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June 2018

For the week ended Saturday 2 June 2018 25 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 14 denominated in euros, 3 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 7 in US dollars.  Turnover was $14,481,682 as 7,581 lots were offered and 5,571 sold for a 73% success rate.  The average lot brought $2,599.

 

For the week just starting 24 auctions are scheduled.

 

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ArtcurialJapanese Prints on May 23rd: $3,347,801 
BonhamsWASSENAAR ZOO A Dutch Private Library on May 30th: $2,292,251 
ChristiesBooks and Manuscripts on May 29th: $1,759,575 
Forum AuctionsFine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper on May 31st: $1,049,437 
Ketterer Kunst DoerlingValuable books Manuscripts · Autographs · Decorative Graphics on May 28th: $1,042,136 


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

ArtcurialJapanese Prints on May 23rd: 510.44% 
Ketterer Kunst DoerlingValuable books Manuscripts · Autographs · Decorative Graphics on May 28th: 145.18% 
AderOld and Modern Prints - Day 2 on May 25th: 134.10% 
AderOld and Modern Prints - Day 1 on May 24th: 115.36% 
Forum AuctionsFine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper on May 31st: 102.33% 


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

Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 5/20 on May 27th: 99.64% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 5/23 on May 29th: 99.46% 
BonhamsWASSENAAR ZOO A Dutch Private Library on May 30th: 97.02% 
ArtcurialJapanese Prints on May 23rd: 95.92% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 4/29 on May 27th: 95.77% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 5/20 on May 27th: 95.63% 
Forum Auctions in ItalyNo Reserve Online Sale: Antiquarian and Rare Books on May 29th: 91.67% 
Lancaster Mennonite Historical SocietyBooks on May 11th: 90.77% 

Ketterer Kunst DoerlingValuable books Manuscripts · Autographs · Decorative Graphics on May 28th: 83.50% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Artcurial Actor Morita Kan'ya VIII as the Palanquin-bearer Uguisu no Jirôsaku on May 23rd Actual price: USD $715,256.
  2. Artcurial Actor Onoe Matsusuke I as Matsushita Mikinoshin on May 23rd Actual price: USD $600,184.
  3. Artcurial Obvious Love (Arawaruru koi), from the series Anthology of Poems: The Love Section (Kasen koi no bu) on May 23rd Actual price: USD $441,960.
  4. Artcurial Actor Ôtani Tokuji as the Footman (Yakko) Sodesuke on May 23rd Actual price: USD $384,424.
  5. Artcurial Actor Sakata Hangorô III as Fujikawa Mizuemon on May 23rd Actual price: USD $326,888.
  6. Christies Égypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie : dessins photographiques recueillis pendant les années 1849, 1850 et 1851, accompagnés d’un texte explicatif et précédés d’une introduction par Maxime Du Camp, chargé d’une mission archéologique en Orient par le minist on May 29th Actual price: USD $294,060.
  7. Bonhams The Birds of Australia on May 30th Actual price: USD $249,375.
  8. PBA Galleries The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, as Agreed upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787 on May 31st Actual price: USD $223,500.
  9. Christies The Portrait of Picasso. on May 29th Actual price: USD $217,500.
  10. Forum Auctions Doktor Zhivago original typescript on May 31st Actual price: USD $182,875.
  11. Christies Les Fleurs du mal. on May 29th Actual price: USD $166,750.
  12. Christies La Célestine. on May 29th Actual price: USD $152,250.
  13. Christies La Chèvre-Feuille. on May 29th Actual price: USD $145,000.
  14. Bonhams The Birds of New Guinea and the Adjacent Papuan Islands, Including Many New Species Recently Discovered in Australia… on May 30th Actual price: USD $136,325.
  15. Christies Manuscrit musical autographe signé "A.Cl. Debussy", pour Hymnis. Comédie lyrique de Théodore de Banville, musique de Achille-Claude Debussy, partition pour piano et chant, adressé à "Mme. [Marie] Vasnier". on May 29th Actual price: USD $130,500.
  16. ALDE La Rivière enchantée. on May 30th Actual price: USD $127,600.
  17. Ketterer Kunst Doerling Brügger Stundenbuch auf Pergament Lateinisches Stundenbuch für den Gebrauch von Rom. on May 28th Actual price: USD $119,851.
  18. Bonhams Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots: the greater part of them species hitherto unfigured… on May 30th Actual price: USD $119,700.
  19. ALDE Maquette originale du Florilège des Amours. on May 30th Actual price: USD $116,000.
  20. ALDE Jazz. on May 30th Actual price: USD $116,000.
  21. Artcurial Actor Osagawa Tsuneyo II as Ippei's Older Sister on May 23rd Actual price: USD $113,100.
  22. Artcurial Tatsumi Rokô (name in rebus form), from the series Renowned Beauties Likened to the Six Immortal Poets (Kômei bijin rokkasen) on May 23rd Actual price: USD $105,560.
  23. Artcurial The Widow of Asahiya (Asahiya goke, in rebus form), from the series Renowned Beauties Likened to the Six Immortal Poets (Kômei bijin rokkasen). on May 23rd Actual price: USD $105,560.
  24. Bonhams The Mammals of Australia on May 30th Actual price: USD $96,425.
  25. Bonhams The Birds of Asia on May 30th Actual price: USD $91,438.



25 total sales reported this week:

Forum Auctions. Photographs and Photobooks on June 1st: 37.50%
Forum Auctions. Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper on May 31st: 78.49%
PBA Galleries. Americana - Travel & Exploration - Manuscript Material - Cartography on May 31st: 67.65%
PIASA. Photographs, including a Large French Collection on May 30th: 23.61%
Vermot de Pas. France History and Regions on May 29th: 16.18%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Old and Modern Books on May 30th: 52.47%
ALDE. Modern Illustrated Books on May 30th: 72.58%
Bonhams. WASSENAAR ZOO A Dutch Private Library on May 30th: 97.02%
Artcurial. Limited Editions on May 29th: 73.44%
Artcurial. Japanese Prints on May 23rd: 95.92%
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Valuable books Manuscripts · Autographs · Decorative Graphics on May 28th: 83.50%
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Wertvolle Bücher Manuskripte · Autographen · Dekorative Graphik - Part 2 on May 28th: 59.96%
Morton Subastas. Books and Historical Documents on May 29th: 36.52%
Christies. Books and Manuscripts on May 29th: 77.89%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on May 29th: 77.50%
Forum Auctions in Italy. No Reserve Online Sale: Antiquarian and Rare Books on May 29th: 91.67%
Winner's Auctions Ltd. Eretz Israel and Zionism, Postcards and Photographs, Numismatics, Posters, Maps, Judaica, Holy books on May 8th: 74.23%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 5/23 on May 29th: 99.46%
Binoche et Giquello. Ancient and Modern Books on May 25th: 47.64%
Ader. Old and Modern Prints - Day 2 on May 25th: 76.14%
Ader. Old and Modern Prints - Day 1 on May 24th: 74.47%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Books on May 11th: 90.77%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 5/20 on May 27th: 99.64%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 5/20 on May 27th: 95.63%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 4/29 on May 27th: 95.77%

 


For the week ahead 24 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jun. 4th
Dorotheum . Vienna. Autographs, Manuscripts and Certificates. 401 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 53 lots

Tue. Jun. 5th
Swann Galleries. New York. Illustration Art. 255 lots
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Icons and Legends of Hollywood - Day 1. 126 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Art Photography. 200 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Graphic Prints. 234 lots
Heritage Auctions. New York. Photographs. 423 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 5/29. 584 lots

Wed. Jun. 6th
Old World Auctions. Glen Allen. Antique Maps, Globes, Charts, Atlases & Vintage Graphics - online bidstart 5/23. 751 lots
PIASA. Paris. Editions: Prints, Illustrated Books, Multiples. 153 lots
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Icons and Legends of Hollywood - Day 2. 45 lots
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . Fine Art - Prints. 108 lots

Thu. Jun. 7th
Swann Galleries. New York. Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books. 397 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper.

Fri. Jun. 8th
Skinner. Marlborough. Fine Books and Manuscripts - Internet bidstart 5/31. 747 lots
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Icons and Legends of Hollywood - Day 4. 143 lots

Sat. Jun. 9th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Legends of the West. 129 lots
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Prints and Drawings. 463 lots
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. Collectibles. 70 lots
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs. 42 lots

Sun. Jun. 10th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Civil War and Militaria.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 5/13. 179 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 6/3.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 6/3.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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>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
  • <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>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>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Jean de Mandeville, <i>Reysen und Wanderschafften durch das Gelobte Land,</i> Strassburg, 1488. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> José González Cabrera Bueno, <i>Navegación Especulativa, y Práctica,</i> Manila, 1734. Sold for $55,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. Sold for $65,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Louise Bourgeois, <i>He Disappeared Into Complete Silence,</i> portfolio with complete text & 9 engravings, 1947. Sold for $413,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Erich Maria Remarque, <i>All Quiet on the Western Front,</i> first American edition, Boston, 1929. Sold for $9,375.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Sir William Russell Flint, gouache & watercolor illustration for Homer's <i>Odyssey,</i> 1924. Sold for $22,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Kurt Vonnegut, archive of 12 letters, signed to his family, 6 illustrated, 1930s-40s. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Oscar Wilde, <i>Lady Windermere's Fan,</i> first edition, presentation copy, signed & inscribed, London, 1893. Sold for $27,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Emil Cardinaux, <i>St. Moritz,</i> 1918. Sold for $17,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> R.J. Waters, 3 panoramas of the San Francisco earthquake & fire, 1906. Sold for $21,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Album with 200 cartes-de-visite, including images by Felice Beato, John Thompson & F.W. Sutton, Japan & China, 1863-69. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. Sold for $40,000.