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RBH: 23 auctions archived, 28 new sales this week.

For the week ended Friday, 30 August 2019, 23 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 6 denominated in euros, 1 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 15 in US dollars.  Turnover was $1,678,986 as 5,201 lots were offered and 4,417 sold for an 85% success rate.  Auction bidders are always looking.

 

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

Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) bidstart 8/9 on August 16th: 117.04% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsFine Art - Prints on August 24th: 106.25% 


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

National Book AuctionsDickens, Sci-Fi, Catholic, Pulp, Antique, Decorative, etc. on August 25th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 7/28 on August 25th: 100.00% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsFine Art - Prints on August 25th: 100.00% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsFine Art - Prints on August 24th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsWorld Currency Weekly - Internet Bidstart 8/20 on August 27th: 99.47% 
Leland Little AuctionsSingle-Owner Advertising & Americana Auction, The Collection of Mary Wells, Greensboro, NC on August 23rd: 99.12% 
Heritage AuctionsU.S. Currency Weekly - Internet Bidstart 8/20 on August 27th: 98.74% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 8/18 on August 25th: 98.49% 
Bourgeault-Horan Antiquarians & Associates, LLCSummer Americana and Marine Auction on August 18th: 96.55% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 8/18 on August 25th: 96.13% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) Online bidstart 8/9 on August 19th: 94.83% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on August 24th: 90.72% 
University ArchivesRare Autographs, Books on August 28th: 89.11% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - Internet bidstart 8/16 on August 23rd: 88.14% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on August 27th: 87.50% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) bidstart 8/9 on August 16th: 84.87% 
Addison and SarovaRare Books and Ephemera on August 17th: 80.62% 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. University Archives _x000D_ Albert Einstein Theory of Universal Gravitation, “the validity of Newton’s theory” Using a “clock-time” Illustration – Incredible Scientific Letter in English!_x000D__x000D_ Albert Einstein Theory of Universal Gravitation, “the validity of Newton’ on August 28th Actual price: USD $45,000.
  2. University Archives Thomas Paine Writes to Fellow Deist Asking Help with His Tenant Farmer and Enclosing an Essay on “Hints” for Establishing a Deistical Church on August 28th Actual price: USD $18,000.
  3. University Archives Paul Revere Witnesses a Deed for the Support of a Minor Heir on August 28th Actual price: USD $14,400.
  4. University Archives John Hancock in 1776 Signs Highly Important Resolution Urging Complete Representation of All the States. Taxation Without Representation was the Main Cause of the Revolutionary War. on August 28th Actual price: USD $14,400.
  5. University Archives Albert Einstein Magnificent Scientific Letter in English Re: Nature of Light and Special Relativity on August 28th Actual price: USD $13,200.
  6. University Archives _x000D_ Albert Einstein Refers to “The Theory of Relativity,” an Explanation of How the “constancy of the speed of light” and “rotation of the earth” – a Fantastic Letter!_x000D__x000D_ Albert Einstein Refers to “The Theory of Relativity,” an Explanation on August 28th Actual price: USD $11,400.
  7. Morton Subastas Toda la Tierra de las Indias. on August 29th Actual price: USD $9,000.
  8. Heritage Auctions Tales of Suspense #39 (Marvel, 1963) CGC VG/FN 5.0 Cream to off-white pages. on August 25th Actual price: USD $9,000.
  9. Heritage Auctions Journey Into Mystery #83 (Marvel, 1962) CGC VG/FN 5.0 White pages. on August 25th Actual price: USD $9,000.
  10. University Archives George Washington Signed Soldier’s Discharge, the Document Shows How the Soldier was Conned Out of his Rights by a Man Later Convicted and Sent to Prison for Life on August 28th Actual price: USD $9,000.
  11. Catawiki B. V. Biblia Sacra Vulgatae Editionis on August 24th Actual price: USD $8,590.
  12. Bourgeault-Horan Antiquarians & Associates, LLC 1816 MAP OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, WITH ENGRAVINGS BY ABEL BOWEN OF "THE GAP OF THE WHITE MOUNTAINS," "THE GREAT BOARSHEAD AND HAMPTON BEACH" AND "VIEWS OF THE WHITE MOUNTAINS FROM SHELBURNE," on August 18th Actual price: USD $8,400.
  13. Heritage Auctions Peanuts #1 Davis Crippen ("D" Copy) Pedigree (United Feature Syndicate, 1953) CGC FN/VF 7.0 Off-white to white pages. on August 25th Actual price: USD $7,800.
  14. Heritage Auctions X-Men #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC VG+ 4.5 Off-white to white pages. on August 25th Actual price: USD $7,200.
  15. University Archives Fantastic framed Thomas Jefferson ALS with a lovel on August 28th Actual price: USD $7,200.
  16. University Archives Walt Disney TLS Re: Exhibition of "Fantasia" for Pan-American Union Attendees' Children on August 28th Actual price: USD $6,600.
  17. Addison and Sarova Madonna and Child Between St. Francis and St. Nicasius, also known as "Castelfranco Madonna." on August 17th Actual price: USD $6,000.
  18. Moreshet Auctions DarcheiTzedek—chassidut. First edition, Vlvi 1796, rare and important. on July 31st Actual price: USD $5,760.
  19. University Archives Gregor Mendel, "Father of Modern Genetics"--Extremely Rare! on August 28th Actual price: USD $5,700.
  20. Bruun Rasmussen Two Part Story. on August 27th Actual price: USD $5,550.
  21. University Archives Truman Signed Victory Proclamation Re: Germany's Surrender_x000D_ on August 28th Actual price: USD $5,400.
  22. Moreshet Auctions Pesach Haggadah "GeulatYisrael"—printed by the Shapira brothers in Zhitomir, 1848, with additions handwritten from the period of the book’s printing. on July 31st Actual price: USD $5,280.
  23. Heritage Auctions Tim Bradstreet Punisher #50 Cover Original Art (Marvel Comics, 2007). on August 25th Actual price: USD $5,160.
  24. Addison and Sarova calligraphy specimen. With headpiece in the center with the name "John Rochfort," "ABC" on left and in reverse on right on August 17th Actual price: USD $5,100.
  25. Moreshet Auctions Large, comprehensive manuscript, more than 250 pages in Ashkenazi handwriting, with chiddushim on the Shas and poskim that were never printed, from the early 19th century. Rare, important, interesting! on July 31st Actual price: USD $5,040.


23 total sales reported this week:

Morton Subastas. Books and Papers: World Travelers and Explorers on August 29th: 26.07%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on August 27th: 87.50%
Addison and Sarova. Rare Books and Ephemera on August 17th: 80.62%
University Archives. Rare Autographs, Books on August 28th: 89.11%
Heritage Auctions. World Currency Weekly - Internet Bidstart 8/20 on August 27th: 99.47%
Heritage Auctions. U.S. Currency Weekly - Internet Bidstart 8/20 on August 27th: 98.74%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 8/18 on August 25th: 98.49%
Catawiki B. V.. Art and Photography - Online bidstart 8/16 on August 24th: 75.00%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - Internet bidstart 8/16 on August 23rd: 88.14%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) Online bidstart 8/9 on August 19th: 94.83%
Catawiki B. V.. Autographs and Manuscripts - Online bidstart 8/9 on August 18th: 70.21%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) bidstart 8/9 on August 16th: 84.87%
JellyFishTree. South African Books on August 21st: 27.87%
National Book Auctions. Dickens, Sci-Fi, Catholic, Pulp, Antique, Decorative, etc. on August 25th: 100.00%
Rago Arts and Auctions. Fine Art - Prints on August 25th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 8/18 on August 25th: 96.13%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 7/28 on August 25th: 100.00%
Bourgeault-Horan Antiquarians & Associates, LLC. Summer Americana and Marine Auction on August 18th: 96.55%
Rago Arts and Auctions. Fine Art - Prints on August 24th: 100.00%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on August 24th: 90.72%
Moreshet Auctions. Jewish Books and Manuscripts on July 31st: 57.47%
Leland Little Auctions. Single-Owner Advertising & Americana Auction, The Collection of Mary Wells, Greensboro, NC on August 23rd: 99.12%
Forum Auctions. Artsy: The Master and the Muse on August 22nd: 66.67% 

 

For the week ahead 28 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Sep. 2nd
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. Fine Art - Prints. 102 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) Online bidstart 8/23. 65 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 87 lots

Tue. Sep. 3rd
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Books of Art, Literature and Motoring of the Collection of Mr. Don Lorenzo Zambrano. 279 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. U.S. Currency Weekly - Internet Bidstart 8/27. 642 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. World Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 8/27. 180 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Books and Manuscripts: Timed Auction launch 8/22. 162 lots

Wed. Sep. 4th
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Books, Maps and Prints. 507 lots
Heritage Auctions. New York. The Maurice Car Collection featuring Rare Books and Manuscripts. 243 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Long Beach Expo U.S. Currency - Sessions 1-4. 1173 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Books and Prints. 67 lots

Thu. Sep. 5th
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper.
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Books and Manuscripts. 301 lots
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 8/29. 572 lots
Sothebys. London. Original Film Posters - Online bidstart 8/23. 190 lots
Heritage Auctions. New York. Fall Signature Auction Featuring The Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction. 828 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Long Beach Expo World Currency - Sessions 1-2. 574 lots

Fri. Sep. 6th
Bonhams. New York. Prints and Multiples Online - bidstart 9/10.
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - Internet bidstart 8/30. 114 lots

Sat. Sep. 7th
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs. 86 lots
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Books, Prints - Internet bidstart 8/30. 75 lots
North American Auction Company. Bozeman. Western Antique & Collector Sale. 87 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 200 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Art and Photography - Online bidstart 8/30. 25 lots

Sun. Sep. 8th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 8/11. 170 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 9/1.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 9/1.
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Autographs and Manuscripts - Internet bidstart 8/30. 48 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Eric Carle, <i>The Very Hungry Caterpillar,</i> hand-painted collage. Sold for a record $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Couple passing a giant bird house,</i> watercolor cartoon for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1948. Sold for $16,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Miriam Troop, <i>Rain on Laundry Day,</i> oil on canvas, cover for <i>The Saturday Evening Post,</i> 1940. Sold for $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Rockwell Kent, <i>To All Fascists,</i> ink broadside for The League of American Writers, circa 1937. Sold for $6,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Jo Mielziner, <i>Pet Shop Drop,</i> backdrop design for <i>Pal Joey</i> on Broadway, 1940. Sold for a record $55,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Lee Brown Coye, acrylic cover illustration for the 25th anniversary of <i>Weird Tales,</i> 1944. Sold for $18,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Virgil Finlay, <i>The Outsider & Others,</i> pen & ink dust jacket illustration for H.P. Lovecraft's book, 1939. Sold for $5,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Al Hirschfeld, <i>Paul Robeson as Othello,</i> illustration for <i>The New York Times,</i> 1942. Sold for $68,750
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Frederic Remington, pen & ink illustration for <i>A Scout with the Buffalo Soldiers</i> in <i>The Century</i> magazine, 1889. Sold for $17,500.
  • <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>Fall 2019 Auction<br>September 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Sep. 28:</b> AUDUBON, John James. Snowy Owl, Plate 121. Aquatint Engraving with original hand color. London: Havell Jr., 1827-1838 from <i>Birds of America.</i> $225,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Sep. 28:</b> JEFFERYS, Thomas. <i>The American Atlas...</i> London: Sayer and Bennett, 1776. $65,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Sep. 28:</b> RACKHAM, Arthur. Original Illustrations for <i>Jack and the Beanstalk.</i> Pen and ink with watercolor on paper. C. 1913. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Sep. 28:</b> AUDUBON, John James. Ruffed Grous, Plate 41. Aquatint Engraving with original hand color. London: Havell Jr., 1827-1838 from <i>Birds of America.</i> $50,000 to $70,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Sep. 28:</b> ROESSLER, A. R. Latest Map of the State of Texas. Lithograph with original hand color. New York: Mittendorfer, 1874. $50,000 to $65,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>Fall 2019 Auction<br>September 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Sep. 28:</b> AUDUBON, John James. American Bison or Buffalo (Male), Plate 56. Lithograph with original hand color. New York, 1845-1848 from <i>Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America.</i> $18,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Sep. 28:</b> HOOKER, Sir William Jackson & FITCH, Walter Hood. Victoria Regia. Lithograph with original hand color. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1851. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Sep. 28:</b> AUDUBON, John James. Pin Tailed Duck, Plate 227. Aquatint Engraving with original hand color. London: Havell Jr., 1827-1838 from <i>Birds of America.</i> $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Sep. 28:</b> LEWIS, Meriwether and CLARK, William. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and Across the American Continent...</i> London, 1814. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Sep. 28:</b> AUDUBON, John James. American Black or Silver Fox, Plate 116. Lithograph with original hand color. New York, 1845-1848 from <i>Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America.</i> $18,000 to $25,000.
  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 26, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Joyce (James). <i>Dubliners,</i> first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author, 1914. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> The Beatles.- Baker (Geoffrey.) 3 Autograph Letters and 1 Autograph Card signed to Ann Gosnell, addtionally sgn’d by George Harrison, John Lennon, Cynthia Lennon and others, 1968. £5,000 to £7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Pilgrim Press.- Dod (John). <i>A plaine and familiar exposition of the tenne commandements ...,</i> [Leiden], [William Brewster], 1617. £15,000 to £20,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 26, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Automaton Chess Player & Mechanical Illusion.- Reynell (H., printer). “The Famous Chess-Player, No.14, St.James's-Street, next Brooks's,” broadside advertisement for "The famous Automaton", [1784]. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Clemens (Samuel Langhorne). <i>Life on the Mississippi,</i> first English edition, signed presentation inscription from the author, 1883. £8,000 to £12,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Arctic Sledge Flag.- Fulford (Reginald Baldwin). Sledge flag... HMS Discovery, 1875. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 26, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> first edition, first printing, 1997. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Piranesi (Giovanni Battista). <i>Le Antichità Romane,</i> 4 vol., 1756. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal, called). <i>Urbis Venetiarum Prospectus Celebriores,</i> 3 parts in 1, Richard Ford's copy, Venice, Giovanni Battista Pasquali, 1751. £10,000 to £15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 26, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Atlases.- Speed (John). <i>A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World,</i> bound with <i>The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine,</i> 1631-27. £12,000 to £18,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Anatomical illustration.- Aselli (Gaspare). <i>De lactibus sive lacteis venis... dissertatio,</i> first edition, Milan, Giovanni Battista Bidelli, 1627. £20,000 to £30,000