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Rare Book Hub: 37 Auctions Archived, another 37 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Friday, 1 November 2019, 37 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 1 in Australian dollars, 1 in Columbian pesos, 13 in euros, 2 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 19 in US dollars.  Turnover was $20,989,875 as 10,649 lots were offered and 8,367 sold for a 79% success rate.  Into the closing months of the fall auction season we are full speed ahead.

 

7 auctions saw total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Robert Siegel GalleriesThe William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History on October 30th: $5,418,684 
SothebysImportant Prints and Multiples on October 26th: $3,896,125 
Heritage AuctionsFall Sports Memorabilia Collectibles on October 18th: $2,920,484 
Swann GalleriesOld Master Through Modern Prints on October 29th: $1,640,972 
FreemansThe Collection of Robert J. Morrison on October 30th: $1,493,538 
Heritage AuctionsHistorical Manuscripts Featuring the Bret J. Formichi American Civil War Rarities Collection on October 23rd: $1,318,010 
BonhamsModern and Contemporary Prints and Multiples on November 1st: $1,263,664 


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

Heritage AuctionsEstate of John and Elaine Steinbeck Manuscripts on October 24th: 244.46% 
De Baecque and AssociesPrints on October 25th: 185.76% 
Bogota AuctionRare Books on October 24th: 142.79% 
FreemansThe Collection of Robert J. Morrison on October 30th: 140.80% 
Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic BooksellersGeorge F. Kolbe Library Sale on October 26th: 132.47% 
Nosbüsch & StuckeBooks - Part 4: Science, Natural History and Curiosities on October 26th: 118.71% 
Robert Siegel GalleriesThe William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History on October 30th: 108.72% 


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

Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 9/29 on October 27th: 100.00% 
FreemansThe Collection of Robert J. Morrison on October 30th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsWorld Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 10/15 on October 22nd: 99.56% 
Heritage AuctionsU.S. Currency Weekly - Internet Bidstart 10/15 on October 22nd: 99.53% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 9/22 on October 20th: 99.35% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 10/13 on October 20th: 98.69% 
Heritage AuctionsEstate of John and Elaine Steinbeck Manuscripts on October 24th: 97.22% 
FreemansModern and Contemporary Art - Prints and Photographs on October 29th: 97.06% 
Robert Siegel GalleriesThe William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History on October 30th: 95.74% 
Alaska AuctionSports Cards, etc. on October 30th: 93.22% 
Heritage AuctionsFall Sports Memorabilia Collectibles on October 18th: 90.90% 
Heritage AuctionsHistorical Manuscripts Featuring the Bret J. Formichi American Civil War Rarities Collection on October 23rd: 88.44% 
Australian Book AuctionsVoyages, Travels and Australiana - Including books from the estate of the late James Oswald Fairfax on October 28th: 87.50% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on October 26th: 87.00% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - Internet bidstart 10/11 on October 22nd: 86.36% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on October 29th: 84.06% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - Internet bidstart 10/11 on October 21st: 83.02% 
De Baecque and AssociesPrints on October 25th: 80.70% 
SothebysImportant Prints and Multiples on October 26th: 80.26% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 10/20 on October 27th: 80.14% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions 1998 Heisman Memorial Trophy Presented to University of Texas Longhorns Running Back Ricky Williams. on October 18th Actual price: USD $504,000.
  2. Robert Siegel Galleries The famous Canada and United States First Issues mixed-franking cover with a 1851 3p "Beaver" and single 5¢ 1847 Issue, both cancelled in Montreal, Canada-- one of the most desirable covers in all of classic worldwide philately on October 30th Actual price: USD $354,000.
  3. Robert Siegel Galleries The famous Armitage cover--the only recorded 90¢ 1860 Issue cover to India on October 30th Actual price: USD $236,000.
  4. Sothebys GOETHE (F. & S. II.270-273) on October 26th Actual price: USD $231,250.
  5. Robert Siegel Galleries The largest 10¢ 1847 Issue franking on cover, paying the triple 30¢ Panama rate on a cover from Peru to Mexico--a spectacular 1847 Issue cover on October 30th Actual price: USD $165,200.
  6. Freemans Sweet Dreams, Baby! from 11 pop artists, volume iii 1965 on October 30th Actual price: USD $143,750.
  7. Robert Siegel Galleries The finest of the mere two covers and one front with an 1847 Issue block-- of the three known, all 5¢ denominations, this is the only Brown Orange and the only domestic use of a block on October 30th Actual price: USD $135,700.
  8. Sothebys GIRL WITH BALLOON on October 26th Actual price: USD $112,500.
  9. Bonhams Lithographic Water Made of Lines on November 1st Actual price: USD $106,325.
  10. Sothebys GRACE KELLY (F. & S. II.305) on October 26th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  11. Robert Siegel Galleries A uniquely franked Adams Express Company through-the-lines cover to France, graphically demonstrating the refusal of federal postal authorities to recognize postage stamps originating from the states in rebellion on October 30th Actual price: USD $106,200.
  12. Robert Siegel Galleries An astounding combination of four different 1869 Pictorial Re-Issue stamps on a registered cover to Germany--this March 20, 1880, date is the earliest documented use of no less than three of the four Re-Issues (2¢, 12¢ and 15¢), and the cover is widely re on October 30th Actual price: USD $100,300.
  13. Sothebys CAMOUFLAGE (SEE F. & S. IIB.412) on October 26th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  14. Heritage Auctions 1961-62 New York Yankees Oversized Promotional Nodder (14")--Finest of Three Known! on October 18th Actual price: USD $90,000.
  15. Bonhams Bermuda Petrel on November 1st Actual price: USD $81,325.
  16. Swann Galleries Pieter Haaring. on October 29th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  17. Robert Siegel Galleries One of the three recorded Canada and United States First Issues mixed-franking covers--this is the only cover sent from the United States to Canada on October 30th Actual price: USD $79,650.
  18. Robert Siegel Galleries ` on October 30th Actual price: USD $76,700.
  19. Swann Galleries Der Held mit dem Flügel--Inv. 2. on October 29th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  20. Sothebys FLOWERS (F. & S. II.73) on October 26th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  21. Robert Siegel Galleries One of two recorded 1847 Issue covers to Ireland and the only one with a 5¢ and 10¢ combination franking--a spectacular cover in superb condition on October 30th Actual price: USD $70,800.
  22. Heritage Auctions 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XL Championship Ring Presented to Safety Tyrone Carter. on October 18th Actual price: USD $69,000.
  23. Bonhams Giant Panda, from Endangered Species on November 1st Actual price: USD $68,825.
  24. Robert Siegel Galleries A stunning strip of three of the 10¢ 1847 Issue with interpane sheet margin used on a cover from Panama to Mexico, entirely outside the United States--the finest of the ten recorded 1847 covers originating in Panama and one of three sent to Mexico on October 30th Actual price: USD $67,850.
  25. Freemans Flowers 1970 on October 30th Actual price: USD $65,625.



37 total sales reported this week:

Alaska Auction. Sports Cards, etc. on October 30th: 93.22%
Bonhams. Modern and Contemporary Prints and Multiples on November 1st: 70.22%
Bonhams. The Sporting Sale - Books, Prints on October 31st: 63.33%
Nye & Company Auctioneers. Estate Treasures - Fine Art Prints, Books on October 30th: 56.67%
Morton Subastas. Books and Documents, Lithographs and Engravings on October 29th: 27.48%
Freemans. The Collection of Robert J. Morrison on October 30th: 100.00%
Freemans. Modern and Contemporary Art - Prints and Photographs on October 29th: 97.06%
Swann Galleries. Old Master Through Modern Prints on October 29th: 68.39%
Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers. George F. Kolbe Library Sale on October 26th: 74.86%
Australian Book Auctions. Voyages, Travels and Australiana - Including books from the estate of the late James Oswald Fairfax on October 28th: 87.50%
Aste Bolaffi. Posters - Online on October 24th: 71.29%
Rossini. Books, Autographs, Postcards on October 23rd: 48.96%
Jeschke van Vliet Auctions Berlin GmbH. Modern and Contemporary Art - Modern Photography on October 25th: 38.01%
De Baecque and Associes. Prints on October 25th: 80.70%
De Baecque and Associes. Ancient and Modern Books on October 17th: 71.15%
Robert Siegel Galleries. The William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History on October 30th: 95.74%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on October 29th: 84.06%
Sothebys. Important Prints and Multiples on October 26th: 80.26%
Forum Auctions. Forum @ Artsy: Colour Theory on October 24th: 47.22%
Bogota Auction. Rare Books on October 24th: 74.04%
Catawiki B. V.. Autographs and Manuscripts - Internet bidstart 10/11 on October 20th: 71.11%
Heritage Auctions. U.S. Currency Weekly - Internet Bidstart 10/15 on October 22nd: 99.53%
Heritage Auctions. World Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 10/15 on October 22nd: 99.56%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 10/20 on October 27th: 80.14%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 9/29 on October 27th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Estate of John and Elaine Steinbeck Manuscripts on October 24th: 97.22%
Heritage Auctions. Historical Manuscripts Featuring the Bret J. Formichi American Civil War Rarities Collection on October 23rd: 88.44%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 9/22 on October 20th: 99.35%
Heritage Auctions. Fall Sports Memorabilia Collectibles on October 18th: 90.90%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 10/13 on October 20th: 98.69%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - Internet bidstart 10/11 on October 22nd: 86.36%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - Internet bidstart 10/11 on October 21st: 83.02%
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Books - Part 4: Science, Natural History and Curiosities on October 26th: 60.87%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on October 26th: 87.00%
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Books - Part 3: Valuable Books, Autographs and Prints on October 26th: 56.80%
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Books - Part 2: Modern Art, Graphics and Photography on October 25th: 59.15%
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Books - Part 1: Modern Literature, Erotica and Posters on October 25th: 62.31%

 


For the week ahead 37 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Nov. 4th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 81 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - Internet bidstart 10/25. 42 lots

Tue. Nov. 5th
Christies. Paris. Photographs. 143 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Antiquarian and Collectors' Books. 237 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. U.S. Currency Weekly - Internet Bidstart 10/29. 609 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. World Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 10/29. 243 lots
University Archives. Westport. Stellar Manuscripts, Rare Books, and Apollo Related Items. 263 lots
Kedem Auctions Ltd.. Jerusalem . Online Auction: Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters and Objects. 500 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - Internet bidstart 10/25. 25 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Library of a MidWestern Collector. 87 lots

Wed. Nov. 6th
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 490 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Antiquarian and Modern Books. 241 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 477 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs and Artifacts - bidstart 10/18. 399 lots
Aste Bolaffi. Turin. 20th Century Art - Prints. 111 lots
Purcell Auctioneers. Birr. Antiques and Collectibles -Books and Prints. 153 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints, Maps and Posters. 106 lots

Thu. Nov. 7th
Christies. London - King Street. On the Shoulders of Giants: A Brief History of Big Ideas - Online bidstart 10/30. 58 lots
Zisska and Lacher. Munich. Books. 2132 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Art and Illustration - Books in All Fields. 426 lots
Kestenbaum and Company. New York. Judaica. 245 lots
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. Library of Genevieve and Jean Paul Kahn. 290 lots
Ader. PARIS. Photographs. 407 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Antiques and Accessories - Books and Prints. 48 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. NASA Photographs. 300 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Military and Aviation History. 239 lots

Fri. Nov. 8th
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Book Auction. 399 lots
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. Post War and Contemporary Art - Prints. 103 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - Internet bidstart 11/1. 149 lots

Sat. Nov. 9th
Brunk Auctions. Asheville, NC . Premier Auction - Books, Prints. 57 lots
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs. 42 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 200 lots
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. American and European Fine Art - Prints. 54 lots

Sun. Nov. 10th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 11/3.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 11/3.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 10/13. 199 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Autographs and Manuscripts - Internet bidstart 14/1. 32 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Bonhams:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Measure for Measure</i> (extracted from the First Folio). London, 1623. Sold for $52,575.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL. <i>Fanshawe, A Tale.</i> Boston, 1828. FIRST EDITION OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Sold for $47,575.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. <i>Walden; Or, Life in the Woods.</i> Boston, 1854. FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. Sold for $12,575.
    <b>Bonhams: </b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.</i> London, 1685. THE FOURTH FOLIO, Brewster/Bentley issue. Sold for $43,825.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> STEIG, WILLIAM. Original maquette and 58 finished drawings for <i>The Agony in the Kindergarten,</i> one of Steig's most important books. Sold for $12,575.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> KING, STEPHEN. <i>Carrie.</i> New York, 1974. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Sold for $1,912.50.
    <b><center>Bonhams<br>Consignments invited (2020)</b>
    <b>Bonhams:</b> APPLE MACINTOSH PROTOTYPE. 1983. The earliest known Macintosh with "Twiggy" drive, one of only two known working machines. Sold for $150,075.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> LOVELACE, AUGUSTA ADA. Sketch of the Analytical Engine Invented by Charles Babbage Esq. London, 1843. FIRST EDITION, JOURNAL ISSUE, MOST IMPORTANT PAPER IN EARLY DIGITAL COMPUTING. Sold for $15,075.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> APPLE-1 COMPUTER. Signed by Steve Wozniak, used in development of Apple II. Sold for $175,075.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. <i>On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection.</i> London, 1859. FIRST EDITION. Sold for $131,325.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> BOOLE, GEORGE. <i>An Investigation of the Laws of Thought.</i> London, 1854. Sold for $12,575.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> SHANNON, CLAUDE and WARREN WEAVER. <i>The Mathematical Theory of Communication.</i> Urbana, 1949. Sold for $27,575.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Emil Cardinaux, <i>Winter in der Schweiz,</i> 1921. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Evelyn Rumsey Carey, <i>Pan American Exposition / Niagara / Buffalo,</i> 1901. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Arnost Hofbauer, <i>Topicuv Salon,</i> 1898. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Job,</i> 1896. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Georges de Feure, <i>Le Journal des Ventes,</i> 1898. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Cycles Perfecta,</i> 1897. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Edward Penfield, <i>Orient Cycles / Lead the Leaders,</i> circa 1895. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Adrien Barrère, <i>L’Ideal du Touriste,</i> 1903. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Willem Frederick Ten Broek, <i>New York / Wereldtentoonselling / Holland – Amerika Lijn,</i> 1938. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Dwight Clark Shepler, <i>Sun Valley / Union Pacific.</i> $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Sascha Maurer, <i>Flexible Flyer Splitkein / Smuggler’s Notch,</i> circa 1935. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Louis Bonhajo, <i>Vote / League of Women Voters,</i> 1920. $2,000 to $3,000.
  • <b>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions: Rare Autographs, Sports, Books and Photography. January 23, 2020</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> Abraham Lincoln Endorsement Signed, March 16, 1865. Framed with a lithograph of Lincoln by Dwight C. Sturges.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> Thomas Edison Stunning Signed Portrait.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> Franz Liszt Signed Photo.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions: Rare Autographs, Sports, Books and Photography. January 23, 2020</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> Subscription for Portraits of the Presidents Signed by J. Q. Adams, Polk, Jackson, Buchanan, and Writers Dickens, Bryant and More!
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> Vinson Supreme Court Signed Presentation Photo.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> Marilyn Monroe & Joe DiMaggio Collection of Three Financial Items.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions: Rare Autographs, Sports, Books and Photography. January 23, 2020</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> Rare Sigmund Freud ALS Related to Sexual Issues.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> New York Yankees team signed baseball c.1937 including Gehrig, DiMaggio, Dickey, Gomez and others.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> Salvador Dali Original Drawing in <i>Dali</i> by David Larkin.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions: Rare Autographs, Sports, Books and Photography. January 23, 2020</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> Charles Wilson Peale, Association Miniature of Dr. Ebenezer Crosby after Charles Willson Peale. Gouache on ivory miniature attributed to Peale.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> William McKinley Signed Oversize Photograph Incredible 20"x24".
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> Margaret Mitchell Signed <i>Gone With The Wind</i> -- First Edition.
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27:</b> [Paine, Thomas]. Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America… Philadelphia: R. Bell, 1776. $200,000 to $250,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Autograph letter signed, to Joshua Reed Giddings, 21 May 1860. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27:</b> Oakley, Annie. <i>A Brief Sketch of Her Career and Notes on Shooting.</i> [N.p.]: ca. 1913, Signed. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27:</b> Washington, George. One autograph letter signed & 3 letters signed to General Alexander McDougall, September 1777. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27:</b> Mather, Cotton. <i>The Wonders of the Invisible World. Being an account of the tryals of several witches...</i> London: 1693. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27:</b> James, Benjamin.<i><br>A Treatise on the Management of the Teeth.</i> Boston, 1814. $2,000 to $3,000.