• <b><center>University Archives<br>Rare Manuscripts, Books & Sports Memorabilia<br>February 1, 2023</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> Thomas Paine ALS Confirming Christmas Eve Attack Likely Based on Anti-Christianity, “The account you heard of a man firing into my house is true.” $24,000 to $35,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> George Washington Gives a Horse and Guns to His Loyal Guard 10 Days Before Resigning as Commander-in-Chief. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> John Hancock ALS, “General Howe is bent on coming here” - Troops, Martha Washington, & 1777 Continental Congress, to Wife Dolly! $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b><center>University Archives<br>Rare Manuscripts, Books & Sports Memorabilia<br>February 1, 2023</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> Abraham Lincoln Boldly and Fully Signs Appointment of Consul Who Would Facilitate Bond Sales in Europe Financing Civil War. $6,000 to $7,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> The Rarest of Dual Signed Kennedy Items! 1963 Christmas Card with "Blessed Christmas" Removed at the Last Minute for Kennedy's Jewish Friends. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> George Gershwin Signed Contract for 1st Production of <i>Porgy and Bess,</i> Also Signed by Dubose Heyward & Ira Gershwin, Historic! $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b><center>University Archives<br>Rare Manuscripts, Books & Sports Memorabilia<br>February 1, 2023</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> Einstein Signed, “Two years after the fall of the German Goyim” 1st Ed. of <i>Mein Weltbild.</i> $12,000 to $14,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> Walt Disney <i>Fantasia</i>-Era Boldly Signed TLS Re: "Special Effects Department," PSA Certified Authentic & With Phil Sears COA. $6,000 to $7,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> 1996-97 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls Home Game-Worn Jersey Showcasing "Light" Evident Use, MEARS A5. $6,000 to $7,000.
    <b><center>University Archives<br>Rare Manuscripts, Books & Sports Memorabilia<br>February 1, 2023</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> Wayne Gretzky’s 1994 All-Star Used Game Jersey, Inscribed to Former MLB Player! $4,500 to $5,500.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> <i>The Astronauts</i> Signed by All 7 Mercury Astronauts! $4,000 to $5,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> Fabulous Edison, Firestone, Burroughs Signed Journal With 44 Original Photos, Very Rare. $4,000 to $5,000.
  • <b>Il Ponte, Jan. 31:</b> BLAEU, Joannes and Martinus MARTINI - <i>Theatrum orbis terrarum, sive Novus Atlas. Pars sexta. Novus Altas Sinensis.</i> Amsterdam: Blaeu, 1655. €8.000 to €12.000.
    <b>Il Ponte, Jan. 31:</b> ORTELIUS, Abraham - <i>Theatrum orbis terrarum.. Nomenclator ptolemaicus.</i> Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1579. €10.000 to €15.000.
    <b>Il Ponte, Jan. 31:</b> PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista - <i>Carceri d'invenzione.</i> [Rome: G.B. Piranesi, second half of the 18th century]. €20.000 to €30.000.
  • <b><center>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Winter Auction<br>January 28 & 29, 2023</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 28-29:</b> Gurrey, Alfred Richard, Jr. <i>The Surf Riders of Hawaii,</i> Gray version, Honolulu, circa 1910-14. Important, hand made publication. $16,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 28-29:</b> Scarce Benjamin Owen Tyler 1818 copy of the Declaration of Independence, engraved by Peter Maverick, Newark, NJ. Considered the first copy of the Declaration produced for commercial purposes. $6,000 to $6,400.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 28-29:</b> Henry Mouzon 1775 1st State Map of North / South Carolina With Indian Frontiers. $5,000 to $6,000.
    <b><center>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Winter Auction<br>January 28 & 29, 2023</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 28-29:</b> Gurrey, Alfred Richard, Jr. <i>Idyls of Hawaii,</i> Honolulu, circa 1910-15. Exceptionally rare self-published and hand made. $4,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 28-29:</b> McCarthy, Comrac. <i>Suttree,</i> New York, 1979. First edition, signed by the author. $2,600 to $3,000.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 28-29:</b> 375 Different Bound Minstrel & Civil War Songs, 1830-1870, Black Americana. $2,400 to $2,800.
    <b><center>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Winter Auction<br>January 28 & 29, 2023</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 28-29:</b> President Andrew Jackson Signed Letter to Andrew Jackson Donelson, 1836. $1,800 to $2,200.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 28-29:</b> Civil War Robert E. Lee Signed Letter to William Jackson. Gaines Mill, Virginia, dated June 11, 1864. $1,800 to $2,200.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 28-29:</b> Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson ALS to His Sister Laura, New Orleans Barracks, 1848. $1,800 to $2,200.
    <b><center>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Winter Auction<br>January 28 & 29, 2023</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 28-29:</b> McCarthy, Cormac. <i>Blood Meridian,</i> New York, 1985. First edition, first printing. $1,800 to $2,200.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 28-29:</b> Archive of 8 Civil War CSA Cabinet Member Letters, incl. Seddon, Randolph, Walker, Mallory, Memminger, Stephens, Tyler. $1,600 to $1,800.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 28-29:</b> Napoleon I Autograph Letter Signed and Portrait Engraving, framed. $1,000 to $1,200.

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Articles - January - 2023 Issue

The Annual Rare Book Hub Top 500 Prices at Auction for Books and Works on Paper

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With the close of another year, it is time to look back at the Rare Book Hub Top 500 prices paid at auction in 2022 for books and other collectible works on paper. The numbers were similar to those of 2021, which blew away every prior year, meaning 2022 was another good year. A record 24 items sold for over $1 million, one more than 2021, but the price of the 500th most expensive item slipped a bit to $113,400 versus $119,700 in 2021. To put that in context, that was the first year #500 was over $90,000, so 2022 was a big year.

 

The most popular categories of paper outside of books and manuscripts are collectible cards, with 102 entries, and comics with 82. Comics have flattened out some while collectible cards slipped over 20%. Prints would be more dominant but we only include prints of historical or geographic significance as prints of artwork would overwhelm other categories. The same is true of photography. Andy Warhol alone would have taken 61 spaces. Interestingly, Banksy, who came from nowhere to a position that he/she would have held 59 places in 2021 only would have taken 21 in 2022. Has Banksy's popularity peaked?

 

Who was the leader on this list? No, it wasn't Shakespeare, not Washington or Lincoln, nor old standbys like Audubon or Darwin. Charles Dickens, once a regular leader with double digit entries had zero. His popularity at the high end clearly is waning. It wasn't even one of the popular fictional superheroes like Superman, Batman, or Spider-Man. The runaway person of the year was Mickey Mantle. That is surprising to an American, and must be even more so to readers from Europe or places outside of North America, most of whom probably don't even know who he is. Mickey Mantle was an American baseball player in the 1950s and 1960s. He was one of the greats, no doubt, but his is not an iconic name like Babe Ruth or Ty Cobb. Why his baseball cards bring the highest individual and total numbers for baseball cards is a bit of a mystery to me, but they do. Mickey had 21 entries in the Top 500, including 4 in the top 50, 11 in the top 100. Most are for his rookie card. Runners-up on collectible cards, with 8 each, were Babe Ruth and Pokemon. Those two have nothing in common. Interestingly, the man most associated with Mantle, Roger Maris, who successfully engaged him in that fantastic duel in 1961 to break Ruth's home run record of 60, did not have a single card in the Top 500. Maris won the home run chase but Mantle won the popularity contest.

 

Superheroes continue to dominate the comics and much of the Top 500. Superman has 5 entries, Batman 7, Spider-Man 7, Captain America 6. Hergé's Tintin, once a double-digit regular, is down to one. Outside of three Calvin and Hobbes strips from Bill Watterson, no comical comics appeared, just violent superheroes and villains. Not even Charles Schultz and Peanuts, one of the regulars, made it this time.

 

From more traditional books, John James Audubon had 11 entries (and his son one), Shakespeare 4, Herman Melville 4. Explorer Mark Catesby, never before a factor, had 6. Photographer Ansel Adams had 7. Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, who created a series of views of Japan in the 19th century, had 4. This was his first appearance.

 

From science, Darwin has always been popular though his numbers slipped to 5. Einstein, Newton, Copernicus, and Descartes had 3 each though Galileo did not make the list. From politics, Washington had 4, just enough to put him in a tie with Lebron James. Lincoln had 4, though one was a wanted poster after his assassination. Three would be enough to put him in a tie with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Churchill and Martin Luther King had one each.

 

It was virtually a shut out in children's books, a major surprise. There was nothing on the list from Seuss, Carroll, Baum, Milne, Sendak, or Beatrix Potter. Harry Potter did make it twice.

 

Here are a few notable items outside of the top 10, which we will get to shortly.

 

311. King Philip V of Spain's Royal Order authorizes Father Salvatierra in 1697 to raise the funds necessary to colonize California. $173,000.

 

255. Beethoven, writing to his librettist concerning a request to write music for an opera, complains that he is not being paid enough money for the job. $200,992.

 

252. Thomas Jefferson, three weeks before leaving the presidency, writes to old friend and supporter of the American Revolution, Italian Philip Mazzei. “I am now within three weeks of the day of my retirement from office. it will be a day of great relief & joy to me.” $201,600.

 

217. The 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic, in effect the Irish Declaration of Independence. $219,765.

 

185. Former President Harry Truman responds to a journalist about his thoughts on dropping the atomic bomb on Japan. “I have very little to say about that except that the tears that have been shed on account of the atomic bomb should have been shed on the Pearl Harbor attack. All you have to do is to go to Pearl Harbor and stand on the upside down Battleship with the 2,000 youngsters beneath it and you can understand why I don't sympathize with the tear shedding of Hiroshim[a] or Nagasaki, because the dropping of those bombs is what ended the war.” $237,500.

 

164. Copy of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawing slavery. Signed by Vice-President Hannibal Hamlin and 107 members of Congress who voted for it. $262,500.

 

152. George Henry Hunt writes to his parents from onboard the Titanic on the day of its embarkation. He did not survive. $275,000.

 

113. President Lincoln writes to the Army of the Potomac after their defeat at Fredericksburg, saying that the skills they displayed shows “you possess all the qualities of a great army, which will yet give victory to the cause of the country and of popular government.” $325,000.

 

57. Tragic letter left behind in his diary by Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott after reaching the South Pole, knowing he would not make it back alive. “...we have been to the Pole and we shall die like gentlemen.” $486,519.

 

18. Complete collection of the signers of the American Declaration of Independence, including the exceedingly rare signature of Button Gwinnett. $1,395,000.

 

11. John Hancock's signed letter to the states announcing that Congress has adopted the Declaration of Independence, July 8, 1776. Thirteen copies were made, one sent to each state, of which five survive. $1,896,000.

 

And now for the Top 10, followed by a link to the entire Top 500.

 

10. Contemporary broadside printing of the Declaration of Independence, circa July 14-16, 1776. Printed in Salem, Massachusetts, by John Rodgers at Ezekiel Russell's printing office. $2,100,000.

 

9. The official Massachusetts printing of the Declaration of Independence, July 17, 1776, by the same printer as the preceding lot. $2,228,000.

 

8. George Washington sends this letter to Thomas Jefferson, then serving in France as U.S. Minister, September 18, 1787. “Yesterday put an end to the business of the Foederal Convention. Enclosed is a copy of the Constitution it agreed to recommend.” $2,389,500.

 

7. The first edition of the most important work by the greatest writer of the Western World, William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, better known as the First Folio. Published by friends after his death, it preserved several plays, including Macbeth, that otherwise would have been lost. $2,470,000.

 

6. Manuscript document of the proceedings of the Virginia Ratification Convention which ratified the U.S Constitution in 1788. $3,075,000.

 

5. Captain America Comics #1 from 1941. $3,120,000.

 

4. Action Comics #1 which introduced the first superhero, Superman, in 1938. $3,180,000.

 

3. Original artwork by Mike Zeck and others from 1984's Secret War's #8 introducing Batman's black Venom costume. It is the artwork for that introductory page. $3,360,000.

 

2. Rustam recovers Rakhsh from Afrasiyab's herd, illustrated folio image from The Shahnameh of Shah Tahmasp, commissioned by the Safavid (Persian) emperor, attributed to Mirza 'Ali, circa 1525-1535. $10,157,742.

 

1. The 1952 Topp's Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card, the “finest known example.” $12,600,000

 

The entire 500 can be viewed at the following link: www.rarebookhub.com/top500_auctions?year=2022

 

This list can be a bit head-scratching at times. Mickey Mantle was an outstanding baseball player and a decent, if flawed, person, but $12.6 million for a baseball card? Two hundred years from now, will he still be remembered in awe as Washington is today? Shakespeare is still revered four hundred years later. Will the same be true of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? It was great to see four foundational items from America, encompassing the likes of Washington and Jefferson, in the top 10, but none of them finished as high as the fictional comic “hero” Captain America. Somehow, that just doesn't feel right. Then again, $3 million each for those three superhero comics, or $12 million for a baseball card, aren't as ridiculous as $44 billion for Twitter. If you have a lot of money, you get to spend it as you please.


Posted On: 2023-01-01 13:08
User Name: bigted8387

#3- the Mike Zeck art page-it was Spider-Man who donned the Venom costume, not Batman. How about some nerd respect for a $3.36M art page, folks? ????


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  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Original Film Posters<br>27 January - 10 February 2023</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> Vertigo (1958), poster, US. The ultimate poster on this classic Hitchcock title, one of three known examples. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> Lawrence of Arabia (1962), roadshow poster, US. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> Star Wars (1977), style C poster, printer's proof, US. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> The Navigator/ La Croisiere du Navigator (1924), re-release poster (1931), French. £5,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> Bullitt (1968), special test poster, US. £3,000 to £5,000.
  • <center><b>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>including Americana<br>February 16, 2023</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. CHAUCER, Geoffrey. <i>The Works…now newly imprinted.</i> Edited by F.S. Ellis. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. $100,000 to $125,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> [EINSTEIN, Albert (1879–1955)]. –– ORLIK, Emil (1870–1932), artist. Lithograph signed (“Albert Einstein”). N.p., 1928. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> TOLKIEN, John Ronald Reuel. <i>[The Lord of the Rings trilogy:] The Fellowship of the Ring.</i> 1954. –– <i>The Two Towers.</i> 1954. –– <i>The Return of the King.</i> 1955. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne ("Mark Twain") and Charles Dudley WARNER. <i>The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today.</i> Hartford and Chicago, 1873. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> LOVECRAFT, Howard Phillips. <i>Beyond the Wall of Sleep.</i> Collected by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1943. $2,000 to $3,000.
  • <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper<br>26th January 2023</b>
    <b>Forum, Jan. 26:</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> first hardback edition, Bloomsbury, 1998. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Forum, Jan. 26:</b> America.- Popple (Henry). <i>A Map of the British Empire in America with the French and Spanish Settlements Adjacent thereto,</i> 1733 [but circa 1740]. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Forum, Jan. 26:</b> America.- Martyr d'Anghiera (Peter). <i>De Orbe Novo,</i> edited by Richard Hakluyt, with the exceedingly rare Hakluyt-Martyr map, Paris, Guillelmum Avvray, 1587. £30,000 to £40,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper<br>26th January 2023</b>
    <b>Forum, Jan. 26:</b> Chess.- Johannes Gallensis [John of Wales]. <i>Summa collationum, sive communiloquium,</i> ?first edition, Cologne, Ulrich Zel, [c.1472]. £18,000 to £22,000.
    <b>Forum, Jan. 26:</b> Fleming (Ian). <i>Casino Royale,</i> first edition, 1953. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Forum, Jan. 26:</b> Marvell (Andrew). <i>Miscellaneous Poems,</i> first edition, for Robert Boulter, 1681. £8,000 to £10,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper<br>26th January 2023</b>
    <b>Forum, Jan. 26:</b> Tennis.- Sambucus (Johannes). <i>Emblemata, cum aliquot nummis antiqui operis,</i> first edition, Antwerp, Christopher Plantin, 1564.
    <b>Forum, Jan. 26:</b> China, America & Canada.- Photograph album of views of China, America and Canada, [c.1870s]. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum, Jan. 26:</b> Bond (Michael). <i>A Bear Called Paddington,</i> first edition, signed by the author and dated October 1958, 1958. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper<br>26th January 2023</b>
    <b>Forum, Jan. 26:</b> Bedfordshire, Luton.- Archive of 33 charters from the reign of Henry VI relating to Luton and environs, manuscripts in Latin, on vellum, in charter bookhands, 1422-52. £3,000 to £4,000.
    <b>Forum, Jan. 26:</b> Medicine.- Obstetrics.- Katakura (Kakury?). <i>Sanka Hatsum? [Enlightenment in Obstetrics],</i> 6 vol. in 4, Tokyo, 1799. £3,000 to £4,000.
    <b>Forum, Jan. 26:</b> Bawden (Edward).- Richards (J.M.) <i>High Street,</i> first edition, presentation copy signed by the author, Edward Bawden's copy, 1938. £1,000 to £1,500.
  • <b><center>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> Gideon Welles, <i>Extensive archive of personal and family papers of Lincoln’s Secretary of the Navy,</i> 1791-1914. Sold September 29 — $281,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Rock Climbers,</i> cartoon for <i>The New Yorker,</i> watercolor, ink and gouache, 1954. Sold December 15 — $37,500.
    <b>Swann:</b> Charlotte Brontë, <i>Jane Eyre. An Autobiography. Edited by Currer Bell,</i> three volumes, first edition, 1847. Sold June 16, 2022 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Geoffrey Chaucer, <i>The Workes of Geffray Chaucer Newlye Printed,</i> London, 1542. Sold October 13 — $106,250.
    <b><center>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> Dorothea Lange, <i>Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age 32),</i> silver print, 1936. Sold October 20 — $305,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> George Washington, Autograph Document Signed, with two manuscript plat maps in holograph, 1751. Sold October 27 — $37,500.
    <b>Swann:</b> Winfred Rembert, <i>Winfred Rembert and Class of 1959,</i> dye on carved & tooled leather, 1999. Sold October 6 — $233,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> M.C. Escher, <i>Relativity,</i> lithograph, 1953. Sold November 3 — $81,250.

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