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Rare Book Hub: 31 Auctions Archived, another 29 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 2 March 2019 31 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 7 denominated in euros, 4 in British pounds, and 20 in US dollars. Turnover was $25,380,796 as 9,649 lots were offered and 8,446 sold for an exceptional 88% success rate.  It was another strong week.  It's not the traditional paper that is winning.  Rather, this week, it's comics and sports related material.

 

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Heritage AuctionsComics on February 22nd: $9,429,830 
Heritage AuctionsPlatinum Sports Auction on February 24th: $9,353,800 
ChristiesContemporary Editions on February 27th: $1,742,439 


7 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered: 


ChristiesMatisse on Paper: Prints and Drawings from the Estate of Jacquelyn Miller Matisse - Online bidstart on March 1st: 196.01% 
AderRussian Art - Prints, Books on February 22nd: 170.00% 
Gonnelli Casa DAsteBooks and Graphics on February 6th: 141.55% 
FerratonPublic Sale of Books and Prints on February 22nd: 135.15% 
Forum AuctionsBanksy X Editions on February 27th: 109.95% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsThe Rawlins Magic Collection on February 23rd: 108.96% 
AguttesANCIENT AND MODERN BOOKS, MANUSCRIPTS, ILLUSTRATED BOOKS on February 22nd: 108.94% 


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

Rago Arts and AuctionsPrints on February 24th: 100.00% 
ChristiesMatisse on Paper: Prints and Drawings from the Estate of Jacquelyn Miller Matisse - Online bidstart on March 1st: 100.00% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsPrints and Books on February 23rd: 100.00% 
Forum AuctionsBanksy X Editions on February 27th: 100.00% 
National Book AuctionsOz, Books-on-Books, Americana, Antique, etc. on February 24th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/17 on February 24th: 99.59% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 2/19 on February 26th: 99.42% 
Heritage AuctionsWeekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 2/19 on February 26th: 98.81% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/17 on February 24th: 98.45% 
Heritage AuctionsComics on February 22nd: 98.38% 
Copley Fine Art AuctionsWinter Sale on February 16th: 97.30% 
Alaska AuctionFur Rondy - Books, Prints on February 21st: 96.97% 
Heritage AuctionsPlatinum Sports Auction on February 24th: 95.96% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on February 23rd: 95.83% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsThe Rawlins Magic Collection on February 23rd: 94.05% 
Cowans AuctionsTreasures of the Civil War - Timed auction bidstart 2/14 on February 25th: 89.47% 
ChristiesContemporary Editions on February 27th: 89.27% 
Trafford BooksBooks on February 20th: 85.71% 
Chiswick AuctionsRare Books and Works on Paper on February 27th: 85.51% 
FerratonPublic Sale of Books and Prints on February 22nd: 84.48% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on February 26th: 82.11% 
Winter AssociatesBooks, Prints on February 25th: 80.85% 
University ArchivesRare Autographs, Books on February 27th: 80.83% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions 1910 Old Mill Series 8 Joe Jackson PSA VG+ 3.5. on February 24th Actual price: USD $600,000.
  2. Heritage Auctions Frank Frazetta Famous Funnies #209 Cover Original Art (Eastern Color, 1953). on February 22nd Actual price: USD $552,000.
  3. Heritage Auctions 1914 Boston Garter Joe Jackson SGC 70 EX+ 5.5. on February 24th Actual price: USD $480,000.
  4. Heritage Auctions 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA NM-MT 8. on February 24th Actual price: USD $456,000.
  5. Heritage Auctions Superman #1 (DC, 1939) CGC VG+ 4.5 Cream to off-white pages. on February 22nd Actual price: USD $336,000.
  6. Heritage Auctions 1929-32 Lou Gehrig Game Worn New York Yankees Cap from The Lou Gehrig Collection, MEARS Authentic. on February 24th Actual price: USD $312,000.
  7. Heritage Auctions Dave Gibbons Watchmen #1 Cover Original Art (DC, 1986). on February 22nd Actual price: USD $228,000.
  8. Heritage Auctions Steve Ditko Strange Tales #117 Splash Page 1 Doctor Strange Original Art (Marvel, 1964). on February 22nd Actual price: USD $228,000.
  9. Heritage Auctions The Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel, 1962) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Off-white to white pages. on February 22nd Actual price: USD $216,000.
  10. Heritage Auctions 1903 Breisch-Williams E107 Christy Mathewson Rookie SGC 50 VG/EX 4. on February 24th Actual price: USD $192,000.
  11. Heritage Auctions 1927 New York Yankees Team Signed Photograph. on February 24th Actual price: USD $180,000.
  12. Heritage Auctions Journey Into Mystery #83 (Marvel, 1962) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white to white pages. on February 22nd Actual price: USD $144,000.
  13. Heritage Auctions Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC VF- 7.5 Off-white pages. on February 22nd Actual price: USD $120,000.
  14. Heritage Auctions Robert Crumb Help! #24 "Fred the Teen-Age Girl Pigeon" Complete 2-Page Story Original Art (Warren Publishing, 1965). on February 22nd Actual price: USD $120,000.
  15. Heritage Auctions 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA EX-MT+ 6.5. on February 24th Actual price: USD $120,000.
  16. Heritage Auctions 1980 Topps Larry Bird/Julius Erving/Magic Johnson PSA Gem Mint 10. on February 24th Actual price: USD $114,000.
  17. Heritage Auctions 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 SGC 86 NM+ 7.5. on February 24th Actual price: USD $108,000.
  18. Heritage Auctions 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle #253 SGC NM/MT 8. on February 24th Actual price: USD $108,000.
  19. Heritage Auctions 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #149 PSA NM-MT 8. on February 24th Actual price: USD $102,000.
  20. Heritage Auctions 1911 D304 Brunners Bread Ty Cobb PSA NM-MT 8. on February 24th Actual price: USD $102,000.
  21. Heritage Auctions 1955-56 Parkhurst Hockey Complete Set (79) - #5 on the PSA Set Registry. on February 24th Actual price: USD $96,000.
  22. Heritage Auctions 1889 Cap Anson and Buck Ewing "Burke Ale" Beer Advertising Poster. on February 24th Actual price: USD $96,000.
  23. Gonnelli Casa DAste Iniziale 'E', Adorazione dei Magi. on February 6th Actual price: USD $91,813.
  24. Heritage Auctions 1958 Ted Williams Game Worn Boston Red Sox Jersey, MEARS A7.5. on February 24th Actual price: USD $90,000.
  25. Christies Entropia (review) on February 27th Actual price: USD $87,500.



31 total sales reported this week:

Rago Arts and Auctions. Prints on February 24th: 100.00%
Christies. Matisse on Paper: Prints and Drawings from the Estate of Jacquelyn Miller Matisse - Online bidstart on March 1st: 100.00%
Chiswick Auctions. Autographs and Memorabilia on February 28th: 69.10%
Chiswick Auctions. Rare Books and Works on Paper on February 27th: 85.51%
Copley Fine Art Auctions. Winter Sale on February 16th: 97.30%
Winter Associates. Books, Prints on February 25th: 80.85%
Tajan. Rare and Precious Books on January 29th: 65.82%
Ferraton. Public Sale of Books and Prints on February 22nd: 84.48%
University Archives. Rare Autographs, Books on February 27th: 80.83%
Christies. Contemporary Editions on February 27th: 89.27%
Forum Auctions. Banksy X Editions on February 27th: 100.00%
Rago Arts and Auctions. Prints and Books on February 23rd: 100.00%
Old World Auctions. Maps and Atlases - Internet bidstart 2/6 on February 6th: 74.47%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 2/19 on February 26th: 99.42%
Heritage Auctions. Weekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 2/19 on February 26th: 98.81%
Aguttes. ANCIENT AND MODERN BOOKS, MANUSCRIPTS, ILLUSTRATED BOOKS on February 22nd: 66.56%
Cowans Auctions. Treasures of the Civil War - Timed auction bidstart 2/14 on February 25th: 89.47%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books on February 26th: 68.18%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on February 26th: 82.11%
PosterConnection Inc.. Affordable Posters on January 29th: 54.83%
National Book Auctions. Oz, Books-on-Books, Americana, Antique, etc. on February 24th: 100.00%
Potter and Potter Auctions. The Rawlins Magic Collection on February 23rd: 94.05%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/17 on February 24th: 99.59%
Heritage Auctions. Platinum Sports Auction on February 24th: 95.96%
Ader. Russian Art - Prints, Books on February 22nd: 72.86%
Alaska Auction. Fur Rondy - Books, Prints on February 21st: 96.97%
Trafford Books. Books on February 20th: 85.71%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Books and Graphics on February 6th: 66.87%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/17 on February 24th: 98.45%
Heritage Auctions. Comics on February 22nd: 98.38%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on February 23rd: 95.83%

 

For the week ahead 29 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Mar. 4th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 83 lots

Tue. Mar. 5th
Swann Galleries. New York. 19th Century Prints and Drawings. 644 lots
Heritage Auctions. New York. Books. 548 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Select Modern and Contemporary Editions and Artists' Books. 184 lots
Rossini. Paris. DISPERSION OF M. GAULARD'S COLLECTION, FIRST PART,. 230 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 37 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 2/26. 555 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Weekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 3/29. 240 lots
Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. Kilkenny. House Contents Sale - Books, Prints. 70 lots

Wed. Mar. 6th
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Books, Maps and Prints. 236 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 491 lots
Christies. London - King Street. Masterpieces of Design and Photography - Photographs. 14 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 2/22. 761 lots

Thu. Mar. 7th
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 202 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books. 275 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Mystery and Detective Fiction. 515 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Wigwam Auction - session 1. 63 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Fine Art - Prints. 101 lots

Fri. Mar. 8th
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Book Auction. 461 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Modern, Modern, Modern! - Prints and Photographs. 89 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Wigwam Auction - session 2. 566 lots

Sat. Mar. 9th
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs. 36 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 159 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Wigwam Auction - session 3. 105 lots

Sun. Mar. 10th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/10. 196 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 3/3.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 3/3.
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Wigwam Auction - session 4. 557 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books.

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
  • <b>Christie’s London, Jul. 9:</b> Pushkin, Alexander. <i>Evgenii Onegin. A novel in verse.</i> A first edition of the most important work in Russian literature in its original parts, 1825–32. £120,000 to £160,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Jul. 9:</b> Gogol, Nikolai. <i>Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka.</i> A rare first edition of Gogol's first masterpiece, 1831–32. £70,000 to £100,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Jul. 9:</b> Darwin, Charles Robert. <i>On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.</i> First edition, owned and read by two contemporaries of Darwin. London: John Murray, 1859. £140,000 to £200,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Jul. 9:</b> Galilei, Galileo. <i>Sidereus Nuncius.</i> First edition, announcing the first astronomical discoveries made with the telescope. Venice: Tommaso Baglioni, [March] 1610. £300,000 to £500,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Jul. 9:</b> The seal of Wulfric. England, first half 11th century. £70,000 to £100,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Jul. 9:</b> Bible, <i>Ezechiel</i> in Latin. [Northern Italy, 5th century]. £120,000 to £180,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Jul. 9:</b> Blaeu, Jan and Willem Blaeu. <i>Grooten Atlas [Atlas Major]</i>. Amsterdam: Johannes Blaeu, 1664. £450,000 to £650,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Jul. 9:</b> Petites Heures of Charles VIII use of Paris, in Latin. An exquisite Hours illuminated by the Master of the Chronique Scandaleuse. [Paris, 1490s]. £300,000 to £500,000