November 2012 Archives

New York - On December 7, Christie's New York will present two sales offering The Derrydale Press Books from the Le Vivier Library and Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts, including Americana, which includes over 200 works including two important Revolutionary War maps, an important letter by George Washington, an original draft of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, printed books from the 15th century, an important maritime atlas, and first editions of the most celebrated 20th century novels, among many others.
DALLAS - A trove of letters from an officer among the first on the scene to identify bodies following Gen. George Armstrong Custer’s crushing 1876 defeat at Little Big Horn is expected to bring $75,000+ in Heritage’s $2.2 million Political, Western Legends & Americana Memorabilia Signature® Auction on Dec. 11-12.
The lot is just one of 19 featuring material related to the controversial general offered Dec. 11, including his personal Army-issued 1865 Spencer Carbine rifle (estimate $50,000+) to an important oil painting of the Battle of Washita by Frederic Remington (estimate $300,000+).
Holabird-Kagin Americana is proud to announce the sale of two historically significant letters. The first portion of this lot discusses the 1857 wreck of the SS Central America, often called "The Ship of Gold," a 280-foot ship with over 550 passengers and crew and a cargo of $3 million in gold (the largest single shipment of gold at the time). This shipwreck had catastrophic effects on the Western and American financial markets, a disaster known today as "The Panic of 1857". This letter, written by Ephraim Cutting near the fifth anniversary of the ship`s sinking, shows just how dramatic the effect on America was. The letter discusses the overland route for mail (reference obviously to the Pony Express) and its  "bad repute." 

There are several more artifacts compliments of Cutting's writing, as well as some wonderful photos of him and his family going under the hammer at this pre-holiday auction.

The auction takes place Saturday, December 8 at the Atlantis Casino Resort 3800 Virginia St. Reno, NV. A preview will be held Friday, December 7, in the Holabird offices at 3555 Airway Drive #308 in Reno. Bidding will be live, by phone or on the Internet at If you have questions or would like to make a private appointment prior to the public showing, call (877) 852-8822.
“Which works by American writers should world leaders read to help them gain a better understanding of America?” That is the question posed last May to 38 contemporary American writers and the reading public in the first online exhibition of the future American Writers Museum®.
The exhibit, Power of the Word: Leaders, Readers and Writers, was curated to dovetail with the U.S. hosting this year of the G8 and NATO Summits, as well as the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.
New York—Bonhams is pleased to offer a selection of rare items of the Canadian author L.M. Montgomery at its December 4 Fine Books sale in New York. Montgomery is best known for her 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables introducing Anne Shirley, an orphan sent to live on Prince Edward Island with a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm. The novel, drawn from some of Montgomery’s own experiences as a girl on Prince Edward Island, became a huge success, spawning numerous sequels and eventually selling more than 50 million copies. The first edition of Anne of Green Gables was printed in such limited numbers that very few copies survive today. The copy offered by Bonhams bears an estimate of $10,000/15,000.
New York—On Tuesday, December 11 Swann Galleries will conduct an auction of Fine Photographs & Photobooks that ranges from early issues of Camera Work and views of New York City to glamour girl portraits and police mug-shot albums, to edgy examples by contemporary artists.

The sale opens with a selection of albums documenting The Holy Land, Egypt, China and Japan from the mid and late 19th century, as well as poignant views of Native Americans by Edward S. Curtis; Pierre P. Pullis’s scarce images of the construction of New York City’s subway system; Wilson A. Bentley’s studies of snow crystals; and a suite of 20 photographs of Edwin Hale Lincoln’s Wildflowers of New England, platinum prints, 1910-1914 (estimate: $8,000 to $12,000).
Fairfield, Maine, November 26, 2012  — James D. Julia, Inc., one of the nation's top ten antique auction houses, has just unveiled several innovative technologies in association with their November 28th and 29th Lamp & Glass and November 30th Advertising, Toy & Doll Auctions.  These new features will revolutionize the way antique auction lots are presented, examined, and evaluated online, and are just the latest in a series of new features and initiatives designed to make the James D. Julia customer experience top notch from start to finish.

The first enhancement involves the company's traditional printed catalogs from November 2012 onward.  Selected lots will now feature a “Quick Response” or QR code, as part of their listings. When the QR codeis scanned by QR enabled smartphones or tablets, Julia’s website listing of that particular lot is called up on that device. The QR code takes customers to the company's second new enhancement.
London - On 29 November, on the eve of the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the Romanov dynasty, Christie’s will offer for sale the largest group of Russian books and manuscripts with Imperial provenance to come to auction in decades: Michael Fedorovich, Elizabeth, Catherine II, Paul, Alexander I, Alexander II, Alexander III, Nicholas I, Nicholas II, and many Grand Dukes and Grand Duchesses are all represented.
Sven Becker, Head of Books and Manuscripts Department at Christie’s, comments: “The fate of books from the Russian palaces mirrors that of the palaces themselves: war and revolution took their brutal toll. Material with imperial provenance of the quality and importance represented in this collection is seldom offered for sale, and hardly ever in quantity. It would be nearly impossible to form another collection of this scope and calibre today.”
[Amherst, MA - November 26, 2012]  The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is proud to announce an exhibition and events in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Award. The greatly coveted Caldecott, named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, is awarded annually by the American Library Association to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Through a special show and programs, the Museum plans to give an historical perspective on the award, make the full collection available for reading, and invite guests to predict the winners for 2013.

Custer’s Horse Ledger at Auction

Holabird-Kagin Americana is proud to announce that they are putting up for auction a ledger once owned by the "Boy General" George Armstrong Custer. This 155 page journal has entries in the General's own hand on about eight pages. The entries involve the purchases of several thoroughbreds and trotters for Custer's own racing stable. His meticulousness shows through as he notes seller, bloodlines of the steeds and their race times for varied distances.

As tax collector in the district that included Lexington, Kentucky, there are also some short entries regarding an army officer's payment on said taxes. This is a very unique look at a private side of a very flamboyant figure in history and it's being offered for sale at this $1.5 million auction.

Russian Literature at Bonhams

New York—Henrietta Leon Girshman’s carnets de salon reveal the storied life of an early 20th-century doyenne of society and culture. Her two-volume set of autograph albums abound with more than 100 inscriptions, sketches, musical passages, literary quotations and autographs penned by the celebrated guests who gathered at her “Red Gates” mansion in Moscow. The Girshman salons drew creative and cultural luminaries who staged performances and shared ideas, and her guest books capture the spirit of the events and period. These historically rich and fascinating books are among the star lots at Bonhams December 5 New York auction of Russian Literature and Works on Paper (est. $200,000-$300,000).

Henrietta Girshman and her husband, industrialist, art collector and patron, Vladimir Girshman, fostered cultural exchanges and initiatives by organizing art-oriented programs and meetings and founding the Society of Free Esthetics (1907-1917). On the artistic vanguard, they opened their home for recitals, poetry readings and theatrical improvisations and welcomed such friends as Valery Bryusov, Andrei Belyi, Mikhail Kuz'min, Valentin Serov, Konstantin Korovin, Sergei Diaghilev, Vasily Kachalov, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Alexander Scriabin, Fedor Shaliapin, Maxim Gorky, Konstantin Balmont, Jurgis Baltushaitis, Sergei Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky, Vladimir Horowitz, Bela Bartok, and Mstislav Dobuzhinsky. Her notebooks, which began in 1899, are filled with their warm notes of appreciation and admiration, humorous poetic passages and even declarations of love.

Fine Writing Instruments at Bonhams

San Francisco — Bonhams is pleased to announce its sale of Fine Writing Instruments, December 19 in San Francisco, led by several Montblanc America's Signatures for Freedom Series Limited Edition 50 Fountain Pens, in honor of former US presidents James Madison (est. $20,000-30,000), George Washington (est. $20,000-25,000) and John Adams (est. $18,000-22,000).

Montblanc highlights continue in the sale with a rare Antoni Gaudi Limited Edition Fountain Pen (est. $15,000-25,000), The Fortune Number 88 Limited Edition Fountain Pen (est. $15,000-20,000) and a Helmut Newton 75th Anniversary Limited Edition 75 Fountain Pen & Chronograph Automatic White Gold Watch, created in honor of master photographer Helmut Newton (est. $15,000-20,000).
(November 19, 2012—Amherst, MA) The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to offer the rare opportunity for guests to see selections from the 20th-century classic, Charlotte’s Web, written by E.B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams. Some Book!  Some Art!:  Selected Drawings by Garth Williams for Charlotte’s Web, on exhibit from December 11, 2012 until April 22, 2013, will celebrate Williams’s 100th birthday and the 60th anniversary of the book. The exhibition will include The Carle’s very first art acquisition—the drawing of Lurvy tossing a bucket of water on Wilbur [p. 128].  Support for this exhibition is provided by HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Charlotte's Web is one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century children’s literature. On October 19, 1952, Eudora Welty wrote in The New York Times, "As a piece of work it is just about perfect, and just about magical in the way it is done." It was recognized with the Newbery Honor Medal the following year. White’s elegant prose and Williams’s exquisite drawings form a spirited dialogue that constitutes a conversation of substance and style. To this day the tale of the uncanny friendship between a doomed pig and a caring spider is a book beloved by young and old.
The timeless books 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' (1889) and 'Through the Looking Glass' (1901) are featured in the Polar II sale at Bonhams on 4th December at Knightsbridge (estimate £2,000-£4,000)

These treasured editions of Carroll's best work, on the market for the first time, were kept on the mess deck of Scott's 'Discovery' expedition to Antarctica. They were available for reading by the non-officer class to ease the difficult living conditions on an icy expedition and would most likely have provided an imaginative escape from the harsh surroundings.
New York—Thomas Malin Rodgers, Jr. (1943-2012) formed an incredibly extensive collection of dictionaries and other lexicographical works, spanning 3,500 years in date—from a 16th-century B.C. cuneiform tablet to a first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary issued in parts from 1884 to 1933. Bonhams December 4 auction in New York features more than 200 outstanding and often unique items—a choice selection from Rodgers’ comprehensive collection, valued at close to $1 million.

Dictionaries share a common practical purpose, but their medium, decoration, and specific use varies widely as does their appeal for different types of collectors. A Babylonian clay tablet from Syria, circa 1600-1500 BC, provides a list of fish and was used for teaching purposes (est. $1,500-$2,500). A Coptic-Greek glossary, written on vellum in Egypt in the 6th or 7th century, was likely intended for use by a professional scribe in the civil service (est. $12,000-$18,000).
(Dallas, TX  - November 2012) From simple pleasures to ultimate luxuries, the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show offered all who attended, the opportunity to purchase their very own piece of history. The show welcomed thousands of dealers, designers and collectors from the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, and from around the world, to the third annual event that featured a diverse roster of more than 60 international exhibitors. The five-day event took place at the Dallas Market Hall and showcased many historical works of art, while also introducing emerging artists.
The show opened its doors on Thursday, November 8 for a private Opening Night Preview Party honoring the Texas Cultural Trust. Guests of the Opening Night Preview Party were greeted with champagne and hors d’oeuvres while they admired the massive transformation of the Dallas Market Hall. Local attendees were amazed at the visually pleasing renovation that the show brought to the venue, which included the addition of lavish white-carpeted aisles, beautiful floral arrangements and striking felted hard walls throughout.
New York—Swann Galleries’ auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Historical Prints, Ephemera on Thursday, December 6 opens with nearly 150 lots from The collection of Dr. Stephen and Michiko Levine of River Edge, NJ. The Levines have assembled one of the largest collections of European and Western printed Japan-related maps in private hands. Amassed over a 40-year period, the collection represents the history of Japan as seen through Western eyes, and also includes important maps of Japanese origin.

In addition to maps of Japan proper, this vast collection also contains mappings of Asia and the Pacific showing Japan in numerous and sometimes bizarre configurations. These depictions evolved from discoveries by the earliest explorers into later, more accurate delineations that put Japan in its proper place and configuration on the Globe.
(NEW ORLEANS, LA) - Nov. 2012 - New Orleans Auction Galleries will celebrate a new chapter at a festive grand reopening preview reception to be held on Thursday, Nov. 29, followed by a three-day auction Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

The grand reopening preview reception, taking place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., will feature special guest Joanne King Herring, global political activist, international socialite, former Texas television anchor and founder of the Marshall Plan for Afghanistan. Herring, known for her incredible fight with the Mujahedeen against the former Soviet Union, was played by Julia Roberts in the film “Charlie Wilson’s War.” Herring also has items up for auction in the three-day event.
One Bidder Buys All to Keep Muhlenberg Family Treasures Together and in the Process Sets Auction Record

Thanks to one great history lover who snapped up every single lot in this evening’s sale, the treasured legacy of one of Pennsylvania’s great families, the Muhlenberg’s remains intact. 

Samuel M. ’Beau’ Freeman II, Freeman’s Chairman was the auctioneer at tonight's historic sale.One paddle rose again and again, without fail. All 27 lots will now enhance an important private collection of Revolutionary War materials. The Muhlenberg Family history's new steward couldn't be more pleased with the outcome "Shocked and delighted!" were their exact words.
DALLAS - A rare three sheet poster for the 1933 classic King Kong goes head to head against Dracula, The Three Stooges and a previously unknown Mickey Mouse cartoon poster for top lot in Heritage Auction’s Nov. 29-30 Vintage Movie Poster Signature® Auction.
With almost 1,200 lots to choose from, the auction has rarities from every genre including horror, science fiction, film noir, Western, Alfred Hitchcock, musicals, comedy and many more. 
New York—Swann Galleries’ auction of Autographs on Thursday, November 29 is rich in Americana, and material related to entertainers, scientists, military leaders, presidents, writers and musicians.

The sale opens with a selection of autographs from the American Revolution, including an Autograph Letter Signed by George Clinton to his brother explaining that British troops had arrived at Kingston in advance of his troops leading to the burning of the town, 17 October 1777 (estimate: $3,000 to $4,000); a Letter Signed by John Glover, describing in detail the ambush by Captain Pope’s infantry, Lower Salem, NY, 11 August, 1779 ($1,000 to $2,000); and an ALS by Anthony Wayne to his wife, reporting that he engaged the enemy near Bulls Ferry, Totowa, NJ, 26 July 1780 ($3,500 to $5,000).
New York, NY - On December 5th, Guernsey's Auction House will be conducting the sale of hundreds of treasures acquired over the last four decades by noted gallerist Graham Arader.

Recognized internationally for his extraordinary collections and philanthropic nature, Mr. Arader is generously supporting several fine universities by turning auction proceeds into meaningful donations.

2012 Chelsea Fair Up By 12%

With 81 exhibitors from five countries, a waiting list, and increased attendance, most exhibitors felt that the 22nd Antiquarian Book Fair, held at Chelsea Town Hall, London on Friday & Saturday, November 2 & 3, 2012 had been very enjoyable and extremely successful.

Results show indeed that the median sale figure this year was £3,325, which was up 12% on 2011 - showing that the majority of exhibitors may have done better this year than before. In addition Friday sales were up 8% and attendance was up nearly 30%. Overall attendance was up 14% at 1,480.*
New York—On Tuesday, November 20 Swann Galleries will conduct an auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature that features first editions—many signed—of Pulitzer Prize winners, fascinating association copies, and fine examples of mystery and detective fiction, children’s literature, science fiction and 19th-century English sporting books.

Among the scarcest items in the sale are a copy of Gertrude Stein’s Portrait of Mabel Dodge at the Villa Curonia, which was privately printed in Florence in 1912, one of 300 unnumbered copies, ex-collection Arthur Dove, the American abstract painter, and containing his signature (estimate: $8,000 to $12,000); a first edition of John Steinbeck’s first book, Cup of Gold, 1929 ($8,000 to $12,000); and a signed limited edition of Jorge Luis Borges’s Siete Poemas Sajones; Seven Saxon Poems, embossed with designs by Arnaldo Pomodoro, signed by the author and artist, 1974 ($7,000 to $10,000).
Kansas City, MO. Nov. 12, 2012 - The most treasured Chinese landscape paintings from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art collection are part of a special 60th anniversary exhibition at the Shanghai Museum that opened this month to enormous crowds and much praise. The special exhibition, Masterpieces of Early Chinese Painting and Calligraphy in American Collections, is an assemblage of masterpieces showcasing the best Chinese paintings and calligraphies from the 10th to the 14th centuries. More than 8,000 visitors are attending each day.

The Nelson-Atkins is among the rare museums that can tell the story of Chinese painting during the Song Dynasty, considered one of the world’s greatest artistic revolutions. The Chair of the Nelson-Atkins Board of Trustees, Sarah Rowland, attended the opening of the exhibition with Colin Mackenzie, the museum’s senior curator of Chinese art.
PARIS--At The 2013 Winter Antiques Show in New York January 25 - February 3rd  Les Enluminures  ( gallery of Paris, New York and Chicago will be showing an extraordinary array of masterworks created between 1300 and the mid 16th century in Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.

Dr. Sandra Hindman, owner and founder of Les Enluminures, which celebrated its 20th anniversary year by expanding and opening a new gallery in an historic townhouse at 23 East 73 Street in New York City,  says, “Our exhibition of important 14-16th century artworks underscores the range of talents and diverse sources seen during these critical centuries.”
Glenn Horowitz Bookseller is pleased to announce the publication of Birds, a limited edition volume featuring bird drawings by Billy Sullivan and an essay by Margaret Atwood.

Artist Billy Sullivan lives and works in New York City and East Hampton, NY. He has exhibited extensively since the early 1970s, and is in the collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. Sullivan has been documenting the avian activity in his wooded backyard from his East Hampton dining room table since 1990. In these drawings, Sullivan captures the social goings-on of
 East End birds in much the same way he has chronicled family and friends in his paintings.

Rare Revolutionary War Flag at Freeman’s

November 2012 (Philadelphia, Pa) - How rare? This is the oldest example of a Color for the Virginia Line and likely the last that will ever come to auction. It is estimated to go for between $400,000 and $600,000, but it's anybody's guess, as a flag of this historical significance is the rarest of the rare indeed! Come see for yourself live at 6pm on November 14.

"It is the Symbol and Soul of a regiment," says Colonel J. Craig Nannos AUS (RET)-and not just any regiment at that. The 8th Virginia was first formed and commanded by the General Peter Muhlenberg, the legendary Fighting Parson of the American Revolution. It is from this great scion of the important Muhlenberg family that this flag has descended, down through the generations.
November 9, 2012

Librarian of Congress: Books Are Imperative to an Informed Democracy; Singapore To Host 2013 Summit

The Library of Congress on December 6 and 7 will host the first International Summit of the Book, a gathering of leaders in academia, libraries, culture and technology to debate and discuss the powerful and crucial form of information transmittal: the book.

"Books in their many forms are nothing short of imperative to an informed democracy," said James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress. "The ability to read is the key to a good life and a functioning society. But the book itself - whether on paper or an electronic format - is unique in its power: this long-form presentation of a concept or story is the key to converting mere information into knowledge."
NEW YORK - Images by the giants of 20th century photography, including Children at a Puppet Theater by Alfred Eisenstaedt, Panamint’s Death Valley by Edward Weston, and Horst’s Corset, Paris, 1939, are expected to lead Heritage Auction’s Nov. 17 Photographs Signature® Auction, scheduled to take place at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America), located at 2 E. 79th Street (at 5th Ave.).
Highlights include a private collection of photographs by Weegee, aka Arthur Fellig, the gumshoe photojournalist who captured the lower East Side during the 1930s and 40s. The collection, curated across 10 lots, was given to his close friend Rose Schubert - a fellow member of the Photo League - and is being offered by her family. This is the largest selection ever offered by Heritage. 
An important George Washington letter achieved a stunning $362,500 at Doyle New York’s November 5, 2012 auction of Rare Books and Autographs. Purchased by a private collector, the letter far surpassed its pre-sale estimate of $80,000-100,000. It was the fourth highest price fetched at auction for a letter by Washington and the highest price for a single-page letter.

The letter was written by George Washington to his wartime aide James McHenry on December 10, 1783. Washington writes of his intention to resign his commission as Continental Commander and become “translated into a private Citizen.” In 1859, this remarkable letter was sold with McHenry's archives at auction, where it was purchased by Baltimore collector William T. Walters, in whose family it has descended to the current consignor.
DALLAS - A one-of-a-kind 1970 autograph by astronaut Neil Armstrong, sold by a retired Peoria, IL newspaper editor, realized $38,838, almost five times its’ pre-auction estimate, as part of a $1+ million Space Exploration memorabilia event at Heritage Auctions on Nov. 2, 2012.
The autograph was requested and received by Tom Pugh, at the time an Associate Editor of the Peoria Journal Star newspaper. It has been kept in the Pugh family for 41 years, along with copies of his correspondence to and from Armstrong, including a letter from Armstrong, on NASA letterhead, thanking Pugh. The piece was used as the cover art for the Weekender section of the newspaper on June 6, 1970.
Boston, MA - November, 2012. Smith&Press completes the only known Latin to English Translation of the Nuremberg Chronicle with a positive review from ALA Choice Magazine.

After years in the making, Smith&Press has completed the highly anticipated release of the final Volumes of the only known English Translation of the Latin Edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle or (Liber Chronicarum).  The original intentions of Hartmann Schedel were to amaze his audience with large format illustrations integrated with text.  Smith&Press intends to provide the reader as close an experience as possible to Schedel’s original vision.  This fully illustrated large format Translation is over 16 inches tall and provides the original pages of the Chronicle accompanied on the adjacent page by the translated text and notes.  The notes clarify linguistic nuances and identify people and places of interest.  Also included is an extensive account of the sources Hartmann Schedel used to compile the Chronicle as well as a detailed index.  All volumes are hand bound hard cover cloth.
Lynge & Søn and Sokol Books Ltd are pleased to present Beauty & Brains, a joint exhibition of fine printed books and manuscripts, featuring treasures of literature, history, science, religion, and philosophy, and some of the finest examples of illustration and design. Exhibition highlights include the first illustrated chronicle of world history, the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493), early printed editions of Dante and Chaucer,  Newton’s Principia (1687), and early printed maps by Ortelius.

Spanning several centuries, Beauty & Brains draws a line of contrast between paper and pixel that has never been so stark. These are not books threatened by the age of digital facsimile: the craftsmanship at work in each illuminated initial, typeset page, and uniquely gilt binding, is enough to put iPads to pasture and e-books to shame. Between the computer screen and the vitality of pages illuminated by scribes, annotated by readers across the centuries, there’s no competition. But judge for yourself—come and see.
San Francisco—Bonhams is proud to present its sale “The Xi’an Incident: The Papers of Hyland “Bud” Lyon,” December 11 in San Francisco.  The Xi’an Incident (December 12-24, 1936) was a pivotal moment in modern Chinese history, when a brave Nationalist Chinese General, Zhang Xueliang [1901-2001], placed Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek under house arrest, in essence forcing him to negotiate with the Communist Chinese forces (led by Mao Zedong) to cease hostilities and join forces against the invading Japanese army. The Lyon papers include rare and important letters and documents signed by Mao Zedong and other high-ranking Chinese Communist Party officials that have never before been publicly exhibited.

Hyland “Bud” Lyon was a Hollywood stunt man, racecar driver and auto mechanic who became an expert in airplane mechanics in Burbank, Calif., before following a showgirl to Shanghai in late 1934. Once in China, Lyon landed a job as a mechanic for the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC), and joined a small community of Americans and other ex-pats who were building China’s nascent aviation industry. Less than a year after his arrival, Lyon was offered a job as mechanic and co-pilot for Zhang Xueliang, [also spelled Chang Hsueh-liang] known as the “Young Marshal,” a Manchurian warlord who was one of Chiang Kai-shek’s most trusted generals.  Zhang was also, however, an outspoken opponent of any appeasement toward Japan.
DALLAS -  Todd McFarlane’s bombastic original cover art featuring Spider-Man and the Red Skull from The Amazing Spider-Man #325, 1989, and the original hand-colored Bill Watterson Calvin & Hobbes artwork from Nov. 19, 1986 - the first original Watterson Sunday strip known to have come up for public auction - top Heritage Auctions’ Nov. 15-17 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction.
The auction features more than 2,000 lots of the finest examples of comic art and high-grade comic books from a host of sources, including the collection of legendary comic creator Joe Simon, The Shamus Modern Masterworks Collection, The Art of the Funnies, one of the greatest collections of classic newspaper strip art ever assembled, The Bob Brown Collection and The Don Perlin Collection. 
BOSTON, Mass. - November 5, 2012 - Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of Fine Books & Manuscripts on November 18th in its Boston gallery. Devon Gray’s debut, as the newly appointed department director, features exceptionally rare books, first editions, presidential memorabilia, and important historical documents.
On December 5, the Grolier Club will open an exhibition of extraordinary rare books illustrating the origins and evolution of the modern museum.

In the 16th century, European collectors  filled special rooms or cabinets with a miscellaneous conglomeration of items, including paintings and drawings; plant specimens (especially those with medicinal properties); animals (including monstrosities); shells and coral; fossils (no one knew what to make of dinosaur bones at the time), coins and medals, ancient sculpture and tools (hopefully antique); gold and silver art objects (the Cellini Cup is a famous example); musical and scientific instruments and automata; minerals and gems; stones with (it was hoped) magical properties (think philosopher’s stones); items of ethnographical interest from the New World, Africa, and East Asia; the occasional Egyptian mummy and  two-headed calf; and other rare and curious artifacts.
DALLAS - Albert Bierstadt’s stunning 1872 masterpiece Mount Brewer from King's River Canyon, California is expected to bring $700,000+ as the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions Nov. 10 Western & California Art Signature® Auction, an event that is expected to bring in more than $10 million at the company’s Fine Arts Design District Annex, 1518 Slocum Street.
“This sale represents a remarkable moment for collectors of Western art, for Heritage Auctions and for the art market in general,” said Ed Beardsley, Vice President of Fine & Decorative Arts at Heritage. “The quality of the art is without question and the market is primed for work of this level to become available.”
Chicago, Illinois — “I don’t wear a Tank watch to tell the time. In fact, I never wind it. I wear a Tank watch because it’s the watch to wear.” -Andy Warhol, 1973

On November 8, 2012, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will sell Andy Warhol’s personal timepiece, an 18 karat yellow gold Cartier Tank Solo with a black crocodile strap. The watch, estimated at $1,500/2,500, is part of the house’s auction of Property from the Estate of David Stickelber of Kansas City, Missouri.
ANNAPOLIS - ­James Edward Butterworth’s oil United States, from the MBNA Collection of Maritime Art & Ship Models, brought $68,500 to lead Heritage Auction’s Oct. 27 Maritime & Ship Models Signature® Auction. The sale’s 323 lots enjoyed a 99% sell-through rate to realize $1.4 million, exceeding the high estimate. Of the almost 500 participants, nearly a fifth attended the auction in person at the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The collection, managed by Nicholas Dawes, Vice President of Special Collections, was considered “a comprehensive look at the best maritime art has to offer.”
On November 15th, 2012, PBA Galleries in San Francisco will offer at auction a remarkable collection manuscript and autograph material including the following select lots.
An important archive of letters, documents, photographs, and other material relating to the life and family of Alfred Schnurmann, a German Jew who managed to emigrate from Germany in 1940. Estimate: $80,000/120,000
A letter dated c.1801 from an emotional Nelson to his mistress adds insight to the scandal of the 19th century.

A lasting piece of evidence of the affair between Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton is for sale with Bonhams in Knightsbridge, on 13th November.
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