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Rare Book Hub: 23 Auctions Archived, 29 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 14 April 2018 23 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 2 in euros, 3 in British pounds, and 18 in US dollars.  Turnover was $11,543,765 as 6,779 lots were offered and 5,399 sold for an 80% success rate.  It was another strong week in the rooms.

 

For the week ahead 29 auctions in the books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera categories are scheduled.

 

4 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysPhotographs on April 10th: $3,126,750 
SothebysA Beautiful Life: Photographs from the Collection of Leland Hirsch on April 10th: $2,002,750 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters on April 8th: $1,932,067 
Swann GalleriesPrinted and Manuscript Americana on April 12th: $1,068,305 



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

Northeast AuctionsFall Portsmouth Auction - Prints, Books on October 25th: 480.86% 
Northeast AuctionsPortsmouth Weekend Auction - Books and Prints on April 8th: 170.30% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on April 11th: 147.49% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on April 10th: 105.64% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsRemix Sale - Prints, Books on April 7th: 104.03% 


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

Alaska AuctionApril Auction online - Prints, Books on April 7th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 4/1 on April 8th: 98.58% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 4/3 on April 10th: 98.09% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters on April 8th: 96.83% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 3/11 on April 8th: 96.79% 
North American Auction CompanyNative American and Western Auction - Advertising on April 7th: 96.69% 
Northeast AuctionsFall Portsmouth Auction - Prints, Books on October 25th: 94.87% 
Swann GalleriesPrinted and Manuscript Americana on April 12th: 91.98% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on April 10th: 91.86% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on April 11th: 90.96% 
Alaska AuctionApril Auction online - Prints, Books on April 6th: 90.00% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsRemix Sale - Prints, Books on April 7th: 88.57% 
Northeast AuctionsPortsmouth Weekend Auction - Books and Prints on April 8th: 84.85% 
SothebysA Beautiful Life: Photographs from the Collection of Leland Hirsch on April 10th: 84.31% 
EldredsSpring Americana - Books, Prints, Ephemera on April 7th: 83.33% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys DOVIMA WITH ELEPHANTS, EVENING DRESS BY DIOR, CIRQUE D’HIVER, PARIS on April 10th Actual price: USD $375,000.
  2. Sothebys 'THE PENCIL OF NATURE' on April 10th Actual price: USD $275,000.
  3. Sothebys 'HOG RANCH FRONT LAWN, NIGHT FEEDER (2:00 AM) WITH MAUREEN GALLAGHER & MBUNO, FEB. 1987' on April 10th Actual price: USD $250,000.
  4. Sothebys NEW ORLEANS (TROLLEY) on April 10th Actual price: USD $200,000.
  5. Sothebys MINOTAUR on April 10th Actual price: USD $175,000.
  6. Sothebys PERU on April 10th Actual price: USD $162,500.
  7. Sothebys 'STEPHANIE, CINDY, CHRISTY, TATJANA, NAOMI, HOLLYWOOD' on April 10th Actual price: USD $150,000.
  8. Sothebys EQUIVALENT 227 on April 10th Actual price: USD $150,000.
  9. Heritage Auctions Casablanca (Warner Brothers, 1947). First Post-War French Release Double Grande (63" X 90") Artwork Attributed to Hervé Morvan. on April 8th Actual price: USD $143,400.
  10. RR Auction John F. Kennedy Map on April 11th Actual price: USD $138,799.
  11. Sothebys 'CHILD WITH A TOY HAND GRENADE IN CENTRAL PARK, N. Y. C.' on April 10th Actual price: USD $137,500.
  12. Sothebys 'MAN LIGHTING GIRL'S CIGARETTE (NEW YORK)' on April 10th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  13. Sothebys 'HOBOKEN' (PARADE, NEW JERSEY) on April 10th Actual price: USD $112,500.
  14. Binoche et Giquello LES JEUX DE LA POUPÉE on April 6th Actual price: USD $106,985.
  15. Sothebys 'BRAS' (ARM) on April 10th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  16. Sothebys THE WOLF OF MAIN STREET on April 10th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  17. Sothebys UNTITLED (SUMNER, MISSISSIPPI, CASSIDY BAYOU IN THE BACKGROUND) on April 10th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  18. Sothebys UNTITLED (NEAR MINTER CITY AND GLENDORA, MISSISSIPPI) on April 10th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  19. Sothebys NASTASSJA KINSKI AND THE SERPENT, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA on April 10th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  20. Swann Galleries The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon, upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi. on April 12th Actual price: USD $77,500.
  21. Sothebys JAY N. Y. (FOURTH OF JULY) on April 10th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  22. Sothebys DOUBLE JACK IN THE PULPIT on April 10th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  23. Sothebys LISA MARIE on April 10th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  24. Sothebys 'PANORAMIC NUDE - THE SCHOOL TEACHER, LAKE COMO' on April 10th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  25. Sothebys 'KEITH HARING, NEW YORK' on April 10th Actual price: USD $60,000.



23 total sales reported this week:

RR Auction. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 3/16 on April 11th: 63.99%
Christies. Interiors including Faringdon House, Oxfordshire on April 12th: 72.92%
PBA Galleries. Rare Golf Books, Clubs & Memorabilia on April 12th: 64.73%
Swann Galleries. Printed and Manuscript Americana on April 12th: 91.98%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on April 11th: 90.96%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on April 11th: 76.62%
Northeast Auctions. Fall Portsmouth Auction - Prints, Books on October 25th: 94.87%
Northeast Auctions. Portsmouth Weekend Auction - Books and Prints on April 8th: 84.85%
North American Auction Company. Native American and Western Auction - Advertising on April 7th: 96.69%
Alaska Auction. April Auction online - Prints, Books on April 7th: 100.00%
Alaska Auction. April Auction online - Prints, Books on April 6th: 90.00%
Potter and Potter Auctions. Entertainment Memorabilia on April 7th: 60.33%
Rago Arts and Auctions. Remix Sale - Prints, Books on April 7th: 88.57%
Sothebys. A Beautiful Life: Photographs from the Collection of Leland Hirsch on April 10th: 84.31%
Sothebys. Photographs on April 10th: 67.48%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on April 10th: 91.86%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 4/3 on April 10th: 98.09%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 3/11 on April 8th: 96.79%
Michaans Auctions. Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs on April 7th: 59.32%
Binoche et Giquello. Surrealism - Books on April 6th: 37.39%
Eldreds. Spring Americana - Books, Prints, Ephemera on April 7th: 83.33%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 4/1 on April 8th: 98.58%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters on April 8th: 96.83%


For the week ahead 29 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Apr. 16th
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . April Premier Auction - Books, Prints. 7 lots
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . World's Fair Memorabilia and Collectibles. 59 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 63 lots

Tue. Apr. 17th
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Valuable Books. 223 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Postcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera. 161 lots
Il Ponte. Milan. Photographs. 255 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Forum Auctions @ Artsy: Select Contemporary Editions. 39 lots
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Auction of Printed Documents and Manuscripts, Brochures, Autographs and Dedicated Books. 311 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 4//10. 350 lots

Wed. Apr. 18th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Manuscripts - Internet bidstart 3/30. 375 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Decorative Pictures - Prints. 10 lots
Christies. New York. Japanese and Korean Art - Prints. 32 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Thur Collection. 391 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Autographs. 424 lots

Thu. Apr. 19th
Swann Galleries. New York. Images and Objects: Photographs and Photobooks. 328 lots
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . ANCIENT & MANUSCRIPTED BOOKS. 276 lots
Christies. New York. Prints and Multiples. 171 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Illustrated Books: Oriental & Occidental - Art & Art Reference – Books about Books. 350 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Space - Internet bidstart 4/12. 719 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. 2018 April 19-20 Spring Sports Card Catalog Auction. 1973 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Modern Literature and Art Documentation. 616 lots

Fri. Apr. 20th
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Modern and Contemporary Art and Design - Prints, Posters. 21 lots

Sat. Apr. 21st
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Fine Art - Prints. 122 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 165 lots

Sun. Apr. 22nd
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 4/15.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 4/15.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 3/25. 271 lots
Carlsen Gallery. Greenville, NY. Spring Potpourri Antique Auction. 22 lots
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Fine Art and Antiques - Books, Prints. 46 lots

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.