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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>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
  • <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Extremely Fine Copy of Fantasy Classic. Tolkien (J.R.R.) <i>The Hobbit, or There and Back Again,</i> L. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Museum Street) 1937. €20,000 to €30,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Incunabula. [Sirectus, Antonius] O’Fihely (Maurice)Abp. <i>Formalitates de Mente Doctoris Subtilis Scoti Nec Non Stephai Burlifer cum novis additionibus…</i> Venice 14th December 1051 (ie. 1501). €3,000 to €4,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Original Book Illustrations by Pamela Leonard. Illustrations: Regan (Peter) Touchstone, 8vo D. (Mount Salas Press) 1989. €3,500 to €4,500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> [Petit (Jean), Prevel (Jean) & Gregory (Pope)] [Gregorius]. <i>Compendium Textuale Compillationis decretalium Gregorri noni sine qua…</i>, Paris [Dec. 1524]. €350 to €500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Excessively Rare – V. Fine Copy. [Mac Mahon]. <i>Jus Primatiale Armacanum, In Omnes Archiepiscopos, Episcopos, et Universum Clerum</i>… [n.p.] 1728. €750 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Madden (R.R.). <i>Travels in Turkey, Egypt, Nubia and Palestine in 1824, 1825, 1826 and 1827,</i> 2 vols. 1822. €500 to €700
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Early English Herbal. Gerarde (John). The Herball or General History of Plants, thick folio L. (John Norton) 1597. €700 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The Tehran World War 2 Conference Photograph: [Tehran Conference 1943] An important and iconic Group Photograph showing Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. €80 to €120
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Natural History Specimens from Jersey Jersey Islands: Westacton [Mrs Acton] Collection of 53 original dried examples of Seaweed collected in Jersey, c. 1860. €300 to €400
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Plyglot Bible: Hutteri (Eliae). <i>Biblia Sacra, Ebraice, Chaldaice, Graece, Latinae, Germanice, Sclavonice.</i> Lg. folio Nurimberg 1599. €250 to €350
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The American Invasion 1888: “First Ever G.A.A. Hurling Match in America” Medal: G.A.A., The Invaders, 1888. €2,000 to €3,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> “Babe” Ruth and the G.A.A. G.A.A. & Baseball: A unique and early Sporting Association. An original Spalding B12 Baseball Bat. €4,000 to €6,000
  • <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>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.