• <b>Sotheby’s London: English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin. July 11, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Austen, Jane. Autograph letter, written in the third person, to her niece Anna Austen (later Lefroy), 1812. £80,000 to 100,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Smith, Adam. <i>An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations</i>. London: Printed for W. Strahan; And T. Cadell, 1776. £50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life</i>. John Murray, 1859. £50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin. July 11, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Dickens, Charles. Autograph draft manuscript of "Mrs Gamp with the Strolling Players,” 1847. £40,000 to 60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Shepard, E.H. Two drawings from <i>Winnie-The-Pooh</i> comprising “Why, what’s the matter?” and “He was taking the balloon out…” £40,000 to 60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Blake, William. <i>Illustrations of the Book of Job. Invented and Engraved by William Blake. Published as the Act Directs...By William Blake, 8 March 1825</i> [1826]. £20,000 to 30,000
  • <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Newton. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. London, 1687.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Josephus. <i>De antiquitate Judaica.</i> Lubeck, 1475-76.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Carlerius. <i>Sporta fragmentorum, Sportula fragmentorum</i>. Brussels, 1478-79.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Fridolin. <i>Der Schatzbehalter</i>. Nuremberg, 1491.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Pinder. <i>Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie</i>. Nuremberg, 1505.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Isidorus Hispalensis. <i>Synonyma de Homine</i>. Nuremberg, 1470-71.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Durer. Sammelband including <i>Underweysung der messing</i>. Nuremberg, 1525-29.
  • <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Walter Gibson's Complete Run of The Shadow. 48 bound volumes, 1931-44. $8,000-12,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Frederic Shoberl, The World in Miniature: Hindoostan. 6 volumes. $2,000-4,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> A Rare Copy of the Earliest Chicago Newspaper to Report on the Great Fire of 1871. $6,000-8,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Broadside Proclamation by Mayor Roswell B. Mason for the Preservation of Good Order Following the Great Fire of 1871. Chicago. $4,000-6,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Peter Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence. One page. Scarce and highly collectable. $15,000-20,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> John Quincy Adams. The Jubilee of the Constitution. A Discourse. First edition. Inscribed. 1839. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Cuban Revolution: Expedicion y Desembarco del “Granma.” Havana, ca. 1959. With portraits of the Castro brothers & Che Guevara. $150-250
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Osuna Ramos. A group of 28 photographs of the Mexican Revolution & aftermath in Mexico City, 1910-1920. 4½ x 6”. $400-600
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Charles Bukowski. Hot Water Music. First edition with original signed painting. 1983. $2,000-4,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Alan Ginsberg. Five Page Autographed Letter. Signed. February 10, 1971. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Andy Warhol’s Children’s Book. Featuring 12 color illustrations. Signed 5 times. 1983. $5,000-7,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Albrecht Durer. The Martyrdom Saint John the Evangelist. Woodcut, 1511 edition. $1,000-2,000
  • <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s:<br>De la musique avant toute chose… June 28, 2017</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Roland de Lassus. [Songs and madrigals]. Album gathering three collections of secular music for tenor. 15.000-20.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Richard Wagner. <i>Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.</i> Original edition corrected and annotated by Wagner. 60.000-80.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Claude Debussy. <i>La Damoiselle élue</i>. Lyrical poem, after D.-G. Rossetti. Limited edition of 160 copies. 6.000-8.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s:<br>De la musique avant toute chose… June 28, 2017</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Stéphane Mallarmé. Handwritten notebook made by Geneviève Mallarmé. No place or date [circa 1910]. 10.000-15.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Henri Sauguet. <i>Les Forains</i>. Ballet. Reduction for piano. Original edition. 20.000-30.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Athanasius Kircher. <i>Musurgia Universalis sive Ars Magna Consoni et Dissoni in X. Libros digesta.</i> 1650. 30.000-40.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s:<br>De la musique avant toute chose… June 28, 2017</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> François Villon, & Clément Marot. <i>Les Œuvres de François Villon de Paris, Reviewed and gathered by Clement Marot.</i> 15.000-20.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Rainer Maria Rilke. <i>Larenopfer</i> (Offrande aux dieux Lares). The second collection of Rainer Maria Rilke, containing ninety poems. 6.000-8.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Paul Éluard. <i>Capitale de la douleur.</i> One of the most beautiful poetic collections from the first surrealist wave. 15.000-20.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Pierre de Ronsard. <i>Les Amours</i> ... newly augmented by him, and commented by Marc Antoine de Muret. 40.000-60.000 €

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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>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 30:</b> Carte-de-visite album featuring a previously unrecorded image of Harriet Tubman, 1860s. Sold for $161,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 7:</b> Hovhannes Amira Dadian, first world atlas in Armenian, Venice, 1849. Sold for $37,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 16:</b> T.E. Lawrence, <i>Seven Pillars of Wisdom</i>, privately printed edition, inscribed, London, 1926. Sold for $62,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 14:</b> 22 large-format photographs from NASA missions, 1965-84. Sold for $43,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21: </b> Charles M. Schulz, <i>Here Comes the Big Polar Bear</i>, pen & ink, 4-panel Peanuts comic strip, 1957. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Elliott Erwitt, photograph of JFK & Eisenhower, signed by both, 1960. Sold for $32,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> John Milton, <i>Paradise Lost</i>, first edition, London, 1668. Sold for $22,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 30:</b> Frederick Douglass, Autograph Letter Signed to George Alfred Townsend, Washington, 1880. Sold for $100,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jan 26:</b> <i>Les Maîtres de l'Affiche</i>, 5 volumes, Paris, 1896-1900. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 16:</b> James Joyce, <i>Ulysses</i>, first edition, number 724 on handmade paper, Paris, 1922. Sold for $33,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Single leaf of the Gutenberg Bible, Mainz, 1455, in a copy of Newton's <i>A Noble Fragment</i>. Sold for $52,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27:</b> The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, NY, 1830. Sold for $52,500.
  • <b>Cowan’s Auctions: An Eclectic Collection: The Library of the Late Dr. Ivan Gilbert of Columbus.<br>June 5-26</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Voyages and Travel] Churchill's Voyages 1732 - Complete in 6 Volumes.<br>$5,000 - $7,500.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Illustrated] Alice by Salvador Dali, Signed and Limited. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Literature] The Little Prince - Signed/Limited First French Edition, 1943; #61 of 260. $5,000 - $7,500
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: An Eclectic Collection: The Library of the Late Dr. Ivan Gilbert of Columbus.<br>June 5-26</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Literature] Gone With The Wind, 1st in DJ, May, 1936. $1,500 - $2,500
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Literature - Modern Firsts] Rare Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer, Obelisk Press Paris - 1934. $2,000 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [[Sporting - Fishing] Rare - Lee Sturges, Salmon Fishing New Brunswick, 1 of 50 Printed - 7 Original Etchings.<br>$4,000 - $6,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: An Eclectic Collection: The Library of the Late Dr. Ivan Gilbert of Columbus.<br>June 5-26</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Voyages and Travel - Maritime] Rare Ledyard Account of Cook's Last Voyage, 1783 Hartford, Howes "d".<br>$10,000 - $15,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Illustrated - Maxfield Parrish] Knave of Hearts, Scribner's, 1st Hardback Edition, 1925 Parrish Illustrations.<br>$750 - $1,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Bible - Illustrated - Cartography) Massive Dutch Bible, 1682, Contemporary Colored Maps, Working Brass Clasps. $2,500 - $3,500
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: An Eclectic Collection: The Library of the Late Dr. Ivan Gilbert of Columbus.<br>June 5-26</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Women Suffrage - Civil Rights - Autographs] A Unique Extra-Illustrated Life of Susan B. Anthony. $15,000 - $20,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [18th Century French Manuscript] Unpublished History of Belle-Isle-En-Mer, 1754 With Watercolor Illustration.<br>$10,000 - $15,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Illustrated - Children's - Movable] Wonderful 19th Century Lothar Meggendorfer Moveable Book. $750 - $1,000
  • <b>Forum Auctions: Online Sale of Cricket Books and Works on Paper. Now through July 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Wisden (John). <i>Cricketers' Almanack for 1896</i>, original cloth, 1896. £15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Wisden (John). <i>The Cricketers' Almanack for the year 1869</i>, excellent copy of the scarce sixth edition, 1869. £10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Wisden (John). <i>Cricketers' Almanack for 1916</i>, with tribute to W.G. Grace by Lord Harris, original cloth, 1916. £5,000 to 6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Online Sale of Cricket Books and Works on Paper. Now through July 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Lillywhite (Frederick) and Arthur Haygarth. <i>Cricket Scores and Biographies of Celebrated Cricketers</i>, vol. 1 - 16 [a complete run], 1862-2003. £750 to 1,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Trumper (Victor). Postcard of Victor Trumper, signed by Trumper on image, 1905. £300 to 400
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Crombie (Charles). <i>Laws of Cricket</i>, 1907; and 29 others. £150 to 200
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…