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Sixteen Auctions Archived, 9 Sales Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday, December 24th, 2016, 16 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 5 denominated in euros, 2 in British pounds, and 9 in US dollars.  Turnover was a svelte $3,089,517 as 4,659 lots were offered and 3,690 sold for a 79% success rate.  The high season now passes before our eyes and a few weeks of relative quiet descend upon us.

Now, as the market quiets for a well-deserved respite we extend our best wishes for a safe and successful holiday season to all in the field.

 

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

SkinnerJudaica Online - Internet bidstart 12/7 on December 15th: 137.85% 
Robert Siegel GalleriesUnited States and Confederate States Postal History on December 15th: 125.20% 


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

Forum Auctions in ItalyAntiquarian and Rare Books on December 14th: 100.00% 
Forum AuctionsThe Library of the late David Harrison: 17th-19th Century Literature & the Arts on December 8th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 12/11 on December 18th: 99.24% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 12/11 on December 18th: 97.90% 
Robert Siegel GalleriesUnited States and Confederate States Postal History on December 15th: 97.02% 
SkinnerJudaica Online - Internet bidstart 12/7 on December 15th: 82.50% 
RR AuctionScience and Technology - Internet bidstart 12/8 on December 15th: 82.28% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Pierre Berge and Associes Les Fleurs du Mal. Seconde édition augmentée de trente-cinq poëmes nouveaux et ornée d'un portrait de l'auteur dessiné et gravé par Bracquemond. on December 16th Actual price: USD $77,816.
  2. Forum Auctions Reflections on a Conversation (Corlett 240) on December 5th Actual price: USD $77,500.
  3. Forum Auctions Untitled (Based on Blaze) (Schubert 4) on December 5th Actual price: USD $66,650.
  4. Pierre Berge and Associes Celestine en laquelle est traicte des deceptions des serviteurs envers leurs maistres & des macquerelles envers les amoureux tra[n]slate dytalie[n] en fra[n]cois. on December 16th Actual price: USD $61,256.
  5. Pierre Berge and Associes Recueil des plus illustres proverbes, divises en trois livres, le premier contient les proverbes moraux, le second les proverbes joyeux et plaisans, le troisiesme represente la vie des gueux en proverbes mis en lumiere [...]. on December 16th Actual price: USD $39,100.
  6. Forum Auctions Stop and Search on December 5th Actual price: USD $34,100.
  7. Pierre Berge and Associes Fables choisies, mises en vers. on December 16th Actual price: USD $31,280.
  8. Forum Auctions Green Dominance, Blue Dominance, Red Dominance (Schubert 22, 23, 24) on December 5th Actual price: USD $29,450.
  9. Pierre Berge and Associes Mémoires de Saturnin, écrits par lui-même, Nouvelle édition, corrigée & augmentée, avec figures. on December 16th Actual price: USD $28,673.
  10. Forum Auctions Toucans (Coppel DB 37) on December 5th Actual price: USD $27,900.
  11. Pierre Berge and Associes Les Fleurs du Mal. on December 16th Actual price: USD $26,067.
  12. RR Auction Marilyn Monroe Signed Photograph on December 15th Actual price: USD $24,959.
  13. Forum Auctions Donuts on December 5th Actual price: USD $22,475.
  14. Forum Auctions Mao (Corlett 104) on December 5th Actual price: USD $20,925.
  15. Pierre Berge and Associes Stultifera navis. on December 16th Actual price: USD $19,550.
  16. Pierre Berge and Associes Les Ventiquattr'Hore dell'humana felicità. on December 16th Actual price: USD $18,084.
  17. RR Auction Greta Garbo Oversized Signed Photograph on December 15th Actual price: USD $17,908.
  18. Robert Siegel Galleries 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). on December 15th Actual price: USD $17,825.
  19. Pierre Berge and Associes Les Liaisons dangereuses, ou Lettres recueillies dans une Société, & publiées pour l'instruction de quelques autres. on December 16th Actual price: USD $15,640.
  20. Pierre Berge and Associes Nova alphati [sic] effictio historiis ad singulas literas correspondentibus. [...] Nejw kunstliches Alphabet, gezirt mit schonen Figurn deren jede sich auff seinen Buschstaben accomodirt. on December 16th Actual price: USD $15,640.
  21. Forum Auctions Morons on December 5th Actual price: USD $15,500.
  22. Robert Siegel Galleries (Newburyport Mass. to Philadelphia via Cambridge and New York City, 1775) on December 15th Actual price: USD $14,950.
  23. Forum Auctions Le Juif priant; juif a la Thora, La Maison, L'Homme au sac; Chevre et violin; L'Ecuyere et le Coq (Kornfeld 31 III b, 35c, 32 IV, 33 II b, 34 II b and 84 III b) on December 5th Actual price: USD $14,415.
  24. Robert Siegel Galleries 3c Rose (65). on December 15th Actual price: USD $14,375.
  25. Pierre Berge and Associes Féminies. Huit chapitres inédits dévoués à la femme, à l'amour, à la beauté par Gyp, Abel Hermant, Henri Lavedan, Marcel Schwob & Octave Uzanne. on December 16th Actual price: USD $14,336.



A total of 16 sales were reported this week:

RR Auction. Science and Technology - Internet bidstart 12/8 on December 15th: 82.28%
Robert Siegel Galleries. United States and Confederate States Postal History on December 15th: 97.02%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on December 20th: 73.49%
De Baecque and Associes. Post Cards on December 16th: 44.10%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Icons and Photographs from the 1960s-2000s on December 12th: 29.31%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Western Americana - Day 4 on December 12th: 59.02%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Western Americana - Day 2 on December 10th: 63.13%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Western Americana - Day 1 on December 9th: 79.85%
Skinner. Judaica Online - Internet bidstart 12/7 on December 15th: 82.50%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Library of an Amateur on December 16th: 70.50%
Forum Auctions in Italy. Antiquarian and Rare Books on December 14th: 100.00%
Forum Auctions. The Library of the late David Harrison: 17th-19th Century Literature & the Arts on December 8th: 100.00%
Forum Auctions. Editions and Works on Paper on December 5th: 56.43%
PBA Galleries. Americana - Travel - Cartography on December 15th: 71.91%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 12/11 on December 18th: 97.90%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 12/11 on December 18th: 99.24%


For the week ahead 9 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Dec. 26th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 96 lots

Wed. Dec. 28th
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . An Orderly Hoard of Pop Culture and Americana.

Thu. Dec. 29th
Auctionata. Berlin. From Joseph Beuys to Henry Moore: Prints and Editions. 135 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Abstractionism: Post War Art - Prints. 12 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Art of Nature: Animals, Flowers and Still Life from four Centuries. 20 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Naked: Nudes from the 20th and 21st Centuries. 31 lots

Fri. Dec. 30th
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints. 25 lots

Sun. Jan. 1st
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/26.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/26.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.
  • <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Collection of 131 Herbert Ponting gelatin silver contact prints of Antartica, £6000-8000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of several lots of Henri Cartier-Bresson gelatin silver prints, £200-300
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Vintage gelatin silver print of Diego Rivera by Leonard McCombe, £300-500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Julia Margaret Cameron of Sir John Herschel (April, 1867), £30,000-50,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron, Love, 1864 (from the Norman album), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Lewis Carroll of Twyford School Eleven (Summer Term, 1859), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Lewis Carroll of Xie Kitchin as 'Dane' (Oxford, 1873), £500-800
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Calotype print (c1845) by Hill & Adamson of Lady Elizabeth (Rigby) Eastlake, £3000-4000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Group of 12 waxed paper negatives of Scottish scenes by Thomas Keith, mid-1850s, £3000-5000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of 15 lots of Roger Fenton salt prints of his work in the Crimea, mid-1850s, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Quarter plate ambrotype (c.1860s) with ethnographic portrait of a woman seated at a table, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Rare whole plate thermoplastic union case of the Landing of Columbus (c.1858),part of the John Hannavy collection, £1500-2000
  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>