June 2014 Archives


BOSTON, MA.—June 27, 2014—Sinatra’s first New Jersey’s driver’s license sold for $15,757 last night, according to Boston, MA-based auction house RR Auction.

Numbered "549631" and bearing a large red, centered stamping of "1934," the license is issued to "FRANCIS SINATRA - 841 GARDEN ST. - HOBOKEN, N.J."

Sinatra's physical specifications read: "Age 19, Weight 130, Color W, Color Hair BRN, Sex M, Color Eyes BLUE, Height 5.8." The identification card is signed in black ink by Sinatra and has a December 31, 1934 expiration date.

A significant archive of 28 charters and deeds granting gifts of land and property in West Yorkshire to the Knights Templar and Knights Hospitallers is being auctioned at Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions' Printed Books, Maps and Manuscripts sale on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th July 2014. Est. £40,000-60,000 [Lot 183]

Simon Luterbacher, Director of Manuscripts & English Literature at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions said: “Documents relating to the Knights Templar are extremely rare and highly sought after; an archive of this size and quality has not been seen in auction for over 50 years, and likely won’t be again.”


New York—Swann Galleries’ June 12 auction of American Art was the highest-grossing sale in this category ever—and also the first American Art auction at Swann to bring in more than $1 million—the sale total was $1,020,970*.

Todd Weyman, Swann Galleries Vice President and Director of Prints & Drawings, said, “We are delighted with the results of this American Art auction, which was our strongest sale ever in this category. There was spirited bidding across the board, from 19th-century artists to mid-century modernists. Particularly notable were Winslow Homer’s Study: Fresh Air, which fetched an auction record price for a pen and ink drawing by the artist, and Preston Dickinson’s The Peters Mills, which brought a record price for a Dickinson watercolor, gouache or ink.”

New York City will welcome nearly 30 of the world’s leading dealers in Master Drawings from January 24 through January 31 when the ninth edition of MASTER DRAWINGS NEW YORK (www.masterdrawingsinnewyork.com) hosts themed exhibitions in more than two dozen Upper East Side galleries between East 63rd and 93rd Streets.

Founded in 2006 as a way to draw upon and buttress the presence of collectors and museum officials during the important January art-buying events, including the Old Master auctions and The Winter Antiques Show, MASTER DRAWINGS NEW YORK has become an important part of the winter art scene in its own right, attracting the most influential dealers not only in New York but in England, France, Italy, Germany and Spain.

Washington, DC—Contrary to popular belief, English Renaissance heralds did not play trumpets. Think of them as the earliest professional brand consultants, genealogists, and trademark protectors. They had the singular power to bestow enduring and easily recognizable symbols of status and honor upon individuals and institutions who had the proper lineage, reputation, and wealth.

A new exhibition at the Folger, curated by Nigel Ramsay and Heather Wolfe, casts light on the colorful and controversial world of English heraldry, and for the first time, brings original drafts of Shakespeare’s coat of arms from England to the United States.

Paris—During the first half of 2014, Artcurial realised a sales total of 105 M€ / 142 M$, up 14.6% on the same period in 2013, with some 61 sales organised across twenty different specialist fields.

This figure does not include the Collectors’ Car sale on 5 July 2014 (estimate : € 9M), the Furniture and Decorative Objects sale on 8 July 2014 (estimate € 1.5M) or the sales taking place in Monte Carlo on 22 - 24 July 2014 (Jewellery, Collectors’ Watches, Hermès Vintage - estimate : €10M), that could take Artcurial’s sales total above €125 M€ / 170 M$ by the end of July.


New York—Swann Galleries’ June 10 auction of African American Fine Art focused on the politically charged and artistically fertile period of the 1960s and 70s, and was titled The Shape of Things to Come. Results were strong for works of art by artists who defined the era.

In fact, several new auction records were set. A major work by assemblage artist Noah Purifoy had never appeared at auction before, so when his Untitled (Standing Figure), assemblage construction from 1968-70 sold for $62,500* it established a benchmark for the artist.

An excellent example of the celebrated abstract work of William T. Williams exceeded all prior auction results for the artist (also set at Swann), when Truckin, acrylic on canvas, 1969, achieved $137,000.

Also breaking six figures was Barkley L. Hendricks’s colorful and hip portrait of Sergio, oil and acrylic on canvas, 1972, at $106,250. Days before the sale, Hendricks joined Swann Galleries’ Director of African-American Fine Art, Nigel Freeman, for a talk about his career.


New York—Swann Galleries’ June 3 auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books featured a fine selection of 17th century Japanese maps, including the sale’s top lot, an unparalleled map of Kyoto as the imperial capital of Japan, mounted on a six-panel folding screen. This masterpiece of urban cartography, as rare as it was beautiful, sold for $93,750*.

Additional Japanese highlights included a landmark 1697 map of Japan by Ishikawa Ryusen (Sagamiya Tahei, editor), a multi-sheet woodblock folding map containing a host of geographical information that far exceeded any previously published maps of Japan, $25,000.

Today at Sotheby’s Bob Dylan’s original hand-written lyrics for the 1965 epic Like A Rolling Stone fetched $2,045,000 to set an auction record for a popular music manuscript (est. $1/2 million). The lyrics, which sold to a private collector, were the top lot in the Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk auction, the first dedicated music history sale at Sotheby’s for over a decade. Overall the sale brought $4,088,630 and included strong prices for material related to Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Joni Mitchell among others.

Richard Austin, Head of Books and Manuscripts at Sotheby’s New York commented: “The Holy Grail of rock lyrics has taken its rightful place as the most expensive popular music manuscript sold at auction. Like A Rolling Stone irreversibly changed both the career of Bob Dylan and postwar music history and I am thrilled to see so many collectors recognizing these lyrics importance as a work of 20th century cultural history.”

Omaha, Neb., and London—June 24, 2014—Proxibid (www.proxibid.com), the world’s most trusted online Marketplace for buying and selling highly valued items, today announced a new partnership with Chiswick Auctions (www.chiswickauctions.co.uk), London’s most successful and well-known auctioneers of fine art, antiques and collectibles. This partnership provides Chiswick with a larger and more secure Marketplace to reach potential US-based buyers, and enables Proxibid to gain a strategic foothold in the UK fine art and antiques market.

Beginning Tuesday, June 24, buyers can participate in Chiswick’s weekly auctions in the Proxibid Marketplace. Chiswick’s saleroom is open Tuesdays at Noon, EUR (UTC). Upcoming sales include the weekly Antique & Collectible Dolls, Bears, & Toys with Antiques & Interiors taking place on June 24, and the Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including books from the Collection of the Late Hans Fellner, Part III, slated for Wednesday, June 25 at 1:00 pm EUR (UTC). Auctions are now posted in the Proxibid Marketplace, where buyers can view the online catalogs, place prebids and participate in the live sales by visiting www.proxibid.com/chiswick.

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Los Angeles—CA—June 24th, 2014—The nation’s renowned auction house, Profiles in History, (www.profilesinhistory.com) has set July 11, 2014 (11 a.m. PST) to present the highly anticipated The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector IV, the next auction of the series.   Following the immensely successful Parts I, II, and III, the newest auction will represent a wide array of single lots, meticulously compiled groups and comprehensive archives. 

“Our previous ‘Distinguished’ auctions have had enormous success, with sales results exceeding $11.5 million, “stated Joe Maddalena, President and CEO, of Profiles in History. “We have carefully assembled one our most comprehensive offerings, an amazing embodiment of tangible historical artifacts that are certain to capture the attention, and certainly the curiosity, of collectors worldwide.”


An amazing Gone With the Wind-era collection of correspondence between author Margaret Mitchell and a Philadelphia admirer, along with printed interviews, and the fan’s meticulously kept scrapbook will be auctioned next week by Massachusetts based, RR Auction.

The highlights of the collection are six one page letters, four signed “Margaret Mitchell,” and two signed “Margaret Mitchell Marsh,” dating from November of 1936 up to August of 1938, most with content regarding Mitchell’s novel and upcoming film.

“This is an unpublished and previously unknown archive, which has never before been on the market,” says Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. “These vivid letters gives us incredible details about Scarlet and Rhett and the other major characters that are amazingly insightful to Margaret Mitchell's creative process.”

ITHACA, NY—National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog. 

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera and artwork. The artwork is led by two original paintings credited to Jean-Michel Basquiat and Lyubov Popova.  Highlighted is our third session from an impressive collection of Civil War and American West writings, along with a large collection of author-signed modern fiction.

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New York, NY, June 20, 2014—The Morgan Library & Museum has put on display a rare first edition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” marking the 200th anniversary in 2014 of the origination of the famous anthem. 

Francis Scott Key’s poem, inspired by the sight of the flag defiantly flying over Fort McHenry after the British attack in September 1814, was set to the 1770s melody “To Anacreon in Heaven” by John Stafford Smith. The tune was composed for the Anacreontic Society, ironically a British music club that held its meetings at the Crown and Anchor Tavern in the Strand. Not until 1931 was “The Star-Spangled Banner” declared the nation’s official anthem by an act of Congress. Quite notably, patriotic is misspelled in the subtitle of this first edition, one of only a handful of surviving copies.

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Christmas cards, letters, cartoons, posters and the manuscripts of celebrated war poets are among the collection on display for the first time in Enduring War: Grief, Grit and Humour, exploring the many ways those both at home and on the front line tried to cope with the enormity of the First World War.

With personal objects, such as letters, a handkerchief bearing lyrics for ‘It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary’, and schoolboy essays reacting to airship raids over London, as well as recruitment posters, humorous magazines and even a knitting pattern for balaclavas, the exhibition considers themes such as humour, faith, comradeship and family and looks at the contribution so many made to the war effort.

DALLAS—A one-of-a-kind signature book from Arizona’s Pima County Bank, containing names of Wild West celebrities such as Wyatt and Virgil Earp and hundreds of Tombstone citizens during the era of the O.K. Corral gunfight, sold for $68,750 in Heritage Auctions’ Legends of the West Signature® Auction in Dallas. The auction featured nearly 400 lots of widely varied Old West collectibles, including guns, photos, badges, items owned by historical figures, books, and manuscripts. 

A large collection of items relating to Buffalo Bill Cody captured bidder’s attention as his personally owned Colt model 1873 Frontier Six Shooter Revolver and a Grizzly Bear Claw Necklace, gifted by none other than Chief Sitting Bull each respectively brought $40,625.

New Haven, Conn.—Following commencement ceremonies in May 2015, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library will close its iconic building for 16 months to undergo a major renovation that will replace its climate-control systems and double its classroom space.

The 50-year-old library building will reopen in September 2016, poised for another 50 years as a world-class center of scholarship and learning.

“Renovating one the world’s largest rare books libraries is a uniquely challenging task, but one that we are prepared to meet with as little disruption as possible,” says Beinecke Library Director E.C. Schroeder. “The library will reopen its doors in the fall of 2016 better equipped than ever to share its collections with scholars, students, and the public.”

June 18, 2014—Christine Volk, Chair of the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) Scholarship Committee, has announced three IOBA scholarship winners: two will be attending the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS) in August—Adam Schachter of Langdon Manor Books in Houston, Texas, and Elizabeth Saunders of Tannery Books, in Archdale, North Carolina. The final scholarship was awarded to James South, of Treasure and Relish, Harrogate, North Yorkshire to attend the inaugural Yorkshire Antiquarian Booksellers Seminar (YABS) in England this fall.

“I'm excited to receive the scholarship,” says Adam Schachter, “I've spent the last two and half years reaching out to anybody who would help me learn the trade as I tried to determine if I could make a living at it full time. All of my study has been self directed. Now that I am on the cusp of leaving the practice of law, I am very hopeful that CABS will give me that final push to where my joy of the business and knowledge and contacts made at CABS will equal a full time living as a bookseller.”

A specially printed copy of The Importance of Being Earnest inscribed by Oscar Wilde to Major James Nelson, the Governor of Reading Gaol during the writer’s term of imprisonment there sold for £55,000 at Bonhams Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs sale in London on June 18. It had been estimated at £40,000 - 60,000 

The copy, numbered 13 out of a presentation edition of 100, is inscribed “To Major Nelson: from the author. A trivial recognition of a great and noble kindness. Feb, 99.”  Elsewhere, Wilde was to describe Nelson as: “The most Christlike man I ever met.”


NEW YORK—A strong selection of presidential autographs and letters written by some of the greatest minds of the 20th century drew bidders to Swann Galleries’ auction of Autographs on May 22.

The sale’s top lot was a Benjamin Franklin autograph letter signed to a surgeon-apothecary relating the circumstances of Franklin’s invention of the flexible catheter and explaining its construction, London, 17 September 1760, which brought $50,000*.

New York, NY, June 13, 2014—The Morgan Library & Museum announced today that noted drawings collector Eugene V. Thaw, a life trustee of the Morgan and longtime supporter, will endow a curatorial position in the Department of Drawings and Prints.

Since 1975 Mr. Thaw has given the museum more than four hundred master drawings from his private collection and generously contributed to numerous projects and programs. The drawings department at the Morgan is one of its largest, and the institution’s collection is considered among the greatest in the world. Spanning the early Renaissance to the twenty-first century, it includes masterworks from every era and every school.

New Haven, Conn.—The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University today announced its acquisition of the papers of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, prominent figures in English arts and letters in the 20th century whose complex relationship was intimately recounted in the 1973 best-selling biography, “Portrait of a Marriage.”

“The Sackville-West and Nicolson archives are an exciting addition to Beinecke Library’s deep holdings of 20th century British literary figures,” says Timothy Young, curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts at the Beinecke Library. “They not only provide extraordinary insight into a remarkable literary legacy, they will be useful in enlightening an entire period in arts and letters, social history, and garden history.”

A previously unknown letter from J. R. R. Tolkien to a schoolteacher in Eltham in South East London is to be sold at Bonhams Books, Maps, Manuscripts, and Photographs sale in London on June 18. It is estimated at £1,500-2,000.

Tolkien wrote the letter in 1964 to Anne Mountfield, a newly qualified teacher working at Eltham Green School, in response to a letter from her. She had written that reading The Hobbit to her rather restless class had captivated them and she included a fan letter from one of the pupils. After typing his thanks, and complimenting the pupil, Tolkien added, in his own hand. “All teaching is exhausting and depressing and one is seldom comforted by knowing when one has had some effect.”

Doyle New York is honored to auction a remarkable collection of original album cover art, rare photography and related ephemera assembled by Bruce Lundvall, longtime president of the renowned Jazz label, Blue Note Records. During his half-century in the music industry at record labels Columbia, CBS, Elektra, Manhattan (EMI) and finally Blue Note, Bruce Lundvall discovered and signed a number of Jazz legends.

The Bruce Lundvall Collection comprises thirty lots documenting the history of Jazz. Featured items include the original artwork for Thelonious Monk’s groundbreaking album, Straight, No Chaser (Colombia: 1966) and Charlie Parker’s Bird with Strings: Live at the Apollo, Carnegie Hall and Birdland (CBS: 1977), as well as a rare 1972 photograph (printed in 1982) of Miles Davis that captures the mercurial genius in a boxing ring at a San Francisco gym. Additional highlights include original album artwork for a number of jazz legends, among them Art Tatum, Woody Shaw, Bessie Smith, Lester Young, Bud Powell and others.

The Bruce Lundvall Collection will be offered as a featured section (lots 109 - 138) in the Doyle at Home auction on June 25, 2014 at 10am.

New York, NY, June 11, 2014—John Marciari, an independent curator and scholar who most recently held the position of Curator of European Art and Head of Provenance Research at the San Diego Museum of Art, has been chosen to lead the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Morgan Library & Museum.

With the title of Charles W. Engelhard Curator and Department Head, Marciari will oversee a collection that is renowned throughout the world. Drawings and Prints is one of the largest of the Morgan’s curatorial departments and its approximately 25,000 works span the fourteenth century through the nineteenth century. The department is especially strong in drawings from the Italian, French, Dutch, and British schools, and the list of important artists represented is vast, ranging from Michelangelo and Raphael to Dürer, Rubens, Fragonard, David, Watteau, Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, Ingres, and Degas, among other notables. The department also has the largest and finest collection of Rembrandt etchings in America.

A first edition of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses smuggled out of Paris in 1922 and read aloud to the young Vladimir Nabokov is to be offered at Bonhams Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Photographs sale in London on June 18. It is estimated at £15,000-20,000.

Ulysses was published in Paris by Shakespeare and Co in 1922 though parts of it had appeared in serialised form in The American magazine The Little Review, between 1918 and 1920, before being banned as obscene.  The book was also banned in the United Kingdom until the 1930s and this copy was smuggled into the country by Peter Mrosovsky, a fellow Russian student of Nabokov’s at Trinity College, Cambridge.

AUSTIN, Texas—The exhibition "The Making of 'Gone With The Wind'" commemorates the 75th anniversary of one of the most popular films ever created by exploring its history and legacy. The exhibition runs from Sept. 9 to Jan. 4, 2015, at the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin.

View a video preview of the exhibition.

Featuring more than 300 items, the exhibition is drawn entirely from the Ransom Center's collections and includes on-set photographs, storyboards, makeup stills, costume sketches, concept art, correspondence and fan mail, production records, audition footage and producer David O. Selznick's own extensive memos. Three original gowns worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara, including the iconic green curtain dress, will be exhibited together for the first time in more than 25 years. In 2010 donors from around the world contributed more than $30,000 to support conservation work for these costumes. Replicas of two gowns will also be on view.


New York—Active online bidding and a lively saleroom led to a high sell-through rate and some record prices at Swann Galleries’ Contemporary Art auction on May 13.

Todd Weyman, Swann Galleries Vice President and Director of Prints & Drawings, said, “Choice works by the big names in contemporary art—from Abstract Expressionist painters to Pop Artists—were eagerly sought after. Soaring past pre-sale estimates were outstanding examples of Robert Longo’s recognizable, life-size lithographic images of contorted figures, and works by English sculptor Lynn Chadwick, whose appeal has continued to rise since the Tate London retrospective of his work in 2003-2004. We saw approximately 25% of the lots sold in the auction go to those bidding live online, which is perhaps an indication of buyers’ increasing comfort with purchasing art online.”


New York—On May 8, Swann Galleries conducted a two-part auction of Art, Press & Illustrated Books that featured the Edward Gorey Collection of Samuel Speigel. Speigel’s collection included some of the most elusive Gorey works and attracted attention from many new bidders.

Christine von der Linn, Swann Galleries’ Art Books Specialist, said, “The exhibition for this auction was among the best attended we’ve had, and nearly every lot found a buyer. The Gorey collection brought excited new bidders to Swann, and his posters, original artwork and ephemera became the runaway hits of the day.”

New York, NY June 2014—American artist Spencer Finch (b. 1962) pursues the most elusive and ineffable of experiences through his work—from the changing water conditions of the Hudson River, in his New York High Line piece, to the color of a sunset outside a Monument Valley motel room, or from the afternoon breeze by Walden Pond to the shadows of passing clouds in the yard of Emily Dickinson’s home. Each embraces his passion for exploring light, time, and perception. 

On June 20, the artist will unveil a new, site-specific, large-scale installation at the Morgan Library & Museum inspired by its great collection of medieval Books of Hours—beautiful, hand-painted works that served as personal prayer books for different times of the day and different periods of the year. Taking advantage of the Morgan’s four-story, glass-enclosed Gilbert Court, Finch will apply films of color to the windows and hang additional glass panes in the center of the Court to create a kind of calendar based on the movement of the sun. “Just as an actual Book of Hours is both functional and decorative,” the artist says, “the installation will function as a calendar recording the sun’s hourly and seasonal changes and also as a purely visual spectacle of light and reflection and color.”

A collection of manuscripts, books and letters by Baron Corvo—one of the great eccentrics of English Literature—is to be sold at Bonhams Books, Maps and Manuscript sale in London on 18 June.

Corvo (1860-1913), whose real name was Frederick William Rolfe, was a gay would-be Roman Catholic priest, school master, amateur photographer, and writer. A Catholic convert in his 20s, he believed for the rest of his life that he was destined to become a priest, a view not shared by the Church authorities. In frustration, he styled himself Fr. Rolfe—a shortening of his Christian name, Frederick, but almost certainly intended to give the impression to strangers that he had been ordained.

Kestenbaum & Company’s forthcoming auction of Fine Judaica will take place on Thursday, June 26 at 3:00 pm at the company’s gallery in New York City. The auction is comprised of an extensive selection of Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Ceremonial Objects and Graphic Art. After an extremely successful sale of Holy Land travel books from the collection of Nathan Lewin, that was offered for auction by Kestenbaum in the spring of 2013, the current auction will feature Mr. Lewin’s collection of Holy Land maps.

Among the numerous books being offered at auction, buyers can choose from many categories including American Judaica, Antisemitica, Chassidic Texts, Early Printed Books, Passover Hagadot and materials relating to the Holocaust. A fine example in the Americana section is the United States Chronicle dated 23rd September 1790, containing the full texts of the historic exchange of “To Bigotry No Sanction” letters, written between Moses Seixas of the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island and President George Washington, at an estimate of $8,000-10,000 (Lot 2). Also of note is an oration by Rev. Samuel Ullman, Birmingham, 1892, famed for his poem, Youth, estimate $5,000-7,000 (Lot 22).

New York—In addition to rare book collectors, this spring’s sale of Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts, including Americana, will appeal to fans of Sherlock Holmes, the elusive J.D. Salinger and Civil War photographs. From a hand- illuminated 15th century Bible to an artifact of scientific discovery to one of the most beautiful examples of the small book press craft, the 306 lots in the June 19 sale exemplify the rich diversity of this collecting category. With a range of alluring property and approachable price points, this sale has something for both new and established collectors.

Headlining the sale is a prototype microchip from 1958 used by Nobel Prize-winner Jack Kirby and his Texas Instruments team in demonstrating his theories of integrated circuits, enabling the modern computing revolution, and an extremely rare 15th century hand-written and illuminated manuscript in Hebrew of the majority of the books of the Bible, (estimate: $500,000-$700,000). Additional highlights include a rare, privately held Sherlock Holmes manuscript by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (estimate: $250,000 - $350,000); a quintessential depiction of the legendary detective by illustrator Sidney Paget (pictured above, estimate: $40,000-60,000); a large archive of never-before-released personal letters from J.D. Salinger to a fan (estimate: $180,000 - $240,000); a first-edition copy of Alexander Gardner’s compelling collection of Civil War photographs (estimate: $100,000 - $150,000); along with rare first editions of classic American and English literature, and a selection of Winston S. Churchill material from the Collection of Malcolm S. Forbes, Jr., and Americana.

New York—An extensive archive of richly detailed drawings by Soviet artist and architect Yakov Chernikhov sold for $425,000 and led Bonhams The Story of the 20th Century auction on June 4 in its Madison Avenue salesroom. A second Chernikhov lot features unpublished journals, treatises and sketchbooks full of ornate illustrations, drawing inspiration from eccentric and grandiose monuments such as Angkor Wat, the Aztec and Mayan ruins, and the Houses of Parliament and reached a final price of $173,000. Also notable is the Camera Craft Collection - an extensive trove of photographic material from a Beijing photography studio run by the American John David Zumbrun from circa 1910 to 1929. The collection included approximately 2,000 photographs plus numerous color and black and white negatives; it fetched $317,000.

The auction achieved $1.6 million in total sales, with far-reaching international interest from registered bidders in such countries as Australia, Brazil, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

New York—Bonhams, the third largest international fine art auction house, is pleased to announce its auction of World War II memorabilia on June 5 in New York brought $1.5 million with an important D-Day flown flag from an American LST-493 having achieved $386,500. The flag, which flew past its conservative $25,000-35,000 estimate, was one of a handful of surviving flags flown from D-Day ships. It led a strong selection of items related to D-Day and the Road to Berlin.

A few of the additional highlights from the D-Day portion of the sale included a German Army Enigma enciphering machine that brought $92,500 and General George Patton's 3rd Army guidon, medal ribbons and insignia, from 1944-1945, that sold for $50,000; as well as another of Patton's personal guidons that claimed $37,500.


June 2014 (Paris)Watercolors for Robert Walser and Donald Young, the most recent book to be released by Cahiers d’Art, was conceived by German artist Thomas Schütte. The publication uniquely pairs Schütte's watercolors painted in 2012 and 2013 with previously unpublished poems by Robert Walser (Switzerland, 1878-1956) written between 1924-1933. Walser had always been fascinated by watercolors and the particular effect they have on the human eye: his poems were, themselves, exhibited at times as artworks. Schütte has selected an extraordinary and moving selection of his own artwork, while simultaneously paying tribute to Walser, whom he considers one of his heroes. The book of watercolors is dedicated to the poet and as well as gallerist Donald Young, who invited Schütte to participate in an exhibition dedicated to Walser in Chicago in 2012. The book includes a new introduction by scholar Dr. Reto Sorg, Director of the Robert Walser Archives, in Bern, Switzerland.

NEW YORK—An incredibly rare piece of animation history, an all-original, unrestored production cel and master background from Walt Disney’s 1935 classic “Mickey’s Service Station,” featuring Mickey Mouse and Goofy, will cross the block at Heritage Auctions on July 1, as part of the company’s Animation Art Signature® Auction, taking place at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (2 E. 79th Street, at 5th Ave.). It is estimated at $60,000+.

“The early Disney cartoons are some of the most difficult animation cels to find and it’s even harder to find one with an original background,” said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation Auctions at Heritage, “yet here was have one of the best I’ve ever seen, from one of the best early Mickey cartoons and one of the very last black and white Mickey cartoons before Disney proved that color worked in the medium.”

A newly discovered hand written letter from Evelyn Waugh to Eleanor Watts, the girlfriend of the man who days later ran off with the novelist’s wife is to be sold at Bonhams Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Photographs sale in London on June 18. It is estimated at £1,000-1,500.

The letter is dated June 26 1929 a few days before Waugh’s wife of little over a year wrote to him saying she was in love with another man. Evelyn Waugh had married Evelyn Gardiner in June 1928. In May the following year He-Evelyn and She-Evelyn, as they were known, took a disastrous Mediterranean cruise—a delayed honeymoon and a working trip for Waugh who had been commissioned to write a travel book by Duckworths. (The result was Labels, A Mediterranean Journal, published in 1930). On his return, Waugh took up residence in the Abingdon Arms near Oxford to concentrate on writing what would become his second novel, Vile Bodies. His wife stayed in London partying with among others Eleanor Watts and her boyfriend, the BBC assistant producer John Heygate. An affair developed leading to a swift end to the Waughs’ marriage and Heygate’s dismissal from the BBC.

4 JUNE 2014: Today at Sotheby’s New York the single-owner auction John Lennon: ‘You Might Well Arsk’: Original Drawings And Manuscripts, 1964-65 was 100% sold bringing the outstanding total of $2,899,000, well over the $1.2m high estimate with a significant proportion of the lots receiving online bids. The sale was led by The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield, the manuscript of Lennon's bizarre and hilarious parody of Sherlock Holmes from his book A Spaniard in the Works published in 1965 which sold for $209,000 ($50/70,000), which was just one of many manuscripts in the sale that soared over their high estimate. The drawing commanding the highest price was the Untitled Illustration Of A Four-Eyed Guitar Player which fetched $109,375, multiples of the $15/25,000 estimate.

Philip Errington, Director, Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts Department commented: “With every lot sold in the single owner ‘You Might Well Arsk’ sale, and a total far above the high estimate John Lennon has now been recognized as having an exceptional literary and artistic talent.”

The University of South Carolina has acquired the complete literary archive of best-selling author Pat Conroy. Covering everything from his earliest high school literary efforts through his most recent books, the collection is a complete documentary record of one of America’s most lyrical fiction writers.

Conroy took a poetry class at the University of South Carolina in the early 1970s with author-in-residence James Dickey. “I thought he was the greatest poet that ever lived,” Conroy says. “He changed my life.” That notebook, along with the manuscripts and drafts of Conroy’s 11 books, his personal journals and diaries, screenwriting work, correspondence, and extensive family photo albums and scrapbooks, are now housed in the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library and will be open to research next year.

Letters About Literature, a national reading and writing program that asks young people in grades 4 through 12 to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book affected their lives, has announced its 2014 winners.

More than 50,000 young readers from across the country participated in this year’s Letters About Literature initiative, a reading-promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

ITHACA, NY—National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog. 

 This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera and artwork.  The artwork is led by two original paintings by or in the style of, Joan Miro and Wifredo Lam.  Highlighted is our second session from an impressive collection of Civil War and American West writings, along with rare signed books by authors including Ernest Hemingway.

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