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21 Auctions Archived, 22 More This Week

For the week ending Saturday, July 8, 21 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database, 8 in U.S. dollars, 4 in British pounds, 6 in euros, 2 in Swiss francs, and 1 in Mexican pesos. Sales were $9.2 million ($9,199,970 for those keeping exact score) as 10,678 lots were offered and 6,839 were sold. That was a soft 64% sell-through rate, while the average lot price came in at $1,345.

 

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Profiles in History. Hollywood - Day 1 on June 26th: $1,640,036
Heritage Auctions. Animation Art on July 2nd: $1,415,570
Profiles in History. Hollywood Auction - Day 2 on June 27th: $1,083,550

5 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered in the sale:

Kedem Auction. Jewish and Israeli History and Culture on June 27th: 259.03%
Profiles in History. Hollywood - Day 1 on June 26th: 135.18%
Profiles in History. Hollywood Auction - Day 3 on June 28th: 120.20%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Benjamin Rabier on July 3rd: 113.53%
Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions. Books and Manuscripts on June 20th: 105.47%


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

Heritage Auctions. Animation Art on July 2nd: 99.13%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 6/25 on July 2nd: 98.85%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 6/25 on July 2nd: 98.11%
Profiles in History. Hollywood - Day 1 on June 26th: 90.46%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on June 29th: 86.17%
Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions. Books and Manuscripts on June 20th: 82.65%

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Profiles in History Casablanca producer Hal Wallis' copy of the shooting script with additional Warner Bros. production file. on June 27th Actual price: USD $168,000.
  2. Profiles in History Edgar Wallace's personal film typescript for King Kong with Wallace's handwritten revisions. on June 27th Actual price: USD $120,000.
  3. Profiles in History Peter Ostrum "Charlie Bucket" Golden Ticket from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - Mel Stuart. on June 27th Actual price: USD $96,000.
  4. Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen Das Kapital. Kritik der politischen Oekonomie. Erster Band. Buch 1: Der Produktionsprocess des Kapitals. on July 1st Actual price: USD $84,750.
  5. Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions Letter. Professor Einstein expresses his opinion, "What is the primary worry of the Creator?" Princeton, 1954 on June 20th Actual price: USD $84,000.
  6. OSENAT Lettre autographe signée « Bonapart » au Directeur Paul BARRAS. on July 2nd Actual price: USD $69,825.
  7. Koller Auctions Drei Akte im Wald. 1933. on July 1st Actual price: USD $62,920.
  8. Ader Dada. on June 23rd Actual price: USD $62,585.
  9. Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions An Extraordinarily Rare Letter from Rabbi Gershon Chanoch Leiner of Radzin, Ba'al HaTecheilet on June 20th Actual price: USD $62,400.
  10. Heritage Auctions Fantasia "Night on Bald Mountain" Concept Painting by Kay Nielsen on July 2nd Actual price: USD $59,750.
  11. Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions "Shabbat Shuva" sermon in the handwriting of the Chatam Sofer on June 20th Actual price: USD $57,600.
  12. Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen Bible. Eaux-fortes originales de Marc Chagall. 2 Bde. on July 1st Actual price: USD $51,980.
  13. Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions Letter. Prof. Einstein with handwritten formulas, Princeton 1951 on June 20th Actual price: USD $50,400.
  14. Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions "Sefer HaLevush." Personal copy of kabbalist Rabbi Shmuel Vital, son of Rabbi Chaim Vital, with many glosses in his handwriting on June 20th Actual price: USD $48,000.
  15. Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions "Meor Einayim." "Yismach Lev." Discovery, first, unknown variant! First Edition. Slavuta, [1798] on June 20th Actual price: USD $48,000.
  16. Neret Minet and Tessier «Tintin soigne un scout». on July 3rd Actual price: USD $47,025.
  17. Profiles in History The Wizard of Oz complete shooting script. on June 27th Actual price: USD $45,000.
  18. Koller Auctions Two paintings: Dagwood. 1984. on July 1st Actual price: USD $42,952.
  19. Profiles in History Max Factor archive of (130+) sample hair locks from golden age Hollywood stars. on June 27th Actual price: USD $42,000.
  20. Profiles in History Marilyn Monroe's (Norma Jeane Dougherty) first signed studio contract with Twentieth Century-Fox. on June 27th Actual price: USD $39,000.
  21. Profiles in History The Wizard of Oz book signed by major cast including Toto's paw prints & Judy Garland inscribed. on June 27th Actual price: USD $38,400.
  22. Koller Auctions Violin Concert. 1903. on July 1st Actual price: USD $37,960.
  23. Profiles in History Hollywood icons massive collection of (200+) signed oversize photographs. on June 26th Actual price: USD $37,120.
  24. Profiles in History Tom Jung original sketch for the proposed 1-sheet poster for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. on June 28th Actual price: USD $36,000.
  25. Profiles in History Tom Jung (2) original color studies of "Luke Skywalker" & "Princess Leia" from Star Wars Episode IV. on June 28th Actual price: USD $36,000.


21 total sales reported this week:

Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books, Maps and Prints on July 1st: 45.93%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Cricket Books and Works on Paper on July 5th: 61.45%
Morton Subastas. Old and Contemporary Photographs, Engravings, Lithographs, Books and Documents on July 5th: 32.50%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on July 5th: 63.74%
Sothebys. Treasures: Lot 19, Adolph Menzel Book on July 5th: 0.00%
Profiles in History. Hollywood Auction - Day 3 on June 28th: 68.12%
Profiles in History. Hollywood Auction - Day 2 on June 27th: 78.45%
Profiles in History. Hollywood - Day 1 on June 26th: 90.46%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Benjamin Rabier on July 3rd: 60.13%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on July 4th: 77.33%
Heritage Auctions. Animation Art on July 2nd: 99.13%
OSENAT. Empire at Fontainebleau on July 2nd: 76.29%
Koller Auctions. Prints and Multiples on July 1st: 79.73%
Koller Auctions. Prints and Multiples, Photography on July 1st: 45.26%
Ader. Ancient and Modern Books on June 23rd: 64.81%
Vermot de Pas. Cinema Posters on June 22nd: 27.50%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on June 29th: 86.17%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 6/25 on July 2nd: 98.11%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 6/25 on July 2nd: 98.85%
Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions. Books and Manuscripts on June 20th: 82.65%
Kedem Auction. Jewish and Israeli History and Culture on June 27th: 72.73%


For the week ahead 22 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jul. 10th
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Great American July Auction - Session three: prints, books, ephemera. 274 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 475 lots
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Prints. 46 lots
Quagga Rare Books and Art. Cape Town. Photographs and Photobooks - Internet bidstart 7/3. 50 lots

Tue. Jul. 11th
Sothebys. London. English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collec. 399 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Books, Posters, Photographs. 173 lots

Wed. Jul. 12th
Christies. London - King Street. Printed Books and Manuscripts. 260 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints. 33 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 6/26. 827 lots

Thu. Jul. 13th
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Books - Internet Bidstart 10/87/6. 379 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Art and Illustration - Fine Children's Literature. 364 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Caricatures. 133 lots
Forum Auctions in Italy. Roma. Antiquarian and Rare Books.
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . Summer Collections - Books, Prints - Internet Bidstart 6/19. 156 lots

Fri. Jul. 14th
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Rare and Used Books. 448 lots
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Rare Books, Prints and Historical Photographs. 1034 lots

Sat. Jul. 15th
Mid Hudson Auction Galleries. Cornwall-on-Hudson, . Fine Art - Audubon, Gould, Sam Norkin. 484 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books.
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints. 151 lots

Sun. Jul. 16th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Antiques, Asian and Fine Arts: Prints. 37 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 7/9.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/297/9.

This is certainly not the busiest time of the year, but there will still be a decent selection of material in the weeks ahead for those not on vacation.

Michael Stillman

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>