Eastland is replacing Tobias Abeloff, who retired after thirty-eight years at Swann. Her career in auctions began at Skinner, where she worked as director of the book department from 2012 until transitioning to Swann in January.
“It’s been a very good transition, and it’s wonderful to be here at Swann among other book-minded people,” Eastland said. “We can bounce ideas off each other in order to value or research items.”
One collaboration she is particularly excited about is Swann’s second Pride sale, scheduled for June. “Swann’s ability to adapt to new trends and see where collecting is going is incredibly exciting, and I’m happy to contribute one item to the upcoming Pride sale so far,” Eastland said.
That item is a directory of Parisian sex workers from 1883, called Pretty Women of Paris (estimated at $1,000-2,000). Written in English, the guide includes listings of each of the women.
“There are many women described in the guide who were not straight, and it tells their stories, such as where they were from or how many children they had,” Eastland said. “The descriptions are fairly offensive, and while most won’t want to linger on that, it’s an interesting way of understanding important concepts from the period.”
Eastland hopes to help Swann continue pushing collecting in new directions. After seeing the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection exhibit at the Grolier Club recently, Eastland said she hasn’t been able to get women’s work off her mind.
“The great thing about being here is that you never know what someone will bring in, but I’m hoping to see items that will allow me to put together a section related to women.”