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Monday, March 2, 2015

February 28, 2015, Natural History & Americana Auction Success & Prices Realized

Saturday's Natural History and Americana sale was a huge success. Congratulations to all of the successful bidders!


Interest in the works of John James Audubon has never been stronger, and this sale included some of his most memorable images.  A very fine example of the Carolina Parrot sparked very competitive bidding, ending with a winning bid of $170,800 with premium.  The Ivory Billed Woodpecker also drew lots of attention, bringing a very strong $109,800 with premium.

As always, the Friday evening before the sale featured lectures focused on highlights of the sale. Mike Foley gave a lively talk about the close ties between Audubon's Quadupeds  and the history of Texas.  Audubon himself visited the new Republic of Texas in 1837, his son John Woodhouse visited again in 1845, and fully fifteen of the mammals were drawn in Texas or from Texas specimens. And thirteen of them were in the sale!

In fact,Saturday's sale featured the largest selection of individual plates from Audubon's Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America to come  up for sale in many years. And the lithographs were all notable for their rich, lovely color and perfect patina. Collectors took notice, and bidding was spirited for such places as the Canada Lynx ($10,980 with premium), the charming Common Mouse ($8,540 with premium), and the Cougar Female and Young ($13,420 with premium).

Guests Friday, also had the privilege of hearing Brooks Joyner's learned talk about Karl Bodmer's engravings from Travels in the Interior of North America. Brooks has years of direct experience with the work of this fabulous artist, including the Directorship of the Joslyn Art Museum which has the world's major collection of his work. All attending his insightful lecture gained a new, deeper appreciation of the sources of Bodmer's technique.

Collectors have longed recognized the beauty and importance of these exquisite engravings, and Saturday's sale was no exception. Very strong bidding was seen for such iconic images as Pehriska-Ruhpa, a Minatarre or Big-Bellied Indian ( $10,980 with premium), Wahk-Ta-Ge-Li, A Sioux Warrior ($10,980 with premium) and the great Shi-Chida and Maschi Karehde, Mandan Indians ($20,750 with premium).

 Our sincere thanks go out to all of you who participated in the auction. Our next sale will be on April 18th and is already looking like it may be our biggest ever!  Watch for more information in coming weeks.  And good luck!

Below is the complete prices realized for all 163 Lots in the sale totaling $1,233,084.50

Lot  Artist. Title  $  Realized
1 Audubon. Great American Hen and Young  $ 51,850.00
2 Audubon. Ruffed Grouse  $ 30,500.00
3 Audubon. Great White Heron  $ 48,800.00
4 Audubon. White-headed Eagle  $ 23,180.00
5 Audubon. Hooping Crane (Young)  $ 61,000.00
6 Audubon. Meadow Lark  $ 33,550.00
7 Audubon. Boat-Tailed Grackle  $ 5,185.00
8 Audubon. Pintail Duck  $ 7,930.00
9 Audubon. Cayenne Tern  $ 3,355.00
10 Audubon. Long Tailed Duck  $ 5,490.00
11 Audubon. Ivory-billed Woodpecker  $109,800.00
12 Audubon. Carolina Parrot  $170,800.00
13 Audubon. Sharp-tailed Grous  $ 6,100.00
14 Audubon. Purple Grackle  $  5,795.00
15 Audubon. Sharp Shinned Hawk  $   2,196.00
16 Audubon. Trumpeter Swan (Mature)  $  67,100.00
17 Audubon. White Heron  $  33,550.00
18 Audubon. Common American Wildcat  $  14,640.00
19 Audubon. Grey Fox  $  20,740.00
20 Audubon. American Elk  $    8,540.00
21 Audubon. Canada Lynx  $  10,980.00
22 Audubon. Swift Fox  $    9,760.00
23 Audubon. American Red  Fox  $    1,342.00
24 Audubon. Wolverine  $    5,002.00
25 Audubon. Badger  $    1,464.00
26 Audubon. Black Footed Ferret  $    1,586.00
27 Audubon. Black-tailed Hare  $    4,880.00
28 Audubon. Northern Hare (Summer)  $    3,050.00
29 Audubon. Northern Hare (Winter)  $    2,745.00
30 Audubon. Townsend’s Rocky Mountain Hare  $    3,050.00
31 Audubon. Marsh Hare  $    1,952.00
32 Audubon. Polar Hare  $    4,270.00
33 Audubon. Grey Rabbit  $    4,270.00
34 Audubon. Bachman’s Hare  $    1,586.00
35 Audubon. Harvest Mouse  $    2,196.00
36 Audubon.  California Hare  $    3,660.00
37 Audubon. Nuttal’s Hare  $    1,952.00
38 Audubon. Wormwood Hare  $    1,342.00
39 Audubon. Swamp Hare  $    1,952.00
40 Audubon. Richardson’s Columbia Squirrel  $       671.00
41 Audubon. American Cross Fox  $       854.00
42 Audubon. Chipping Squirrel  $    1,830.00
43 Audubon. Carolina Gray Squirrel  $    1,708.00
44 Audubon. Hudson Bay Squirrel  $       610.00
45 Audubon. Ground Hog  $    1,098.00
46 Audubon. Canada Otter  $       854.00
47 Audubon. Canada Porcupine  $    2,196.00
48 Audubon. Beaver  $    3,965.00
49 Audubon. Mink  $    2,074.00
50 Audubon. Raccoon  $    6,100.00
51 Audubon. American Bison (Female)  $  12,200.00
52 Audubon. Ring-tailed Bassariscus  $    1,708.00
53 Audubon. Collared Peccary  $    3,965.00
54 Audubon. Silver Fox  $ 21,960.00
55 Audubon. Red Texan Wolf  $    3,050.00
56 Audubon. Hare Indian Dog  $    1,464.00
57 Audubon. Prairie Wolf  $    3,660.00
58 Audubon.  Ocelot  $ 13,420.00
59 Audubon. Jaguar  $ 12,200.00
60 Audubon. Fox Squirrel  $    4,880.00
61 Audubon. Texan Hare  $    5,185.00
62 Audubon. Common Mouse  $    8,540.00
63 Audubon. Red-bellied Squirrel  $       732.00
64 Audubon. Say’s Squirrel  $    1,586.00
65 Audubon. Orange Bellied Squirrel  $    1,220.00
66 Audubon. Severn River Flying Squirrel  $       915.00
67 Audubon. Oregon Flying Squirrel  $    1,586.00
68 Audubon. Common Flying Squirrel  $    1,220.00
69 Audubon. Pennants Marten  $    1,586.00
70 Audubon. Hare Squirrel  $    1,037.00
71 Audubon. Common American Skunk  $    2,745.00
72 Audubon. Virginian Opossum  $    4,575.00
73 Audubon. Rocky Mountain Goat  $    2,440.00
74 Audubon. Armadillo  $    6,710.00
75 Audubon. Pronged-horn Antelope  $    1,220.00
76 Audubon. Caribou  $    1,464.00
77 Audubon. Black American Wolf  $    2,440.00
78 Audubon. Musk Ox  $    3,050.00
79 Audubon. Rocky Mountain Sheep  $    1,220.00
80 Audubon. Sea Otter  $    2,745.00
81 Audubon. Large Tailed Skunk  $   3,355.00
82 Audubon.  Canada Otter  $    1,586.00
83 Audubon.  Polar Bear  $    3,965.00
84 Audubon. American Black Bear  $    6,710.00
85 Audubon. Cinnamon Bear  $    4,270.00
86 Audubon.  Grizzly Bear  $    5,795.00
87 Audubon. Arctic Fox  $    1,586.00
88 Audubon.  Esquimaux Dog  $    1,220.00
89 Audubon. Cougar (Female and Young)  $  13,420.00
90 Audubon. Cougar (Male)  $    6,100.00
91 Audubon. Texan Lynx  $    1,586.00
92 Audubon. Moose Deer  $    1,586.00
93 Audubon.  Common American Deer (Fawn)  $    6,100.00
94 Audubon. Long-Tailed Deer  $    1,220.00
95 Audubon. Common Deer  $  14,640.00
96 Audubon.  Columbian Black-Tailed Deer  $    1,952.00
97 Audubon.  Black-Tailed Deer  $    1,464.00
98 Steffen. Western Tanager & Canada Warbler  $    2,745.00
99 Steffen. Golden-Winged Warbler & Wilson’s Warbler  $    2,440.00
100 Horsfall. Beaver  $       671.00
101 Horsfall. Raccoon  $       610.00
102 Norman. Mushrooms  $       549.00
103 Sandstrom. Sulu Hornbill        PASS 
104 Sandstrom. Cobalt Paradise Kingfisher & Red-Breasted Paradise Kingfisher  $       732.00
105 Forbes. Audubon Chart No. 1        PASS 
106 Heimburg. North American Animals        PASS 
107 Heimburg. Ducks        PASS 
108 Broughton. A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean  $    6,100.00
109 Vilaplana. Vida Portentosa del Americano Septentrional Apostol el V.P. Fr. Antonio Margil de Jesus  $    5,490.00
110 Halkett. Statement Respecting the Earl of Selkirk’s Settlement of Kildonan upon the Red River  $    2,196.00
111 Texas. Laws of the Republic of Texas, Passed at the Session of the Fourth Congress  $    2,745.00
112 Yoakum. History of Texas from its First Settlement in 1685 to its Annexation to the United States in 1846  $    1,464.00
113 Niles. History of South America and Mexico; Comprising Their Discovery, Geography, Politics, Commerce and Revolutions.   $      610.00
114 Folsom.  Mexico in 1842. A description of the Country, Its Natural and Political Features; with a Sketch of Its  History, Brought to the Present Year.   $    1,220.00
115 Audubon. The Quadrupeds of North America  $  12,200.00
116 Catlin. Illustrations of the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians…   $      732.00
117 Falconer. On the Discovery of the Mississippi, and on the South-Western, Oregon, and North-Western Boundary of the United States.  $   1,220.00
118 Le Rouge. Amerique Septentrionale avec les Routes....(8 parts)  $ 13,420.00
119 Thompson. North America  $       366.00
120 Tardieu. United States of North America Cartes des Etas Unis de l’Amerique Septentrionale (2  Parts)  $    3,050.00
121 Woerl. Die Vereinigten Staaten Von Nord-America  $       793.00
122 Arrowsmith & Lewis. Louisiana  $       854.00
123 Carey. Missouri Territory, formerly Louisiana       PASS 
124 Seale. A Map of North America with the European Settlements & Whatever is remarkable in ye West Indies  $       854.00
125 Seutter. Accurata delineatio celberrimae Regionis  Ludovicianae vel Gallice Louisiane…  $    2,074.00
126 Palariet & Kitchin. Carte des Possesions, Angloises & Francoises du Continent de l' Amerique  $    1,342.00
127 Vaugondy. Amerique Septentrionale   $       579.50
128 Storm. Official Texas Brags Map of North America  $       244.00
129 Abbot Laboratories. The Last Frontier [Pictorial Map of Alaska]  $       213.50
130 Mora. California   $       915.00
131 Westcott. Colorado Railroad Map  $       244.00
132 Hammond & Co. 18-Inch Terrestrial Floor Globe  $    7,930.00
133 McNally & Co. 12-Inch Terrestrial Table Globe  PASS 
134 Bodmer. Scalp dance of the Minnatarres  $    4,880.00
135 Bodmer. Fort Clark, on the Upper Missouri, February 1834  $    4,880.00
136 Bodmer. Winter Village of the Minatarres  $    5,490.00
137 Bodmer. the Travellers meeting with Minatarre  $    3,355.00
138 Bodmer. Assiniboin Indians  $ 11,590.00
139 Bodmer. Tomb of the Assiniboin Indians  $       610.00
140 Bodmer. Dacota woman and Assiniboin girl  $    1,220.00
141 Bodmer. Assiniboin Idols  $ 10,980.00
142 Bodmer.  Pehriska-Ruhpa  $ 10,980.00
143 Bodmer. Wahk-Ta-ge-li, a Sioux warrior  $ 10,980.00
144 Bodmer. Bison-Dance of the Mandan Indians  $    9,150.00
145 Bodmer. Shi-chida and Maschi Karehde, Mandan indians  $ 20,740.00
146 Bodmer. Woman of the Snake-tribe and Woman of the Creek-tribe  $    1,220.00
147 Bodmer. Indian Utensils and Arms  $    3,660.00
148 Bodmer. The Steamer Yellow Stone  $    3,660.00
149 Bodmer. Tower-rock  $       579.50
150 Bodmer. Snags (Sunken Trees) on the Missouri  $    1,037.00
151 Bodmer. Mih-Tutta-Hangkusch, a Mandan Village  $    3,355.00
152 Bodmer. Cave-in-Rock  $       488.00
153 Bodmer. Camp of the Gros Ventres of the prairies  $    2,440.00
154 Bodmer. Forest scene on the Lehigh  $    1,708.00
155 Bodmer. Forest Scene on the Tobihanna, Alleghany Mountains  $       366.00
156 Bodmer. Fort Union  $    4,880.00
157 Bodmer. Junction of the Yellowstone River with the Missouri  $    4,880.00
158 Bodmer. View of the Stone Walls  $    5,490.00
159 Bodmer. View of the Rocky Mountains  $    9,760.00
160 Bodmer. Remarkable Hills  $    1,830.00
161 Bodmer. Uncolored Remarkable Hills  $       610.00
162 Bodmer. Herd of Bisons  $    4,575.00
163 Bodmer. Herds of Bison and Elks on the Upper Missouri  $    6,710.00
                                                                                          Total: $1,233,084.50

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