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Thirty-seven Auctions Archived, 32 Scheduled this Week

For the week ended Saturday 18 November 2017 thirty-nine auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 2 denominated in Australian dollars, 12 in euros, 3 in British pounds, and 20 in US dollars.  Turnover was $16,585,656 as 12,411 lots were offered and 9,297 sold for a 75% success rate.  We’re in the high cotton.  The average lot brought $1,784.

 

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on November 15th: $2,279,202 
SothebysTravel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History on November 14th: $1,853,874 
Kestenbaum and CompanyThe Valmadonna Trust Library: Highly Important Hebrew Books on November 9th: $1,741,563 
Heritage AuctionsEntertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction on November 11th: $1,620,304 
ChristiesPhotographs on November 10th: $1,312,013 

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

Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersCollection of Paul F. Walters - Part 1 on November 11th: 188.31% 
Grogan and CompanyThe 30th Anniversary Auction - Fine Arts Prints and Photographs on November 5th: 169.03% 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on November 15th: 157.85% 
Kestenbaum and CompanyThe Valmadonna Trust Library: Highly Important Hebrew Books on November 9th: 143.92% 
Bruun RasmussenBooks and Manuscripts on November 12th: 131.93% 
Northeast AuctionsFall Weekend Auction on October 29th: 104.34% 
Brunk AuctionsNovember 9-11 Catalog Auction - Books, Prints on November 11th: 103.56% 


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

MossgreenInteriors - Books, Prints on November 14th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 11/5 on November 12th: 98.96% 
Heritage AuctionsHeritage Auctions: Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 11/7 on November 14th: 98.48% 
Heritage AuctionsSpace Exploration on November 10th: 97.69% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - bidstart 10/15 on November 12th: 95.91% 
Bruun RasmussenBooks and Manuscripts on November 12th: 95.45% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersCollection of Paul F. Walters - Part 1 on November 11th: 95.24% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 11/5 on November 12th: 95.19% 
Kestenbaum and CompanyThe Valmadonna Trust Library: Highly Important Hebrew Books on November 9th: 94.74% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on November 14th: 91.78% 
Grogan and CompanyThe 30th Anniversary Auction - Fine Arts Prints and Photographs on November 5th: 91.67% 
John McInnis AuctioneersOctober Estates Auction - Session 2 on October 28th: 89.86% 
Brunk AuctionsNovember 9-11 Catalog Auction - Books, Prints on November 11th: 88.95% 
Alaska AuctionBooks and Prints on October 26th: 84.38% 
Swann Galleries19th and 20th Century Literature on November 14th: 83.28% 
Lancaster Mennonite Historical SocietyRare and Used Books on September 8th: 82.96% 
Northeast AuctionsFall Weekend Auction on October 29th: 82.50% 
SkinnerFine Books and Manuscripts on November 12th: 81.90% 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on November 15th: 81.57% 
 
 
Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions Bob Dylan Owned and Stage-Played 1963 Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar, Serial #196405 Used at George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh. on November 11th Actual price: USD $396,500.
  2. Bonhams Archive of designs for and watercolours of the Thames Tunnel by Marc Isambard Brunel on November 15th Actual price: USD $264,000.
  3. Sothebys TOTIUS ORBIS DESCRIPTIO, on November 14th Actual price: USD $245,625.
  4. Kestenbaum and Company THE COMPLETE REFERENCE LIBRARY OF THE VALMADONNA TRUST on November 9th Actual price: USD $237,500.
  5. Christies The Hand of Miles Davis (B), New York, 1986 on November 10th Actual price: USD $235,410.
  6. Brunk Auctions A Journal of the Operations of the Queen's Rangers From the End of the Year 1777, to the Conclusion of the Late American War By Lieutenant-Colonel Simcoe Commander of that Corps. on November 11th Actual price: USD $168,000.
  7. Bonhams Archive of manuscripts on November 15th Actual price: USD $148,500.
  8. Christies Photogramme, Dessau, 1925 on November 10th Actual price: USD $147,500.
  9. Bonhams Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on November 15th Actual price: USD $140,250.
  10. Bonhams An Atlas of England and Wales] on November 15th Actual price: USD $140,250.
  11. Heritage Auctions Beatles - John Lennon's Personal Stereo "Butcher Cover" Prototype with His Original Artwork on the Blank Back and Signatures of Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr on the Front. The Rarest Beatle Record in the World. on November 11th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  12. Sothebys METAMORPHOSIS INSECTORUM SURINAMENSIUM OFTE VERANDERING DER SURINAAMSCHE INSECTEN. on November 14th Actual price: USD $122,813.
  13. Kestenbaum and Company Talmud Bavli. With commentary of Rashi, Tosaphoth, Piskei Tosaphoth, compendium by Asher b. Jehiel, commentary on the Mishnah by Moses Maimonides, plus index of decisions “Ein Mishpat.” on November 9th Actual price: USD $112,500.
  14. Sothebys CAMPI PHLEGRAEI. OBSERVATIONS ON THE VOLCANOS OF THE TWO SICILIES AS THEY HAVE BEEN COMMUNICATED TO THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON on November 14th Actual price: USD $106,438.
  15. Brunk Auctions A Plan of the Posts of York and Gloucester in the Province of Virginia. on November 11th Actual price: USD $102,000.
  16. Brunk Auctions A General Map of The Middle British Colonies, in America; Viz Virginia, Màriland, Dèlaware, Pensilvania, New-Jersey, New-York, Connecticut, And Rhode Island on November 11th Actual price: USD $102,000.
  17. Kestenbaum and Company Machzor [prayers for the entire year]. According to Roman rite. on November 9th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  18. Bonhams GOSPEL OF ST. MATTHEW from a Bible manuscript on vellum on November 15th Actual price: USD $99,000.
  19. Bonhams Autograph letter signed ("A.M. Turing") on November 15th Actual price: USD $99,000.
  20. Kestenbaum and Company Tephilah kephi Minhag Roma [prayers for the entire year]. According to Roman rite. on November 9th Actual price: USD $90,625.
  21. Sothebys THE HOLY LAND, SYRIA, IDUMEA, ARABIA, EGYPT & NUBIA. on November 14th Actual price: USD $81,875.
  22. Sothebys UNTITLED WORLD MAP. on November 14th Actual price: USD $81,875.
  23. Sothebys L'ATLAS OU MÉDITATIONS COSMOGRAPHIQUES DE LA FABRIQUE DU MONDE ET FIGURE DICELUY. on November 14th Actual price: USD $81,875.
  24. Bonhams Letter signed ("Charles Darwin") on November 15th Actual price: USD $79,200.
  25. Brunk Auctions , A Map of the Battle of Yorktown entitled Carte de la Partie de la Virginie ou L'Armée Combinée De France & Des États-Unis De L'Amérique a fait prisonniere l'Armée Anglaise commandée par Lord Cornwallis le 19 Oct.bre 1781. on November 11th Actual price: USD $78,000.


37 total sales reported this week:

Dorotheum . Christmas Auction - Graphics on November 16th: 44.12%
Bonhams. Fine Books and Manuscripts on November 15th: 81.57%
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Book Auction - Part 2 on November 12th: 62.45%
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Book Auction - Part 1 on November 11th: 61.38%
Heritage Auctions. Heritage Auctions: Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 11/7 on November 14th: 98.48%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Collection of Paul F. Walters - Part 1 on November 11th: 95.24%
Kestenbaum and Company. The Valmadonna Trust Library: Highly Important Hebrew Books on November 9th: 94.74%
Mossgreen. Interiors - Books, Prints on November 14th: 100.00%
Mossgreen. The Contents of Falls House - Prints, Photographs, Books on November 13th: 59.38%
ALDE. Michel Wittock Collection on November 14th: 70.26%
ALDE. Selected Books from the 15th through 19th Century on November 14th: 54.55%
Swann Galleries. 19th and 20th Century Literature on November 14th: 83.28%
Sothebys. 20th Century Art - A Different Perspective on November 14th: 75.00%
Sothebys. Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History on November 14th: 69.20%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on November 14th: 91.78%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books and Manuscripts on November 12th: 95.45%
Zisska and Lacher. Fine Art, Maps and Prints on November 10th: 63.05%
Zisska and Lacher. Rare Books and Photographs on November 9th: 61.86%
Zisska and Lacher. Rare Books, Autographs and Manuscripts on November 8th: 62.50%
Skinner. Fine Books and Manuscripts on November 12th: 81.90%
Christies. Photographs on November 10th: 48.95%
PBA Galleries. Fine Golf Books, Hickory Clubs & Golf Memorabilia on November 12th: 61.75%
Michaans Auctions. Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs on November 11th: 70.00%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Image Theatre Cinema Advertising on September 26th: 32.37%
Grogan and Company. The 30th Anniversary Auction - Fine Arts Prints and Photographs on November 5th: 91.67%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on September 8th: 82.96%
Alaska Auction. Books and Prints on October 26th: 84.38%
Brunk Auctions. November 9-11 Catalog Auction - Books, Prints on November 11th: 88.95%
Charlton Hall. Estate Auction - Prints, books on October 27th: 66.67%
Northeast Auctions. Fall Weekend Auction on October 29th: 82.50%
RR Auction. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 10/27 on November 8th: 56.77%
John McInnis Auctioneers. October Estates Auction - Session 2 on October 28th: 89.86%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 11/5 on November 12th: 95.19%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - bidstart 10/15 on November 12th: 95.91%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 11/5 on November 12th: 98.96%
Heritage Auctions. Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction on November 11th: 76.66%
Heritage Auctions. Space Exploration on November 10th: 97.69%

 

For the week ahead 32 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Nov. 20th
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Hamburg. Rare Books - Day 1. 107 lots
Rossini. Paris. Photographs. 251 lots
Bonhams. London. TCM Presents ... Vintage Movie Posters Featuring the Ira Resnick Collection. 393 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 70 lots

Tue. Nov. 21st
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Art books, Children's books, Varia. 1002 lots
Il Ponte. Milan. Books and Manuscripts. 253 lots
Stockholms Auktionsverk. Stockholm. Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts. 497 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Jacques Grange Collector. 16 lots
Bonhams. New York. TCM Presents... Out of this World!. 326 lots
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Hamburg. Rare Books - Day 2. 385 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 11/14. 453 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Fine printing, Literature. 642 lots

Wed. Nov. 22nd
Trafford Books. Manchester. Books. 245 lots
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. Books. 430 lots
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Autograph Books. 213 lots
ALDE. Paris. Modern Illustrated Books and Original Bindings. 344 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Indonesia, Africana, (Natural) history, Manuscripts, Old and Rare Books. 1106 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Old and Rare Books (Part 2). 658 lots

Thu. Nov. 23rd
Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions. Turin. Posters.
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. Books. 446 lots
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Ancient and Modern Books.
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Modern Art: Prints, etc.. 754 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Ceramics, Photos, Japanese Prints, and Posters. 409 lots

Fri. Nov. 24th
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Brussels. Books and Prints, Part I. 728 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 138 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Drawings, Old Master Prints, Maps and Plans. 697 lots

Sat. Nov. 25th
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Brussels. Books and Prints, Part II. 712 lots
Ader. PARIS. Modern Prints: Henri M. Petiet - 50th and Last Sale chez Ader.

Sun. Nov. 26th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 11/19.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 11/19.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 10/29. 405 lots
Ader. PARIS. PrModern Prints: Henri M. Petiet - 50th and Last Sale chez Ader.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500
  • <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.
  • <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