Sotheby's - New York

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021 - Thursday, October 28th, 2021

The Ricky Jay Collection
Sale #N10706

Magician, actor, scholar, author: the range of Ricky Jay’s accomplishments were as varied as are the formats and subjects of the material in his celebrated Collection: books, pamphlets, posters, handbills, broadsides, prints, ephemera, objects, and apparatus documenting the histories of magic, circuses, jugglers and acrobats, automatons, remarkable characters, learned animals, limb-deficient artists, con men, and scores of other related, if arcane, topics. Featuring characters of the greatest celebrity to the utmost obscurity, The Ricky Jay Collection will offer an astonishing variety of material in a sale that is truly without precedent.

Ricky Jay is one of the very select company of persons who assembled a collection of the very first rank in a field in which he was not only a world-renowned practitioner, but also a scholar of considerable note. Jay documented his collection in a series of books that both highly entertaining and thoroughly erudite, including Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women, Jay’s Journal of Anomalies, Extraordinary Exhibitions, and Matthias Buchinger: “The Greatest German Living.” Jay’s source material for these and other publications will now be available for the elucidation and entertainment of other collectors—as well as the legions of Ricky’s admirers.

Wed, Oct 27th 10am & 2pm
Thu, Oct 28th 10am & 2pm

Fri, Oct 22nd 10am - 5pm
Sat, Oct 23rd 10am - 5pm
Sun, Oct 24th 1pm - 5pm
Mon, Oct 25th 10am - 5pm
Tue, Oct 26th 10am - 5pm

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Sotheby's - New York