Auction Update Review

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Rare Book Hub: 52 Auctions Archived, another 44 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Friday, 20 May 2022, 52 auctions were archived to Rare Book Hub’s Transactions+ database, 1 denominated in Australian dollars, 1 in Danish krone, 17 in euros, 10 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 22 in US dollars.

 

Turnover this past week was $51,490,515 as 85% of all lots sold.  There were 15,379 offers posted and 13,034 changed hands.  The average lot sold for $3,950.

 

The distance between the exceptional and very good is widening.

 

Nevertheless, it's well worth to run your keywords for opportunities.  There are interesting stories in the deep details.

 

 

5 auctions saw total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Heritage AuctionsSports Catalog Auction on May 14th: $16,197,856
ChristiesThe Surrealist World of Rosalind Gersten Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs on May 14th: $15,909,714
SothebysThe Library of Henry Rogers Broughton, 2nd Baron Fairhaven on May 18th: $6,962,958
SothebysContemporary Day Auction on May 20th: $4,160,520
ALDEA Century of Literature: 1918-2018 on May 19th: $1,184,366
 

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

Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - bidstart 4/29 on May 9th: 1396.89%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 4/29 on May 8th: 404.33%
Heritage AuctionsWorld Currency Weekly - bidstart 5/10 on May 17th: 176.99%
Catawiki B. V.Arabic Books and Manuscripts - bidstart 4/29 on May 8th: 167.41%
Tennants AuctioneersBooks, Maps and Manuscripts on May 18th: 163.90%
ALDEA Century of Literature: 1918-2018 on May 19th: 162.05%
ChristiesThe Surrealist World of Rosalind Gersten Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs on May 14th: 153.67%
SothebysThe Library of Henry Rogers Broughton, 2nd Baron Fairhaven on May 18th: 147.95%
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps & Documents, Travel & Exploration, British Topography on May 11th: 144.48%
ChristiesThe Surrealist World of Rosalind Gersten Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs, Online - bidstart 5/2 on May 18th: 136.03%
De Baecque and AssociesScientific and Medical Books on May 13th: 128.10%
PIASAMemories of Brasil: Photographs of the 19th and 20th Centuries on May 18th: 126.14%
SothebysIreland / France: Art & Literature - bidstart 5/9 on May 16th: 117.43%
Binoche et GiquelloA. S. LaBarthe Collection of Modern Books and Autographs on May 13th: 115.14%
Rachel Davis Fine ArtsDiscovery Auction on May 14th: 106.51%


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

Schilb AntiquarianRARE BOOKS With NO RESERVE NO BUYERS PREMIUM! on May 15th: 100.00%
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Video Games and Playing Cards - bidstart 5/10 on May 17th: 100.00%
Heritage AuctionsWednesday Comic Art & Animation Select Auction - bidstart 5/11 on May 18th: 99.70%
Heritage AuctionsComics, Animation and Art Weekly - bidstart 5/8 on May 16th: 99.70%
Heritage AuctionsSports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 5/1 on May 15th: 99.66%
Early AmericanEarly American History Auction on May 14th: 99.57%
Heritage AuctionsWorld Currency Weekly - bidstart 5/10 on May 17th: 99.43%
Heritage AuctionsUS Currency Weekly - bidstart 5/10 on May 17th: 99.06%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksTrillium Antique Prints & Rare Books: Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper - on May 14th: 99.00%
Heritage AuctionsMusic Memorabilia Signature Auction on May 15th: 98.72%
Heritage AuctionsSports Catalog Auction on May 14th: 98.39%
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters Weekly - bidstart 5/8 on May 15th: 96.13%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 4/29 on May 8th: 95.56%
ALDEA Century of Literature: 1918-2018 on May 19th: 94.40%
Tennants AuctioneersBooks, Maps and Manuscripts on May 18th: 94.18%
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps & Documents, Travel & Exploration, British Topography on May 11th: 93.05%
PIASAMemories of Brasil: Photographs of the 19th and 20th Centuries on May 18th: 92.86%
ChristiesThe Surrealist World of Rosalind Gersten Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs, Online - bidstart 5/2 on May 18th: 89.36%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 4/29 on May 11th: 89.34%
William H. Bunch Auctions and AppraisalsEclectic Variety Auction - bidstart 5/11 on May 17th: 88.33%
SothebysIreland / France: Art & Literature - bidstart 5/9 on May 16th: 87.50%
SothebysThe Library of Henry Rogers Broughton, 2nd Baron Fairhaven on May 18th: 87.35%
Sydney Rare Book AuctionsPre-Election Sale on May 20th: 87.16%
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Books and Works on Paper on May 19th: 87.05%
Binoche et GiquelloA. S. LaBarthe Collection of Modern Books and Autographs on May 13th: 85.57%
ChristiesThe Surrealist World of Rosalind Gersten Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs on May 14th: 85.19%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - bidstart 4/29 on May 10th: 84.62%
Rachel Davis Fine ArtsDiscovery Auction on May 14th: 84.62%
Catawiki B. V.Arabic Books and Manuscripts - bidstart 4/29 on May 8th: 83.33%
SothebysContemporary Day Auction on May 20th: 83.33%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - bidstart 4/29 on May 9th: 82.54%
Bruun RasmussenModern Art and Design - Prints on May 17th: 81.18%
SothebysLorenz Bäumer Collectionneur ! bidstart 5/11 on May 17th: 80.65%
Catawiki B. V.Autographs and Manuscripts - bidstart 4/29 on May 8th: 80.00%
 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies Le Violon d'Ingres, 1924 on May 14th Actual price: USD $12,412,500.
  2. Christies Le modèle rouge on May 14th Actual price: USD $2,100,000.
  3. Sothebys Mao (Feldman & Schellmann II.90-99) on May 20th Actual price: USD $1,008,000.
  4. Sothebys Untitled (Cowboys) on May 20th Actual price: USD $724,500.
  5. Sothebys Untitled (Unique) on May 20th Actual price: USD $693,000.
  6. Heritage Auctions 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle Rookie #253 PSA NM-MT 8. on May 14th Actual price: USD $468,000.
  7. Sothebys New York, Stock Exchange on May 20th Actual price: USD $453,600.
  8. Sothebys Oriental Scenery, London, 1795-1807 [but 1841], 6 parts in 3 volumes, folio on May 18th Actual price: USD $390,208.
  9. Sothebys The Birds of Australia, [1840-] 1848-1869, 8 volumes including Supplement on May 18th Actual price: USD $374,600.
  10. Heritage Auctions 1916 M101-4 Sporting News Babe Ruth Rookie #151 SGC VG+ 3.5. on May 14th Actual price: USD $324,000.
  11. Christies Rayograph, 192 0s on May 14th Actual price: USD $302,400.
  12. Christies La Prière, 1930 on May 14th Actual price: USD $289,800.
  13. Sothebys Hortus indicus malabaricus, Amsterdam, 1678-1693, 12 parts in 6 volumes, contemporary armorial vellum on May 18th Actual price: USD $280,950.
  14. Sothebys The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, New York, 1845-1848, 3 volumes on May 18th Actual price: USD $249,733.
  15. Sothebys The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands... London, 1731-1743, 2 volumes on May 18th Actual price: USD $234,125.
  16. Heritage Auctions 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 SGC EX/NM+ 6.5. on May 14th Actual price: USD $228,000.
  17. Sothebys Untitled (two women, two men, in three-quarter profile) on May 20th Actual price: USD $226,800.
  18. Sothebys The birds of New Guinea, 1875-1888, 5 volumes, contemporary green half morocco on May 18th Actual price: USD $218,517.
  19. Sothebys An album of botanical drawings by Bessa et al. from the collection of the Duchesse de Berry on May 18th Actual price: USD $202,908.
  20. Heritage Auctions 1971 Topps Thurman Munson #5 PSA Mint 9 - Pop Four, None Higher! on May 14th Actual price: USD $199,999.
  21. Sothebys Untitled (Cowboy with Steer) on May 20th Actual price: USD $189,000.
  22. Heritage Auctions 1952 Topps Willie Mays #261 PSA NM-MT 8. on May 14th Actual price: USD $180,000.
  23. Heritage Auctions 1986 Fleer Basketball Wax Box with 36 Original Unopened Packs as Issued By Fleer! on May 14th Actual price: USD $174,000.
  24. Sothebys Gucci on May 20th Actual price: USD $163,800.
  25. Sothebys Choix des plus belles fleurs, 36 original parts, 1827 [-1833] on May 18th Actual price: USD $156,083.


52 total sales reported this week:

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries. The Art of Japan on May 20th: 57.80%
Sydney Rare Book Auctions. Pre-Election Sale on May 20th: 87.16%
Sothebys. Contemporary Day Auction on May 20th: 83.33%
Finarte. Prints and Multiples on May 20th: 74.15%
Christies. The Surrealist World of Rosalind Gersten Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs, Online - bidstart 5/2 on May 18th: 89.36%
De Baecque and Associes. Scientific and Medical Books on May 13th: 67.87%
Swann Galleries. Graphic Design on May 19th: 72.93%
Sothebys. Contemporary Discoveries - bidstart 5/13 on May 19th: 57.14%
RR Auction. Marvels of Modern Music - bidstart 4/14 on May 19th: 59.77%
PBA Galleries. Fine Literature on May 19th: 76.59%
Morton Subastas. Graphic Work and Photography on May 19th: 38.06%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on May 19th: 87.05%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Medals, Militaria & Historic Aviation on May 18th: 74.04%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. 19th & 20th Century Photography, Cameras & Accessories on May 19th: 70.36%
ALDE. Original Bindings and Modern Illustrated Books on May 12th: 48.01%
ALDE. A Century of Literature: 1918-2018 on May 19th: 94.40%
Trafford Books. Books, Prints, Ephemera, Autographs, Photographs, Postcards, Stamps and Postal History. on May 18th: 68.33%
Tennants Auctioneers. Books, Maps and Manuscripts on May 18th: 94.18%
Sothebys. The Library of Henry Rogers Broughton, 2nd Baron Fairhaven on May 18th: 87.35%
PIASA. Memories of Brasil: Photographs of the 19th and 20th Centuries on May 18th: 92.86%
Christies. Moonshots: Space Photography 1950-1999 - bidstart 5/4 on May 18th: 74.91%
Bonhams. Picassomania on May 18th: 77.78%
Heritage Auctions. Wednesday Comic Art & Animation Select Auction - bidstart 5/11 on May 18th: 99.70%
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Eclectic Variety Auction - bidstart 5/11 on May 17th: 88.33%
Sothebys. Lorenz Bäumer Collectionneur ! bidstart 5/11 on May 17th: 80.65%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern Art and Design - Prints on May 17th: 81.18%
Artcurial. THE NATIVE AMERICANS AS SEEN BY EUROPEANS, 1800-1960 Isabelle & Hervé Poulain Collection on May 17th: 47.83%
Heritage Auctions. Comics, Animation and Art Weekly - bidstart 5/8 on May 16th: 99.70%
Heritage Auctions. World Currency Weekly - bidstart 5/10 on May 17th: 99.43%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Video Games and Playing Cards - bidstart 5/10 on May 17th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 5/1 on May 15th: 99.66%
Heritage Auctions. US Currency Weekly - bidstart 5/10 on May 17th: 99.06%
Sothebys. Ireland / France: Art & Literature - bidstart 5/9 on May 16th: 87.50%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Discovery Auction on May 14th: 84.62%
Michaans Auctions. May Gallery Sale on May 14th: 64.58%
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques - Day 3 on May 14th: 41.89%
Schilb Antiquarian. RARE BOOKS With NO RESERVE NO BUYERS PREMIUM! on May 15th: 100.00%
Early American. Early American History Auction on May 14th: 99.57%
Christies. The Surrealist World of Rosalind Gersten Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs on May 14th: 85.19%
Binoche et Giquello. A. S. LaBarthe Collection of Modern Books and Autographs on May 13th: 85.57%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps & Documents, Travel & Exploration, British Topography on May 11th: 93.05%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (pre-1800) - bidstart 5/6 on May 13th: 67.07%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 4/29 on May 11th: 89.34%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - bidstart 4/29 on May 10th: 84.62%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - bidstart 4/29 on May 9th: 82.54%
Catawiki B. V.. Arabic Books and Manuscripts - bidstart 4/29 on May 8th: 83.33%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 4/29 on May 8th: 95.56%
Catawiki B. V.. Autographs and Manuscripts - bidstart 4/29 on May 8th: 80.00%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books: Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper - on May 14th: 99.00%
Heritage Auctions. Music Memorabilia Signature Auction on May 15th: 98.72%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters Weekly - bidstart 5/8 on May 15th: 96.13%
Heritage Auctions. Sports Catalog Auction on May 14th: 98.39%


For the week ahead 44 sales are scheduled:

Mon. May. 23rd
Ader. PARIS. Posters - Michel Romand Collection. 190 lots
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. Sale of original editions from a private collection. 146 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (pre-1700) - bidstart 5/13. 72 lots
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . MUSEUM DEACCESSIONS & CT ESTATES: AM. & CONT. ART & ANTIQUES; TIFFANY & VAN CLEEF JEWELRY; TIFFANY &. 31 lots

Tue. May. 24th
Artcurial. Paris. Limited Editions. 150 lots
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Books, Maps and Prints. 462 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. US Currency Weekly - bidstart 5/17. 370 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Video Games and Playing Cards - bidstart 5/17. 76 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. World Currency Weekly - bidstart 5/17. 148 lots
Chiswick Auctions. London. 19th and 20th Century Photographs. 396 lots
Ader. PARIS. Posters - Michel Romand Collection. 161 lots
Christies. Paris. Fashion Photographs from the Suzanne von Meiss Collection - bidstart 5/12. 54 lots
Christies. Paris. Photographs. 123 lots
Sothebys. London. Travel, Photographs, Maps and Natural History - bidstart 5/12. 48 lots
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . Eclectic Variety - online only - bidstart 5/13. 26 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Photographs. 473 lots
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Auction of Old and Contemporary Books. 210 lots
Kedem Auctions Ltd.. Jerusalem . Rare And Important Items. 105 lots
Kedem Auctions Ltd.. Jerusalem . The Leo Rapaport Collection. 54 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern Art and Design - Prints. 54 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (pre-1600) - bidstart 5/13. 31 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Maps and Views. 525 lots

Wed. May. 25th
Christies. New York. The Private Collection of William S. Reese Part One. 100 lots
Nye & Company Auctioneers. Bloomfield. Estate Treasures Auction. 34 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Postcards; Cigarette and Trade Cards; Photographs, Autographs and Ephemera. 230 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Wednesday Comic Art & Animation Select Auction - bidstart 5/18. 294 lots
Aspire Art Auctions. Illovo. Timed Online Book Sale. 118 lots
Christies. New York. Adams & Company: Photographs of the American West including Property from the Peter Fetterman Collec. 50 lots
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Unreserved @ Neal - Day 1. 74 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (pre-1800) - bidstart 10/15/13. 113 lots

Thu. May. 26th
ALDE. Paris. Manuscripts and Autographs.
Christies. New York. The Private Collection of William S. Reese Part Two. 275 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. 394 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Jim Davis: The Art of Garfield Showcase Auction. 88 lots
Skinner. Marlborough. Prints and Photographs - online - bidstart 5/16. 152 lots
Ripley Auctions. Indianapolis. Annual Indy 500 & Racing Memorabilia.

Fri. May. 27th
Rossini. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 554 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (pre-1800) - bidstart 5/20. 87 lots

Sat. May. 28th
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books: Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper -. 200 lots

Sun. May. 29th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics, Animation and Art Weekly - bidstart 5/22.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters Weekly - bidstart 5/22.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 5/15. 242 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters Showcase Auction. 475 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Autographs and Manuscripts - bidstart 5/20. 67 lots

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RBH and AE

  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> Scott Joplin, <i>Treemonisha: Opera in Three Acts,</i> New York, 1911. Sold March 24 — $40,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Louisa May Alcott, autograph letter signed, 1868. Sold June 2 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Anne Bradstreet, <i>Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning, full of Delight,</i> Boston, 1758. Sold June 2 — $21,250.
    <b>Swann:</b> William Shakespeare, <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies. The Second Impression,</i> London, 1632. Sold May 5 — $161,000.
    <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> John Bachmann, <i>Panorama of the Seat of War,</i> New York, 1861-62. Sold June 23 — $35,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Charlotte Bronte, <i>Jane Eyre,</i> first edition, London, 1847. Sold June 16 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Elihu Vedder, <i>Simple Simon, His Book,</i> 1913. Sold June 9 — $12,350.
    <b>Swann:</b> Frederick Catherwood, <i>Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan,</i> London, 1844. Sold April 7 — $37,500.
  • <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Summer Auction<br>July 9 & 10, 2022</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> 1805 TN Supreme Court Book, John Overton and Hugh White Opinions. $800 to $900.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> TN Lunsford Bramlett Archive, incl. Polk White House Invitation, 8 Items. $400 to $500.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> Civil War Archive, incl. Gen. Bate on Death of Polk, Capture of Nashville. $2,000 to $2,400.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Summer Auction<br>July 9 & 10, 2022</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> 5 Dickens 1st Ed. Books, incl. Edited by Author. $800 to $1,000.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> Charles Dickens, 5 Christmas Books, 1st Eds. $800 to $1,000.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> 2 Slave Documents, Nashville TN & North Carolina. $700 to $900.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Summer Auction<br>July 9 & 10, 2022</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> 3 Maurice Sendak Signed Items, incl. Nutcracker, Pierre. $500 to $600.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> 7 Phillip Roth Hardcover Books, incl. Author Signed, 1st Eds. $500 to $550.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> 6 Kurt Vonnegut Hardcover Books, incl. Author Signed, 1st Eds. $400 to $500.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Summer Auction<br>July 9 & 10, 2022</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> 3 Edward Gorey Items, incl. Print + 2 Books. $400 to $500.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> Josef Albers, INTERACTION OF COLOR, 1963. $800 to $900.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> Henri Matisse Jazz Portfolio for MOMA, 1st Ed., 1983. $600 to $800.