• <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Unique Association Copy of Signed Limited Roosevelt, African Game Trails, Extra-Illustrated. $5,000 - 7,500
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 24 Volumes Henry James in 1/2 Morocco - Alvin Langdon Coburn Frontis Illustrations. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> French Surrealism by Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, 1930 Limited Edition in Lovely Condition. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Unique and Beautifully Written Manuscript of 650 Quarto Pages - Unpublished History of Belle-Isle-En-Mer, 1754. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> William Beebe's Classic 4 Volume Work on "The Pheasants," Signed and Inscribed in 1919. $2,000 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Three Volumes of Washington's War Era Letters Published in New York in 1796. $1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 19th C. Vintage Album with 48 Sepia Toned Albumen Prints by Fratelli Alinari et. al.<br>$1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Report of Phipps' Voyage in 1773 In Search of a Passage to India Via the North Pole. $1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 17 Volumes of Wallace's American Trotting Register, 1874-1891. $1,500 - $2,500
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Rare First English Edition of Monardes, Joyfull Newes, 1577, Woodcut Illustrations.<br>$1,500 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 6 Volume Shakespeare Presented to Virginia Congressman Involved in the "Trent Affair". $1,200 - $1,500
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Classic Lothar Meggendorfer Movable Book Complete with 8 Chromolithograph Plates, Ca. 1890. $750 - $1,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14: Illustration Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Friend, Wife</i>, graphite & watercolor cover for Judge magazine, May 1920. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> Georges Lepape, <i>Après la Tempête</i>, watercolor, ink & graphite cover for <i>Vogue</i>, April 1919, inscribed to Madame Condé Nast. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> Maurice Sendak, <i>Little Bear & His Parents </i>, pencil study & finished watercolor for <i>Bears of the World</i>, 1981. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14: Illustration Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b><br>Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel), <i>A Great Gallumphing Galoot!</i>, original drawing & inscription, signed twice, in <i>Dr. Seuss's ABC</i>. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> Scrapbook relating to the production of <i>Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs</i>, with 20 original drawings, circa 1937. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> Charles M. Schulz, <i>Gentleman Biographer</i>, pen & ink, <i>Peanuts</i> comic strip, 1972. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14: Illustration Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> Jerry Pinkney, <i>[Brer Rabbit & Brer Bear]</i>, watercolor, pen & ink on paper, 1990. $20,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> <i>Daffydils</i>, festschrift for Harry Hershfield, signed with cartoons & caricatures by George Herriman, Winsor McCay & others, 1911. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> W.W. Denslow, <i>Higglepy, Piggleby, My Black Hen</i>, ink & gouache, for <i>Denslow's Mother Goose </i>, 1901. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14: Illustration Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> Pavel Tchelitchew, <i>Savonarola</i>, graphite & gouache, sketch for the production at Theater in der Königgrätzer Straße, 1923. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> John Philip Falter, <i>Strictly Off the Record</i>, oil on canvas, for Four Roses Whiskey, 1942. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Movie Scream</i>, pen, ink & watercolor cartoon for <i>The New Yorker</i>, January 1947. $12,000 to $18,000.
  • <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>
  • <b>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 95. Turing. <i>Systems of Logic Based on Ordinals</i>. Offprint. London, 1939. Robin Gandy's Copy. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 98. Zernike, Fritz. The 1953 Nobel Prize for Physics: The Invention of the Phase-Contrast Microscope. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 111. Apple 1 Computer, operational, with exceptional provenance. $400,000 to $600,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1074. Bruce, Lenny. An unreleased 16 mm film by "Count" Lewis DePasquale featuring Lenny Bruce. $7,000 to $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1254. Hirohito. Manuscript in Japanese, "The Emperor's Monologue," transcribed by Terasaki Hidenari. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1095. Goldman. Emma. Large archive of correspondence, much of it to Warren Starr Van Valkenburgh. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 109. Wozniak and Jobs. The First Digital "Blue Box", Berkeley, 1972. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 46. Newton, Isaac. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. 1st issue. London, 1687. $300,000 to $500,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 49. Newton. Autograph Manuscript in English, a portion of a draft of Newton's study on revelation. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1027. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 1st edition, 1st issue. Scribners, 1925. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1042. Hemingway., Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls. Presentation copy, one of 15 copies. Scribners, 1940. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1215. A 48-star American Flag, flown from LCT-703, sunk on Omaha Beach, December 1944. $15,000 to $20,000

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9 Sales Archived, 13 Sales Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday, January 7th, 2017, 1,548 lots were offered and 1,373 sold for an 89% success rate.  Auction bidders, lacking the typical thirty auctions to bid on each week focused their attention on the 9 auctions available and bought almost 90% of the lots.  It suggests there are fewer and fewer off weeks anymore.  Turnover was a thin $1,036,240, but I doubt many consignors were complaining.

 

The RBH Database reached 7,049,000 full text records this week.


1 auction saw its total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered:   

Kestenbaum and CompanyBooks, Manuscripts and Fine Art on December 14th: 127.28% 


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

Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/25 on January 1st: 99.60% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/25 on January 1st: 97.60% 
TooveysPrints on December 30th: 88.00% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 3rd: 85.71% 


9 total sales reported this week: 

Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 3rd: 85.71% 
Kestenbaum and CompanyBooks, Manuscripts and Fine Art on December 14th: 65.63% 
TooveysPrints on December 30th: 88.00% 
AuctionataNaked: Nudes from the 20th and 21st Centuries on December 29th: 25.81% 
AuctionataArt of Nature: Animals, Flowers and Still Life from four Centuries on December 29th: 10.00% 
AuctionataAbstractionism: Post War Art - Prints on December 29th: 0.00% 
AuctionataFrom Joseph Beuys to Henry Moore: Prints and Editions on December 29th: 44.44% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/25 on January 1st: 99.60% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/25 on January 1st: 97.60% 
 
 
Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Moreshet Auctions AMULET ON PARCHMENT FROM THE HOLY HANDS OF THE TSADDIK, THE ADMOR RABBI YESHAYLE KRESTIRER—RARE. on December 21st Actual price: USD $192,000.
  2. Gonnelli Casa DAste A map exhibiting all the new discoveries in the interior parts of North America... additions to 1802. on December 13th Actual price: USD $44,400.
  3. Minerva Auctions Roma Carmina on December 16th Actual price: USD $34,688.
  4. Minerva Auctions Roma Il porto sepolto on December 16th Actual price: USD $27,750.
  5. Stockholms Auktionsverk Ichthyologia sive opera omnia de piscibus scilicet: Bibliotheca ichthyologica. on December 20th Actual price: USD $21,560.
  6. Minerva Auctions Roma Libro da imparare giochare a scachi, et de belissimi partiti, reuisti & recoretti, & con summa diligentia da molti famosissimi giocatori emendati on December 16th Actual price: USD $20,813.
  7. Stockholms Auktionsverk An Account of the Voyages undertaken by the order of his present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, and successively performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Wallis, Captain Carteret, and Captain Cook, in the Dolphin, the Swallow, and on December 20th Actual price: USD $19,539.
  8. Auctionata Flowers on December 5th Actual price: USD $19,425.
  9. Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions Fortunato Depero. Depero futurista. on December 14th Actual price: USD $17,550.
  10. Moreshet Auctions THE MACHZOR SHALOSH REGALIM WITH PESACH HAGGADAH, OF THE SIDNA “BABA SALI” on December 21st Actual price: USD $16,800.
  11. Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions Arte del blasone che incomincia dal primo doge di Venezia con la descrizione di tutte le famiglie nobili e come ebbero il loro prencipio. on December 14th Actual price: USD $15,600.
  12. Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions [Armi di diverse Famiglie, Arti e Compagnie della città di Bologna]. on December 14th Actual price: USD $15,600.
  13. Minerva Auctions Roma L'Alleluiah. Catéchisme de Dianus on December 16th Actual price: USD $13,875.
  14. Stockholms Auktionsverk KORAN. Arabisk handskrift, daterad 1829 on December 20th Actual price: USD $13,475.
  15. Rachel Davis Fine Arts Hawaiian Fisherman'' (Miles 48) on December 10th Actual price: USD $12,980.
  16. Minerva Auctions Roma De sculptura. Ubi agitur de symetriis. De lineamentis. De physiognomonia [...] on December 16th Actual price: USD $12,488.
  17. Minerva Auctions Roma Voyage pittoresque ou description des Royames de Naples et de Sicilie on December 16th Actual price: USD $12,488.
  18. Stockholms Auktionsverk KUNGLIGA VETENSKAPS AKADEMIENS HANDLINGAR OCH TAL M.M. I 120 VOLYMER.Kungliga Vetenskaps Akademiens handlingar 1739-1837 + registervolymerna 1739-55 resp. 1755-69. on December 20th Actual price: USD $12,128.
  19. Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions Bellissimo insieme di documenti e autografi dell’avventura fiumana di Gabriele D’Annunzio. on December 14th Actual price: USD $11,700.
  20. Minerva Auctions Roma Apocalissi e sedici traduzioni on December 16th Actual price: USD $11,100.
  21. Stockholms Auktionsverk 63 brev och dokument författade av Axel Oxenstierna varav 32 egenhändigt skrivna och 31 av kanslist. 46 av dessa egenhändigt undertecknade. on December 20th Actual price: USD $10,780.
  22. Stockholms Auktionsverk Globus caelestis cufico-arabicus veliterni Musei Borgiani... illustratus praemissa ejusdem De Arabum astronomia dissertatione et adjectis duabus epistolis Cl. Josephi Toaldi. on December 20th Actual price: USD $10,780.
  23. Rachel Davis Fine Arts St. George and The Dragon'' (Fields 47-1)(Michler and Lopsinger 59) on December 10th Actual price: USD $10,620.
  24. William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals (2) handcolored engravings of Emperor Qianlong''s Conquest on December 13th Actual price: USD $10,350.
  25. Kestenbaum and Company “Citizens, to the Ballot Box! Vote for Ticket Number 7 - the United Jewish Socialist Workers’ Party. on December 14th Actual price: USD $9,840.


For the week ahead 13 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jan. 9th
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Mid-Century Modern - Prints. 29 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 44 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Edwin S. Curtis "The North American Indian" - Online. 90 lots

Wed. Jan. 11th
Lyon and Turnbull. Edinburgh. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photography. 465 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 12/16. 862 lots

Thu. Jan. 12th
Forum Auctions. London. Collectors' Sale: Books and Works on Paper.
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Medicine & Science: Inventory of Edwin V. Glaser Rare Books. 518 lots

Fri. Jan. 13th
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Rare, Out of Print and Used Books. 457 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Happy New Year Exposition Auction.

Sat. Jan. 14th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Antiques, Asian and Fine Arts: Prints.
Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers. Gahanna. 2017 New York Book Auction.

Sun. Jan. 15th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/8.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/8.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Rowling (J.K.). Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, original fine black pen and ink manuscript book by the author J.K.Rowling, with 31pp of text and illustrations. £80,000 to £120,000
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Blaeu (Johannes). <i>Vierde Stuck der Aerdrycks-Beschryving, welck vervat Engelandt</i>, i.e. <i>Theatrum Orbis Terrarum</i>. vol 4, England & Wales. £10,500 to £12,500
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Miró (Joan). L'Homme au Balencier, etching, aquatint and carborundum, printed in colours on Japan paper, signed in pencil lower right. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Steve McCurry (b.1950). Afghan Girl, 1984, pigment inkjet print, signed and numbered 48/250 in pencil on lower margin. £2,500 to £3,500
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Keough (Pat and Rosemarie). <i>Antarctica</i>, no 228 of 950 copies, signed by the authors, many colour illustrations, original dark grey morocco. £2,800 to £3,200
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Rowlandson (Thomas). Darby & Joan, the idyllically contended couple sit either side of a stove in a cosy domestic interior, ink and watercolour on wove paper. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Procktor (Patrick). Tiny blue-eyed goldfish, watercolour, 310 x 460mm., signed in blue crayon, lower right, titled and inscribed Muscat Jan 19. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Iouri Abramochkin (b.1936). Horsemen, Dagestan, 1968, Lambda print, printed later, signed, dated, editioned 1/8 and annotated in black ink verso. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Ravilious (Eric).- Shakespeare (William). Twelfth NIght, or, What You Will, number 79 of 275 copies , wood-engraved title. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Michelangelo.- Chastel (André). <i>The Vatican Frescoes of Michelangelo</i>, Photography by Takashi Okamura, 2 vol., one of 600 sets, colour plates. £500 to £700
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Wyndham (John). <i>The Day of the Triffids; The Kraken Wakes; The Chrysalids;</i> together with 8 other volumes. All first editions. £400 to £600
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946). Goats Along The Seine, 1894. Photogravure, printed 1990s by Dorothy Norman, one from an edition of 40 published by Aperture. £400 to £600
  • <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SAINT-EXUPERY, ANTOINE DE. Kodachrome Film (16mm) showing Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Consuelo on a boat, 1942. JOINED: Guestbook for the Boat, signed, with a drawing of the Little Prince. 15 000 to 20 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CANDEE, HELEN CHURCHILL. Autograph manuscript. TITANIC, 40 leaves. Original account of the most famous shipwreck, by a survivor of the ordeal. 300 000 to 400 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> TITANIC. Collection of 7 documents relating to the shipwreck of the Titanic (14 April 1912). 20 000 to<br>30 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> DUPLEIX DE CADIGNAN, JEANBAPTISTE. Signed autograph manuscript. Thirty years of memoirs related to military services and important information on the American War of Independence.<br>40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CURTIUS. Faiz et Conquestes d'Alexandre [Histoire d'Alexandre le Grand]. In French, illuminated manuscript on paper and parchment, 16 large miniatures. 300 000 to<br>500 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> NELSON, HORATIO. Signed autograph letter, ‘Nelson & Bronte,” aboard the Amazon, 14 October 1801, addressed to Sir William Hamilton. 4 000 to 5 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> GIROLAMO FRANCESCO MARIA MAZZUOLI DIT LE PARMESAN. Le couple amoureux. Pen and brown ink. 80 000 to 120 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SADE, DONATIEN-ALPHONSE-FRANÇOIS, MARQUIS DE. Autograph manuscript. The 120 Days of Sodom, or the School of Libertinage, 1785.<br>4 000 000 to 6 000 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> MIRÓ, JOAN. Signed autograph correspondence to Thomas and Diane Bouchard (1949-1976). 50 000 to 60 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> BALZAC, HONORÉ DE. Signed autograph manuscript, Ursule Mirouët, [1841]. One of only two manuscripts of novels by Balzac in private hands. 800 000 to<br>1 200 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> LENOIR, ALEXANDRE. Essai sur l'histoire des arts en Egypte pouvant servir d'appendice au grand ouvrage de la Commission. autograph manuscript with numerous additions and corrections. 40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SCHRÖDINGER, ERWIN. Autograph manuscript [Spring 1946, sent to Albert Einstein]. 1 500 to 2 000 €
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  • <b>Christie’s Online, Dec. 5 – Dec. 12:</b> <i>John the Baptist</i>. initial 'H' cut from a choirbook [Lombardy or Siena, c. 1470s]. US$6,000–9,000
    <b>Christie’s Online, Dec. 5 – Dec. 12:</b> <i>Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780–1839) seated on a terrace with Sikh noblemen</i>. [Punjab, North India, circa 1830-40]. Estimate: US$10,000–15,000