Armine von Tempski Collection, Action Comics #1, Eggs Signed by Authors: Auction Preview

Image: PBA Galleries

Three from a collection of more than 100 wooden eggs signed by artists and authors and decorated to style by Nancy Willard, offered at PBA Galleries this week.

Here are the sales I'll be watching this week:

The Bonhams online sale Remarkable Women: Manuscripts and Memorabilia ends on Tuesday, April 2; the 55 lots include a large collection related to the author Armine von Tempski (1892–1943), including her manuscripts, letters, photo albums and other possessions ($60,000–90,000). The only known copy of Eve Adams' self-published collection of stories Lesbian Love (1925) is expected to sell for $8,000–12,000.

Christie's online Photographs sale ends on Wednesday, April 3. Among the 164 lots are William Eggleston's Memphis, 1971 ($250,000–350,000) and Untitled (Near Glendora Mississippi) c. 1970 ($100,000–150,000); Edward Weston's Pepper No. 30, 1930 ($100,000–150,000); and Irving Penn's The Hand of Miles Davis, New York, July 1, 1986 ($100,000–150,000).

Heritage Auctions holds a Comics & Comics Art sale on Thursday, April 4, in 1,555 lots. Action Comics #1 (1938) is expected to lead the way at more than $4.25 million.

At PBA Galleries on Thursday, 335 lots of Rare, Antiquarian, and Illustrated Books & Manuscripts, including a manuscript Book of Hours on vellum, use of Rome, about 1450 ($20,000–30,000); a presentation copy of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (1924) inscribed to Harriette Fowler ($7,000–10,000); Hokusai's Fugaku Hyakkei could sell for $6,000–9,000. Nancy Willard's collection of decorated models of eggs signed by authors and artists is estimated at $5,000–8,000.

Bonhams New York sells 140 lots of Photographs on Friday, April 5, including Diane Arbus' 'Family on the Lawn One Sunday in Westchester, N.Y.' (1968), estimated at $80,000–100,000; and Edward Steichen's White Lotus (1939), which could sell for $70,000–100,000.

At Heritage on Friday, 538 lots of Historical Manuscripts. Lots include a 1952 letter about general relativity written to Einstein but heavily annotated by Einstein and returned to the author and a June 26, 1863 letter from Robert E. Lee about military logistics just before Gettysburg.

Also at Heritage on Friday, 1,855 lots of The Art of Disneyland, with a very wide variety of Disneyana in different formats.

On Saturday, April 6, Arader Galleries sells 165 lots, including Audubon's Carolina Parrot ($150,000–200,000); Common American Swan (also estimated at $150,000–200,000); and Ivory-Billed Woodpecker ($120,000–150,000); and two Maria Sibylla Merian watercolors, one of tulips, crocuses, and insects ($150,000–175,000) and another of a tulips, marigolds, and shells ($120,000–160,000).