• <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>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
  • <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
  • <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

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RBH: 27 Auctions Archived, 26 upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 19 May 27 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 7 denominated in euros, 7 in British pounds, and 13 in US dollars.  Turnover was $23,129,067 as 9,408 lots were offered and 7,872 sold for a robust 84% success rate.  The average price was $2,938.

 

For the week upcoming 31 auctions are scheduled.

 

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Heritage AuctionsComics on May 12th: $12,201,974 
SothebysTravel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History Including the Library of Colin and Joan Deacon on May 15th: $3,019,974 
ChristiesPhotographs on May 17th: $2,131,481 
SothebysPhotographs on May 17th: $1,764,788 
Heritage AuctionsSpace Exploration on May 11th: $1,138,462 

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

De Baecque and AssociesPhotographs on May 16th: 243.61% 
TooveysAntiquarian and Collectors Books on May 15th: 228.93% 
Aste BolaffiPoster on May 10th: 131.92% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on May 16th: 131.52% 
Heritage AuctionsSpace Exploration on May 11th: 119.38% 
ALDEA Collection on Savoie and the Mountain - Part 1 on May 16th: 105.16% 


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

Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersExposition Auction - Books and Prints on May 11th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 5/6 on May 13th: 99.64% 
Heritage AuctionsComics on May 12th: 99.53% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 5/8 on May 15th: 98.34% 
Heritage AuctionsSpace Exploration on May 11th: 97.69% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 5/6 on May 13th: 94.80% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 4/15 on May 13th: 93.95% 
Brunk AuctionsPremier Catalogue Auction - Prints, Books on May 12th: 91.67% 
TooveysAntiquarian and Collectors Books on May 15th: 89.63% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on May 16th: 88.93% 
Swann Galleries19th and 20th Century Literature on May 15th: 86.45% 
PBA GalleriesSpring Miscellany on May 17th: 86.37% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on May 15th: 81.58% 
TooveysPrints and Maps on May 16th: 80.87%
 
 
Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions Frank Frazetta Death Dealer 6 Painting Original Art (1990). on May 12th Actual price: USD $1,792,500.
  2. Heritage Auctions Action Comics #1 (DC, 1938) CGC VG 4.0 Cream to off-white pages. on May 12th Actual price: USD $573,600.
  3. Sothebys FIFTEEN EARLY PHOTOGRAPHS OF MECCA, THE MAHMAL, TAIF AND PILGRIMS ON THE HAJJ. on May 15th Actual price: USD $400,950.
  4. Sothebys 'AVEDON/PARIS', 1978 on May 17th Actual price: USD $319,950.
  5. Sothebys A COMPLETE SET OF LAS CASAS'S INDIAN TRACTS, WITH AN EARLY INSCRIPTION STATING THIS BOOK WAS OWNED BY INCA GARCILASO DE LA VEGA on May 15th Actual price: USD $227,813.
  6. Heritage Auctions Batman #1 (DC, 1940) CGC FN- 5.5 Cream to off-white pages. on May 12th Actual price: USD $227,050.
  7. Heritage Auctions Justice League of America #1 (DC, 1960) CGC NM+ 9.6 Off-white pages. on May 12th Actual price: USD $215,100.
  8. Heritage Auctions Apollo 11 Flown Large Size American Flag on a Crew-Signed Presentation Certificate, Framed. on May 11th Actual price: USD $187,500.
  9. Sothebys ALBUM OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF OMAN AND IRAQ PRESENTED BY THE UNITED STATES CONSUL IN MUSCAT TO THE BRITISH POLITICAL AGENT IN THE GULF. on May 15th Actual price: USD $185,625.
  10. Heritage Auctions Whiz Comics #2 (#1) (Fawcett Publications, 1940) CGC FN 6.0 Off-white to white pages. on May 12th Actual price: USD $173,275.
  11. Sothebys THE HOLY LAND, SYRIA, IDUMEA, ARABIA, EGYPT & NUBIA. on May 15th Actual price: USD $168,750.
  12. Heritage Auctions Superman #1 (DC, 1939) CGC GD 2.0 Cream to off-white pages. on May 12th Actual price: USD $167,300.
  13. Heritage Auctions John Romita Sr. Amazing Spider-Man #61 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1968). on May 12th Actual price: USD $167,300.
  14. Heritage Auctions Action Comics #7 (DC, 1938) CGC VG/FN 5.0 Off-white to white pages. on May 12th Actual price: USD $161,325.
  15. Christies Ken Moody and Robert Sherman, 1984 on May 17th Actual price: USD $160,313.
  16. Sothebys DE ZEE-ATLAS OFTE WATER-WERELD, … on May 15th Actual price: USD $143,438.
  17. Heritage Auctions Robert Crumb Yarrowstalks #2 "Head Comix" Complete 1-Page Story Original Art (Yarrowstalks, 1967). on May 12th Actual price: USD $143,400.
  18. Heritage Auctions Batman #1 (DC, 1940) CGC VG 4.0 Cream to off-white pages. on May 12th Actual price: USD $131,450.
  19. Heritage Auctions Dave Cockrum X-Men #102 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1976). on May 12th Actual price: USD $131,450.
  20. Christies Elephant drinking, Amboseli, 2007 on May 17th Actual price: USD $118,125.
  21. Heritage Auctions Jack Kirby and George Roussos (as G. Bell) Fantastic Four #25 Splash Page 1 Original Art (Marvel, 1964). on May 12th Actual price: USD $113,525.
  22. Sothebys '78 DEGREES NORTH', SVALVBARD, NORWAY 2017 on May 17th Actual price: USD $109,688.
  23. Christies 17h 58m / -25°, 1990 on May 17th Actual price: USD $101,250.
  24. Sothebys LIBER GEOGRAPHIAE CUM TABULIS ET UNIVERSALI FIGURA ET CUM ADDITIONE LOCORUM QUAE A RECENTIORIBUS REPERTA SUNT. on May 15th Actual price: USD $101,250.
  25. Heritage Auctions Detective Comics #29 (DC, 1939) CGC VG/FN 5.0 Cream to off-white pages. on May 12th Actual price: USD $95,600.



27 total sales reported this week:

RR Auction. John Brennan Rock and Roll Collection - Internet Bidstart 5/10 on May 17th: 68.39%
PBA Galleries. Spring Miscellany on May 17th: 86.37%
ALDE. A Collection on Savoie and the Mountain - Part 2 on May 17th: 12.37%
Sothebys. Photographs on May 17th: 72.22%
Christies. Photographs on May 17th: 71.07%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Motoring, Cycling, Maritime and Railway History on May 17th: 73.53%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on May 16th: 88.93%
ALDE. A Collection on Savoie and the Mountain - Part 1 on May 16th: 59.80%
De Baecque and Associes. Photographs on May 16th: 69.62%
De Baecque and Associes. Autographs and Documents on May 15th: 54.33%
Tooveys. Prints and Maps on May 16th: 80.87%
Tooveys. Antiquarian and Collectors Books on May 15th: 89.63%
Sothebys. Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History Including the Library of Colin and Joan Deacon on May 15th: 65.24%
Swann Galleries. 19th and 20th Century Literature on May 15th: 86.45%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on May 15th: 81.58%
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. 70 years of COBRA. The Gert Jan Hemmink collection on May 14th: 77.88%
University Archives. Fantastic Selection of Autographed Documents, Manuscripts, Photos, Books & Relics on May 8th: 66.54%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 5/8 on May 15th: 98.34%
Michaans Auctions. Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs on May 12th: 72.22%
Brunk Auctions. Premier Catalogue Auction - Prints, Books on May 12th: 91.67%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Exposition Auction - Books and Prints on May 11th: 100.00%
Aste Bolaffi. Poster on May 10th: 53.78%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 5/6 on May 13th: 94.80%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 5/6 on May 13th: 99.64%
Heritage Auctions. Space Exploration on May 11th: 97.69%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 4/15 on May 13th: 93.95%
Heritage Auctions. Comics on May 12th: 99.53%


For the week ahead 26 sales are scheduled:

Mon. May. 21st
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 52 lots

Tue. May. 22nd
Bonhams. Edinburgh. The Sporting Sale. 33 lots
PosterConnection Inc.. Clayton. Small Decorative Art. 257 lots
Sothebys. London. Musical Manuscripts. 74 lots
Bonhams. New York. Modern and Contemporary Prints and Multiples. 139 lots
Sothebys. London. Fine Autograph Music: the Property of Helmut Nanz and Family. 45 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 5/15. 680 lots
Robert Siegel Galleries. New York. United States and Confederate States Postal History. 663 lots

Wed. May. 23rd
Christies. Paris. The Collector: Works of Art, Prints. 1 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Prints. 335 lots
Il Ponte. Milan. Books and Manuscripts. 239 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Japanese Prints. 49 lots
Moreshet Auctions. Jerusalem. Judaica. 299 lots
Trafford Books. Manchester. Books. 158 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Online Only: Books and Prints. 28 lots

Thu. May. 24th
Sothebys. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 195 lots
Ader. PARIS. Old and Modern Prints - Day 1. 380 lots

Fri. May. 25th
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Ancient and Modern Books. 275 lots
Arenberg Auctions. BRUSSEL. Books, Maps, Prints. 1410 lots
Ader. PARIS. Old and Modern Prints - Day 2. 394 lots
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Books. 1075 lots

Sat. May. 26th
OSENAT. FONTAINEBLEAU. 20th Century Spirit. 14 lots
Christian Hesse Auktionen. Hamburg. Spring Auction - Books, Autographs, Prints. 820 lots

Sun. May. 27th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 4/29. 213 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 5/20.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 5/20.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <center><b> The Library of Pierre Bergé<br>Auction Pierre Bergé & Associés<br>in association with Sotheby’s<br>Paris-Hôtel Drout<br>December 14, 2018<br><br>New York Exhibition<br>Oct. 16 to Oct. 20</b>
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> BARTHOLOMEUS ANGLICUS. <i>Le Proprietaire des choses.</i> Lyon, [circa 1484]. 150 000 / 200 000 €
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> MONTAIGNE, Michel de. <i>Essais.</i> Bordeaux, 1580. 400 000 / 500 000 €
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> PROUST, Marcel. <i>Du côté de chez Swann.</i> Paris, 1914 [1913]. 600 000 / 800 000 €
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> MONSTRELET, Enguerrand de. <i>Le Premier [-Tiers] Volume des Cronicques.</i> Paris, circa 1503.<br>300 000 / 400 000 €
  • <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>