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RBH: 24 Auctions Archived, 34 Sales Scheduled this Week

For the week ending Saturday, 10 March 2018, 24 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 2 denominated in euros, 2 in British pounds, and 20 in US dollars.  Turnover was $9,253,085 as 8,079 lots were offered and 6,700 sold for an 83% success rate. The average sale price was $1,381. The average sale price was healthy, but the sell-through rate was unusually strong.

 

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Heritage AuctionsBooks - Internet Bidstart 2/16 on March 7th: $2,117,466 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on March 9th: $1,328,375 
Kestenbaum and CompanyFine Judaica on March 8th: $1,207,188 

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

Leland Little AuctionsImportant Spring Auction - Prints on March 3rd: 164.58% 
Swann GalleriesEarly Printed, Medical, Scientific and Travel Books on March 8th: 155.24% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on March 7th: 145.89% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsThe Magic Collection of John Daniel on March 3rd: 142.71% 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersSt. Louis Spring Auction - Prints on March 9th: 140.74% 
Bruun RasmussenPhotographs, Prints on March 7th: 114.75% 


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

Robert Siegel GalleriesThe James P. Myerson Collection of Pioneer Flight Mail 1910-1916 on March 8th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/25 on March 4th: 99.30% 
Heritage AuctionsBooks - Internet Bidstart 2/16 on March 7th: 98.12% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/4 on March 4th: 97.71% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 2/27 on March 6th: 97.45% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersExposition Auction - Books and Prints on March 2nd: 97.44% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsThe Magic Collection of John Daniel on March 3rd: 96.95% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/25 on March 4th: 96.80% 
Leland Little AuctionsImportant Spring Auction - Prints on March 3rd: 94.74% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on March 3rd: 93.41% 
Swann GalleriesEarly Printed, Medical, Scientific and Travel Books on March 8th: 90.11% 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersSt. Louis Spring Auction - Prints on March 9th: 88.89% 
Bruun RasmussenPhotographs, Prints on March 7th: 88.89% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on March 6th: 88.04% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on March 7th: 87.86% 
Cowans AuctionsWPA Era Prints and Works on Paper on March 2nd: 85.25% 


24 total sales reported this week: 

Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPhotography: The First 100 Years on March 9th: 70.73% 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersSt. Louis Spring Auction - Prints on March 9th: 88.89% 
Leland Little AuctionsImportant Spring Auction - Prints on March 3rd: 94.74% 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on March 9th: 39.39% 
Robert Siegel GalleriesThe James P. Myerson Collection of Pioneer Flight Mail 1910-1916 on March 8th: 100.00% 
PBA GalleriesFine Literature & Fine Books on March 8th: 66.39% 
Kestenbaum and CompanyFine Judaica on March 8th: 50.14% 
Swann GalleriesEarly Printed, Medical, Scientific and Travel Books on March 8th: 90.11% 
RR AuctionMarch Auction featuring Military - Internet bidstart 2/17 on March 7th: 56.91% 
Winner's Auctions LtdLetters by A. Einstein and Other Illustrious Personalities, Zionism, Judaic art, etc. on March 6th: 71.84% 
Winner's Auctions LtdEretz Israel and Zionism, Postcards and Photographs, Numismatics, Posters, Maps, Judaica, Holy books on February 21st: 63.21% 
Heritage AuctionsBooks - Internet Bidstart 2/16 on March 7th: 98.12% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on March 7th: 87.86% 
Bruun RasmussenPhotographs, Prints on March 7th: 88.89% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 2/27 on March 6th: 97.45% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on March 3rd: 93.41% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on March 6th: 88.04% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsThe Magic Collection of John Daniel on March 3rd: 96.95% 
Cowans AuctionsWPA Era Prints and Works on Paper on March 2nd: 85.25% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersExposition Auction - Books and Prints on March 2nd: 97.44% 
PosterConnection Inc.Affordable Posters on February 13th: 72.24% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/25 on March 4th: 99.30% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/25 on March 4th: 96.80% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/4 on March 4th: 97.71% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Bonhams Violin with spruce top, maple sides, back and neck, carved scroll headstock, 1933, on March 9th Actual price: USD $516,500.
  2. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone, titled on the upper wrapper "Opus Galli Anonymi," on March 9th Actual price: USD $275,000.
  3. Kestenbaum and Company The Proposal of the Jews to Ferdinand and Isabella (in order to secure their residence in Spain). on March 8th Actual price: USD $237,500.
  4. Kestenbaum and Company (“The Tosfos Yom-Tov.”) Mishnayoth. Complete set with commentaries of R. Ovadiah of Bartinura and Tosfoth Yom Tov. on March 8th Actual price: USD $200,000.
  5. Heritage Auctions The Great Gatsby. on March 7th Actual price: USD $162,500.
  6. Swann Galleries The Defence of Poesie [i. e., An Apologie for Poetrie]. on March 8th Actual price: USD $149,000.
  7. Bonhams Autograph Musical Manuscript, sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2, 2 pp, on March 9th Actual price: USD $131,250.
  8. Bonhams The Annotated Paragraph Bible: containing the Old and New Testaments, according to the Authorized Version, arranged in Paragraphs and Parallelisms; with Explanatory Notes. on March 9th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  9. Bonhams Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa"), 2 pp recto and verso, 4to (280 x 215 mm), on March 9th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  10. Winner's Auctions Ltd Letter from Prof. Albert Einstein Regarding the Formalization of the "Third Stage of the Theory of Relativity." Signed Autograph. 1928 on March 6th Actual price: USD $103,700.
  11. Winner's Auctions Ltd Manuscript by Rabbi Chaim Efraim of Sudylkow, Author of "Degel Machane Efraim" Only Copy in the World? on March 6th Actual price: USD $97,600.
  12. Swann Galleries Repetición de amores, y Arte de ajedres. on March 8th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  13. Bonhams Glass prism, 152 mm overall, cut in three polished facets, 33 mm per side, molded knobs on both ends. on March 9th Actual price: USD $60,000.
  14. Dominic Winter Book Auctions A Brief Description of England and Wales, containing a particular account of each county..., embellished with Copper-plate maps of each county, very useful for Travellers and others and very proper for Schools to give on March 7th Actual price: USD $56,712.
  15. Bonhams Autograph Letter Signed ("Go: Washington") on March 9th Actual price: USD $56,250.
  16. RR Auction Karl Marx ALS on March 7th Actual price: USD $53,509.
  17. Kestenbaum and Company Josef Edward August von Gillern. Half-length portrait of The Chasam Sofer (R. Moshe Schreiber / Sofer). on March 8th Actual price: USD $46,875.
  18. Bruun Rasmussen Untitled # 312. on March 7th Actual price: USD $45,725.
  19. Heritage Auctions Mr. William Shakespear's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. on March 7th Actual price: USD $45,000.
  20. Heritage Auctions The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. on March 7th Actual price: USD $45,000.
  21. Dominic Winter Book Auctions Sir John Frederick William Herschel, April 1867, on March 9th Actual price: USD $44,712.
  22. Winner's Auctions Ltd Alois Heinrich Priechenfried (1867-1953). The Merchant on March 6th Actual price: USD $43,920.
  23. RR Auction Mohandas Gandhi Signed Photo on March 7th Actual price: USD $41,807.
  24. Winner's Auctions Ltd Historic Letter from the "Chafetz Chaim" Regarding His Immigration to the Land of Israel and Building his House in Petach Tikvah on March 6th Actual price: USD $41,480.
  25. Winner's Auctions Ltd Leaf of "Segulot and Refuot" in the Holy Handwriting of Rabbi Chaim Vital on March 6th Actual price: USD $34,160.

 


For the week ahead 34 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Mar. 12th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 86 lots

Tue. Mar. 13th
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Berlin. I. Literature II. Science. 343 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. 19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings. 575 lots
Artcurial. Paris. May '68 in 500 Posters. 448 lots
Forum Auctions in Italy. Roma. Online Sale: Ancient and Rare Books, including volumes from the private library of Giorgio Petrocchi. 90 lots
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Berlin. III. Fine Arts IV. Music. 282 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 3/6. 569 lots

Wed. Mar. 14th
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Books, Maps and Prints. 489 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. Noble House and Private Collections. 2 lots
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. Photographs. 314 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 132 lots
Sothebys. London. The Political Cartoon Collection of Jeffrey Archer. 225 lots
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Berlin. V. History. 220 lots

Thu. Mar. 15th
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/8. 181 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Gold Rush Sale. 422 lots
Soler Y Llach. Barcelona. Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts. 964 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Pop Culture - Internet Bidstart 3/8. 561 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Collection of Russian photographs, vintage Soviet posters & works by Alexander Rodchen. 62 lots

Fri. Mar. 16th
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Brugge. Spring Auction - Books and Prints - Session 1. 555 lots
Venator and Hanstein. Köln . Books - Prints and Drawings - Autographs. 770 lots
Freemans. Philadelphia. Asian Arts - Woodblock Prints. 20 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 107 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Gold Rush Auction - Day 2. 513 lots

Sat. Mar. 17th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Texana. 298 lots
Venator and Hanstein. Köln . Modern and Contemporary Prints - Contemporary Books. 386 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Comic Strips and Original Plates, Japanese Animation.
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books and Ephemera.
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Brugge. Spring Auction - Books and Prints - Session 2. 645 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 152 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Gold Rush Auction - Day 3. 708 lots

Sun. Mar. 18th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/20. 256 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 3/11.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 3/11.
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Gold Rush Auction - Day 4. 511 lots

Mike Stillman

RBH and AE

  • <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
  • <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.