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Rare Book Hub: 47 Auctions Archived, another 30 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Friday 29th January 2021, 47 auctions were archived to Rare Book Hub’s Transactions+ Database; 1 denominated in Danish kroners, 12 in euros, 4 in British pounds, 2 in Mexican pesos and 28 in US dollars.

 

Turnover was $23,188,874 as 88% of all lots offered sold.  Ten thousand eight-hundred-seventy-five were offered and 9,623 changed hands.  Covid-19 be damned! 

 

5 auctions saw total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Heritage AuctionsFUN Currency on January 25th: $8,019,404
Forum AuctionsBanksy on January 27th: $3,052,742
Arader GalleriesAudubon, Natural History Prints, Rare Books and Maps on January 23rd: $2,585,680
Heritage AuctionsFUN World Paper Money on January 22nd: $2,138,432
ChristiesOld Master Prints - online bidstart 1/19 on January 28th: $1,439,094
 

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

Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersAmericana at Stair on January 29th: 303.60%
Dirk Soulis AuctionsEstate Auction on January 23rd: 230.57%
SothebysFearless: The Collection of Hester Diamond Part II - bidstart 1/22 on January 29th: 194.74%
De Baecque and AssociesWatercolors and Drawings - Prints and Posters on January 27th: 187.81%
ChristiesSelections from the Library of Mr. & Mrs. John H. Gutfreund 834 Fifth Avenue on January 29th: 175.80%
Bruneau & Co. January Estate Fine Art & Antique Auction - Online Only on January 28th: 140.25%
ChristiesOld Master Prints - online bidstart 1/19 on January 28th: 135.57%
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 26th: 129.59%
Forum AuctionsFine Books, Manuscripts, and Works on Paper on January 28th: 127.83%
Grays AuctioneersFine Art, Furniture, and Decorative Art - bidstart 1/8 on January 27th: 120.72%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 1/15 on January 22nd: 119.25%
AguttesOnline Only: Modern and Old Books - bidstart 1/21 on January 28th: 118.76%
Swann GalleriesIllustration Art on January 28th: 110.63%
Forum AuctionsBanksy on January 27th: 110.48%
Heritage AuctionsFUN World Paper Money on January 22nd: 106.17%
Heritage AuctionsWorld Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 1/19 on January 26th: 102.18%


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

Heritage AuctionsThe David Hall T206 Collection Part VI Sportscard Catalog Auction on January 21st: 100.00%
SothebysFearless: The Collection of Hester Diamond Part II - bidstart 1/22 on January 29th: 100.00%
SothebysImportant Americana: Silver, Chinese Export, and Prints - on January 22nd: 100.00%
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersAmericana at Stair on January 29th: 100.00%
Dirk Soulis AuctionsEstate Auction on January 23rd: 100.00%
Leland Little AuctionsThe Winter Estate Auction on January 28th: 100.00%
SkinnerDiscovery - Interiors - Online bidstart 1/12 on January 25th: 100.00%
Heritage AuctionsWorld Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 1/19 on January 26th: 100.00%
Heritage AuctionsUS Currency Weekly Online - Bidstart 1/19 on January 26th: 99.87%
Heritage AuctionsComics, Animation, & Art Weekly Online - bidstart 1/17 on January 25th: 99.52%
Heritage AuctionsSports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 1/10 on January 24th: 99.49%
Heritage AuctionsA Western Gentleman's Collection of Obsolete Banknotes Special Monthly on January 24th: 99.43%
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters Weekly - Bidstart 1/17 on January 24th: 98.50%
ChristiesSelections from the Library of Mr. & Mrs. John H. Gutfreund 834 Fifth Avenue on January 29th: 98.31%
Grays AuctioneersFine Art, Furniture, and Decorative Art - bidstart 1/8 on January 27th: 97.37%
Heritage AuctionsFUN World Paper Money on January 22nd: 96.78%
Heritage AuctionsFUN Currency on January 25th: 95.40%
William H. Bunch Auctions and AppraisalsEclectic Variety - bidstart 1/21 on January 26th: 95.12%
Forum AuctionsBanksy on January 27th: 93.33%
ChristiesOld Master Prints - online bidstart 1/19 on January 28th: 93.18%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on January 23rd: 92.50%
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 26th: 92.31%
North American Auction CompanyNew Year January Western Collector Auction on January 23rd: 91.67%
Il PonteBooks and Manuscripts on January 26th: 91.36%
Forum AuctionsFine Books, Manuscripts, and Works on Paper on January 28th: 90.30%
Bruneau & Co. January Estate Fine Art & Antique Auction - Online Only on January 28th: 88.71%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - bidstart 1/8 on January 18th: 87.84%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 1/8 on January 20th: 87.00%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 1/15 on January 22nd: 85.59%
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - bidstart 1/8 on January 19th: 84.78%
Swann GalleriesIllustration Art on January 28th: 81.43%
 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions Obstructed Printing Error with Retained Obstruction Fr. 2084-H $20 1996 Federal Reserve Note. PMG Choice Uncirculated 64 EPQ. on January 25th Actual price: USD $396,000.
  2. Forum Auctions Girl with Balloon on January 27th Actual price: USD $330,423.
  3. Arader Galleries Audubon, Snowy Heron or White Egret, Plate 242 on January 23rd Actual price: USD $288,000.
  4. Heritage Auctions Fr. 2231-G $10,000 1934 Federal Reserve Note. PMG Choice Uncirculated 63. on January 25th Actual price: USD $234,000.
  5. Forum Auctions Choose Your Weapon (Bright Purple) on January 27th Actual price: USD $229,460.
  6. Forum Auctions Love is in the Air (Flower Thrower) on January 27th Actual price: USD $229,460.
  7. Christies Melencolia I on January 28th Actual price: USD $222,611.
  8. Heritage Auctions Russia Russian-American Company 25 Rubles ND (1816-1867) Pick UNL Kardakoff 53.7 PMG About Uncirculated 55. on January 22nd Actual price: USD $192,000.
  9. Arader Galleries Audubon’s “Snowy Owl” is one of the most desirable images from his monumental Birds of America on January 23rd Actual price: USD $175,000.
  10. Forum Auctions Jack and Jill (Police Kids) on January 27th Actual price: USD $174,390.
  11. Christies Adam and Eve on January 28th Actual price: USD $171,239.
  12. Arader Galleries Gould - The Birds of Europe on January 23rd Actual price: USD $168,000.
  13. Heritage Auctions Fr. 2231-B $10,000 1934 Federal Reserve Note. PMG Choice Uncirculated 63. on January 25th Actual price: USD $168,000.
  14. Heritage Auctions Fr. 2221-K $5,000 1934 Federal Reserve Note. PCGS Very Choice New 64PPQ. on January 25th Actual price: USD $168,000.
  15. Forum Auctions Grin Reaper on January 27th Actual price: USD $146,855.
  16. Heritage Auctions Fr. 2221-G $5,000 1934 Federal Reserve Note. PMG Choice Uncirculated 63. on January 25th Actual price: USD $144,000.
  17. Arader Galleries Gould - The Birds of Great Britain on January 23rd Actual price: USD $132,000.
  18. Arader Galleries A Genius Composition and The Most Desirable of Audubon"s Extinct Birds, The Carolina Parrot, Plate 26 on January 23rd Actual price: USD $132,000.
  19. Arader Galleries Audubon, Fish Hawk - Deckeled with uncut margins. on January 23rd Actual price: USD $120,000.
  20. Heritage Auctions Fr. 2408 $1,000 1928 Gold Certificate. PCGS Gem New 65PPQ. on January 25th Actual price: USD $120,000.
  21. Forum Auctions Donuts (Strawberry) on January 27th Actual price: USD $119,319.
  22. Forum Auctions Pulp Fiction on January 27th Actual price: USD $119,319.
  23. Forum Auctions Gangsta Rat on January 27th Actual price: USD $110,141.
  24. Arader Galleries Adubon, Brown Pelican, Plate 421 on January 23rd Actual price: USD $109,200.
  25. Arader Galleries Gould - A Monograph of the Ramphastidae, or Family of Toucans on January 23rd Actual price: USD $108,000.


47 total sales reported this week:

North American Auction Company. New Year January Western Collector Auction on January 23rd: 91.67%
Sothebys. Fearless: The Collection of Hester Diamond Part II - bidstart 1/22 on January 29th: 100.00%
Christies. Selections from the Library of Mr. & Mrs. John H. Gutfreund 834 Fifth Avenue on January 29th: 98.31%
Bonhams. Conflicts Online - Bidstart 1/19 on January 29th: 34.78%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Americana at Stair on January 29th: 100.00%
Nye & Company Auctioneers. Discovery Backyard Auction - Online Only bidstart 1/15 on January 28th: 78.85%
Swann Galleries. Illustration Art on January 28th: 81.43%
Potomack Company. January Fine Arts Cornucopia on January 28th: 74.36%
Morton Subastas. Prints and Multiples on January 28th: 43.82%
Leland Little Auctions. The Winter Estate Auction on January 28th: 100.00%
Christies. Old Master Prints - online bidstart 1/19 on January 28th: 93.18%
Bruneau & Co. . January Estate Fine Art & Antique Auction - Online Only on January 28th: 88.71%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Rare Books, Maps and Prints - bistart 1/21 on January 28th: 38.32%
Aguttes. Online Only: Manuscripts and Autographs - bidstart 1/21 on January 28th: 66.28%
Aguttes. Online Only: Modern and Old Books - bidstart 1/21 on January 28th: 46.88%
Forum Auctions. Banksy on January 27th: 93.33%
Trafford Books. Ephemera, Books, Cigarette Cards, Photographs, Postcards, Postage Stamps and Postal History. on January 27th: 71.74%
Grays Auctioneers. Fine Art, Furniture, and Decorative Art - bidstart 1/8 on January 27th: 97.37%
Forum Auctions. Fine Books, Manuscripts, and Works on Paper on January 28th: 90.30%
De Baecque and Associes. Watercolors and Drawings - Prints and Posters on January 27th: 75.69%
Heritage Auctions. US Currency Weekly Online - Bidstart 1/19 on January 26th: 99.87%
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Eclectic Variety - bidstart 1/21 on January 26th: 95.12%
Morton Subastas. Antiquarian and Contemporary Books on January 26th: 38.76%
Il Ponte. Books and Manuscripts on January 26th: 91.36%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on January 26th: 92.31%
Heritage Auctions. World Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 1/19 on January 26th: 100.00%
Skinner. Discovery - Interiors - Online bidstart 1/12 on January 25th: 100.00%
Rossini. PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES, LITHOGRAPHS, XIXTH, MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY on January 25th: 47.22%
Arader Galleries. Audubon, Natural History Prints, Rare Books and Maps on January 23rd: 68.89%
Heritage Auctions. FUN Currency on January 25th: 95.40%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters Weekly - Bidstart 1/17 on January 24th: 98.50%
Heritage Auctions. Sports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 1/10 on January 24th: 99.49%
Heritage Auctions. Comics, Animation, & Art Weekly Online - bidstart 1/17 on January 25th: 99.52%
Michaans Auctions. Gallery Auction on January 23rd: 64.71%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Estate Auction on January 23rd: 100.00%
Sothebys. Important Americana: Silver, Chinese Export, and Prints - on January 22nd: 100.00%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 1/15 on January 22nd: 85.59%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books - bidstart 10/23 on January 21st: 52.00%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 1/8 on January 20th: 87.00%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - bidstart 1/8 on January 19th: 84.78%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - bidstart 1/8 on January 18th: 87.84%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books - bidstart 1/8 on January 17th: 44.00%
Catawiki B. V.. Autographs and Manuscripts - bidstart 1/8 on January 17th: 79.49%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on January 23rd: 92.50%
Heritage Auctions. A Western Gentleman's Collection of Obsolete Banknotes Special Monthly on January 24th: 99.43%
Heritage Auctions. FUN World Paper Money on January 22nd: 96.78%
Heritage Auctions. The David Hall T206 Collection Part VI Sportscard Catalog Auction on January 21st: 100.00%


For the week ahead 30 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Feb. 1st
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - bidstart 1/22. 79 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 92 lots

Tue. Feb. 2nd
Ader. PARIS. Photographs Online - bidstart 1/22. 243 lots
Bonhams. New York. Photographs by Ruth Orkin - bidstart 1/22. 54 lots
Kedem Auctions Ltd.. Jerusalem . The Ga'on of Vilna and his Disciples: Books and Manuscripts from the Yeshayahu Vinograd Collection. 178 lots
Christies. Paris. Paul Destribats : une bibliothèque des Avant-gardes, partie III. 502 lots
Doyle New York. New York. Fine Paintings and Prints. 31 lots
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . Online Only: Timed Eclectic Variety - bidstart 1/22. 25 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - bidstart 1/22. 24 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. US Currency Weekly Online - Bidstart 1/26. 789 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. World Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 1/26. 212 lots

Wed. Feb. 3rd
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Prints and Editions. 72 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 1/22. 109 lots
Ader. PARIS. Books Online - bidstart 1/27. 176 lots

Thu. Feb. 4th
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Americana - Travel - Exploration - World History - Maps & Atlases. 476 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. The Artists of the WPA. 236 lots
Sothebys. London. Detective Fiction Including The Alexis Galanos Collection - bidstart 1/28. 185 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. The Modern Sports Card Catalog Auction. 457 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 232 lots

Fri. Feb. 5th
John McInnis Auctioneers. Amesbury. Estate of John Robert Gregg, York, Maine - Day 1. 256 lots
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Winter Estates Auction. 87 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 1/29.

Sat. Feb. 6th
Michael Treloar. Adelaide SA. The Paul Lucas Collection of Australian Military History - Part II - bidstart 1/18. 331 lots
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Prints & Drawings at Online Auction, featuring the Arthur Gilbert collection, Boulder CO. 422 lots
John McInnis Auctioneers. Amesbury. Estate of John R. Gregg, Jr-York, Maine - Day 2. 196 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 200 lots

Sun. Feb. 7th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics, Animation, & Art Weekly Online - bidstart 1/31.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters Weekly - Bidstart 1/31.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 1/24. 211 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Autographs and Manuscripts - bidstart 1/29.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Frances Palmer, <i>Battle of Buena Vista,</i> chromolithograph, New York, 1847. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma, the earliest publication concerned solely with chocolate, first edition, Madrid, 1631. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Romans Bernard, <i>An Exact View of the Late Battle at Charlestown, June 17th, 1775,</i> engraving, 1776. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> <i>A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston,</i> English edition, London, 1770. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> William Soule, <i>Lodge of the Plains Indians,</i> albumen print, 1872. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Manuscript document to enforce New York’s “Agreement of Non-Importation” during the heyday of the Sons of Liberty, New York, 1769. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Clarence Mackenzie, <i>Drummer Boy of the 13th Regiment of Brooklyn,</i> salt print with applied color, 1861. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Moses Lopez, <i>A Lunar Calendar,</i> first Jewish calendar published in America, Newport, RI, 1806. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b><br>The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <center><b>Gonnelli Auction House<br>Books and Graphics<br>19th, 20th and 21st April 2021</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 19-21<br>Books from XVI to XX Century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 20<br>Atlases and Maps</b
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br> Veneto and Venice, a Selection of Books from the XVI to XX century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 20<br></b>Rossini Gioachino, Baguette de chef d'orchestre appartenuta a Gioachino Rossini, dono del Comune di Passy. 1500 €
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br></b>Manetti Saverio, Storia naturale degli uccelli trattata con metodo. Cinque volumi. 1767. 18.000 €
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br></b>Poe Edgar Allan, Double assassinat dans la rue morgue. Illustrations de Cura. 1946.
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 19-21<br>Books from XVI to XX Century</b>
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript, Part 2<br>27 April 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Ronald Reagan. Series of 37 letters to Senator George Murphy, and related material, 1968-90. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Chaim Weizmann. Autograph letter signed, to General Sir Gilbert Clayton, 6 September 1918. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Sir Winston Churchill. Autograph letter signed, to Pamela, Lady Lytton, 1942. £20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript, Part 2<br>27 April 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Oscar Wilde. Five autograph letters signed, to Alsager Vian, 1887. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Napoleon I. Letter signed to Admiral Ganteaume, ordering the invasion of England, 22 August 1805. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Horatio, Viscount Nelson, and Emma Hamilton. Two autograph letter signed, to Catherine and George Matcham, 1805. £6,000 to £8,000.