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Rare Book Hub: 21 Auctions Archived, another 29 Upcoming this Week

 For the week ended Friday, 8th January 2021, 21 auctions were archived to Rare Book Hub’s Transactions+ Database; 1 denominated in Danish kroners, 8 in euros, 1 in British pounds, and 11 in US dollars.

 

Turnover was $2,244,301 as 94% of all lots offered sold.  Four thousand three hundred and one were offered and 4,044 changed hands.  Stay safe.  Vaccines are on the way.

 

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

De Baecque and AssociesStamps and Postcards on January 6th: 138.72% 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersChicago Collections on January 8th: 134.44% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 5th: 121.35% 
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Books and Works on Paper on January 7th: 110.76% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 12/18 on December 30th: 105.80% 
Heritage AuctionsWorld Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 12/29 on January 5th: 100.95% 


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

Leslie Hindman AuctioneersChicago Collections on January 8th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 12/21 on January 3rd: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsUS Currency Weekly Online - Bidstart 12/29 on January 5th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics, Animation, & Art Weekly Online - bidstart 12/28 on January 4th: 99.87% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters Weekly - Bidstart 12/27 on January 3rd: 99.54% 
Heritage AuctionsWorld Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 12/29 on January 5th: 99.34% 
Alaska AuctionOnline Only Auction on January 6th: 98.25% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 5th: 95.29% 
University ArchivesRare Autographs, Manuscripts, and Books on January 6th: 93.82% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on January 2nd: 93.50% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 12/18 on December 30th: 90.00% 
De Baecque and AssociesStamps and Postcards on January 6th: 89.31% 
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Books and Works on Paper on January 7th: 89.10% 
PBA GalleriesFine Literature - Science Fiction and Mystery on January 7th: 89.01% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - bidstart 12/18 on December 29th: 88.68% 
EldredsOnline Only: Winter Market on January 8th: 84.00% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - bidstart 12/18 on December 28th: 83.52% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 12/25 on January 1st: 82.86% 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. University Archives Einstein Among the Most Important Letters in Private Hands; His Manuscript On the Theory of Relativity, Hitler and the Nazi’s and an Incredible Statement on his own Modesty, In English 1 page Ready f on January 6th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  2. University Archives Adam Smith Rare 4 p. ALS On The Financial and Moral Responsibility of the Son of Royalty on January 6th Actual price: USD $50,000.
  3. University Archives George Washington Superb Letter Re: Battle of Yorktown Giving Thanks for "advantage obtained over the enemy, as it exhibits a noble proof of that ardor & spirit in the allied troops” on January 6th Actual price: USD $31,250.
  4. University Archives Einstein on Unified Field Theory, Space, Matter, and Motion - A Superb Letter Signed in Full on January 6th Actual price: USD $28,125.
  5. University Archives G. Washington Rare Commission For an Indian Fighter alongside W. H. Harrison, and Lewis and Clark in Legion of the United States. on January 6th Actual price: USD $21,250.
  6. University Archives George Washington Requests Three Months’ Pay as Colonel of Virginia Militia, 1754 Extremely Rare this Early on January 6th Actual price: USD $20,000.
  7. University Archives Great Jefferson Letter to His Cousin on Plantation Business on January 6th Actual price: USD $17,500.
  8. University Archives Einstein on his "Cult of Personality" Used to Further Jewish Causes on January 6th Actual price: USD $17,500.
  9. Heritage Auctions The Incredible Hulk #181 (Marvel, 1974) CGC NM+ 9.6 Off-white to white pages. on January 4th Actual price: USD $16,800.
  10. Heritage Auctions Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel, 1961) CGC VG 4.0 Off-white to white pages. on January 4th Actual price: USD $15,600.
  11. Heritage Auctions X-Men #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC FN- 5.5 Cream to off-white pages. on January 4th Actual price: USD $12,600.
  12. University Archives Lee Harvey Oswald Among Finest Known On Trying to Return to the USA: "If I can get the government to drop charges … and get the Russians to let me out…" 3pg. ALS on January 6th Actual price: USD $12,500.
  13. University Archives James Watt ALS Discussing the Grain Millers Opposition to His Albion Mill—Signaling the Start of the Industrial Revolution on January 6th Actual price: USD $11,875.
  14. University Archives "Dallas Morning News" November 23, 1963 Front Page Newspaper Printing Plate! on January 6th Actual price: USD $11,875.
  15. Heritage Auctions The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC VG/FN 5.0 Cream to off-white pages. on January 4th Actual price: USD $10,800.
  16. Catawiki B. V. Biblia Sacra [in custom made cabinet] on December 26th Actual price: USD $10,669.
  17. Heritage Auctions 1948-49 Leaf Jackie Robinson #79 SGC Good 2. on January 3rd Actual price: USD $10,200.
  18. University Archives Babe Ruth, L. Gehrig, T. Cobb, H. Heilmann and more Signed HOF Ball! W. Spence LOA on January 6th Actual price: USD $10,000.
  19. University Archives JFK Assassination Lincoln Continental Hood Ornament Attributed to Have Been on the Presidential Limousine on January 6th Actual price: USD $10,000.
  20. De Baecque and Associes Collection in a large cardboard box about World War II with German and French letters... on January 6th Actual price: USD $8,923.
  21. University Archives James C. Maxwell Superb ALS on January 6th Actual price: USD $8,750.
  22. University Archives President Abraham Lincoln Signs Commission for Captain Wounded at Fredericksburg on January 6th Actual price: USD $8,750.
  23. Heritage Auctions 1948 Leaf Jackie Robinson #79 SGC Fair 1.5. on January 3rd Actual price: USD $7,500.
  24. University Archives Charles Darwin Superb Letter About Mentor Charles Lyell on January 6th Actual price: USD $7,500.
  25. University Archives Huge Lock of Napoleon's Hair Collected Around 1819, Over 50 Strands! on January 6th Actual price: USD $7,500.



21 total sales reported this week:

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago Collections on January 8th: 100.00%
Eldreds. Online Only: Winter Market on January 8th: 84.00%
University Archives. Rare Autographs, Manuscripts, and Books on January 6th: 93.82%
PBA Galleries. Fine Literature - Science Fiction and Mystery on January 7th: 89.01%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on January 7th: 89.10%
Alaska Auction. Online Only Auction on January 6th: 98.25%
De Baecque and Associes. Stamps and Postcards on January 6th: 89.31%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on January 5th: 95.29%
Heritage Auctions. US Currency Weekly Online - Bidstart 12/29 on January 5th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. World Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 12/29 on January 5th: 99.34%
Heritage Auctions. Comics, Animation, & Art Weekly Online - bidstart 12/28 on January 4th: 99.87%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 12/25 on January 1st: 82.86%
Catawiki B. V.. Cartography - Bidstart 12/25 on January 1st: 47.69%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 12/18 on December 30th: 90.00%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - bidstart 12/18 on December 29th: 88.68%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - bidstart 12/18 on December 28th: 83.52%
Catawiki B. V.. Autographs and Manuscripts - bidstart 12/18 on December 27th: 79.49%
Catawiki B. V.. Art and Photography - bidstart 12/18 on December 26th: 46.51%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters Weekly - Bidstart 12/27 on January 3rd: 99.54%
Heritage Auctions. Sports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 12/21 on January 3rd: 100.00%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on January 2nd: 93.50%


For the week ahead 29 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jan. 11th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 81 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - bidstart 1/1. 80 lots

Tue. Jan. 12th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. US Currency Weekly Online - Bidstart 1/5. 836 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. World Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 1/5. 221 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - bidstart 1/1. 30 lots
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . Eclectic Variety - bidstart 1/7. 58 lots

Wed. Jan. 13th
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs and Artifacts: Featuring Social Activists - bidstart 12/18. 835 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Photographs Monthly Online. 104 lots
Litchfield County Auctions. Litchfield. Winter Discovery Auction. 24 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 1/1. 99 lots

Thu. Jan. 14th
Artcurial. Paris. The World of Herge, Tintin's Creator. 107 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Comic Strips. 135 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Art & illustration - Americana - Books in All Fields - Timed Online Auction - bidstart 1/4. 433 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics and Comic Art. 1132 lots
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Lakeville. Rare Books, Maps and Prints - bistart 1/7. 261 lots
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Books by Unit and in Lots. 59 lots
Mirabaud-Mercier Auctioneers. PARIS . L'Epogue Regine. 46 lots

Fri. Jan. 15th
Bruneau & Co. . Cranston. DiscoverIT - Comic and Toy.
Brunk Auctions. Asheville, NC . Asian and Emporium Auction. 90 lots
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Furniture and Fine Art. 29 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 1/8. 112 lots

Sat. Jan. 16th
Christian Hesse Auktionen. Hamburg. Books, Modern Art and Autographs - including The Book Collection of the Barbara Achilles Foundation. 1054 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 200 lots

Sun. Jan. 17th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics, Animation, & Art Weekly Online - bidstart 1/10.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 1/3. 221 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters Weekly - Bidstart 1/10.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. The Robert Laub Blue Collar Collection of Fractional Currency Special Online Auction. 388 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Autographs and Manuscripts - bidstart 1/8. 39 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books - bidstart 1/8. 25 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript, Part 2<br>27 April 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Ronald Reagan. Series of 37 letters to Senator George Murphy, and related material, 1968-90. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Chaim Weizmann. Autograph letter signed, to General Sir Gilbert Clayton, 6 September 1918. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Sir Winston Churchill. Autograph letter signed, to Pamela, Lady Lytton, 1942. £20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript, Part 2<br>27 April 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Oscar Wilde. Five autograph letters signed, to Alsager Vian, 1887. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Napoleon I. Letter signed to Admiral Ganteaume, ordering the invasion of England, 22 August 1805. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Horatio, Viscount Nelson, and Emma Hamilton. Two autograph letter signed, to Catherine and George Matcham, 1805. £6,000 to £8,000.
  • <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>Timed auction, April 29</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1032. RATZER, BERNARD. Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1011. [BROADSIDE]. Life, Last Words and Dying Confession, of Rachel Wall... $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1055. BEATON, CECIL. Scrapbook prepared by Cecil Beaton over the period 1935-1944, with some later inclusions. $800 to $1,200.
    <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>Timed auction, April 29</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1051. ADDAMS, CHARLES. Original drawing "I hope the power doesn't go out until after Masterpiece Theatre." $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1037. The Campaign Speeches of Nixon of Kennedy, inscribed to William Safire by Richard Nixon and secretarially for John Kennedy. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1036. Celebration of the Commencement of Work on Rapid Transit Railroad. March 24th 1900, one o'clock, City Hall Park, New York. $200 to $300.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1005. 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers signed baseball including Jackie Robinson. $3,000 to $5,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Frances Palmer, <i>Battle of Buena Vista,</i> chromolithograph, New York, 1847. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma, the earliest publication concerned solely with chocolate, first edition, Madrid, 1631. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Romans Bernard, <i>An Exact View of the Late Battle at Charlestown, June 17th, 1775,</i> engraving, 1776. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> <i>A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston,</i> English edition, London, 1770. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> William Soule, <i>Lodge of the Plains Indians,</i> albumen print, 1872. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Manuscript document to enforce New York’s “Agreement of Non-Importation” during the heyday of the Sons of Liberty, New York, 1769. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Clarence Mackenzie, <i>Drummer Boy of the 13th Regiment of Brooklyn,</i> salt print with applied color, 1861. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Moses Lopez, <i>A Lunar Calendar,</i> first Jewish calendar published in America, Newport, RI, 1806. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b><br>The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <center><b>Doyle<br>Stage & Screen<br>Auction April 28</b>
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 12. OKLAHOMA! Celeste Holm's vocal score for Oklahoma! inscribed by Richard Rodgers. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 20. WILSON, DOOLEY. Fine inscribed photograph to Celeste Holm with Casablanca reference. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 79. Original production script of the Broadway musical CATS with notes written by Claude Tessier. $600 to $900.
    <center><b>Doyle<br>Stage & Screen<br>Auction April 28</b>
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 139. STEPHEN SONDHEIM. Autographed musical manuscript signed for "Broadway Baby" from Follies. $500 to $800.
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 180.<br>Cecil Beaton. Headdress for Liza at the Ball, from My Fair Lady, circa 1962. $700 to $900.
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 177.<br>Cecil Beaton. Set Design for The Gainsborough Girls, 1951. $2,000 to $3,000.
  • <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 54. Fanciful engraving of earth's interior with magma core and errupting volcanoes (1682). $1500 to $1800.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 165. Rare state of Jefferys' influential map of New England in contemporary color (1755). $8000 to $9500.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 177. Mouzon's foundation map of the Carolinas (1775). $10000 to $13000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 183. Very rare first state of De Fer's map of the Lower Mississippi Valley (1715). $20000 to $25000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 253. Scarce Scottish edition based on Ellicott's plan of Washington, D.C. (1796). $2400 to $3000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 313. Stunning view of Philadelphia by John Bachmann (1850). $3250 to $4250.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 338. Rare Civil War map based on Bucholtz map of Virginia (1862). $9500 to $12000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 667. First map to accurately show Luzon in Philippines (1590). $6000 to $7500.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 682. Rare map of Shanghai International Settlement published just after WWI (1918). $7000 to $9000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 738. Coronelli's superb map of the Pacific showing the Island of California (1697) Est. $2400 - $3000
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 743. A cornerstone piece in the mapping of Australia and New Zealand (1726) Est. $6000 - $7500
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 781. An uncommon signature during Jefferson's Governorship of Virginia (1779) Est. $9500 - $11000