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Rare Book Hub: 51 Auctions Archived, another 46 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Friday, 16 April 2021, 51 auctions were archived to Rare Book Hub’s Transactions+ Database; 1 denominated in Australian dollars, 1 in Danish krone, 18 in euros, 4 in British pounds, and 27 in US dollars.

 

 

Turnover was $29,944,204 as 81% of all lots sold.  Fourteen thousand and forty-six were posted and 11,324 changed hands.

 

 

Collectible paper is now officially a hot sector!

 

5 auctions saw total proceeds reach a million dollars:

SothebysThe Passion of American Collectors: Property of Barbara and Ira Lipman | Highly Important Printed an on April 14th: $12,396,132
ChristiesPrints and Multiples on April 16th: $5,890,000
Heritage AuctionsThe Art of the Disney Theme Park/Disney Storybook Art Collection Signature Auction on April 10th: $1,779,074
JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungOnline Only - Autographs: Day 2 on April 16th: $1,165,699
Heritage AuctionsPhotographs on April 12th: $1,031,994

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

Jacksons AuctionSpring Collector's Choice Auction on April 14th: 322.09%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 3/26 on April 7th: 155.37%
JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungOnline Only - Autographs: Day 2 on April 16th: 150.59%
JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungOnline Only - Autographs: Day 1 on April 15th: 149.98%
De Baecque and AssociesAncient and Modern Books on April 15th: 141.95%
PandolfiniBooks, Manuscripts and Autographs on April 15th: 128.98%
PandolfiniWorks on Paper: 15th - 19th Century Drawings, Paintings and Prints on April 14th: 128.75%
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Books and Works on Paper on April 15th: 123.27%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - bidstart 3/26 on April 5th: 122.73%
Heritage AuctionsHong Kong Spring World Paper Money Special Online Auction on April 11th: 122.59%
Thomson Roddick Auctioneers & ValuersAntiquarian and Collectible Books on April 15th: 118.67%
Bruun RasmussenPrints on April 13th: 118.22%
SothebysThe Passion of American Collectors: Property of Barbara and Ira Lipman | Highly Important Printed an on April 14th: 116.56%
RossiniOnline Sale: Posters - bidstart 9/13 on September 27th: 115.85%
Brunk AuctionsPremier and Emporium Auctions on April 10th: 114.76%
Heritage AuctionsWorld Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 4/6 on April 13th: 110.91%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - bidstart 3/26 on April 6th: 110.37%
Heritage AuctionsUS Currency Weekly Online - Bidstart 4/6 on April 13th: 103.77%


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

William H. Bunch Auctions and AppraisalsOnline Only: Timed Eclectic Variety on April 13th: 100.00%
Heritage AuctionsSports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 3/28 on April 11th: 100.00%
Heritage AuctionsVideo Games and Trading Card Games Weekly Online Auction - bidstart 4/6 on April 13th: 100.00%
Heritage AuctionsWorld Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 4/6 on April 13th: 100.00%
Heritage AuctionsJim Davis: The Art of Garfield on April 15th: 100.00%
Jacksons AuctionSpring Collector's Choice Auction on April 14th: 100.00%
Heritage AuctionsThe Art of the Disney Theme Park/Disney Storybook Art Collection Signature Auction on April 10th: 99.87%
Heritage AuctionsHong Kong Spring World Paper Money Special Online Auction on April 11th: 99.44%
Heritage AuctionsUS Currency Weekly Online - Bidstart 4/6 on April 13th: 99.29%
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters Weekly - Bidstart 4/4 on April 11th: 99.08%
Heritage AuctionsComics, Animation and Art Weekly - Bidstart 4/4 on April 12th: 98.67%
Thomson Roddick Auctioneers & ValuersAntiquarian and Collectible Books on April 15th: 98.64%
Ripley AuctionsSpring Estate Art and Antiques on April 10th: 96.67%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on April 10th: 96.50%
Leland Little AuctionsThe April Estate Auction on April 15th: 96.15%
SothebysThe Passion of American Collectors: Property of Barbara and Ira Lipman | Highly Important Printed an on April 14th: 95.16%
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Books and Works on Paper on April 15th: 92.98%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 3/26 on April 7th: 91.61%
University ArchivesRare Autographs, Manuscripts, and Books on April 14th: 90.34%
North American Auction CompanyEarly Wester and Americana Sale on April 10th: 89.23%
Bruun RasmussenPrints on April 13th: 88.30%
Swann GalleriesPrinted and Manuscript Americana on April 15th: 88.14%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - bidstart 3/26 on April 5th: 88.00%
Brunk AuctionsPremier and Emporium Auctions on April 10th: 87.50%
ChristiesPrints and Multiples on April 16th: 86.08%
JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungOnline Only - Autographs: Day 2 on April 16th: 85.79%
JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungOnline Only - Autographs: Day 1 on April 15th: 85.12%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 4/2 on April 9th: 84.68%
TajanBooks - Online Only on April 13th: 80.81%

Heritage Auctions. Photographs on April 12th: 80.33% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys The Declaration of Independence | The first book-form printing of the Declaration of Independence on April 14th Actual price: USD $504,000.
  2. Christies Cowboys and Indians on April 16th Actual price: USD $500,000.
  3. Sothebys United States Congress | The official printing, signed by Thomas Jefferson, of the "Assumption Act," a cornerstone of Alexander Hamilton's economic program. on April 14th Actual price: USD $403,200.
  4. Sothebys Lincoln, Abraham | The earliest obtainable printing of the Emancipation Proclamation in any form on April 14th Actual price: USD $403,200.
  5. Sothebys (Hamilton, Alexander) | The launch of one of the most consequential careers in American public life on April 14th Actual price: USD $378,000.
  6. Sothebys (Yorktown Campaign—Jean-Nicolas Desandrouins) | A Yorktown Campaign map from the personal archive of the Comte de Rochambeau on April 14th Actual price: USD $352,800.
  7. Sothebys (Paine, Thomas) | "These are the times that try men's souls" on April 14th Actual price: USD $327,600.
  8. Christies Moonwalk on April 16th Actual price: USD $300,000.
  9. Sothebys Psalms: The Bay Psalm Book | The unique surviving copy of the earliest obtainable American edition of the Bay Psalm Book on April 14th Actual price: USD $239,400.
  10. Sothebys Denton, Daniel | Daniel Denton's New-York, one of "the finest American promotional tracts of the seventeenth century" on April 14th Actual price: USD $239,400.
  11. Sothebys (Lincoln, Abraham) | John Wilkes Booth Is Still At Large on April 14th Actual price: USD $214,200.
  12. Sothebys Adams, John | Presentation copy of the rarest presidential book on April 14th Actual price: USD $214,200.
  13. Christies Night on the El Train on April 16th Actual price: USD $187,500.
  14. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756 – 1791. Eigenh. Musikmanuskript, verso Entwürfe für ein Konzertprogramm. (Wien, Januar/Februar 1783 on April 16th Actual price: USD $186,857.
  15. Sothebys Washington, George | The French and Indian War intelligence journal of twenty-one-year-old Major George Washington on April 14th Actual price: USD $176,400.
  16. Sothebys Penn, William | The second major Penn tract promoting Pennsylvania on April 14th Actual price: USD $176,400.
  17. Sothebys (Hamilton, Alexander) | Alexander Hamilton's celebrated Report on Manufactures on April 14th Actual price: USD $163,800.
  18. Christies Sunset on April 16th Actual price: USD $162,500.
  19. Christies Sunset on April 16th Actual price: USD $156,250.
  20. Sothebys Simcoe, John Graves | A legendary rarity, Simcoe's privately printed journal of the American Revolution on April 14th Actual price: USD $151,200.
  21. Sothebys Martin, Luther | The only contemporary account of the inner workings of the Constitutional Convention on April 14th Actual price: USD $151,200.
  22. Sothebys The Articles of Confederation | A quartet of crucial government documents of Virginia and the United States on April 14th Actual price: USD $151,200.
  23. Christies Lithographic Water made of lines, crayon, and a blue wash on April 16th Actual price: USD $150,000.
  24. Sothebys Thévenot, Melchisédech | First publication of the Mississippi Valley discoveries of Marquette and Joliet on April 14th Actual price: USD $144,900.
  25. Christies Grand Tête (Portrait de Jacqueline aux Cheveux lisses) on April 16th Actual price: USD $143,750.





51 total sales reported this week:

Christies. Prints and Multiples on April 16th: 86.08%
Sydney Rare Book Auctions. IDRIESS, MAPS, MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS, AUSTRALIANA on April 16th: 66.67%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Online Only - Autographs: Day 2 on April 16th: 85.79%
Thomson Roddick Auctioneers & Valuers. Antiquarian and Collectible Books on April 15th: 98.64%
Swann Galleries. Printed and Manuscript Americana on April 15th: 88.14%
Skinner. Discovery - Interiors - Online bidstart 4/6 on April 15th: 75.76%
Pandolfini. Books, Manuscripts and Autographs on April 15th: 79.38%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on April 15th: 92.98%
De Baecque and Associes. Ancient and Modern Books on April 15th: 77.37%
De Baecque and Associes. Old Photographs on April 15th: 39.58%
Chiswick Auctions. Photographica on April 15th: 77.45%
Binoche et Giquello. 20th Century Arts on April 15th: 46.94%
Jacksons Auction. Spring Collector's Choice Auction on April 14th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Jim Davis: The Art of Garfield on April 15th: 100.00%
University Archives. Rare Autographs, Manuscripts, and Books on April 14th: 90.34%
PBA Galleries. Fine Books - Fine Press - Fine Bindings - with Food & Drink on April 15th: 74.68%
Leland Little Auctions. The April Estate Auction on April 15th: 96.15%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Online Only - Autographs: Day 1 on April 15th: 85.12%
RR Auction. Fine Autographs and Artifacts - Featuring Hollywood - bidstart 3/26 on April 14th: 68.94%
Pandolfini. Works on Paper: 15th - 19th Century Drawings, Paintings and Prints on April 14th: 73.61%
North American Auction Company. Early Wester and Americana Sale on April 10th: 89.23%
Sothebys. The Passion of American Collectors: Property of Barbara and Ira Lipman | Highly Important Printed an on April 14th: 95.16%
Heritage Auctions. Monthly Photographs Online on April 14th: 71.03%
Tajan. Books - Online Only on April 13th: 80.81%
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Online Only: Timed Eclectic Variety on April 13th: 100.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on April 13th: 88.30%
Heritage Auctions. Video Games and Trading Card Games Weekly Online Auction - bidstart 4/6 on April 13th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. US Currency Weekly Online - Bidstart 4/6 on April 13th: 99.29%
Heritage Auctions. World Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 4/6 on April 13th: 100.00%
Rossini. Online Sale: Posters - bidstart 9/13 on September 27th: 65.33%
Vermot de Pas. NASA Photographs on September 10th: 14.00%
Vermot de Pas. Modern and Antiquarian Books - Art Photography Books on April 3rd: 12.01%
Winter Associates. Fine Furnishings; 19th C. to Mid-Century Paintings & Prints; Jewelry; Miniatures; African Tribal; et on April 12th: 70.73%
Vermot de Pas. HISTORY AND REGIONS OF FRANCE - MANUSCRIPTS, ARCHIVES, PLACARDS on April 12th: 25.00%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Jewelry and Books on April 12th: 41.67%
Heritage Auctions. Hong Kong Spring World Paper Money Special Online Auction on April 11th: 99.44%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters Weekly - Bidstart 4/4 on April 11th: 99.08%
Heritage Auctions. Comics, Animation and Art Weekly - Bidstart 4/4 on April 12th: 98.67%
Heritage Auctions. Photographs on April 12th: 80.33%
Alexander Historical Auctions. Spring Timed Auction on April 11th: 74.23%
Ripley Auctions. Spring Estate Art and Antiques on April 10th: 96.67%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Timed Auction of Boxed Books on April 10th: 55.80%
Brunk Auctions. Premier and Emporium Auctions on April 10th: 87.50%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 4/2 on April 9th: 84.68%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 3/26 on April 7th: 91.61%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - bidstart 3/26 on April 6th: 71.88%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - bidstart 3/26 on April 5th: 88.00%
Catawiki B. V.. Autographs and Manuscripts - bidstart 3/26 on April 4th: 75.00%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on April 10th: 96.50%
Heritage Auctions. Sports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 3/28 on April 11th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. The Art of the Disney Theme Park/Disney Storybook Art Collection Signature Auction on April 10th: 99.87%


For the week ahead 46 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Apr. 19th
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Firenze. Graphics and Books. 1373 lots
Tessier & Sarrou and Associates. Paris. Political Posters and Propaganda. 374 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 103 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - bidstart 4/9. 92 lots

Tue. Apr. 20th
Ader. PARIS. Post-War Prints. 360 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. US Currency Weekly Online - Bidstart 4/13. 630 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. World Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 4/13. 178 lots
Doyle New York. New York. Prints and Multiples. 207 lots
Artcurial. Paris. MORE: Design, Limited Editions, Urban and Photography. 351 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American Historical Ephemera and Photography. 333 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - bidstart 4/9. 24 lots
New England Auctions. South Deerfield. Fine Books and Ephemera. 179 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Video Games and Trading Card Games Weekly Online Auction - bidstart 4/13. 45 lots

Wed. Apr. 21st
Nye & Company Auctioneers. Bloomfield. Estate Treasures Auction. 107 lots
Purcell Auctioneers. Birr. Auction of a Collection of Irish Historical Interest Books Including Maps, Journals, Periodicals, Pa. 685 lots
Sothebys. New York. 50 Masterworks to Celebrate 50 Years of Sotheby’s Photographs. 25 lots
Moreshet Auctions. Jerusalem. Books, Kodesh books, Hassidic books, Rabbinical letters, Manuscripts, Judaika objects and more. 236 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Central States Currency Auction. 1228 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Variety, including Civil War Currency, Prints. 47 lots
Trafford Books. Manchester. Books, Photographs, Cigarette & Trade Cards, Postcards, Stamps and Postal History.. 216 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 4/9. 160 lots
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Online Only: Morton Weekly - bidstart 4/8. 140 lots

Thu. Apr. 22nd
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Constantia. Rare Books, Maps and Prints - bistart 4/15. 358 lots
Christies. New York. Fine Printed and Manuscript Americana - online bidstart 4/8. 53 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Master Drawings, Prints before 1900, Watercolours, Miniatures. 69 lots
Sothebys. New York. Prints and Multiples. 57 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Comics - Timed, Online - bidstart 4/12. 238 lots
Sothebys. London. 50 Masterworks to Celebrate 50 Years of Sotheby’s Photographs. 25 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Space Exploration and Aviation - bidstart 4/15. 724 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Thursday Morning @ Stair. 11 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Variety, including Rare Baseball Cards. 43 lots

Fri. Apr. 23rd
Sothebys. New York. Prints and Multiples, Day Sale - bidstart 4/15. 160 lots
Christies. New York. Illuminated Manuscripts and Early Printed Books from the Collection of Elaine and Alexandre Rosenber. 209 lots
Tessier & Sarrou and Associates. Paris. MARINE & VOYAGE / PETITCOLLOT AND VARIOUS COLLECTION. 30 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Only Banksy. 30 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 4/16. 106 lots

Sat. Apr. 24th
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 200 lots
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . Fine Art and Antiques. 91 lots
Potter and Potter Auctions. Chicago. Spring Magic Auction. 146 lots
Second Story Books. Rockville. Robert Lee Hunter III Comic Book Auction: Part I. 153 lots
Lang's Auction, Inc.. Bouckville. Fishing Tackle and Related Ephemera. 207 lots

Sun. Apr. 25th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics, Animation and Art Weekly - Bidstart 4/18.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters Weekly - Bidstart 4/18.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 4/11. 297 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 4/11.
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Autographs and Manuscripts - bidstart 4/16. 48 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> <i>Westvaco–Inspirations for Printers,</i> 3 volumes, 1938-61. $200 to $300.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Proef van Letteren, <i>Welk gegooten worden in de Nieuwe Haerlemsche Lettergietery,</i> 1768. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Paul Klee, <i>Bauhaus Ausstellung Juli – Sept.,</i> Weimar, 1923. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Michel Seuphor & Jozef Peeters, <i>Het Overzicht Nos.</i> 22-23-24, Antwerp, 1922. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Wolfrum & Co., <i>Modern Graphik, Serie I…,</i> complete portfolio, 1909. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> <i>Gravure et Fonderie deC. Derriey: Specimen-Album,</i> Paris, 1862. $5,000 to $7,500.
  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Science: Books and Manuscripts<br>15-25 May 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Mary Anning. Autograph letter signed, to William Buckland, 24 November 1834. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Bolyai. <i>Scientiam spatii absolute veram exhibens,</i> Maros Vásárhelyi, 1832-1833, 2 volumes, half calf. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Vesalius.<br><i>De humani corporis fabrica,</i> Basel, 1555, modern crushed burgundy morocco. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Science: Books and Manuscripts<br>15-25 May 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Copernicus.<br><i>De revolutionibus orbium coelestium,</i> Nuremberg, 1543, later boards, Rostock duplicate. £70,000 to £100,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Payan-Dumoulin. Profusely illustrated manuscript of fossils, France, c.1875-1979. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Albert Einstein. Autograph letter signed, to his son Albert, 4 November [1915]. £10,000 to £15,000.
  • <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Images of Angling:<br>The David Beazley Collection<br>of Angling Prints<br>Online Sale<br>20th May 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Alken (Henry), after. Salmon Fishing; Fishing in a Punt; Pike Fishing, three works, 1820. £600 to £800.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Early Images of Angling.- Hollar (Wenceslaus) Angling; River Fishing; and Salmon Fishing, after Francis Barlow, 3 engravings, [c. 1671]. £500 to £700.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Rolfe (Henry Leonidas). <i>Studies of Fresh Water Fish,</i> 1851. £500 to £700.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Images of Angling:<br>The David Beazley Collection<br>of Angling Prints<br>Online Sale<br>20th May 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Morland (George), After. A Party Angling; The Anglers' Repast, a pair, mezzotints, 1789. £400 to £600.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Pollard (James), After. Bottom Fishing; Anglers Packing Up, etchings with aquatint, 1831. £400 to £600.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Angling's Age of Romance.- Sayer (Robert, publisher) & J. Bennett. The Angelic Angler, mezzotint, 1781; and another. £300 to £400.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Images of Angling:<br>The David Beazley Collection<br>of Angling Prints<br>Online Sale<br>20th May 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Fishing Satire.- London.- Roberts (Piercy). Patience at Paddington or angling in the Junction Canal, etching after Woodward, 1807; together with Woodward's 'Angling at Sadler's Wells', and another, 1794. £300 to £400.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Fishing Satire - Cats Fishing.- Seymour (Robert). Waltonizing or - Green-land Fisherman, [c. 1830s]; together with 3 lithographs of cats fishing, [c. 1830s]. £300 to £400.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Fishing Portraits.- Zoffany (Johan), After. Master James Sayer, at the age of 13, mezzotint by Richard Houston, 1772. £300 to £400.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Images of Angling:<br>The David Beazley Collection<br>of Angling Prints<br>Online Sale<br>20th May 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Wilkinson (Norman). Come to Britain for Fishing, lithographic poster, [c. 1947]. £300 to £400.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Scottish Fishing.- Heath (William). Sporting in the Scottish Isles no. III. Salmon Fishing, 1835; and another. £150 to £200.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Simpson (Joseph). The Border Angler, drypoint, [c. 1927]. £150 to £200.