NEW YORK -The Little Peach, 1902, Maxfield Parrish’s touching oil painted to accompany a children’s poem by the same name, sold for $515,000 in Heritage Auctions’ $6.5 million American Art Signature Auction in New York. The Nov. 17 auction featured nearly 300 masterpieces, including an extraordinary selection of Modernism from the King Collection of American Art.

“As a result of the excitement surrounding The King Collection, bidders set artist records all day long," said Aviva Lehmann, Director of American Art at Heritage. “We were particularly excited to see many pieces sold to the floor.” 

Painted as part of a series by Georgia O’Keeffe in the early 1920s, Alligator Pears, circa 1923, brought $461,000. One of eight known alligator pear canvases from 1923, the artwork was part of the King Collection’s comprehensive selection of Early American Modernism. Peaches in a White Bowl, 1910, by Charles Sheeler sold for $209,000 against a $70,000 estimate. The River (River Interpretation) by Man Ray, the sole American artist to claim a prominent role in the development of Dada and Surrealism in the United States, sold for $167,000.

Cubist Composition, 1917, by Henry Lyman Sayen hammered for $100,000, a record for the artist. Artist records were also set for William Henry Kemble Yarrow, as Synchromist Flowers, circa 1917-20, which sold for $56,250, and for Thomas Duncan Benrimo, as Running Man, circa 1918-25, which sold for $32,500.

Leading a diverse selection of Western and California Art, Howard Terpning’s Slim Chance, 1978, sold for $395,000 and Tom Lovell’s Captain Murie’s Pawnees, 1983, sold for $161,000. A selection of works by G. (Gerald Harvey Jones) Harvey saw interest in multiple bidders as Seeking Winter Meat, 1980, brought $106,250 and The Country Post Office, 1982, ended at $100,000.

New Year’s Baby (Cleaning Up), a classic Saturday Evening Post cover by Joseph Christian Leyendecker, sold for $137,000 to highlight an extensive selection of Illustration Art. A second Saturday Evening Post cover by Leyendecker, The Candidate, 1920, sold for $87,500. Norman Rockwell’s Choosing Up (Four Sporting Boys: Baseball), a preliminary Brown & Bigelow "Four Seasons" calendar illustration from 1951, sold for $125,000 following interest from six bidders. Another painting in the series, Oh Yeah (Four Sporting Boys: Basketball), sold for $93,750.

A collection of artworks by Leroy Neiman, commissioned by Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada for display in their poker room, included 21 Dealers (The Girls of Caesars Palace), 1980, $87,500 and Roulette Dealer (The Girls of Caesars Palace), 1980, ended at $84,375. The collection of 10 artworks sold for a combined $515,625.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited by:

Greek Backwards (Greek Restaurant), 1921, by Stuart Davis: Realized: $75,000.

Trees, Rocks, and Schooner (Within the Three-Mile Limit), 1921, by John Marin: Realized: $75,000.

Building a Sand Castle, Good Housekeeping magazine cover, July 4, 1924, by Jessie Willcox Smith: Realized: $71,875.

Still Life of Vase and Fruit (Reflections in Red), circa 1911-13, by Stanton Macdonald-Wright: Realized: $62,500.

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Four Proposals for Reading: An Exhibition at the Seager/Gray Gallery opens Saturday, February 7, 2015. 

Four Proposals For Reading is an exhibition that challenges and highlights the experience of reading as it is experienced through a range of methodologies, processes, materials and formats. The four artists in this exhibition: Julie Chen, Clifton Meador, Barbara Tetenbaum, and Philip Zimmermann, all have long-standing commitments to the book as a central part of their artistic practice. In this exhibition they each make compelling arguments that the book, in its many forms, still has enormous power and validity in the hands of the reader.

OAKLAND, CA—The world’s preeminent celebration of the written and printed word returns to Northern California next year at a new venue in downtown Oakland.  The 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair will run from Friday, February 6 through Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the three-day event is the world’s largest antiquarian book fair with more than 200 booksellers from the United States and around the globe.   The annual Book Fair features a rich selection of books, manuscripts, maps and other printed materials, including incunabula; literature from all centuries and nationalities; fine bindings; children's and illustrated books; ephemera; and antiquarian books on dozens of topics.

New York—Bonhams is pleased to offer a variety of exceptional Russian books, manuscripts, art and photographs at auction on December 10. This is Bonhams’ third Russian book sale since 2012, incorporating for the first time a collection of 160 lots of classic Russian photographs from the 1920s to 1950s.

Manuscripts include important poems by Vladimir Mayakovsky, “Voina obyavlena” [War Is Declared!] (est. $40,000 - 60,000); and Sergei Esenin, “Glupoe serdtse, ne beisya" [Silly heart, don’t beat] (est. $60,000 - 80,000); as well as a revealing letter from revolutionary artist and critic, Kazimir Malevich, to the Commissar of Enlightenment Lunacharskii, in which he reflects on his life-long struggle with his critics and the state that is estimated to realize between $70,000 and $100,000.

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FALLS CHURCH, Va.—More than 100 issues of the colonial magazine Gazette of the United States published from 1789-1790, a 1684 volume containing two plays by William Shakespeare, and 10 cases of original manuscripts from the post-World War II Nuremberg trials are just a few of the highlights in Waverly’s Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 Catalog Auction #262. Hundreds of lots of antique and rare maps, atlases, books and autographed items will cross the auction block.

The auction will be held at Waverly’s northern Virginia gallery located at 360 South Washington Street in Falls Church, starting at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Internet bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

In addition to important Africana, the auction will feature a wide range of items which will be of interest to international collectors.

All bidding is in US$ and no buyer’s premium is charged.

Antiquarianauctions.com is an online auction site dedicated to the sale of rare and out-of print books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography.

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DALLAS—The only known copy of the U.S. release one sheet from the 1927 lost cinema classic London After Midnight (MGM, 1927) may bring $50,000+ in Heritage Auctions’ Nov. 22-23 Vintage Movie Posters Signature® Auction in Dallas.

The rare poster highlights a large and important collection of paper celebrating the career of Lon Chaney, "The Man of a Thousand Faces." London After Midnight is considered to be one of the "holy grails" of lost cinema and was reconstructed more than ten years ago using more than 200 still photographs and a continuity script. Starring Chaney, and directed by Tod Browning, who is most known for directing Dracula (1931) and Freaks (1932), the film is based on a script by Browning and depicts Chaney as a vampire (though in makeup only).

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Just weeks after the long-anticipated discovery of one of Sir John Franklin’s lost ships the British Library looks back on almost 400 years of a fascination with the fabled Northwest Passage.

From Charles II’s lavish personal atlas to 19th century woodcut illustrations and wooden maps crafted by Inuit communities, the exhibition features material from Europe, Canada and the Arctic, much of it on display for the first time, giving us incredible insights in to the mysterious area which has lured explorers like Franklin to their deaths.

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As the world celebrates the centenary of the birth of the Dylan Thomas, Sotheby’s announces the most exciting manuscript discovery since his death in 1953. The exercise book, which contains 49 handwritten pages, will be the most important poetical manuscript by Thomas ever to appear at auction when it is offered at Sotheby’s London on 9 December.

This previously unknown and unrecorded notebook contains a series of 19 poems written during his urgent burst of creativity in the 1930s. The scratchings-out, doodles and revisions that mark the pages offer a unique insight into the creative process of one of the world’s most loved poets.

A unique edition of François Levaillant’s Histoire Naturelle des oiseaux d’Afrique, with eighteen original watercolour illustrations for the dedicatee, Jacob Temminck, is to be auctioned at Bonhams Travel & Exploration sale in Knightsbridge, London, on 3 December, 2014. The work, in six volumes, is estimated at £80,000 - 100,000.

Levaillant’s obsession with the wildlife of the world began amid the forests of his birthplace, Paramaribo, the capital of modern-day Suriname. When his family returned to Europe in 1763, Levaillant spent two years in Metz studying natural history, nursing the passion which came into full bloom after he examined marvellous cabinets devoted to ornithology during a visit to Paris in 1777.

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