• <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Adrian Reland, <i>Imperium Japonicum,</i> first European map to use Sino-Japanese characters, Amsterdam, circa 1740. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> John Overton, <i>A New & Most Exact Map of America,</i> hand colored, London, 1671. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> John James Audubon, <i>The Birds of America & Quadrupeds of North America,</i> together in 10 matching octavo bindings. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Cornelis de Jode, <i>Hemispheriu ab Aequinoctiali Linea,</i> Antwerp, 1593. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Currier & Ives, <i>Across the Continent,</i> New York, 1868, formerly in the collection of Thomas Winthrop Streeter. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Frederick Sander, <i>Reichenbachia, Orchids Illustrated & Described,</i> in four volumes, St. Albans, 1888-94. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Color woodblock map of Uraga and Edo Bay showing the course of Commodore Perry’s Black Ship squadron, Japan, circa 1854. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Manuscript report on the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry, with 2 portraits of Perry & Commander H. A. Adams, Japan. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Edward Lear, <i>Castello di Melfi in Basilicata,</i> ink, graphite & watercolor, 1847. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Abraham Ortelius, <i>Islandia,</i> Antwerp, 1603. $3,500 to $5,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Philippe Vandermaelen, North American volume of the first atlas to use lithography, Brussels, 1827. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres, <i>A Chart of the Coast,</i> from the <i>Atlantic Neptune,</i> London, 1780. $18,000 to $22,000.
  • <center><b>Doyle: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake” Johnson<br>Online Only Auction ending Dec. 18</b>
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> WETZEL, CHARLES M. American Fishing Books. $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> BISSELL, ALFRED E., <i>In Pursuit of Salar.</i> $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> <i>The Settler and Sportsman in Anticosti.</i> $400 to $600
    <center><b>Doyle: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake” Johnson<br>Online Only Auction ending Dec. 18</b>
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> CARLETON, HENRY GUY, <i>Advice to Young Anglers.</i> $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> ROBINSON, ROLAND EVANS, <i>Forest and Stream Fables. By Awahsoose the Bear.</i> $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> SAWADA, KEN, <i>The Art of the Classic Salmon Fly.</i> $300 to $500
    <center><b>Doyle: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake” Johnson<br>Online Only Auction ending Dec. 18</b>
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> SOUTHARD, CHARLES ZIBEON, <i>The Evolution of Trout and Trout Fishing in America.</i> $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> SOUTHARD, CHARLES ZIBEON, <i>Trout Fly-Fishing in America.</i> $400 to $600
  • <b>Christie’s London, 12 Dec:</b> Huang Qianren. Complete Geographic Map of the Great Qing Dynasty. £50,000 to £80,000
    <b>Christie’s London, 12 Dec:</b> Book of Hours of Jean Le Sauvage and Jacqueline de Boulogne. £70,000 to £100,000
    <b>Christie’s London, 12 Dec:</b> Abraham Ortelius. <i>Theatrum orbis terrarum. – Parergon. – Nomenclator ptolemaicus,</i> 1584. £80,000 to £120,000
  • <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> KNIGHT, HILARY. The Original Portrait of Eloise that Hung at the Plaza Hotel. $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> WARHOL, ANDY. "Iced Lemon Delight," an Original Watercolor Presented to Hilary Knight's cat, Phoebe $8,000 to 12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> SENDAK, MAURICE. <i>Where the Wild Things Are.</i> PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED with drawing to Hilary Knight in the month following publication. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> NOLAND, KENNETH. Original circle painting, untitled, acrylic and ink on cloth, for cover of monograph $8,000 to 12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> TOULOUSE-LAUTREC. <i>Histoires Naturelles,</i> 1899. With 22 original lithographs. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>A Collection of Poems,</i> [1711]. The first authoritative and complete collected Sonnets.$15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> LONDON, JACK. <i>The Call of the Wild.</i> 1903. First edition, first state jacket. $2,000 to 3,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> FROST, ROBERT. Autograph Manuscript of "Build Soil," 12 pp, 1932-1936. $15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> GOULD, GLENN. Glenn Gould's extensively annotated copy of Bach's Goldberg Variations $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> PLATH, SYLVIA. EARLY Autograph Letter Signed, about her beginnings as a writer, Northampton, MA, 1951. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> HOUDINI, HARRY. A collection of 11 cast iron shackle and lock items from Houdini's personal collection. $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> M4 ENGIMA MACHINE, with very rare RARE HYDRA KEY ENVELOPE. $400,000 to 600,000

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Rare Book Hub: 14 Auctions Archived, another 19 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 11 August 2018 14 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 1 denominated in euros, 3 in British pounds, and 10 in US dollars. Total sales were $7,823,586 as 4,070 lots were offered and 3,654 sold for a 90% success rate. Interest in buying has become an every month phenomena.  This past week it was comics. 

 

1 auction saw its total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Heritage AuctionsComics on August 4th: $6,670,739 
 

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

Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Books and Works on Paper on August 9th: 111.49% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on August 7th: 100.76% 


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

Gaston & Sheehan Auctioneers, Inc.U.S. Marshals Service National Live/Online Simulcast being held in Round Rock, Texas on August 4th: 100.00% 
National Book AuctionsBooks and Ephemera – Erle Stanley Gardner, Wood Carving, etc.t on August 4th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics on August 4th: 99.73% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 7/29 on August 5th: 99.57% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 7/31 on August 7th: 98.77% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on August 4th: 94.71% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on August 7th: 91.23% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 7/8 on August 5th: 88.68% 
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Books and Works on Paper on August 9th: 86.47% 
Potomack CompanyNative American and Western Auction on July 31st: 84.62% 
 
 
Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions Frank Frazetta Escape on Venus Painting Original Art (1972). on August 4th Actual price: USD $660,000.
  2. Heritage Auctions The Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel, 1962) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Off-white to white pages. on August 4th Actual price: USD $264,000.
  3. Heritage Auctions Gene Colan and Bill Everett Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1968). on August 4th Actual price: USD $240,000.
  4. Gaston & Sheehan Auctioneers, Inc. "The Great Gatsby" on August 4th Actual price: USD $126,000.
  5. Heritage Auctions Brian Bolland Batman: The Killing Joke Story Page 1 Original Art (DC, 1988). on August 4th Actual price: USD $120,000.
  6. Heritage Auctions John Romita Sr. Amazing Spider-Man #55 Cover Doctor Octopus Original Art (Marvel, 1967). on August 4th Actual price: USD $105,000.
  7. Heritage Auctions Jack Kirby and Chic Stone Tales of Suspense #60 Splash Page 1 Captain America Original Art (Marvel, 1964). on August 4th Actual price: USD $96,000.
  8. Heritage Auctions Wally Wood Weird Science #22 Cover Original Art (EC, 1953). on August 4th Actual price: USD $90,000.
  9. Heritage Auctions Jack Kirby and Paul Reinman X-Men #1 Story Page 5 Original Art (Marvel, 1963). on August 4th Actual price: USD $72,000.
  10. Heritage Auctions Detective Comics #35 Larson Pedigree (DC, 1940) CGC Conserved NM- 9.2 White pages. on August 4th Actual price: USD $66,000.
  11. Heritage Auctions Bernie Wrightson Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein Unused Illustration Original Art (c. 1975). on August 4th Actual price: USD $60,000.
  12. Heritage Auctions Barry Smith Conan the Barbarian #5 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1971). on August 4th Actual price: USD $60,000.
  13. Heritage Auctions Alex Raymond Flash Gordon Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 6-26-38 (King Features Syndicate, 1938). on August 4th Actual price: USD $55,200.
  14. Heritage Auctions Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC FN 6.0 Off-white pages. on August 4th Actual price: USD $50,400.
  15. Heritage Auctions Robert Crumb Coney Island Baby Cover Original Art (East River Records, 2017). on August 4th Actual price: USD $48,000.
  16. Heritage Auctions Dave Gibbons Watchmen #7 Nite Owl's Hovercraft Cover Original Art (DC, 1987). on August 4th Actual price: USD $48,000.
  17. Heritage Auctions Alex Raymond Jungle Jim Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 6-23-35 (King Features Syndicate, 1935). on August 4th Actual price: USD $45,600.
  18. Heritage Auctions Frank Miller The Complete Frank Miller Batman #1 Hardback Cover Element and Interior Illustrations Original Art and Book (DC, 1989). on August 4th Actual price: USD $43,200.
  19. Gaston & Sheehan Auctioneers, Inc. "History of the Indian Tribes of North America" on August 4th Actual price: USD $41,500.
  20. Heritage Auctions Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott Fantastic Four #57 Sandman Page 2 Original Art (Marvel, 1966). on August 4th Actual price: USD $39,000.
  21. Heritage Auctions The Avengers #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Off-white to white pages. on August 4th Actual price: USD $38,400.
  22. Heritage Auctions Fantastic Four #48 (Marvel, 1966) CGC NM/MT 9.8 White pages. on August 4th Actual price: USD $37,200.
  23. Heritage Auctions Wally Wood Daredevil #6 Story Page 3 Original Art (Marvel, 1965). on August 4th Actual price: USD $36,000.
  24. Heritage Auctions The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC VF- 7.5 White pages. on August 4th Actual price: USD $36,000.
  25. Heritage Auctions Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC Conserved FN+ 6.5 Off-white to white pages. on August 4th Actual price: USD $36,000.



14 total sales reported this week:

Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on August 9th: 86.47%
PBA Galleries. Fine Books with Art and Illustration on August 9th: 55.17%
National Book Auctions. Books and Ephemera – Erle Stanley Gardner, Wood Carving, etc.t on August 4th: 100.00%
Tooveys. Decorative Pictures - Prints on August 8th: 73.33%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 7/31 on August 7th: 98.77%
Gaston & Sheehan Auctioneers, Inc.. U.S. Marshals Service National Live/Online Simulcast being held in Round Rock, Texas on August 4th: 100.00%
Potomack Company. Native American and Western Auction on July 31st: 84.62%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on August 7th: 91.23%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Select Modern & Contemporary Editions on August 2nd: 45.98%
Eldreds. Summer Americana Sale - Books, Prints on August 3rd: 67.35%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 7/8 on August 5th: 88.68%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 7/29 on August 5th: 99.57%
Heritage Auctions. Comics on August 4th: 99.73%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on August 4th: 94.71%

 

For the week ahead 19 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Aug. 13th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 74 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Fine Books, Maps and Manuscripts - online bidstart 8/2. 137 lots

Tue. Aug. 14th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 8/7. 315 lots
Doyle New York. New York. Hunting Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. 214 lots
Quagga Rare Books and Art. Cape Town. Quagga Auction- Internet bidstart 8/9. 41 lots
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Online Auction 16: Jewish & Israeli History, Art & Culture. 500 lots

Wed. Aug. 15th
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books Online. 335 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Online only: Prints, Iditarod memorabilia. 41 lots

Thu. Aug. 16th
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Multicultural Auction - Prints, Books. 23 lots

Fri. Aug. 17th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. ANA WFOM Currency Platinum Night Auction - Philadelphia. 114 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. ANA WFOM World Currency Platinum Night Auction - Philadelphia. 221 lots

Sat. Aug. 18th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Americana and Political. 1134 lots
Northeast Auctions. Portsmouth. Summer Auction. 113 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Summer Platinum Night Sports Collectibles. 497 lots
Northeast Auctions. Portsmouth. THE SUE MACKAY & PETER FIELD COLLECTION. 14 lots
Addison and Sarova. Macon. Rare Books, Manuscripts & Ephemera. 423 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 162 lots

Sun. Aug. 19th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 8/12.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 8/12.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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>
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s New York<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts Online<br>Ending December 17</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, Now - Dec 17:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies…</i> The Second Impression. 1632. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, Now - Dec 17:</b> GEORGE CURZON, 1ST MARQUESS CURZON OF KEDLESTON. “Curzon Tiger Hunt.” [India: circa 1901]. 120 albumen photographs. $3,000 to $5,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, Now - Dec 17:</b> (CASSADY, NEAL). Kerouac, Jack. <i>On the Road.</i> New York: Viking Press, 1957. Inscribed. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, Now - Dec 17:</b> VEGA, JOSEPH PENSO DE LA. <i>Confusion de Confusiones. Dialogos curiosos entre un Philosopho agudo, un Mercader discrete...</i> Amsterdam, 1688. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, Now - Dec 17:</b> RACKHAM, ARTHUR — [WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE]. "The Moon Like to a Silver Bow New-Bent in Heaven," original illustration for <i>A Midsummer Night's Dream.</i> $12,000 to $18,000
  • <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers: Printed Books, Maps & Documents, Dec 12; Modern Literature & First Editions, Dec 13</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec 12:</b> Thomas Malton, <i>Malton's Oxford,</i> 4 original parts, 1st edition, 1802-1804. £2000 to £3000
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec 12:</b> John Papworth, <i>Select Views of London,</i> 1st edition, Ackermann, 1816. £1000 to £1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec 12:</b> William Curtis, <i>Flora Londinensis,</i> 5 volumes, 1st edition, 1835. £5000 to £7000
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers: Printed Books, Maps & Documents, Dec 12; Modern Literature & First Editions, Dec 13</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec 12:</b> Thomas Jerdon, <i>Illustrations of Indian Ornithology…,</i> 1st edition, 1847. From the ornithological library of Martin Woodcock. £1000 to £1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec 12:</b> C. & J. Greenwood, <i>London from actual survey made in the years 1824, 1825 & 1826...,</i> 1830. £3000 to £5000
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec 12:</b> Joseph Smith, <i>The Book of Doctrine and Covenants,</i> 2nd European edition, Liverpool, 1849. £2000 to £3000
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec 12:</b> Khaqani, <i>Tuhfat al-’Iraqayn [‘The Gift of the Two Iraqs’],</i> probably Safavid Iran [c. 1600]. £700 to £1000
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers: Printed Books, Maps & Documents, Dec 12; Modern Literature & First Editions, Dec 13</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec 13:</b> Steiff. A pair of rare Steiff rod bears, c. 1904. £7,000 to £10,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec 13:</b> Golden Cockerel Press, <i>Canterbury Tales, Illustrated by Eric Gill,</i> 4 volumes, 1929-31. £2000 to £3000
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec 13:</b> Lord Byron (1788-1824), A piece of red damask from the bridal bed curtain of Lord & Lady Byron, Seaham Hall, 1815. £2000 to £3000
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec 13:</b> Rupert Brooke (1887-1915), Autograph letter signed to an admiring Cambridge friend, the notable bookseller E.P. Goldschmidt, [1907]. £3000 to £5000
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec 13:</b> Eric Ambler, <i>Cause For Alarm,</i> 1st edition in dust jacket, inscribed by the author, 1938. £1500 to £2000
  • <b>Arenberg Auctions: Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps, and Works on Paper. December 14 & 15, 2018</b>
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> LÉOPOLD II of Belgium. Autograph letter signed to Ferdinand de Lesseps. (Brusselss, 30th of August 1881. € 500 / 600
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> Unique collection of c. 280 satirical postcards on Léopold II of Belgium.<br>€ 3.000 / 3.500
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> Horae, use of Rouen, c. 1475.<br>€ 22.000 / 30.000
    <b>Arenberg Auctions: Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps, and Works on Paper. December 14 & 15, 2018</b>
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> <i>Sensuyt la tresplaisante hystoire du preux et vaillant Guerin de Montglaue</i> [...]. € 6.000 / 8.000
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> SCUTENAIRE, Louis. <i>Mes inscriptions.</i> 1945-1963. € 1.000 / 1.200
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> Études Gèographiques [puzzle].<br>€ 70 / 100
    <b>Arenberg Auctions: Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps, and Works on Paper. December 14 & 15, 2018</b>
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> Unique series of fifty 19th-c. Persian miniatures. € 1.500 / 2.500
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> SIXTUS IV. <i>De sanguine Christi et De potentia Dei,</i> 1474. € 4.500 / 6.000
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> Joan Miró, lithographies. € 200 / 300
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> MERIAN, Anna Maria Sibylla. [Metamorphosis of a brown butterfly]. € 4.000 / 5.000
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s New York<br>Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection: Part II<br>December 13, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec 13:</b> Sibelius, Jean. Autograph manuscript of “Spagnuolo” for piano, boldly signed “Jean Sibelius.” $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec 13:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Fourteen largely unpublished autograph letters signed to Alessandro Lanari, the “Napoleon of Impresarios.” $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec 13:</b> Jefferson, Thomas. Autograph letter signed ("Th: Jefferson") to William Lee, Monticello, 26 August 1816. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec 13:</b> Whitman, Walt. Signed carte-de-visite photograph by Benjamin Gurney, 1875. $1,000 to $1,500
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec 13:</b> Wilde, Oscar. Autograph letter signed ("Oscar Wilde"). 8 pages on 2 bifolia of different sizes, with ink sketch on the first page. $25,000 to $30,000