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Rare Book Hub: 43 Auctions Archived, another 54 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Friday, 19 June 2020, 43 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 3 denominated in Swiss francs, 1 in Danish krona, 11 in euros, 4 in British pounds, and 24 in US dollars.  Turnover was $16,010,366 as 11,165 lots were offered and 9,603 sold for a stellar 86% success rate.  One octogenarian explains it this way, “While I’m sequestered for my health and well-being I’m buying up a storm.” Who knew that couch-bandits would be found among the Fulton J. Sheen crowd.  Hoorah!

 4 auctions saw total proceeds reach a million dollars: 


ChristiesThe Open Book: Fine Travel, Americana, Literature and History in Print and Manuscript bidstart 6/2 on June 18th: $2,727,875 
BonhamsPrints and Multiples - Prints on June 18th: $1,410,188 
Arader GalleriesAudubons, Natural History Watercolors, Rare Maps, Rare Books, & Assorted Americana. on June 13th: $1,219,573 
SothebysR. and B.L. Library - A Decade of Sales on June 17th: $1,050,380 


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

Burgersdijk and NiermansBooks - Day 2: Fine Arts, Literature, Prints/Drawings, Old & Rare Books on June 17th: 214.67% 
Burgersdijk and NiermansBooks - Day 1: Classical Antiquity, Judaism, Egyptology, etc. on June 16th: 205.73% 
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Books and Works on Paper on June 18th: 186.95% 
ChristiesMark Seliger - RADArt4Aid - Photographs - Bidstart 5/28 on June 17th: 176.71% 
Grogan and CompanyThe Spring Auction on June 14th: 149.48% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - Internet bidstart 5/29 on June 10th: 140.21% 
Nadeau's Auction GalleryDecorative Pictures - Prints on June 13th: 139.47% 
Arenberg AuctionsBooks and Prints on June 13th: 121.66% 
Doyle New YorkTravel, Natural History, Americana and Sporting Books on June 17th: 121.23% 
ChristiesVirtue - Prints and Photographs - bistart 5/29 on June 12th: 114.04% 
Leland Little AuctionsThe Important Summer Auction on June 13th: 113.75% 
Lyon and TurnbullRare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs on June 17th: 110.30% 
ChristiesSelections from the Library of Lorenzo H. Zambrano: Latin Americana, Science, and Literature -bidsta on June 18th: 109.68% 
Revere AuctionsChinese and Japanese Prints on June 16th: 107.96% 
ChristiesThe Open Book: Fine Travel, Americana, Literature and History in Print and Manuscript bidstart 6/2 on June 18th: 106.23% 
Keys Fine Arts AuctioneersTwo Day Books & Ephemera Auction on June 17th: 104.11% 


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

Heritage AuctionsThe Henri Nuber PSA Set Registry Collection Auction on June 18th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsWorld Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 6/9 on June 16th: 100.00% 
ChristiesMark Seliger - RADArt4Aid - Photographs - Bidstart 5/28 on June 17th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsU.S. Currency Weekly - Internet Bidstart 6/9 on June 16th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 5/31 on June 14th: 99.69% 
Heritage AuctionsComics, Animation, & Art Weekly Online on June 15th: 99.51% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters Weekly on June 14th: 97.62% 
Burgersdijk and NiermansBooks - Day 1: Classical Antiquity, Judaism, Egyptology, etc. on June 16th: 96.33% 
Leland Little AuctionsThe Important Summer Auction on June 13th: 95.83% 
Grogan and CompanyThe Spring Auction on June 14th: 95.83% 
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Books and Works on Paper on June 18th: 95.10% 
Garth's Auctioneers and AppraisersThe 50 Year Asian & Korean Collection of a United States Gentleman Diplomat, Serving Asia 1958-1988 on June 14th: 93.94% 
Nadeau's Auction GalleryDecorative Pictures - Prints on June 13th: 93.94% 
ChristiesSelections from the Library of Lorenzo H. Zambrano: Latin Americana, Science, and Literature -bidsta on June 18th: 92.16% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on June 13th: 91.50% 
PBA GalleriesMiscellany - bidstart 6/8 on June 18th: 91.26% 
Doyle New YorkTravel, Natural History, Americana and Sporting Books on June 17th: 90.45% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - Internet bidstart 6/5 on June 12th: 89.74% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - Internet bidstart 5/29 on June 10th: 88.42% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on June 16th: 87.50% 
Burgersdijk and NiermansBooks - Day 2: Fine Arts, Literature, Prints/Drawings, Old & Rare Books on June 17th: 86.34% 
Keys Fine Arts AuctioneersTwo Day Books & Ephemera Auction on June 17th: 85.66% 
Lyon and TurnbullRare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs on June 17th: 82.86% 
Old World AuctionsMaps and Atlases - Internet bidstart 6/3 on June 10th: 81.36% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies Chris Evert [Sixteen Works] each row (from left to right) on June 12th Actual price: USD $735,000.
  2. Christies \"Defence of Fort M'Henry,\" as printed in the Baltimore Patriot and Evening Advertiser, Vol IV, No. 59, 20 September 1814. on June 18th Actual price: USD $325,000.
  3. Christies Hindenburg on June 18th Actual price: USD $325,000.
  4. Christies The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America on June 18th Actual price: USD $300,000.
  5. Arader Galleries Snowy Owl, Plate 121. on June 13th Actual price: USD $213,500.
  6. Christies On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. on June 18th Actual price: USD $200,000.
  7. Arader Galleries White Pelican, Plate 311. on June 13th Actual price: USD $176,900.
  8. Arader Galleries Carolina Parrot, Plate 26. on June 13th Actual price: USD $158,600.
  9. Lyon and Turnbull Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on June 17th Actual price: USD $156,448.
  10. Bonhams Girl with Balloon on June 18th Actual price: USD $140,011.
  11. Christies Letter signed (“Go:Washington??) as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army to Thomas McKean, on June 18th Actual price: USD $137,500.
  12. Swann Galleries CH. PHILIPPOSSIAN AUTOMOBILES / GENÈVE. 1920. on June 18th Actual price: USD $137,000.
  13. Arader Galleries Hooping Crane, Plate 261. on June 13th Actual price: USD $115,900.
  14. Christies History of the Indian Tribes of North America on June 18th Actual price: USD $112,500.
  15. Heritage Auctions 1958 Topps Baseball Complete Set (494) Plus Emblem Card & Variation - #5 "Current Finest" on the PSA Set Registry. on June 18th Actual price: USD $99,000.
  16. Sothebys SADE. La Nouvelle Justine. Rarissime en rel. érotique.Véritables éditions originales publiées à Paris en 1799 et en 1801 on June 17th Actual price: USD $98,746.
  17. Christies The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia. on June 18th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  18. Christies Antiquities of Mexico: comprising fac-similes of ancient Mexican paintings and hieroglyphics...together with the monuments of New Spain, by M. Dupaix ... the drawings on stone by A. Aglio. on June 18th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  19. Christies Ludovici Patritii Romani novum itinerarium Aethiopiae: Aegypti: utriusque Arabiae: Persidis: Siriae: ac Indiae: intra et extra Ganges. on June 18th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  20. Christies Aboriginal Portfolio on June 18th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  21. Christies Historia naturalis on June 18th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  22. Christies Mrs Dalloway on June 18th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  23. Christies Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. on June 18th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  24. Christies Les songes drolatiques de Pantagruel, ou sont contenues plusieurs figures de l'invention de maistre François Rabelais. on June 18th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  25. Arader Galleries Reddish Egret / Purple Heron, Plate 256. on June 13th Actual price: USD $68,320.


43 total sales reported this week:

Koller Auctions. Old Master Prints on June 19th: 43.75%
Heritage Auctions. The Henri Nuber PSA Set Registry Collection Auction on June 18th: 100.00%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples - Prints on June 18th: 78.04%
Old World Auctions. Maps and Atlases - Internet bidstart 6/3 on June 10th: 81.36%
Artcurial. Literature of the 20th Century - Aristophil Collection on June 17th: 74.80%
Rossini. Modern and Contemporary Art - Prints and Photographs on June 17th: 77.78%
Swann Galleries. Graphic Design, Modernist Posters on June 18th: 64.02%
RR Auction. Marvels of Modern Music - Internet bidstart 6/11 on June 18th: 63.53%
PBA Galleries. Miscellany - bidstart 6/8 on June 18th: 91.26%
Nye & Company Auctioneers. Discovery in the Backyard - Online on June 18th: 75.00%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on June 18th: 95.10%
Christies. Selections from the Library of Lorenzo H. Zambrano: Latin Americana, Science, and Literature -bidsta on June 18th: 92.16%
Christies. The Open Book: Fine Travel, Americana, Literature and History in Print and Manuscript bidstart 6/2 on June 18th: 77.68%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Two Day Books & Ephemera Auction on June 17th: 85.66%
Lyon and Turnbull. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs on June 17th: 82.86%
Grays Auctioneers. Fine Art - Prints on June 17th: 70.45%
Doyle New York. Travel, Natural History, Americana and Sporting Books on June 17th: 90.45%
Christies. Mark Seliger - RADArt4Aid - Photographs - Bidstart 5/28 on June 17th: 100.00%
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Books - Day 2: Fine Arts, Literature, Prints/Drawings, Old & Rare Books on June 17th: 86.34%
Sothebys. R. and B.L. Library - A Decade of Sales on June 17th: 67.90%
Garth's Auctioneers and Appraisers. The 50 Year Asian & Korean Collection of a United States Gentleman Diplomat, Serving Asia 1958-1988 on June 14th: 93.94%
Heritage Auctions. U.S. Currency Weekly - Internet Bidstart 6/9 on June 16th: 100.00%
Revere Auctions. Chinese and Japanese Prints on June 16th: 78.57%
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Books - Day 1: Classical Antiquity, Judaism, Egyptology, etc. on June 16th: 96.33%
Koller Auctions. Autographs and Manuscripts on June 15th: 42.50%
Koller Auctions. Books on June 15th: 63.21%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on June 16th: 87.50%
Heritage Auctions. World Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 6/9 on June 16th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 5/31 on June 14th: 99.69%
Heritage Auctions. Comics, Animation, & Art Weekly Online on June 15th: 99.51%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters Weekly on June 14th: 97.62%
Grogan and Company. The Spring Auction on June 14th: 95.83%
Nadeau's Auction Gallery. Decorative Pictures - Prints on June 13th: 93.94%
Leland Little Auctions. The Important Summer Auction on June 13th: 95.83%
Christies. Virtue - Prints and Photographs - bistart 5/29 on June 12th: 41.18%
Arenberg Auctions. Books and Prints on June 13th: 75.58%
Arader Galleries. Audubons, Natural History Watercolors, Rare Maps, Rare Books, & Assorted Americana. on June 13th: 60.71%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - Internet bidstart 6/5 on June 12th: 89.74%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - Internet bidstart 5/29 on June 10th: 88.42%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - Internet bidstart 5/29 on June 9th: 76.19%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - Internet bidstart 5/29 on June 8th: 79.22%
Catawiki B. V.. Autographs and Manuscripts - Internet bidstart 5/29 on June 7th: 60.34%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on June 13th: 91.50%


For the week ahead 54 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jun. 22nd
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 54 lots
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Amsterdam. Fine Art - Modern and Contemporary Works of Art - Prints. 81 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - Internet bidstart 6/12. 73 lots
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . Timed Eclectic Variety - Prints, Books. 63 lots

Tue. Jun. 23rd
Il Ponte. Milan. Books, Prints, Photographs. 291 lots
Aste Bolaffi. Turin. Rare Books and Autographs. 401 lots
Mirabaud-Mercier Auctioneers. PARIS . Books and Prints. 363 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Hindman's Fine Books and Manuscripts, including Americana. 292 lots
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. Post War and Contemporary Art - Prints. 8 lots
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Book of Explorers and World Travelers auction. 254 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. U.S. Currency Weekly - Internet Bidstart 5/16. 700 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. World Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 6/16. 178 lots
Rossini. Paris. 19th Century, Modern and Contemporary Lithographs. 180 lots
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . Francis Hopkinson Family Americana Collection. 292 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - Internet bidstart 9/27. 34 lots

Wed. Jun. 24th
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 379 lots
Purcell Auctioneers. Birr. Auction of a Collection of Irish Historical Interest Books, Maps, Journals, Periodicals, Pamphlets,. 604 lots
University Archives. Westport. Manuscripts and Autographs - Books. 276 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - Internet bidstart 6/12. 100 lots
Bogota Auction. Bogota. Prints and Multiples. 93 lots

Thu. Jun. 25th
Forum Auctions. London. Select Modern & Contemporary Editions and Works on Paper. 140 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Modern Literature & First Editions, Children's, Private Press & Illustrated Books. 246 lots
Mirabaud-Mercier Auctioneers. PARIS . Sale Collectible Posters. 948 lots
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. The June Estates Auction. 59 lots
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Prints and Photographs. 205 lots
Christies. Paris. "Tendrement Vôtre" - Autograph letters and manuscripts from French authors from the 19th to the 20th. 56 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Summer Market. 23 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Summer 2020 Extravaganza Sale: Part 1 - Day 1. 458 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Americana - Travel - Exploration - World History - Cartography. 575 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Contemporary Art. 413 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Books and Manuscripts, Erotic Library, Art Books. 300 lots
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Online Only: Automobilia. 86 lots
Bruneau & Co. . Cranston. Curated Pop Cultur, TCG, Comics and Toys. 167 lots
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Corsica (Documents, Manuscripts) and Collections (Documents, Photographs).

Fri. Jun. 26th
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American Historical Ephemera and Photography - online bidstart 1/30. 384 lots
Jeschke van Vliet Auctions Berlin GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Modern and Contemporary Art - Prints and Photographs. 547 lots
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. American and European Fine Art - Prints. 28 lots
ALDE. Paris. Modern Illustrated Books and Original Bindings. 277 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Summer 2020 Extravaganza Sale: Part 1 - Day 2. 600 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Pictures and Prints. 10 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Cartography - Online Bidstart 6/19. 40 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - Internet bidstart 6/19. 151 lots

Sat. Jun. 27th
Artcurial. Paris. Comics. 336 lots
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Prints and Drawings. 358 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 200 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Summer 2020 Extravaganza Sale: Part 1 - Day 3. 278 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Art and Photography - Online bidstart 6/19. 24 lots

Sun. Jun. 28th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics, Animation, & Art Weekly Online.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters Weekly.
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . Lithographs, Fine Art Prints. 71 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 4/26. 282 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. The Charles R. Pease Collection Special Currency Online. 441 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Summer 2020 Extravaganza Sale: Part 1 - Day 4. 226 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Autographs and Manuscripts - Internet bidstart 6/19. 31 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> <i>Manhattan Gay Scene Guide 1969, Summer Edition,</i> Mattachine Book Service. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Harvey Milk, 2 autograph letters signed, to Pat Mormon, during US Navy service, 1954. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Oscar Wilde, <i>“The secret of life is in Art,”</i> autograph quotation dated and signed, 1882. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Daniel Abraham, original art for <i>Stonewall Romances,</i> pen, ink & gouache, 1979. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Antonio Lopez, 9 men’s fashion studies, graphite, 1974. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Susie Gaynes & Amy E. Bartell, <i>March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights,</i> 1987. $600 to $900.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> <i>Paris is Burning,</i> photo offset poster by Anne Dutlinger, signed by film director Jennie Livingston, 1991. $400 to $600.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Toyen, pen & ink illustration from <i>Marquis de Sade: Justina cili prokletí ctnosti,</i> 1932. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> David Wojnarowicz, <i>Untitled (Genet with Dog),</i> mixed media collage. $8,000 to $12,000.