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2019: We are off to the races

For the week ended Saturday 5 January 6 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; one in Swedish krona, and 5 in US dollars.  The sell-through rate was as rare as a Gutenberg Bible:  95% while turnover was slim:  $627,597.30.  Even bibliophiles have to take some time away. 

 

Personally, I found the thin market attractive as I brought about 25 lots of mid-Hudson ephemera as well as a 20th century impressionist painting of Rondout. 

 

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


Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/23 on December 30th: 99.16% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 12/2 on December 30th: 98.33% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/23 on December 30th: 98.17% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 29th: 97.42% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/25 on January 1st: 97.07% 


6 total sales reported this week: 

Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/25 on January 1st: 97.07% 
Stockholms AuktionsverkRare Books, Maps and Manuscripts on December 7th: 68.72% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 12/2 on December 30th: 98.33% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/23 on December 30th: 98.17% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/23 on December 30th: 99.16% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 29th: 97.42% 
 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Stockholms Auktionsverk First edition of Kepler's Tabulae Rudolphinae 1627 on December 7th Actual price: USD $47,163.
  2. Stockholms Auktionsverk Första upplagan av Wrights berömda fågelverk 1828 on December 7th Actual price: USD $20,213.
  3. Stockholms Auktionsverk 18th century composite atlas with 54 maps on December 7th Actual price: USD $10,780.
  4. Stockholms Auktionsverk Printed by Zainer in Augsburg 1471 on December 7th Actual price: USD $9,433.
  5. Heritage Auctions Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC Apparent VG 4.0 Extensive (B-5) Off-white pages. on December 30th Actual price: USD $9,000.
  6. Stockholms Auktionsverk Plinius Secundus Historia naturalis 1473 on December 7th Actual price: USD $8,759.
  7. Heritage Auctions Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel, 1961) CGC GD/VG 3.0 Cream to off-white pages. on December 30th Actual price: USD $7,800.
  8. Stockholms Auktionsverk Sparrman's Museum Carlsonianum with 80 plates 1786 on December 7th Actual price: USD $7,411.
  9. Stockholms Auktionsverk Noël's translations of Confucius and more on December 7th Actual price: USD $6,199.
  10. Heritage Auctions Showcase #4 The Flash (DC, 1956) CGC GD- 1.8 Cream to off-white pages. on December 30th Actual price: USD $6,000.
  11. Stockholms Auktionsverk First ed. Kepler's Astronomiae pars optica... 1604 on December 7th Actual price: USD $5,390.
  12. Stockholms Auktionsverk Hyllningsplansch till Erik Dahlberg sent 1600-tal on December 7th Actual price: USD $5,121.
  13. Stockholms Auktionsverk Jordglob av Anders Åkerman diameter 30 cm on December 7th Actual price: USD $4,851.
  14. Heritage Auctions Frank Godwin Connie Sunday Comic Strip Original Art (Ledger Syndicate, c. 1935-40). on December 30th Actual price: USD $4,560.
  15. Stockholms Auktionsverk Bromelius tidiga flora från 1694 on December 7th Actual price: USD $4,043.
  16. Stockholms Auktionsverk Renieris tabulae Mediceae 1639 on December 7th Actual price: USD $4,043.
  17. Stockholms Auktionsverk Lochmaier's Sermones de sanctis perutiles 1490-91 on December 7th Actual price: USD $3,369.
  18. Heritage Auctions Bill Rechin and Richard Thompson Smithsonian Museum "Chalk Talk" Sketches Original Art Group of 10 (undated). on December 30th Actual price: USD $3,360.
  19. Stockholms Auktionsverk Darwin's On the Origin of Species 3rd ed. 1861 on December 7th Actual price: USD $3,234.
  20. Heritage Auctions 1989 Perez-Steele "Celebration" Complete Set (45) - Includes 40 Signed Cards! on December 30th Actual price: USD $3,000.
  21. Stockholms Auktionsverk Manuscript leaf 14th c. Saint-Jacques' bible on December 7th Actual price: USD $2,965.
  22. Stockholms Auktionsverk Dagbok från Vegaexpeditionen 1878 on December 7th Actual price: USD $2,965.
  23. Stockholms Auktionsverk Henri Matisse Verve 1958 on December 7th Actual price: USD $2,965.
  24. Stockholms Auktionsverk Russian school atlas 1790 part I on December 7th Actual price: USD $2,830.
  25. Stockholms Auktionsverk Northcote mezzotinta engraving A Tyger 1790 on December 7th Actual price: USD $2,695.



For the week ahead 15 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jan. 7th
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Historic Photography: Timed Auction - Internet bidstart 12/20. 237 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 83 lots

Tue. Jan. 8th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 1/1. 204 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 1/1. 280 lots

Wed. Jan. 9th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. FUN Currency Signature Auction - Orlando and Dallas. 2924 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. FUN Currency Signature Auction - Orlando and Dallas. 1391 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. January Auction - Featuring Art and Animation - Online bidstart 12/14. 987 lots
Trafford Books. Manchester. Stamps & postal history, Photographs, Books, Postcards, and Ephemera.. 252 lots

Thu. Jan. 10th
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper.
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Literature of the 19th & 20th Centuries, with the Glenn Todd Collection of Arion Press. 433 lots

Sat. Jan. 12th
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper.
North American Auction Company. Bozeman. Old West and Firearms Sale: Prints, Books. 90 lots

Sun. Jan. 13th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 12/16/18. 235 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/6.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/6.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE




  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò. <i>Nicholas Machiavel's Prince. Also, The life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca…</i> Translated by Edward Dacres. London, 1640. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FILSON, John. <i>The Discovery, Settlement and present State of Kentucke: and An Essay towards the Topography, and Natural History of that important Country…</i> Wilmington, Del.: James Adams, 1784. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> ELUARD, Paul. <i>Un poeme dans chaque livre.</i> Paris: Louis Broder, 1956. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LEWIS, James Otto. [<i>Aboriginal Port Folio.</i> Philadelphia: Published by the Author, 1835-1836]. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS]. BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin. [Southern Netherlands (Ghent or Bruges), c.1460]. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MORE, Thomas, Sir. <i>The Workes ... wrytten by him in the Englysh tongue.</i> Edited by William Rastell. London, 1557. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. <i>Love is Enough.</i> Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897. $5,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph endorsement signed as President (“A. Lincoln”), 24 February 1863. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> WASHINGTON, George. Address panel with autograph free frank signed ("G:o Washington"), as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, 5 August 1777. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Beastly Baby.</i> N.p.: The Fantod Press, 1962. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FROST, Robert. Photographic reproduction signed and inscribed ("Robert Frost”), to R.V. Thornton, 1955. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Bug Book.</i> New York: Looking Glass Library, 1959. $500 to $700.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Pride & Prejudice,</i> 3 volumes, first edition, London, 1813. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> John Hancock, Uncommon Privateer Commission, signed as President of Continental Congress, 1777. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Frank Lloyd Wright, photograph signed & inscribed. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Abraham Lincoln, document signed conscripting troops for first national draft in U.S., 1863. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Sense & Sensibility,</i> 3 volumes, first edition, London, 1811. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Charles Dickens, <i>American Notes for General Circulation,</i> first edition, inscribed to Richard Henry Dana, Jr., London, 1842. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> John Maynard Keynes, <i>The General Theory of Employment, Interest & Money,</i> first edition, London, 1936. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Alexandre Raymond, <i>L’Art Islamique en Orient,</i> 2 volumes, first editions, Péra-Constantinople, 1922-24. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Igor Stravinsky, autograph musical quotation signed, 3 bars from <i>Perséphone,</i> 1936. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Skinner, Nov. 2 – 12:</b> Laurie, Richard Holmes (1777-1858). <i>Fredonia or the United States of North-America</i> (Lot 1324, Estimate: $8,000-12,000)
    <b>Skinner, Nov. 2 – 12:</b> Stieglitz, Alfred (1864-1946). Edward Steichen's Personal Set of <i>Camera Work, Vol. 1-50</i> (Lot 1073, Estimate: $250,000-350,000)
    <b>Skinner, Nov. 2 – 12:</b> Austen, Jane (1775-1817). Rare Set of Five First Edition Works (Lot 1112, Estimate: $20,000-30,000)
    <center><b>Skinner: Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>November 2 – 12, 2020</b>
    <b>Skinner, Nov. 2 – 12:</b> Whitney, Josiah (1819-1896). <i>The Yosemite Book</i> (Lot 1083, Estimate: $6,000-8,000)
    <b>Skinner, Nov. 2 – 12:</b> Clemens, Samuel L., Theodore Roosevelt, et al. <i>Liber Scriptorum. The First Book of the Authors Club</i> (Lot 1123, Estimate: $3,000-5,000)
    <b>Skinner, Nov. 2 – 12:</b> Leonard, Herman LeRoy Williams (c. 1814-1872). <i>Oregon Territory</i> (Lot 1275, Estimate: $3,000-4,000)
    <center><b>Skinner: Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>November 2 – 12, 2020</b>
    <b>Skinner, Nov. 2 – 12:</b> King, Martin Luther, Jr. (1929-1968). Typed Letter Signed, 12 January, 1959 (Lot 1233, Estimate: $2,000-4,000)
    <b>Skinner, Nov. 2 – 12:</b> <i>Recens Edita totius Novi Belgii, in American Septentrionali,</i> Conrad Lotter, mid-18th century (Lot 1325, Estimate: $2,000-3,000)
    <b>Skinner, Nov. 2 – 12:</b> Hoppe, Emile Otto (1878-1972). <i>Deutsche Arbeit Bilder Vom Wiederaufstieg Deutschlands</i> (Lot 1041, Estimate: $500-700)
    <center><b>Skinner: Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>November 2 – 12, 2020</b>
    <b>Skinner, Nov. 2 – 12:</b> Audubon, John James (1785-1851). Capra Americana, Rocky Mountain Goat, Plate CXXVIII (Lot 1308, Estimate: $600-800)
    <b>Skinner, Nov. 2 – 12:</b> Manuscript Book of Returns from the 8th Massachusetts Regiment of Foot, 1779-1781 (Lot 1208, Estimate: $3,000-5,000)
    <b>Skinner, Nov. 2 – 12:</b> <i>Die Flache.</i> Vienna: Anton Schroll [1910] (Lot 1410, Estimate: $800-1,200)
    <center><b>Skinner: Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>November 2 – 12, 2020</b>
  • <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> REGAMEY, Felix (1844-1906). Unique drawing showing Verlaine and Rimbaud in London, September 1872. €70,000 to 100,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LABORDE, Alexandre de (1773-1842). <i>Voyage pittoresque et historique de l’Espagne.</i> Paris : 1806-1820. €20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> BOCCACE, Jean (1313-1375). <i>Il Decamerone…</i> Venise : Gabriele Giolito di Ferrari, 1542.<br>€ 12,000 to 15,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LAMBERT, Yvon (1936). Full collection of writings from <i>Une rêverie émanée de mes loisirs.</i> Paris : 1992 - 2018. €50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> JOUVE, Paul (1878-1973) -- KIPLING, Rudyard (1865-1936). <i>La Chasse de Kaa.</i> Paris : Javal & Bourdeaux, 1930. €2,000 to 3,000
  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>James Bond: A Collection of<br>Books and Manuscripts<br>The Property of a Gentleman<br>11 November 2020<br>London</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Nov. 11:</b> FLEMING | <i>Casino Royale,</i> 1953, first edition, presentation copy. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Nov. 11:</b> FLEMING | <i>Live and Let Die,</i> 1954, first edition, presentation copy inscribed to Winston Churchill. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Nov. 11:</b> FLEMING | <i>Moonraker,</i> 1955, first edition, presentation copy inscribed to Raymond Chandler. £70,000 to £100,000.
    <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>James Bond: A Collection of<br>Books and Manuscripts<br>The Property of a Gentleman<br>11 November 2020<br>London</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Nov. 11:</b> FLEMING | Diamonds are Forever, [1955-56], the final revised typescript. £80,000 to £120,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Nov. 11:</b> FLEMING | <i>The Spy Who Loved Me,</i> 1962, first edition, presentation copy to Robert Kennedy. £35,000 to £50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Nov. 11:</b> FLEMING | <i>From Russia, With Love,</i> 1957, first edition. £2,000 to £3,000