Fairs | April 2011 | Rebecca Rego Barry

New York Week Preview, Part 4

In addition to the two auctions we previewed earlier in the week and the NYABF at the Armory this weekend, there is one more (small) auction & two other shows going on in NYC this weekend. Wow! Who has the energy for it all?

On Friday evening, over at the Center for Book Arts on West 27th St., Richard Minsky will be toastmaster and auctioneer at the Center's Annual Benefit and Silent Auction. According to the CBA site, "This year's theme is "Signs of Life," inspired by a Victorian naturalist's desk." The evening features live music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and gourmet cake, besides, of course, the work of many wonderful contemporary artists. To view some of art up for auction, click here.

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One of the items up for bid is Composition by Candace Hicks, which Minsky blogged about while at the Codex Fair back in February and wrote about in his column for our spring issue.

The CBA event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. To read more or buy tickets, click here.

On Friday & Saturday, the Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair (a.k.a the 'Shadow Show') will be held at at the Altman Building on W. 18th St., and on Sunday, the Professional Autograph Dealers Association (PADA)* will hold its annual fair at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel on Central Park South.

What dealers will exhibit at the Shadow Show? James Arsenault & Co., Lame Duck Books, and Whitmore Rare Books, to name just a few. Click here to see a longer list.

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Melissa Sanders of Ken Sanders Rare Books told us about a really neat Tim Burton manuscript that they're bringing. Seen above, it's an early treatment for Nightmare Before Christmas. Burton wrote the seven-page document on a legal pad and pitched it to ABC as a television special in the early 80s, but they declined. A highly original item, offered at $15,000. I'm hoping to see it when I visit on Saturday morning.

*In tomorrow's preview, we'll look at the 9 Items Not To Miss at Sunday's PADA show.