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RBH: 24 Auctions Archived, 34 Sales Scheduled this Week

For the week ending Saturday, 10 March 2018, 24 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 2 denominated in euros, 2 in British pounds, and 20 in US dollars.  Turnover was $9,253,085 as 8,079 lots were offered and 6,700 sold for an 83% success rate. The average sale price was $1,381. The average sale price was healthy, but the sell-through rate was unusually strong.

 

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Heritage AuctionsBooks - Internet Bidstart 2/16 on March 7th: $2,117,466 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on March 9th: $1,328,375 
Kestenbaum and CompanyFine Judaica on March 8th: $1,207,188 

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

Leland Little AuctionsImportant Spring Auction - Prints on March 3rd: 164.58% 
Swann GalleriesEarly Printed, Medical, Scientific and Travel Books on March 8th: 155.24% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on March 7th: 145.89% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsThe Magic Collection of John Daniel on March 3rd: 142.71% 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersSt. Louis Spring Auction - Prints on March 9th: 140.74% 
Bruun RasmussenPhotographs, Prints on March 7th: 114.75% 


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

Robert Siegel GalleriesThe James P. Myerson Collection of Pioneer Flight Mail 1910-1916 on March 8th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/25 on March 4th: 99.30% 
Heritage AuctionsBooks - Internet Bidstart 2/16 on March 7th: 98.12% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/4 on March 4th: 97.71% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 2/27 on March 6th: 97.45% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersExposition Auction - Books and Prints on March 2nd: 97.44% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsThe Magic Collection of John Daniel on March 3rd: 96.95% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/25 on March 4th: 96.80% 
Leland Little AuctionsImportant Spring Auction - Prints on March 3rd: 94.74% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on March 3rd: 93.41% 
Swann GalleriesEarly Printed, Medical, Scientific and Travel Books on March 8th: 90.11% 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersSt. Louis Spring Auction - Prints on March 9th: 88.89% 
Bruun RasmussenPhotographs, Prints on March 7th: 88.89% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on March 6th: 88.04% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on March 7th: 87.86% 
Cowans AuctionsWPA Era Prints and Works on Paper on March 2nd: 85.25% 


24 total sales reported this week: 

Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPhotography: The First 100 Years on March 9th: 70.73% 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersSt. Louis Spring Auction - Prints on March 9th: 88.89% 
Leland Little AuctionsImportant Spring Auction - Prints on March 3rd: 94.74% 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on March 9th: 39.39% 
Robert Siegel GalleriesThe James P. Myerson Collection of Pioneer Flight Mail 1910-1916 on March 8th: 100.00% 
PBA GalleriesFine Literature & Fine Books on March 8th: 66.39% 
Kestenbaum and CompanyFine Judaica on March 8th: 50.14% 
Swann GalleriesEarly Printed, Medical, Scientific and Travel Books on March 8th: 90.11% 
RR AuctionMarch Auction featuring Military - Internet bidstart 2/17 on March 7th: 56.91% 
Winner's Auctions LtdLetters by A. Einstein and Other Illustrious Personalities, Zionism, Judaic art, etc. on March 6th: 71.84% 
Winner's Auctions LtdEretz Israel and Zionism, Postcards and Photographs, Numismatics, Posters, Maps, Judaica, Holy books on February 21st: 63.21% 
Heritage AuctionsBooks - Internet Bidstart 2/16 on March 7th: 98.12% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on March 7th: 87.86% 
Bruun RasmussenPhotographs, Prints on March 7th: 88.89% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 2/27 on March 6th: 97.45% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on March 3rd: 93.41% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on March 6th: 88.04% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsThe Magic Collection of John Daniel on March 3rd: 96.95% 
Cowans AuctionsWPA Era Prints and Works on Paper on March 2nd: 85.25% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersExposition Auction - Books and Prints on March 2nd: 97.44% 
PosterConnection Inc.Affordable Posters on February 13th: 72.24% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/25 on March 4th: 99.30% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/25 on March 4th: 96.80% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/4 on March 4th: 97.71% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Bonhams Violin with spruce top, maple sides, back and neck, carved scroll headstock, 1933, on March 9th Actual price: USD $516,500.
  2. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone, titled on the upper wrapper "Opus Galli Anonymi," on March 9th Actual price: USD $275,000.
  3. Kestenbaum and Company The Proposal of the Jews to Ferdinand and Isabella (in order to secure their residence in Spain). on March 8th Actual price: USD $237,500.
  4. Kestenbaum and Company (“The Tosfos Yom-Tov.”) Mishnayoth. Complete set with commentaries of R. Ovadiah of Bartinura and Tosfoth Yom Tov. on March 8th Actual price: USD $200,000.
  5. Heritage Auctions The Great Gatsby. on March 7th Actual price: USD $162,500.
  6. Swann Galleries The Defence of Poesie [i. e., An Apologie for Poetrie]. on March 8th Actual price: USD $149,000.
  7. Bonhams Autograph Musical Manuscript, sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2, 2 pp, on March 9th Actual price: USD $131,250.
  8. Bonhams The Annotated Paragraph Bible: containing the Old and New Testaments, according to the Authorized Version, arranged in Paragraphs and Parallelisms; with Explanatory Notes. on March 9th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  9. Bonhams Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa"), 2 pp recto and verso, 4to (280 x 215 mm), on March 9th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  10. Winner's Auctions Ltd Letter from Prof. Albert Einstein Regarding the Formalization of the "Third Stage of the Theory of Relativity." Signed Autograph. 1928 on March 6th Actual price: USD $103,700.
  11. Winner's Auctions Ltd Manuscript by Rabbi Chaim Efraim of Sudylkow, Author of "Degel Machane Efraim" Only Copy in the World? on March 6th Actual price: USD $97,600.
  12. Swann Galleries Repetición de amores, y Arte de ajedres. on March 8th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  13. Bonhams Glass prism, 152 mm overall, cut in three polished facets, 33 mm per side, molded knobs on both ends. on March 9th Actual price: USD $60,000.
  14. Dominic Winter Book Auctions A Brief Description of England and Wales, containing a particular account of each county..., embellished with Copper-plate maps of each county, very useful for Travellers and others and very proper for Schools to give on March 7th Actual price: USD $56,712.
  15. Bonhams Autograph Letter Signed ("Go: Washington") on March 9th Actual price: USD $56,250.
  16. RR Auction Karl Marx ALS on March 7th Actual price: USD $53,509.
  17. Kestenbaum and Company Josef Edward August von Gillern. Half-length portrait of The Chasam Sofer (R. Moshe Schreiber / Sofer). on March 8th Actual price: USD $46,875.
  18. Bruun Rasmussen Untitled # 312. on March 7th Actual price: USD $45,725.
  19. Heritage Auctions Mr. William Shakespear's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. on March 7th Actual price: USD $45,000.
  20. Heritage Auctions The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. on March 7th Actual price: USD $45,000.
  21. Dominic Winter Book Auctions Sir John Frederick William Herschel, April 1867, on March 9th Actual price: USD $44,712.
  22. Winner's Auctions Ltd Alois Heinrich Priechenfried (1867-1953). The Merchant on March 6th Actual price: USD $43,920.
  23. RR Auction Mohandas Gandhi Signed Photo on March 7th Actual price: USD $41,807.
  24. Winner's Auctions Ltd Historic Letter from the "Chafetz Chaim" Regarding His Immigration to the Land of Israel and Building his House in Petach Tikvah on March 6th Actual price: USD $41,480.
  25. Winner's Auctions Ltd Leaf of "Segulot and Refuot" in the Holy Handwriting of Rabbi Chaim Vital on March 6th Actual price: USD $34,160.

 


For the week ahead 34 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Mar. 12th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 86 lots

Tue. Mar. 13th
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Berlin. I. Literature II. Science. 343 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. 19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings. 575 lots
Artcurial. Paris. May '68 in 500 Posters. 448 lots
Forum Auctions in Italy. Roma. Online Sale: Ancient and Rare Books, including volumes from the private library of Giorgio Petrocchi. 90 lots
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Berlin. III. Fine Arts IV. Music. 282 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 3/6. 569 lots

Wed. Mar. 14th
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Books, Maps and Prints. 489 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. Noble House and Private Collections. 2 lots
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. Photographs. 314 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 132 lots
Sothebys. London. The Political Cartoon Collection of Jeffrey Archer. 225 lots
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Berlin. V. History. 220 lots

Thu. Mar. 15th
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/8. 181 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Gold Rush Sale. 422 lots
Soler Y Llach. Barcelona. Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts. 964 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Pop Culture - Internet Bidstart 3/8. 561 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Collection of Russian photographs, vintage Soviet posters & works by Alexander Rodchen. 62 lots

Fri. Mar. 16th
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Brugge. Spring Auction - Books and Prints - Session 1. 555 lots
Venator and Hanstein. Köln . Books - Prints and Drawings - Autographs. 770 lots
Freemans. Philadelphia. Asian Arts - Woodblock Prints. 20 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 107 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Gold Rush Auction - Day 2. 513 lots

Sat. Mar. 17th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Texana. 298 lots
Venator and Hanstein. Köln . Modern and Contemporary Prints - Contemporary Books. 386 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Comic Strips and Original Plates, Japanese Animation.
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books and Ephemera.
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Brugge. Spring Auction - Books and Prints - Session 2. 645 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 152 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Gold Rush Auction - Day 3. 708 lots

Sun. Mar. 18th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/20. 256 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 3/11.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 3/11.
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Gold Rush Auction - Day 4. 511 lots

Mike Stillman

RBH and AE

  • <b>Koller Auctions: Books & Autographs. March 26, 2019</b>
    <b>Koller Auctions, Mar 26:</b> Jacques Gamelin. <i>Nouveau recueil d'osteologie et de myologie, dessine d'apres nature...</i> 2 parts in 1 vol., large folio, 82 copper plates. CHF 12,000 to 18,000
    <b>Koller Auctions, Mar 26:</b> Melchior Pfintzing. <i>Die geverlicheiten und einsteils geschichten des loblichen streytparen...</i> 118 woodcut engravings, first edition. CHF 30,000 to 50,000
    <b>Koller Auctions, Mar 26:</b> Book of hours. Handwritten Latin text on vellum. With 17 large miniatures, Flanders, c.1460. CHF 70,000 to 90,000
    <b>Koller Auctions, Mar 26:</b> Maria Sibylla Merian. <i> Dissertatio de generatione et metamorphosibus insectorum Surinamensium,</i> 72 copper plates, Den Haag, 1726. CHF 60,000 to 90,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Princess Diana, group of 6 ALS to the editor of British Vogue, 1989-92. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Joseph Brant, Mohawk Chief, ALS, writing with news after pledging support to King George III against the American rebels, 1776. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Ulysses S. Grant, photograph dated & signed as President, portrait by Brady, 1875. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Alexander Graham Bell, ALS, accepting an invitation to tea during his only trip to Japan, 1898. $1,000 to $2,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Nikola Tesla, signature & date on his monogrammed correspondence card, 1935. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Richard Wagner, ALS, concerning his opera Rienzi, 1869. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, autograph note signed, requesting the address of Yvette Guilbert, 1895. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Claude Monet, ALS, to painter Harry Lachman, complaining that his vision has not improved, 1920s. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Friedrich Hölderlin, autograph manuscript, unsigned, 7 lines quoting Michael Denis's <i>Ossians und Sineds Lieder.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Guestbook for Lüchow's restaurant, over 400 signatures, including W.H. Auden, Grace Kelly & drawings by Charles Addams, NYC, 1950-56. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> George Washington, lottery ticket, signed, 1768. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Vaslav Nijinsky, postcard dated & signed, showing a drawing of him in <i>Schéhérazade,</i> 1916. $2,500 to $3,500.
  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Greco (Gioachino). <i>Primo modo del gioco de Partito…</i> Manuscript, France, 1624 or 1625. A collection of partiti, or 'chess problems' by one of the most important figures in the history of chess. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Herodotus. <i>Historiae,</i> translated into Latin by Lorenzo Valla and edited by Antonio Mancinelli. Venice, 1494. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Darwin (Charles). Autograph Letter signed to his cousin Reginald Darwin, Down, Beckenham, Kent, 27th March 1879. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Nicolay (Nicolas de). <i>The Navigations, peregrinations and voyages, made into Turkie,</i> first edition in English, Imprinted at London by Thomas Dawson, 1585. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Saint-Exupéry (Antoine de). <i>The Little Prince,</i> number 66 of 525 copies signed by the author, 1943. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Catlin (George, 1796-1872). Tuch-ee, A Celebrated War Chief of the Cherokees, watercolour, [circa 1834]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Genetics.- A collection of c.300 pamphlets on genetics comprising many of the major contributions from the first half of the 20th century. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> India.- Rajasthan.- Kota School (probably late 18th c.). Elephant in a landscape with chains around his feet, brush and black ink with opaque pigments. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Commelin (Caspar). <i>Horti medici Amstelaedamensis plantae rariores et exoticae,</i> first edition, 48 finely hand-coloured engraved plates, Leiden, F.Haringh, 1706. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Plague-water and cookery & medical recipes.- Jackson (Mrs Sarah). Medical and cookery recipes, manuscript in several hands, title and 134pp., 1688-1755. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Vernet (<i>After</i> Joseph, 1714-1789). <i>[Vues des ports de France],</i> sixteen plates (of 18), etchings and engravings by Charles Nicolas Cochin fils and Jacques Philippe Le Bas, [c.1760-1780]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Detmold (Edward Julius, 1883-1957). Parrots and Butterflies, watercolour. £2,500 to £3,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Walt Whitman. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> First edition, first issue, SIGNED in block letters by Whitman. 1855. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Isaac Newton's copy of John Greave's <i>Pyramidographia,</i> London, 1646. $50,000 to $70,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Colonel John Mosby. Robert E. Lee's autograph letter to Samuel Cooper reporting on Mosby's exploits, with Cooper's autograph note ordering his appointment to Major.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Gyula Halasz Brassai. Large archive of autograph and typed letters, over 260, to his family including his wife Gilberte, 1947-1978. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Archive of drawings and letters from Harper Lee to Charles Carruth, including an inscribed first edition of <i>To Kill a Mockingbird.</i> $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 11:</b> VESALIUS, ANDREAS. 1514-1564. <i>De humani corporis fabrica libri septem.</i> Basel: Johannes Oporinus, June 1543. $300,000 to $500,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 11:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. 1578-1657. <i>De motu cordis & sanguinis in animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Leiden: Joannis Maire, 1639. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 11:</b> BERENGARIO DA CARPI, GIACOMO. 1460-1530. <i>Isagogae breves perlucide ac uberrimae in Anatomiam humani corporis.</i> Bologna: Benedictus Hectoris, 15 July 1523. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams NY, Mar 11:</b> FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN. 1706-1790. <i>Experiments and Observations on Electricity, made at Philadelphia in America…</i> London, 1769. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams NY, Mar 11:</b> BENIVIENI, ANTONIO. 1443-1502. <i>De abditis nonnullis ac mirandis morborum et sanationum causis.</i>Florence: Filippo Giunta, 1507. $8,000 to $12,000