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RBH: 23 auctions archived, 28 new sales this week.

For the week ended Friday, 30 August 2019, 23 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 6 denominated in euros, 1 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 15 in US dollars.  Turnover was $1,678,986 as 5,201 lots were offered and 4,417 sold for an 85% success rate.  Auction bidders are always looking.

 

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

Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) bidstart 8/9 on August 16th: 117.04% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsFine Art - Prints on August 24th: 106.25% 


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

National Book AuctionsDickens, Sci-Fi, Catholic, Pulp, Antique, Decorative, etc. on August 25th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 7/28 on August 25th: 100.00% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsFine Art - Prints on August 25th: 100.00% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsFine Art - Prints on August 24th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsWorld Currency Weekly - Internet Bidstart 8/20 on August 27th: 99.47% 
Leland Little AuctionsSingle-Owner Advertising & Americana Auction, The Collection of Mary Wells, Greensboro, NC on August 23rd: 99.12% 
Heritage AuctionsU.S. Currency Weekly - Internet Bidstart 8/20 on August 27th: 98.74% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 8/18 on August 25th: 98.49% 
Bourgeault-Horan Antiquarians & Associates, LLCSummer Americana and Marine Auction on August 18th: 96.55% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 8/18 on August 25th: 96.13% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) Online bidstart 8/9 on August 19th: 94.83% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on August 24th: 90.72% 
University ArchivesRare Autographs, Books on August 28th: 89.11% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - Internet bidstart 8/16 on August 23rd: 88.14% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on August 27th: 87.50% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) bidstart 8/9 on August 16th: 84.87% 
Addison and SarovaRare Books and Ephemera on August 17th: 80.62% 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. University Archives _x000D_ Albert Einstein Theory of Universal Gravitation, “the validity of Newton’s theory” Using a “clock-time” Illustration – Incredible Scientific Letter in English!_x000D__x000D_ Albert Einstein Theory of Universal Gravitation, “the validity of Newton’ on August 28th Actual price: USD $45,000.
  2. University Archives Thomas Paine Writes to Fellow Deist Asking Help with His Tenant Farmer and Enclosing an Essay on “Hints” for Establishing a Deistical Church on August 28th Actual price: USD $18,000.
  3. University Archives Paul Revere Witnesses a Deed for the Support of a Minor Heir on August 28th Actual price: USD $14,400.
  4. University Archives John Hancock in 1776 Signs Highly Important Resolution Urging Complete Representation of All the States. Taxation Without Representation was the Main Cause of the Revolutionary War. on August 28th Actual price: USD $14,400.
  5. University Archives Albert Einstein Magnificent Scientific Letter in English Re: Nature of Light and Special Relativity on August 28th Actual price: USD $13,200.
  6. University Archives _x000D_ Albert Einstein Refers to “The Theory of Relativity,” an Explanation of How the “constancy of the speed of light” and “rotation of the earth” – a Fantastic Letter!_x000D__x000D_ Albert Einstein Refers to “The Theory of Relativity,” an Explanation on August 28th Actual price: USD $11,400.
  7. Morton Subastas Toda la Tierra de las Indias. on August 29th Actual price: USD $9,000.
  8. Heritage Auctions Tales of Suspense #39 (Marvel, 1963) CGC VG/FN 5.0 Cream to off-white pages. on August 25th Actual price: USD $9,000.
  9. Heritage Auctions Journey Into Mystery #83 (Marvel, 1962) CGC VG/FN 5.0 White pages. on August 25th Actual price: USD $9,000.
  10. University Archives George Washington Signed Soldier’s Discharge, the Document Shows How the Soldier was Conned Out of his Rights by a Man Later Convicted and Sent to Prison for Life on August 28th Actual price: USD $9,000.
  11. Catawiki B. V. Biblia Sacra Vulgatae Editionis on August 24th Actual price: USD $8,590.
  12. Bourgeault-Horan Antiquarians & Associates, LLC 1816 MAP OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, WITH ENGRAVINGS BY ABEL BOWEN OF "THE GAP OF THE WHITE MOUNTAINS," "THE GREAT BOARSHEAD AND HAMPTON BEACH" AND "VIEWS OF THE WHITE MOUNTAINS FROM SHELBURNE," on August 18th Actual price: USD $8,400.
  13. Heritage Auctions Peanuts #1 Davis Crippen ("D" Copy) Pedigree (United Feature Syndicate, 1953) CGC FN/VF 7.0 Off-white to white pages. on August 25th Actual price: USD $7,800.
  14. Heritage Auctions X-Men #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC VG+ 4.5 Off-white to white pages. on August 25th Actual price: USD $7,200.
  15. University Archives Fantastic framed Thomas Jefferson ALS with a lovel on August 28th Actual price: USD $7,200.
  16. University Archives Walt Disney TLS Re: Exhibition of "Fantasia" for Pan-American Union Attendees' Children on August 28th Actual price: USD $6,600.
  17. Addison and Sarova Madonna and Child Between St. Francis and St. Nicasius, also known as "Castelfranco Madonna." on August 17th Actual price: USD $6,000.
  18. Moreshet Auctions DarcheiTzedek—chassidut. First edition, Vlvi 1796, rare and important. on July 31st Actual price: USD $5,760.
  19. University Archives Gregor Mendel, "Father of Modern Genetics"--Extremely Rare! on August 28th Actual price: USD $5,700.
  20. Bruun Rasmussen Two Part Story. on August 27th Actual price: USD $5,550.
  21. University Archives Truman Signed Victory Proclamation Re: Germany's Surrender_x000D_ on August 28th Actual price: USD $5,400.
  22. Moreshet Auctions Pesach Haggadah "GeulatYisrael"—printed by the Shapira brothers in Zhitomir, 1848, with additions handwritten from the period of the book’s printing. on July 31st Actual price: USD $5,280.
  23. Heritage Auctions Tim Bradstreet Punisher #50 Cover Original Art (Marvel Comics, 2007). on August 25th Actual price: USD $5,160.
  24. Addison and Sarova calligraphy specimen. With headpiece in the center with the name "John Rochfort," "ABC" on left and in reverse on right on August 17th Actual price: USD $5,100.
  25. Moreshet Auctions Large, comprehensive manuscript, more than 250 pages in Ashkenazi handwriting, with chiddushim on the Shas and poskim that were never printed, from the early 19th century. Rare, important, interesting! on July 31st Actual price: USD $5,040.


23 total sales reported this week:

Morton Subastas. Books and Papers: World Travelers and Explorers on August 29th: 26.07%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on August 27th: 87.50%
Addison and Sarova. Rare Books and Ephemera on August 17th: 80.62%
University Archives. Rare Autographs, Books on August 28th: 89.11%
Heritage Auctions. World Currency Weekly - Internet Bidstart 8/20 on August 27th: 99.47%
Heritage Auctions. U.S. Currency Weekly - Internet Bidstart 8/20 on August 27th: 98.74%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 8/18 on August 25th: 98.49%
Catawiki B. V.. Art and Photography - Online bidstart 8/16 on August 24th: 75.00%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - Internet bidstart 8/16 on August 23rd: 88.14%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) Online bidstart 8/9 on August 19th: 94.83%
Catawiki B. V.. Autographs and Manuscripts - Online bidstart 8/9 on August 18th: 70.21%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) bidstart 8/9 on August 16th: 84.87%
JellyFishTree. South African Books on August 21st: 27.87%
National Book Auctions. Dickens, Sci-Fi, Catholic, Pulp, Antique, Decorative, etc. on August 25th: 100.00%
Rago Arts and Auctions. Fine Art - Prints on August 25th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 8/18 on August 25th: 96.13%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 7/28 on August 25th: 100.00%
Bourgeault-Horan Antiquarians & Associates, LLC. Summer Americana and Marine Auction on August 18th: 96.55%
Rago Arts and Auctions. Fine Art - Prints on August 24th: 100.00%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on August 24th: 90.72%
Moreshet Auctions. Jewish Books and Manuscripts on July 31st: 57.47%
Leland Little Auctions. Single-Owner Advertising & Americana Auction, The Collection of Mary Wells, Greensboro, NC on August 23rd: 99.12%
Forum Auctions. Artsy: The Master and the Muse on August 22nd: 66.67% 

 

For the week ahead 28 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Sep. 2nd
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. Fine Art - Prints. 102 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) Online bidstart 8/23. 65 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 87 lots

Tue. Sep. 3rd
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Books of Art, Literature and Motoring of the Collection of Mr. Don Lorenzo Zambrano. 279 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. U.S. Currency Weekly - Internet Bidstart 8/27. 642 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. World Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 8/27. 180 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Books and Manuscripts: Timed Auction launch 8/22. 162 lots

Wed. Sep. 4th
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Books, Maps and Prints. 507 lots
Heritage Auctions. New York. The Maurice Car Collection featuring Rare Books and Manuscripts. 243 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Long Beach Expo U.S. Currency - Sessions 1-4. 1173 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Books and Prints. 67 lots

Thu. Sep. 5th
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper.
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Books and Manuscripts. 301 lots
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 8/29. 572 lots
Sothebys. London. Original Film Posters - Online bidstart 8/23. 190 lots
Heritage Auctions. New York. Fall Signature Auction Featuring The Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction. 828 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Long Beach Expo World Currency - Sessions 1-2. 574 lots

Fri. Sep. 6th
Bonhams. New York. Prints and Multiples Online - bidstart 9/10.
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - Internet bidstart 8/30. 114 lots

Sat. Sep. 7th
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs. 86 lots
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Books, Prints - Internet bidstart 8/30. 75 lots
North American Auction Company. Bozeman. Western Antique & Collector Sale. 87 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 200 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Art and Photography - Online bidstart 8/30. 25 lots

Sun. Sep. 8th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 8/11. 170 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 9/1.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 9/1.
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Autographs and Manuscripts - Internet bidstart 8/30. 48 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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.
  • <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 €