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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

  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €
  • <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Harriet Tubman Cabinet Card by H.S. Squyer, Auburn, NY, 1892. $10,000 to $15,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Scarce <i>Events of the Tulsa Disaster,</i> First Edition, 1922. $4,000 to $6,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Unpublished CDV of Frederick Douglass by Benjamin F. Smith, 1864. $3,000 to $5,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> California Imprint of <i>President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation</i> Broadside, 1864. $10,000 to $15,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> John C.H. Grabill Cabinet Card of Buffalo Soldier Wearing Buffalo Coat, ca 1886. $8,000 to $10,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Rare <i>What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking,</i> 2nd Cookbook Published by African American. $6,000 to $8,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Frederick Douglass Walking Stick, 1888. $3,000 to $5,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Only Known Slave Narrative Published Independently in California, <i>Life and Adventures of James Williams.</i> $2,000 to $4,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Rare First Edition of History of Black Literature, Abbé Grégoire <i>De La Littérature des Nègres</i>. $2,500 to $3,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> African American Soldier and Medal of Honor Winner Christian A. Fleetwood CDV, PLUS. $8,000 to $10,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries Pennant, 1910 Reno, Nevada. $2,000 to $4,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Joe Gans Photograph at 1906 Goldfield, Nevada Fight by Percy Dana. $600 to $800
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.