Auction Reports

Potter and Potter Auctions

Auction Info

Auction Name
Circus, Sideshow and Oddities
Auction Date
06/26/2021 - 06/26/2021
Sale Number
#1115
Total Lots
569
Sold Lots
546
Lots Sold
95.96%
Unsold Lots
23
Total Sales (USD)
267,068.00
Low Estimate of Lots Sold (USD)
131,995.00
High Estimate of Lots Sold (USD)
217,495.00
Low Estimate of All Lots (USD)
143,260.00
High Estimate of All Lots (USD)
234,195.00
Total Sales as a % of High Est.
114.04%

Top twenty by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
59

STRATTON, Charles S. (Tom Thumb) (1838-1883). Quarter-Plate Daguerreotype of General Tom Thumb.

1840s USD 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 USD 18,000.00
206

Collection of 35mm Color Slides of Circus Beauties and Other Performers.

1950s/70s USD 300.00 - 500.00 USD 12,500.00
62

Sixth-Plate Ambrotype of a Strongman / Weightlifter with Barbell.

19th century USD 1,500.00 - 2,500.00 USD 7,800.00
205

Large Collection of Circus Performer Photo Negatives.

bulk mid-1950s-1960 USD 400.00 - 800.00 USD 5,520.00
64

Quarter-Plate Daguerreotype of a Clown / Performer.

19th century USD 2,500.00 - 3,500.00 USD 3,600.00
109

[TRANSGENDER] Lot of 4 “Man-Woman"

1906 USD 500.00 - 700.00 USD 3,500.00
123

Fascinating Circus Photograph Scrapbook, Including Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey.

ca.1920s USD 1,500.00 - 2,500.00 USD 3,360.00
211

Oakley, Annie. Cabinet Card Portrait of Annie Oakley, Inscribed and Signed.

ca.1894 USD 1,000.00 - 2,000.00 USD 3,250.00
228

Large Lot of Circus, Carnival, and Sideshow Photographs.

1940s/2000s USD 300.00 - 500.00 USD 3,120.00
622

Collection of Carnival and Circus Correspondence and Letterhead.

1920s/80s USD 200.00 - 400.00 USD 2,880.00
16

Cabinet Photo of a Half-Woman / Legless Marvel.

ca.1890s USD 300.00 - 400.00 USD 2,400.00
316

Cole Bros. Circus / Ruth Nelson, World’s Greatest Equestrienne.

ca.1930s USD 600.00 - 900.00 USD 2,400.00
124

Al. G. Barnes Circus Photo Scrapbook.

ca.1930s USD 800.00 - 1,200.00 USD 2,375.00
635

WALLAU. Scrapbook of Wallau, the “Boy Juggler."

USD 800.00 - 1,200.00 USD 2,280.00
191

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Side Shows Panoramic Photograph. Season 1921.

1921 USD 1,500.00 - 2,500.00 USD 2,250.00
285

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus / Durbar of Delhi.

ca.1930s USD 200.00 - 400.00 USD 2,000.00
232

Collection of Circus and Carnival Slides.

USD 300.00 - 600.00 USD 2,000.00
254

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey / A Colossal Combination of All That’s Great in Circus Achievement.

1920 USD 500.00 - 700.00 USD 1,920.00
1

[TATTOO] Cabinet Photo of Irene Woodward, Tattooed Lady.

ca.1880s USD 400.00 - 600.00 USD 1,920.00
614

A Massive Carnival and Circus Research Archive. 16 large plastic tubs of assorted research material accumulated over several decades,

USD 300.00 - 600.00 USD 1,920.00
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> C.F. Payne, <i>Micawber—Imitating Norman Rockwell's "Triple self-portrait,"</i> acrylic, watercolor & colored pencil, 2002. Sold June 2021 for $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Jane Russell, archive of letters written during a whaling voyage, 1840s. Sold July 2021 for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Guild of Women Binders, exhibition binding of A.F. Pollard’s <i>Henry VIII,</i> London, 1902. Sold July 2021 for $12,350.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Robert Frost, <i>Collected Poems,</i> author’s presentation copy, signed, with entirety of <i>Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening</i> inscribed, NY, 1930. Sold June 2021 for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> James Joyce, <i>Ulysses,</i> deluxe limited issue, signed, London, 1936. Sold June 2021 for $21,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Mercator [family], <i>[World and Continents],</i> 5 double-page maps, Amsterdam, c. 1633. Sold June 2021 for $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Schlegel, <i>New York, Taken from Central Park,</i> hand-finished color-tinted lithograph, 1874. Sold June 2021 for $11,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolaus Copernicus, <i>De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium,</i> second edition, Basel, 1566. Sold April 2021 for $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Book of Hours, Use of Utrecht, illuminated manuscript, c. 1435-45. Sold April 2021 for $60,000.
  • <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Bible, English. The Holy Bible, Second Folio edition, the "Great She Bible", engraved More-Speed 1611 map of Canaan, Robert Barker, 1613-11. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Galilei (Galileo). <i>Opere,</i> 2 vol., first collected edition, Bologna, Heirs of Dozza for Carlo Manolessi, 1656-1655. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Venetian choirbook.- Single leaf from a 13th century Venetian antiphonal, with large decorated initial, manuscript on vellum, Venice, [c.1260]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Petrarca (Francesco). <i>Rerum vulrgarium fragmenta,</i> decorated manuscript on paper, Italy, [second half of the 15th century]. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> New York School of abstract expressionists.- Abbott (Mary Lee). [Sketch book of original artwork], [New York], 1945. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Contemporary colouring.- Nitzschewitz (Hermannus). <i>Novum beatae Mariaevirginis psalterium,</i> Zinna, Press of the Cistercian Monastery, 1493. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Shakespeare source book.- Montemayor (Jorge de). Diana of George of Montemayor: translated out of Spanish into English by Bartholomew Yong, first edition in English, B[ishop]., 1598. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Milton (John). Poems of Mr. John Milton, Both English and Latin, Compos'd at several times, first edition, state with "S" in "S. Pauls" in imprint, 1645. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Greene (Graham). <i>The Power and the Glory,</i> first edition, 1940. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Crowley (Aleister). View of the Tyrrhenian Sea, probably from the hill behind the abbey of Thelema, Cefalù, Sicily, charcoal, [1921]. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Fleming (Ian). <i>Casino Royale,</i> first edition, 1953. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> China.- Thomson (John). <i>Illustrations of China and Its People,</i> 4 vol., first edition, 96 photographic plates, 1873-74. £15,000 to £20,000.
  • <center><b>iGavel Auctions<br>Antiquarian and Other Books<br>September 14 – October 12</b>
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Athanasius. <i>Illustrium Virorum Opuscula,</i> Paris, 1500. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> <i>The New Testament of Jesus Christ, Translated Faithfully into English,</i> Rheims, John Fogny, 1582. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Stith, William. <i>The First History of Virginia printed in America,</i> [Williamsburg, 1747]. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <center><b>iGavel Auctions<br>Antiquarian and Other Books<br>September 14 – October 12</b>
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b><br>S. Bonaventure. <i>Commentarius in Secundum Librum Sententiarum Petri Lombardi,</i> Venice, 1477. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Juvenalis, Junii. <i>Satyrae,</i> with the commentary of Domitius Calderinus, Venice, 1475. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Horatius Flaccus, Quintus. <i>Opera.</i> Ed. with commentary of Christophorus Landinus, Florence, 1482. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <center><b>iGavel Auctions<br>Antiquarian and Other Books<br>September 14 – October 12</b>
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Scotus, Duns. <i>Quaestiones in Quattuor Libros Sententiarum,</i> 1476-1477. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Polidori, John. <i>The Vampyre, A Tale,</i> Paris, 1819. $1,000 to $2,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Stowe, Harriet Beecher. <i>Uncle Tom's Cabin,</i> Vol. I and II, 1852, and a Later Edition, 1885. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <center><b>iGavel Auctions<br>Antiquarian and Other Books<br>September 14 – October 12</b>
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Twain, Mark. <i>The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,</i> 1877 [and] <i>The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,</i> 1885. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Book of Hours, Illuminated Vellum, Calendar of Months, 15th century. $600 to $900.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> <i>Picturesque,</i> America, Europe, Palestine, and Russia, 1872-1885. $400 to $600.
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