Rare Books &c. at Auction This Week

Courtesy of Bonhams

Albrecht Dürer's 1498 engraving, Hercules at the Crossroads.

Another fairly quiet week in the auction rooms coming up:

On Tuesday, May 7, Bonhams Los Angeles sells Prints & Multiples, in 214 lots. A copy of Albrecht Dürer's 1498 engraving known as Hercules at the Crossroads is estimated at $30,000–50,000, as is a complete set of Robert Indiana's 1968 screenprints, Numbers. Two Andy Warhol works also rate high estimates: a copy of the 1964 offset lithograph Liz ($25,000–35,000) and a framed copy of Black Bean Soup from the Campbell's Soup series ($20,000–30,000).

An RR Auctions sale of Fine Autographs and Artifacts, Featuring JFK ends on Wednesday, May 8. The 749-lot auction includes a manuscript copy of Bob Dylan's lyrics for "The Times They Are A-Changin'" (estimated at $60,000+); an original chalk and charcoal study for the official White House portrait of JFK by Aaron Shikler (estimated at $50,000+); seven documents associated with the rescue of Hungarian Jews during World War II, including two signed by Raoul Wallenberg (estimated at $30,000+); and a window sash from the Texas School Book Depository (estimated at $25,000+). Rating the same estimate are a collection of Boston playbills from the early 1860s, some featuring John Wilkes Booth, and an autograph album featuring an inscribed sketch of Mickey Mouse by Walt Disney.

The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society holds one of their regular book auctions on Friday, May 10. The 463-lot sale includes a vast quantity of Mennonite and local history material.