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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>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