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Rare Book Hub: 31 Auctions Archived, another 34 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Friday, 13 March 2020, 31 auctions have been archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 12 denominated in euros, 1 in Columbian pesos, 2 in British pounds, and 16 in US dollars.  Turnover was $19,760,043 as 8,704 lots were offered and 7,494 sold for an 86% rate of success.

For the week ahead 34 sales are scheduled.

 

In the coming months the number of auctions are likely to be slower than usual as some have already been postponed.

 

With the coronavirus afoot, trade shows and the already much diminished walk-in retail sector will further decline.  Doubly hard hit, the collectible paper category that relies principally on men from ages 50 to 80, may well seem besieged, because men in these age categories are more vulnerable than women.

 

We have much to hope for.

 

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Heritage AuctionsComics on March 7th: $10,760,781 
JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungAutographs - Day 2 on March 11th: $1,918,266 
JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungAutographs - Day 1 on March 10th: $1,094,918 

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

JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungAutographs - Day 2 on March 11th: 179.88% 
JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungAutographs - Day 1 on March 10th: 155.69% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - Internet bidstart 2/28 on March 6th: 140.70% 
Bogota AuctionRare Books on February 19th: 117.73% 
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: The Erwin Tomash Library on the History of Computing: the residual part on March 12th: 102.56% 
Heritage AuctionsWorld Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 3/3 on March 10th: 101.52% 
Catawiki B. V.Autographs and Manuscripts - Internet bidstart 2/21 on March 1st: 100.41% 
BonhamsMedical and Scientific Library of Bruce Fye - Part III - Online bidstart 3/1 on March 11th: 100.33% 


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

Heritage AuctionsWorld Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 3/3 on March 10th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 2/23 on March 8th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsU.S. Currency Weekly - Internet Bidstart 3/3 on March 10th: 99.64% 
Heritage AuctionsComics on March 7th: 99.41% 
Heritage AuctionsComics, Animation, & Art Weekly Online on March 9th: 99.03% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters Weekly on March 8th: 96.07% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - Internet bidstart 2/28 on March 6th: 90.00% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on March 7th: 88.50% 
JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungAutographs - Day 1 on March 10th: 88.33% 
SothebysPrints and Multiples Online - bidstart 3/4 on March 12th: 88.06% 
JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungAutographs - Day 2 on March 11th: 87.64% 
BonhamsFine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs on March 11th: 85.90% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on March 10th: 83.50% 
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: The Erwin Tomash Library on the History of Computing: the residual part on March 12th: 82.88% 
BonhamsMedical and Scientific Library of Bruce Fye - Part III - Online bidstart 3/1 on March 11th: 81.31% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white to white pages. on March 7th Actual price: USD $795,000.
  2. Heritage Auctions Nintendo Play Station Super NES CD-ROM Prototype - Sony and Nintendo c. 1992. on March 7th Actual price: USD $360,000.
  3. Heritage Auctions John Romita Sr. Amazing Spider-Man #51 Cover Kingpin Original Art (Marvel, 1967). on March 7th Actual price: USD $312,000.
  4. Heritage Auctions Superman #1 (DC, 1939) CGC VG- 3.5 Off-white to white pages. on March 7th Actual price: USD $288,000.
  5. Christies On a Clear Day on March 6th Actual price: USD $212,500.
  6. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung Eigenhändiges Musikmanuskript. (Bologna, Juli/ August 1770, oder Salzburg, aus späterer Zeit.) on March 11th Actual price: USD $187,479.
  7. Heritage Auctions Captain America Comics #1 (Timely, 1941) CGC FN/VF 7.0 Off-white to white pages. on March 7th Actual price: USD $186,000.
  8. Heritage Auctions Winsor McCay Little Nemo in Slumberland Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 9-6-08 (New York Herald, 1908). on March 7th Actual price: USD $168,000.
  9. Heritage Auctions John Romita Sr. Hero for Hire #1 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1972). on March 7th Actual price: USD $156,000.
  10. Bonhams Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on March 11th Actual price: USD $155,006.
  11. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung Eigenh. Musikmanuskript, mehrfach signiert „RW. (Zürich, Mitte Dezember 1857.) on March 11th Actual price: USD $129,793.
  12. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung Eigenh. Musikmanuskript. on March 11th Actual price: USD $122,582.
  13. Heritage Auctions Batman #1 (DC, 1940) CGC VG 4.0 Off-white to white pages. on March 7th Actual price: USD $117,000.
  14. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung Eigenh. Musikmanuskript mit (getilgter) Widmung m. U. „Dein RW. am rechten Rand. (Venedig, Februar 1859.) on March 11th Actual price: USD $115,371.
  15. Heritage Auctions Bill Watterson Calvin and Hobbes Daily Comic Strip Original Art dated 2-6-87 (United Feature Syndicate, 1987). on March 7th Actual price: USD $102,000.
  16. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung Eigenhändiger Brief m. U. „F. Chopin. Nohant 9.X.1845. on March 11th Actual price: USD $100,950.
  17. Sothebys GRACE KELLY (FELDMAN & SCHELLMAN II.305) on March 12th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  18. Sothebys REVERIE (CORLETT 38) on March 12th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  19. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung Eigenh. Zusatz auf der Innenseite des Umschlags zu einem Brief seiner Mutter Anna Maria Mozart geb. Pertl an seinen Vater Leopold Mozart vom gleichen Tag (Augsburg 14.X.1777). on March 11th Actual price: USD $93,739.
  20. Heritage Auctions Superman #1 (DC, 1939) CGC FR/GD 1.5 Cream to off-white pages. on March 7th Actual price: USD $90,000.
  21. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung Eigenhändiger Brief m. U. „FChopin. Nohant 15.X.1843. on March 11th Actual price: USD $86,529.
  22. Heritage Auctions John Romita Sr. Amazing Spider-Man #72 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1969). on March 7th Actual price: USD $84,000.
  23. Heritage Auctions Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC FN/VF 7.0 Cream to off-white pages. on March 7th Actual price: USD $81,000.
  24. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung Eigenhändiges musikalisches Albumblatt mit Widmung u. U. am Schluss. Paris o. D. on March 11th Actual price: USD $79,318.
  25. Swann Galleries Noticia estraordinaria, viva la patria y el ejercito mexicano. on March 10th Actual price: USD $75,000.



31 total sales reported this week:

Christies. Domberger: 65 Years of Screenprinting - Online bidstart 2/28 on March 6th: 51.47%
Sothebys. Prints and Multiples Online - bidstart 3/4 on March 12th: 88.06%
PIASA. Editions on March 12th: 41.57%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: The Erwin Tomash Library on the History of Computing: the residual part on March 12th: 82.88%
Heritage Auctions. U.S. Currency Weekly - Internet Bidstart 3/3 on March 10th: 99.64%
Heritage Auctions. Photographs Monthly Online Auction on March 11th: 71.31%
Nye & Company Auctioneers. Pop Up Fine Art Auction on March 11th: 56.67%
Bonhams. Medical and Scientific Library of Bruce Fye - Part III - Online bidstart 3/1 on March 11th: 81.31%
Winner's Auctions Ltd. Special Auction on March 3rd: 70.54%
Rossini. COLLECTIONS: ADVERTISING ART - AUTOMOBILIA - AVIATION - SHIPPING AND RAILWAYS - CALCULATING MACHINES on March 10th: 46.82%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs - Day 2 on March 11th: 87.64%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs - Day 1 on March 10th: 88.33%
PBA Galleries. Rare Photography: The Robert Enteen Collection. With Illustration & Fine Books on March 5th: 64.35%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on March 10th: 83.50%
Bonhams. Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs on March 11th: 85.90%
Swann Galleries. Printed and Manuscript Americana on March 10th: 77.84%
Heritage Auctions. World Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 3/3 on March 10th: 100.00%
ALDE. Ancient and 19th Century Books on March 10th: 67.78%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - Internet bidstart 2/28 on March 6th: 90.00%
Catawiki B. V.. Art and Photography - Online bidstart 2/28 on March 6th: 44.83%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - Internet bidstart 2/21 on March 3rd: 79.41%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - Internet bidstart 2/21 on March 2nd: 73.33%
Catawiki B. V.. Autographs and Manuscripts - Internet bidstart 2/21 on March 1st: 78.79%
Heritage Auctions. Sports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 2/23 on March 8th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics, Animation, & Art Weekly Online on March 9th: 99.03%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters Weekly on March 8th: 96.07%
Bogota Auction. Rare Books on February 19th: 73.60%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on March 7th: 88.50%
Michaans Auctions. March Gallery Auction - Prints, Books on March 7th: 78.57%
Tessier & Sarrou and Associates. Posters on March 5th: 72.07%
Heritage Auctions. Comics on March 7th: 99.41%


For the week ahead 34 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Mar. 16th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 66 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Historic Photography. 204 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - Internet bidstart 3/6. 66 lots

Tue. Mar. 17th
Finarte. Milan. Photographs. 254 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Antiquarian and Collectors' Books. 221 lots
Sothebys. London. Made in Britain. 108 lots
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . Eclectic Variety - Books, Prints. 23 lots
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. The Backal Collection and Library. 250 lots
Kestenbaum and Company. Brooklyn. K2 Online Sale: Judaic Books and Manuscripts. 226 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. US Currency Weekly Online - Bidstart 3/10. 754 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. World Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 3/10. 167 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - Internet bidstart 3/6. 28 lots

Wed. Mar. 18th
Christies. London - King Street. Prints and Multiples. 205 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Prints and Multiples. 130 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - Internet bidstart 3/6. 130 lots

Thu. Mar. 19th
Over & Above Online Auction and Estate Sales, LLC. Timonium. The World War II Library of John R. Elliot. 471 lots
Sothebys. London. Prints and Multiples.
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Books, Maps and Prints.
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Art & Archaeology of Asia - Travel & Exploration. 319 lots
Thomson Roddick Auctioneers & Valuers. Carlisle. Antiquarian and Collectable Books Auction. 303 lots
Nye & Company Auctioneers. Bloomfield. Discovery in the Backyard Sale.
Rossini. Paris. Modern and Contemporary Art - Prints and Photographs. 9 lots

Fri. Mar. 20th
Arenberg Auctions. BRUSSEL. Books and Prints. 1040 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Antiquarian and Modern Books. 348 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: The Partridge Fine Arts Research Library. 111 lots
Venator and Hanstein. Köln . Books - Prints - Autographs. 113 lots

Sat. Mar. 21st
Goldberg Coins and Collectibles. LOS ANGELES. The Collectibles Sales. 776 lots
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Fine Art - Prints.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters. 816 lots
Venator and Hanstein. Köln . Modern and Contemporary Prints - Modern Books. 557 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper.

Sun. Mar. 22nd
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics, Animation, & Art Weekly Online.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters Weekly.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 3/8. 173 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Joseph F. Kernan, <i>College Football,</i> oil on canvas, <i>The Saturday Evening Post</i> cover, 1932. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Joseph C. Leyendecker, <i>Golfer Lighting a Cigarette,</i> oil on canvas, c.1920. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Howard Chandler Christy, <i>In the Field,</i> charcoal & watercolor, published in <i>Scribner’s,</i> 1902. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> N.C. Wyeth, <i>Standish Reading,</i> pen & ink, for <i>The Courtship of Miles Standish,</i> 1920. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Johnanna Stewart Mapes, <i>A Fairy Book,</i> conté crayon, for <i>St. Nicholas Magazine,</i> 1907. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Arnold Lobel, pen & ink, for <i>The Frog & Toad Coloring Book,</i> 1981. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Antonio Lopez, <i>Today’s Fashions,</i> study for <i>The New York Times,</i> 1981. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Charles Schulz, <i>“I’ll have to go back to the house…I forgot my rubbers…”</i> pen & ink, original 4-panel <i>Peanuts comic,</i> 1960. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Constantin Alajalov, <i>Family Tree,</i> watercolor and gouache, cover for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1938. Estimate $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Winter Auction<br>Jan. 30 & 31, 2021</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Rare 1778 Engraved map of Colonial Philadelphia after George Heap (1714-1752) and Nicholas Scull (1687-1761). $10,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Author signed and inscribed <i>THE FOUNTAINHEAD,</i> stated First Edition, by Ayn Rand, published by The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis, New York, 1943. $2,000 to $2,400.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> John James Audubon (American, 1785-1851) hand-colored aquatint engraving, "Yellow-billed Magpie, Stellers Jay, Ultramarine Jay and Clark's Crow," Plate Number CCCLXII. $1,800 to $2,200.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Winter Auction<br>Jan. 30 & 31, 2021</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) autograph letter, signed, as President, to Nathan Reid detailing Jackson’s intervention on behalf of Reid's grandson. $1,800 to $2,200.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Edward Steichen (Luxembourg/American, 1879-1973) portfolio of photographs, "The Early Years 1900-1927, 12 Hand-Gravure Prints" #41/1000, printed in 1981. $1,400 to $1,600.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, TLS, one-page typed letter on The White House, Washington, D.C., stationary to John Marshall Butler. $1,400 to $1,600.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Winter Auction<br>Jan. 30 & 31, 2021</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Two Pre-Civil War slave related letters, including one written by Mariah, a female domestic slave of James Vincent Musgrove (1814-1890) to her daughter. $1,000 to $1,200.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Two author signed and inscribed Ayn Rand related books, including one Rand signed <i>WE THE LIVING,</i> London 1940 edition. $1,000 to $1,200.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> PLAN DE LA VILLE DE MEMPHIS (ETATS-UNIS) 40,000 HABITANTS pen and ink with watercolor hand drawn drainage system map, circa 1870. $700 to $900.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Winter Auction<br>Jan. 30 & 31, 2021</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Scarce Mezzotint portrait of Thomas Pownall, Colonial Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay (1757-1760) and South Carolina (1760). $600 to $700.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> VIEW OF NORFOLK FROM COSPORT, VIRGINIA, John Hill, engraver, after John Shaw (U.K., 1776-1832). $600 to $700.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> THE BURNING OF THE MERCHANT'S EXCHANGE, NEW YORK CITY -THE GREAT FIRE OF DECEMBER, 1835. Scarce color lithograph, a 1909 reissue of the original 1836 print. $500 to $700.
  • <b><center>Christie’s<br>Paul Destribats:<br>Une Bibliothèque des Avant-gardes<br>Part III<br>2-3 and 4 February 2021</b>
    <b><center>Christie’s<br>Paul Destribats:<br>Une Bibliothèque des Avant-gardes<br>Part III<br>2-3 and 4 February 2021</b>
    <b><center>Christie’s<br>Paul Destribats:<br>Une Bibliothèque des Avant-gardes<br>Part III<br>2-3 and 4 February 2021</b>
    <b><center>Christie’s<br>Paul Destribats:<br>Une Bibliothèque des Avant-gardes<br>Part III<br>2-3 and 4 February 2021</b>
  • <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>28 January 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Schedel (Hartmann). <i>Liber Chronicarum,</i> first edition, Nuremberg, Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 1493. £30,000 to £50,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> [Greek Orthodox Church].- <i>Menaion,</i> manuscript in Greek, on paper, in Greek letters, [Eastern Mediterranean], [c. 1400]. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> American Revolution.- Loyalist's cow powder horn, engraved with the cypher "GR" for George III surmounted by a crown, an inscription, and on reverse an engraving of the "North River" [Hudson River], 1777. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>28 January 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Illuminated prayer book.- <i>Maria Carcer y Trigueros... Santa Misa y Oraciones,</i> illuminated manuscript in Spanish, on paper, [c. 1850]. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Hardy (Thomas). <i>The Mayor of Casterbridge,</i> 2 vol., first edition in book form, original cloth, 1886. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> [Austen (Jane)]. <i>Emma: A Novel,</i> first edition, Printed for John Murray, 1816. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>28 January 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Brontë (Charlotte). <i>Jane Eyre. An Autobiography,</i> 3 vol., first edition, Smith, Elder and Co., 1847. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Cruikshank (George). <i>The Road to the Derby,</i> one of two proof copies, Raphael Tuck & Sons, 1882. £600 to £800.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Meunier (Charles, binder).- Gruel (Leon). <i>Manuel Historique et Bibliographique de l'Amateur de Reliures,</i> 2 vol., Paris, 1887.-1905. £3,000 to £4,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>28 January 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Burne-Jones (Sir Edward). <i>The Work of Edward Burne-Jones,</i> edited by Philip Burne-Jones, one of 200 copies, [c.1900]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Nazraeli Press.- <i>Six by Six,</i> 36 vol. [a complete set], one of 100 sets, each with signed photograph, Portland, Or., 2010-16. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Australasia.- Péron (Francois) and Freycinet. <i>Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes,</i> 5 vol. including Atlas, second edition, Paris, 1824. £6,000 to £8,000.