• <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> [EINSTEIN, ALBERT]; JOHN GRAUDENZ [PHOTOGRAPHER]. Photographic portrait of Albert Einstein by John Graudenz, taken circa 1928. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> ENIGMA M4. A fully operational four-rotor ("M4") Kriegsmarine Enigma Cipher Machine. Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Germany, Heimsoeth und Rinke, 1942. $300,000 to $500,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> FEYNMAN, RICHARD P. <i>“Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman”. Adventures of a Curious Character.</i> New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1985. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> An intact egg of the Aepyornis Maximus, or Elephant Bird. Pre-17th century, Madagascar. $35,000 to $45,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> Palm frond with fish. Green River Formation, Wyoming, United States. <i>Sabalites sp.,</i> and <i>Diplomystus dentatus</i> Cenozoic, Eocene (53-33 million years ago). $60,000 to $70,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Macbeth: A Tragedy.</i> London, 1673. FIRST SEPARATE AND FIRST QUARTO EDITION. THE CHARLTON HESTON COPY. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. <i>In Our Time.</i> Paris, 1924. FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL. <i>Fanshawe, A Tale.</i> Boston, 1828. FIRST EDITION OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. <i>Walden; Or, Life in the Woods.</i> Boston, 1854. FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.</i> London, 1685. THE FOURTH FOLIO, Brewster/Bentley issue. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> STEIG, WILLIAM. Original maquette and 58 finished drawings for <i>The Agony in the Kindergarten,</i> one of Steig's most important books. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> VERNE, JULES. <i>A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.</i> New York & London, 1872. FIRST EDITION, RARE AMERICAN ISSUE, with Scribner & Welford cancel title. $5,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> KING, STEPHEN. <i>Carrie.</i> New York, 1974. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE MACINTOSH PROTOTYPE. 1983. The earliest known Macintosh with "Twiggy" drive, one of only two known working machines. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> PLATO. <i>Timaeus</i> [AND] <i>Critias</i> [from Ficini's 1484 Opera]. A LANDMARK OF SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> LOVELACE, AUGUSTA ADA. Sketch of the Analytical Engine Invented by Charles Babbage Esq. London, 1843. FIRST EDITION, JOURNAL ISSUE, MOST IMPORTANT PAPER IN EARLY DIGITAL COMPUTING. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE-1 COMPUTER. Signed by Steve Wozniak, used in development of Apple II. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. <i>On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection.</i> London, 1859. FIRST EDITION. $80,000 to $120,000.
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. <i>The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.</i> Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1876. $14,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> BATEMAN, JAMES. <i>The Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala.</i> London: J. Ridgway & Sons for the author, [1837]-1843. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> WHITMAN, WALT. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn: [For the author by Andrew and James Rome,] 1855. $150,000 to $200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> LEE, HARPER. Three “Seckatary Hawkins”-related books inscribed and signed by Harper Lee. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> POE, EDGAR ALLAN. <i>The Raven.</i> New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845. $120,000 to $180,000.

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Auction Info

Auction Name
Photographs
Auction Date
10/02/2019 - 10/02/2019
Sale Number
#17600
Total Lots
299
Sold Lots
203
Lots Sold
67.89%
Unsold Lots
96
Total Sales (USD)
6,015,000.00
Low Estimate of Lots Sold (USD)
3,614,500.00
High Estimate of Lots Sold (USD)
5,627,000.00
Low Estimate of All Lots (USD)
5,865,000.00
High Estimate of All Lots (USD)
9,010,500.00
Total Sales as a % of High Est.
66.76%

Top twenty by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
349 HELMUT NEWTON (1920–2004)

Panoramic Nude, Woman with Gun, Villa d'Este, Como, 1989

1989 USD 300,000.00 - 500,000.00 USD 399,000.00
140 L??SZLÓ MOHOLY-NAGY (1895–1946)

From the Radio Tower, Berlin, 1928

1928, printed c. 1941 USD 200,000.00 - 300,000.00 USD 275,000.00
343 PETER BEARD (B. 1938)

World-Class Black Rhino, Aberdare Forest, 1972

1972, printed later USD 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 USD 250,000.00
344 PETER BEARD (B. 1938)

Orphaned Cheetah Cubs, Mweiga, Kenya, 1968

1968, printed later USD 200,000.00 - 300,000.00 USD 250,000.00
342 PETER BEARD (B. 1938)

Large tusker (c. 150 lbs per side), Tsavo North, near hunting block 33/ Ithumber Hill on the Athi-Tiva dry river, February, 1965

1965, printed later USD 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 USD 225,000.00
378 VIK MUNIZ (B. 1961)

Flag, after Jasper Johns, from Pictures of Pigment, 2007

2007 USD 80,000.00 - 120,000.00 USD 193,750.00
132 ALFRED STIEGLITZ (1864–1946)

The Terminal, New York, 1893

1893, printed c. 1910 USD 150,000.00 - 250,000.00 USD 187,500.00
356 HELMUT NEWTON (1920–2004)

Sie Kommen, Dressed and Naked, Paris, 1981

1981, printed c. 1988 USD 150,000.00 - 250,000.00 USD 140,000.00
139 LEWIS W. HINE (1874-1940)

New York City from the Empire State Building, 1931

1931 USD 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 USD 125,000.00
126 EDWARD WESTON (1886–1958)

Two Shells, 13S, 1927

1927 USD 100,000.00 - 200,000.00 USD 118,750.00
133 ALFRED STIEGLITZ (1864–1946)

The Hand of Man, 1902

1902, printed c. 1910 USD 70,000.00 - 90,000.00 USD 118,750.00
144 EL LISSITZKY (1890–1941)

Footballer, 1926

1926 USD 80,000.00 - 120,000.00 USD 100,000.00
357 HELMUT NEWTON (1920–2004)

Evi as Cop, Half-Naked and Dressed, Beverly Hills, March, 1998

1998 USD 80,000.00 - 120,000.00 USD 100,000.00
351 HELMUT NEWTON (1920–2004)

Yves St. Laurent, Rue Aubriot, French Vogue, Paris, 1975

1975, printed c. 1988 USD 15,000.00 - 25,000.00 USD 90,000.00
137

AN AMERICAN OAK BOOK CABINET FROM THE PERSONAL LIBRARY OF EDWARD S. CURTIS, BUILT TO HOLD THE VOLUMES AND SUPPLEMENTAL FOLIOS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN

USD 30,000.00 - 50,000.00 USD 87,500.00
345 PETER BEARD (B. 1938)

Giraffes in Mirage on the Taru Desert, Kenya, 1960

1960, printed later USD 70,000.00 - 90,000.00 USD 87,500.00
121 WALKER EVANS (1903–1975)

Alabama cotton tenant farmer family (Fields family), 1936

1936 USD 50,000.00 - 70,000.00 USD 81,250.00
73 ROBERT FRANK (B. 1924)

Indianapolis, 1956

1956, printed 1979 USD 50,000.00 - 70,000.00 USD 81,250.00
311 ROBERT ADAMS (B. 1937)

Longmont, Colorado, 1979

1979, printed 1989 USD 25,000.00 - 35,000.00 USD 68,750.00
316 DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Teenage boy on a bench in Central Park, N.Y.C., 1962

1962 USD 25,000.00 - 35,000.00 USD 68,750.00
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Currier & Ives, <i>The Mississippi in Time of Peace,</i> hand-colored lithograph, 1865. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Hartmann Schedel, <i>Liber Cronicarum...,</i> Nuremberg, 1493. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Claudius Ptolemaeus, <i>Geographicae Enarrationis Libri Octo,</i> Lyons, 1535. $20,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Thomas Jefferys, <i>The American Atlas,</i> London, 1776-77. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> John Speed, <i>A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World,</i> 20 miniature maps, London, 1665. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> <i>Biblia Das ist: Die Gantze Heilige Schrifft Durch D. Martin Luther Verteutscht,</i> illustrated cartographic Bible, Basel, 1665. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Early Hawaiian-language school geography, Lahainaluna Seminary, 1840. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Cornelis de Jode, <i>Africae Vera Forma, et Situs,</i> Antwerp, 1593. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Maria Vincenzo Coronelli, <i>America Settentrionale Colle Nuove Scoperte Sin All Anno,</i> Venice, 1688. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Christoph Volkamer, <i>Nürnbergische Hesperides,</i> Nuremberg, 1708-1714. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Bayer, <i>Uranometria, Omnium Asterismorum Continens Schemata...,</i> 51 celestial charts, c. 1603. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Manuscript map of Commodore Perry’s Black Ship squadron at Edo Bay, with manuscript sketchbook, ink & watercolor, Japan, c. 1853. $2,500 to $3,500.
  • <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Churchill (Winston) & Others. 1944 Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference, 27 April 1944. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Joyce (James). <i>Ulysses.</i> First English edition, 1922. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Belzoni (Giovanni Battista). <i>Plates Illustrated of the Researches and Operations...in Egypt and Nubia,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1821-1822. £14,375 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Astor (John Jacob). A collection of rare letters, 9 January 1812- 4 September 1837. £26,000 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first issue, 1997. £27,500 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Royal Family. Photograph of Queen Elizabeth, George VI, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, signed, 1946. £3,640 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Collodi (Carlo). <i>Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1883. £8,401 inc Buyers Premium.
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