BEVERLY HILLS—An unrestored copy of Action Comics #1 (DC, 1938) CGC 3.0, the most desirable comic book in the world, is expected to bring $350,000+ when it crosses the block at Heritage Auctions as part of the company’s Nov. 20-22, 2014 Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction.

The copy of Action #1, being offered for the first time at auction, is the top comic in the Prospect Mountain Collection, a fresh-to-the-hobby grouping of more than 2,000 Golden Age comic books collected in the late 1950s and 1960s by a former Navy sailor studying illustration on the G.I. Bill in New York City.


DALLAS—A rare and early working model of Eli Whitney’s revolutionary Cotton Gin, a cornerstone of museum exhibits from Michigan to Georgia, is expected to sell for $10,000+ in Heritage Auctions’ Nov. 8 Americana & Political Signature® Auction in Dallas. From a direct rice paper printing of The Declaration of Independence (est. $12,000+) to an original blueprint for Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece “Fallingwater” (est. $12,000+), the auction spans 200 years of American ingenuity, politics, and culture.

“The phrase “museum quality” is tossed around quite liberally these days, so we are pleased to present items that have quite literally been displayed in museums for decades,” said Tom Slater, Director of Americana for Heritage.

London—The bullet that shot Italian aviation pioneer, solider and sports executive, Carlo Montu will be offered alongside a fascinating archive that explores his involvement with Italian aviation throughout both world wars and the Italian-Turkish War, for which he was highly decorated for his bravery. These will be sold on Thursday 13th November as part of the Important Books and Manuscripts sale at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions.

On Wednesday 31st January 1912, Captain Carlo Montu and aircraftsman G. Rossi were on a bombing mission over Tobruk. A bullet was shot from the ground by a Turkish infantryman towards the aircraft (apparently flying at an altitude of only 18 feet) wounding Montu and making him the first ever aviation casualty.


The impressive selection of books on offer at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ 11th September Bibliophile sale include English Botany by John Edward Sowerby and others, a superb collection of 2582 hand-coloured plates, John Boys’ - A General View of the Agriculture of the County of Kent and Fynes Moryson’s - Europe.

November’s sale encompasses a variety of interests from Travel & Topography, Science, Natural History and Sport, Art and Architecture, Children’s and Illustrated Books and Artwork, Continental Literature, English Literature and History.


LOS ANGELES—The Getty Research Institute announced today the acquisition of a cache of unpublished letters from American assemblage artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) to Susanna De Maria Wilson, one of the artist’s early assistants. The letters, from 1963-1968, feature philosophical and poetic musings, practical information on materials, and some of the exquisite collage work for which Cornell is best known. The collection also includes ephemera from the New York art world and letters from others related to the artist’s death in 1972.

“Artist letters such as these are a crucial aspect of our collections,” said Thomas W. Gaehtgens, director of the Getty Research Institute. “They are an important source for understanding an artist’s work—especially of an artist as mysterious and multi-layered as Cornell.”

Three previously unknown hand written letters from Evelyn Waugh to his friend Eleanor Watts, the girlfriend of the man who ran off with the novelist’s wife in 1929, are to be sold at Bonhams Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs Sale on 12 November in London. They are estimated at £2,000-3,000.

Watts and Waugh had been friends since meeting at Oxford and their lives had taken parallel turns. Neither of them completed their degrees, both abandoning Oxford for art colleges.  Watts went to the Central School of Art and Design and Waugh to Heatherley Art School.

Adolf Hitler’s personal copy of Mein Kampf is being auctioned by noted antiquities dealer Craig Gottlieb. This 1932 edition of the book bears Hitler's own bookplate affixed to the inside front cover. It’s believed to be the only author-owned copy of the book known to exist. 

The auction began October 18 and runs online, through November 1, 2014 at "Mein Kampf is one of the most printed titles in the world. There was a joke that everyone in Germany had a copy, but nobody read it because it was so badly written."


New York—On Wednesday, November 12, Swann Galleries will conduct an auction of Contemporary Art, which features unique works and multiples by artists working in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Unique works of note include Robert Longo’s 2012 Study of the Capitol, a charcoal and ink on vellum, typical of his hyperrealist/chiaroscuro style. This piece is a study for the artist’s colossal Capitol, 2013, a seven-panel charcoal drawing of the Capitol building in Washington, DC (estimate: $50,000 to $80,000).

On 3 to 9 November 2014, Artcurial will show future sales highlights in New York, at the Arader Galleries in the heart of the Upper East Side. This will provide an opportunity for international collectors and enthusiasts to view a selection of the most prestigious pieces appearing in the IMPRESSIONIST & MODERN and POST-WAR & CONTEMPORARY sales to be held in Paris in December 2014.

The selection of work to be shown was made to highlight culturally and artistically important groups of work, while also recognising the tastes of private collectors.

Kestenbaum & Company’s Fall auction of Fine Judaica will take place on Thursday, November 13th at 3:00 pm at the company’s gallery in New York City. The extensive sale consisting of 429 lots of Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Ceremonial Objects and Graphic Art will feature Selections from the Collection of the late Dr. Alfred Moldovan.

East Harlem physician and civil rights activist Alfred Moldovan founded the Medical Committee for Human Rights and was Martin Luther King Jr.’s personal physician. In addition to his medical career and political activities, Dr. Moldovan was a premier force in the field of Judaica as both a collector and scholar. Together with his wife Jean, he amassed a vast collection of important artifacts, which he generously made available to Jewish cultural institutions and other scholars for research and exhibit. In a specially prepared introduction to the auction catalogue, Dr. Moldovan’s son, Joseph Moldovan, relates that over time his parent’s collection which began in the late 1960s consisted of thousands of items. Seeing themselves as not only collectors but also as preservationists, the Moldovans relished the role each item they acquired played in the history and continuum of Jewish life. The Moldovan family sees it apt that the items so lovingly collected by their parents and now offered here for sale by Kestenbaum & Company will be acquired by a new generation of passionate Judaica collectors.

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