July 2014 Archives

DALLAS—More than 100 years of Hollywood rarities, from Brad Pitt's iconic leather coat from Legends of the Fall (est. $10,000+) to a rare, alternate ending script from Gone With The Wind (est. $1,000+) spotlights Heritage Auctions' Aug. 23 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction, Aug. 23, 2014, in Beverly Hills. 

The auction is a trove of behind-the-scenes treasures from the most beloved motion pictures ever made, including two pre-production concept paintings from The Wizard of Oz (est. $7,000+ each), one which depicts an early character concept for The Scarecrow and another which shows Dorothy on the Yellow Brick Road with two "Munchkins," (est. $7,000+ each).

A vivid, candid and in places disturbing first hand account of the First World War by a solider who served for the entire four years on the Western Front and in Italy is to be sold at Bonhams First World War Commemoration sale in London on 1 October.  The five diaries are estimated at £5,000-7,000.

They were written by Armourer Staff Serjeant W. W. Lesslie of the Army Ordinance Corps responsible for the supply, upkeep and repair of weapons, armoured vehicles and other military equipment.

The Library today opened to the public a collection of approximately 1,000 pages of correspondence between 29th U.S. President Warren G. Harding and his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips. The letters, which have been locked in a vault in the Library’s Manuscript Division since their donation in 1972, can be viewed online at www.loc.gov/collection/warren-harding-carrie-fulton-phillips-correspondence/about-this-collection/.

The letters were written between 1910 and 1920 during an affair that began in 1905 between then-Ohio Lt. Gov. Warren Harding and family friend Carrie Fulton Phillips. The vast majority of the letters were written by Harding, many while he served in the U.S. Senate (1915-1921). Phillips is represented mainly by drafts and notes. The Library has recently obtained additional material from the Phillips/Mathée family, which is also now available online at www.loc.gov/collection/phillips-mathee-collection/about-this-collection/.

Boston, MA, July 24, 2014—The Trustees of the Boston Athenæum announced today the appointment, by unanimous vote, of Elizabeth E. Barker as Stanford Calderwood Director of the Boston Athenæum. Dr. Barker will assume her position on October 1, 2014. She succeeds Paula D. Matthews, who retired as Stanford Calderwood Director and Librarian in July 2013.

Deborah Hill Bornheimer, President of the Boston Athenæum’s Board of Trustees said, “In Elizabeth Barker, the Boston Athenæum has found an executive of brilliance, scholarship, and infectious charm. Her deep reverence for the Athenæum's historic place in American cultural life is clear, while her youthful vision and vitality promise fresh eyes on opportunities ahead. Those of us who love the Athenæum feel Dr Barker is an exceptional person who can lead the institution to new heights.”

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BOXBOROUGH, MA—September 20, 2014: Flamingo Eventz is pleased to announce the Autumn version of the popular Boxborough Paper Town: The Vintage Paper, Book & Advertising Collectibles Show. This is the original Boxborough Paper Show—and still the best! A long time favorite of both dealers and customers, this is the vintage paper show to attend in New England!

This year we are very pleased to welcome members of the Cape Cod Postcard Club along with a number of dealers who specialize in Vintage Souvenir China.

Top prices were achieved across a number of specialist disciplines in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Printed Books, Maps and Manuscripts auction on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th July, including manuscripts, art and mathematics.

Bidding soared for the opening lot of the sale with an almost complete collection of the books issued by Bird & Bull Press from the property of the late Mel Kavin of Kater-Craft Bookbinders which sold for £12,400 [Lot 1].

(CHICAGO, IL—July 22, 2014) Technology industry veteran, business leader and philanthropist Jerre L. Stead is the new chairman of the American Writers Museum (AWM) Foundation. 

The AWM board of directors approved Stead by unanimous and enthusiastic vote, according to Werner J. Hein, board vice chair.

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Kansas City, MO. July 22, 2014—Two series of extremely rare photographs documenting a last look at a rapidly disappearing frontier are on view at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City beginning July 25. Across the Indian Country: Photographs by Alexander Gardner, 1867-68 opens July 25 and was curated by Jane L. Aspinwall, Associate Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins. The exhibition includes photographs from two extraordinary bodies of work created by Gardner, Across the Continent on the Kansas Pacific Railroad, 1867-68 and Scenes in the Indian County, 1868 which depict the transformation of the American West by the railroad and the subsequent effect it had on the American Indians in the region. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue written by Aspinwall, Alexander Gardner: The Western Photographs 1867-1868, available at the museum store.

“These photographs are groundbreaking,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “Gardner captured images of Indian life that had rarely, if ever, been photographed. Wrapped in blankets, carrying peace pipes, many of the Indian chiefs were truly interested in peace only to be met with empty promises. These images are poignant and wistful—documenting the rich culture of a rapidly marginalized Indian population.”

New York, NY, July 21, 2014—According to a June 2014 review in The New York Times, “Nearly every Morgan exhibition, whether of prints, drawings, rare books or musical scores, enlarges the understanding of paper as a means of expression, both personal and cultural.” The variety and depth of the Fall and Winter 2014-15 exhibition season underscores this statement.

Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil

September 26, 2014 through January 25, 2015

This exhibition showcases Cy Twombly's monumental painting Treatise on the Veil (Second Version), executed in Rome in 1970, and twelve related drawings, all from the Menil Collection in Houston. Not shown in New York City for nearly thirty years, and rarely on display at the Menil due to its size (nearly 33 feet in length), the painting marks a pivotal moment in the career of one of the most important artists to emerge in the wake of Abstract Expressionism. Inspired by a musical piece by Pierre Henry, a composition known as The Veil of Orpheus, Twombly’s Treatise on the Veil is a meditation on time and space. The drawings, which combine pencil, crayon, collage, tape, measurements, and other inscriptions offer a fascinating window into the artist's creative process.

Omaha, Neb.—July 21, 2014—Proxibid (www.proxibid.com), the most trusted online Marketplace for buying and selling highly valued items, will provide online bidding for Philip Weiss Auctions’ Books, Military, Ocean Liner, Historical & More auction on Wed., July 23 at 1 p.m Eastern. This live auction boasts more than 700 lots including a chessboard made from wreck wood from the Titanic and a pen drawing by Andy Warhol. Bidders will have the opportunity to bid onsite at the auction in Lynbrook, N.Y., or online via Proxibid. Online bidding in this auction is already available by visiting www.proxibid.com/weissauctions.  

This historical sale features a diverse assortment of art, memorabilia, books and more.

New York, NY, July 2014—The Morgan Library & Museum announced today that it has received a major gift from the Estate of Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), including twenty-one sketchbooks by the renowned artist, two of his early drawings, and several original drawings by artists who were part of his circle. The works were given to the Morgan by Lichtenstein’s wife, Dorothy, in memory of her husband.

The Morgan held a critically acclaimed exhibition of Lichtenstein’s drawings in 2010, and this gift positions the institution to become a significant center for the study of the artist’s work. The sketchbooks include numerous studies and are important source material on Lichtenstein’s working method and the subject matter that attracted him during the various phases of his career. The drawings, which include sheets by Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Brice Marden, and Robert Rauschenberg, add significantly to the Morgan’s growing collection of modern works on paper, while highlighting Lichtenstein’s close involvement with some of the great practitioners of his day. In addition to the gift of the twenty-one sketchbooks, the Morgan will also receive on long-term loan eleven of the artist’s remaining sketchbooks, which are now held by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.

Today Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is the first art museum in the United States to establish an extensive collaborative project with the Palace Museum in Beijing. The two museums are in the midst of a series of projects between 2010 and 2016 that include exhibition exchanges and staff site visits in the areas of administration, curatorial, conservation, education, and security.

Key to this historic collaboration will be the exchange of treasures exhibitions in 2014 and 2016. Exclusive to VMFA, Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing will be on view October 18, 2014-January 11, 2015. In May 2016, VMFA will be the first museum in the United States to exhibit works from its permanent collection at the Palace Museum when its world-renowned Fabergé collection will travel to Beijing and be exhibited in the historic Meridian Gate.


BOSTON, MA. — July 16, 2014—RR Auction is proud to present the Eight Faces of Moses collection created by renowned artist Arnold Friberg for Cecil B. DeMille’s masterful 1956 remaking of The Ten Commandments in a live auction event that will take place this Saturday at RR Auction’s Boston Gallery.

“For 60 years the paintings were unrecognized as Friberg's work—in fact they were misattributed, believed to the work of the films makeup artists,” says Lawrence Jeppson, a distinguished historian and art consultant, who made the discovery earlier this year after viewing the paintings.

DAYTON, Ohio—Some of the rarest books in the world will be on display at the University of Dayton this fall, from authors like Austen, Chaucer, Copernicus, Marie Curie, Shakespeare and Mark Twain.

"Imprints and Impressions: Milestones in Human Progress" will feature first editions, manuscripts, galley proofs, papyri and illustrations spanning the scholarly spectrum from philosophy to physics. The free, public exhibit runs Sept. 29 through Nov. 9 in the Roesch Library first-floor gallery on the University of Dayton campus.

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, together with The Auction Room, sold a selection of works from The Royal Agricultural Society of England in a ground-breaking bidding initiative that saw the auctioneering duo offer pre-auction timed bidding via www.theauctionroom.com, followed by a live auction held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ busy saleroom in London’s Mayfair on Friday 11th July where there was standing room only.

Total Lots: 328

Estimate total: £153,200-218,150

Hammer total: £400,400

Total including buyer’s premium: £496,496


DALLAS—The haunting one sheet for Carl Laemmle’s 1925 epic The Phantom of The Opera, a landmark film featuring Lon Chaney’s “living skull” makeup (est. $80,000+) highlight’s Heritage Auctions’ Vintage Movie Poster Signature® Auction July 19-20 in Dallas. The rare poster, one of four known to exist, highlights the auction’s epic selection of one sheets, inserts, lobby cards and more, many of which were previously unknown to collectors and movie memorabilia experts.

“This auction holds a number of never-before-seen rarities from history’s finest films,” said Grey Smith, Director of Movie Posters at Heritage. “Numerous one sheet and large format examples haven’t seen the light of day for decades and horror collectors will be very pleased to see the discoveries.”

NARBERTH, Pa., July 15, 2014—The Press at Toad Hall will open its first retail location this summer in Narberth, Pennsylvania, according to David N. Goodchild, founder and president. The Narberth Book Tent will feature more than 2,000 new editions of classic books, and will be located on Haverford Avenue—next to Ricklin's Hardware store and across from the Narberth train station. The pop-up store will be open August 1 to October 31, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., seven days a week.

First and Only

The Book Tent will be the first bookstore to open in Narberth in more than 20 years—and the first bookstore of any kind to open in the area in recent years. It will also be the only independent bookstore between Philadelphia and Conshohocken, and the only one in the region housed in a tent.

NEW YORK—July 14, 2014—Today, eBay and Sotheby’s announced a partnership that will unite the global leader in online shopping with the iconic international art business and auctioneer. Together, they are developing an innovative online platform that will make it easier for millions of people worldwide to discover, browse and acquire exceptional works of art, antiques and collectibles.

Both companies contribute strong capabilities to the partnership. Sotheby’s brings renowned expertise, world-class artwork and collectibles, and historic auction experience while eBay’s technology platform, integrated payment solutions and unrivaled skill in attracting online collectors enable a global audience of 145 million active buyers to enjoy frictionless shopping.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Southern Festival of Books announces a lineup of bestselling and award-winning authors set to headline the 26th Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, Oct. 10-12. The roster includes Ishmael Beah (The Radiance of Tomorrow), Pat Conroy (The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son), Jasper FForde (The Eye of Zoltar), Lev Grossman (The Magician’s Land), Christina Baker Kline (Orphan Train: A Novel), Nicholas Kristof (A Path Appears: Transforming Lives Creating Opportunity), Eric Litwin (The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nuthouse), Gary Shteyngart (Little Failure: A Memoir) and Lawrence Wright (Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin and Sadat at Camp David), among many others.  

The Southern Festival of Books is a free, three-day celebration of the written word that attracts about 25,000 attendees to meet their favorite authors, as well as to be introduced to up-and-coming talented new writers. The festival is a fixture of fall in the South and has become one of the most popular regional literary events in the country. Festival guests travel to Nashville to experience the weekend’s abundance of authors, books, food, entertainment and culture.

PETERBOROUGH, ON—Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism (PKT), part of Peterborough Economic Development has curated the area’s rich literary history into a compelling story aimed at encouraging increased cultural tourism for the region.

In partnership with Kawarthas Northumberland, the area’s regional tourism organization, PKT worked with literary expert, Nigel Beale (www.literarytourist.com) to do a comprehensive audit of the area’s extensive tangible and intangible literary assets. They also engaged a number of local experts to compile an impressive amount of information which will be showcased through ongoing digital marketing and experience development.

South Kensington, London—Christie’s is proud to announce that it will offer works from the collection of The Illustrated London News Group in the Interiors sale on 7 October 2014. The works on offer include original illustrations and artworks from the world’s first illustrated weekly news magazine, The Illustrated London News, published from 1842 to 2003 and The Sphere, a weekly illustrated newspaper published from 1900 to 1964. The illustrations offered from the collection, the majority of which were reproduced in print, highlight the role that these publications played in chronicling through imagery British history in the 20th Century. From their coverage of royal events including the Royal wedding of Queen Elizabeth and Phillip Mountbatten, to the publications’ coverage of WWI and WWII, and The Festival of Britain, the illustrations offer a diverse and fascinating insight into the way The Illustrated London News documented key events of the time to its British and North American readership. The sale features works on paper by leading artists and illustrators of the period, Bryan de Grineau, Steven Ward, Fortunino Matania and several oils by Terence Cuneo, all of whom worked for the publications. Highlights from the collection are on view at Christie’s South Kensington until 30 July 2014.


New York—With Wimbledon and other legendary tennis tournaments on everyone’s mind this summer, Swann Galleries is pleased to offer the largest collection of posters for the sport ever to come to auction in their August 6 Vintage Posters sale.

This outstanding group of more than 70 tennis images from a private Australian collection offers a wide variety of vintage advertisements, and covers more than a century. There are works by the biggest names in design, remarkable ads for famous tournaments by unknown artists and posters that depict fashionable athletes in their finest tennis gear.

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, realized more than $98,000 at Heritage Auctions in New York on July 1, as part of the company’s $1.28+ million Animation Art Signature® Auction, at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (2 E. 79th Street, at 5th Ave.).

“It’s an extraordinary price for an extra ordinary piece,” said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation Art at Heritage. “This is really a Holy Grail piece of animation and 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 changed everything by going to color.”


New York—Topping Swann Galleries’ June 19 auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature was a first American edition of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick or, The Whale—with white endpapers—New York, 1851, which brought $40,000 against a pre-sale estimate of $18,000 to $25,000, while a scarce fourth edition copy also exceeded expectations, bringing $7,168 in its first time at auction.

The sale featured more than 20 titles by Rex Stout, and all of them found buyers. Record prices were also set for many, including Where There’s a Will, 1940, $9,375; Too Many Cooks, 1938, $7,500; and Over My Dead Body, 1940, $6,500.

THE FOLIO PRIZE, sponsored by The Folio Society, has today announced the panel of judges for the second year of the prize, which will be awarded in March 2015. William Fiennes has been drawn as Chair of a jury made up of fellow international writers Rachel Cooke, Mohsin Hamid, A. M. Homes and Deborah Levy, all of whom are drawn from The Folio Prize Academy.

THE FOLIO PRIZE, worth £40,000, will recognise and celebrate the best English-language fiction from around the world, published in the UK during 2014, regardless of form, genre or the author’s country of origin. It is the first major English-language book prize open to writers from all over the world. The winner of the inaugural Folio Prize in March this year was George Saunders, for his dazzling collection of short stories, Tenth of December.

YORKTOWN, Va., July 1, 2014—A rare newspaper printing of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, a precursor of the United States Declaration of Independence, has been acquired for the future American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, replacing the Yorktown Victory Center by late 2016.  The June 12, 1776, issue of The Pennsylvania Gazette containing the Virginia Declaration will be exhibited in the new museum galleries near a July 1776 broadside of the U.S. Declaration of Independence that currently is on exhibit at the Yorktown Victory Center.  

It was the June 12, 1776, Pennsylvania Gazette version of the Virginia Declaration that was available to Thomas Jefferson and the other delegates selected by Congress to draft the U.S. Declaration of Independence, a task they began in Philadelphia on June 11, 1776.  Expressing principles that citizens have the right to “enjoyment of life and liberty … and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety,” and that “all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people,” the Virginia Declaration of Rights directly influenced the composition of the Declaration of Independence adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, and many later statements of basic human rights.

The original chalk drawings of two lost paintings by American portrait and history painter, Benjamin West, surface at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale of Old Masters & 19th Century Works on Paper on Thursday 24th July 2014.

The black chalk on buff paper of Moses, 1787, [Lot 12] and another of St. John the Baptist, 1787, [Lot 13] by Benjamin West (1738-1820) appear to be preparatory studies for two large-scale oil painting, Moses Showing the Brazen Serpent and St. John the Baptist, that West produced in the late 18th century.

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