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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>Sotheby’s<br>Your Own Sylvia:<br>Sylvia Plath’s letters to Ted Hughes and other items,<br>Property of Frieda Hughes<br>9 to 21 July 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Family photograph album ("The Hughes family Album"), 1957-1962. £30,000 to £50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Typed letter signed, to Ted Hughes, on "my own private doctrine", with a poem, 5 October 1956. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Pen and ink portrait of Ted Hughes, [1956]. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Your Own Sylvia:<br>Sylvia Plath’s letters to Ted Hughes and other items,<br>Property of Frieda Hughes<br>9 to 21 July 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. Joint autograph letter signed, to William and Edith Hughes, March 1960. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Photographic portrait by David Bailey, inscribed by Plath, 1961, and another press photo. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Tarot de Marseille. Deck of cards owned by Sylvia Plath. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Pair of gold wedding rings. £6,000 to £8,000.
  • <center><b>Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books<br>Fine Art<br>Antique Engravings & Lithographs<br>Works on Paper<br>Accepting bids until July 31</b>
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Cleveley, Jukes, & Cook - View of Charlotte Sound, New Zealand. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Peron - Platypus. $300 to $600.
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Loon & Pitt - Map of the World published 1680 - <I>Orbis Terrarum nova et accuratissima tabula.</i> $5,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Maitres de l'Affiche by MUCHA - La Dame aux Camelias. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <center><b>Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books<br>Fine Art<br>Antique Engravings & Lithographs<br>Works on Paper<br>Accepting bids until July 31</b>
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Cause - Peony, Crocus, Dog's Tooth Violet. $400 to $800.
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Redoute, Folio - Lemmonnier's Iris - Iris Monnieri. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Audubon, Imperial Folio - Common American Deer. $6,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Gould - Cuvier's Toucan (Ramphastos Cuvieri). $5,000 to $8,000.
  • <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul. FROG TEACHER LEADING ELF PUPILS ... Watercolour, c.1920.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> SATO, Gyro. [GENDAI RYOKI SENTAN ZUKAN]. Tokyo : Shinchosa, 1931.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> CARROLL, Lewis. ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. London : Macmillan and Co., 1868.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> FLEMING, Ian and MILLER, Albert. CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. New York : Random House, 1968.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> PHOENIX. Adelaide : Adelaide University Union, 1939.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> BOWEN, Emmanuel. A complete map of the Southern Continent. London : 1744.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> NORTHFIELD, James. AUSTRALIA. Melbourne : Northfield Studios and J.E. Hackett, c.1935
  • <center><b>The Transatlantic Book Fair<br>July 22-27, 2021</b>
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies.</i> London, Tho Cotes, for Robert Allot, 1632.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> STAHL, Augusto. <i>Panorama of Rio de Janiero.</i> c.1859. 3-part albumen print panorama (266 x 1186mm.).
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> WILDE, Oscar. <i>Lady Windermere's Fan</i>. London: Elkin Mathews & John Lane, 1893. Presentation copy.
    <center><b>The Transatlantic Book Fair<br>July 22-27, 2021</b>
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> DE TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis. <i>De la Democratie en Amerique.</i> Paris: Pagnerre, 1850. Thirteenth Edition. Presentation copy.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> CHAUDRON, A[delaide] de V[endel]. <i>Chaudron’s Spelling Book.</i> Mobile (AL): S.H. Goetzel, 1865.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> SAINT CHER, Hugh of. <i>Commentary on Peter Lombard’s Sentences, with the Abridgement of the Sentences.</i> Eastern France, illuminated manuscript., first half of the fifteenth century.
    <center><b>The Transatlantic Book Fair<br>July 22-27, 2021</b>
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> LANE, Thomas. <i>The Crystal Palace.</i> London, 1851.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> B[ULWER], J[ohn]. <i>Anthropometamorphosis: man transform’d: or, the artificiall changling historically presented…</i> London: William Hunt, 1653.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> VOLTAIRE, François-Marie Arouet de. <i>Oeuvres de M. de Voltaire.</i> Dresden, George-Conrad Walther (i.e. Leipzig, Breitkopf), 1748-1750.
    <center><b>The Transatlantic Book Fair<br>July 22-27, 2021</b>
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> HAWKING, Stephen & Leonard Mlodinow. <i>The Grand Design.</i> London: Bantam Books, 2011.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> FIELDS, James T. <i>Yesterdays with Authors.</i> With fine manuscript letter by Charles Dickens, and autograph letters from Forster, Landor, Mitford and others.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> <i>Kit, the Arkansas Traveller Broadside.</i> Chromolithograph.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Charles Loupot, <i>Les Cigarettes Mekka,</i> 1919. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Plinio Codognato, <i>Cicli Fiat,</i> circa 1910. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> L.N. Britton, <i>Warning! Consider the Possible Consequences,</i> c. 1917. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Leonardo Bistolfi, <i>Première Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs Modernes,</i> 1902. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Paquet Pernot / Biscuits Pernot,</i> 1910. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jul 15:</b> Jessie Tarbox Beals, archive of signed photographs, 15 silver prints, c. 1930. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Francesco Nonni, <i>Font Meo / Acqua Minerale Naturale,</i> 1924. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Frederick Winthrop Ramsdell, <i>American Crescent Cycles,</i> 1899. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> <i>Be a Tight Wad! Own Something!</i> designer unknown, 1925. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Candido Aragonese de Faria, <i>Chamonix–Mont–Blanc,</i> c. 1910. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> W.E.J., <i>Irishmen Avenge the Lusitania,</i> c. 1915. $2,000 to $3,000.