New York—This spring marks Swann’s 15th annual auction dedicated to Modernist Posters, which will take place on Thursday, May 7. This year’s sale has the best selection of fresh and compelling images to date—many never seen at auction before—by some of the biggest names in graphic design. 

A wonderful collection of Bauhaus graphics, comprising posters, books, magazines, flyers and prints takes center stage. Highlights include Willi Baumeister’s Die Wohnung / Werkbund Ausstellung, 1927, advertising a Werkbund exhibition on contemporary architecture (estimate: $10,000 to $15,000); Johannes Molzahn’s Wohnung Und Werkraum, 1929 ($8,000 to $12,000); Max Burchartz’s photomontage Internationale Ausstellung / Kunst Der Werbung, 1931 ($10,000 to $15,000); Max Bill’s design for modernist Swiss furniture company Wohnbedarf, 1932 ($10,000 to $15,000); several examples by Herbert Bayer, such as posters for Ausstellung München / Das Bayerische Handwerk, 1927 and 50 Jahre Bauhaus, 1968 ($800 to $1,200 each) and designs by Johannes Molzahn, Oskar Schlemmer, Joost Schmidt and others.

NEW YORK—Starting May 2, New York City-based auction house Guernsey’s in conjunction with Mid-Hudson Galleries, will offer for sale the collection of Seymour Stein, co-founder of Sire Records and Vice President of Warner Bros Records. The Seymour Stein Auction will feature approximately 2,400 items of original art, rare advertising, ceramics, and a wide assortment of other collectibles from the music mogul’s private collection. 

Stein is most notably known in the music industry for signing pioneer artists such as Madonna, the Pretenders, the Ramones, Talking Heads, and The Undertones. His career began as early as high school, working part-time for Billboard in the 1950s.  In 1966, Stein and record producer Richard Gottehrer founded Sire Productions, which led to Sire Records. In 1975, Stein signed the Ramones, ushering in an 18-year period of unrivalled success for the label, whose artists have achieved record shattering revenues, awards and recognition over the last four decades.

A new exhibition at the Library of Congress will tell the story of early printing in the American colonies, spanning 100 years, as printing evolved from a colonial necessity to the clarion of freedom.

"First Among Many: The Bay Psalm Book and Early Moments in American Printing" will open Thursday, June 4, and will close on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. The exhibition will be free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, in the South Gallery on the second level of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. "First Among Many" is made possible through the generous support of David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group.

New York, NY, April 16, 2015—The Board of Trustees of the Morgan Library & Museum today announced the appointment of Colin B. Bailey, director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, as the Morgan’s new director. He succeeds William M. Griswold who left last year to head the Cleveland Museum of Art.

“We are delighted that Colin Bailey has agreed to become the new director of the Morgan,” said Lawrence R. Ricciardi, president of the museum’s board. “He is a scholar of the highest order with an impressive record of leadership at a number of outstanding museums. Moreover, he has extensive knowledge of New York cultural institutions and of the philanthropic world, and also brings to the Morgan valuable international experience.”


April 15, 2015 Auction Featured 25 Unpublished Love Letters Written by Frida Kahlo to Spanish Artist Jose Bartoli Between 1946-1949

Frida Kahlo Biographer Hayden Herrera Has Written an Essay Profiling the Letters and Their Significance.

A group of love letters written by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo sold for $137,000 at Doyle New York on April 15, 2015. The 25 letters were written by Frida Kahlo to Jose Bartoli, a Catalán émigré artist whom she met in New York. Many of the letters include keepsakes inserted by Kahlo, among them drawings, photographs, pressed flowers and other mementos. The successful bidder was a private collector in New York, who is also an artist and a great admirer of Frida Kahlo.


New York—As part of the Fine Books & Manuscripts sale on April 13, Bonhams sold a German Enigma machine for $269,000, a world record at auction.

The 3-rotor Enigma I Enciphering Machine (aka Heeres Enigma) is in complete working condition and sold for almost 1.5 times its high estimate. The machine, with serial number 18660, was manufactured for the German military in Berlin in July of 1944. Few of these machines are known to have survived the war. Patented by Arthur Scherbius in 1918, the Enigma Machine uses three interchangeable rotors, which scramble plain-text messages to produce a cipher text message, a virtually unbreakable code. The Germans first used this machine as their primary cipher device in 1926 to encrypt naval coded messages. The code was finally cracked by a team of young British code breakers at Bletchley Park led by none other than Alan Turing.

DALLAS—Animation art collectors weren’t joking around as they pushed Heritage Auctions’ spring offering of classic cels, animation drawings, and related artworks - including a selection from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Bugs Bunny shorts - to $1.7 million April 9-10. The auction is the largest of its kind at Heritage and one of the largest the entire collecting genre has seen in more than 15 years, said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation Art.

“Animation art is back!” Lentz said. “This is one of the largest total dollar animation art auctions ever and by far the largest held in more than 15 years. These are truly historic results."


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dune, The Folio Society announces the publication of its much-anticipated edition of Frank Herbert’s classic science-fiction novel, illustrated by US artist Sam Weber. Through a series of acutely detailed illustrations, Weber perfectly captures the intricacies of Herbert’s vision:

Arrakis, or Dune, is a planet of nothingness - its torched wastelands are home to a fierce nomadic people, and under the endless deserts stalk gargantuan sandworms the size of starships. It is a place where water is sacred - ‘a substance more precious than all others’ - where to shed a tear is the most taboo of all sacrifices. And yet the planet is also humanity’s sole source of ‘spice’, the mysterious, addictive substance that underpins the workings of the galaxy-wide Padishah Empire. To control Arrakis is to control all.

New York, NY, April 13, 2015—Beginning June 26, the Morgan Library & Museum takes visitors on an unforgettable journey exploring one of the greatest tales ever told, Lewis Carroll’s enchanting Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of Alice’s publication in 1865 and sheds light on the genesis of the story and its extraordinary reception in England and abroad. The show includes the original manuscript of Alice, on special loan from the British Library, as well as original correspondence, unique drawings, hand-colored proofs, rare editions, vintage photographs, and important objects associated with the story—some never before exhibited. Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland will be on view through October 11. “Visitors to Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland will encounter the fascinating and often surprising story behind the making of one of the world’s true literary classics,” said Peggy Fogelman, Acting Director of the Morgan Library & Museum. “The Morgan has long held an outstanding collection of Alice material and many of the most important items are featured in the exhibition. We are also extraordinarily grateful to the British Library for loaning the original manuscript to serve as a centerpiece for the show. It is a rare treat.”

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Lot 2
Reichenbachia. Orchids Illustrated and Described

F Sander & Co. Orchid growers and importers, St Albans, 1888, 1890, 1892, 1894

125-year-old bound set of life-size orchid paintings. Altogether 192 orchid species
are reproduced by chromolithography from original paintings by Henry G Moon with
434 pages of accompanying descriptive text (in English, French and German) and line drawings.

The reproductions remain pristine - vivid and sharp. The four elephant folio volumes measure a gigantic 678 mm x 510 mm (21.5 inches by 16 inches) and weigh a total
of 25 kg.
Provenance: The set has been in the private collection of a Johannesburg botanical artist for some 45 years.

Estimate: $15,000/25,000

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