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Rare Book Hub: 45 Auctions Archived, another 32 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Friday, 30 April 2021, 45 auctions were archived to Rare Book Hub’s Transactions+ Database; 1 denominated in Danish krone, 11 in euros, 7 in British pounds, 2 in Mexican pesos, and 24 in US dollars.

 

Turnover was $14,274,738 as 87% of all lots sold.  Eight thousand seven-hundred-sixty-two were posted and 7,395 changed  hands.

 

The world of rare paper is transforming.

 
 
3 auctions saw total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Heritage AuctionsCentral States Currency Auction on April 23rd: $5,548,688
ChristiesBooks, Manuscripts, Photographs: from the Middle Ages to the Moon - bidstart 4/14 on April 28th: $1,592,314
BonhamsPrints and Multiples on April 28th: $1,319,433
 

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

Lang's Auction, Inc.Fishing Tackle and Related Ephemera on April 25th: 293.81%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - bidstart 4/9 on April 20th: 172.02%
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Antiquarian and Modern Literature and Illustrated Books on April 29th: 159.96%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 4/9 on April 21st: 158.62%
SothebysCollection of a Connoisseur: History in Manuscript, Part 2 - bidstart 4/15 on April 27th: 158.53%
Chorley'sCollections from The Laskett | Modern Art & Design on April 28th: 157.35%
OSENATBooks and Manuscripts on April 29th: 147.57%
Lyon and TurnbullModern Made | Design on the Move: Posters from the Shell Heritage Art Collection on April 29th: 145.10%
Doyle New YorkRare Books, Autographs, and Maps on April 29th: 144.54%
Dirk Soulis AuctionsFine Art and Antiques on April 24th: 133.42%
Lion Heart AutographsHidden Away for Decades, Two Extraordinary Autograph Collections Are Now Back on the Market on April 28th: 124.98%
Heritage AuctionsWorld Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 4/20 on April 27th: 123.54%
Potter and Potter AuctionsSpring Magic Auction on April 24th: 121.53%
Litchfield County AuctionsGiant Steps: Fine, Modern and Contemporary Art on April 29th: 114.36%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - bidstart 4/9 on April 19th: 111.27%
Tessier & Sarrou and AssociatesMARINE & VOYAGE / PETITCOLLOT AND VARIOUS COLLECTION on April 23rd: 110.65%
Nye & Company AuctioneersDiscovery in the Backyard on April 29th: 108.01%
Bruun RasmussenPrints on April 27th: 107.34%
Doyle New YorkStage and Screen on April 28th: 106.99%
Heritage AuctionsUS Currency Weekly Online - Bidstart 4/20 on April 27th: 105.91%
Catawiki B. V.Autographs and Manuscripts - bidstart 4/9 on April 18th: 102.99%
EldredsThe April Marine Sale - Session 1 on April 29th: 101.84%


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

Heritage AuctionsWorld Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 4/20 on April 27th: 100.00%
Lang's Auction, Inc.Fishing Tackle and Related Ephemera on April 25th: 100.00%
Heritage AuctionsVideo Games and Trading Card Games Weekly Online Auction - bidstart 4/20 on April 27th: 100.00%
Potter and Potter AuctionsSpring Magic Auction on April 24th: 100.00%
Lyon and TurnbullModern Made | Design on the Move: Posters from the Shell Heritage Art Collection on April 29th: 100.00%
William H. Bunch Auctions and AppraisalsOnline Only: Timed Eclectic Variety on April 27th: 100.00%
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters Weekly - Bidstart 4/18 on April 25th: 99.82%
Heritage AuctionsUS Currency Weekly Online - Bidstart 4/20 on April 27th: 99.69%
Heritage AuctionsSports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 4/11 on April 25th: 99.66%
Heritage AuctionsComics, Animation and Art Weekly - Bidstart 4/18 on April 26th: 99.06%
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Antiquarian and Modern Literature and Illustrated Books on April 29th: 98.68%
Chorley'sCollections from The Laskett | Modern Art & Design on April 28th: 97.09%
SothebysCollection of a Connoisseur: History in Manuscript, Part 2 - bidstart 4/15 on April 27th: 94.07%
Bruun RasmussenPrints on April 27th: 94.00%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 4/9 on April 21st: 93.13%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on April 24th: 93.00%
OSENATBooks and Manuscripts on April 29th: 92.98%
Dirk Soulis AuctionsFine Art and Antiques on April 24th: 92.31%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - bidstart 4/9 on April 20th: 91.67%
Heritage AuctionsCentral States Currency Auction on April 23rd: 91.53%
EldredsApril Marine Sale - Session 2 on April 30th: 90.91%
Litchfield County AuctionsGiant Steps: Fine, Modern and Contemporary Art on April 29th: 90.48%
Revere AuctionsNotable Studio & Art Pottery, Fine & Decorative Art on April 28th: 90.48%
Nye & Company AuctioneersDiscovery in the Backyard on April 29th: 90.28%
Tessier & Sarrou and AssociatesMARINE & VOYAGE / PETITCOLLOT AND VARIOUS COLLECTION on April 23rd: 90.00%
Doyle New YorkRare Books, Autographs, and Maps on April 29th: 87.80%
Catawiki B. V.Autographs and Manuscripts - bidstart 4/9 on April 18th: 87.50%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - bidstart 4/9 on April 19th: 85.87%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 4/16 on April 23rd: 85.85%
Doyle New YorkStage and Screen on April 28th: 84.85%
ALDETravel Books - Maps - Oriental Manuscripts on April 29th: 81.95%
BonhamsPrints and Multiples on April 28th: 81.56%

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions Fr. 2230-J $10,000 1928 Federal Reserve Note. PMG Very Fine 30. on April 23rd Actual price: USD $456,000.
  2. Bonhams Girl with Balloon on April 28th Actual price: USD $196,253.
  3. Heritage Auctions Fr. 2221-H $5,000 1934 Federal Reserve Note. PMG Choice Uncirculated 64. on April 23rd Actual price: USD $168,000.
  4. Doyle New York Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. on April 29th Actual price: USD $151,200.
  5. Heritage Auctions Fr. 2221-K $5,000 1934 Federal Reserve Note. PMG Choice About Unc 58. on April 23rd Actual price: USD $144,000.
  6. Bonhams Love Is In The Air on April 28th Actual price: USD $122,245.
  7. Lion Heart Autographs Unique 1790 Hamilton ALS to Madison Mentioning Jefferson: Only Letter Between the Two Ever to Appear at Auction, and Likely the Only One in Private Hands on April 28th Actual price: USD $108,900.
  8. Heritage Auctions D(aniel) N. Morgan Courtesy Autographed Fr. 224 $1 1896 Silver Certificates Uncut Sheet of Four Serial Numbers 5-8 PCGS Choice About New 55. on April 23rd Actual price: USD $108,000.
  9. Heritage Auctions Fr. 1255a 10¢ Third Issue Hand Signed Green Back PMG Extremely Fine 40. on April 23rd Actual price: USD $108,000.
  10. Sothebys Napoleon I | letter signed to Admiral Ganteaume, ordering the invasion of England, 22 August 1805 on April 27th Actual price: USD $105,228.
  11. Sothebys Sir Winston Churchill | autograph letter signed, to Pamela, Lady Lytton, 1942 on April 27th Actual price: USD $105,228.
  12. Sothebys Winston Churchill | autograph letter signed, to T.E. Lawrence, praising Seven Pillars of Wisdom, 16 May 1927 on April 27th Actual price: USD $96,459.
  13. Heritage Auctions Fr. 1352 50¢ Third Issue Justice PCGS Banknote Choice Unc 64 PPQ. on April 23rd Actual price: USD $96,000.
  14. Christies Liber chronicarum. on April 28th Actual price: USD $95,776.
  15. Christies Liber chronicarum German:] Das Buch der Croniken und Geschichten. Translated by Georg Alt (c.1450-1510). on April 28th Actual price: USD $83,586.
  16. Christies Four Gospels, in Armenian, illuminated manuscript on vellum, Marunan, Sos (New Julfa, Isfahan) on April 28th Actual price: USD $83,586.
  17. Christies Lives of Saints and devotional readings, in Coptic, decorated manuscript on paper on April 28th Actual price: USD $83,586.
  18. Christies Dissolve The Ego, So Your Soul Can Emerge...., 2019 on April 27th Actual price: USD $78,294.
  19. Heritage Auctions Fr. 329 $50 1880 Silver Certificate PCGS About New 53PPQ. on April 23rd Actual price: USD $72,000.
  20. Christies Portrait of John Keats at Wentworth Place on the day of his composing 'Ode to a Nightingale' on April 28th Actual price: USD $69,655.
  21. Sothebys Peter I, Emperor of Russia | Important letter signed about Charles XII of Sweden, 30 November 1711 on April 27th Actual price: USD $66,644.
  22. Bonhams Barcode on April 28th Actual price: USD $66,521.
  23. Heritage Auctions Four Consecutive Fr. 236 $1 1899 Mule Silver Certificates PMG Choice About Unc 58 EPQ, Gem Uncirculated 65 EPQ, and (2) Gem Uncirculated 66 EPQ. on April 23rd Actual price: USD $66,000.
  24. Sothebys Napoleon I | letter signed, to Admiral Villeneuve, ordering the invasion of England, 22 August 1805 on April 27th Actual price: USD $61,383.
  25. Christies De Curtorum Chirurgia per insitionem. on April 28th Actual price: USD $60,948.




45 total sales reported this week:

Soler Y Llach. Vintage Posters, Advertising and Cinema on April 28th: 38.20%
Eldreds. April Marine Sale - Session 2 on April 30th: 90.91%
Second Story Books. Robert Lee Hunter III Comic Book Auction: Part I on April 24th: 7.19%
Chorley's. Collections from The Laskett | Modern Art & Design on April 28th: 97.09%
Rossini. Classic Interiors on April 29th: 45.83%
PBA Galleries. California & the West. With Americana - Travel - Maps on April 29th: 68.28%
OSENAT. Books and Manuscripts on April 29th: 92.98%
Nye & Company Auctioneers. Discovery in the Backyard on April 29th: 90.28%
Lyon and Turnbull. Modern Made | Design on the Move: Posters from the Shell Heritage Art Collection on April 29th: 100.00%
Litchfield County Auctions. Giant Steps: Fine, Modern and Contemporary Art on April 29th: 90.48%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Antiquarian and Modern Literature and Illustrated Books on April 29th: 98.68%
ALDE. Travel Books - Maps - Oriental Manuscripts on April 29th: 81.95%
Eldreds. The April Marine Sale - Session 1 on April 29th: 75.00%
Doyle New York. Rare Books, Autographs, and Maps on April 29th: 87.80%
Revere Auctions. Notable Studio & Art Pottery, Fine & Decorative Art on April 28th: 90.48%
Morton Subastas. Weekly Auction - including Prints and Books - bidstart 4/14 on April 28th: 30.38%
Lion Heart Autographs. Hidden Away for Decades, Two Extraordinary Autograph Collections Are Now Back on the Market on April 28th: 76.97%
Christies. Books, Manuscripts, Photographs: from the Middle Ages to the Moon - bidstart 4/14 on April 28th: 78.77%
Doyle New York. Stage and Screen on April 28th: 84.85%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on April 28th: 81.56%
Lang's Auction, Inc.. Fishing Tackle and Related Ephemera on April 25th: 100.00%
Potter and Potter Auctions. Spring Magic Auction on April 24th: 100.00%
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Online Only: Timed Eclectic Variety on April 27th: 100.00%
Sothebys. Collection of a Connoisseur: History in Manuscript, Part 2 - bidstart 4/15 on April 27th: 94.07%
Morton Subastas. Antiquarian and Contemporary Books on April 27th: 33.60%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. A Gentleman's Pursuits on April 27th: 79.07%
Freemans. American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Art on April 27th: 72.73%
Christies. Wisdom and Natures on April 27th: 66.67%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on April 27th: 94.00%
Heritage Auctions. US Currency Weekly Online - Bidstart 4/20 on April 27th: 99.69%
Heritage Auctions. World Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 4/20 on April 27th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Video Games and Trading Card Games Weekly Online Auction - bidstart 4/20 on April 27th: 100.00%
Tessier & Sarrou and Associates. MARINE & VOYAGE / PETITCOLLOT AND VARIOUS COLLECTION on April 23rd: 90.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters Weekly - Bidstart 4/18 on April 25th: 99.82%
Heritage Auctions. Comics, Animation and Art Weekly - Bidstart 4/18 on April 26th: 99.06%
Heritage Auctions. Sports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 4/11 on April 25th: 99.66%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Fine Art and Antiques on April 24th: 92.31%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 4/16 on April 23rd: 85.85%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 4/9 on April 21st: 93.13%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - bidstart 4/9 on April 20th: 91.67%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - bidstart 4/9 on April 19th: 85.87%
Catawiki B. V.. Books on April 18th: 55.00%
Catawiki B. V.. Autographs and Manuscripts - bidstart 4/9 on April 18th: 87.50%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on April 24th: 93.00%
Heritage Auctions. Central States Currency Auction on April 23rd: 91.53%


For the week ahead 32 sales are scheduled:

Mon. May. 3rd
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - bidstart 4/23. 65 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 134 lots

Tue. May. 4th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. US Currency Weekly Online - Bidstart 4/27. 523 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. World Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 4/27. 199 lots
Tessier & Sarrou and Associates. Paris. Online Sale - Books (Starting Price 1 Euro). 550 lots
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . Eclectic Variety - bidstart 4/30. 43 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - bidstart 4/23. 46 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Video Games and Trading Card Games Weekly Online Auction - bidstart 4/27. 51 lots

Wed. May. 5th
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Prints and Multiples. 182 lots
Finarte. Milan. Photographs: Under 1K. 432 lots
Bonhams. London. Entertainment Memorabilia. 317 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 4/23. 106 lots
Rossini. Paris. PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES, LITHOGRAPHS, 19TH CENTURY, MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY. 122 lots

Thu. May. 6th
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 308 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Old Master and Modern Prints. 458 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Books, Engravings and Old Papers. 345 lots
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. 75172 Pforzheim. Books and Art. 3616 lots
Aste Bolaffi. Turin. Sports Memorabilia - Internet live. 36 lots
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. The May Estate Auction. 44 lots
Kestenbaum and Company. Brooklyn. K2 JUDAICA SALE: RARE PRINTED BOOKS, MANUSCRIPTS, AUTOGRAPH LETTERS, GRAPHIC & CEREMONIAL ARTS. 210 lots

Fri. May. 7th
Chiswick Auctions. London. Photographica. 143 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 256 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 4/30. 70 lots

Sat. May. 8th
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Discovery Auction - Fine and Decorative Arts. 28 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Spring Sports Catalogue Auction. 2416 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 200 lots

Sun. May. 9th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics, Animation and Art Weekly - Bidstart 5/2.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters Weekly - Bidstart 5/2.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 4/25. 235 lots
Mirabaud-Mercier Auctioneers. PARIS . VINTAGE POSTERS FROM COLLECTORS FROM POSTER COLLECTIONS 1880 UPTO CONTEMPORY. 2479 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Autographs and Manuscripts - bidstart 4/30. 35 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Books - bidstart 4/30. 25 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.