Auction Update Review

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All is well that ends well

For the week ended Saturday 29 December 21 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 6 denominated euros, 1 in British pounds, and 14 in US dollars.  Turnover was $6,593,158 as 4,813 lots were offered and 3,940 sold for a 82% success rate.  It’s been a busy year with many outstanding results.

On January 1st a review of the top lots sold in 2018 will be published in Rare Book Monthly.  Look for it!

 

2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysFine Books & Manuscripts Online - Online bidstart 12/3 on December 17th: $2,289,125 
AderAutographed Letters & Manuscripts on December 11th: $2,102,310
 

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

AderAutographed Letters & Manuscripts on December 11th: 327.09% 
SkinnerThe Gentleman's Auction online on December 20th: 155.59% 
Il PontePhotographs on December 19th: 117.32% 
SothebysFine Books & Manuscripts Online - Online bidstart 12/3 on December 17th: 112.70% 


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

Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/16 on December 23rd: 99.62% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/18 on December 25th: 98.65% 
Winter AssociatesPrints; French Travel Posters on December 10th: 96.43% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 22nd: 96.20% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/16 on December 23rd: 95.55% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 11/25 on December 23rd: 93.94% 
William H. Bunch Auctions and AppraisalsDecember 18th Eclectic Variety Auction on December 18th: 91.18% 
Il PontePhotographs on December 19th: 88.89% 
SkinnerThe Gentleman's Auction online on December 20th: 88.24% 
Rachel Davis Fine ArtsFine Art Prints on December 8th: 85.56% 
Doyle New YorkAngling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson on December 18th: 84.92% 
Neret Minet and TessierComics on December 3rd: 84.42% 
 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys Confusion de Confusiones. Dialogos curiosos entre un Philosopho agudo, un Mercader discreto, y un Accionista erudito descriviendo el negocio de las Acciones, su origen, su ethimologia, su realidad, su juego, y su enredo. on December 17th Actual price: USD $375,000.
  2. Sothebys A remarkable letter, in German, from Mendel to his parents, in which he mentions Friedrich Franz on December 17th Actual price: USD $300,000.
  3. Sothebys Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies. The Second Impression on December 17th Actual price: USD $300,000.
  4. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Londres 11 février 1873, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $182,400.
  5. Ader Karl MARX. 4 L.A.S., [Londres] 5-28 novembre 1872, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $175,104.
  6. Arader Galleries Map of Texas with Parts of Adjoining States Compiled by Stephen F. Austin. on January 27th Actual price: USD $164,700.
  7. Ader Karl MARX. P.S. « Karl Marx », écrite et signée par Maurice La Châtre, 13 février 1872  on December 11th Actual price: USD $138,624.
  8. Sothebys 'LE ROSE' on October 3rd Actual price: USD $137,500.
  9. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., 1 Maitland Park Road, Haverstock Hill, Londres 7 mars 1872, [à Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $134,246.
  10. Sothebys APPLE CORPS LIMITED DISSOLUTION OF CONTRACT, SIGNED BY ALL FOUR BEATLES on December 17th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  11. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Londres 19 octobre 1872, à « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $105,062.
  12. Ader Karl MARX (1818-1883). L.A.S., [Londres] 9 janvier 1872, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre à San Sebastian]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $103,603.
  13. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Londres 4 août 1873, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $87,552.
  14. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Londres 29 mars 1873, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $87,552.
  15. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., [Londres] 17 mars 1873, [à Paulin Franques (collaborateur parisien de Lachâtre) ?]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $87,552.
  16. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Londres 1er mai 1872, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $87,552.
  17. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., [Londres] 1er novembre 1872, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $80,256.
  18. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Karlsbad 18 septembre 1874, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $75,878.
  19. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Londres 20 mars 1872, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $75,878.
  20. Ader Friedrich ENGELS. L.A.S. « F. Engels », Londres 31 mars 1873, au « Citoyen » Maurice Lachâtre  on December 11th Actual price: USD $75,878.
  21. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S. « K. M. », [Londres] 13 octobre 1873, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $72,960.
  22. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., [Londres] 28 avril 1873, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre ?]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $70,042.
  23. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., [Londres] 28 octobre 1873, au « Cher citoyen » [Juste Vernouillet ?]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $65,664.
  24. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Londres 29 mars 1873, au « Cher citoyen » [Juste Vernouillet]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $65,664.
  25. Artcurial Paris, P. Le Noir, 1527 on December 11th Actual price: USD $60,509.



21 total sales reported this week:

Tooveys. Decorative Pictures - Prints on December 28th: 48.89%
Il Ponte. Photographs on December 17th: 61.83%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Sale Posters of Exhibitions and Cabarets on December 26th: 58.07%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Comics on December 3rd: 84.42%
Skinner. The Gentleman's Auction online on December 20th: 88.24%
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. December 18th Eclectic Variety Auction on December 18th: 91.18%
Doyle New York. Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson on December 18th: 84.92%
Il Ponte. Photographs on December 19th: 88.89%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Prints Timed Online Only - bidstart 12/7 on December 14th: 62.73%
Doyle New York. Photographs on December 13th: 77.70%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Fine Art Prints on December 8th: 85.56%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 22nd: 96.20%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/18 on December 25th: 98.65%
Skinner. Discovery - Interiors online on December 12th: 61.90%
Artcurial. Books and Manuscripts on December 11th: 45.55%
Ader. Autographed Letters & Manuscripts on December 11th: 60.58%
Winter Associates. Prints; French Travel Posters on December 10th: 96.43%
Sothebys. Fine Books & Manuscripts Online - Online bidstart 12/3 on December 17th: 68.63%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 11/25 on December 23rd: 93.94%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/16 on December 23rd: 95.55%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/16 on December 23rd: 99.62%

 


For the week ahead 7 sales are scheduled:

Tue. Jan. 1st
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/25. 205 lots

Sat. Jan. 5th
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . New Year's Classic Sale - Prints, Books.
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper.
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. New Year's Gallery Auction - Prints, Books. 34 lots

Sun. Jan. 6th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 12/9/18. 229 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/30.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/30.

 

Best wishes for the holidays!

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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
  • <b>Christie’s Paris, 20 Feb:</b> BELON. <i>L’Histoire de la nature des oyseaux.</i> Paris : Corrozet, 1555. $17,000 to $23,000
    <b>Christie’s Paris, 20 Feb:</b> MIOMANDRE – BARBIER. <i>Dessins sur les danses de Vaslav Nijinsky.</i> Paris. 1913. $23,000 to $34,000
    <b>Christie’s Paris, 20 Feb:</b> HOKUSAI. <i>Fugaku Hyakkei, Edo : Nishimura Yûzô.</i> 1834-1875. $58,000 to $80,000
    <b>Christie’s Paris, 20 Feb:</b> EDWARDS. <i> <br>A Natural History of Uncommon Birds…</i> London : Printed for the Author. 1743-1764. $35,000 to $46,000
    <b>Christie’s Paris, 20 Feb:</b> VESALIUS. <i><br> De Humane Corporis Fabrica libri septem...</i> Basle : J. Oporinus. 1555. $58,000 to $80,000
  • <b>Morton Subastas on Bidsquare:</b><br>Die Französische Expedition gegen Mexico /Beilagen zum Beiheft des Militair - Wochenblattes
    <b>Morton Subastas on Bidsquare:</b><br>The Architecture Of M. Vitruvius Pollio. London, 1791.
    <b>Morton Subastas on Bidsquare:</b> Estatuto Provisional del Imperio Mexicano. México: Imprenta de Andrade y Escalante, 1865.
    <b>Morton Subastas on Bidsquare:</b> Historia de Méjico... México, 1849 - 1852.
    <b>Morton Subastas on Bidsquare:</b> Juárez, Benito - Ogazón, Pedro. Legajos de Bandos del Estado de Guadalajara, 1860-1863.
    <b>Morton Subastas on Bidsquare:</b> Sigüenza y Góngora, Carlos. Mapa de las Aguas que por el Círculo de 90 Leguas Vienen a la Laguna de Tescuco... Méx, 1748.
    <b>Morton Subastas on Bidsquare:</b> Cruces y Campa / Aubert / Valleto. Pareja Imperial, Fusilamiento de Maximiliano, Tipos Mexicanos... ca,1875.
  • <b>Bonhams: Treasures from the Eric C. Caren Collection: How History Unfolds on Paper, Part VII (Online). March 6-14, 2019</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Albert Einstein A remarkable letter on God in English, one of his most eloquent and quoted, 1 p, July 2, 1945. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Benjamin Lincoln's commission as Major General in the Continental Army, February 19th, 1777. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Broadside. A Poem Upon the Bloody Engagement That Was Fought on Bunker's-Hill. 1775. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Early, full printing of the Star-Spangled Banner in The Yankee, October 7, 1814. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Paul Revere. Engraving, “The Boston Massacre Perpetrated on March 5, 1770," in <i>Massachusett's Calendar 1772.</i> $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Bonhams: Treasures from the Eric C. Caren Collection: How History Unfolds on Paper, Part VII (Online). March 6-14, 2019</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Earliest known newspaper coverage of Babe Ruth, "a St Mary's schoolboy," Baltimore, April 4, 1914. $6,000 to $9,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Franklin, Benjamin. <i>The Independent Whig.</i> First Magazine Published in America, Philadelphia: Keimer, 1723-4. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Smith, Joseph. <i>The Book of Mormon.</i> Palmyra: Printed by E.B. Grandin for the Author, 1830. First printing. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Last Words of Joseph Smith. Autograph Letter Signed from a Mormon disciple, conveying a contemporary account of the Prophet's final words, Nauvoo, July 27, 1844. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> John Brown's Body. Autograph Letter Signed from the daughter of John Brown attempting to arrange the return of her father's body, North Elba, Essex Co, NY, November 29, 1859. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Powell Expedition. Autograph diary of Rhodes C. Allen kept during the Powell Expedition of 1868, June 29, 1868 - November 16, 1868. $20,000 to $40,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> NASA archive with 351 photographs, silver & chromogenic prints, 1960-2002. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> Edward S. Curtis, suite of 18 cyanotypes, 1910-14. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> Edward S. Curtis, <i>Horse Capture, Atsina,</i> unique copper plate for <i>The North American Indian,</i> 1908. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> John Whipple, <i>Harriet Beecher Stowe,</i> salted print from a calotype negative, 1853. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> Lewis Carroll, <i>Xie Kitchen,</i> albumen print, circa 1872. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> Ansel Adams, <i>Taos Pueblo,</i> limited, signed first edition of the artist's first book, 12 silver bromide prints, 1930. $30,000 to $45,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b><br>JFK in his motorcade about 2 mins before his assassination, chromogenic print, 1963. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> Anton Guilio Bragaglia, 6 photomechanical postcards with facsimile signatures, 1911-13, printed 1932. $30,000 to $45,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> Société Anonyme, Inc, group of 9 postcards, including 8 real photo postcards, 1920-30. $25,000 to $35,000.