 1873, [à Paulin Franques (collaborateur parisien de Lachâtre) ?]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $87,552.
  16. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Londres 1er mai 1872, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $87,552.
  17. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., [Londres] 1er novembre 1872, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $80,256.
  18. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Karlsbad 18 septembre 1874, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $75,878.
  19. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Londres 20 mars 1872, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $75,878.
  20. Ader Friedrich ENGELS. L.A.S. « F. Engels », Londres 31 mars 1873, au « Citoyen » Maurice Lachâtre  on December 11th Actual price: USD $75,878.
  21. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S. « K. M. », [Londres] 13 octobre 1873, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $72,960.
  22. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., [Londres] 28 avril 1873, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre ?]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $70,042.
  23. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., [Londres] 28 octobre 1873, au « Cher citoyen » [Juste Vernouillet ?]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $65,664.
  24. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Londres 29 mars 1873, au « Cher citoyen » [Juste Vernouillet]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $65,664.
  25. Artcurial Paris, P. Le Noir, 1527 on December 11th Actual price: USD $60,509.



21 total sales reported this week:

Tooveys. Decorative Pictures - Prints on December 28th: 48.89%
Il Ponte. Photographs on December 17th: 61.83%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Sale Posters of Exhibitions and Cabarets on December 26th: 58.07%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Comics on December 3rd: 84.42%
Skinner. The Gentleman's Auction online on December 20th: 88.24%
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. December 18th Eclectic Variety Auction on December 18th: 91.18%
Doyle New York. Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson on December 18th: 84.92%
Il Ponte. Photographs on December 19th: 88.89%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Prints Timed Online Only - bidstart 12/7 on December 14th: 62.73%
Doyle New York. Photographs on December 13th: 77.70%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Fine Art Prints on December 8th: 85.56%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 22nd: 96.20%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/18 on December 25th: 98.65%
Skinner. Discovery - Interiors online on December 12th: 61.90%
Artcurial. Books and Manuscripts on December 11th: 45.55%
Ader. Autographed Letters & Manuscripts on December 11th: 60.58%
Winter Associates. Prints; French Travel Posters on December 10th: 96.43%
Sothebys. Fine Books & Manuscripts Online - Online bidstart 12/3 on December 17th: 68.63%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 11/25 on December 23rd: 93.94%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/16 on December 23rd: 95.55%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/16 on December 23rd: 99.62%

 


For the week ahead 7 sales are scheduled:

Tue. Jan. 1st
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/25. 205 lots

Sat. Jan. 5th
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . New Year's Classic Sale - Prints, Books.
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper.
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. New Year's Gallery Auction - Prints, Books. 34 lots

Sun. Jan. 6th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 12/9/18. 229 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/30.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/30.

 

Best wishes for the holidays!

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