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Weekly Auction Update: 23 Auctions Archived, 29 More This Week

 For the week that ended Saturday 24 March 2018 23 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 8 denominated in euros, 4 in British pounds, and 11 in US dollars.  Turnover was $8,161,964 as 8,421 lots were offered and 6,447 sold for a 77% success rate.  The average lot brought $1,266.  The market is holding up even as uncertainty hovers over the United States and the world economy.

 

Twenty-nine new auctions are in the rooms this week.

 

2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on March 21st: $2,216,767 
SothebysMade in Britain - Prints on March 20th: $1,005,991 

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

SothebysMade in Britain - Prints on March 20th: 134.04% 
Forum AuctionsFine Books and Works on Paper on March 22nd: 121.01% 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on March 21st: 116.27% 
John McInnis AuctioneersMarch Estate Auction - Session 2 on March 17th: 113.37% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on March 20th: 101.87% 


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

San Rafael Auction GallerySpring Auction on March 17th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 3/11 on March 18th: 99.11% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 2/13 on March 20th: 98.87% 
John McInnis AuctioneersMarch Estate Auction - Session 2 on March 17th: 98.84% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/20 on March 18th: 97.66% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 3/11 on March 18th: 96.01% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on March 17th: 93.82% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on March 20th: 90.14% 
Nye & Company AuctioneersMarch Backyard Auction - Books, Prints on March 22nd: 88.10% 
SothebysMade in Britain - Prints on March 20th: 87.50% 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on March 21st: 86.91% 
Bruun RasmussenBooks on March 20th: 84.75% 
Swann GalleriesAutographs on March 22nd: 83.78% 
Heritage AuctionsTexana on March 17th: 83.56% 
Forum AuctionsFine Books and Works on Paper on March 22nd: 83.39% 
Marc van de Wiele AuctionsSpring Auction - Books and Prints - Session 2 on March 17th: 81.24% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Bonhams The Bell Jar by Victoria Lucas on March 21st Actual price: USD $123,375.
  2. Bonhams The Bell Jar by Victoria Lucas on March 21st Actual price: USD $105,750.
  3. Venator and Hanstein Darwin, Charles; Naturforscher (Shrewsbury 1809- 1882 Down House/Kent). on March 16th Actual price: USD $90,774.
  4. Bonhams Harmonia Macrocosmica seu atlas universalis et novus on March 21st Actual price: USD $79,313.
  5. Bonhams A collection of approximately 480 seventeenth and eighteenth century pamphlets (mostly in English) on March 21st Actual price: USD $74,025.
  6. Marc van de Wiele Auctions Hypnerotomachia Poliphili on March 17th Actual price: USD $67,650.
  7. Sothebys EX-POSITION (L. 46) on March 20th Actual price: USD $63,000.
  8. Bonhams Theatrum orbis terrarum on March 21st Actual price: USD $61,688.
  9. Bonhams Micrographia: or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses on March 21st Actual price: USD $56,400.
  10. Forum Auctions Choose Your Weapon (Cool Grey) on March 21st Actual price: USD $52,875.
  11. Bonhams The substantial collection of holiday travel journals on March 21st Actual price: USD $52,875.
  12. Sothebys GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN  on March 20th Actual price: USD $52,500.
  13. Sothebys LOVE RAT on March 20th Actual price: USD $52,500.
  14. Sothebys THE BLUE GUITAR (S.A.C. 199-218; MCA TOKYO 178-197) on March 20th Actual price: USD $49,000.
  15. Bonhams Sylvia Plath's Hermes 3000 typewriter on March 21st Actual price: USD $45,825.
  16. Venator and Hanstein COLOGNE CATHEDRAL 1985 on March 17th Actual price: USD $42,361.
  17. Venator and Hanstein Thesaurus rei herbarii hortensisque universalis ... on March 16th Actual price: USD $42,361.
  18. Sothebys (3D) BANKSY on March 20th Actual price: USD $42,000.
  19. Sothebys RUTH SMOKING. (C. 90-94) on March 20th Actual price: USD $42,000.
  20. Bonhams The Hawk in the Rain on March 21st Actual price: USD $40,538.
  21. Heritage Auctions [Civil War]. John Stayton Autograph Letter Signed on March 17th Actual price: USD $40,000.
  22. Bonhams Banks' Florilegium. A Publication in Thirty-Four Parts of Seven Hundred and Thirty-Eight Copperplate Engravings of Plants Collected on Captain James Cook's First Voyage Round the World in H.M.S. Endeavour on March 21st Actual price: USD $38,775.
  23. Forum Auctions Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on March 22nd Actual price: USD $38,775.
  24. Sothebys PULP FICTION on March 20th Actual price: USD $38,500.
  25. Heritage Auctions Rare J.H. Dance and Brothers Confederate Dragoon Single Action Revolver, Found at the Dance Factory in Columbia, Texas. on March 17th Actual price: USD $37,500.



23 total sales reported this week:

Nye & Company Auctioneers. March Backyard Auction - Books, Prints on March 22nd: 88.10%
Forum Auctions. Fine Books and Works on Paper on March 22nd: 83.39%
Forum Auctions. Editions and Works on Paper on March 21st: 67.19%
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Spring Auction - Books and Prints - Session 2 on March 17th: 81.24%
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Spring Auction - Books and Prints - Session 1 on March 16th: 77.84%
Ader. Judaica on March 21st: 54.39%
Swann Galleries. Autographs on March 22nd: 83.78%
Bonhams. Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 21st: 86.91%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on March 17th: 93.82%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 2/13 on March 20th: 98.87%
Sothebys. Made in Britain - Prints on March 20th: 87.50%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books on March 20th: 84.75%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on March 20th: 90.14%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 3/11 on March 18th: 99.11%
Vermot de Pas. Comic Strips and Original Plates, Japanese Animation on March 17th: 64.38%
John McInnis Auctioneers. March Estate Auction - Session 2 on March 17th: 98.84%
San Rafael Auction Gallery. Spring Auction on March 17th: 100.00%
Venator and Hanstein. Books - Prints and Drawings - Autographs on March 16th: 32.47%
Venator and Hanstein. Modern and Contemporary Prints - Contemporary Books on March 17th: 54.92%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/20 on March 18th: 97.66%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 3/11 on March 18th: 96.01%
Heritage Auctions. Texana on March 17th: 83.56%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/8 on March 15th: 43.39%

 

 

For the week ahead 29 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Mar. 26th
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Antonio Lopez: The Art of Fashion. 64 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 72 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American History - Online bidstart 3/15. 261 lots
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Books. 20 lots

Tue. Mar. 27th
Dorotheum . Vienna. Prints Before 1900. 130 lots
Sothebys. London. Prints and Multiples. 219 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Editions and Works on Paper. 95 lots
Ader. PARIS. Envelopes of Artists: Pierre-Stéphane Proust Collection. 279 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 3/20. 565 lots

Wed. Mar. 28th
Chiswick Auctions. London. Autographs and Memorabilia. 214 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. Prints and Multiples. 216 lots
Freemans. Philadelphia. Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts. 408 lots
Bonhams. London. Prints and Multiples. 312 lots
Old World Auctions. Glen Allen. Antique Maps, Globes, Charts, Atlases & Vintage Graphics - online bidstart 3/1421.
Artcurial. Paris. Prints and Illustrated Books. 179 lots
ALDE. Paris. The Life of an Amateur. 167 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 110 lots
Chiswick Auctions. London. The Warrens Library and a Fine Collection of Maps & Atlases.
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . Live Ending Online Auction - Prints. 14 lots
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . Fine Art - Prints. 83 lots

Thu. Mar. 29th
Swann Galleries. New York. Printed and Manuscript African Americana. 384 lots
Chiswick Auctions. London. Books from the Library of Giancarlo Beltrame, Part II.
Forum Auctions. London. Forum Auctions @ Artsy: Select Urban Editions. 40 lots
Ader. PARIS. Illustrated Modern Books: Dr. Yves Gogue Collection.

Sat. Mar. 31st
Arader Galleries. New York City. Audubon Prints, and Rare Books.
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Engravings and Lithographs - Works on Paper. 150 lots

Sun. Apr. 1st
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 3/25.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 3/4. 285 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 3/25.

Bruce McKinney

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.