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December 12, 2019 Profiles in History

Comic & Illustration Art: The Property of a Distinguished American Collector

Over 200 lots of iconic original artwork from the biggest names and brightest talents in the field. Including Bernie Wrightson's magnum opus, the wraparound cover to the 1983 Marvel edition of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein, as well as work by Frank Frazetta, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, R. Crumb, Will Eisner, John Byrne, John Buscema, and many, many more.

11am

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Profiles in History
26662 Agoura Road

Calabasas, CA

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Auctions West
December 18, 2019 Sotheby's - New York

The Birds of America from Original Drawings by John James Audubon
Sale #N10256

Sotheby’s is delighted to be offering an early subscriber's copy of Audubon's "Double Elephant Folio"—incomparably the most important and most beautiful color-plate book ever published, containing 435 magnificant handcolored etched plates, depicting in life size 1,065 birds representing 489 supposed species. This is an unusually large and brilliantly colored copy, with the plates in very early state: all ten first plates are engraved by Lizars alone, prior to retouching by Havell, Jr., and 141 of Low’s 150 variable plates are present in the first state.

Audubon’s Birds of America has long been regarded as one of the greatest books ever produced and perhaps the greatest contribution ever made of art in the service of science. In Fine Bird Books, Sacheverell Sitwell proclaimed that “There is nothing in the world of fine books quite like the first discovery of Audubon. The giant energy of the man, and his power of achievement and accomplishment, give to him something of the epical force of a Walt Whitman or a Herman Melville. … Audubon is the greatest of bird painters; he belongs to American history, and as a writer he described things that human eyes will never see again.”

The later lithographed “octavo” editions of The Birds of America and The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America are considerable triumphs in their own right. But the name Audubon will ever conjure up images of the Double Elephant Folio: it is sole and incomparable, as much a natural wonder as the remarkable birds it depicts.

3:30pm

Sotheby's - New York
1334 York Avenue

New York, NY

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Auctions Mid-Atlantic
December 14, 2019 Heritage Auctions - Beverly Hills

Animation Art
Sale #7216

Bidding Begins Approx. November 25th

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December 12th - 14th

Heritage Auctions - Beverly Hills
9478 West Olympic Blvd., 1st Floor

Beverly Hills, CA

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Auctions West
December 18, 2019 Sotheby's - New York

Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Olympic Manifesto
Sale #N10173

Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts department is delighted to invite participation in our live auction this December of Fine Books and Manuscripts. The sale will take place in our New York sales room beginning at 10 AM on December 18th. Join us in person, on the phone, or bid online and discover hundreds of unique lots.

The sale is highlighted by The Olympic Manifesto, an original autograph manuscript drafted in 1892 as a speech Pierre de Coubertin was to deliver for the fifth anniversary of the French Athletics Association held at the Sorbonne, Paris, on November 25, 1892. The 14-page manuscript outlines Pierre de Coubertin’s vision for a revival of the modern Olympic Games. Two years later, on June 23, 1894, Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee in Paris, and his vision, as set forth in this document, culminated with the first modern Games in Athens in 1896.

Sotheby’s is pleased to offer a single-owner sequence of 18th-20th century American literature, including seminal works such as Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, and Ernest Hemingway’s in our time.   Beyond these cornerstones, the collection also boasts rarities such as The Federalist, and the author’s copy of The Education of Henry Adams.

Additional sale highlights include the fourth installment of the Sporting and Travel Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson, including Africa and the Americas, a collection of Joseph Conrad material, featuring a first edition, first issue, presentation copy of Chance, a Tale in Two Parts, and an archive related to power of attorney and taxation for The Beatles 1964 US tour, thrice band-signed.

10am & 2pm

Sotheby's - New York
1334 York Avenue

New York, NY

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Auctions Mid-Atlantic
April 24, 2020 Heritage Auctions - Dallas

Illustration Art
Sale #8000

Bidding Begins Approx. April 3rd

Full Preview:
April 21st - 24th

Heritage Auctions - Dallas
Design District Showroom
1518 Slocum Street

Dallas, TX

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Auctions Southwest