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Rare Book Hub: 21 Auctions Archived, another 20 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Friday, 1st January 2021, 21 auctions were archived to Rare Book Hub’s Transactions+ Database; 6 denominated in euros, 1 in British pounds, and 14 in US dollars.

 

Turnover was $4,983,139 as 90% of all lots offered sold.  Four thousand two hundred and sixty-seven were offered and 3,850 changed hands.  The strength in the auction market has been remarkable.  Covid-19 leaves us uncertain but for those who live and breath rare books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera we are living in the golden age.  There’s been nothing like this before.

 

Best wishes for 2021!

 

1 auction saw total proceeds reach a million dollars [it's a late report]: 

ChristiesClassic Art Evening Sale: Antiquity to 20th Century on July 28th: $3,457,331 

 


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

ChristiesClassic Art Evening Sale: Antiquity to 20th Century on July 28th: 223.96% 
Nadeau's Auction GalleryNew Year's Day Auction on January 1st: 144.69% 
Heritage AuctionsWorld Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 12/22 on December 29th: 108.73% 


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

ChristiesClassic Art Evening Sale: Antiquity to 20th Century on July 28th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 12/13 on December 27th: 99.59% 
Heritage AuctionsComics, Animation, & Art Weekly Online - bidstart 12/20 on December 28th: 99.25% 
Heritage AuctionsWorld Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 12/22 on December 29th: 99.25% 
Heritage AuctionsUS Currency Weekly Online - Bidstart 12/22 on December 29th: 98.45% 
Leland Little AuctionsNew Years Day Sale on January 1st: 97.83% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters Weekly - Bidstart 12/20 on December 27th: 97.25% 
Nadeau's Auction GalleryNew Year's Day Auction on January 1st: 96.43% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 26th: 96.00% 
Heritage AuctionsThe Conway Collection of Error Notes, Part I Currency Online Auction on December 30th: 95.65% 
William H. Bunch Auctions and AppraisalsEclectic Variety on December 29th: 93.33% 
Stephenson's Auctioneers & AppraisersRock Concert Posters Session 2. From The Estate of Perry Pfeffer, founder of Postercade. on January 1st: 93.10% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - bidstart 12/11 on December 22nd: 89.58% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 12/11 on December 23rd: 86.67% 
William H. Bunch Auctions and AppraisalsOnline Only Variety Auction on December 28th: 85.71% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - bidstart 12/11 on December 21st: 84.44% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies Master of the Monypenny Breviary and associates The Almanac Book of Hours, use of Rome, in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Bourges, c. 1490s] on July 28th Actual price: USD $2,228,498.
  2. Christies Joachim Wtewael (Utrecht 1566-1638) The Dutch maiden leading the Prince of Orange to battle on July 28th Actual price: USD $769,472.
  3. Christies Master of Francois de Rohan (active c.1525-1546) The Prayerbook of Mary Queen of Scots, use of Fontevraud, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Paris, c.1535-1540 (after 1534)] on July 28th Actual price: USD $425,208.
  4. Christies Giovanni di Paolo (Siena c.1399-1482) Easter Lamb, in a historiated initial "V" on a leaf from an illuminated Sequentiary on vellum [Siena, c.1435-40] on July 28th Actual price: USD $34,153.
  5. Soler Y Llach LIBROS DE ESTATUTOS DE LA ORDEN DEL CÍSTER. on December 22nd Actual price: USD $17,634.
  6. Heritage Auctions Loose Cylinder Error Double Face Printing Fr. 2027-B $10 1985 Federal Reserve Note. PMG About Uncirculated 55 EPQ. on December 30th Actual price: USD $13,200.
  7. Soler Y Llach ORATIO DOMINICA IN CLV LINGUAS VERSO ET EXOTICIS CHARACTERIBUS PLERUMQUE EXPRESSA on December 22nd Actual price: USD $11,756.
  8. Soler Y Llach IN PRIMUM AVICENNE CANONEM EXPOSITIO CUM QUESTIONIBUS EIUSDEM AB INDICE DICTI CUIUS Q[EM] IN MARGINIBUS APPOSITI. HUIC ETIAM NOUE IMPRESSINI SCITO ADDITAM FORE EXPOSITIONEM PRECLARI JACOBI... on December 22nd Actual price: USD $11,756.
  9. One Of A Kind Collectibles Thomas Jefferson (wants to bring his private French chef to Monticello ) on December 17th Actual price: USD $10,950.
  10. Heritage Auctions Showcase #4 The Flash (DC, 1956) CGC GD/VG 3.0 Cream to off-white pages. on December 28th Actual price: USD $10,500.
  11. Soler Y Llach BOETII VIRI CELEBERRIMI DE CONSOLATIONE PHILOSOPHIE LIBER CUM OPTIMO CO[M]MENTO BEATI THOME COLONIA. on December 22nd Actual price: USD $10,287.
  12. Soler Y Llach SEDULII PASCHALE CUM COMMENTO ANTONII NEBRISSENSIS. on December 22nd Actual price: USD $9,552.
  13. Heritage Auctions The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC VG+ 4.5 Off-white to white pages. on December 28th Actual price: USD $9,000.
  14. Heritage Auctions GoldenEye 007 - Wata 9.2 A++ Sealed, N64 Nintendo 1997 USA. on December 28th Actual price: USD $8,700.
  15. Heritage Auctions Bruce Springsteen by Annie Leibovitz (1984). Very Fine. Signed Framed Photo (Approximately 18" X 22"). Rock and Roll. on December 27th Actual price: USD $7,800.
  16. Soler Y Llach COMENCIA LA VITA DEL FLORIOSO SANCTO HIERONIMO DOCTORE EXCELLENTISSIMO. on December 22nd Actual price: USD $7,053.
  17. Catawiki B. V. Mechanica: sive, de Motu, Tractatus Geometricus on December 21st Actual price: USD $6,664.
  18. Catawiki B. V. Cornucopiae, sive linguae latinae commentarii, ubi quam plurima loca on December 22nd Actual price: USD $6,658.
  19. Soler Y Llach RERUM A FERNANDO ET ELISABE HISPANIA[RUM] FELICISSIMIS REGIBUS GESTARU[M] DECADES DUAE, NECNO[N] BELLI VAVARIE[N]SIS LIBRI DUO, NU[N]C SECU[N]DO EDITI... on December 22nd Actual price: USD $6,613.
  20. Heritage Auctions The Avengers #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC FN+ 6.5 Off-white pages. on December 28th Actual price: USD $6,600.
  21. Stephenson's Auctioneers & Appraisers Original Woodstock Music Festival concert poster on January 1st Actual price: USD $6,250.
  22. Soler Y Llach EXPLICATION DES PLANCHES COMPOSANT L´ATLAS DES VOYAGES D´ALI BEY on December 22nd Actual price: USD $6,172.
  23. Nadeau's Auction Gallery Love, from "Book of Love", 1996 on January 1st Actual price: USD $6,150.
  24. Heritage Auctions Fantastic Four #5 (Marvel, 1962) CBCS VG- 3.5 Cream to off-white pages. on December 28th Actual price: USD $5,640.
  25. Nadeau's Auction Gallery Botanical Celeberrimo Eystettensis, campanula minor sylvestris flore caeruleo consolida regalis arvensis flore on January 1st Actual price: USD $5,535.

 


21 total sales reported this week:

Stephenson's Auctioneers & Appraisers. Rock Concert Posters Session 2. From The Estate of Perry Pfeffer, founder of Postercade. on January 1st: 93.10%
Nadeau's Auction Gallery. New Year's Day Auction on January 1st: 96.43%
Leland Little Auctions. New Years Day Sale on January 1st: 97.83%
Christies. Classic Art Evening Sale: Antiquity to 20th Century on July 28th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. The Conway Collection of Error Notes, Part I Currency Online Auction on December 30th: 95.65%
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Eclectic Variety on December 29th: 93.33%
Heritage Auctions. US Currency Weekly Online - Bidstart 12/22 on December 29th: 98.45%
Heritage Auctions. World Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 12/22 on December 29th: 99.25%
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Online Only Variety Auction on December 28th: 85.71%
Soler Y Llach. Rare and Valuable Books on December 22nd: 24.86%
Heritage Auctions. Sports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 12/13 on December 27th: 99.59%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters Weekly - Bidstart 12/20 on December 27th: 97.25%
Heritage Auctions. Comics, Animation, & Art Weekly Online - bidstart 12/20 on December 28th: 99.25%
One Of A Kind Collectibles. Rare Autographs and Books on December 17th: 79.84%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 12/18 on December 25th: 79.35%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 12/11 on December 23rd: 86.67%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - bidstart 12/11 on December 22nd: 89.58%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - bidstart 12/11 on December 21st: 84.44%
Catawiki B. V.. Autographs and Manuscripts - bidstart 12/11 on December 20th: 77.50%
Kedem Auctions Ltd.. Jewish and Israeli History, Art and Culture on December 22nd: 77.72%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 26th: 96.00%


For the week ahead 20 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jan. 4th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 85 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - bidstart 12/25. 88 lots

Tue. Jan. 5th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. US Currency Weekly Online - Bidstart 12/29. 557 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. World Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 12/29. 152 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - bidstart 12/25. 38 lots

Wed. Jan. 6th
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Stamps and Postcards. 131 lots
University Archives. Westport. Rare Autographs, Manuscripts, and Books. 440 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 12/25. 114 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Online Only Auction. 57 lots

Thu. Jan. 7th
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 266 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Literature - Science Fiction and Mystery. 455 lots

Fri. Jan. 8th
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Chicago Collections. 26 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Online Only: Winter Market. 25 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - bidstart 1/1. 67 lots

Sat. Jan. 9th
Guernseys. New York, NY. Collector's Odyssey - Online. 240 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 200 lots

Sun. Jan. 10th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics, Animation, & Art Weekly Online - bidstart 1/3.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sports Collectibles Weekly - Bidstart 12/27. 251 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters Weekly - Bidstart 1/3.
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Autographs and Manuscripts - bidstart 1/1. 32 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b><center>Hindman Auctions<br>Literature from a Private New Orleans Collection<br>March 19, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> STEINBECK, John (1902-1968). <i>The Pastures of Heaven.</i> New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1932. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> FITZGERALD, F. Scott (1896-1940). <i>Tender is the Night.</i> New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> STOKER, Bram (1847-1912). <i>Dracula.</i> Westminster: Archibald Constable and Company, 1897. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b><center>Hindman Auctions<br>Literature from a Private New Orleans Collection<br>March 19, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> GOLDING, William (1911-1993). <i>Lord of the Flies.</i> London: Faber and Faber, 1954. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> SALINGER, J. D. (1919-2010). The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> HEMINGWAY, Ernest (1899-1961). <i>The Torrents of Spring.</i> New York: Scribner's, 1926. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b><center>Hindman Auctions<br>Literature from a Private New Orleans Collection<br>March 19, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> HUXLEY, Aldous (1894-1963). <i>Brave New World.</i> London: Chatto & Windus, 1932. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> WELLS, H.G. <i>The Time Machine, an Invention.</i> New York: Henry Holt, 1895. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> DAHL, Roald (1916-1990). <i>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.</i> New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Hindman Auctions<br>Literature from a Private New Orleans Collection<br>March 19, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> HERBERT, Frank (1920-1986). Dune. Philadelphia: Chilton Books, 1965. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> KESEY, Ken (1935-2001). <i>One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.</i> New York: The Viking Press, 1962. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> VONNEGUT, Kurt, Jr. (1922-2007). <i>Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade.</i> New York: Seymour Lawrence Delacorte Press, 1969. $2,000 to $3,000.
  • <center><b>California Virtual Book Fair<br>March 4-6, 2021<br>www.abaa.org/vbf</b>
    <center><b>California Virtual Book Fair<br>March 4-6, 2021<br>www.abaa.org/vbf</b>
    <center><b>California Virtual Book Fair<br>March 4-6, 2021<br>www.abaa.org/vbf</b>
    <center><b>California Virtual Book Fair<br>March 4-6, 2021<br>www.abaa.org/vbf</b>
    <center><b>California Virtual Book Fair<br>March 4-6, 2021<br>www.abaa.org/vbf</b>
    <center><b>California Virtual Book Fair<br>March 4-6, 2021<br>www.abaa.org/vbf</b>
    <center><b>California Virtual Book Fair<br>March 4-6, 2021<br>www.abaa.org/vbf</b>
    <center><b>California Virtual Book Fair<br>March 4-6, 2021<br>www.abaa.org/vbf</b>
    <center><b>California Virtual Book Fair<br>March 4-6, 2021<br>www.abaa.org/vbf</b>
    <center><b>California Virtual Book Fair<br>March 4-6, 2021<br>www.abaa.org/vbf</b>
    <center><b>California Virtual Book Fair<br>March 4-6, 2021<br>www.abaa.org/vbf</b>
    <center><b>California Virtual Book Fair<br>March 4-6, 2021<br>www.abaa.org/vbf</b>
    <center><b>California Virtual Book Fair<br>March 4-6, 2021<br>www.abaa.org/vbf</b>
    <center><b>California Virtual Book Fair<br>March 4-6, 2021<br>www.abaa.org/vbf</b>
    <center><b>California Virtual Book Fair<br>March 4-6, 2021<br>www.abaa.org/vbf</b>
    <center><b>California Virtual Book Fair<br>March 4-6, 2021<br>www.abaa.org/vbf</b>
  • <center><b>The Collectors’ Sale<br>March 3, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Verlag, Luzern, Publishers: <i>The Book of Kells,</i> the most precious illuminated manuscript of the early Middle Ages, now reproduced, the FIRST AND ONLY COMPLETE FINE ART FACSIMILE EDITION. €5,000 to €6,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone,</i> 8vo, L. (Bloomsbury) 1997, First Deluxe Edn., Signed by the Author on title page. €4,000 to €5,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Gilbert (John T.) Account of Facsimiles of National Manuscripts of Ireland, from the earliest extant specimens to A.D. 719. €2,000 to €3,000.
    <center><b>The Collectors’ Sale<br>March 3, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> <i>The Georgian Society Records of Eighteenth-Century Domestic Architecture in Dublin [-Ireland],</i> 5 vols. lg. 4to D. 1909 - 1913. Limited Editions. €1,500 to €2,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Yeats (W.B.) <i>The Poems of W.B. Yeats,</i> 2 vols., roy 8vo, L. (MacMillan & Co.) 1949, Limited Edn., No. 185 (of 375 copies). Signed. €1,500 to €2,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Crone (John S.)ed. <i>The Irish Book Lover, A Monthly Review of Irish Literature and Bibliography.</i> Vol. I No 1 August 1909 - Vol. XXXII No. 6, September 1957. €1,250 to €2,000.
    <center><b>The Collectors’ Sale<br>March 3, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Yeats (John Butler) <i>An original self-portrait Sketch,</i> Signed and dated April 1919, N[ew] York. €1,200 to €1,500.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Photograph Album. Entitled ''A Souvenir of the Visit to Jeypore Samasthanam of His Excellency the Right Hon'ble Viscount Goschen of Hawkhurst… 14th December 1927''. €1,000 to €1,500.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Pistolesi (Erasmo) <i>Il Vaticano,</i> 8vols. large atlas, folio Rome (Tipografia della Societa..) 1829. €500 to €600.
    <center><b>The Collectors’ Sale<br>March 3, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Chagall (Marc)illus., Legmarie (Jean) comp., <i>The Jerusalem Windows,</i> folio N.Y. (George Braziller) 1962. €400 to €500.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Bullitt (Thos. W.) <i>My Life at Oxmoor,</i> Life on a Farm in Kentucky before the War. Roy 8vo Louisville, Kentucky, 1911. Privately Printed No. 86 of 100 Copies Only. €300 to €400.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Popish Plot: Oates (Titus) <i>The Popes Whore House or The Merchandise of The Whore of Rome,</i> folio L. 1679. First Edn. €100 to €150.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Dorothea Lange, <i>Migrant Mother (horizontal),</i> silver print, 1936. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Group of 32 WWII-era identification badges for manufacturing & military-related companies, 1940-50s. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Julia Margaret Cameron, <i>Alfred, Lord Tennyson,</i> albumen print, 1869. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Arnold Genthe, <i>Portrait of Theodore Roosevelt,</i> silver print, circa 1908. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Edward Curtis, <I>Oasis in the Badlands,</I> toned platinum print, 1905. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Francis Frith, three volumes, approximately 140 photographs, 1860-70s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Eugène Atget, <i>20 Photographs,</i> gold-toned silver prints by Berenice Abbott, 1898-1927. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Neil Leifer, <i>Muhammad Ali,</i> chromogenic print, 1965. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b><br>A group of approximately 50 Photomatic selfies of the same man taken over a period of time, 1940s. Estimate $1,500 to $2,500.