• <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Macbeth: A Tragedy.</i> London, 1673. FIRST SEPARATE AND FIRST QUARTO EDITION. THE CHARLTON HESTON COPY. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. <i>In Our Time.</i> Paris, 1924. FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL. <i>Fanshawe, A Tale.</i> Boston, 1828. FIRST EDITION OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. <i>Walden; Or, Life in the Woods.</i> Boston, 1854. FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.</i> London, 1685. THE FOURTH FOLIO, Brewster/Bentley issue. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> STEIG, WILLIAM. Original maquette and 58 finished drawings for <i>The Agony in the Kindergarten,</i> one of Steig's most important books. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> VERNE, JULES. <i>A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.</i> New York & London, 1872. FIRST EDITION, RARE AMERICAN ISSUE, with Scribner & Welford cancel title. $5,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> KING, STEPHEN. <i>Carrie.</i> New York, 1974. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE MACINTOSH PROTOTYPE. 1983. The earliest known Macintosh with "Twiggy" drive, one of only two known working machines. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> PLATO. <i>Timaeus</i> [AND] <i>Critias</i> [from Ficini's 1484 Opera]. A LANDMARK OF SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> LOVELACE, AUGUSTA ADA. Sketch of the Analytical Engine Invented by Charles Babbage Esq. London, 1843. FIRST EDITION, JOURNAL ISSUE, MOST IMPORTANT PAPER IN EARLY DIGITAL COMPUTING. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE-1 COMPUTER. Signed by Steve Wozniak, used in development of Apple II. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. <i>On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection.</i> London, 1859. FIRST EDITION. $80,000 to $120,000.
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. <i>The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.</i> Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1876. $14,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> BATEMAN, JAMES. <i>The Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala.</i> London: J. Ridgway & Sons for the author, [1837]-1843. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> WHITMAN, WALT. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn: [For the author by Andrew and James Rome,] 1855. $150,000 to $200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> LEE, HARPER. Three “Seckatary Hawkins”-related books inscribed and signed by Harper Lee. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> POE, EDGAR ALLAN. <i>The Raven.</i> New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845. $120,000 to $180,000.

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Rare Book Hub: 41 Auctions Archived, another 29 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 25 May 2019 41 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 9 denominated in euros, 7 in British pounds, and 25 in US dollars.  Turnover was $30,017,813 as 15,385 lots were offered  and 12,567 sold for an 82% success rate.  These are exceptional numbers.

 

 

6 auctions saw total proceeds reach a million dollars: 


Heritage AuctionsComics on May 17th: $15,201,836 
Heritage AuctionsSpring Sports Memorabilia Catalogue on May 17th: $3,419,361 
Kedem AuctionRare and Important Items on May 15th: $1,846,968 
BonhamsModern and Contemporary Prints and Multiples on May 21st: $1,690,768 
ChristiesOn the shoulders of Giants - Online bidstart 5/16 on May 23rd: $1,388,678 
SothebysBibliothèque R. et B. L. Autographes et Manuscrits XIXe et XXe Siècles on May 22nd: $1,336,722 

 


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

Robert Siegel GalleriesThe Dr. William H. Johnson Collection of the U.S. 1890 Small Bank Note Issue on May 21st: 175.30% 
Brunk AuctionsPremier Auction on May 18th: 156.37% 
AderGirls, Lorettes and Courtesans, Bals Public: Library J.-PF on May 16th: 123.52% 
TooveysAntiquarian and Collectors Books on May 21st: 122.02% 
Nosbüsch & StuckeSpecial Auction Russian Avant-Garde on May 18th: 116.11% 
Nosbüsch & StuckeModern Art and Graphics on May 17th: 108.62% 
TooveysPrints and Maps on May 22nd: 101.11% 
SothebysBibliothèque R. et B. L. Autographes et Manuscrits XIXe et XXe Siècles on May 22nd: 100.99% 


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

Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 4/21 on May 19th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics on May 17th: 99.43% 
Heritage AuctionsWeekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 5/14 on May 21st: 99.40% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 5/14 on May 21st: 98.28% 
Robert Siegel GalleriesThe Dr. William H. Johnson Collection of the U.S. 1890 Small Bank Note Issue on May 21st: 96.67% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 5/12 on May 19th: 95.63% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 5/12 on May 19th: 95.12% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on May 18th: 94.58% 
Lancaster Mennonite Historical SocietyBook Auction on May 10th: 93.95% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsSpring Magic Auction - Books, Posters, Prints, Letters, Photos - Online on May 18th: 93.57% 
TooveysAntiquarian and Collectors Books on May 21st: 93.50% 
Heritage AuctionsSpring Sports Memorabilia Catalogue on May 17th: 93.46% 
Carlsen GalleryBooks and Prints on April 14th: 90.48% 
Brunk AuctionsPremier Auction on May 18th: 90.00% 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersPrints and Multiples on May 22nd: 87.50% 
Rachel Davis Fine ArtsDiscovery Auction - Prints on May 18th: 81.82% 
Kedem AuctionRare and Important Items on May 15th: 80.95% 
AderGirls, Lorettes and Courtesans, Bals Public: Library J.-PF on May 16th: 80.81% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on May 21st: 80.56% 
TooveysPrints and Maps on May 22nd: 80.49% 
Forum AuctionsBanksy X Editions on May 23rd: 80.00% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions Frank Frazetta Egyptian Queen Painting Original Art (1969). on May 17th Actual price: USD $5,400,000.
  2. Christies An Apple-1 personal computer, Palo Alto, 1976. on May 23rd Actual price: USD $467,775.
  3. Heritage Auctions Superman #1 (DC, 1939) CGC VG/FN 5.0 Cream to off-white pages. on May 17th Actual price: USD $456,000.
  4. Bonhams Flowers 4 works on May 21st Actual price: USD $312,575.
  5. Heritage Auctions Captain America Comics #1 (Timely, 1941) CGC FN/VF 7.0 Cream to off-white pages. on May 17th Actual price: USD $228,000.
  6. Heritage Auctions Batman #1 (DC, 1940) CGC FN- 5.5 Cream to off-white pages. on May 17th Actual price: USD $210,000.
  7. Christies Autograph letter signed (‘Stephen Hawking’) to Charles W. Misner, n.p., n.d. [early 1968]. on May 23rd Actual price: USD $204,750.
  8. Heritage Auctions John Byrne and Terry Austin X-Men #137 Double Splash Pages 2-3 Original Art (Marvel, 1980). on May 17th Actual price: USD $204,000.
  9. Sothebys LETTRE AUTOGRAPHE À GEORGE SAND, SIGNÉE CH, DATÉE JEUDI 3 H [5 DÉCEMBRE 1844].  on May 22nd Actual price: USD $173,600.
  10. Heritage Auctions Carl Barks McDuck of Duckburg Painting CB-OIL 84 Original Art (1974). on May 17th Actual price: USD $162,000.
  11. Heritage Auctions Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott Fantastic Four #70 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1968). on May 17th Actual price: USD $156,000.
  12. Bonhams Moonwalk on May 21st Actual price: USD $150,075.
  13. Sothebys LE PANAMA OU LES AVENTURES DE MES SEPT ONCLES. LES QUATRE MANUSCRITS DU PANAMA. MANUSCRITS AUTOGRAPHES. [1912-1918]. on May 22nd Actual price: USD $128,800.
  14. Heritage Auctions Murphy Anderson Hawkman #4 Zatanna First Appearance Complete 13-Page Story "The Girl Who Split In Two!" Original Art (DC, 1964). on May 17th Actual price: USD $126,000.
  15. Kedem Auction Noam Elimelech - Second, Rare Edition on May 15th Actual price: USD $116,850.
  16. Heritage Auctions Tales of Suspense #39 Iron Man (Marvel, 1963) CBCS NM+ 9.6 White pages. on May 17th Actual price: USD $111,000.
  17. Kedem Auction Korban Chagiga - Copy of Rabbi Meir Margolies Author of Meir Netivim, Disciple of the Baal Shem Tov and one of his "Sixty Warriors" on May 15th Actual price: USD $110,700.
  18. Heritage Auctions Carl Barks The Wadfather Painting CB-OIL 21 Original Art (1972). on May 17th Actual price: USD $108,000.
  19. Heritage Auctions 1956 Roy Campanella Game Worn Brooklyn Dodgers Jersey, MEARS A9.5. on May 17th Actual price: USD $108,000.
  20. Heritage Auctions Carl Barks Menace out of the Myths Painting CB-OIL 50 Original Art (1973). on May 17th Actual price: USD $102,000.
  21. Bonhams Rebel Without a Cause (James Dean), from Ads on May 21st Actual price: USD $100,075.
  22. Heritage Auctions 2016 New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Championship Ring Presented to Player. on May 17th Actual price: USD $96,000.
  23. Heritage Auctions Murphy Anderson Showcase #60 The Spectre Part 1 "War That Shook the Universe!" Original Art Group of 8 Consecutive Pages (DC, 1966). on May 17th Actual price: USD $90,000.
  24. Heritage Auctions Robert Crumb "Keep On Truckin'" Illustration Original Art (1969). on May 17th Actual price: USD $90,000.
  25. Heritage Auctions Herb Trimpe and Jack Abel Incredible Hulk #180 Partial Story Original Art Group of 15 (Marvel, 1974). on May 17th Actual price: USD $84,000.



41 total sales reported this week:

Christies. On the shoulders of Giants - Online bidstart 5/16 on May 23rd: 78.95%
Swann Galleries. Graphic Design on May 23rd: 59.34%
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Special Auction Russian Avant-Garde on May 18th: 75.41%
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Modern Literature, Erotica and Photography. on May 18th: 61.88%
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Modern Art and Graphics on May 17th: 72.49%
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Valuable Books, Autographs and Prints on May 17th: 62.71%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Prints and Multiples on May 22nd: 87.50%
Sothebys. Bibliothèque R. et B. L. Autographes et Manuscrits XIXe et XXe Siècles on May 22nd: 72.48%
Tooveys. Prints and Maps on May 22nd: 80.49%
Tooveys. Antiquarian and Collectors Books on May 21st: 93.50%
Robert Siegel Galleries. The Dr. William H. Johnson Collection of the U.S. 1890 Small Bank Note Issue on May 21st: 96.67%
Forum Auctions. Banksy X Editions on May 23rd: 80.00%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Select Photographs and Photobooks on May 21st: 60.32%
Bonhams. Modern and Contemporary Prints and Multiples on May 21st: 70.69%
Alexander Historical Auctions. Spring Auction - Autographs, documents, manuscripts, propaganda on May 1st: 75.24%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on May 21st: 80.56%
Trafford Books. Books, Photographs, Postcards, Stamps and Postal History on May 15th: 77.87%
Rossini. Lithographs, Fine Art Prints on May 20th: 57.47%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Discovery Auction - Prints on May 18th: 81.82%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Spring Americana Auction - Session 5: Bargains and Dealer Specials on May 20th: 74.91%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Spring Americana Auction - Session 4: Sports, Art, Native Americana, and More on May 19th: 46.99%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Spring Americana Auction - Session 3: Air, Auto, Railroad, Express, on May 18th: 79.60%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Spring Americana Auction - Session 2: Mining Part II on May 17th: 73.33%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Spring Americana Auction - Session 1: General Americana, Numismatics, Mining on May 16th: 56.65%
Carlsen Gallery. Books and Prints on April 14th: 90.48%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Book Auction on May 10th: 93.95%
Purcell Auctioneers. Antiques and Collectables -Books and Prints on May 15th: 68.00%
Potter and Potter Auctions. Spring Magic Auction - Books, Posters, Prints, Letters, Photos - Online on May 18th: 93.57%
Kedem Auction. Rare and Important Items on May 15th: 80.95%
Heritage Auctions. Weekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 5/14 on May 21st: 99.40%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 5/14 on May 21st: 98.28%
Chiswick Auctions. Photographica on May 16th: 75.19%
Ader. Girls, Lorettes and Courtesans, Bals Public: Library J.-PF on May 16th: 80.81%
Brunk Auctions. Premier Auction on May 18th: 90.00%
Brunk Auctions. Emporium Auction - Prints, Books on May 16th: 76.92%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 5/12 on May 19th: 95.63%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 5/12 on May 19th: 95.12%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 4/21 on May 19th: 100.00%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on May 18th: 94.58%
Heritage Auctions. Spring Sports Memorabilia Catalogue on May 17th: 93.46%
Heritage Auctions. Comics on May 17th: 99.43%


For the week ahead 29 sales are scheduled:

Mon. May. 27th
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Hamburg. Rare Books - Part 1. 96 lots
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Amsterdam. NRC Veiling - Art Sale Online - Session 1: Fine Art - bidstart 5/3. 252 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 68 lots
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. Memorial Day Sale - Prints, Books. 78 lots
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Hamburg. Rare Books - Part 2. 394 lots

Tue. May. 28th
Artcurial. Paris. Limited Edition. 200 lots
Jacksons Auction. Cedar Falls, Iowa . Spectacular Toy and Collectibles Auction. 56 lots
ALDE. Paris. Original Bindings and Modern Illustrated Books. 341 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 5/21. 695 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Weekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 5/21. 202 lots
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Amsterdam. NRC Veiling - Art Sale Online - Session 2: Modern and Contemporary Art - bidstart 5/3. 252 lots

Wed. May. 29th
Tajan. Paris. Prints and Illustrated Books. 270 lots
Chiswick Auctions. London. Books and Works on Paper. 307 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . 15th-19th Century Prints. 705 lots

Thu. May. 30th
Pandolfini. Florence . Books, Manuscripts and Autographs. 236 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. 541 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 429 lots
Chiswick Auctions. London. Autographs and Memorabilia. 266 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. The Leonard Glazer Collection of Civil War Dated Currency & Related Items US Currency Online Only -. 1344 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. 1915 Cracker Jack PSA Set Registry Auction. 176 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Creatures - Fine Art Prints. 67 lots

Fri. May. 31st
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Antiques and Accessories - Books and Prints. 55 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Modern Art Part 2 - Prints. 345 lots

Sat. Jun. 1st
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Master Graphics of German Classics. 40 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Modern Art Part 1 - Prints. 132 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper.

Sun. Jun. 2nd
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 5/26.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 5/26.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 5/5. 212 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Churchill (Winston) & Others. 1944 Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference, 27 April 1944. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Joyce (James). <i>Ulysses.</i> First English edition, 1922. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Belzoni (Giovanni Battista). <i>Plates Illustrated of the Researches and Operations...in Egypt and Nubia,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1821-1822. £14,375 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Astor (John Jacob). A collection of rare letters, 9 January 1812- 4 September 1837. £26,000 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first issue, 1997. £27,500 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Royal Family. Photograph of Queen Elizabeth, George VI, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, signed, 1946. £3,640 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Collodi (Carlo). <i>Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1883. £8,401 inc Buyers Premium.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Currier & Ives, <i>The Mississippi in Time of Peace,</i> hand-colored lithograph, 1865. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Hartmann Schedel, <i>Liber Cronicarum...,</i> Nuremberg, 1493. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Claudius Ptolemaeus, <i>Geographicae Enarrationis Libri Octo,</i> Lyons, 1535. $20,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Thomas Jefferys, <i>The American Atlas,</i> London, 1776-77. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> John Speed, <i>A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World,</i> 20 miniature maps, London, 1665. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> <i>Biblia Das ist: Die Gantze Heilige Schrifft Durch D. Martin Luther Verteutscht,</i> illustrated cartographic Bible, Basel, 1665. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Early Hawaiian-language school geography, Lahainaluna Seminary, 1840. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Cornelis de Jode, <i>Africae Vera Forma, et Situs,</i> Antwerp, 1593. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Maria Vincenzo Coronelli, <i>America Settentrionale Colle Nuove Scoperte Sin All Anno,</i> Venice, 1688. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Christoph Volkamer, <i>Nürnbergische Hesperides,</i> Nuremberg, 1708-1714. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Bayer, <i>Uranometria, Omnium Asterismorum Continens Schemata...,</i> 51 celestial charts, c. 1603. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Manuscript map of Commodore Perry’s Black Ship squadron at Edo Bay, with manuscript sketchbook, ink & watercolor, Japan, c. 1853. $2,500 to $3,500.