Current Events & Trends | January 2012 |
Wyeth and Much More at Freeman's This Week
What I like about Freeman's auction of books, manuscripts, ephemera happening on Thursday of this week is the incredible selection -- 500+ lots of letters, books, photographs, newspapers, posters, find binding sets, works on paper. It's great fun to peruse because there surely will be items to interest one's particular collection(s). The sale also features the Wendy and Alan C. Wasserman collection of N.C. Wyeth. I've chosen a few pieces to highlight below, to give you an idea of the breadth of the auction; the first piece is from the Wyeth collection.
What is hoped will be one of the bigger sales of this auction. Wyeth's original charcoal drawing on paper of Abraham Lincoln, c. 1920s. The estimate is $8,000-12,000.
Life in London; Or Day and Night Scenes, illustrated by I.R. & G. Cruikshank. The first edition in book form published in 1821. I like the pictorial boards, not a common sight. Moreover, this book contains an inserted 12mo sheet bearing George Cruikshank's autograph annotation and his embossed Hampstead Road address. The estimate is $500-800.
An autograph letter signed of Walt Whitman's, May 24, 1879. References a play about Lincoln's murder. The estimate is $3,000-5,000.
A signed and dated silver print of Queen Elizabeth II, showing her in her coronation dress, 1953. The estimate is $500-800.