April 2015 Archives


New York—On Tuesday, May 19 Swann Galleries will conduct an auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books with works by John James Audubon, rare views, maps and atlases, as well as a number of original watercolors and drawings.

Featured in the run of works related to Audubon are two manuscripts: an 1827 Autograph Letter Signed to his wife Lucy, in which he discusses plans to send a copy of Birds of America to soon-to-be President Andrew Jackson, and his intentions for his family’s set (estimate: $8,000 to $12,000). Another Autograph Manuscript, unsigned, is Audubon’s 1826 working draft for his Ornithological Biography entry on the Red-Winged Starling. It is being offered with the corresponding plates from both the first octavo and the double elephant folio editions of Birds of America ($15,000 to $25,000).

New York—Three new world records were set at Bonhams’ Photographs sale on April 28.   

  • Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, California, 1944, a print by Ansel Adams (1902-1984) that fetched $179,000.  It measures 22 1/8 x 30 5/8in and is the most valuable print in this size to sell at auction. The mural-sized print was taken 14,444 feet above sea level and about 11,000 feet above a little Californian town called Lone Pine, an environment that awoke in the photographer a great reverence for the Earth’s fast-fading natural beauty. This work was a gift from Adams to 1972 Pulitzer Prize winner, Wallace Stegner and his wife, Mary Stegner, with whom Adams was friends for over forty years.
A 10-cartoon display of Herblock drawings at the Library of Congress focuses on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and U.S. policies in Vietnam. Herblock was the Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist at The Washington Post for more than 55 years.

The exhibit, "Herblock Looks at 1965: Fifty Years Ago in Editorial Cartoons," is now open in the Herblock Gallery of the Graphic Arts Galleries on the ground level of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, the exhibit runs through Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015.


April 28, 2015—Neil Gaiman and Biblio.com are working together to support BiblioWorks, a non-profit organization that helps to build libraries for impoverished communities in rural Bolivia. 

Customers who click “Buy” to purchase one of Neil Gaiman’s books from his website (http://www.NeilGaiman.com) will now be directed to Biblio.com to complete their purchase. A percentage of every order placed on Biblio.com that was referred from NeilGaiman.com will be donated to BiblioWorks.

London—2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, and a copy of the first engraved version, published by John Pine some 500 years later could sell for £15,000 ($23,000) when it goes under the hammer at Bloomsbury Auctions on Thursday 21st May in the auctioneer’s bi-annual Important Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper sale.

Magna Carta is recognised as one of the most important and most celebrated legal documents in the English-speaking world.

EASTHAM—Henry Beston’s famous “Outermost House” was washed out to sea during the famous “Blizzard of 1978,” but many rare artifacts from the author’s iconic Cape Cod seaside shanty will be returning to view for the summer of 2015.

In a joint effort between the Eastham Historical Society and the Henry Beston Society, the “Outermost House at the Schoolhouse” exhibit will be showcased at the Historical Society’s 1869 Schoolhouse Museum, 25 Schoolhouse Road, from the last week of June until early September.

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

Book, Art and Ephemera Auction - Hollywood, Carreno, Steinbeck, etc.    

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera and artwork.  Among the artwork are original works attributed to Mario Carreno and Rufino Tamayo.  Several lots offer desirable antique childrens books in admirable condition and an impressive collection of stage & screen-related ephemera will be sold.


New York, NY, April 24— From May 5 to May 17 the Morgan Library & Museum will hold a special pop-up exhibition celebrating the acquisition of several unique books by authors connected to Britain’s Man Booker Prize. The show, titled In the Margins, will feature Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, the 2009 prize winner, Ian McEwan’s Amsterdam, winner in 1998, and Julian Barnes’s Metroland (1980). Mr. Barnes won the Man Booker Prize in 2011 for The Sense of an Ending. Each book has been enhanced by the author with annotations, personal letters, and other miscellaneous material. In a nod to the acclaimed Broadway production of Mantel’s novel, the Morgan’s annotated Wolf Hall will be displayed alongside a 16th-century letter and medieval Book of Hours relating to the novel’s hero, Thomas Cromwell.

(Washington, DC)—The Folger Shakespeare Library is pleased to announce the tour dates for all 52 stops on next year’s national tour of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare.

From Shakespeare aficionados to students studying the Bard’s plays for the first time, this exhibit is a rare opportunity for people in the United States to experience one of the most influential and treasured books in history.


New York—Swann Galleries’ April 14 auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana saw vigorous and unusually broad-based bidding, with the top 12 lots going to 12 different bidders, many of them new to Swann.

Rick Stattler, Swann’s Americana Specialist, said, “Manuscripts, archives, ephemera and broadsides continue to grow in importance; only two of the top 12 lots were printed books.”

The two strongest portions of the sale were the American Revolution and Mormon sections, both consisting mostly of rare and unusual items collected by Milton Slater in the 1960s and 1970s. These included the top lot, a first edition of the Book of Mormon, which brought $55,000*. Other Slater highlights included a dramatic autograph letter signed about Shays’ Rebellion, Officer Epaphras Hoyt’s eyewitness account of the principal battle, January 1787, $35,000; and an 1818 Benjamin Owen Tyler printing of the Declaration of Independence on silk, $25,000.


BEVERLY HILLS—A veritable Who’s Who straight from the top shelf of the Illustration Art Pantheon sits atop the May 14-15 Heritage Auctions Signature® event in Beverly Hills, starting with The King, Gil Elvgren and his 1950 Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration, High and Shy (estimate: $60,000+), a painting notably reproduced as figure 400 in Martignette and Meisel’s seminal Gil Elvgren: All His Glamorous American Pin-Ups, Taschen, 1999.

Two of the greatest modern illustrators are represented by vintage, peak period work: Patrick Nagel’s acrylic on canvas Mirage, 1982 (estimate $50,000+), embodies everything that made Nagel a signature artist of the 1980s and Leroy Neiman, perhaps the most influential sports artist of the 1960s and 1970s, is present in the form of his masterful 1967 acrylic on masonite Racing (estimate: $50,000+), a must for any lover of horse racing.

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New York—Swann Galleries’ April 9 auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books saw strong results for illuminated manuscripts and early printed volumes. Tobias Abeloff, Swann’s early printed books specialist, said, “This was a successful sale. While early printed volumes performed quite well, we also saw lots in the scientific and medical sections of the sale far surpass expectations.”

A single leaf from a paper copy of the Gutenberg Bible brought $55,000*, while a 1463 manuscript of Petrus Lombardus's Sentences sold for $45,000.

April 23 - June 6, 2015

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 23rd, 6-8pm

535 West 24th Street, New York

Throughout his career, Keith Smith (b.1938) has taken a non-purist approach to photography, printmaking, and bookmaking.  The current exhibition, Smith’s third solo show with the gallery, features his earliest works on fabric. 

When Smith moved to Rochester in 1974 to teach at the Visual Studies Workshop, he arrived with only a sewing machine and a mattress. The son of a seamstress (Smith’s mother helped make some of the quilts in this exhibition), thread, stitching, and fabric became an important component and binding material in his work.  Additionally, the quilt format offered another dimension to explore his fascination with time and movement as elements in his image-making process. Smith contact-printed entire strips of film on light-sensitized fabric, preferring the experience of multiple frames of time to the traditional photographic approach of isolating and enlarging single images.


London—This summer, Christie’s London presents a stellar collection of Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian drawings and paintings—one of the very best collections in private hands with museum-quality works, some of which have not been seen for decades. Offered as part of the Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art sale on 16 June 2015, this beautiful collection features 45 works and is expected to realise in the region of £2 million. Leading the collection is one of eight works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), Beatrice: A Portrait of Jane Morris (estimate: £700,000-£1 million, illustrated above left). The collection presents the opportunity for both established and new collectors alike to acquire works at a wide range of price points with estimates ranging from £1,000 to £700,000.

Harriet Drummond, International Head of British Drawings & Watercolours, Christie’s: “Christie's is delighted to be handling this important and breath-takingly beautiful collection of paintings and drawings brought together by a couple of anglophile art lovers, who combined their passion for the aesthetic of the Victorian Period with the discerning eye of the connoisseur collector. It is the art of this Victorian era celebrating beauty through its depiction of largely female figures, from the monumentality of ‘Desdemona’ to the intimacy of ‘Fanny Cornforth, asleep on a chaise-longue’ that so strongly influenced our idea of beauty today.”

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The THE INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE OF ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS (ILAB) has recently started a campaign amongst its international members, to support the UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day on the 23rd April 2015. ILAB is the umbrella organization of the professional rare book trade uniting 22 national associations and around 2000 rare book dealers in 34 countries worldwide. 

“This is a day to celebrate books as the embodiment of human creativity and the desire to share ideas and knowledge, to inspire understanding and tolerance.” says Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.—The iconic outfit worn by Vivian Leigh in her Academy Award-winning role as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind sold for $137,000 April 18, 2015 at an Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auctionheld by Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. The dress took top lot honors in an auction of highlights of the James Tumblin Collection of Gone With the Wind costumes, props, and behind-the-scene rarities collected over the past 40 years. The winning bidder of the outfit, which is comprised of a jacket and a matching full skirt with a black zig-zag appliqué, wished to remain anonymous. 

“The costumes from Gone With the Wind are much more than icons of Hollywood history—they are icons of American history,” said Kathleen Guzman, managing director at Heritage Auctions, who auctioned the dress. “We are confident this collection is going to a wonderful home.”


NEW YORK—The two top lots in Swann Galleries’ March 26 auction of Printed & Manuscript African Americana demonstrate the diversity of material in the sale. A nearly complete manuscript copy of the Qur’an, circa 1600 to 1700, from the Yattara family, one of Timbuktu’s founding families, brought $50,000*, as did a small but exceptional archive of ragtime-related material, including manuscripts related to Scott Joplin, 1900-10s.

An autograph letter signed by Frederick Douglass, attesting to the character of Harriet Tubman, addressed to the treasurer of the Rochester Ladies Anti-Slavery Society, October 1864, brought $40,000; while a long and heartbreaking 1862 letter describing items needed by contrabands in Kansas, addressed to the Ladies’ Contraband Aid Association of Rochester, sold for $8,125.


NEW YORK—Bidding was strong across all categories at Swann Galleries’ March 19 Autographs auction, resulting in a sell-through rate of 94% by lot. A five-page autograph letter signed by Egon Schiele from October 1918, in which he talks about military interference in his art, was the sale's top lot at $33,800*.

A photograph signed by Ronald Reagan, on which he inscribed, “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall!” set a new record for a Reagan autograph at $16,250. Other featured presidential material included a reading copy of the speech that launched John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign, an unsigned typescript with holograph annotations, which sold for $17,500; a Theodore Roosevelt autograph manuscript signed, a working draft of his statement evaluating his favorite hunting rifle, circa 1915, $9,375 and an archive of 27 typed letters signed by Harry S. Truman, including 12 as President, to friend Shannon C. Douglass, Washington, 1938-51, $8,450.

New York, NY, April 20, 2015—Emmet Gowin (b. 1941), one of the most original and influential photographers of his generation, is known for constantly reinventing his working methods along with his subject matter—and also for his sensitivity to the deep historical life of images. Beginning May 22, the Morgan Library & Museum will present a unique look at Gowin’s wide-ranging work in relation to the museum’s celebrated collections in a new exhibition, Hidden Likeness: Photographer Emmet Gowin at the Morgan

On view through September 20, the show includes 59 images by Gowin and 55 objects from the Morgan, selected by the photographer in a celebration of affinities that transcend time and space. Gowin’s work includes searching portraits of his wife, Edith, and their extended family; “working landscapes” where nature and humanity have shaped one another over centuries; aerial views of sites impacted by modern catastrophes ranging from volcanic activity to nuclear testing; and close-up portraits of nocturnal moths native to the rain forests of Central and South America. The Morgan objects span millennia—from ancient seals and tables to medieval illuminations to master drawings by artists such as Botticelli, Rembrandt, and Mondrian.


Durham, NC—The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University has acquired one of the largest and most significant private collections on women’s history, documenting the work and intellectual contributions of women from the Renaissance to the modern era.

Carefully assembled over 45 years by noted bibliophile, activist and collector Lisa Unger Baskin, the collection includes more than 8,600 rare books and thousands of manuscripts, journals, ephemera and artifacts, including author Virginia Woolf’s writing desk.


New York—On Tuesday, May 12, Swann Galleries will conduct an auction of Contemporary Art, which is replete with cutting-edge prints, paintings, drawings and sculptures by the biggest names in contemporary art.

Extraordinary unique works include Robert Indiana’s The Mother of Us All, a mixed-media collage on board from 1976, which was the original maquette for the same-titled poster for a 1976 production of the pop opera about suffragist Susan B. Anthony. Indiana also designed costumes and sets for the show. This piece was a gift from the artist to the current owner and is estimated at $40,000 to $60,000).


New York—Swann Galleries continues to be the market leader for prints by American artists at auction. The March 5 sale of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings offered an exceptional selection of works by celebrated New York City printmaker Martin Lewis, other American artists and Modern European masters.

Examples by Lewis included some so scarce, they’d never appeared at auction before, such as his The “El” Station, drypoint, 1919, which set a benchmark at $47,500*. Beating previous auction records was Martin’s Glow of the City, drypoint, 1929, at $52,500 and Bay Windows, drypoint and sandpaper ground, 1929, at $30,000.


New York—This spring marks Swann’s 15th annual auction dedicated to Modernist Posters, which will take place on Thursday, May 7. This year’s sale has the best selection of fresh and compelling images to date—many never seen at auction before—by some of the biggest names in graphic design. 

A wonderful collection of Bauhaus graphics, comprising posters, books, magazines, flyers and prints takes center stage. Highlights include Willi Baumeister’s Die Wohnung / Werkbund Ausstellung, 1927, advertising a Werkbund exhibition on contemporary architecture (estimate: $10,000 to $15,000); Johannes Molzahn’s Wohnung Und Werkraum, 1929 ($8,000 to $12,000); Max Burchartz’s photomontage Internationale Ausstellung / Kunst Der Werbung, 1931 ($10,000 to $15,000); Max Bill’s design for modernist Swiss furniture company Wohnbedarf, 1932 ($10,000 to $15,000); several examples by Herbert Bayer, such as posters for Ausstellung München / Das Bayerische Handwerk, 1927 and 50 Jahre Bauhaus, 1968 ($800 to $1,200 each) and designs by Johannes Molzahn, Oskar Schlemmer, Joost Schmidt and others.

NEW YORK—Starting May 2, New York City-based auction house Guernsey’s in conjunction with Mid-Hudson Galleries, will offer for sale the collection of Seymour Stein, co-founder of Sire Records and Vice President of Warner Bros Records. The Seymour Stein Auction will feature approximately 2,400 items of original art, rare advertising, ceramics, and a wide assortment of other collectibles from the music mogul’s private collection. 

Stein is most notably known in the music industry for signing pioneer artists such as Madonna, the Pretenders, the Ramones, Talking Heads, and The Undertones. His career began as early as high school, working part-time for Billboard in the 1950s.  In 1966, Stein and record producer Richard Gottehrer founded Sire Productions, which led to Sire Records. In 1975, Stein signed the Ramones, ushering in an 18-year period of unrivalled success for the label, whose artists have achieved record shattering revenues, awards and recognition over the last four decades.

A new exhibition at the Library of Congress will tell the story of early printing in the American colonies, spanning 100 years, as printing evolved from a colonial necessity to the clarion of freedom.

"First Among Many: The Bay Psalm Book and Early Moments in American Printing" will open Thursday, June 4, and will close on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. The exhibition will be free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, in the South Gallery on the second level of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. "First Among Many" is made possible through the generous support of David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group.

New York, NY, April 16, 2015—The Board of Trustees of the Morgan Library & Museum today announced the appointment of Colin B. Bailey, director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, as the Morgan’s new director. He succeeds William M. Griswold who left last year to head the Cleveland Museum of Art.

“We are delighted that Colin Bailey has agreed to become the new director of the Morgan,” said Lawrence R. Ricciardi, president of the museum’s board. “He is a scholar of the highest order with an impressive record of leadership at a number of outstanding museums. Moreover, he has extensive knowledge of New York cultural institutions and of the philanthropic world, and also brings to the Morgan valuable international experience.”


April 15, 2015 Auction Featured 25 Unpublished Love Letters Written by Frida Kahlo to Spanish Artist Jose Bartoli Between 1946-1949

Frida Kahlo Biographer Hayden Herrera Has Written an Essay Profiling the Letters and Their Significance.

A group of love letters written by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo sold for $137,000 at Doyle New York on April 15, 2015. The 25 letters were written by Frida Kahlo to Jose Bartoli, a Catalán émigré artist whom she met in New York. Many of the letters include keepsakes inserted by Kahlo, among them drawings, photographs, pressed flowers and other mementos. The successful bidder was a private collector in New York, who is also an artist and a great admirer of Frida Kahlo.


New York—As part of the Fine Books & Manuscripts sale on April 13, Bonhams sold a German Enigma machine for $269,000, a world record at auction.

The 3-rotor Enigma I Enciphering Machine (aka Heeres Enigma) is in complete working condition and sold for almost 1.5 times its high estimate. The machine, with serial number 18660, was manufactured for the German military in Berlin in July of 1944. Few of these machines are known to have survived the war. Patented by Arthur Scherbius in 1918, the Enigma Machine uses three interchangeable rotors, which scramble plain-text messages to produce a cipher text message, a virtually unbreakable code. The Germans first used this machine as their primary cipher device in 1926 to encrypt naval coded messages. The code was finally cracked by a team of young British code breakers at Bletchley Park led by none other than Alan Turing.

DALLAS—Animation art collectors weren’t joking around as they pushed Heritage Auctions’ spring offering of classic cels, animation drawings, and related artworks - including a selection from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Bugs Bunny shorts - to $1.7 million April 9-10. The auction is the largest of its kind at Heritage and one of the largest the entire collecting genre has seen in more than 15 years, said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation Art.

“Animation art is back!” Lentz said. “This is one of the largest total dollar animation art auctions ever and by far the largest held in more than 15 years. These are truly historic results."


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dune, The Folio Society announces the publication of its much-anticipated edition of Frank Herbert’s classic science-fiction novel, illustrated by US artist Sam Weber. Through a series of acutely detailed illustrations, Weber perfectly captures the intricacies of Herbert’s vision:

Arrakis, or Dune, is a planet of nothingness - its torched wastelands are home to a fierce nomadic people, and under the endless deserts stalk gargantuan sandworms the size of starships. It is a place where water is sacred - ‘a substance more precious than all others’ - where to shed a tear is the most taboo of all sacrifices. And yet the planet is also humanity’s sole source of ‘spice’, the mysterious, addictive substance that underpins the workings of the galaxy-wide Padishah Empire. To control Arrakis is to control all.

New York, NY, April 13, 2015—Beginning June 26, the Morgan Library & Museum takes visitors on an unforgettable journey exploring one of the greatest tales ever told, Lewis Carroll’s enchanting Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of Alice’s publication in 1865 and sheds light on the genesis of the story and its extraordinary reception in England and abroad. The show includes the original manuscript of Alice, on special loan from the British Library, as well as original correspondence, unique drawings, hand-colored proofs, rare editions, vintage photographs, and important objects associated with the story—some never before exhibited. Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland will be on view through October 11. “Visitors to Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland will encounter the fascinating and often surprising story behind the making of one of the world’s true literary classics,” said Peggy Fogelman, Acting Director of the Morgan Library & Museum. “The Morgan has long held an outstanding collection of Alice material and many of the most important items are featured in the exhibition. We are also extraordinarily grateful to the British Library for loaning the original manuscript to serve as a centerpiece for the show. It is a rare treat.”

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Reichenbachia. Orchids Illustrated and Described

F Sander & Co. Orchid growers and importers, St Albans, 1888, 1890, 1892, 1894

125-year-old bound set of life-size orchid paintings. Altogether 192 orchid species
are reproduced by chromolithography from original paintings by Henry G Moon with
434 pages of accompanying descriptive text (in English, French and German) and line drawings.

The reproductions remain pristine - vivid and sharp. The four elephant folio volumes measure a gigantic 678 mm x 510 mm (21.5 inches by 16 inches) and weigh a total
of 25 kg.
Provenance: The set has been in the private collection of a Johannesburg botanical artist for some 45 years.

Estimate: $15,000/25,000


DALLAS—Ansel Adams’ acclaimed Portfolio Two: The National Parks and Monuments, purchased directly from the artist in 1952 and accompanied by the original receipt by former assistant and lifelong friend Pirkle Jones, may sell for $40,000 when it comes up for auction May 3 in New York. The lot, which will be offered in Heritage Auctions’ spring Photographs Auction, includes 15 images of Adams’s iconic and breathtaking views of America’s National Park system.

“This portfolio is considered Adams’ finest work and it has been held in one family until now makes it all that more important,” said Rachel Peart, Director of Photography at Heritage Auctions. “The fact the owners kept the original typed receipt for $100 gives the portfolio a time capsule quality.”


New York—Swann Galleries’ April 29 auction of Old Master Through Modern Prints offers examples from prominent collections, in three catalogues devoted to Old Master Prints, James A.M Whistler: Fine Prints from a Private Collection and 19th Century, American & Modern Prints.

Among the Old Masters is a choice selection of works by Albrecht Dürer, Property of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, sold to benefit the acquisitions fund. These include the engravings St. Jerome in Penitence, circa 1496-97 (estimate: $20,000 to $30,000); St. Eustace, circa 1501 ($40,000 to $60,000); St. Jerome in his Study, 1514 ($20,000 to $30,000) and Erasmus of Rotterdam, 1526 ($20,000 to $30,000).


BEVERLY HILLS—Two original pre-production concept paintings from “The Wizard of Oz,” (MGM, 1939) both done by artist Jack Martin Smith before any sets were built for the classic film (estimate: $8,000+ each), will offer collectors and fans of the film alike the chance of a lifetime—to own a prime piece of the legacy of the most influential film ever made—when they are sold in Heritage Auctions’ April 18 Heritage Auctions’ Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature® Auction in Beverly Hills.

“Anything associated with ‘The Wizard of Oz’ is special,” said Margaret Barrett, Director of Entertainment & Music auctions at Heritage, “but these paintings are not just linked to the most extraordinary film of all time, they’re simply exceptional pieces of art, too.”

NEW YORK—Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com) again is expanding its New York City offices at 445 Park Avenue (at 57th Street). 

The addition of more office space on the building's 15th floor will free up street-level floor space to expand public displays of historic collectibles from Heritage's 39 different auction categories, including sports memorabilia, rare coins, comic books, entertainment and music memorabilia, books and manuscripts, wine, luxury handbags and fine and decorative art.

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First "book by an English writer - …- portraying daily life in Spanish America."

Astute detail on subjects such as the geography, diet, and the indigenous customs of Central America.


New York—Bonhams Photographs auction on April 28 is led by an important selection of photographs by artist-activist Ansel Adams (1902-1984), known for his photographs of nature, and for his seminal role in the growth of environmental consciousness in the U.S.

The most notable lot from this collection is Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, California, 1944, estimated at $150,000 - 250,000. The mural-sized print was taken 14,444 feet above sea level and about 11,000 feet above a little Californian town called Lone Pine, an environment that awoke in the photographer a great reverence for the Earth’s fast-fading natural beauty. This work was a gift from Adams to the environmentalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, Wallace Stegner and his wife, Mary, with whom Adams was friends for more than 40 years.

London—A personal horoscope created by J.K. Rowling whilst she was writing her first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, shows Rowling’s own enthusiasm for astrology and offers context for Professor Trelawney and the centaur Firenze, characters in the Harry Potter books for which she is still most renowned. This highly collectable work will be offered alongside signed first editions from the Harry Potter series and a signed first edition of Rowling’s crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling. The sale of 20th Century Books and Works on Paper will be held at Bloomsbury Auctions on Thursday 9th April 2015.

Whilst researching and writing her characters for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J.K. Rowling’s interest in astrology saw her produce personalised horoscopes for her friends. This horoscope was crafted by Rowling for Roger Julian Tosswill, born 13 October 1966, 11.05pm.


Washington, DC—In the first comprehensive exhibition on the evocative medium of metalpoint—the art of drawing with a metal stylus—some 100 works showcase the surprising range of effects created by master draftsmen for centuries. On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from May 3 through July 26, 2015, Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns includes works from the Middle Ages to the present, on loan from major museums in Europe and the United States, with nearly half on loan from the British Museum, London.

"Artists since the Renaissance have used metalpoint to create some of the most magnificent and technically accomplished drawings in the history of art," said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art, Washington. "We are delighted to present this exhibition in collaboration with the British Museum, and hope that these discoveries and the beauty of the drawings will appeal to scholars, artists, and visitors."

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.  Impressive private collections include important scholarly works and multi-volume sets.  Several lots offer desirable Civil War-related titles, both single volumes and sets.


New York—Bonhams will hold its third annual World War II auction on April 29 to offer artifacts, documents and memorabilia relating to historic events of World War II.  

To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the ending of World War II in 1945, the sale at Bonhams focuses on material from battlefields. One of the top lots is an extraordinary archive belonging to Robert Lewis, co-pilot of the Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. His collection includes his personal manuscript flying logs, plans and notes for the mission, personal photographs, and two pilot log books filled in by Lewis estimated at $150,000 - 200,000 that recorded every day that he flew.

The Princeton University Library has acquired the personal working library of philosopher Jacques Derrida, who died in 2004.

Derrida, an Algerian-born French Jewish philosopher, is considered one of the 20th century's most influential thinkers, writers and critics in the fields of literary criticism, philosophy, art and architecture, linguistics, and political theory, among others. He is most widely known for "deconstruction"— a strategy for apprehending texts and political institutions.

Washington, DC—One of the most beloved paintings in the Gallery’s permanent collection, Young Girl Reading (c. 1770) by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, shows a young woman in profile, reading the book in her hand. It is now clear that a completely different face was painted underneath, that of an older woman looking out towards the viewer. Using groundbreaking imaging techniques and new art historical investigation, Yuriko Jackall, assistant curator of French paintings, John Delaney, senior imaging scientist, and Michael Swicklik, senior paintings conservator, all at the National Gallery of Art, recovered and reconstructed this first composition, a fully-realized, “lost” painting newly referred to as Portrait of a Woman with a Book.

Their research was sparked by the discovery, at a June 2012 Paris auction, of a drawing by Fragonard showing the Washington picture as a woman looking out at the viewer. The drawing further indicated that the Gallery’s painting once belonged to a series of 18 so-called “fantasy figures,” an ensemble painted for a single commission about which many details are still unknown. Today, these works have been dispersed among distinguished private collections and public institutions such as the Musée du Louvre, the Clark Art Institute, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


DALLAS—A discarded Frankenstein movie poster—the only 6-foot example from the 1931 Universal horror classic known to exist—sold for $358,000 in Heritage Auctions’ $2.1 million Vintage Movie Posters Auction. The poster was the top lot in the March 28-29 auction and was discovered by Steve Wilkin, who found the poster in a long closed and boarded-up projection booth in a Long Island theater where he worked as a teen.

“Serious collectors know the best time to buy a new discovery is the first time it’s offered at auction,” said Grey Smith, Director of Vintage Posters at Heritage Auctions. “This is quite simply an amazing poster and a true piece of Hollywood history. It will be the gem of any collection. Period.”

New York—After a two-day, 20-hour marathon auction at Bonhams New York, all 740 lots of the Lauren Bacall Collection sold, totaling $3.64m.

With two bronze sculptures by British artist, Henry Moore, that had sold in November’s Impressionist and Modern auction, the final result for the entire Lauren Bacall Collection is $5m.

More than 1,500 bidders from 34 countries took part in Bonhams’ highest profile auction of the season.

On April 15, 2015 at 10am, Doyle New York will hold an auction of Rare Books, Maps & Autographs. Highlighting the sale is an important archive of 25 love letters written by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo to Jose Bartoli, a Spanish émigré artist whom she met in New York. These unpublished letters, comprising more than 100 pages in Spanish, were cherished by Bartoli along with other keepsakes until his death in 1995, and have descended in the family to the current owner. Acclaimed Frida Kahlo biographer Hayden Herrera has written an essay profiling these letters and their significance.


“My Bartoli…I don’t know how to write love letters.  But I wanted to tell you that my whole being opened for you. Since I fell in love with you everything is transformed and is full of beauty…. love is like an aroma, like a current, like rain.  You know, my sky, you rain on me and I, like the earth, receive you. Mara”  -- Frida Kahlo, October 1946

New Haven, Conn—In 1973, the nature of television programming changed with the broadcast of the 12-episode PBS series, An American Family. Detailing the daily life of the Loud Family of Santa Barbara, California, the program was a new type of documentary aimed at examining the contemporary family. The response from viewers, millions tuned in to watch each episode, proved that it was much more than that. It became a sensation that paved the way for today’s “reality TV”.

The Louds—Bill, Patricia (Pat), and their children, Lance, Kevin, Grant, Delilah, and Michele—have lived private as well as public lives in the 40-plus years following the program’s original broadcast. Pat Loud wrote a memoir, A Woman’s Story, while Lance Loud, the eldest child and highest-profile member of the family, went on to a career in music and journalism. The program was revisited and rebroadcast over the years and a fiction film based on the series was made by HBO in 2011.

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From Sydney to Tokyo to Cape T own, from Moscow, London and all the major European capitals to New York, Washington, Chicago and the Pacific Northwest of the United States ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs, organized by the world’s expert antiquarian booksellers, will appear on 23 April, 2015.

WHERE? In a woolshed in the Australian bush, at central stations, on boats, in museums, libraries, streets, private clubs, cocktail clubs, brew pubs, on roof terraces, at the top of skyscrapers. On UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day ILAB booksellers will bring rare books to the people in the most unexpected places!

New York—It was a white glove sale for Day 1 of the Lauren Bacall Collection. Every lot sold as thousands of bidders participated in the first installment of the most anticipated auction of the season, the Lauren Bacall Collection, which took place on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The saleroom remained packed throughout the day and online bidding grew stronger with every lot. 

Top lots from the day include the following.

Auction Guide