April 2013 Archives

Sotheby's 29 April sale brought over $8.5 million, an auction record for Judaica. The Mishneh Torah, the highlight of the Michael & Judy Steinhardt Judaica Collection, was purchased jointly by The Israel Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art prior to the sale for a price significantly in excess of the current record for Judaica at auction.

Many other works from the collection are also destined for prominent cultural institutions.

Jerusalem and New York (April 29, 2013) — The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today the joint acquisition of one of the finest illuminated Hebrew manuscripts ever created, a rare handwritten copy of the Mishneh Torah by Maimonides, one of the most important rabbinical figures of the Middle Ages. The manuscript was previously in the collection of Judy and Michael Steinhardt, New York, and will be shared by the two museums on a rotating basis.  

The Mishneh Torah is being acquired by the Israel Museum with support from: an anonymous donor; René and Susanne Braginsky, Zurich; Renee and Lester Crown, Chicago; Lynn Schusterman, Tulsa; and Judy and Michael Steinhardt, New York. Funding for the acquisition at the Metropolitan Museum will be announced at a later date.


New York—On Thursday, May 16, Swann Galleries will auction more than 215 examples of Contemporary Art, including unique pieces and multiples. The sale comes on the heels of the Frieze Art Fair and other spring art events in New York.

The lot with the highest pre-sale estimate is a late 1960s Untitled painting of a horse by Maqbool Fida Husain, the modernist Indian painter. This grand and powerful piece exhibits the finest qualities of Husain’s celebrated horse paintings—sweeping, bold brushstrokes, a chiseled white horse with rich black contours brilliantly set against a muted background. It is estimated at $100,000 to $150,000.

LOS ANGELES, CA — April 2013 — For those that have been named an executor of an estate or are looking to downsize a home, NorthStar Moving ® Company, the leading eco-luxury mover in California, has unveiled a new customized package with A.N. Abell Auction Company to alleviate the stress and uncertainty of selling treasured possessions.

According to the Demand Institute, more than 40 percent of Americans ages 50 to 64 plan to move within the next five years or so. Baby boomers are deciding they don’t need their spacious homes anymore and at the same time, they are often handed the responsibility of selling their parents’ estates. Both transitions are overwhelming and emotional. Through this new partnership with Abell Auction, NorthStar Moving is making moving and estate sales a one-step, seamless process.


New York—Every spring, poster enthusiasts look forward to Swann Galleries’ auction of Modernist Posters, which is always filled with eye-grabbing examples of cutting-edge design. This year’s sale, which will take place on Monday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m., boasts typography masterpieces, early 20th-century exhibition and product advertisements and alluring posters for recognizable brands.

The most valuable works in the sale are those by Art Deco designer A.M. Cassandre, which include one of his earliest designs, Turmac / La Cigarette Turque, 1925 (estimate: $15,000 to $20,000); a poster for safety glass brand Triplex, Paris, 1931 (also $15,000 to $20,000); the iconic Nord Express, 1927 ($12,000 to $18,000); The Continent / via Harwich, London, 1928 ($8,000 to $12,000); a Grand Sport hat advertisement, 1931 ($15,000 to $20,00); and an unpublished maquette on wood for L’Art Decoratif & la Peinture Moderne Francaise / Lord and Taylor, 1927 ($25,000 to $35,000).

DALLAS — A single page of the LM Activation checklist referenced by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during Man’s first moon landing on July 20, 1969 realized $55,268 to lead Heritage Auctions’ $1.57+ million Space Exploration Signature® Auction in Dallas. Items related to the Apollo Program took top lot honors during the April 18 auction as an Apollo 11 flown crew-signed commemorative cover from Aldrin’s personal collection sold for $50,787 and an Apollo 16 flown wrist mirror used by astronaut Charlie Duke during his moonwalks brought $44,812.


“This is truly the largest space auction — by dollar and by lot — held since President Obama signed a law last fall granting Mercury, Gemini and Apollo crew full rights to own and sell mementos from their historic journeys,” said Michael Riley, Senior Historian and Chief Cataloger for Space Exploration at Heritage. “This event far exceeded our expectations and we’re already excited about our Nov. 1 auction in Dallas.”

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has announced that Don DeLillo, author of such critically acclaimed novels as "Underworld," "Mao II" and the National Book Award-winning "White Noise," will receive the first Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2013 Library of Congress National Book Festival, Sept. 21-22.

This inaugural award was inspired by a prior award the Library made for lifetime achievement in the writing of fiction — presented to Pulitzer Prize winner Herman Wouk in 2008. DeLillo follows in the path of four subsequent winners of the Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for fiction in connection with the Library’s National Book Festival: John Grisham (2009), Isabel Allende (2010), Toni Morrison (2011) and Philip Roth (2012).

Bonhams is to sell a fine photographic portrait of Dylan Thomas standing outside the Boathouse in Laugharne taken by the American photographer Rollie McKenna and printed personally by her.


It features in the sale of The Roy Davids Collection Part III: Poetry: Poetical Manuscripts and Portraits of Poets at Bonhams, New Bond Street on 8 May.   


The photograph, taken in 1952, shows Thomas leaning casually against the door of the Boathouse and looking directly into the camera. It is estimated at £1,500 -2,000.

NEW YORK, April 24, 2012 — The Museum of Modern Art has appointed David Platzker as a Curator in the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, Glenn D. Lowry, Director of The Museum of Modern Art, announced today. Platzker, widely known for his expertise in artists' books, multiples, and ephemera of the post-1960 period, will work closely with Chief Curator Christophe Cherix, participating in the curatorial program, including exhibitions, special projects, and acquisition initiatives. 

"Platzker's long-standing commitment to the study of artists' books, multiples, and ephemera will be a tremendous asset to the department. His research, publications, and curatorial projects over the past twenty years have helped redefine a broader notion of the field of printmaking," said Cherix. "He will play an important role in managing the Museum's extraordinarily comprehensive Fluxus holdings and facilitating cross-departmental projects."

DALLAS — The 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine awarded to Dr. Francis Harry Compton Crick realized $2.27+ million to lead Heritage Auctions’ two-day, $4.97+ million Historical Manuscripts Signature® Auction in New York. Awarded for the discovery of the helical structure of DNA, the medal sold April 11 to Jack Wang, the CEO of Biomobie of Shanghai, China. Wang pledged to use the medal, which set a record as the most valuable Nobel Prize ever sold at auction, to encourage the pursuit of biomedical sciences.


Amid Crick’s personal items, his endorsed Nobel Prize check fetched $77,675, a lab coat worn as he decoded an amino acid brought $8,962 and his personal copy of Charles Darwin’s The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle, sold for $4,182.

Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch, Norway’s most famed painter and printmaker, with an exhibition of more than 20 renowned works from the Gallery’s collection. On view from May 19 through July 28, 2013, on the Ground Floor of the West Building, Edvard Munch: A 150th Anniversary Tribute includes Geschrei (The Scream) (1895), The Madonna (1895), and a unique series of six variant impressions, Two Women on the Shore (1898).

“In recent decades the National Gallery of Art has presented three major exhibitions of Munch’s work, the last in 2010,” said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. “We are pleased to bring together these stellar prints and drawings to celebrate this milestone.”


New York—On Thursday, May 9 Swann Galleries will conduct an auction devoted to Art, Press & Illustrated Books, which includes the first installment of material from the inventory of the late Irving Oaklander, whose eponymous shop specialized in books on printing, graphic design and typography, classic and modern.

Design enthusiasts will note the strong focus on German and Dutch masters with Theo van Doesburg and Kurt Schwitters’s collaboration Kleine Dada Soiree, the poster for their 1923 tour introducing artists and the public to the Dadaist movement (estimate: $20,000 to $30,000); several examples by Herbert Bayer, including an archive of material about the making of Arthur A. Cohen’s 1984 book Herbert Bayer: The Complete Work, containing books, sketches, letters and more ($1,200 to $1,800); as well as Jan Tschichold’s annotated De Proporties van het Boek, Amsterdam, 1955 ($1,000 to $1,500); and works by Paul Schuitema, Piet Zwart and Hermann Zapf.

(New Orleans, LA) — April 22, 2013 — New Orleans Auction Galleries (NOAG), the premier auction house of the American South, hosted an impressive three-day sale held April 19-21, 2013 with 8 pieces achieving world record prices with many others garnering exceptional results.

Important highlights from the auction include a large Shearwater Pottery vase decorated by Walter Anderson, which sold for a world record price of $31,980; William Tolliver’s oil on canvas titled, “Man in Blue, Playing a Guitar,” reached a world record price of $23,370; and Pedro Friedeberg’s Giltwood “Hand Chair,” also achieved an unprecedented price of $17,835.

The Theodore Roosevelt collection of Peter Scanlan led the way at Swann’s April 16 Americana auction, with a lifetime of collecting sold in 109 lots. The top Roosevelt lot was the extremely scarce pamphlet In Memory of My Darling Wife Alice ($38,400), which had never before appeared at auction. Several other Roosevelt printed works had never been previously seen at auction, including President Roosevelt's List of Birds Seen in the White House Grounds ($3,120).  Roosevelt autographs and a family photo album ($5,520) also did well. Several books by Roosevelt set records, including The Naval War of 1812, $2,640; The Summer Birds of the Adirondacks, $5,040; The Wilderness Hunter, $5,040.  An event at Swann a few days before the sale, featuring a poignant talk by Scanlan’s friend and fellow collector Gregory Wynn, set the tone for the dispersal of a great collection.



The biggest surprise of the sale, and the top lot, was an archive of scientific and family papers of naturalists William Cooper and his son James Graham Cooper. Estimated at $1,500 to $2,500, it sold to a private collector for $40,800 after prolonged bidding between three parties. Three other highlights were a group of amazing California Civil War letters by Julius Hall ($31,200), a beautiful extra-illustrated biography of Benjamin Franklin which attracted more than a dozen phone bidders (sold to a collector for $22,800), and the personal papers and effects of controversial lawyer Roy Cohn (sold to a collector in two lots for a total of $18,960).

Fairfield, Maine, April 18, 2013  — James D. Julia, Inc., one of the nation's top ten antique auction houses, is excited to present an absolutely breathtaking Chinese treasure in association with the company's upcoming Annual Summer event to be held on August 21st through 23rd, 2013. This exceptional lot is certain to be of great interest to Asian arts enthusiasts and historians around the world, and highlights James D. Julia and its specialists as leaders in the important and growing Asian Arts auction category. 

The seal is estimated at $20,000 to $30,000. It measures 6-3/4" x 6-3/4" x 3" overall, is cast from bronze, and is heavily gilded in pure gold. The item is dated "Third Year of Ch'ien Lung" indicating that it was produced in the 1738/39 time frame for Qianlong Emperor, the sixth leader of the Manchu-led Qing Dynasty who reigned from 1735 to 1796. The seal was used to officiate business for the country's "Plain White Banner" military and administrative division, one of eight such divisions at the time.

A very rare poem, ‘At Dawn’, by the novelist and poetess Amy Levy described by Oscar Wilde as a ‘girl of genius’,  is to be sold on 8 May in Part II of the sale of The Roy Davids Collection Part III: Poetry: Poetical Manuscripts and Portraits of Poets at Bonhams, New Bond Street. 


Amy Levy (1861-1889) was only the second Jewish woman to attend Cambridge University and the first to attend Newnham College though she left after four terms. A precocious child, she had her first poem published at the age of 14. During her brief life she contributed poems, essays and stories to many magazines including the Jewish Chronicle and Oscar Wilde’s Women’s World.

NEW YORK—Swann Galleries’ March 21 auction of Printed & Manuscript African Americana drew collectors, dealers and institutions alike to compete for scarce and one-of-a-kind material related to black history.

Wyatt Houston Day, Swann’s African Americana specialist said, “We were so pleased to see such a large number of items in this sale—more than 100—go to institutions, including the Connecticut Historical Society, which acquired the sale’s top lot, a collection of Amistad-related letters.”

Kestenbaum & Company’s first of two Fine Judaica auctions to be held this Spring will take place on Thursday, May 2nd at 3:00 pm at the company’s gallery in New York City. Featured in the sale will be Rare Books, Manuscripts and Autograph Letters. A second Spring Judaica auction scheduled for June 13th will offer Ceremonial Objects and Graphic Art exclusively.  The May auction of nearly 400 lots includes Holy Land Travel books offered from the Collection of Nathan Lewin, Esq. These books represent in particular, the varied ways over the centuries that the country has been cartographically represented. Further sale highlights include rare books, manuscripts and important letters consigned from illustrious Rabbinic libraries including the Rivkin and Zuckerman families and the late Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak Halevi Ruderman, founder and Rosh Yeshiva of Ner Israel Rabbinical College, Baltimore.

A broad range of subjects being offered for auction include Americana, Anglo-Judaica, anti-Semitica, Bibles, Chassidic books, children’s books, Passover Hagadahs, Kabbalistic books, Holocaust-era related books, books relating to Jews in 19th and early 20th century China, a number of rare government pamphlets relating to Jews of early 18th century Germany, Zionist related books and Livres d’Artistes.


New York—Museum-quality works of art on paper found a receptive audience of bidders at Swann Galleries March 7 auction of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings.

Todd Weyman, Swann Vice President and Director of Prints & Drawings, said, “The best known artists were the best selling in this sale—including Picasso, Matisse, Whistler, Hopper and Bellows. The majority of those top lots went to private collectors in the U.S. and Europe, and there was robust bidding throughout the auction, indicating a market well into recovery.”

The sale’s highest selling lot was Pablo Picasso’s Tête de Femme (Portrait Stylisé de Jacqueline), color linoleum cut, 1962, which brought $48,000*.

NEW YORK — Bonhams is pleased to announce the inaugural auction of Judaica to be held at the Bonhams New York Madison Avenue salesroom on December 9, 2013. The auction will include significant historical and religious items that represent the cultural and social movements of the Jewish people from ancient through modern times. Pre-war and post-war Judaica from Israel, Europe and the Americas will be considered from such diverse fields as fine art, books and historical manuscripts, textiles, liturgical items, coins, medals, jewelry and decorative arts. 

The auction will be overseen by Bonhams’ recently appointed Judaica Consultant, Dr Rachael B Goldman. Dr Goldman received her Ph.D. in History from City University of New York - The Graduate Center in 2011, and has held fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, the New York Classical Club and the College Art Association. She has been a member of the American Association of Appraisers since 2002, and has worked for many esteemed institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. Versed in several languages including Latin, Greek, Italian and Hebrew, Dr Goldman has taught at Adelphi University and the Cooper Hewitt M.A. program in Decorative Arts. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey.

New York, NY, April 18, 2013 — In 1998 Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, commissioned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a fully illuminated luxury manuscript of the Bible. Working out of his scriptorium in Monmouth, Wales, Jackson and a team of calligraphers and artists used traditional techniques and modern technology to create a spectacular illuminated text of over 1,100 pages. Completed in May 2011, The Saint John’s Bible  ensures that the ancient art of illumination—so richly represented in the Morgan Library & Museum’s collections of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts—lives on into the twenty-first century.

To document Jackson’s monumental achievement, Saint John’s University has published several facsimiles of the manuscript, including the lavish seven-volume Apostles Edition, issued in only twelve copies. In 2011, Dr. William F. Hueg and Mrs. Hella Mears Hueg presented to the Morgan a set of the Apostles Edition, five volumes of which have appeared to date.

PHILADELPHIA, PA April 17, 2013 — In a historic move, the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation and The Rosenbach Museum & Library today announced their intent to merge, creating The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation. The affiliation will bring together two of the world’s preeminent collections of rare books, artifacts, and manuscripts, including Bram Stoker’s notes for Dracula with Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue, and thus creating one of the greatest collections of rare books, manuscripts, Americana, and art anywhere in the world. This historic, joint decision will bring advantages to each institution, and most important, it will further solidify Philadelphia’s position as an educational and cultural leader in the nation. Today’s announcement marks the signing of a letter of intent following board approval by each of the organizations on April 16, 2013.

Siobhan A. Reardon, President and Director of the Free Library commented on this historic partnership: “The aim of this partnership is to build and sustain collections of Americana and English literature that are among the greatest in the world while furthering Philadelphia’s status as an educational and cultural leader. We couldn’t be more excited about The Rosenbach of the Free Library. We thank our philanthropic partners and future donors for helping us share these incredible collections with a wider audience than ever before.”

BEVERLY HILLS — J.C. Leyendecker’s spectacular Honeymoon, The Saturday Evening Post cover, July 17, 1926, realized $194,500 to lead Heritage Auctions’ $2.8+ million Illustration Art Signature® Auction on April 11-12, a sale which saw tremendous prices realized across the board, especially where Pin-Up and Golden Age classic artworks were concerned. The piece came to auction from a consignor in New England whose mother was gifted the painting by the artist himself upon her own wedding, where Leyendecker also walked her down the aisle.


“Collectors would be hard pressed to find a Leyendecker that showcases the artist’s skill in a ways as spectacular as this painting,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “This was the third highest price ever for the artist, and with good reason — it’s a masterpiece.”

April 16 2013 — Sotheby’s New York is pleased to offer The Library of a Distinguished American Book Collector in a dedicated auction on 4 June 2013. Acquired over the course of nearly three decades, this collection, expected to fetch over $5 million, reflects the collector’s great intellectual curiosity and eclectic interests, as well as a deeply held passion for American history. Among the 250 lots on offer, the library has a particular emphasis on George Washington, highlighted by seven books from Washington’s Mount Vernon Library, all with his bold signature on their title pages and his bookplate (est. $1/1.5 million). This is the largest group of books from Washington’s library to appear in a single auction since the Bishop John Fletcher Hurst sale in 1904 and features novels such as Jonathan Swift’s The Beauties of Swift, Alain Rene Le Sage’s The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane. Vol. 3.  and Joseph Priestley’s Discourses Relating to the Evidences of Revealed Religion. Highlights from the collection will be on view at our Boston, Chicago and London offices in May, and the full collection will be on exhibition at our New York galleries beginning 31 May 2013 in advance of the sale. 

Further highlights of the sale include an extraordinarily fresh copy of the 1754 Journal of George Washington, his account of the French and Indian War prepared for the House of Burgesses (est. $100/150,000) and an important letter signed by him about securing New York City during the Revolutionary War (est. $70/100,000).

DALLAS, TX — Significant fresh-to-market memorabilia punctuates Heritage Auctions’ Vintage Sports Collectible auction, May 2-4, further bolstering Heritage Sports’ reputation as the hobby’s leading source for significant “finds,” with numerous discoveries making their auction debuts.

Also, for the first time in the history of the sports category at Heritage, all lots will close in the Extended Bidding format, so collectors are advised to place initial bids early.

The ABA (Antiquarian Booksellers' Association) will be hosting what is thought to be the first ever “Books NOT Books” exhibition at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair which opens on Thursday June 13th and runs until Saturday June 15th, in the National Exhibition Hall at Olympia, West London. 

“Books NOT Books” will be an amusing, informative and deceptive exhibition showing the book in a variety of different forms — Books as Art, Books as Boxes, Books as Anything-other-than-Books — whether it is a handbag, pin box or biscuit tin! The majority of the objects on show have come from a single collection, but the ABA is encouraging anyone who would like to lend an object to let them know — the more offbeat the better!

London’s Book Fair Week in June

LONDON — Seven fairs displaying Rare Books, Maps, Photographs and Ephemera have come together to set up the first London Book Fair Week from Saturday, 8th to Sunday, 16th June 2013. This is the first time all the fairs organisers have joined together to create a major event for both trade and public by holding all the major summer fairs in one week.

This will make it the biggest celebration of Print-on-Paper in the World — with seven different fairs in nine days. The fairs will be offering antiquarian and rare books, maps, manuscripts, prints, posters, ephemera and photographs.

Sotheby’s to Auction Bay Psalm Book

NEW YORK, 12 April 2013 — On 26 November 2013, Sotheby’s New York will auction one of the finest surviving copies of the Bay Psalm Book — the first book printed in what is now the United States of America. The Congregationalist Puritans who emigrated to Massachusetts Bay in search of religious freedom quickly set about to translate and produce a version of the Book of Psalms that was a closer paraphrase of the Hebrew original than the one they had carried from England. The first edition of the resulting Bay Psalm Book was printed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1640, and Sotheby’s will auction one of the 11 surviving copies in the dedicated auction. The present example comes from the collection of the Old South Church in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts — one of two remarkable copies presently in its collection - and the proceeds of the sale will benefit the church’s mission and ministry in the Greater Boston area.

No example of the Bay Psalm Book has appeared at auction since 1947, when another copy achieved a record auction price for any printed book at the time — many multiples of what other icons of printing achieved in that period, including the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare’s First Folio and Audubon’s Birds of America**. The present example of the Bay Psalm Book from the Old South Church’s collection comes to auction at Sotheby’s New York with a pre-sale estimate of $15/30 million*.

New York, NY, April 11, 2013—The artist Matthew Barney (b. 1967) is best known for his sculptures and films, but drawing also plays a critical role in his work. Subliming Vessel: The Drawings of Matthew Barney, on view at the Morgan Library & Museum from May 10 to September 2, is the first exhibition devoted entirely to his drawings. The show ranges from Barney’s earliest drawings, made while he was a student at Yale in the late 1980s, to works related to his most recent project, RIVER OF FUNDAMENT. They trace his investigation of drawing as an activity both independent from and linked to his sculptural and performative practice.

In addition to Barney’s drawings, the exhibition will also include a number of his storyboards—composed of sketches, photographs, clippings, and books—which he assembles to map the narrative structure and imagery of his projects. Barney has selected books and manuscripts from the Morgan’s collections to display as part of his storyboards. These items—which include a more than two-thousand-year-old Egyptian Book of the Dead, a medieval zodiac, and poet Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass—demonstrate the breadth of Barney’s interests and underscore the importance of literature and mythology in the elaboration of his stories.

NEW YORK — The 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine awarded to Dr. Francis Harry Compton Crick, along with Drs. James Dewey Watson and Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins, for “...their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material,” or what would become known as DNA, sold on April 11, 2013, for $2.27+ million (including Buyer’s Premium) as the highlight of Heritage Auctions’ Historical Manuscripts Signature® Auction at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion.


“This auction, given the international attention is received, showed the continuing importance of Crick’s, Watson’s and Franklin’s discovery 60 years after they made it,” said Sandra Palomino, Director of Historic Manuscripts at Heritage Auctions. “This medal is the physical embodiment of the importance that discovery represented and, as such, worth every bit of the final $2.27+ million price realized.”

The last known manuscript poem by John Keats sold for a world record £181,250 today (10 April) at the sale of the first part (Poets A-K) of Roy Davids Collection Part III: Poetry: Poetical Manuscripts and Portraits of Poets at Bonhams, New Bond Street. 


Charlotte Bronte’s 'I’ve been wandering in the greenwoods,' written when she was just 13, also set a world record for the poet when it sold for £92,450.

Kansas City, MO. April 9, 2013—Fiery passion and the warm, festive atmosphere of Mexico define an exhibition opening on June 1 at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection showcases more than 100 paintings, sculptures, photographs and drawings collected by the Gelmans in their adopted homeland of Mexico.

“When the Don Hall Initiative was created at the beginning of my tenure with the Nelson-Atkins, we hoped to bring exhibitions here that would reverberate in the community,” said the Mexico City-born Julián Zugazagoitia, CEO and Director. “The Gelman Collection has universal appeal but is so close to my personal history that we are thrilled to present these masterpieces to Kansas City.”

New York, NY, April 9, 2013—The Morgan Library & Museum will receive a gift from the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York of twenty-eight letters written by J. D. Salinger. The gift commemorates the 150th birthday of Swami Vivekananda, who brought Vedanta, the religious and philosophical teachings of India, to the West in 1893. With this generous new gift, the Morgan now holds fifty-two Salinger letters in its collection.

J. D. Salinger was deeply influenced by Vedanta and had an enduring relationship with Swami Nikhilananda, founder and spiritual leader of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York. Salinger attended services and classes at the Center in Manhattan, and at the Vivekananda Cottage retreat in New York’s Thousand Island Park.

Atwood, Arana, Branch, DeLillo, Hosseini, Kingsolver, Oates, Paterson, Trethewey to Speak at 2013 Library of Congress National Book Festival

Event to Take Place on National Mall Sept. 21 and 22; Illustrator Suzy Lee Will Create Poster

Renowned authors and poets Margaret Atwood, Marie Arana, Taylor Branch, Don DeLillo, Khaled Hosseini, Barbara Kingsolver, Brad Meltzer, Joyce Carol Oates, Katherine Paterson and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will be among more than 100 writers speaking at the 13th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, on Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, between 9th and 14th streets on the National Mall. The event, free and open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine.

The literary and artistic worlds will be astounded this week to meet a unique image of the poet, John Keats which has surfaced at Bonhams in London.

The image, consigned by an American owner, will feature in the ‘Fine Portrait Miniatures’ auction taking place at Bonhams, Knightsbridge on May 30th. Oval in format and measuring 70mm (2 3/4in) in height, this spellbinding image is estimated to attract £10,000-15,000 when it is auctioned.

The majority of contemporary portraits of Keats derive from Joseph Severn's miniature of the poet, which was exhibited at the RA in 1819 (no.940) (The Fitzwilliam Museum, Accession no.713). The present lot does not derive from this work or any of the other known portraits taken during Keats' short life, which strongly suggests it was painted from life.

At the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, Boston-based rare book and manuscript dealer Schubertiade Music & Arts, will offer for sale for the first time on the market THE LARGEST KNOWN SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH OF ALBERT EINSTEIN. 

Signed in 1931 and measuring a larger-than-life 16 x 20 inches, this is the largest signed photograph of the theoretical physicist ever to be offered for sale.

April 8, 2013, Westport, CT — With the runaway popularity of Antiques Roadshow, Pawn Stars and other shows amazing audiences by identifying the hidden value in their bric-a-brac and family heirlooms, families across the nation are sifting though their attics and basements in search of that special something that could make them rich.


According to John Reznikoff, a leading document and signature authenticator, “both sellers and collectors need an impartial expert to verify significant documents, manuscripts, letters, relics, and autographs in many categories, from sports and cinema, to space exploration and Presidential history.”

NEW YORK—April, 2013—Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is proud to announce the auction of The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector Part II on May 30th. A selection of the letters and manuscripts will be on display at Douglas Elliman's Madison Avenue Gallery, 980 Madison Avenue, April 8th to April 16th from 11am to 6pm. The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector Part I was a blockbuster sale with a letter by Vincent van Gogh selling for $336,000 and a Thomas Jefferson letter selling for $300,000. Part II promises to be even bigger.

At Douglas Elliman's Madison Avenue Gallery the letters on display will include letters from George Washington, one in which he looks to hire Negro slaves as laborers, pictured left. An emotional letter by Thomas Jefferson, to a Mrs. Katharine Duane Morgan, pictured below, in which he states, "I did what I could, and now acquiesce cheerfully in the law of nature which, by unfitting us for action, warns us to retire and leave to the generation of the day the direction of it's own affairs." There will also be a collection of Dwight D. Eisenhower letters to his wife Maime chronicling World War II. Eisenhower writes about everything from how he hates the Germans to his reaction to seeing the concentration camps.

AUSTIN, Texas — Head librarian of the Folger Shakespeare Library Stephen Enniss has been appointed as the new director of the internationally renowned Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin.

Enniss will take over the duties of current Director Thomas F. Staley, who will retire Aug. 31. Staley, who has been responsible for scores of notable acquisitions and the Center’s enormous growth during his 25-year tenure, had announced plans to retire in 2011, but later agreed to postpone his retirement date. Staley, who is also the Harry Huntt Ransom Chair in Liberal Arts, will remain on faculty and plans to teach in the College of Liberal Arts. Enniss will start at the Ransom Center Aug. 1 to allow time for a smooth transition.

The Words of Master Poldy will be letterpress printed by hand in a selection of antique wooden and metal typefaces.jpg

April 8th, 2013—New artist's book: “The Works of Master Poldy” based on James Joyce’s Ulysses, designed and produced by Dublin based artist & designer Jamie Murphy.


• What - Artist and designer Jamie Murphy is undertaking a new letterpress book, “The Works of Master Poldy,” based on the musings of Leopold Bloom, James Joyce's seminal hero of Ulysses


• When - Indiegogo campaign launched to fund the book planned for release by Bloomsday 2013, June 16th.


• Where - The book will be designed and printed at Distillers Press, NCAD, Ireland's foremost letterpress printing workshop.

New York, NY, April 4, 2013—When Christ changed bread and wine into his body and blood at the Last Supper, he instituted the Eucharist and established the central act of Christian worship. For medieval Christians, the Eucharist (the sacrament of Communion) was not only at the heart of the Mass—its presence and symbolism also wielded enormous influence over cultural and civic life. Illuminating Faith: The Eucharist in Medieval Life and Art, on view May 17 to September 2, 2013, explores how artists of the period depicted the celebration of the sacrament and its powerful hold on society in more than sixty-five exquisitely illuminated manuscripts drawn from the Morgan’s renowned collection.

Included among the masterpieces will be the Hours of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, one of the greatest of all illuminated manuscripts; the Preparation for Mass of Pope Leo X, which remained at the Vatican until it was looted by Napoleon’s troops in 1798; a personal prayer book created for Anne de Bretagne, queen of France; and a number of superb Missals that are rarely exhibited. In addition, objects used in medieval Eucharistic rituals will be displayed, including a chalice, ciborium, pax, altar card, and two monstrances that displayed Communion wafers.

An unpublished, handwritten, poem in praise of absinthe drinking by the great occultist, Aleister Crowley, is to be sold in Part I of The Roy Davids Collection III: Poetry: Poetical Manuscripts and Portraits of Poets at Bonhams New Bond Street on 10 April. It is estimated at £1,500-2,000.

Crowley (1875-1947), a bisexual, drug using, self styled prophet, often referred to as the ‘Great Beast 666’ was an inveterate absinthe drinker. His poem is called ‘The Green Hour’ and celebrates the period from 5 pm to 7, during which the drink was often imbibed.

(NEW ORLEANS, LA) — April 3, 2013 — The New Orleans Auction Galleries announces their Spring Estate Auction with nearly 1,600 lots, including fine paintings, art pottery, estate jewelry, a collection of garden furniture and statuary, and an extensive clock collection. The auction will take place over a period of three days: Friday, April 19, starting at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, starting at 10 a.m. 


Guests are welcome to preview the items at the Gallery, 510 Julia Street (at the corner of Magazine St.), from Wednesday, April 3 through Friday, April 19, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., excluding Sundays.  In addition, a late-evening preview event is scheduled for Thursday, April 18, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The Letters of Jack Kerouac to Ed White, 1947-1969. Glenn Horowitz's latest catalogue documents an important collection of five dozen lengthy letters and postcards written by Jack Kerouac to Ed White, the majority unpublished and composed prior to the 1957 publication of On the Road. White and Kerouac met in 1946 as undergraduates at Columbia University and White’s suggestion that Kerouac spontaneously “sketch” his ideas in a pocket notebook greatly impacted his friend’s narrative style - Kerouac would later confess to Neal Cassady, “It’s the only way to write.” These letters chart an important friendship from its Columbia days onward and document the writing and publication of Kerouac’s major novels.

93 pp.; 6 x 9 inches; pictorial wrappers. $25.

To order a catalogue, or for further information about the collection, please email info@glennhorowitz.com.

The signed manuscript of a patriotic poem by the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conon Doyle, is to be sold in Part I of The Roy Davids Collection III: Poetry: Poetical Manuscripts and Portraits of Poets at Bonhams New Bond Street on 10 April. It is estimated at £5,000-8,000.

Written in 1915 — the manuscript is dated 10 October — the poem, entitled ‘Ypres’ was Conan Doyle’s contribution to The Queen's Gift Book, published for Christmas 1915 'In aid of Queen Mary's Convalescent Auxiliary Hospitals For Soldiers And Sailors Who Have Lost Their Limbs In The War'. It was subsequently included in Doyle's The Guards Came Through and Other Poems, 1919.

An exhibition focused on the theme of the unicorn in medieval and Renaissance art will mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of The Cloisters museum and gardens—the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Opening May 15 at The Cloisters, the exhibition Search for the Unicorn: An Exhibition in Honor of The Cloisters’ 75th Anniversary will include some 40 works of art in diverse media drawn from the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, other public institutions, and private collections.

The exhibition is made possible by the Michel David-Weill Fund and the Quinque Foundation.

Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of the most enduring and influential pieces of literature, despite its less than auspicious beginning.


In the fall of 1958, the world was slated to receive the debut of New York sophisticate, Connie Gustafson. However, Connie Gustafson never made her debut— She was replaced by the icon the world knows as Holly Golightly.

A rare 86-page typed manuscript of Breakfast at Tiffany's with hand annotations by Truman Capote will be featured at auction, from New Hampshire based RR Auction in April.

NEW YORK — The largest single selections of signed Harry Potter first editions offered at one time, including a rare first edition, first printing of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone — one of the first 500 copy press run — may conjure $30,000+ as part of Heritage Auctions’ Rare Books Signature® Auction April 10 at New York’s Fletcher Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America) at 2 East 79th Street (at 5th Ave.). A highlight among the number of signed and autographed editions is a first edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, signed by Rowling and 14 members of the cast of the Warner Bros. film. The book is accompanied by a pass to a cast and crew screening of the film and a certificate of authenticity and is expected to bring $5,000+. 


The volumes leads a deep run of the world’s more sought after children’s titles among a select library of unique books, manuscripts, prints and maps.

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