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Thirty-One Auctions Archived, 40 in the Batter’s Cage

For the week ended Saturday 2 December 2017 31 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 10 denominated in euros, 7 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, 1 in Swedish krona, and 12 in US dollars.  These sales raised U$15,097,441 as 8,403 lots were offered and 6,481 lots sold for a 77% success rate.  As the year completes there continues to be strength in the rooms.

 

4 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

AderModern Prints: Henri M. Petiet - 50th and Last Sale chez Ader on November 25th: $2,948,753 
Blanchard's Auction ServiceThe Mulford-Gardiner-Buell Papers - Including John Holt's Declaration of Independence on November 11th: $2,148,000 
ChristiesRare Books and Manuscripts on November 28th: $2,106,672 
SothebysMusic Manuscripts on November 28th: $1,544,961 

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

Nye & Company AuctioneersNovember Backyard Timed Auction on November 30th: 470.40% 
Blanchard's Auction ServiceThe Mulford-Gardiner-Buell Papers - Including John Holt's Declaration of Independence on November 11th: 204.57% 
AderModern Prints: Henri M. Petiet - 50th and Last Sale chez Ader on November 25th: 164.53% 
AderPrModern Prints: Henri M. Petiet - 50th and Last Sale chez Ader on November 26th: 145.43% 
SothebysMusic Manuscripts on November 28th: 105.92% 
Chiswick AuctionsPrinted Books and Manuscripts on November 29th: 103.82% 
Romantic Agony Book and Print AuctionsBooks and Prints, Part I on November 24th: 101.09% 


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

Blanchard's Auction ServiceThe Mulford-Gardiner-Buell Papers - Including John Holt's Declaration of Independence on November 11th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsThe NCS Thanks & Giving Auction benefiting Hurricane Relief - Internet bidstart 11/22 on November 30th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 11/19 on November 26th: 99.30% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 11/19 on November 26th: 98.40% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 11/21 on November 28th: 97.78% 
AderModern Prints: Henri M. Petiet - 50th and Last Sale chez Ader on November 25th: 94.64% 
AderPrModern Prints: Henri M. Petiet - 50th and Last Sale chez Ader on November 26th: 94.43% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on November 28th: 94.19% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on November 24th: 83.33% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 10/29 on November 26th: 82.22% 
RR AuctionSpace Exploration - Internet bidstart 11/9 on November 16th: 81.59% 
ChristiesInteriors: Ski Posters on November 28th: 81.08% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Ader Suite Vollard.1930-1937. on November 25th Actual price: USD $2,305,625.
  2. Blanchard's Auction Service THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE and eight support-ing documents on November 11th Actual price: USD $1,800,000.
  3. Christies Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri. on November 28th Actual price: USD $608,685.
  4. Sothebys THE AUTOGRAPH WORKING MANUSCRIPT OF THE SECOND RHAPSODY FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO, BB 96 on November 28th Actual price: USD $410,970.
  5. Blanchard's Auction Service the MULFORD-GARDINER-BUELL PAPERS on November 11th Actual price: USD $348,000.
  6. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH WORKING MANUSCRIPT OF PART OF AN ARIA FROM AN ITALIAN OPERA, INTENDED FOR "IL PASTOR FIDO" IN 1734 on November 28th Actual price: USD $241,063.
  7. Christies [La Tauromaquia.] Treinta y tres estampas, que representan diferentes suertes y actitudes del arte de lidiar los Toros. on November 28th Actual price: USD $208,250.
  8. Christies Les Vases Communicants. on November 28th Actual price: USD $178,500.
  9. RR Auction Buzz Aldrin's Apollo 11 Cartier Solid Gold Lunar Module Replica on November 16th Actual price: USD $149,862.
  10. Christies LIVRE D'HEURES, à l'usage de Paris, en latin et en français, manuscrit enluminé sur vélin on November 28th Actual price: USD $141,313.
  11. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH SKETCHLEAF FOR THE SECOND SYMPHONY on November 28th Actual price: USD $108,063.
  12. Sothebys HIGHLY IMPORTANT SERIES OF FORTY-THREE LETTERS, ALL BUT TWO AUTOGRAPH, WITH OTHER ITEMS, TO THE VIOLINIST ZOLT"N SZÉKELY on November 28th Actual price: USD $99,750.
  13. Sothebys FINE ALBUM OF TWENTY AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPTS OF SONGS BY ROSSINI, BELLINI, MEYERBEER, CHERUBINI AND OTHERS on November 28th Actual price: USD $91,438.
  14. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH SKETCHLEAF FOR THE SYMPHONY NO.3 IN D MINOR on November 28th Actual price: USD $83,125.
  15. Christies 12 Notations. on November 28th Actual price: USD $81,813.
  16. Christies Elementorum Philosophiae sectio tertia. on November 28th Actual price: USD $81,813.
  17. RR Auction Apollo 11 LM Flown Page With Neil Armstrong Notations on November 16th Actual price: USD $78,346.
  18. Sothebys ALBUM CONTAINING THREE AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATIONS ON ONE PAGE, on November 28th Actual price: USD $66,500.
  19. Christies LIVRE D’HEURES, à l’usage de Rome, en latin, manuscrit enluminé sur vélin on November 28th Actual price: USD $62,475.
  20. RR Auction Dave Scott's Apollo 15 Lunar Orbit-Flown CSM Systems Data Book on November 16th Actual price: USD $60,995.
  21. Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions ca. 350 catalogues de ventes publiques de la Galerie Giroux à Bruxelles, 1916-1959 on November 25th Actual price: USD $53,550.
  22. Christies Contes fantastiques.- Contes nocturnes.- Contes et fantaisies.- La Vie d'E.T.A. on November 28th Actual price: USD $52,063.
  23. Ader Le Chapeau épinglé (2e pl.). on November 26th Actual price: USD $52,063.
  24. Ader Ten Etchings / by / J. J. Tissot / first Series. A Londres, chez l’auteur. 1876. Format de l’album : 630 x 445. on November 26th Actual price: USD $51,103.
  25. Christies Jeux vagues. on November 28th Actual price: USD $47,600.



31 total sales reported this week:

Blanchard's Auction Service. The Mulford-Gardiner-Buell Papers - Including John Holt's Declaration of Independence on November 11th: 100.00%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Fine Sale - Day 3: Books on November 30th: 67.05%
Chiswick Auctions. Printed Books and Manuscripts on November 29th: 79.61%
Tooveys. Asian and Islamic Works of Art - Prints on November 30th: 71.43%
Tooveys. Prints on November 29th: 66.67%
PBA Galleries. The Richard E. Bateman Collection on Celestial Mechanics with Rare Books & Manuscripts from various on November 30th: 56.66%
Nye & Company Auctioneers. November Backyard Timed Auction on November 30th: 75.41%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on November 29th: 74.78%
Heritage Auctions. The NCS Thanks & Giving Auction benefiting Hurricane Relief - Internet bidstart 11/22 on November 30th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 11/21 on November 28th: 97.78%
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Books and Prints, Part II on November 25th: 64.33%
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Books and Prints, Part I on November 24th: 66.90%
Aguttes. Autograph Books on November 22nd: 51.17%
Morton Subastas. Books, Documents and Photographs on November 28th: 31.62%
Christies. Rare Books and Manuscripts on November 28th: 50.00%
Christies. Interiors: Ski Posters on November 28th: 81.08%
Sothebys. Music Manuscripts on November 28th: 64.86%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on November 24th: 83.33%
Dorotheum . Autographs, Manuscripts and Certificates on November 27th: 72.08%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on November 28th: 94.19%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 10/29 on November 26th: 82.22%
Treadway Toomey Auctions. Objects Online Only - part one of the Wilbert & Marilyn Hasbrouck collection - books, prints on October 25th: 68.89%
Ader. PrModern Prints: Henri M. Petiet - 50th and Last Sale chez Ader on November 26th: 94.43%
Ader. Modern Prints: Henri M. Petiet - 50th and Last Sale chez Ader on November 25th: 94.64%
OSENAT. The Empire, Historical Memories on November 19th: 75.56%
RR Auction. Space Exploration - Internet bidstart 11/9 on November 16th: 81.59%
Clars Auction Gallery. Antiques, Asian and Fine Arts: Prints on November 18th: 77.71%
Stockholms Auktionsverk. Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts on November 21st: 73.64%
Purcell Auctioneers. Autumn Irish Interest Books on November 15th: 78.35%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 11/19 on November 26th: 98.40%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 11/19 on November 26th: 99.30%

 

For the week ahead 40 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Dec. 4th
Artcurial. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 260 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 88 lots

Tue. Dec. 5th
Swann Galleries. New York. Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books. 431 lots
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Manuscripts, Ancient and Modern Books, Old Papers. 177 lots
Sothebys. London. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books. 191 lots
Tajan. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 410 lots
Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. Kilkenny. Rare Books. 706 lots
Christies. New York. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana. 251 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Books and Decorative Prints. 382 lots
Bonhams. New York. Modern and Contemporary Prints and Multiples. 130 lots
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . Autographs/Animation Art. 77 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 11/28. 494 lots

Wed. Dec. 6th
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Photography. 334 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 398 lots
PIASA. Paris. Editions. 71 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 11/17. 503 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Fine Books, Western Manuscripts and Works on Paper. 491 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Photography Online. 91 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures. 148 lots
Heritage Auctions. Hong Kong. HKINF World Currency Signature Auction. 848 lots
Moreshet Auctions. Jerusalem. Judaica: Books and Manuscripts. 263 lots
Bonhams. New York. History of Science and Technology. 114 lots
Bonhams. New York. Voices of the 20th Century. 128 lots
Koller Auctions. Zurich. Fashion: Vintage and Photography. 72 lots
Tajan. Paris. Limited Editions. 99 lots
Koller Auctions. Zurich. Photography. 325 lots

Thu. Dec. 7th
Rossini. Paris. Bibliophilia and Autographs. 156 lots
Christies. New York. RUSSIAN AMERICA AND POLAR EXPLORATION: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MARTIN GREENE LIBRARY. 421 lots
One Of Kind Collectibles. Coral Gables. Rare Collectible - Internet bidstart 11/17. 270 lots

Fri. Dec. 8th
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Ancient and Modern Books. 68 lots

Sat. Dec. 9th
Koller Auctions. Zurich. Prints and Multiples. 175 lots
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs. 49 lots
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. 75172 Pforzheim. Rare Books and Fine Prints. 721 lots
Heritage Auctions. Beverly Hills. Animation Art. 1045 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books.
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints. 381 lots

Sun. Dec. 10th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/3.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/3.
Michael Treloar. Adelaide SA. Rare Books.
Mossgreen. Woollahra NSW. Collectors’ Cars & Automobilia – Featuring the Ferguson Collection of Motorsport Posters.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

December Week One 2017

  • <b>Bonhams: Sale Results from <i>Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I.</i> September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. Sold for $97,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. Sold for $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. Sold for $87,50
    <b>Bonhams: Sale Results from <i>Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I.</i> September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. Sold for $8,750
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. Sold for $37,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. Sold for $6,875
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. Sold for $3,750
  • <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Aegidius Sadeler (Flemish, 1570-1629), engraving on laid paper "Madonna and Child in a Landscape", after a drawing by Albrecht Durer. $800 to $1,200
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920), drypoint etching on paper "On Hemso Island", 1917, pencil signed. $400 to $600
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Joseph Pennell (American, 1860-1926), etching on paper "Setting Up Columns", pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> William Lee Hankey (British, 1869-1952), drypoint etching on paper "Affection", pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> William Walcot (English, 1874-1943), drypoint etching on paper "Lower Broadway, New York", 1924, pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Auguste Brouet (French, 1872-1941), color etching "La Pirouette", pencil signed, ed 111/250. $400 to $600
    <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975), lithograph on paper "The Boy", pencil signed. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> John Stockton de Martelly (American, 1903-1979), lithograph on paper "Looking at the Sunshine", pencil signed, original AAA certificate. $400 to $600
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Jacques Hnizdovsky (Ukrainian-American, 1915-1985), woodcut on paper "Moppet", pencil signed and dated 1965, ed 118/250. $400 to $600
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Kurt Vonnegut, archive of 12 letters, signed to his family, 6 illustrated, 1930s-40s. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Allen Ginsberg, 11 autograph manuscripts, including 10 drafts of poems & a page of notes, circa 1948. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Joan Miró, illustrated autograph note signed to MoMA Director of Exhibitions & Publications, 1959. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Carl Gustav Jung, typed letter signed to a colleague, 1948. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Gustav Mahler, ALS, arranging a meeting during his historic visit to New York, circa 1908. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Mark Twain, ALS, explaining the target of his new book, 1902. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Charles Dickens, ALS, accepting an invitation in the voice of a <i>Martin Chuzzlewit</i> character, 1843. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Jacob Lawrence, illustrated greeting card signed, 1960. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Robert E. Lee, ALS, to the colonel of the Kanawha Valley volunteers, boosting morale, 1861. $15,000 to $25,000
  • <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>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SHACKLETON, Ernest Henry, Sir. <i>Aurora Australis. Printed at the Winter Quarters of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907, During the Winter Months of April, May, June, July, 1908.</i> $60,000 to $80,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> HUMBOLDT, Alexander von, and Aime J. A. BONPLAND. <i>Vues des Cordillères, et monumens des peuples indigènes de l'Amérique.</i> Paris, 1810. $30,000 to $40,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> COOK, James, Captain. [Collected Voyages]. London: Strahan and Cadell, 1773, 1777, 1784. First editions of the second and third voyages. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> DARWIN, Charles. <i>A Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836.</i> $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SPILBERGEN, Joris van (1568-1620). <i>Speculum orientalis occidentalisque Indiae navigationum.</i> Leiden: Nicolaus van Geelkercken, 1619. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> DRAKE, Francis, Sir. <i>Sir Francis Drake Revived. Who is or may be a Pattern to stirre up all Heroicke and active Spirits of these Times…</i> London, 1653 [i.e. 1652]. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SHACKLETON, Ernest Henry, Sir, Louis C. BERNACCHI, and Apsley George Benet CHERRY-GARRARD, editors. The South Polar Times. London, 1907-1914. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> ANSON, George. <i>A Voyage round the World, In the Years 1740...</i> 1744. London: John and Paul Knapton for the author, 1748. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> HERRERA Y TORDESILLAS, Antonio de. <i>Description des Indes Occidentales, Qu'on appelle aujourdhuy Le Nouveau Monde...</i> Amsterdam: Michel Colin, 1622. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> NOORT, Olivier van. <i>Description du Penible Voyage fait entour de l'univers ou globe terrestre...</i> Amsterdam: Cornille Nicolas, 1610. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> LEO AFRICANUS, Johannes. <i>A Geographical Historie of Africa, Written in Arabicke and Italian.</i> London: George Bishop, 1600. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SCHOUTEN, Willem Corneliszoon. <i>Journal ou Description du Merveilleux Voyage de Guillaume Schouten, Hollandois natif de Hoorn, fait es années 1615, 1616, & 1617.</i> 1619. $4,000 to $6,000