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RBH: Twenty-five Auctions Archived; 17 Scheduled this Week

For the week ended Saturday, 27 January 2018, 25 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 2 denominated in euros, 3 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 19 in US dollars.  Turnover was $2,584,031 as 5,734 lots were offered and 5,061 sold for a svelte 88% success rate. Consignors, auction houses and buyers all found something to like.

 

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

TooveysPostcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera on January 23rd: 167.05% 
Forum AuctionsFine Books and Works on Paper on January 25th: 144.91% 
FreemansEUROPEAN ART & OLD MASTERS - Rembrandt etchings on January 23rd: 138.96% 
SothebysImportant Americana - Prints on January 21st: 119.19% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsDesign - Prints, Photographs on January 20th: 113.74% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 23rd: 108.41% 
TooveysDecorative Pictures - Prints on January 24th: 101.50% 


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

National Book AuctionsBooks and Ephemera – Frost, Signed, 16th Century, etc. on January 6th: 100.00% 
Forum Auctions in ItalyNo Reserve Online Sale - Antiquarian and Rare Books on January 22nd: 100.00% 
Leland Little AuctionsNew Year's Gallery Auction - Prints, Books on January 6th: 100.00% 
National Book AuctionsBooks and Ephemera – Signed, Childrens, Antique, etc. on January 20th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/14 on January 21st: 99.61% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 1/16 on January 23rd: 99.02% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 1/14 on January 21st: 97.19% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 12/24 on January 21st: 96.55% 
William H. Bunch Auctions and AppraisalsJanuary Premier Auction - Books, Prints on January 23rd: 95.00% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsDesign - Prints, Photographs on January 20th: 95.00% 
TooveysDecorative Pictures - Prints on January 24th: 91.67% 
Lancaster Mennonite Historical SocietyBooks on January 12th: 89.84% 
TooveysPostcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera on January 23rd: 89.02% 
Forum AuctionsFine Books and Works on Paper on January 25th: 88.05% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 23rd: 87.50% 
SothebysImportant Americana - Prints on January 21st: 87.23% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on January 20th: 85.90% 
Clars Auction GalleryFine Art - Prints on January 20th: 80.85% 


Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Clars Auction Gallery Portfolio Four: What Majestic Word, In Memory of Russell Varian San Francisco: Sierra Club on January 21st Actual price: USD $51,425.
  2. Sothebys INTERIOR OF THE HEBREW SYNAGOGUE OF CHARLESTON S.C. on January 21st Actual price: USD $43,750.
  3. RR Auction Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics Torch on January 18th Actual price: USD $40,707.
  4. Sothebys PEINTURES DES VASES ANTIQUES DE LA COLLECTION DE SON EXCELLENCE M. LE CHEVALIER HAMILTON: SIX PRINTS on January 21st Actual price: USD $37,500.
  5. RR Auction Garmisch 1936 Winter Olympics Silver Winner's Medal on January 18th Actual price: USD $36,760.
  6. Sothebys MEADOW LARK (PLATE CXXXVI) on January 21st Actual price: USD $30,000.
  7. Heritage Auctions Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC VG+ 4.5 Off-white pages. on January 21st Actual price: USD $27,485.
  8. RR Auction Sapporo 1972 Winter Olympics Group of (10) Badges on January 18th Actual price: USD $27,174.
  9. RR Auction Cortina 1956 Winter Olympics Torch on January 18th Actual price: USD $21,701.
  10. Sothebys COLLECTION OF ETRUSCAN, GREEK AND ROMAN ANTIQUITIES FROM THE CABINET OF THE HON. WILLIAM HAMILTON: SIX PRINTS on January 21st Actual price: USD $21,250.
  11. Sothebys Album of Original Plains Indian Warrior-Artist Pencil Sketches, ca. 1880 on January 21st Actual price: USD $20,000.
  12. Sothebys PURPLE HERON (PLATE CCLVI) on January 21st Actual price: USD $18,750.
  13. Forum Auctions Autograph Letter signed, 1782. on January 25th Actual price: USD $16,863.
  14. Forum Auctions Description of the Ruins of an Ancient City, … on January 25th Actual price: USD $16,863.
  15. Heritage Auctions Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC GD/VG 3.0 Cream to off-white pages. on January 21st Actual price: USD $16,730.
  16. Freemans THE ANGEL APPEARING TO THE SHEPHERDS on January 23rd Actual price: USD $16,250.
  17. Forum Auctions Philosophical Transactions, vol.6 (No.69-80), containing: A Letter of Mr. … on January 25th Actual price: USD $15,975.
  18. Forum Auctions Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa, 5 vol., first edition, … on January 25th Actual price: USD $15,975.
  19. RR Auction Chamonix 1924 Winter Olympics Third Place Bronze Winner’s / Participation Medal on January 18th Actual price: USD $15,313.
  20. Sothebys AMERICAN BISON OR BUFFALO (PLATE LVI) on January 21st Actual price: USD $15,000.
  21. Forum Auctions English Bible (The), 5 vol., one of 500 copies, signed and inscribed by Laurence … on January 25th Actual price: USD $14,200.
  22. Forum Auctions Novels, 6 vol. in 5, given by Jane Austen's favourite neice Fanny to her own … on January 25th Actual price: USD $14,200.
  23. Forum Auctions Australia Pamphlets, A Brief Account of the Colony of … on January 25th Actual price: USD $14,200.
  24. RR Auction Paris 1924 Summer Olympics Sevres Vase on January 18th Actual price: USD $12,866.
  25. Sothebys Very Rare Group of Four Watercolor Frakturs, James Anson, New Jersey, 1804-1809 on January 21st Actual price: USD $12,500.



25 total sales reported this week:

PBA Galleries. Americana - Travel & Exploration - Cartography on January 25th: 73.80%
Morton Subastas. Old and Modern Photographs, Lithographs and Engravings on January 23rd: 36.49%
Forum Auctions. Fine Books and Works on Paper on January 25th: 88.05%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 1/16 on January 23rd: 99.02%
Leland Little Auctions. New Year's Gallery Auction - Prints, Books on January 6th: 100.00%
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. January Premier Auction - Books, Prints on January 23rd: 95.00%
Freemans. EUROPEAN ART & OLD MASTERS - Rembrandt etchings on January 23rd: 75.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on January 23rd: 87.50%
Tooveys. Decorative Pictures - Prints on January 24th: 91.67%
Tooveys. Postcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera on January 23rd: 89.02%
National Book Auctions. Books and Ephemera – Signed, Childrens, Antique, etc. on January 20th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Books and Ephemera – Frost, Signed, 16th Century, etc. on January 6th: 100.00%
Forum Auctions in Italy. No Reserve Online Sale - Antiquarian and Rare Books on January 22nd: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 12/24 on January 21st: 96.55%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Books on January 12th: 89.84%
Clars Auction Gallery. Fine Photography, Furniture, Art, Jewelry, Asian on January 21st: 75.95%
Clars Auction Gallery. Fine Art - Prints on January 20th: 80.85%
Rago Arts and Auctions. Design - Prints, Photographs on January 20th: 95.00%
Eldreds. Antiques and Accessories - Books and Prints on January 20th: 70.37%
RR Auction. Olympics - Internet Bidstart 1/11 on January 18th: 58.39%
Sothebys. Important Americana - Prints on January 21st: 87.23%
Grays Auctioneers. Fine Art and Decorations - Prints on January 17th: 64.35%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on January 20th: 85.90%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 1/14 on January 21st: 97.19%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/14 on January 21st: 99.61%


For the week ahead 17 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jan. 29th
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Works on Paper: Drawings and Prints 1780-Present. 80 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 81 lots

Tue. Jan. 30th
Dorotheum . Vienna. Property from Aristocratic Estates and Important Provenance. 23 lots

Wed. Jan. 31st
Chiswick Auctions. London. Printed Books and Manuscripts. 129 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 565 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Modern Literature, Art and Illustrated Books. 174 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Ancient and Modern Books (Gruaz Library) Part 1 (chez DeBaecque). 301 lots

Thu. Feb. 1st
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/25. 307 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Ancient and Modern Books (Gruaz Library) Part 2 (chez DeBaecque). 290 lots
Forum Auctions in Italy. Roma. No Reserve Online Sale: Antiquarian and Rare Books. 70 lots

Fri. Feb. 2nd
Audap and Mirabaud. PARIS. Old and Modern Prints, Ancient and Modern Books, Comic.

Sat. Feb. 3rd
North American Auction Company. Bozeman. Early Western, Firearms, & Historic Auction. 89 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 151 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books and Ephemera – Easton, Signed, Antique, etc..

Sun. Feb. 4th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 1/7. 249 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/28.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/28.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Eric Carle, <i>The Very Hungry Caterpillar,</i> hand-painted collage. Sold for a record $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Couple passing a giant bird house,</i> watercolor cartoon for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1948. Sold for $16,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Miriam Troop, <i>Rain on Laundry Day,</i> oil on canvas, cover for <i>The Saturday Evening Post,</i> 1940. Sold for $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Rockwell Kent, <i>To All Fascists,</i> ink broadside for The League of American Writers, circa 1937. Sold for $6,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Jo Mielziner, <i>Pet Shop Drop,</i> backdrop design for <i>Pal Joey</i> on Broadway, 1940. Sold for a record $55,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Lee Brown Coye, acrylic cover illustration for the 25th anniversary of <i>Weird Tales,</i> 1944. Sold for $18,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Virgil Finlay, <i>The Outsider & Others,</i> pen & ink dust jacket illustration for H.P. Lovecraft's book, 1939. Sold for $5,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Al Hirschfeld, <i>Paul Robeson as Othello,</i> illustration for <i>The New York Times,</i> 1942. Sold for $68,750
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Frederic Remington, pen & ink illustration for <i>A Scout with the Buffalo Soldiers</i> in <i>The Century</i> magazine, 1889. Sold for $17,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> EARLY AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE. Chronicling 20th century aviation from the earliest Wright Brothers images through commercial and military applications. $50,000 to $70,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> SPUTNIK-1 EMC/EMI LAB MODEL, 1957. Full scale vintage test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite, Moscow, [February, 1957]. $400,000 to $600,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> FIRST TELEPHONE CALL TO THE MOON. Partial transcription signed by Apollo 11 astronauts and President Nixon. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> Apollo 11 Beta cloth crew emblem, SIGNED BY THE ENTIRE APOLLO 11 CREW. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> GEMINI 1/8 SCALE MODEL. Rarely seen large-scale contractor's model. $3,000 to $5,000
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.
  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 26, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Joyce (James). <i>Dubliners,</i> first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author, 1914. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> The Beatles.- Baker (Geoffrey.) 3 Autograph Letters and 1 Autograph Card signed to Ann Gosnell, addtionally sgn’d by George Harrison, John Lennon, Cynthia Lennon and others, 1968. £5,000 to £7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Pilgrim Press.- Dod (John). <i>A plaine and familiar exposition of the tenne commandements ...,</i> [Leiden], [William Brewster], 1617. £15,000 to £20,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 26, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Automaton Chess Player & Mechanical Illusion.- Reynell (H., printer). “The Famous Chess-Player, No.14, St.James's-Street, next Brooks's,” broadside advertisement for "The famous Automaton", [1784]. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Clemens (Samuel Langhorne). <i>Life on the Mississippi,</i> first English edition, signed presentation inscription from the author, 1883. £8,000 to £12,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Arctic Sledge Flag.- Fulford (Reginald Baldwin). Sledge flag... HMS Discovery, 1875. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 26, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> first edition, first printing, 1997. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Piranesi (Giovanni Battista). <i>Le Antichità Romane,</i> 4 vol., 1756. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal, called). <i>Urbis Venetiarum Prospectus Celebriores,</i> 3 parts in 1, Richard Ford's copy, Venice, Giovanni Battista Pasquali, 1751. £10,000 to £15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 26, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Atlases.- Speed (John). <i>A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World,</i> bound with <i>The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine,</i> 1631-27. £12,000 to £18,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 26:</b> Anatomical illustration.- Aselli (Gaspare). <i>De lactibus sive lacteis venis... dissertatio,</i> first edition, Milan, Giovanni Battista Bidelli, 1627. £20,000 to £30,000
  • <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>September 25, 2019</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first issue, 8vo, 1997. £15,000 to £20,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Bible, Italian.- Malermi Bible, woodcut illustrations, folio, Lazaro de Soardi & Bernardino Benali, Venice,1517. £8,000 to £12,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Germany.- Homann (Johann Baptist). <i>Atlas von Deutschland,</i> engraved half title, hand coloured, 87 double page engraved maps, [folio, Erben, Nuremberg, 1753]. £8,000 to £10,000
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>September 25, 2019</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> [Mirk (John)].- <i>Liber festivalis et Quatuor sermons</i> [bound with], [Le Roy (Pierre)] <i>A Pleasant Satyre or Poesie,</i> first edition in English, Widdow Orwin for Thomas Man, 1595, 8vo. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Antoninus Florentinus (Saint Archbishop of Florence). <i>Confessionale: Defecerunt…,</i> 8vo, Pietro Quarengi, Venice, 15 February 1499. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Jesuit Letters.- [Froes (Father Luigi) & et al.)] Avvisi del Giapone de gli anni 1582, 1583, 1584…, 1586 [bound with] Avvisi della Cina et Giapone…, FIRST EDITIONS, Rome. £1,000 to £1,500
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>September 25, 2019</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Plutarch & Probus (Aemilius). <i>Plutarchi Cheronei et Aemilii Probi Illustrium,</i> folio, Nicolas de Pratis for Jean-Petit, Paris, 1521. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Bible.- English. <i>The Byble in Englyshe of the Largest and Greatest volume,</i> elaborate woodcut border, text vignettes, folio, 1541. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Fore-edge Painting.- Lord George Byron, The Giaour, a Fragment of a Turkish Tale, bound with 10 other titles, 4 plates marked 'Proof.', 1813. £800 to £1,200
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>September 25, 2019</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Manson (John). Twelve by Sixteen Papers of John Mason, a collection of 50 sheets of paper, some watermarked, 12 x 16”, c.1978. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Fleming (Ian). <i>Dr. No,</i> FIRST EDITION, original boards, dust-jacket, 8vo, 1958. £700 to £900
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Sep. 25:</b> Eliot (T.S.) <i>Four Quartets,</i> NUMBER 121 of 290 COPIES, signed by author, 1960. £400 to £600