March 2019 Archives

HA Wiz.jpgDallas, TX - Numerous collectors drove the final result for a The Wizard of Oz (MGM, 1939) Half Sheet Style A to $108,000, well beyond its high pre-auction estimate, to help lead Heritage Auctions’ Movie Posters auction beyond the $2 million plateau. The sale, held March 23-24 in Dallas, realized a final total of $2,037,626, and boasted sell-through rates of 98.7 percent by value and 97.1 percent by lots sold.

The top lot is one of seven posters in the sale commemorating the legendary musical fantasy film that was produced on a total budget of approximately $2.7 million (in Depression-era dollars), but earned just over $3 million at the box office - a paltry return on the investment. It wasn’t until it was shown on television in 1956 that the film enjoyed renewed popularity and became one of the most popular films of all time and, not coincidentally, became one of the most collected titles in the movie posters collecting hobby.

“The Wizard of Oz is a timeless classic that has become a beloved tradition for generations of fans,” Heritage Auctions Vintage Posters Director Grey Smith said. “The rarity and exceptional condition of this half sheet, from one of the most popular films ever made, make it a potential centerpiece for any serious collection.”

The Wolf Man (Universal, 1941) Insert is another that sparked enough eager bidding to drive the final result to well beyond the pre-auction estimates, finishing at $96,000. Because of financial troubles, there was talk during the 1940s that Universal Studios might cease making horror films - a temptation that was resisted upon the realization that horror films were the only ones sure to turn a profit. The classic depicted on this insert, one of the rarest posters made to promote the film, effectively revived the studio’s horror cycle for another decade and made star Lon Chaney, Jr., into the studio’s new star.

More than a dozen collectors made bids for The Bride of Frankenstein (Universal, 1935) Insert until it brought $90,000. The film shines a spotlight on a film considered among the most important ever made in the horror genre, despite the fact that director James Whale initially had no interest in directing the sequel to his 1931 classic, Frankenstein. Despite his dismissive approach to the film, which included layers of dark comedy, it enjoyed enormous success and popularity with audiences, opened to rave reviews and was heralded as Whale’s “second masterpiece.” This insert is one of the most desirable posters in Universal’s horror franchise, and one of very few copies known to remain in existence.

Casablanca (Warner Brothers, 1942) Original Set Continuity Photos nearly doubled its high pre-auction estimate when it drew a final sale price of $55,200. The film is revered among fans as one of the best ever made, and features legendary stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Set continuity photos like these ensure that audiences remain focused on the action and plot, rather than on misplaced props, and allow the crew to reset for multiple takes significantly easier. Scenes found within this album include Rick’s Café, the Blue Parrot, Rick’s office and the café in Paris, as well as exterior shots of the marketplace in Casablanca, the train station in Lyon and the Palais de Justice.

An exceedingly rare Nosferatu (PranaFilm, 1921) German Magazine Promotional Ad soared past pre-auction estimates when more than a dozen collectors made bids, before ultimately selling for $52,800. When director F.W. Murnau chose to make a film version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula nine years after the author’s death, he did not consider that Stoker’s widow owned the rights to his works and relied on them as her lone source of income. So when Murnau made Nosferatu (based on Dracula) without her permission, she sued him for all copies of the film, most of which she destroyed. After barely getting released in 1922, it reemerged in 1930 with a new title, The Twelfth Hour, and even featured characters who had been renamed as part of the effort to hide the film from Stoker’s attorneys. Original posters and advertising material of any kind for the film are virtually impossible to find, explaining the demand for this German rarity.

Other top lots included, but were not limited to:

·         $45,600: Red Headed Woman (MGM, 1932) One Sheet Style C

·         $38,400: The Bride of Frankenstein (Universal, 1935) Window Card

·         $33,600: Adventures of Captain Marvel (Republic, 1941) One Sheet - Chapter 1: “Curse of the Scorpion”

·         $28,800: The Wizard of Oz (MGM, 1939) Half Sheet Style B

·         $26,400: The Wizard of Oz (CIA, 1948) First Post-War Release Italian 2 - Fogli Carlantonio Longi Artwork

Getty Michelangelo.jpgLos Angeles - Michelangelo (1475-1564) is widely acknowledged as one of the most creative and influential artists in the history of western art. He was an exceptional draftsman and the up-close study of Michelangelo drawings is an unparalleled experience. An extraordinary exhibition coming to the U.S. this fall will bring that experience to museumgoers in Cleveland and Los Angeles.

Organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum in conjunction with the Teylers Museum, Haarlem, the Netherlands, Michelangelo: Mind of the Master will bring an important selection of nearly 30 exquisite Michelangelo drawings of the highest quality to the United States in 2019 and 2020.  The centerpiece of the exhibition is a group of drawings with an illustrious provenance from Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689), loaned from the Teylers Museum. Many of these rare drawings have never before been shown outside of Europe.

The Teylers Museum opened its doors in 1784 and is known as the oldest museum in the Netherlands, with a collection that is unique in the world. The collection of Michelangelo drawings has been in the museum since 1791 and this will be the first time the drawings will leave the Teylers Museum as a group.

Drawing was a key creative process for Michelangelo and arguably no artist has used it more effectively in the expression of human form. The exhibition will explore the range of Michelangelo’s work as a painter, sculptor, and architect through drawings, including designs for celebrated works such as the Sistine Chapel ceiling, the Last Judgement, the Medici Chapel tombs, and the cupola of Saint Peter’s basilica, Rome.

Given that Michelangelo burned large quantities of his drawings, the exhibition provides an extraordinary opportunity to witness firsthand a key group of sketches that survived from the artist’s Roman studio, coming down to us via the magnificent collection of Queen Christina of Sweden, a fascinating and unconventional art-loving monarch who abdicated the throne and moved to Rome.

The Cleveland Museum of Art will publish an accompanying catalog with contributions from leading art historians including Emily Peters, Julian Brooks, and Carel van Tuyll van Serooskerken.

Michelangelo: Mind of the Master is organized by the Teylers Museum in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Image: Seated male nude; separate study of his right arm, 1511. Michelangelo Buonarroti. (Italian, 1475-1564). Red chalk, heightened with white;27.9x21.4 cm. Teylers Museum, Haarlem

 

FLW.jpgDallas, TX - Collections from a prominent Tulsa, Oklahoma collector and a large group of 22 sets of drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright, among the great architects of the 20th century, will be among the highlights in Heritage Auctions’ Design auction April 15 in Dallas.

George R. Kravis II, a lifetime resident of Tulsa, supported many local initiatives through the Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation. He contributed to several Oklahoma cultural institutions and was honored with the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award in 2010 as a significant contributor to the arts. In 2014, he established the Kravis Design Center in Tulsa, a 14,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility to house and study roughly 4,000 objects of design.

“One of the preeminent collectors of his generation, George Kravis was a delightfully constant presence in the field of 20th century design for several decades,” Heritage Auctions Design Director Brent Lewis said. “He was a rare collector, filled with passion and knowledge, fulfilling a drive to acquire and preserve, not to value and trade. His concerns were not those of the market, but those of history: he was focused on an object’s influence and significance.

“In as much as his name carries significant weight in the field, it is due to his connoisseurship and his unique ability to surround himself with other experts in the field that allowed him to amass such a large and significant collection. The overall quality of the works he collected themselves stands apart. Even a cursory look at the collection reveals the curiosity of a collector drawn to both iconic works of 20th century design, especially to objects made in America, but also to the unusual and unexpected objects.”

Among the top lots from the Kravis collection in the upcoming auction:

A Vladimir Kagan Wall-Mounted Console Table, circa 1950 (estimate: $5,000-7,000) is an exceptional example of the artist’s ability to use wood to create fluid furniture styles. Known best for his avant-garde design style, the German-born Kagan has enjoyed a growing international reach, earning commissions from some of the world’s top interior designers and architects. Measuring 46-1/2 inches long and 12 inches wide, the table is inscribed “KAGAN DREYFUSS NEW YORK, A VLADIMIR KAGAN DESIGN” and features the artist’s signature blend of sophisticated aesthetic with comfort and modernistic sensibility.

David Hockney’s Swimming Pool Carpet, 1988, Vorwerk & Co. (estimate: $4,000-6,000) is made of tufted wool, measures 118-1/2 by 77 inches and is inscribed with control number RO22236 to verso. Created by a British painter, draftsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer who is considered an important contributor to the 1960s pop art movement, this carpet was part of a collection of carpet designs Vorwerk produced in collaboration with a series of renowned artists.

Paul László’s Pair of Arm Chairs, circa 1940 and Coffee Table, circa 1948, Herman Miller each carries a pre-auction estimate of $3,000-5,000. The Hungarian-born architect and interior designer had a career that stretched out over eight decades and earned him international popularity. László believed strongly in the relationship between artist and client, enough so that he earned a reputation for declining to work with certain clients. Photographs, renderings and descriptions of his work appear in books and periodicals since the 1920s.

“George believed that good design contributed to a better life,” said David A Hanks, curator for the Kravis Design Center. “As he put it, ‘we can actually improve our prospects for the future with our understanding and recognition of the importance of design.’ For George, design was everywhere, and his collection reflected his eye for the best.”

Frank Lloyd Wright Presentation Drawings of the Kalita Humphreys Theater in Dallas, Texas (estimate: $5,000-7,000) represents his conceptual renderings for the only theater out of more than 1,000 structures he designed (532 were completed). The Kalita Humphreys Theater was commissioned by the DTC in 1954, and completed five years later, becoming Dallas’s first repertory theater. The project was particularly meaningful to Wright, who as a child had wanted to become an actor. While his life followed a different - and highly successful - path, Wright’s love of the dramatic arts never waned, and a theater was on his wish list of career projects. The Kalita Humphreys Theater is an example of Wright’s later work, conveying organic fluidity through the elimination of right angles. The use of concentric circles and ramps through evokes images of his design for the Guggenheim Museum in New York, which also was completed in 1959. Wright did not live long enough to see this avant-garde space completed, but it remains a Dallas landmark and a monument to his design style.

Also among the 22 Frank Lloyd Wright lots in the auction is a set of five Drawings of the John Gillin House in Dallas, Texas (estimate $2,500-3,500). Completed in 1958, the home was Wright’s final residential commission, and his only residential project in Dallas. A Usonian home because of its engineering and use of local building materials, the home is atypical compared to most of his Usonian designs, largely because of its size (it is the largest home Wright ever designed) and its use of angles. The home and the Kalita Humphreys Theater are Wright’s only commissions in Dallas. These drawings come from the archive of William Kelly Oliver, who was a member of the Taliesin Associated Architects and oversaw both of Wright’s projects in Dallas.

Wright’s drawings for the Kalita Humphreys Theater and the Gillin house both come from the collection of architect W. Kelly Oliver, who worked with Wright on the projects.

Other top lots include, but are not limited to:

·         George Nakashima Desk, 1965 (estimate: $30,000-50,000)

·         Dale Chihuly Fourteen-Piece Cobalt Seaform Group with Red Lip Wrap, 1994 (estimate: $15,000-20,000)

·         Bruno Romeda Circle, 1987 (estimate: $10,000-15,000)

·         Pierre Guariche Kite Floor Lamp, 1952, Pierre Disderot (estimate: $9,000-12,000)

·         Betty Woodman Two Vases, circa 1980s (estimate: $6,000-8,000)

·         Guido Gambone Vase, circa 1955 (estimate: $4,000-6,000)

·         Marcello Fantoni Two Vases¸ circa 1955, Raymor (estimate: $1,000-1,500)

To see images and get more information about Heritage Auctions’ Design Auction, visit ha.com/5401.

Einstein Autograph Letter Signed 57835b_lg.jpegLos Angeles - A series of fascinating letters by Albert Einstein on the Jewish People’s rights to defend themselves, Nazi-Germany and anti-Semitism will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on March 28, 2019.  

Einstein Letter Defending Jewish Heritage

Albert Einstein wrote the June 10, 1939 letter, postmarked from Princeton to Dr. Maurice Lenz in New York. Einstein wrote in full, “May I offer my sincere congratulations to you on the splendid work you have undertaken on behalf of the refugees during Dedication Week.  The power of resistance which has enabled the Jewish people to survive for thousands of years has been based to a large extent on traditions of mutual helpfulness. In these years of affliction our readiness to help one another is being put to an especially severe test. May we stand this test as well as did our fathers before us. We have no other means of self-defense than our solidarity and our knowledge that the cause for which we are suffering is a momentous and sacred cause. It must be a source of deep gratification to you to be making so important a contribution toward rescuing our persecuted fellow-Jews from their calamitous peril and leading them toward a better future...[signed] A.Einstein.''
Einstein had long worked to save European Jews by issuing affidavits.

Bidding for the letter begins at $12,000.

Additional information on the letter can be found at 
https://natedsanders.com/Albert_Einstein_Letter_Signed_During_WWII______The-LOT51535.aspx

Einstein’s Hitler-Insanity Letter 
The second document being auctioned is an April 17, 1934 letter to his first wife Mileva Marić. Einstein wrote about Hitler-insanity that is ruining the lives of those around him, as well as care for their son Eduard ''Teitel'' Einstein who had schizophrenia; in this letter, Einstein expresses hope that a ''chemical intervention'' might help Eduard.

The letter reads in part, “…I read the articles closely, and it does not seem completely impossible that a successful result might be obtained through a chemical intervention such as this. It would simply constitute a strong stimulus to the secretory system created by a deficiency of sugar within the blood. However, we should not rush into this thing, we must wait until more experience has been gained. I am enclosing a check for you to make it easier to pay the bank debts that have become due… I am strained so severely by the various acts of assistance that I have to restrict myself all around in the most extreme way. All this is the result of the Hitler-insanity, which has completely ruined the lives of all those around me…”

Bidding for the letter begins at $25,000. 

Additional information on the letter can be found at 
https://natedsanders.com/LotDetail.aspx?inventoryid=51534

Einstein Letter on anti-Semitism in Germany 

The third Einstein letter being auctioned is dated September 6, 1921, and was addressed to his sister Maja Winteler-Einstein. Ominously, in foreshadowing of what was about to strike Germany, Einstein wrote that he is supposed to go to Munich, but is declining because he would be putting his life at risk if he were to visit the city; at that time Munich was in a wave of severe anti-Semitism, with an order having been issued the year before to expel Jews from the city, and Hitler having just become chairman of the NSDAP in Munich.

Bidding for the letter begins at $12,000.

Additional information on the letter can be found at 
https://natedsanders.com/Albert_Einstein_Autograph_Letter_Signed_From_1921_-LOT51536.aspx

hmcdcamdkpagnhcb.jpgNew York - Classic & Contemporary Photographs will be on offer Thursday, April 18 at Swann Galleries. The auction features diverse images from twentieth-century artists pushing the limits of the medium and its intended use, including Wilson A. Bentley, Dorothea Lange, Robert Mapplethorpe and Alfred Stieglitz.  

Robert Mapplethorpe’s oversized silver print of Lisa Lyon, 1980-82 is a stunning example of the artist’s portraiture. Mapplethorpe met Lyon in 1980 after she became the first World Women’s Bodybuilding Champion; the duo would collaborate on numerous sittings in the following years, which included portraits as well as full and fragmented body studies. The photograph captures a confident Lyon in profile as she holds her veiled head high and flexes her right arm, and is estimated at $50,000 to $75,000. Additional Mapplethorpe silver prints include a 1981 Untitled male nude, and Boot Fetish, 1979 (Estimates: $7,000-10,000 and $5,000-7,5000, respectively).  

Contemporary photography is well represented with Sarah Charlesworth’s 1989 laminated Cibachrome print Subtle Body, from the Academy of Secrets series, which alludes to an esoteric system of universal symbols associated with transmutation and transcendence ($15,000-25,000); abstract works by Barbara Kasten: Architectural Site 7: The World Financial Center, July 14, 1986, an oversized Cibachrome print, and Construct X-B, transfer print, 1982, ($6,000-9,000 apiece), and a choice suite of five silver prints from Mujeres de Juchitan, 1979-89, printed circa 1990, by Graciela Iturbide ($5,000-7,500).

Photographs that have transcended their original documentary purpose include images by Walker Evans, Lewis W. Hine and Dorothea Lange. Highlights among the selection include Lange’s silver print Korean Child, 1958, printed 1960s, taken during her 1958 trip throughout Asia ($20,000-30,000). Walker Evans’ Corner of Havana building with decorative iron grillwork, silver print, 1933, is offered with an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000. The silver print was initially for Carleton Beals’ Crime of Cuba and marks a key moment in the evolution and refinement of the artist’s style. Lewis W. Hine’s Spinner in Carolina Cotton Mill, silver print, 1909, comes across the block at $5,000 to $7,500. 

A run of Alfred Stieglitz’s Camera Work, originally from the collection of Stieglitz’s brother, comes across the block. A photographic journal published by the artivest and issued quarterly from 1903-17, the publication was created in an effort to elevate the medium and consisted of high-quality photogravures from notable photographers. Among those featured in the sale are Stieglitz’s Camera Work, Number 36, 1911, complete with 17 photogravures including The Steerage ($18,000-22,000), and Camera Work, Number 49-50, 1917, with 11 images by Paul Strand ($12,000-18,000). 

Sublime images that capture nature include Ansel Adams’ Portfolio Three: Yosemite Valley, 1926-59, printed 1960. Complete with 16 silver prints, including Monolith, the Face of Half Dome and El Capitan, Sunrise, the portfolio carries an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. Also of note is Wilson A. Bentley’s 1888-1927 album of 55 silver prints, including 51 of his iconic snow crystals, with an estimate of $25,000 to $35,000, as well as Paul Caponigro’s haunting silver print Running White Deer, Country Wicklow, Ireland, 1967, at $3,000 to $4,500. 

Vernacular photography features Herbert Heard Evans’ 1920s album of 118 silver prints, 16 of which are attributed to Martín Chambi, depicting the city and region of Cusco, Peru, as well as Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras and Guatemala features in the sale at $6,000 to $9,000. Evans was the Assistant Superintendent of the Mechanical Division of the Panama Canal from 1919-42, during his station he and his wife traveled extensively throughout South America. Photographs capturing American culture include a collection of 48 silver prints showing the charm and décor of diners in the 1940s and 50s ($1,200-1,800), and an album assembled by a female member of a motorcycle club in Florida includes approximately 190 photographs showing the daily lives and comradery of the club during the 1970s and 80s ($1,500-2,500). 

Exhibition opening in New York City April 13. The complete catalogue and bidding information is available at www.swanngalleries.com and on the Swann Galleries app. 

Additional highlights can be found here.

Image: Lot 32: Alfred Stieglitz, Camera Work, Number 36, New York, 1911. Estimate $18,000 to $22,000.

chrisaph-1.jpgNew York - On 18th April Christie’s will hold an intriguing auction entitled The Arrogant Eye: Prints from The Collection of The Late Larry Saphire as part of our Prints & Multiples auction. The collection includes over 150 works on paper by modern masters such as Picasso, Braque, Miro, Matisse, Dali, Chagall, Léger, Ernst, Giacometti, Matta, and Masson. Larry Saphire is best known for being the author of the catalogue raisonnes of the prints of Fernand Leger and Andre Masson, compiled whilst running the Blue Moon Gallery in New York. Larry was a Renaissance man and the quintessential collector-dealer. His extensive knowledge of the print medium meant he could spot a diamond in the rough and acquire art that he loved. His wife Tricia Saphire observed that “[Larry’s] cordiality, his avuncular camaraderie, his intellect, mantled his acquisitive passion. If it was good, or rare he wanted to own it. The nominal properties that endow art with value, its signature, its provenance, the arcana that fascinate galleries…were a sideline to his appraisal.”

Prints from the Saphire collection will be on public view to in Christie’s Rockefeller galleries from 13 - 17 April. In addition, works on paper from his collection will be sold in the Impressionist & Modern Works on Paper sale on 14 May and in the Picasso Ceramics online auction.

Richard Lloyd, International Head of Prints & Multiples: “It is highly likely that any enthusiast of twentieth century prints and drawings active over the last few decades will have encountered Larry Saphire - either in person or by benefiting from the expertise contained in his monographs on Leger and Masson. Larry’s knowledge and passion made him a formidable operator in the saleroom and a considerable resource of information. The depth and breadth of his interests was a rare thing indeed. His passing may mark the end of an era.”

Highlights from the collection include Tête de jeune fille, an etching from 1924 by Salvador Dalí that is thought to be the only surviving example ($30-50,000), a plate from Joan Miró’s Série noire et rouge, an etching in red from 1938 ($20-30,000) and a hand colored work by Roberto Matta Par la bait-naître ($2-3,000). Two highlights from the collection that will be offered in May are Fernand Léger’s Femme à la feuille ($18-25,000) and André Masson’s Le Philosophe ($15-20,000).

Image: Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) Tête de jeune fille etching, 1924. Estimate: $30,000-50,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

New York City — The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts announced today that the Lou Reed Archive is now available for the public to use. To mark the opening of the collection, the Library is also issuing 6,000 limited edition library cards featuring Mick Rock's iconic image of Reed. The special cards are available exclusively at The Library for the Performing Arts, located at Lincoln Center. Additionally, the Library will celebrate the opening of the Lou Reed collection with a display at The Library for the Performing Arts, and offer special public programs.

The special-edition Lou Reed New York Public Library cards are available now at The Library for the Performing Arts's circulation desk, located on the first floor. The card grants users access to all the benefits an NYPL card has to offer: millions of free books, eBooks, databases, CDs, DVDs, streaming services and more. For more details on who is eligible for a New York Public Library card, please visit nypl.org/LouReed.

Users are now able to access the Lou Reed Archive -- including all paper-based, audio, and moving image materials -- from the Music and Recorded Sound Division on the third floor of The Library for the Performing Arts. For a guide to accessing the collection, visit nypl.org/LouReed. 

Also beginning today, The Library for the Performing Arts will showcase materials from the Lou Reed Archive in a third floor display marking the 30th anniversary of Reed's New York. The display traces the album's history from conception to production, using materials from the archive to illustrate the process and show users how to engage with the research collection. 

Public programs to celebrate Reed's archive at The Library for the Performing Arts include a one-day listening room installation on March 28 in the Astor Gallery featuring selections from the Archive's collection of demos, studio sessions, interviews and live performances.

The Lou Reed Archive, which The Library for the Performing Arts acquired in 2017, measures approximately 300 linear feet of paper records, electronic records, and photographs, and approximately 3,600 audio and 1,300 video recordings. The Archive documents the history of Reed’s life as a musician, composer, poet, writer, photographer, and tai-chi student through his own extensive papers, photographs, recordings and other collections of materials. The archive spans Reed’s creative life--from his 1958 Freeport High School band, The Shades, his job as a staff songwriter for the budget music label, Pickwick Records, and his rise to prominence through The Velvet Underground and subsequent solo career, to his final performances in 2013. The collection comprises studio notes, galleys and proofs, master and unreleased recordings, business papers, personal correspondence, poster art, fan gifts, rare printed material and Reed’s substantial photography collection.

Still looking for more Lou Reed? NYPL's Reader Services team has created a reading list inspired by Reed's life, interests, and the cultural landscape that surrounded his career. To view the list, visit nypl.org/LouReed

LOU REED ARCHIVE OVERVIEW

The Lou Reed Archive documents the history of Reed’s life as a musician, composer, poet, writer, photographer, and tai-chi student through his own extensive papers, photographs, recordings and other collections of materials. The archive spans Reed’s creative life--from his 1958 Freeport High School band, The Shades, to his final performances in 2013.

The Lou Reed Archive is held within the research collections of The New York Public Library.  The primary service point for the Archive following processing will be the Music and Recorded Sound Division  at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts located at Lincoln Center in Manhattan.   

The heart of the archive is the collected material from Sister Ray Enterprises. Reed formed SRE to oversee his tours and his recording catalog. Recording sessions and the promotional work surrounding his releases are thoroughly detailed in studio notes, related session tapes, record label correspondence, test pressings, and album art notes/mock-ups/match prints. Reed's history as a live performer is deeply detailed by photographs, audio and video recordings, posters, handbills, extensive tour itineraries, agreements, receipts, correspondence, laminates, and passes. There are extensive examples of U.S. and international press in binders, scrapbooks and folders for Reed's albums, performances, theatre works, books, and photography exhibits.

The Lou Reed Archive includes:

  • Original manuscript, lyrics, poetry and handwritten tai-chi notes
  • Photographs of Reed, including artist prints and inscriptions by the photographers
  • Tour itineraries, agreements, road manager notes and paperwork
  • 600+ hours of live recordings, demos, studio recordings and interviews
  • Reed's own extensive photography work
  • Album, book, and tour artwork; mock-ups, proofs and match-prints
  • Lou Reed album and concert posters, handbills, programs, and promotional items
  • Lou Reed press for albums, tours, performances, books, and photography exhibits
  • Fan mail
  • Personal collections of books, LPs and 45s

The collection documents collaborations, friendships, and relationships with Delmore Schwartz, Andy Warhol, John Cale, Maureen Tucker, Sterling Morrison, Mick Rock, Robert Quine, Sylvia Ramos, Doc Pomus, Václav Havel, Hal Willner, John Zorn, Robert Wilson, Julian Schnabel, and Laurie Anderson.

The audio and video collection includes over 600 hours of original demos; studio recordings; live recordings; and interviews from 1965 to 2013. All of Reed's major tours and many of his guest performances are represented in the collection.

Lou Reed's iconic persona was captured in photographs by Mick Rock, Billy Name, Renaud Monfourney, Waring Abbott, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Mark Seliger, Guido Harari, Clifford Ross, Len Prince, David Gahr, Asako, Oldrich Skacha, Roy Tee, Steve Tucker, Paul Schirnhofer, Chuck Pulin, Sanford Schor, Judy Schiller, Simon Friedmann, Ivo Gil, Roby Schize, Greg Fuchs, Peter Locke, Elena Carminati, Moni Kellerman, Xavier Lambours, Henri ter Hall, Herbie Knott, and Jutta Brandt. These noted photographers who trained their lenses on Lou at concerts or for album artwork and press features are represented in the archive by copies or original artist proofs, many of which are inscribed. This collection of photographs covers the extent of his artistic career from a 1958 variety show performance by The Shade's to Lou's final public performances in 2013. The collection includes contact sheets, negatives and unpublished photographs.

Reed's own photography is also represented in the collection. Reed began working with photography in the 1970s when, inspired by the work of Billy Name, he modified a video camera to make high-contrast images. Over the years he captured over 10,000 images. In 2006 at the Steven Kasher Gallery Reed held his first major New York photography exhibit, Lou Reed: New York. He published several photo books, including Romanticism, a series of landscapes shot largely with a digital camera converted to create infrared images. This work was shown in 2009 at the Adamson Gallery in Washington, DC. Reed took photographs in New York, Scotland, Denmark, Spain, Rome, China and Big Sur.

The archive gives a comprehensive view of the creative process and business interactions of one the 20th century’s major musical figures. The collections document his Velvet Underground albums and performances, his solo albums, his extensive solo tours, collaborative music projects, theatre works, books and articles that he authored, his own photography, and his personal tai-chi studies. Reed was a life-long resident and a uniquely New York City songwriter, performer and photographer. The archive documents NYC through the words, music and photographs of one of the city’s most notable creative artists.

Lou Reed's uncompromising artistry has inspired generations of musicians and artists. The Lou Reed Archive is a matchless record of Reed's iconic career and a vital resource for scholarship, study, exhibition and dissemination of his work, as well as a dynamic resource for studies of the cultural and musical renaissance that Reed significantly influenced.

 

197 SHELLEY (MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT) Autograph draft of the second portion of her story 'The Invisible Girl copy.jpgLondon — Novels, letters and photographs by pioneering and influential women from Josephine Bonaparte to J K Rowling feature in Bonhams Fine Books, Manuscripts, Atlases and Historical Photographs sale in London on Wednesday 27 March.

Bonhams Book department specialist Sarah Lindberg said: “We always have a good selection of work by women in our Books and Manuscripts sales, but the March sale is especially strong with letters from figures as diverse as Margaret Mitchell, the author of Gone with the Wind, and the Empress Josephine, and images by the pioneering photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. The newly-discovered fragment of a short story by Mary Shelley is particularly interesting. It was published as ‘By The Author of Frankenstein’ - not as an imaginative piece of marketing - but because her father-in-law not only refused ever to meet her, but insisted the family name be kept out of the press.”

Items include:

The Authors

  • A letter from Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949), author of the best-selling Gone with the Wind, to an Englishwoman who had written to her about reading the novel in bomb shelters during the Blitz. “Your letter meant a great deal to me as the author of Gone with the Wind, but even more to me as Margaret Marsh Mead, a woman.” Mead was volunteering for the Red Cross, making dressings and garments to be sent to England. She writes, “I will take your letter to the Red Cross and read it to my fellow-workers. Your words will make them realize afresh the courage of English people.”  Gone with the Wind has sold 30 million copies worldwide and was recently voted America’s favourite book after the Bible.  Estimate: £2,000-4,000.
  • A first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling (1965-) that belonged to the writer’s first literary agent, Christopher Little. The book, first published in 1997, has sold more than 120 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 80 languages. Estimate: £40,000-60,000.
  • The newly discovered handwritten manuscript of part of The Invisible Girl, a semi-autobiographical short story by Mary Shelley (1797-1851). Estimate: £2,000-4,000.

The Pioneers  

  • A letter from the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), written during the Crimean War (1853-1856) to Eliza Smith, a retired nurse who had gone to the Crimea in 1854 with Nightingale. Smith saved Florence’s life in 1855 after the latter fell dangerously ill. In the letter, Nightingale asks for Smith to come at once as …”we have 250 wounded just arriving and I want you for a few hours to see after them…” Estimate: £1,000-1,500.
  • Photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), one of the great photographers of the 19th century, who pioneered the idea of photography as art.  Her soft-focus style and closely cropped portraits were crticised at the time, but have greatly influenced later generations of photographers. Her portrait of the co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, William Holman Hunt, is estimated at £1,000-1,500, and The Beauty of Holiness (a signed and inscribed portrait of Freddie Gould, son of a local fisherman on the Isle of Wight where Cameron had a house) at £1,500-2,500.

The Tastemaker

  • A letter from the Empress Josephine (1763-1814) authorizing her agent to buy the Château de Malmaison, west of Paris. Napoleon was abroad conducting the Egyptian campaign at the time, and on his return fell out with Josephine over the purchase. Josephine had paid too much for the dilapidated estate on the mistaken assumption that her husband would come back laden with war treasure. Malmaison was given to Josephine on her divorce from Napoleon in 1810 and she lived there until her death in 1814. Estimate £4,000-6,000.

Image: The newly discovered handwritten manuscript of part of The Invisible Girl, a semi-autobiographical short story by Mary Shelley (1797-1851). Estimate: £2,000-4,000

 

colorized_whitman_small_0.jpgNew York City —Walt Whitman has been called America’s “bard of democracy.”  His life’s work, Leaves of Grass, ushered in a new and unconventional style of unrhymed verse. The New York Public Library will celebrate the bicentennial of the iconic writer’s birth with an exhibition that honors Whitman’s impact on America and examines the many influences that shaped his writing. 

Walt Whitman: America’s Poet is curated by Michael Inman, Curator of Rare Books at the Library, and will open March 29, 2019 at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. 

“The New York Public Library prides itself on being a democratic, inclusive institution, open to everyone regardless of their backgrounds or beliefs.  It is only fitting, then, that the Library would host this exhibition, which highlights the development and lasting influence of America’s foremost poet of democracy,” says the exhibition’s curator, Michael Inman.

A native New Yorker Whitman was born in Huntington, Long Island on May 31, 1819.  During his early years, he plied a variety of trades, working as a school teacher, printer, home builder, and journalist and editor for a host of newspapers including the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and The Long Islander, which is still in print today. On July 4, 1855, Whitman published Leaves of Grass, the work on which his reputation largely rests. Whitman harbored high hopes for the volume, yet it struggled initially to garner attention. Nevertheless, in the years that followed, both he and his work slowly gained recognition.  In June 1865, Whitman was fired from his post in the Department of Interior by his supervisor, Secretary James Harlan, after Harlan found the poet’s heavily annotated copy of Leaves of Grass in his work desk.  Whitman later pointed to his firing as one of the pivotal events of his poetic career. In the wake of the incident, two of his closest friends, William Douglas O’Connor and John Burroughs, authored passionate defenses of the poet, upholding his poetry and moral character while publicly excoriating the priggish Harlan.  These works—O’Connor’s The Good Gray Poet and Burroughs’ Notes on Walt Whitman as Poet and Person—would help to alter the public’s perception of Whitman, gradually leading to a wider acceptance of his verse that continues to the present day.

Held in the Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Gallery at the 42nd Street Library, this multi-media exhibition chronicles Whitman’s life and career in sections that address his early days, the publication of Leaves of Grass, the impact of the Civil War, his rise to fame, and his continued legacy. Over 75 items from the Library’s collections will be on display, featuring personal artifacts, early photographs of the time, and material that both influenced Whitman and was inspired by him, including:  

  • Whitman’s annotated personal copy of the first (1855) edition of Leaves of Grass;
  • The termination letter presented to him by James Harlan, Secretary of the Department of the Interior;  
  • The heavily annotated third (1860) edition of Leaves of Grass known as the Blue Book;
  • Sheet music from the 1840s and 1850s, featuring works that Whitman heard in performance;  Music was, perhaps, the greatest influence on Whitman’s verse;
  • A Barnum’s Museum promotional poster.  Whitman admired P. T. Barnum’s penchant for self-promotion and the democratic spirit of his museum;     
  • Manhatta, considered by many to be the first American avant-garde film. The film quotes Whitman’s verse in its intertitle cards;
  • Film of a 1964 performance of the ballet Dance for Walt Whitman choreographed by Helen Tamiris;  
  • A rare daguerreotype photograph depicting Whitman as a young man (circa 1854);  
  • A lock of Whitman’s hair.

As Whitman himself declared “The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it.” His pioneering use of photography to market his own work can be seen as a harbinger of today’s visually conscious celebrity culture. Additionally, Whitman’s likeness and words have been used in advertisements to sell numerous items including automobiles and clothing. Two hundred years after his birth, Whitman remains a vital and vibrant part of American culture.

In addition to the exhibition, the Library will host an event, Live Oak, with Moss, with noted Whitman scholar Karen Karbiener and renowned illustrator Brian Selznick on Monday, April 1. 

The exhibition will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday and Thursday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Walt Whitman: America’s Poet will be open through Saturday July 27, 2019.

Walt Whitman: America’s Poet is curated by Michael Inman, Curator of Rare Books for The New York Public Library. 

Image: Walt Whitman, ca. 1865, digitally enhanced. Original photo by Mathew Brady. Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints, and Photographs, Photography Collection.

 

OKeeffe-Portrait-by-Stieglitz.jpgThe Library of Congress has acquired a trove of letters from American artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband, the photographer and art promoter Alfred Stieglitz, shedding new light on art history as the correspondence is being made available to the public for the first time.

The collection is a set of mostly handwritten letters dating from 1929 to 1947, totaling 157 items. O’Keeffe and Stieglitz wrote the letters separately to their friend and artistic colleague, the filmmaker Henwar Rodakiewicz. The letters were preserved in private hands for decades in Santa Fe, New Mexico, never before seen by the public.

Now the collection is available to researchers in the Library’s Manuscript Division - in time to mark O’Keeffe’s important role in art history during Women’s History Month - after the letters were acquired through a purchase and gift agreement in late 2018.

O’Keeffe’s letters make up the bulk of the materials. She pens the correspondence in her distinctive calligraphy, writing notes from trains, from her apartment in New York City, from the Stieglitz family property at Lake George in New York and on letterhead from Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, where O’Keefe kept a home and studio. A catalog record and finding aid are available online.

Writing in poetic detail, O’Keeffe described the sound of rain, the color of sunrises and mesas and how landscapes and bones around her inspired her to paint.

“It is hazy - and my mountain floats out light blue in the distance - like a dream,” O’Keeffe wrote in a 1944 letter, describing the Pedernal mountain she could see from her home in New Mexico, providing inspiration for many paintings. “Yesterday, you could see every tree on it and last night - I thought to myself - It is the most beautiful night of the world - with the moon almost full - and everything so very still.” 

In other writings, O’Keeffe mentions her travels, the complexities of her life split between the East Coast and American West, her inner turmoil, joys and artistic triumphs.

“I am painting an old horses head that I picked out of some red earth. It is quite pink and all the soft delicate parts have been broken off,” she wrote in 1936. “This old head with a turkey tail feather … so handsome … but why must I … am on my second one and must do it again at least once more.”

Earlier in 1936, she wrote to Rodakiewicz of a new commission for a painting.

“I got an order for a big flower painting for Elizabeth Arden. Got it myself,” she wrote. “Now I’ve got to get the painting done. Maybe I’ve been absurd about wanting to do a big flower painting, but I’ve wanted to do it and that is that. I’m going to try. Wish me luck.”

That painting is “Jimson Weed,” which now resides in the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Paintings of landscapes, bones and flowers would become some of O’Keeffe’s best-known works in a career that would change the world of abstract art. At the same time, she became an icon and a trailblazer for women in art. The collection covers the last phase of Stieglitz’s life - a time when O’Keeffe was starting to forge her independence. They were often living apart.

Stieglitz’s letters document his failing health, his business matters and his ongoing commitment to his third and last gallery in Manhattan, An American Place, where he would promote the work of several groundbreaking modern artists. Stieglitz exhibited O’Keeffe’s work in one-artist shows and displayed her drawings and paintings alongside works by Marsden Hartley, John Marin and Arthur Dove.

As a photographer himself, Stieglitz played an instrumental role in placing photography into the realm of fine art and would be remembered as one of the nation’s most famous photographers.

The collection of letters relates closely to a collection of Stieglitz’s photography in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division, which came to the Library from O’Keeffe in 1949. The correspondence also complements letters in other archives, most notably Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Rodakiewicz proves to be an important character and confidant in the lives of O’Keeffe and Stieglitz. O’Keeffe’s letters to the younger filmmaker demonstrate they were emotionally close and thought of each other often, shedding light on the characters, passions and relationships of art history.

Rodakiewicz would keep the letters until he died in 1976. His third wife stayed in their house for years after his death. When the home she had been living in sold, the letters came to light.

The collection came to the Library as a purchase and gift from Susan Todd and Michael Kramm of Santa Fe, New Mexico, through the art and manuscript dealer William Channing.

The Library’s Manuscript Division also holds the papers of other artists and photographers, including Augustus Saint-Gaudens, F. Holland Day, Joseph Pennell, James McNeill Whistler and Frances Benjamin Johnston, among others.

Image: Georgia O'Keeffe as photographed by Alfred Stieglitz in 1919. Credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, The Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Purchase and Gift of The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation Purchase, [LC-USZC4-6228]. 

 

54a4d1ea8199abc52c1debfb_580x880.jpgNew York — In celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth, the Morgan Library & Museum exhibits the work of the beloved American poet. In a notebook in 1859, Whitman wrote, “Comrades! I am the bard of Democracy,” and over his 73 years (1819-1892) he made good on that claim. As he bore witness to the rise of New York City, the Civil War and other major transformations in American life, Whitman tried to reconcile the famous contradictions of this country through his inclusivity and his prolific body of work. The author of one of the most celebrated texts of American literature—Leaves of Grass (1855)—came from humble origins in Long Island and Brooklyn but eventually earned a global audience that has never stopped growing. Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy traces the development of his writing and influence, from his early days producing local journalism and sensational fiction to his later years writing the visionary poems that would revitalize American letters. 

Drawing on the Morgan’s own holdings as well as exceptional loans from the Library of Congress, the exhibition shows the landmarks of his literary career, including “O Captain! My Captain!” and the famous letter written to Whitman by Ralph Waldo Emerson commending Leaves of Grass. A notebook containing Whitman’s early experiments with free verse and the origins of the seminal poem “Song of Myself” will be on display, as well as the copy of Leaves of Grass that Whitman presented to the artist who engraved his emblematic portrait in the first edition. Also on view are documents by famous writers influenced by Whitman, such as Oscar Wilde, Hart Crane, Federico García Lorca, Langston Hughes, and Allen Ginsberg. 

Whitman’s broad-minded positions on social issues of his day made him a symbol for progressive political and civil rights movements in modern times. The uninhibited sensuality of his poetry and his pioneering contributions to gay literature have been an inspiration to the LGBTQ community as well.

Early in his writing career, Whitman wrote temperance novels and stories of walking around the city, exploring its nooks and crannies. The exhibition presents some of these fugitive publications from New York’s literary underground.

Whitman saw himself foremost as a New Yorker: he claimed that many of his poems “arose out of my life in Brooklyn and New York from 1838 to 1853, absorbing a million people, for fifteen years, with an intimacy, an eagerness, and an abandon, probably never equaled.” In the early 1850s, Whitman began writing free verse poetry and self-published Leaves of Grass in 1855. The book celebrated the first person in a way that no poetry ever had before. A portion of the exhibition examines all of the circumstances of this act of self-invention.

The show also explores his attention to the great drama of his time, the Civil War, and Whitman’s emotional bond with Abraham Lincoln. After the war, Whitman’s writing attracted a greater number of friends and visitors, including a number of gay readers and writers who saw him as a liberator and a model for their own path-breaking work. Whitman’s relationship with former Confederate soldier and streetcar conductor PeterDoyle will be another focus of the exhibition, featuring the famous photograph of the two of them together.

Even after Whitman reached the end of the road in 1892, he continued to inspire others. A final section in Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy is devoted to his enduring global influence in the twentieth century and beyond.

In addition, the show has a strong visual element, incorporating photographs by Matthew Brady and others, significant nineteenth-century paintings, prints, and engravings, among them a depiction of a Civil War battle by Winslow Homer, paintings and drawings by Joseph Stella, Rockwell Kent, and David Hockney, twentieth and twenty-first-century artists’ books, and ephemera. 

“Walt Whitman’s poetry occupies a special place in American literature,” said Colin B. Bailey, director of the Morgan Library and Museum. “He was a New Yorker in that he not only captured the spirit of his bustling, complex, and contradictory city, but he also carved out a career path for himself through his ambition and surprisingly proactive self-promotion. We are excited to offer more insight into his inspirations, his world, and the evolution of his dynamic voice.”

“It was a joy to work with the Morgan on this comprehensive exhibit, and to see New York City all over again, through his eyes,”said Ted Widmer, guest curator and Distinguished Lecturer at the Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York. “It never stops moving and neither did he.” Widmer is also author of Young America: The Flowering of Democracy in New York City and many other works of history. The exhibition opens June 7 and runs through September 15.

York, PA - Fresh-to-market original comic book art spurred a fan frenzy at Hake’s March 13-14 auction and produced a $1.26 million result, with new auction records set by several prize entries. 

Predicted to finish well in the money, Rob Liefeld’s original pen-and-ink art for Page 27 of New Mutants #98, published by Marvel in February 1991, did not disappoint. It swept past its $20,000-$35,000 estimate to settle at $40,380, making it the auction’s top lot. 

“The artboard is from the issue that introduced Deadpool, the wildly popular antihero who went on to star in countless comics, video games and films,” said Hake’s president Alex Winter. “Original page art from Issue 98 is especially rare if it actually depicts Deadpool - which was the case with the page art we sold - because he appears on only seven pages in that issue.” The artwork had been held privately since shortly after the issue’s publication and had never before been offered for public sale.

Frank Quitely’s original cover art for All-Star Superman #6 (DC Comics), from a series that ran from November 2005 through October 2008, sold for $15,575 - an auction record for any original Quitely art. The poignant scene depicts Superman standing at the gravestone of his adoptive father, Jonathan Kent, with his loyal canine companion Krypto beside him. 

Next up was the 11- by 17-inch original art for Page 33 of Sandman Vol. 2, #14 (DC Vertigo, March 1990), penciled by Mike Dringenberg and inked by Malcolm Jones III. Few Sandman pages have appeared for public sale, and the $14,280 auction-record price paid for the early seven-panel page validated the timelessness and enduring popularity of the series. 

Comic books held steady, with particular interest in Golden and Silver Age issues that debuted or provided the backstories for important characters. Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, August 1962, CGC 3.0 Good/VG), introducing Spider-Man, leaped to $16,955; while Detective Comics #168 (DC, February 1951, CGC 3.0 Good/VG), which tells the origin story of The Joker (“The Man Behind the Red Hood”), was on target at $10,450.

The demand for rare, early Star Wars action figures has been insatiable since Hake’s first introduced the Russell Branton collection to bidders in 2017. Since then, the company has presented additional helpings from the fabled collection in its subsequent auctions, and did so again on March 13-14. An AFA-graded 75 EX+/NM Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - Bespin Alliance 3-pack series charged past its $10,000-$20,000 estimate to reach $24,400; while an AFA-graded 85 NM+ 3-pack Android Set made $15,705 against expectations of $5,000-$10,000. From another premier Star Wars collection, an AFA-graded 80NM Luke Skywalker 12 Back-A double-telescoping figure crushed all challengers with a closing price of $25,310.

Bases were loaded as two premier sports lots stepped up to the plate to take a swing. A fantastic panoramic photo taken prior to Game 5 of the first “Negro League World Series” of October 1924, depicting 42 players (including eight future Hall of Famers), managers and owners, retired at $23,365. Also, a treasure trove of 150 Cracker Jack collector cards produced in 1914-15 was offered, including the elusive “Shoeless” Joe Jackson card. Measuring only 2.25 by 3 inches, it set a world auction record for an example of its type (PSA Good 2 condition), knocking it out of the park at $18,345.

Historical and political Americana flew high, especially an important 1860 “For President, Abram [sic.] Lincoln - For Vice President, Hannibal Hamlin” 35-star parade flag. “This flag descended through successive generations of a Connecticut family, then went into a private collection where it remained for 50 years. We were proud to have been chosen to offer it for public sale for the first time,” said Winter. It realized $19,210. 

Political buttons were hotly pursued, including an iconic 1940 Wendell Willkie/FDR “Y’r Out At Third” baseball-theme button, $9,735; and a button showing Harry Truman’s face on an 8-ball, a reference to his being “behind the 8-ball” as he headed into the 1948 presidential race, $9,475. A top Kennedy keepsake, a “Kennedy Election Night Staff” button of a type worn by staffers to gain access to the Hyannisport family compound on election day in 1960. It came with provenance from the archive of Helen Lempart, who was an executive secretary in JFK’s inner circle. Selling price: $9,410

Hake’s is currently accepting consignments for future auctions. For more information, call 866-404-9800 (toll-free) or 717-434-1600. Email hakes@hakes.com. View the fully illustrated catalog for Hake’s March 13-14, 2019 auction online at www.hakes.com.

Lot 274-de la Cruz copy.jpgNew York -- Swann Galleries’ Tuesday, April 16 auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana features a robust selection of Mexican imprints and manuscripts, state material and items relating to the Civil War and President Lincoln. 

Mexican material forms the cornerstone of an extensive section of Latin Americana. Among the highlights are works such as Juan Navarro’s 1604 Liber in quo quatuor passions Christi Domini continentur, the first music by a New World composer printed in the Americas (Estimate: $8,000-12,000); a 1677 first edition of Mexican poetess Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s Villancios que se cantaron en los maitines del gloriosissimo Padre S. Pedro Nolasco, which consists of Christmas carols to be sung in honor of the thirteenth-century saint ($30,00-40,000); and Primera parte del sermonario del tiemp de todo el año, duplicado, en lengua Mexicana, 1614, by Martín de León features sermons intended to be delivered in Nahuatl throughout the year ($20,000-30,000). Manuscripts include a 1529 royal decree from King Charles V protecting the Mexican estate of Hernán Cortés while he was in Spain trying to curry favor with the court ($12,000-18,000), and a volume of manuscript essays by the popular early-twentieth-century poet Amado Nervo ($1,500-2,500).

A Texan manuscript diary by William Farrar Smith, documenting the 1849 Whiting-Smith Expedition to form a trail from San Antonio to El Paso, leads a run of material related to Texas with an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000. The dramatic diary marks Smith’s time on the historic expedition with William H.C. Whiting in which he records the difficult terrain and various encounters with Apaches, including the widely feared Chief Gómez. While Whiting’s diary from the trek was published in the early twentieth century, this unpublished record by Smith-a true Wild West saga-is more comprehensive. Also of note is a 1760 first edition of the only early work ever published in the Pakawan language of Texas by Bartholomé Garcia ($8,000-12,000).  

Additional state-specific material includes the diary of Robert C. Dickey, a prison guard at the Rhode Island State Prison in Providence, in which he writes about the prisoners under his guard and the new warden, General Nelson Viall, and the May 6, 1775 issue of the Virginia Gazette which reports first-hand accounts of the Battles of Lexington and Concord ($1,200-1,800 and $12,000-18,000, respectively).

An extensive archive of nearly 100 letters dated August 1862 to April 1865, from Corporal John P. Staples of the 115th New York Infantry to his mother, sister and brother at home in Saratoga County, NY, is featured in an assortment of material relating to the Civil War. The letters relate the movements of the regiment and include reports on the Battles of Crater and Fort Fisher ($5,000-$7,500). Benson Lossing’s Pictorial History of the Civil War of the United States of America, Philadelphia, 1866-68, is present with an estimate of $3,000 to $4,000, as well as a large group of unused patriotic postal covers and stationary featuring printed designs, including one of Major General McCleelan, circa 1861-65, offered at $1,200 to $1,800. 

Following up on the house’s recent sale of the Holzer collection, quality Lincolniana is set to be offered, including an 1865 oil portrait of Lincoln-a copy of the last rendered from life-by Matthew Henry Wilson (Estimate: $25,000-35,000), as well as two offerings of uncut tintype sheets with photographs of the 16th president which were meant to be used as badges and tokens during the 1860 election ($8,000-12,000 and $6,000-9,000, respectively).

Unpublished photos of Al Capone and his henchmen come across the block in a scrapbook compiled by a member of the Untouchables-the famed team responsible from arresting the mob boss. The scrapbook, assembled 1926-33, features eight photographs of Capone and his associates, as well as clippings of news stories reporting on prohibition-related crime, and is expected to bring $5,000 to $7,500. Additional highlights include the first published baseball sheet music, The Baseball Polka, 1858, by J.R. Blodgett, dedicated to the Flour City Base Ball Club of Rochester by the Niagara Base Ball Club of Buffalo ($1,000-1,500). 

Additional highlights can be found here.

Image: Lot 274: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Villancicos que se cantaron en los maitines del gloriosissimo Padre S. Pedro Nolasco, first edition, Mexico, 1677. Estimate $30,000 to $40,000.

Oxford, England - The University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and the German library, Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, have announced a new collaborative digitization project that will open up repositories of medieval manuscripts from German-speaking lands. The three-year project will ensure that more than 600 western medieval manuscripts from both libraries’ remarkable collections are made freely available online to researchers and the public worldwide through a special online resource at https://hab.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/en. The project was launched at an event at the Bodleian Libraries on 19 March with the German Deputy Head of Mission, Julia Gross, in attendance.

The project, funded by The Polonsky Foundation, will have much to tell us about the European Middle Ages and about the history of Germanic monastic traditions. Through coordinated digitization and shared software and cataloguing standards, the project will open up new opportunities for research across the two libraries’ collections.  A video about the project can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZhwBfk-olA

The digitized collections focus specifically on manuscripts from German-speaking lands that originate from monasteries in the lower Saxony, Bavaria and Baden -Württemberg regions: Medingen, Braunschweig, Hildesheim, Helmstedt, Clus, Würzburg, and Eberbach. The Medingen manuscripts, from a nunnery in the area, are of particular importance and are highly illustrated. Most of the manuscripts held at the Herzog August Bibilothek were collected in the 17th century by Duke August and the Dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg in Wolfenbüttel while the items held in the Bodleian Libraries were brought to England by Archbishop William Laud around the same time and included 46 important Latin manuscripts.  

Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian, said: ‘Transforming these ancient documents into digital form helps transcend the limitations of time and space which have in the past restricted access to knowledge. Scholars will be able to interrogate these documents in new ways as a result of their availability in digital form. The Bodleian Libraries are pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with the Herzog August Bibliothek in this cross-cultural collaboration. We are immensely grateful to The Polonsky Foundation for their inspirational support.’

Peter Burschel, Director of the Herzog August Bibliothek, said: ‘Thanks to the far-sighted and generous support of The Polonsky Foundation, two long-established libraries in Europe will join forces in an innovative approach to digitisation driven by the actual needs of scholars and scholarship.’

Dr Leonard S. Polonsky CBE, Founding Chairman, The Polonsky Foundation said: ‘Following our support for the Bodleian's path-breaking collaboration with the Vatican Library, we are proud to support its significant collaboration with the Herzog August Bibliothek. Benefiting from the extraordinary opportunities afforded by digitisation, the project brings together the riches of Western Medieval civilisation and makes them available to researchers and the wider public in innovative and attractive ways.’

The project website (now live at https://hab.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/en) will showcase thousands of images of these rare manuscripts as well as providing detailed explanation about the texts, and their unique differences. The website will also provide background on the manuscripts’ origins via an interactive map. Visitors will be able to browse the digitized manuscripts by shelfmark, language, date and place of origin and explore highlights from the digitized collections. Both libraries will be delivering their images via the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), which will enable side-by-side comparison and analysis, and will allow researchers to take advantage of open-source IIIF-based tools.

The manuscripts digitized through this project been chosen for the strength of the collections in both libraries and their importance for scholarship in their respective fields. The resource itself will be of interest to scholars in: religious studies, German studies, medieval studies and history, amongst others. With approximately 133,000 images from the Bodleian Libraries and 100,000 images from the Herzog August Bibliothek, the digitization effort will also benefit scholars by virtually uniting materials that have been dispersed between the two collections over the centuries.  At launch the website already features over 18,000 images of 40 objects (with eight different religious houses represented); more images and content will be added over the three-year project.

The project is led by an advisory board of academics based in Germany and the UK and student research projects around the manuscripts are also being coordinated. The project will also enable staff across both sites to share knowledge on digitization and includes conservation work on these collections across both sites.

This project is one of many cross-European projects led by the Bodleian Libraries. Recently the University of Oxford and Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (SPK), the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, signed an agreement which will intensify partnership based on each organisation’s globally-renowned cultural and scientific collections and scholarship (http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2018-09-10-oxford-commits-deep-partnership-germany%E2%80%99s-largest-cultural-institution) and ensure continued partnership across European borders.

Other major projects made possible by contributions from The Polonsky Foundation are the digitization of the Bodleian’s exceptional collection of over 25,000 Cairo Genizah fragments, available online at http://genizah.bodleian.ox.ac.uk and the digitization of ancient Greek, Latin and Hebrew manuscripts and incunabula between the Bodleian Libraries and the Vatican Library, at http://bav.bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

080-061 copy.jpgKestenbaum and Company’s Spring 2019 auction contains ten Hebrew incunabula and thirty-five important post-incunabula. Many are of distinguished provenance, stemming from such legendary collections as: Sassoon, Schocken, Mehlman, Gradenwitz, Adler-Wineman, Gaster, Valmadonna, Delmonico, London Beth Din, etc.

Incunabula are Lot numbers: 31, 39, 55, 57, 59, 67, 72, 73, 79, 81.

Upon instruction of the District High Court of Tel Aviv and following a break of eighteen months, we continue our series of auctions from an entity that we have designated as “A Singular Collection.” Included here are a further 25 exceptional Biblical and Rabbinic manuscripts, all of which have been thoroughly researched and expertly catalogued by our consultant, the Jerusalem-based scholar, Rabbi Dovid Kamenetsky.

This auction also contains the second (and final) disbursement of property from the late Brooklyn-based bookseller and Americana specialist, Yosef Goldman. Of particular note in this regard are the many Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from his private collection, all once again knowledgably catalogued here by our consultant, the independent researcher of American history, Shimon Steinmetz.

Elsewhere in the catalogue are Autograph Manuscripts including those by Grace Aguilar, Samson Raphael Hirsch, the Aruch LaNer (see lots 93-96); a most important Chassidic book: The Nusach Ari Siddur, Berditchev 1818 (lot 61); and significant Holocaust-era documents (lots 99-112). An offering of Holy Land travel books and maps round out the sale.

Forthcoming Auctions

Fine Judaica: Featuring Important Single Owner Properties

28th March, 2019

Fine Musical Instruments

May, 2019

For further details see: www.Kestenbaum.net

Image: The Nusach Ari Siddur, Berditchev 1818 (lot 61)

Deep Roots-8 9.46.33 AM.jpgNew York — Book publisher 21st Editions announces the premiere of Deep Roots, a unique art object that represents the collaborative spirit in which 21st Editions has been based for twenty years. Deep Roots is a grand and monumental creation that pays homage to one of the earliest photographic processes, wet plate collodion, and will premiere at the Photography Show presented by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers. The images featured in Deep Roots are the work of photographer Timothy Duffy, an artist who has resurrected the tintype to create modern and profoundly relevant work with this archaic process. 

Born from the raw and honest partnership of photographer Timothy Duffy and luthier and sculptor Freeman Vines, Deep Roots is a modular exhibition that features a set of 25 tintypes that capture the hauntingly visceral “guitars” that Vines constructs with mostly hand tools from found wood from age-old trees of the South. 

The tintypes measure a colossal 20 by 12 inches. Each plate is coated, exposed, and developed within ten minutes. The seamless adaptation to the process by Duffy transcends the boundaries of his humanity to allow something spiritual and out-of-mind allowing him to transform the rawness of his subjects onto tin. The set of 25 is housed in five meticulously designed and handmade boxes by artisan Peter Geraty that incorporate veneers made from the remnants of the age-old wood of Vines’ guitars. The five boxes are accompanied with text written by folklorist Zoe Van Buren and are bound with multicolor goatskin inlays, all of which are presented in a custom-made, African wood cabinet by John Patriquin. 

“Freeman Vines’ instruments touch the transcendental vibrations of the metaphysical realm, in this body of work, I go there with him.” - Timothy Duffy 

 

Christie's Quran copy.jpgLondon - Ahead of the auction in London on 2 May, highlights from the Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets are touring to Dubai from 19-23 March. This is a chance for discerning collectors and art enthusiasts to view the exquisite craftsmanship and diversity of works from this category. Highlights include a monumental Imperial Mamluk Qur’an, complete with the name and date of the scribe, with a hugely impressive full page dedication to Sultan Qaytbay (estimate: £500,000-800,000, illustrated above). Remarkable for its elegant script and richly gilded illumination on an extraordinarily large scale, this manuscript was commissioned for the last great Mamluk Sultan, Qaytbay (r. 1468-96) and presents a rare example of the production of opulent royal Qur’ans, characteristic of the 300 year-long reign of the Mamluk Sultans. This rare volume is fresh to the market and will be presented alongside the Pommersfelden 'polonaise' carpets, two silk and metal-thread rugs from Isfahan, which have remained together since they were first woven over 400 years ago (estimate: £600,000-800,000 and estimate: £550,000-750,000). Commissioned in the Persian court ateliers of Shah Abbas the Great (1502-1722) at the beginning of the 17th century, they entered the lavish and influential court of Augustus the Strong, Saxon Elector and future king of Poland. In 1695, they were reputedly gifted to Lothar Franz von Schönborn, Archbishop of Mainz and Arcchancellor of the Holy Roman Empire where they remained in one of the most important and illustrious German baroque collections for over three hundred years.  In astonishing condition for their age, they have never-before been seen on the open market and epitomise the very best of Safavid art.

The sale is further highlighted by an Ottoman tombak flask (Matara) from the late 15th or early 16th century (estimate: £200,000-300,000). Of superb proportions and outstanding quality, this object reflects the refined taste of the Ottoman court. Discerning collectors can appreciate the imitation stitching which runs along both sides of the upper ‘seam’, a feature deriving straight from the leather originals. A truly magnificent piece of early Ottoman metalwork, this is an opportunity to acquire a museum quality piece - there are two other known examples of this form in tombak, one resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the other in the British Museum. 

Also on view in Dubai is one of only four paintings made by the remarkable and defiantly individual Muhammad Murad Samarqandi. Produced in the early 17th century, Four Young Scholars in Discussion, bears the signature of Muhammad Murad Samarqandi, an enigmatic artist whose rare works were created at a time of profound change and development in the Iranian and Indian artistic worlds (estimate: £200,000-300,000). 

Planispheric astrolabes were generally used for charting astrological bodies, finding the direction of the qibla, and determining the times of prayer. The auction features a fine Safavid brass astrolabe from the 17th century Safavid Iran, a period which experienced a resurgence in astrolabe-making of the most ornate designs (estimate: £100,000-150,000). Superbly and accurately engraved, the present lot was made by Muhammad Zaman, a highly celebrated astrolabist and astronomer who flourished in Mashhad during the second half of the 17th century. Only a handful of astronomical instruments made by Muhammad Zaman have survived, making this example truly unique, and a true testament to the scientific knowledge and ability of the maker. 

Image: A Magnificent Royal Mamluk Qur’an Written for Sultan Qaytbay (r.1468-96) signed Tanam Al-Najmi Al-Maliki Al-Ashrafi, Mamluk Egypt, dated April 1489 estimate: £500,000-800,000 

 

team 2 copy.jpgNorwood, NJ - Sterling Associates is known for its eclectic auctions of fine art, furniture, lighting and other quality collectibles sourced from tri-state-area estates. An integral part of Bergen County, New Jersey’s arts community for two generations, Sterling’s online-only sales are unique in that all goods may be previewed ahead of time at the company’s physical premises in Norwood. On March 20, the Sterling team will conduct its first spring 2019 event: a diverse 212-lot auction of fine art, jewelry and estate goods, with a spotlight section devoted to a unique collection of celebrity-signed ephemera and historical photographs. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com. 

A most unusual auction entry is an autograph book that was part of an archive (estimate $1,200-$1,800) maintained in the 1950s by Edna May Stewart, head stewardess of the RMS Queen Mary. The book is a veritable who’s who of British and American celebrities who crossed the Atlantic on the legendary ship. They include The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, as well as movie stars and entertainers including Gregory Peck, Billie Holiday, Rita Hayworth, Alan Ladd, Diana Dors, Jayne Mansfield, and Harry Belafonte. 

Most notable among the sports personalities who signed the book are members of the beloved “Busby Babes,” a group of talented young footballers who were recruited and coached by (Sir) Alexander Matthew “Matt” Busby to become the first-string players for the legendary Manchester United Football Club from the late 1940s through 1950s.

“The Busby Babes’ autographs are rare and historically important because eight of the players were tragically killed in the 1958 ‘Munich air disaster’ on their return home from a European Cup match in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia),” said auction house owner Stephen D’Atri. “Among the autographs in the book are those of four players who were on the ill-fated flight, two of whom did not survive. A fifth autograph is that of manager Matt Busby. The Busby Babes have never been forgotten by the Manchester club and its fans, or by football fans all across Europe. In 2018, Manchester United held a public memorial service to mark 60 years since the air disaster and to honor those who had died.

While the autograph book is a unique and very special highlight of the sale, the bulk of the 221-lot auction is devoted to categories for which Sterling Associates has a well established following, like estate art. Several bronzes are worthy of note, including a Pierre Marius Montagne (1828-1879) work titled Rastender Merkur. Standing 19 inches high, it is estimated at $1,200-$1,500. Of larger size, a Henri Godet Art Nouveau bronze titled Le Reveil de L’Aurore measures 30in high, is signed “Godet” and could likely bring $3,000-$5,000.

Christopher S. Gerlach’s (b. 1952-) realistic landscape titled Morning on Lake Lagunitas depicts an old boathouse amid lush foliage, its image mirrored on the water. An accomplished oil-on-canvas created in 1987, the northern California regional artwork measures 60 by 84 inches and is estimated at $1,000-$2,000.

Exquisite sterling silver wares from distinguished estates include a Wallace 93-piece flatware service in the revered “Grande Baroque” pattern. Ornate and substantial, this formal silver service is presented in a Guildcraft chest and carries a pre-sale estimate of $2,200-$2,400.

A rare Rare Louis Vuitton ‘Malle Fleurs’ [Floral Trunk] miniature trunk, made in the 1930s, is stamped Louis Vuitton/Made in France on its inner leather strap and also bears a serial number. Stephen D’Atri explained that diminutive trunks of this type were “modeled after the monogram canvas ‘cabin’ trunk and were presented as gifts from Louis Vuitton to loyal customers.” It measures 11 inches wide by 4 3/8 inches high by 5½ inches deep and is estimated at $8,000-$10,000.

Two antique/vintage folk art lots to watch include carved and painted animals created in the manner of Felipe Archuleta (1910-1991). A 37-inch-tall bunny, white with red accents, could hop to a winning bid of $800-$1,200, while a striking 25-inch orange, black and white painted tiger with intensely gazing eyes is similarly estimated. 

Sterling Associates’ March 20 Fine Art & Estate Auction will begin at 11 a.m. US Eastern time. Sterling Associates, Inc., is a full-service brick-and-mortar auction house. The company’s “hybrid auctions” are conducted online, just like a live auction, but without a live audience in attendance. Bidders may participate absentee, by phone or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com. All items may be previewed prior to auction day at the gallery. Also, all goods won in the auction can be picked up at Sterling Associates’ gallery, located at 537 Broadway, Norwood, NJ 07648.  

For more information on any item, or to reserve a phone line for bidding, call 201-768-1140 or email info@antiquenj.com. Online: www.antiquenj.com. View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live online at LiveAuctioneers.com.

Image: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/69927806_queen-mary-celebrity-autograph-book. Autograph booklet and ephemera archive maintained by Edna May Stewart, head stewardess of the RMS Queen Mary, during the ship’s golden era. Stewart maintained the autograph collection - which includes the signatures of 100+ celebrities and athletes, including 1950s Manchester United football players - for her daughter Patricia Ann. Estimate: $1,200-$1,800. Courtesy of Sterling Associates Inc.

 

1948.w.3266.1 copy.jpgPhiladelphia - On April 10, 2019 Freeman’s will offer Across Continents: Property from the Collection of Ambassador & Mrs. Alexander Weddell | The Virginia House Museum — an important selection of fine art, furniture, antiquities, decorative arts, textiles and books from the private collection of United States Ambassador Alexander Wilbourne Weddell (1876-1948) and his wife Virginia Chase Steedman Weddell (1874-1948). The Collection is deaccessioned by the Virginia House Museum in Richmond, Virginia, and the proceeds of the sale will benefit future preservation, acquisitions and care of the Museum’s Collection. 

From the moment they met in 1921, until their tragic deaths on January 1st, 1948, the Weddells built on an eclectic, yet cohesive collection of artifacts that reflect the extraordinary and refined civilizations they explored through their numerous travels around the globe. The collection seems particularly imbued with the Weddells’ long fascination with Central and South America, which the couple discovered during Mr. Weddell’s shifting governmental duties. A graduate of George Washington University, Weddell worked in the diplomatic corps for many years before serving as US Ambassador to Argentina from 1933 to 1939, and to Spain from 1939 to 1942. 

The Weddells carefully chose paintings that both complemented and challenged the Jacobean interiors of Virginia House, their home in Richmond. Among numerous European gold-ground pictures and Mexican religious scenes, stands an impressive Jacobean portrait of an English nobleman from the Clarke family and his daughter (Lot 32), as well as a rare portrait of a female courtier by German artist Franz Kessler (Lot 78), dated 1620. During their time in Central and South America, the couple acquired several fine examples of the region’s many riches. Of particular note are a 17th century painting of the Death of the Virgin from the Cuzco School that the Weddells purchased in Lima, Peru in 1937 (Lot 260), and “Le Désenchanté,” a delicate wooden sculpture by Russian artist Stephen Erzia, whom the couple met and supported in Argentina in the 1930s (Lot 253). 

The Weddells furnished their home with taste, using period furniture and magnificent tapestries. Furniture highlights from the collection include a fine Spanish Baroque walnut and giltwood vargueño on stand (Lot 309), a rare Elizabethan marquetry oak court cupboard (Lot 24), an exceptional late Elizabethan/early Jacobean carved oak court cupboard (Lot 31), a very rare carved ivory and papier-mâché dressed statue of a Madonna retaining her original clothes (Lot 261), and a very early Nasrid-style marquetry and ivory-inlaid walnut chest, produced in Venice or Barcelona in the 15th century (Lot 149). The sale also includes a 16th century Brussels tapestry (Lot 72) and a 17th century Mortlake fragment from ‘The Horses’ series designed by Frans Cleyn (Lot 52). Also of note are a group of Himalayan bronze, copper alloy, and carved wood Buddhist works of art, collected by the Weddells on their travels in India and China. The earliest works date to the 15th century and include a fine figure of Buddha Akshobya with elaborate engraved robe (Lots 198 through 203), and two large Nepalese figures of bodhisattvas (Lots 190 and 191). Ottoman silver and tombak; Russian niello snuffboxes from the period of Catherine the Great; and English, French, American, and Mexican silver are also represented. 

Enamored of the erudite and genteel country life, Alexander also built a refined and extensive library of early manuscripts and reference texts in the gentlemanly tradition, mainly of travel and exploration influence, but also including first and inscribed editions from Émile Zola (Lot 480), Jonathan Swift (Lots 450, 451 & 464), Guy de Maupassant (Lot 478), Voltaire (Lot 465), Gustave Flaubert (Lot 446) and Théophile Gautier (Lot 475); and a series of Russian imperial bindings, the jewel of which is a first edition, Cologne, 1700 of Mémoires de Monsieur d’Artagnan (Lot 456). Meanwhile, Virginia enthusiastically collected a very fine collection of English and Spanish embroideries, French and Italian silks and velvets, and ecclesiastical vestments to furnish their home and upholster their antiques. The highlight of this section is a group of Spanish silk and metal thread embroidered velvets, likely convent work, from the 16th through the 18th centuries. 

Virginia House was presented by the Alexander and Virginia Weddell to the Virginia Historical Society in 1929. Following the Weddells’ tragic death, the Historical Society took ownership and management of the property and for seventy years, served as a faithful steward of the house and its diverse collections and gardens as outlined by the Weddells. In 2017, the Historical Society’s board of trustees approved a plan to increase the use of Virginia House with a focus on donor stewardship, public and private events, and interpretive programs. 

In order to best care for the site and the items bequeathed by the Weddells, the Historical Society has thoughtfully deaccessioned items that had been stored onsite for decades. The items in the present sale were deemed unrelated to the mission of the Historical Society or unnecessary for the future interpretation of the site. Proceeds from the sale will be placed in a restricted fund for the preservation of the property’s historic structures and landscape features and the acquisition and direct care of collections used to interpret the site and the Weddells. 

Exhibition 

Thursday & Friday, April 04 & 05: 10am-5pm Saturday & Sunday, April 06 & 07: 12pm-5pm Monday & Tuesday, April 08 & 09: 10am-5pm 

By appointment only on the morning of the sale 

Auction 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019: 10am 

1808 Chestnut St | Philadelphia, PA 

 

Screen Shot 2019-03-18 at 9.10.14 AM.pngNew York — For Passover, Les Enluminures presents a series of events that center on a remarkable medieval manuscript: a Haggadah with seventy-five watercolor paintings created in the circle of the famous artist Giovannino de Grassi (d. 1398) in Milan in the late fourteenth century. Telling the story of the flight of the Jews from Egypt based on the biblical book of Exodus, the Haggadah was - and still is - used during the Seder, the ritual meal of the first night of Passover. Its text has been richly illustrated by many artists in different countries for over seven hundred years. 

With its seventy-five illustrations, occupying the margins of almost every page, this manuscript expresses the elegant language of the Gothic International style in Lombardy. Directly related to the workshop of the renowned master builder, sculptor, and illuminator Giovannino de Grassi, who flourished under the patronage of the noble Visconti family in Milan, the present volume was probably commissioned by a wealthy Jewish individual. The presumed date of origin of the Lombard Haggadah corresponds with a period known for its wave of immigration into Lombardy of northern European Jews, who were especially welcomed by Duke Gian Galeazzo Visconti. 

Last on public exhibit in the Paris World's Fair in 1900, when it belonged to a French family, the Lombard Haggadah was then sold in 1927 in London to the noted collector of Hebrew manuscripts Zalman Schocken. Little known, the manuscript has remained in private hands ever since. It survives as the earliest stand-alone Italian Haggadah. Of the greatest rarity, it is one of three illustrated medieval Haggadot still privately owned. It is for sale. 

Sharon Liberman Mintz, Curator of Jewish Art, The Jewish Theological Seminary, states "I have worked with Hebrew illuminated manu- scripts all of my professional life, and this one stands out for its fresh, charming, and sometimes unique paintings as well as its historical importance." 

Founded by Dr. Sandra Hindman more than twenty-five years ago and with locations in Paris, Chicago, and New York, Les Enluminures has forged long-standing relationships with major museums and prestigious private collections throughout the world. It exhibits at TEFAF Maas- tricht, TEFAF New York, Masterpiece, and Frieze Masters. The gallery is well-known for the level of its scholarship evident in its numerous publications but also for the diversity, high quality, and provenance of the works it offers for sale. 

"I am honored to be involved in a project of such magnitude prompted by this rare and stunning work of art," says Sandra Hindman. "Hebrew manuscript illumination is a field that has always held great interest and attraction for me. I confess to being thoroughly enchanted by the present manuscript." 

EXHIBITION 

For the first time in more than one hundred years, the manuscript will be on view for a limited period only in the New York gallery of Les Enluminures.  

Thursday April 12, 2019 to Sunday April 21, 2019 10 am to 5 pm (Easter Sunday included) 

PUBLICATION

Authors are: Milvia Bollati, Catholic University of Milan; Marc Michael Epstein, Vassar College; Flora Cassen, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Laura Light, Independent Scholar, Boston, Massachusetts. Introduction by Christopher de Hamel, Preface by Sharon Mintz. 

A full prospectus of the publication is available on request . 

LECTURES AND CONFERENCE 

The Haggadah in the Middle Ages and Beyond: A Celebration for Passover
Jewish Studies, Medieval Studies, and the Department of Art History and Music of Fordham University and Les Enluminures co-sponsor a series of events for Passover. 

LECTURE 

Wednesday April 10, 6 pm 

FordhamUniversity, McNally Amphitheater (140 West 62nd Street)
Adam Cohen, University of Toronto, "Social and Sacred in the Medieval Haggadah" 

CONFERENCE 

Sunday April 14, 10 am to 5 pm (followed by a Reception) 

Fordham University, McNally Amphitheater (140 West 62nd Street)
Morning and Afternoon Sessions on "Patronage and Collection" (morning) and "Making Hebrew Manuscripts" (afternoon) . Speakers include Evelyn Cohen, Marc Michael Epstein, Barbara Wolff, and many others. 

Full program available on request. 

Image: The Lombard Haggadah, Milan, c. 1390-1400, Circle of Giovannino de Grassi (Master of the Paris Tacuinum?), f.25v, Man holding a large bunch of maror [bitter herbs), illustrating the text "This maror." 

Lewin 1 .jpgA very rare 18th century publication - The Birds of Great Britain with their Eggs by William Lewin - sold in Tennants Auctioneers’ Book Sale on 15th March for £11,000 (plus buyer’s premium). Despite missing two of the seven volumes in the set, the rarity of the work attracted fierce bidding in the saleroom. Beautifully illustrated with hand-coloured plates, the book was published for the author between 1789 and 1794, and only sixty sets were produced. William Lewin (1747-1795) was an English naturalist and illustrator, and this publication was the result of twenty years’ work. Over the years, many copies have been split up into individual watercolours, making existing copies all the more sought-after.

Elsewhere in the sale, strong prices were achieved for a volume of drawings made by Joseph Green depicting his voyage from England to New South Wales, Van Dieman’s Land and Bombay in 1829. Green produced this collection of sketches, ink washes and watercolours for his cousin Samuel Farmer ‘who used to be fond of drawing’, according to the inscription. This unique and personal record sold for £2,200 (plus buyer’s premium). A collection of letters written by Prince Philip to his prep school headmaster and his son were also well-contested in the saleroom. Sold as five lots, the letters achieved a combined hammer price of £4,700.

Also of note were a scientific tract - An Essay on the Food of Plants and the Renovation of Soils -  by John Ingen-Housz, which includes the first description of photosynthesis sold for £1,300 (plus buyer’s premium), and an interesting hand-written Commercial Investigator’s Journal, possibly written by Augustus Hughes, detailing his investigations into the Porto wine trade sold for £950 (plus buyer’s premium).

Full results are available on Tennants’ website.

Image: William Lewin ‘The Birds of Great Britain and their Eggs’ - Sold for £11,000.

Hours_Spitz_RohanMaster_Paris_c1415-20_f185_Archangel_Michael copy.jpgMaastricht — On the preview days at TEFAF Maastricht (14-15 March 2019), Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books sold an extremely precious 15th-century Book of Hours, illuminated by the Masters of the Grandes Heures de Rohan (likely the Giac Master in particular). The Masters were possibly a family of painters who may have handed over and reinforced expertise from one generation to the other. Their distinctive style is characterized by a striking experimentation with scale, elongated figures, and a somewhat distorted perspective, together leading to an expressive and dramatic result. Characteristic motifs include long limbs, golden clouds drifting across vividly coloured skies, and fascinatingly layered patterns. They are named after their main oeuvre, the Grandes Heures de Rohan (currently at the Bibliothèque nationale de France), which was created about fifteen years after the Book of Hours that was sold at TEFAF Maastricht. The miniatures in this vividly coloured Book of Hours, including the fine figures of St. John Baptist, the Archangel Michael, or the Burial scene, anticipate the impressive, monumental compositions of the Grandes Heures de Rohan. The Masters’ bold colour choices offer a brilliant precursor to exquisitely colourful works by later generations of painters, such as Vincent van Gogh, expressionist painters like Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, or Jean-Michel Basquiat. This stunning Book of Hours has been on the market for an asking price of 1,850,000 euro. The manuscript went to a private collector. 

Dr. Jörn Günther also sold a very unusual, and possibly unique, 16th-century manuscript that consists of eighty illustrated Italian proverbs related to virtues and vices. All eighty images are similarly organised and depict one or more protagonists that illustrate the essence of the saying. The style of the images is simple but quite skilful and charming. In variations, many of the proverbs are still known today. For instance, the manuscript includes 16th-century advice on minding one’s own business - with the image of a man bent forward with the world on his shoulders: “Chi gliaffanni daltrui portar si crede // Si tira il mondo adosso e non si avede. (He who believes he must bear the affairs of others will unwittingly carry the weight of the world on his shoulders).” This interesting manuscript has only recently come on the market and was presented at TEFAF Maastricht for the first time with an asking price of 66,000 euro. It went to a private collector. 

Another artwork that was bought by a private collector at TEFAF Maastricht is an exquisite single leaf from a deluxe Book of Hours. The full-page miniature depicts the Flight into Egypt. The miniature leaf comes from a French Book of Hours, one of the high-end works of the Dunois Master and his workshop.

Meanwhile, a private collector from the US bought two excellently preserved, large leaves from an Italian Antiphonal, illuminated in the circle of Fra Antonio da Monza around 1500. One of the miniatures depicts the Resurrection of Christ in the initial R, the other one the Ascension of Christ in the initial V.

In addition, four highly interesting miniatures went to an institution in Asia. Two leaves from a scroll on vellum come from Peter of Poitiers’s Compendium Historiae in Genealogia Christi (c. 1280), the genealogy of Christ beginning with Adam, which was created in England in the late 13th century. One of them shows a miniature of Alexander the Great, and the other one features miniatures of Moses and Aaron. Another single leaf comes from a 14th  century ferial Psalter. The profusely decorated initial S contains a wonderfully detailed image of David in waters and God in heaven - glistening with gold. The fourth miniature that will go to Asia is an illuminated leaf from a 14th century Gradual. The richly gilded initial E features an exquisite portrait of a Confessor Bishop.

Image: 15th-century Book of Hours, illuminated by the Masters of the Grandes Heures de Rohan

Lot 169-Qur'an copy.jpgNew York - Coinciding with Rare Book Week in New York City, Swann Galleries’ spring offering of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books on March 7 brought bibliophiles from near and far, with breakneck bidding for a number of items, including incunabula and first editions on medicine-but it was illuminated manuscripts that took the spotlight in the sale. 

Of the impressive run of manuscripts, Tobias Abeloff, Early Printed Books specialist noted: “The market is strong for exceptional material, and we saw significant interest in printed and manuscript Books of Hours, with bidding driving prices over estimates. The biggest surprise of the day was the manuscript Qur’an that went for more than 10 times the high estimate.” The illuminated manuscript in Arabic with miscellaneous chapters of the Qur’an and associated prayers reached $35,000. 

The sale was led by an illuminated Prayer Book in Latin and French on vellum, France, 1530s-40s, which featured 35 miniatures in color and gold, and sold for $42,500. Additional decorated works included a mid-fifteenth-century Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, France, at $35,000; a mid-fifteenth-century Book of Hours in Dutch on vellum, Northern Netherlands, at $22,500; and Dala’ll al-Khayrat, a 1664-65 illuminated manuscript in Arabic by Muhammad Ibn Sulayman Al-Jazuli, at $5,250.

Scientific and medical publications included a first edition of George Agricola’s most important writings on geology, mineralogy and mining, and his monograph on ancient Greek and Roman weights and measures: De ortu & causis subterraneorum Lib. V bound with De mensuris & ponderibus Romanorum atque Graecorum Lib. V, Basil, 1546, 1550, which settled at $11,250. A first separate printing of the first of Wilhem Conrad Röntgen’s three papers announcing his discovery of x-rays, Eine Neue Art von Strahlen, Würzburg, 1895, was sold for $5,200. Andreas Vesalius’s 1604 Anatomia, Venice, a landmark treatise on human anatomy, brought $5,250. A 1737-38 first edition of Icon durae matris in concave [convexa] superficie visae, Amsterdam, by Frederick Ruysch with two color mezzotints by Jan Ladmiral earned $5,250.

Incunabula featured Marcus Valerius Martialis’s Epigrammata, Venice, 1485, with commentary of Domitius Calderinus, which brought $7,500, Quaestiones de duodecim quodlibet, Venice, 1476, by Saint Thomas Aquinas that earned $6,500, and Marcus Anneaus Lucanus’s Pharsalia, Venice, 1486, with commentary of Omnibonus Leonicenus garnered $5,000.

“The finest edition of Don Quixote that has ever been printed,” a first Ibarra edition of Cervantes’s El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha … Nueva Edición, corregida por la Real Academia Española, Madrid, 1780, in four volumes, exceeded its high estimate bringing $11,875. Additional highlights included a first edition of one of the scarcest early Italian chess manuals, and first book printed in Militello, Il Gioco de gli Scacchi, by Pietro Carrera for $10,625. The True Prophecies or Prognostications, London, 1672, a first complete edition in English of Michel de Nostradamus’s quatrains supposedly predicting historical events, garnered $5,750.

The next auction from Swann Galleries’ Books & Manuscripts Department will be Autographs on March 21. Visit www.swanngalleries.com or download the Swann Galleries app for catalogues, bidding and inquires. 

Image: Lot 169: Illuminated manuscript in Arabic, miscellaneous chapters of the Qur’an with associated prayers, Ottoman. Sold for $35,000.

Dallas, TX - Heritage Auctions’ April 6 Photographs Auction will feature the largest group of Ruth Bernhard photographs ever to appear at auction.

Born in Berlin in 1905, Bernhard moved to New York City in 1927, where she became a photographer. In the late 1920s, she became friends with photographer Berenice Abbott and her partner, critic Elizabeth McCausland. A few years later, she started photographing women in the nude, the art form for which she eventually would become best known. Shortly after she met photographer Edward Weston in 1935, she moved to California, where he lived, before moving back to New York four years later. After eight years she moved back to California, where she remained for the rest of her life, finally settling in San Francisco where she befriended photographers Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Minor White and Wynn Bullock.

“This is the most substantial offering of Ruth Bernard photographs ever to appear for sale,” Heritage Auctions Rare Photographs Director Nigel Russell said. “This is a unique opportunity for those who have admired her timeless female nudes or thoughtful still lifes.”

Comprising 71 lots of her elegant female nude studies and sublime still-lifes, the auction offers four complete portfolios, including The Eternal Body, 1993 ($10,000-15,000). Individual prints include Classic Torso, 1952 (estimate: $5,000-7,000), In the Box-Horizontal, San Francisco, California, 1962 (estimate: $5,000-7,000) and Spanish Dancer, 1971 (estimate: $4,000-6,000).

Bernhard’s still lifes are represented by Two Leaves, Hollywood, California, 1952 (estimate: $3,000-5,000), Eighth Street Movie Theater, Frederick Kiesler-Architect, New York, 1946 (estimate: $3,000-5,000) and Angelwing, New York, 1943 (estimate: $3,000-5,000).

Classics from Ansel Adams include Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941 (estimate: $30,000-50,000), Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada, From Line Pine, California, 1944 (estimate: $25,000-35,000) and seven prints from Portfolio Four What Majestic Word, which will be offered as individual lots, with estimates ranging from $5,000-7,000 to $1,500-2,500.

Helmut Newton photographs include Self-Portrait with Wife and Models (Vogue Studios), Paris, 1980 (estimate: $12,000-18,000), Kiss, Bordighera, 1982 (estimate: $7,000-10,000) and Hands, Bordighera, 1982 ($6,000-8,000).

Also featured are David Yarrow’s striking The Wolf of Main Street, 2015, even more impressive in this massive 55-3/4 x 99-1/2 inches print (estimate: $20,000-30,000) and Lee Friedlander’s graphic Nude (Madonna), 1979 ($10,000-15,000).

Contemporary photography is represented by Andrew Moore Industria, Havana, Cuba, 1998 (estimate: $6,000-$8,000); Nan Goldin Suzanne with Mona Lisa, Mexico City, 1981 (estimate: $6,000-8,000) and Wim Wenders Holy Figure, Toshodaiji Temple, Nara, Japan, 2000 (estimate: $4,000-$6,000) and three prints from Thomas Ruff’s Nudes series, each of which carries a pre-auction estimate of $1,500-2,500.

Also included are six lots by Henri Cartier-Bresson including Brussels. Belgium, 1932 (estimate: $5,000-7,000), Valence, Espagne, 1933 (estimate: $3,000-5,000) and Aquila, Abruzzi, Italy, 1955 (estimate: $3,000-5,000).

Other highlights include, but are not limited to:

·         Robert Mapplethorpe’s Lydia Cheng, 1985 (estimate: $30,000-50,000)

·         A vintage print of Edward Weston’s Dunes, Oceano, 1936 (estimate: $15,000-20,000)

·         Lawrence Schiller’s Marilyn and Me Portfolio of 12 works (estimate: $20,000-30,000)

·         Seven gelatin silver photos by Andy Warhol, including Andy Warhol on a Seaplane in Montauk, 1982 (estimate: $5,000-7,000)

·         11 lots by Marion Post Wolcott, the top two of which carry a pre-auction estimate of $2,000-3,000

o   Young Boys Waiting to be Paid Off for Picking Cotton, Marcella Plantation Store, Milestone, Mississippi, 1939

o   Negro Man Entering Movie Theater by Outside Stairway (Colored Entrance), Belzoni, Mississippi, 1939

·         Six lots by Aaron Siskind and his students documenting the work of architect Louis Sullivan, including Two Views of the Wainwright Building, St. Louis, Missouri (2 works) (estimate: $2,500-3,500)

·         Four Polaroids by Andy Warhol (three of which carry an estimate of $2,000-3,000)

“Once again, Heritage Auctions is offering a diverse selection of photographs,” Russell said, “many of which rarely appear on the market.”

On-line bidding begins Friday, March 15 on HA.com. To see images and additional information about the images, visit HA.com/5409.

The Newberry Library is delighted to announce the appointment of Daniel Greene as its next President and Librarian.

Greene, who has served as Exhibitions Curator and Historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) since 2014 and Adjunct Professor of History at Northwestern University since 2013, will join the Newberry August 19. At that time, he will succeed David Spadafora, who has led the Newberry as President and Librarian since 2005. Spadafora announced his retirement last June, after which the Board of Trustees set in place a rigorous search process for his successor.

“An accomplished scholar devoted to the public humanities, Danny will propel the Newberry forward with both innovative thinking and a commitment to the mission that has sustained us as an institution over the past 132 years,” said David Hilliard, Chair of the Newberry Board of Trustees. “Danny’s profoundly important work with the Holocaust Memorial Museum is consonant with our own institutional priorities, and we look forward to seeing him further the Newberry’s mission to promote the humanities and forge connections among scholars and between scholars and the public.”

In 2018, Greene curated Americans and the Holocaust, a groundbreaking exhibition examining the major cultural forces—isolationism, xenophobia, racism, and antisemitism—that influenced Americans’ responses to Nazism in the 1930s and 40s. Through Greene’s extensive research and vivid storytelling, the exhibition immersed visitors in a harrowing chapter in American history while illuminating the complex and painful reality of widespread ambivalence toward victims of the Holocaust.

Extending the exhibition’s themes beyond the USHMM galleries, Greene has helped develop educational programming, public events, and web resources for various audiences. He is currently curating a traveling version of the show scheduled to visit 50 libraries across the United States between 2020 and 2022, in partnership with the American Library Association. These efforts reflect Greene’s integrative approach to engaging students, teachers, scholars, and lifelong learners across platforms and using history as a lens for understanding the present.

Prior to his arrival at USHMM, Greene spent several years on staff at the Newberry, serving as Director of the library’s Scholl Center for American History and Culture and then as Vice President for Research and Academic Programs. In these previous roles at the Newberry, Greene oversaw its fellowships program, developed digital resources for scholars and teachers, and curated Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North, a major 2013 exhibition in partnership with the Terra Foundation for American Art.

“It is a privilege to return to the Newberry, a world-renowned institution whose ideals related to truth, access, and historical inquiry align so closely with my own,” said Daniel Greene. “I look forward to building upon the Newberry’s success while seeking to expand its role as a hub of learning and discovery for all.”

Greene is the author of The Jewish Origins of Cultural Pluralism: The Menorah Association and American Diversity, which was awarded the Saul Viener Prize by the American Jewish Historical Society. He is also the co-editor and co-author of Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North, the companion text to the exhibition he curated at the Newberry.

Greene earned his PhD in history from the University of Chicago and his BA from Wesleyan University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Dr. Greene will inherit the leadership of an institution that has just completed its second comprehensive fundraising campaign this decade, as well as a major renovation of its first floor.

 

51 EDWARD III AND PHILIPPA OF HAINAULT THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT BETWEEN EDWARD III AND PHILIPPA OF HAINAULT 2 copy.jpgLondon — The 1326 marriage contract between Edward III and Philippa of Hainault leads Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale in London on Wednesday 27 March. It is estimated at £100,000-150,000.

The contract, written on one skin of vellum, was the decisive factor in a carefully laid plot to invade England, raise a rebellion and depose the reigning monarch, Edward II.

The prime mover of these events was Isabella, wife of Edward II who plotted to unseat her husband and replace him with their 13-year-old son, the future Edward III. Sent to France in 1325 to negotiate with her brother King Charles IV, Isabella - known as the She-Wolf of France - refused to return to London, established a court-in-exile and arranged for her son to join her in Paris. The marriage contract with Philippa - who was around 11 years old - had one purpose only: to raise the money and men with which to invade England and depose Edward. 

Isabella was motivated partly by revenge - she resented the king’s fondness for the company of Piers Gaveston and other young men - and partly by political considerations. Edward II was a weak king, and his reign was studded with disaster - the heavy defeat against the Scots at Bannockburn in 1314, the civil war with his barons, and the virtual surrender of power to one of his favourites, Hugh Despenser and his father.

Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer invaded England in September 1326 with the troops provided under the terms of the marriage contract. They met little resistance, and within a few days Edward’s reign was effectively over. By January the following year, Edward had formally renounced the throne in favour of his son, with Isabella and Mortimer appointed joint regents. Weeks later Edward II was murdered in Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire on the orders of Mortimer. Over the following two years, Isabella and Mortimer systematically abused their position to acquire estates and wealth, until Edward III asserted his authority in 1330 and had Mortimer arrested for treason and executed.

The marriage of Edward III and Philippa was happy and successful, producing 13 children and ending only with the queen’s death in 1369. Philippa was a popular figure and won admiration for persuading the king to pardon the Burghers of Calais, six civic dignitaries who had volunteered to face death in order to spare the rest of the townsfolk. Queen’s College Oxford is named in her honour.  

Historian Felix Pryor who catalogued the document for Bonhams said, “This deed is an extraordinary survival from the middle ages, and few more potent relics of English history have been offered for sale. Without it there would have been no Black Prince, nor any of his numerous siblings, the disputing claims of whose descendants were to give rise to the Wars of the Roses in the following century, curtain-raiser to the Tudors and the modern, post-feudal, age. It is also a physical embodiment of open rebellion and the invasion of England less than a month later.”

Image: Lot 51 Edward III and Philippa of Hainault marriage contract

 

Fed HA.jpgDallas, TX - Led by The Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction and a copy of The Federalist Papers in its original boards, Heritage Auctions’ Rare Books Auction realized $1,684,038 against $993,900 in pre-auction estimates, the department’s third consecutive sale to realize more than 160 percent the estimated total.

Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction

Penzler won an Edgar Award as co-author of the Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection, founded The Mysterious Press and owns The Mysterious Bookshop in New York. His collection of mystery fiction, the first 231 lots of which were offered in this sale, is considered one of the most extensive in the world. This sale featured mostly American authors, with a focus on hard-boiled writers. The total realized for the Otto Penzler Collection was $627,213.

Among the top lots from his collection in the sale:

A rare first edition in the original first printing dust jacket of Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest prompted aggressive bidding before it finished at $75,000. The rare copy is in such exceptional condition that Penzler himself called it the world’s best copy.

Hammett’s The Dain Curse, the author’s second book and the final Continental Op novel, drew $27,500. It originally was published in four parts in Black Mask from November 1928 to February 1929.

A first edition of Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep, signed by the author on the front free endpaper, nearly doubled its pre-auction estimate when it brought $57,500.

Popularly referred to as The Federalist Papers, the auction’s top lot, by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay sparked a flurry of competitive bids before closing at $187,500, topping its pre-auction estimate by 150 percent. The two-volume set is considered by American historians to be the cornerstone of the new nation’s theory of government.

“These books are an important part of American history,” Heritage Auctions Rare Books Director James Gannon said. “Written as part of the effort to ratify the Constitution, it made the case for Federalism and sought to convince the citizens of the states. Only about 500 copies are believed to have been printed, and this one is still is in the publisher’s boards, which is exceedingly rare.”

Evoking memories of a favorite childhood book, Maurice Sendak’s "Moo-Reese" Tabletop Cow sold for $93,750. Drawn and painted in 2000 by Sendak, with help from Lynn Caponera, this 27-inch figurine was part of the “Cow Parade” in New York, Chicago and Zurich. In molded plaster decorated in pencil and water color with numerous characters from the popular children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, the figurine was sold in 2003 to support the Chicago Opera Theater.

Other top lots in the auction included, but were not limited to:

·         $42,500: [Frank Herbert, original novel]. Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune

·         $30,000: David Roberts. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia

·         $25,000: Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

·         $25,000: Ludwig Bemelmans’ 1961 Madeline in London: A Little Sunshine, A Little Rain

·         $22,500: J. R. R. Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, comprising: The Fellowship of the Ring

 

Davy Crockett.jpgWestport, CT - Historically important letters handwritten and signed by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, Confederate States President Jefferson Davis and legendary frontiersman Davy Crockett, plus a rare patent assignment document signed by Albert Einstein, will be featured in University Archives’ next online-only auction, slated for Wednesday, March 27th.

Live bidding for the 276-lot auction is scheduled to start promptly at 10:30 am Eastern time. As with all University Archives auctions, this one is loaded with rare, highly collectible autographed documents, manuscripts, books, photos and relics. The full catalog can be viewed online now, at www.UniversityArchives.com. Online bidding is via Invaluable.com and LiveAuctioneers.com. 

In addition to live and Internet bidding, phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. “The March auction is highlighted by rarities, things that for one reason or another are unique,” said John Reznikoff, president and owner of University Archives. “It is also a very diverse sale, and it features one of our strongest representations to date of material regarding the Founding Fathers.” 

The Thomas Jefferson one-page letter, signed “Th. Jefferson” and dated Jan. 8, 1801, when he was Vice President and President-elect, was addressed to Richard Robinson, Jefferson’s assistant overseer at Monticello, Jefferson’s estate home in Virginia. He writes about needing help in reassembling and erecting the columns for the home’s east portico and, in doing so, references the nephew of his concubine and slave, Sally Hemings. The letter should bring $35,000-$45,000.

The Jefferson Davis letter is historically significant in that it is Davis’s acceptance letter as the Provisional President of the Confederate States. Signed (“Jeffn Davis”) and dated (“April 18, 1861”), at the outbreak of the Civil War, the letter is addressed to D.F. Jamison, president of the South Carolina Convention. In it, Davis humbly promises to fulfill his duties as the president, a position he would assume in November of 1861. The letter is estimated to hit $30,000-$35,000.

Also expected to reach $30,000-$35,000 is the one-page Davy Crockett letter, signed (“David Crockett”) and dated (“5 May 1830”). It’s a fine if somewhat frantic letter, full of misspells and largely devoid of punctuation. Heading home from Washington, Crockett had reached Maysville, Kentucky when he realized he’d lost a portrait of himself after leaving Frostburg, Maryland. He enlisted the help of Michael Sprigg of Maryland, a fellow legislator in the 20th / 21st Congresses.

The Albert Einstein offering isn’t a letter but perhaps something even better: a patent assignment document signed by Einstein and touching on his Nobel Prize-winning work on the photo-electric effect. His colleague, Gustav Bucky, also signed the typewritten, two-page document. The patent was for a “Light Intensity Self-Adjusting Camera”, an automatic camera developed five years before Kodak’s Super-Six 20. The rare document should command $20,000-$24,000.

A superb George Washington document, signed as President and dated Feb. 10, 1790, in which he appoints a port collector for North Carolina, matted with a portrait of Washington, should sell for $18,000-$20,000; while a letter written and signed by John Adams regarding the 1765 Stamp Act of Congress, to Jedidiah Morse for his Annals of the American Revolution, dated Sept. 11, 1815 and housed in a custom clamshell case, is expected to change hands for $10,000-$12,000.

A sepia tone bust portrait photograph of Irish author Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), signed as “Oscar Wilde” and dated “Jany. 23 ‘82”, depicting the long-locked dramatist in an overcoat with a wide fur collar, carries an estimate of $6,000-$7,000. Also, a two-page letter beautifully handwritten in French by the Russian Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, World War I-dated in January 1915 and signed (as “Alexandra”), with mention of the French Red Cross, should bring $2,400-$2,600.

A small archive of autograph letter drafts, notes and documents pertaining to Lenny Bruce (1925-1966), revealing the business and personal side of the controversial comic, six pieces total, some inscribed and signed, has an estimate of $2,400-$2,600. Also, a check signed by baseball great Jackie Robinson (as “Jack R. Robinson”), in the amount of $6.50 and made out to the “Cinderella Ball Committee”, framed with a photo of Robinson at bat, should garner $700-$800.

Lots pertaining to renowned French scientists Pierre and Marie Curie are expected to attract keen bidder interest. They include a one-page letter written in French by Pierre Curie, signed and dated April 7, 1905, addressed to the Royal Society of Surgery and Medicine, with his photo (est. $7,000-$8,000); and a rare formal portrait photograph of Marie Curie, shown seated in a chair, signed on the mount as “M. Curie” and dated “November 8, 1929”, framed (est. $6,000-$6,500).

A single-page typed letter, signed by Walt Disney and dated Jan. 23, 1942, in which Disney discourses on what his studio can and can’t do to support the war effort in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, has an estimate of $3,000-$3,500. Also, a five-page letter, handwritten by Vivien Leigh and dated “Dec. 10th” (presumed to be 1939), to her agent, John Gliddon, regarding her fears of having to attend the opening of Gone with the Wind in Atlanta, should sell for $1,500-$1,700.

As with all University Archives online auctions, this one is packed with important, scarce and collectible signed documents and other items relating to some of the most famous names in all of history. The firm has become world-renowned as a go-to source for rare material of this nature.

University Archives was founded in 1979, as a division of University Stamp Company, by John Reznikoff, who started collecting stamps and coins in 1968, while in the third grade. Industry-wide, Reznikoff is considered the leading authenticity expert for manuscripts and documents. He consults with law enforcement, dealers, auction houses and both major authentication companies.

For more information about University Archives and the Wednesday, March 27th Internet-only auction, please visit www.universityarchives.com. For phone bidding, please call 800-237-5692.

Image: One-page Davy Crockett letter, signed (“David Crockett”) and dated (“5 May 1830”), a fine if somewhat frantic letter, full of misspells and largely void of punctuation (est. $30,000-$35,000). 

habplbjhancilolf.jpgNew York - On Thursday, June 20, Swann Auction Galleries will hold their first Pride Sale, an exploration and celebration of the art, influence, history, and experience of the LGBTQ+ community. In the week following, the largest LGBTQ+ pride celebration his history will happen in New York City, with both WorldPride (for the first time in the United States) and events marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. 

The auction will be a landmark event, featuring archives, literature, autographs, art and photography, including works James Baldwin, Tom of Finland, Gertrude Stein, Alice Walker, Robert Mapplethorpe, and many more. 

“Swann is thrilled to be hosting its inaugural Pride Sale auction and proud to continue supporting the community through a fundraising effort alongside the auction,” says President of Swann Auction Galleries, Nicholas D. Lowry. “We see this as an important and unique event among the many happening this June, recognizing the historical, literary and artistic achievements of LGBTQ+ writers, artists and activists,” Lowry continued. “This auction will celebrate the community and give collectors, connoisseurs and the curious an opportunity to observe and bid on a range of material from the last two centuries, with manuscripts, autographs, literature, art, photography, posters and more.” 

Among the many items up for auction included are: an autograph letter signed by Harvey Milk as Acting mayor of San Francisco, March 7, 1978 (Estimate: $4,000-6,000); the iconic 1987 poster, Silence = Death, published by the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) ($800-$1,200); Peter Hujar’s silver-print portrait, David Wojnarowicz: Manhattan-Night (III), 1985 ($15,000-25,000); and Sisterhood Feels Good, 1971, a cheeky poster by Donna Gottschalk published by Times Change Press ($400-600). Literary highlights feature a first edition of James Baldwin’s Go Tell It On The Mountain, 1953, ($800-1,200); a signed extra-limited first edition of The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, 1899, by Oscar Wilde ($40,000-60,000); and a remembrance copy of Walt Whitman’s Memoranda During the War, 1875-76, inscribed by the author, “with his love,” to Pete Doyle ($50,000-75,000).

Exhibition opening in New York City June 15. Further highlights available at www.swanngalleries.com/pride

Image: Silence = Death, AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, 1987. Estimate $800 to $1,200.

blobid1_1552408590641.jpgNew York — The March 11 sale of The Medical and Scientific Library of W. Bruce Fye was led by De humani corporis fabrica (On the fabric of the human body) by the Flemish physician Andreas Vesalius, which realized $325,075. This book was a first edition of one of the most influential books in Western medicine, published in Basel in 1543. In addition, exceptional prices were achieved in the section of Johns Hopkins and its First Faculty, which was 98% sold by lot.

Bonhams Director of Books and Manuscripts in New York, Ian Ehling, commented: “We had a tremendous response from collectors throughout the exhibition and auction of Dr. Fye’s collection. We were so pleased with the results achieved for one of the most comprehensive medical and scientific libraries. We look forward to continuing this momentum with additional works from the collection with the online-only sale, which opens for bidding today.”

The sale of The Medical and Scientific Library of W. Bruce Fye continues with an additional 344 lots, which will be sold in an online-only sale starting on March 12 to 21. For more information on this online-only sale, please click here.

Image: Vesalius, Andreas. 1514-1564. De humani corporis fabrica libri septem. Basel: Johannes Oporinus, June 1543. Price realized: $325,075

bgfelafgdfhjffoa.jpgNew York - Swann Galleries will offer an auction of Printed & Manuscript African Americana on Thursday, March 28, featuring documents, letters, photographs and publications illuminating African-American history, from slavery and abolition to the civil rights movement and beyond.

A highlight of the sale is remarkable archive of 28 letters and 68 photographs from artist Charles White and Frances, his wife, to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson. The correspondences reflect the Whites’ lives in Pasadena, CA, shortly after they moved there in 1956 and continue through mid-1960. Most of the letters discuss Charles’ artwork-shipping works from ACA Galleries in New York, new work he has been creating, and an upcoming exhibition at Pacific Town Club in LA. Discussion of the Whites’ notable inner-circle includes Sidney Poitier and Lorraine Hansberry, with Charles wishing success for the duo and Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun. Mentions of politics also fill the pages, with Charles noting, “…Rev. King on the cover of Times Magazine … I never felt so excited and enthusiastic about just being alive. And I think this feeling is being carried over into my work.” Photographs from the archive depict the couple’s new suburban life in Pasadena, as well as White’s studio and new works. The archive is expected to bring $4,000 to $6,000.

Also from the Melvin and Lorraine Williamson family comes Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, the first play by an African-American woman and African-American director on Broadway, on the block at $3,000 to $4,000. The draft, signed “Lorraine’s Copy” (which Lorraine it refers to is unclear), and with manuscript notes throughout, comes from early in the script’s production-either late 1958 or early 1959-as the copyright date of 1959 has not yet been added, and permission for the title from Langston Hughes was still pending. Other literary works of note include a first edition of Phillis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, London, 1773, with an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000, and a possibly unpublished and nearly lost radio play, The Man Who Went To War, 1944, by Langston Hughes at $2,000 to $3,000.   

The top lot is a substantial archive of 164 correspondence to John Augustine Washington III relating to Mount Vernon, other Washington family estates, the heirs of America’s Founding Father, and most often discussing the enslaved people on whom their fortune was built ($20,000-30,000). Also of note is a document signed from Newport, R.I. that records the illegal act of an American captain agreeing to bring slaves from Africa to Havana in 1806. The Slave Trade Act of 1794 banned American merchants from engaging in the international slave trade, but the law was poorly enforced, especially in Rhode Island which was the main center of the trade ($4,000-6,000).    

Material relating to David Ruggles, one of the leading abolitionists in New York, includes the First Annual Report of the New York Committee of Vigilance, New York, 1837, estimated at $3,000 to $4,000. Ruggles helped form the committee in order to aid fugitive slaves and protect the city’s free black community from kidnapping, which made the city a major hub of the Underground Railroad. Volume one, number one, of the first black periodical published in the United States, The Mirror of Liberty, July 1838, of which Ruggles was the editor, makes its auction debut at $8,000 to $12,000. 

Civil War lots feature an 1864 autograph letter signed by Penrose Edminson, a soldier in the 25th United States Colored Troops, to his mother in which he notes, “We whipped the rebles [sic] 3 times and we will whip them tonight again” ($4,000-6,000), and a late-1866 signed albumen carte-de-viste of Preston Taylor as a drummer with the 116th U.S.C.T. Taylor would go on to found the short-lived Christian Bible College in New Castle, KY, which moved to Nashville, TN in 1882. He became a leader of Nashville’s African-American community, eventually playing a major role in the founding of Tennessee State University ($2,500-3,500.) 

A unique diary of a young Seattle woman, LeEtta Sanders, captures a snapshot of her life during 1915. Sanders was a Washington native, whose life seems to have been contained within a community of middle-class and professional African-Americans. The diary contains much of what one would expect from a 21-year-old woman mentioning matters of the heart and her day-to-day life, even describing herself as “just a flirt.” The diary carries an estimate of $2,000 to $3,000. 

The sale is closed out by an archive of Sister Makinya Sibeko-Kouate dating from 1940-1975. Sibeko-Kouate brought the first Kwanzaa celebrations to the Bay Area and went on to become of the holiday’s leading populizers, traveling to numerous states and African nations. In 2015 she was named Queen Mother of Kwanzaa ($6,000-9,000).

Exhibition opening in New York City March 23. The complete catalogue and bidding information is available at www.swanngalleries.com and on the Swann Galleries app.

Additional highlights can be found here.

Image: Lot 124: An archive of letters from artist Charles White and his wife Frances, 28 letters with 65 photographs & slides, Pasadena, CA, 1956-60. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000. 

Bride of Frank.jpgDallas, Texas - An insert from the horror classic that has been called “the greatest sequel ever made” and a rare one sheet from a 1930s comedy classic will vie for top-lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ Movie Posters Auction March 23-24 in Dallas.

The Bride of Frankenstein (Universal, 1935) Insert (estimate: $50,000-100,000) casts a spotlight on the film now considered by many to be a monument of the horror genre. James Whale initially wanted no part of directing the sequel, and even after begrudgingly accepting the role, he felt Bride never could live up to the standard set by his 1931 classic, Frankenstein. So uninspired was Whale that he treated it as a farce, with elements of dark comedy … only to find that his approach was a huge hit with audiences. The film opened to rave reviews and was trumpeted as Whale’s “second masterpiece.” The offered insert is one of the most desirable posters in Universal’s now-legendary horror franchise, and one of very few copies known to remain in existence. The collage-style design features each of the main characters in a ghoulish light, which fits the film perfectly.

“What director James Whale was able to do with The Bride of Frankenstein is remarkable, as it became an enormously successful and popular film, and the images on the poster really capture the spirit of the film itself,” Heritage Auctions Vintage Posters Director Grey Smith said. “This is a must-have for any collector of horror film posters.”

A Red Headed Woman (MGM, 1932) One Sheet (estimate: $50,000-100,000) is a stunning piece around which serious collections can be built. Offered by Heritage Auctions for just the second time, this rarity represents an exceptional opportunity for collectors of pre-Code cinema. In this classic, star Jean Harlow trades in her signature platinum blonde locks for fiery red in her role as a conniving socialite. With a plot plucked from Katherine Brush’s 1931 novel of the same name, it was a hit with audiences, thanks in large part to Harlow’s stellar turn as Lil, the unrepentant gold digger with a balance of tackiness and charm. Once displayed at the Whitney Museum of American Art, this rarity can be the centerpiece of any serious collection.

One of the most popular films of all time comes to life on this The Wizard of Oz (MGM, 1939) Half Sheet (estimate: $40,000-80,000). Produced in 1939, at a cost of $2.7 million during the Depression, it only earned just over $3 million at the box office, a modest return for the era. But a television revival of the film sent its popularity soaring, and it now is one of the most collected titles in the poster hobby. This is a very rare and beautiful poster with brilliant color and images commemorating a timeless classic film.

Whale’s classic sequel appears in another format in this The Bride of Frankenstein (Universal, 1935) Window Card (estimate: $30,000-60,000), which is so rare it never has been offered by Heritage Auctions before. A sensational find for collectors, this window card features a full-color image otherwise found only on the film’s Style H three sheet, of which none is known to exist. The image is dominated by Boris Karloff in his second run as Mary Shelly’s reanimated creation and is flanked by leading lady Valerie Hobson and the bride, played by Elsa Lanchester.

Amid dire financial troubles, there was talk in the 1940s at Universal Studios of abandoning horror film making, a strategy that thankfully was not pursued when it was realized that horror films were the studio’s only films sure to turn a profit. Lon Chaney, Jr., became the studio’s new star, and is featured on this The Wolf Man (Universal, 1941) Insert (estimate: $30,000-60,000). So successful was the film that it revived the studio’s horror cycle for another decade. Spotlighting a masterpiece that co-stars Claude Rains, Bela Lugosi and Warren William, this insert is considered the best format among the film’s posters, and it unquestionably is the most rare.

Other top lots include, but are not limited to:

The Wizard of Oz (MGM, 1939) Style B Half Sheet (estimate: $25,000-50,000)

Chain Lightning Original Art by Alfredo Capitani (Warner Brothers, 1949)  (estimate: $15,000-30,000)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Universal, 1923) Pre-War Belgian (estimate: $12,000-24,000)

The Man Who Laughs (Universal, 1929) Autographed German Posters (estimate: $12,000-24,000)

The Maltese Falcon (Warner Brothers, 1946) First Post-War Release French Grande (estimate: $8,000-16,000)

 

Amherst, MA -- The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will celebrate the 50th birthday of The Very Hungry Caterpillar during its annual Very Hungry Caterpillar Day celebration on Sunday, March 24 from noon to 4 pm. The day-long celebration features special art projects, a visit from the Caterpillar costume character, a storytime by local author Angela DiTerlizzi, and a sale in The Carle Bookshop. The event also coincides with the final day of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 50 exhibition.

Angela DiTerlizzi, author of Just Add Glitter and Some Bugs, will present a special storytime and book signing, and join The Very Hungry Caterpillar costumed character and museum guests in a Wiggle Jiggle Dance Party.Visitors to the Art Studio can contribute to a large collaborative caterpillar creation designed and facilitated by students from Holyoke Community College. The Caterpillar Lab (a non-profit organization based in New Hampshire that fosters an appreciation for the wonderful world of caterpillars) will share a Springtime Caterpillar Bonanza, where guests can learn about native caterpillars. Guests can meet and get their photo taken with The Very Hungry Caterpillar costumed character and join in a Wiggle Jiggle dance party. Also, all Very Hungry Caterpillar items in The Carle Bookshop will be 15% off (Members save 30%).

This day is also the last chance for guests to view The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 50 exhibition. It features work from every page and explores the origins of this classic children's book. Other highlights include the one-of-a-kind Very Hungry Caterpillar necklace Carle gave his late wife, Bobbie, as well as posters he made to commemorate earlier anniversaries of the book.

Since its publication in 1969, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been translated into 62 languages, most recently Yiddish and Mongolian. Fifty years later, a copy of the book sells somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Carle believes this book stands out as such a beloved classic because it is about hope. "Like the caterpillar," he says, "children will grow up and spread their wings."

SCHEDULE:

12:00 pm

Museum opens to the public

12:30pm

FILM: Eric Carle: Picture Writer (30 min., Auditorium)

12:30 - 4:30pm

Springtime Caterpillar Bonanza with The Caterpillar Lab! (Great Hall) 

1:00 - 1:30pm

Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Great Hall)

1:30 - 1:45pm

Wiggle Jiggle Dance Party with the Very Hungry Caterpillar (Great Hall)

2:00 - 2:30pm

Special Storytime with Angela DiTerlizzi (Auditorium)

2:30pm

Book signing with Angela DiTerlizzi (Great Hall)

2:45 - 2:55pm

Film: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Clip from episode 1721, (10 min., Auditorium)

3:00 - 3:30pm

Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Great Hall) 

3:30 - 3:45pm

Wiggle Jiggle Dance Party with the Very Hungry Caterpillar (Great Hall)

3:45pm

FILM: House for Hermit Crab (9 min., Auditorium)

Ongoing activities: Special art project in the Art Studio, and a museum-wide Caterpillar Food Search scavenger hunt.

 

 

llloagmaieflheaa.jpgNew York - Swann Galleries’ sale of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings on March 5 earned $2.7M, with property from the Ismar Littmann Family Collection of German Expressionism & European Avant-Garde forming the cornerstone of the auction. 

Of the Littmann Family collection Todd Weyman, Prints & Drawings Director and Vice President of the house, noted, “We are very pleased with sale of property from the Littmann Family. We surpassed the total low estimate for the collection and saw active bidding for items from both American and European private collectors alike with Käthe Kollwitz, Otto Mueller, Emil Orlik and Max Pechstein being standout artists.”  

Top lots from the collection included Sommer I, 1912, by Max Pechstein, which surged past its high estimate of $15,000, bringing $81,250, a record for the work, as well as Pechstein’s Reisebilder: Italien-Sudsee, 1919, which earned $25,000. A pair of color lithographs from 1926-27 by Otto Mueller-Lagernde Zigeunerfamilie mit Ziege and Zwei Zigeunerinnen (Zigeunermutter mit Tochter)-brought top prices at $32,500 and $25,000, respectively. Emil Orlik’s oil on board, Still leben, 1914, topped its low estimate at $16,250, and a 1905 charcoal figure study by Käthe Kollwitz garnered $27,500.  

The afternoon portion of the sale did not slow, bringing the top lot of the auction: Van Gogh’s only etching, Homme à la Pipe: Portrait du Docteur Gachet, 1890, with $106,250. Salvador Dalí followed close behind with the watercolor, Don Quichotte e Sancio Panza, 1964, at $100,000, while La Conquête du Cosmos I & II, a 1974 complete set of 12 color drypoints by the artist, brought $31,200. 

Additional works by Modernist stalwarts included Roses et Mimosa, a color lithograph from 1975 by Marc Chagall at $27,500; Joan Miró’s color aquatint, Le Permissionaire, 1974, with $47,500. Picasso’s Tête sur Fond noir, sold for $25,000, a record for the 1953 lithograph. Also of note was Sonia Delaunay’s exuberant color pochoir and watercolor illustration of Blaise Cendrars’ poem La Prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jehanne de France, 1913, which earned $87,500.

Edvard Munch was well represented in the sale with a run of lithographs: Harpyie, 1899, which depicts the denizen of the underworld over a skeleton brought $30,000, and Alfas død, 1908-09, whose composition bears similarities to Munch’s iconic Scream garnered $22,500; both were record-setting prices for the works. August Strindberg, an 1896 portrait of the Swedish poet, writer and close friend of the artist was won for $30,000.

Italian masters were present with Giorgio Morandi’s 1956 etching, Natura Morta con Cinque Oggetti, which exemplified the primary focus of the artist’s oeuvre, brought $47,500, and Femme nue, a 1915 pencil drawing by Amedeo Modigliani earned $33,800.

Additional highlights included Winslow Homer’s line-based etching of rural women, Mending the Tears, 1888, which set a record with $30,000, and Illustrations of the Book of Job, 1826, by William Blake, a complete set of 22 engravings, saw a price of $87,500.

The next auction of Prints & Drawings will be held on May 2 with Old Master Through Modern Prints. Visit www.swanngalleries.com or download the Swann Galleries app for catalogues, bidding and inquiries.

Image: Lot 258: Vincent van Gogh, Homme à la Pipe: Portrait du Docteur Gachet, etching, 1890. Sold for $106,250.

New York - Christie’s is honored to present The Collection of Drue Heinz, which encompasses a remarkable selection of fine art that will be offered throughout Christie’s New York Impressionist and Modern Evening and Day Sales in May. The collection of Drue Heinz is a reflection of her keen observation and innate eye. Heinz was married to H.J. (Jack) Heinz II - CEO of the H. J. Heinz Company - from 1953 until his death in 1987, and she made most of her acquisitions over the course of their three decades of marriage. Throughout her life, Heinz enjoyed nothing more than taking on new endeavors that advanced the work of emerging artists of all kinds. Her spirit is very much reflected within her collection, and as such, proceeds from its sale will go to support her beloved Hawthornden Literary Retreat among other charitable projects. From these and other benefactions one takes away the overall impression of an energetic collaborator who took a personal interest in undertakings that she felt were important to nourishing the human spirit. Works from the collection will also be offered across the Spring Sales of Post-War and Contemporary and Latin American Art. Further, A striking range of decorative arts will be sold in a dedicated sale taking place in London on June 4.

Jessica Fertig, Head of Evening Sale, Impressionist and Modern Art, New York, remarked: “The collection of fine art that Mrs. Heinz assembled includes the most important artists of the early modern period —Picasso, Modigliani, Giacometti, Monet, Magritte and Matisse. From Bonnard’s Une terrasse à Grasse, one of the finest and most sumptuous examples of the artist’s terrace series, or in the suspended drama of Picasso’s Course de taureaux, through to the intimate dimensions of Cézanne’s pencil study of five bathers, related to the celebrated Basel painting of the same subject, or the quietude of an exquisite Morandi still-life. In every case, the art reflects careful, informed selection. And it was displayed in the Heinz homes so that at every turn the eye would fall on something thought-provoking and beautiful.

Over the years, Drue Heinz became a great advocate for literature and writers. She also assumed the role of a thoughtful supporter and board member at a number of prestigious art museums: the Carnegie in Pittsburgh, the Royal Academy in London and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. She was known for asking difficult questions, and seizing the opportunity if a project needed funding, as well as being mindful that room should be left for other ardent supporters to contribute.

Mrs. Heinz founded Ecco Press in 1971 and served as publisher of the Paris Review from 1993 to 2008. She was responsible for funding the Monday Night Lectures in Pittsburgh, which continue to draw America’s top literary writers to the lectern and she provided sustained sponsorship of the Lincoln Center Review, which illuminated the vital function of the theatrical canon to the modern world.  The Drue Heinz Literature Prize, endowed in 1981 in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Press, enables the publication of short fiction and serves as an enormous source of encouragement for writers to continue their work.  It is an esteemed annual award for those who submit a collection of short stories.  The prize is monetary but the exposure of having the writer’s first collection published is invaluable.

Highlights from the Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art to include: Leading the collection is Amedeo Modigliani’s Lunia Czechowska (à la robe noire), 1919 (estimate: $12-18 million)- pictured on page 1, right. Modigliani was infatuated with his subject, a young Polish émigré, who was married to a close friend of the artist’s dealer, Léopold Zborowski, and would ultimately go on to paint her likeness in ten known paintings. Czechowska was 25 when she sat for the present portrait, a canvas that Joseph Lanthemann praised for being “plein de noblesse, de beauté et de communion”. Czechowska’s fine, delicate features bespeak a discerning intelligence and a rare sensitivity, which perfectly suited the artist’s fascination with this type. Her serious demeanor and youthfully lithe, feminine figure lent themselves well to the primary influences the artist liked to incorporate and show off in his portraits—the elongated forms of the 16th century Italian Mannerists Parmigianino and Pontormo, filtered through his modernist attraction to aspects of African tribal art. 

Pierre Bonnard’s La Terrasse ou Une terrasse à Grasse, 1912 (estimate: $6-9 million) is a pageant of high-keyed color and luxuriant, Mediterranean vegetation. This idyllic scene — one of Bonnard’s earliest tours de force on the theme of the terrace — depicts the grounds of the Villa Antoinette at Grasse, some twelve miles north of Cannes, where the artist and his future wife Marthe stayed on holiday from January to May 1912. La Terrasse is one of the two largest canvases that Bonnard painted during his exceptionally productive stay at Grasse, both major decorative statements visualizing the Côte d’Azur as a modern-day Arcadia. In La Terrasse, Bonnard creates a private, enclosed world that evokes the sultry heat and languorous reverie of a Mediterranean afternoon. Marthe is now subordinate to the colorful profusion of vegetation, her motionless figure registering to the viewer within the composition only after a slight, almost imperceptible delay; her sun-dappled blue jacket and brown cloche hat seem to merge, wraithlike, with the surrounding ground of the terrace. “This dreaming feminine presence, Marthe,” Sasha Newman has written, “who so often appears in cutoff views—glimpsed on a balcony, through a door, or reflected in a mirror—is central to the underlying air of mystery in much of Bonnard’s art.” 

Henri Matisse painted Nu à la fenêtre (estimate: $7-10 million) - also known as Nu nacré (Pearly Nude) for the iridescent quality of its light—in his new studio during the first part of 1929 and sold the canvas to Bernheim-Jeune that September. The painting was reproduced shortly thereafter in two important monographs, one by Florent Fels and the other by Roger Fry, which paid tribute to the artist on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday in December 1929; it was first exhibited publicly at the Kraushaar Galleries in New York the following fall. The focal point of this luminous,canvas is the nude model, the subject par excellence of Matisse’s exemplary Nice period. “The Odalisques were the bounty of a happy nostalgia, a lovely vivid dream, and the almost ecstatic, enchanted days and nights of the Moroccan climate,” the artist recounted. “I felt an irresistible need to express that ecstasy, that divine unconcern, in corresponding colored rhythms, rhythms of sunny and lavish figures and colors”. Here, Matisse depicted a sultry brunette named Loulou, one of several ballet dancers from the Compagnie de Paris who populated the artist’s private pictorial theater in 1928-1929. The paintings that Matisse created in early 1929 represent the culmination of his work at Nice during this transformative period. 

Pablo Picasso, a lifelong aficionado of the heroism and pathos of the bullfight, executed Course de taureaux in 1900 (estimate: $4-6 million), capturing the brief, electrifying moment immediately before the bull charges into the corrida, its every nerve-ending fired with the anticipation of combat. Picasso rendered this scene, laying down pastel in vivid hues and with a material density that conjures the physicality of the impending encounter, in mid-1900, the artist was just eighteen years old, ablaze with youthful
ambition and preparing for his own dramatic entry into a new arena. The previous year, he had returned home to Barcelona after a brief stint at the prestigious but stiflingly traditional Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid; now, ever more forceful and independent, he was just months away from his first trip to Paris, determined to prove his worth in the very center of the art world. 

The dedicated London sale of Decorative Arts on June 4: 

The contents of Mrs. Heinz’s London mews house and Manhattan townhouse will be offered in London on June 4. The London mews was purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Heinz in the late 1950s and is particularly special as it has at its core one of the most charming and untouched John Fowler interiors remaining, with a second phase of development and decoration in the 1980s by Renzo Mongiardino. He masterfully integrated a neighbouring mews property, formerly car showroom, into the home creating a theatrical ballroom, the walls of which are completely painted with vistas inspired by the Villa Falconieri in Rome. The top lot of the sale is from the London property, a massive George II giltwood pier mirror, circa 1750, in the manner of Vardy (estimate: £150,000 - 250,000), and further highlights from London include Swimming Pool by David Hockney, O.M., C.H., R.A., signed, dedicated and dated 'For Drue and Jack with love from David H. Feb/1982' (estimate: £70,000-100,000). 

The New York townhouse was an earlier Mongiardino creation dating to 1976 and was published anonymously in Architectural Digest shortly after its completion. Notable lots from New York include a Regency specimen marble bronzed and parcel-gilt centre table circa 1810 (estimate: £15,000-25,000); a pair of Chinese Export black and gilt-lacquer wardrobes the lacquer panels early 19th century and adapted from a screen (estimate: £6,000-10,000); a Victorian oak letter box, late 19th century, by W. Thornhill (estimate: £2,500-4,000); the two latter lots both depicted in the in-situ interior shot, left). The collection sale as a whole comprises Impressionist & Modern, Modern British and Contemporary works of art alongside Old Master Paintings, English and Continental furniture and objet d’art, silver, Chinese porcelain and decorative furnishings many of which were supplied either by Colefax & Fowler or Mongiardino. 

London — The archive of Tony Benn (3 April 1925 - 14 March 2014), Labour’s longest-serving MP, has been negotiated to the nation, accepted in lieu of inheritance tax and permanently allocated to the British Library, in accordance with the condition attached to its offer. 

The thorough archive was accumulated by Benn during his lifetime, beginning in his early youth, when he first started to keep a formal diary and associated papers (the earliest volume was written by Benn at the age of 9). It then spans the rest of his life, providing rich documentation of his active political career as well as a substantial collection of source material reflecting the history of the UK during this time. 

“We are pleased that this substantial archive with its considerable research value will be added to the British Library collections of contemporary archives, available to all those interested in post-war British politics and society, into the Labour Party and the labour movement, as well as into the long and influential career of Tony Benn himself,” commented Ruth Cornett, Director, Heritage and Taxation Advisory Service, and Thomas Venning, Head of Department, Books & Manuscripts of Christie’s. 

Benn was a Member of Parliament for 47 years and served as a Cabinet minister in the Harold Wilson and James Callaghan administrations in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1960 he inherited a peerage on his father’s death (as 2nd Viscount Stansgate), which prevented him from continuing to serve as an MP. This spurred his campaign to renounce his title and remain in the House of Commons, leading to the creation of the Peerage Act in 1963. 

In the Labour government of 1964-7 he served as Postmaster General and then Minister of Technology. In 1971-2 he was Chairman of the Labour Party, and during the Labour government of 1974-9 he returned to Cabinet, first as Secretary of State for Industry and then as Secretary of State for Energy. Throughout the 1980s, when Labour was the opposition again, Benn emerged as a prominent figure on its left wing, during which the term “Bennite” was coined and used to describe those associated with radical left-wing politics. 

When Benn eventually left Parliament in 2001 he became President of the Stop the War Coalition, which he led until his death in 2014. He has been described as “one of the few UK politicians to have become more left-wing after holding ministerial office”. 

The archive is especially rich in audio and video content, with thousands of hours of audio diaries recording Benn’s fresh, unedited impressions over many years. It represents a uniquely valuable resource for biographers, researchers and historians, particularly in the context of the British Library’s extensive oral history collections relating to UK politics and government. 

Christie’s has been instrumental in the negotiation of this work to the nation. For nearly 50 years, Christie’s Heritage & Taxation Advisory Service has built up extensive experience, helping numerous Christie's clients with transactions that have resulted in over 10,000 chattels of pre-eminent national interest being acquired by public museums, galleries or institutions, through a private treaty sale or in lieu of inheritance tax or other death duties. 

The acceptance of this archive settled £210,000 of tax. 

 

Boxborough, MAFlamingo Eventz is pleased to announce the return of the popular Boxborough Paper Town - The Vintage Paper, Books & Advertising Collectibles Show. This is the original Boxborough Paper Show where you’ll find all things Paper - from classic Ephemera to Books, Board Games, Postcards, Advertising, Classic Vinyl, and more! A long time favorite of both dealers and customers, we continue to make changes and improvements to ensure continued growth and success. We’re bigger, better, more diverse, and with lots of new dealers…this is the paper show to attend for the rare, unusual and hard-to-find treasure!

Scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Boxborough Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Boxborough, MA, Exhibitors from across the Northeast will gather to present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, maps, postcards, autographs, prints, posters, advertising, and much, much more. Plus, we have appraisals by well-known appraiser John Bruno, star of the PBS series Market Warriors, and guest appraisers from 1-3pm. Interested parties - both dealers & customers - should contact Flamingo Eventz at 603.509.2639 / info@flamingoeventz.com.

Exhibitor Specialties include: Advertising Covers, African American, Americana, Architecture, Art, Art Deco, Auctions, Autographs, Aviation, Baseball, Books, Bibles, Black History, Black Power, Calendars, Calling Cards, Christmas, Circus, Civil War, Cook Books, Charts, Children’s Books, Cocktails, Design, Dogs, Die Cuts, Documents, Engineering, Engraving, Ephemera, Erotica, Esoterica, Fantasy, Fashion, Fishing, Floridiana, Folklore, Folk Music, Foreign Language, Furniture, Games, Gardens & Horticulture, Graphics, Historic Documents, Horses, Hunting, Illustrated Books, Interior Design, Japan, Judaica, Letters, Logbooks, Manuscripts, Maps, Maritime, Medicine, Middle East, Military, Modernism, Music, Native American, Natural History, Nautical, Naval, New York City, New York State, New Jersey, Novelties, Olympic Games, Pacifica, Photographs, Photography, Pochoir, Polar, Pop-Ups & Moveable Books, Poetry, Postcards, Posters, Presentation Copies, Presidential Archives, Press Books, Prints, Pulitzer Prize Winners, Psychedelica, Puppetry, Puzzles, Railroad, Reference, Revolutionary War, Russia, Scholarly, Science, Science Fiction, Sports, Sporting, Technical, Theatre, Theology, Trade Cards, Trade Catalogues, Travel & Exploration, Travel Brochures, Typography, U.S. Coastal History, Vanity Fair Prints, Valentines, Voyages, Watercolors, Whaling, Wine, Yachting. These, and many other specialties, will be found at this event. Be sure to check our website, FlamingoEventz.com, for complete details and easily downloaded Discount Coupons.

Date/Hours: Saturday, April 6, 2019, 9am-3pm

Location: The Boxborough Regency Hotel & Conference Center, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA 01709. Directly off I-495, exit 28.

Admission: Adults: $7 ($1 Discount with Ad or Website Coupon), Young Collectors 12-21: $4, plenty of free parking.

Appraisals: By John Bruno, Star of Market Warriors, and guest appraisers 12-2pm at $5/Item.

Directions: I-495 Exit 28, East on Massachusetts Ave (Rt. 111), right on Adams Place to Hotel. Check our website: flamingoeventz.com for easily downloaded maps.

Miscellaneous: Food & refreshment available at the Hotel restaurant during show hours.

Information: For Dealer or Customer information, please call or click 603.509.2639 / info@flamingoeventz.com.

cmoijcjjgmklamak.jpgNew York - Swann Galleries’ March 21 sale of Autographs promises an assortment of hard-to-find items from world leaders, scientists, innovators and other notable figures.             

An extraordinary run of material by Diana, Princess of Wales, includes a group of six autograph letters signed to her friend, the editor of British Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, Elizabeth Tilberis. The group comes from the late 80s and early 90s and discuss a number of topics including Diana’s cover of the December 1991 issue of British Vogue, as well as Tilberis’s move to Harper’s Bazaar and the United States (Estimate: $5,000-7,000). Additional cards signed and inscribed by the late royal include a selection of Christmas cards featuring photographs of the family, estimated at $700 to $1,000 apiece. Also of note is a photograph signed by Queen Elizabeth II and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, from 1976, and an 1884 ALS from Queen Victoria to Alfred, Lord Tennyson expressing her sorrows over the death of her son, Leopold ($1,000-2,000 and $3,000-4,000, respectively).  The sale is led by a 1776 ALS from Joseph Brant, Thayeadanegea, the leader of the Mohawk people and military, and British Loyalist. At the time of the American Revolution both the Colonies and British military were vying for Native American support: in his letter Brant explains that he had been in England meeting with King George III recounting the events that had taken place in America. The letter is expected to bring $20,000 to $30,000. 

Additional Americana highlights include a letter signed from 1793 by Alexander Hamilton as Secretary of the Treasury to the President and Directors of the Bank of the U.S. expressing that they will receive an appropriation for giving advances to the U.S. Mint, and a 1783 autograph document by Elbridge Gerry, from which the term “gerrymander” is derived, discussing the landscape of Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey for placement of the Capital ($4,000-6,000 and $3,500-5,000, respectively).  

George Washington leads the selection of presidential signatures with a signed ticket for the Mountain Road Lottery from 1768 at $5,000 to $7,500. Theodore Roosevelt is present with a number of typed letters signed: one from November 1912 expressing his hopes for the future of the Bull Moose Party shortly after being shot while giving a speech, and a group of five to his sister, Corinne Roosevelt Robinson, in one of which he expresses that he “…cannot give a position to anyone simply because he is a friend,” ($1,200-2,500 and $3,000-4,000, respectively). A partly-printed document signed by Abraham Lincoln appointing John T. Hogeboom as Appraiser of Merchandise in April of 1864 rounds out the assortment at $4,000 to $6,000. 

Scientists and inventors feature prominently in the sale, including a rare signature from Edwin Hubble, one of the most influential astronomers and the namesake for the Hubble Telescope, estimated at $1,500 to $2,500; a letter signed by Swiss mathematician Johann “The Elder” Bernoulli, in which he states that Paris seems to think him dead, is expected to bring $4,000 to $6,000; and an ink and wash portrait by Charlotte Berend-Corinth of Albert Einstein, signed by the physicist ($4,000-6,000). Nikola Tesla is on offer with a dated and signed correspondence card that bears his Art Deco monogram ($3,500-5,000), as well as an ALS from Alexander Graham Bell to Eliza Catherine Scidmore accepting an invitation to tea during his only trip to Japan ($1,000-2,000).  

Unique combinations of autographs include a 1950-56 guestbook from Lüchow’s-a popular New York City restaurant that was a meeting place for the city’s entertainers, artists, musicians and athletes. The book contains over 400 signatures from the likes of Joe DiMaggio, Al Hirschfeld, Grace Kelly, Joan Miró, Cole Porter, Eleanor Roosevelt and Barbara Streisand and carries an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000. Charles B. Driscoll’s personal copy of his book Doubloons features over 500 signatures and inscriptions from authors, artists, entertainers and others from the 1930s-40s. Notable figures include Al Capp, James Montgomery Flagg and Burne Hogarth; Albert Einstein, Aldous Huxley and Thomas Wolfe all signed on the same page ($3,500-5,000).  

Musicians, writers and artists round out the sale with autograph material from Glenn Gould, Friedrich Hölderlin, Claude Monet and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. 

Exhibition opening in New York City March 18. The complete catalogue and bidding information is available at www.swanngalleries.com and on the Swann Galleries app.

Additional highlights can be found here.

Image: Lot 131: Author’s copy of Doubloons by Charles B. Driscoll containing over 500 drawings, signatures and sentiments in margins and elsewhere by authors, illustrators and other admirers of pirate mythology. Estimate $3,500 to $5,000.

872 and 873.jpgYork, PA - Just as superheroes have leaped off the pages of comic books to take over the motion picture industry, original comic art has confidently moved into the ranks of “legitimate” art. Hake’s has been instrumental in bringing fine comic art to the auction marketplace and will present yet another outstanding selection in its March 13-14 sale. 

“It is not at all uncommon to see original art from comic book pages or covers included in important collections,” said Alex Winter, president of Hake’s Americana. “If an artwork in one of our auctions was created for a cover that illustrates a turning point in a significant storyline or marks the first appearance of a major character, we know there will be bidding competition from traditional art collectors.”

A case in point is Rob Liefeld’s original pen-and-ink art for Page 27 of New Mutants #98, published by Marvel in February 1991. This artboard is from the issue that introduces the wildly popular antihero Deadpool, who went on to star in countless comics, video games, and blockbuster films. Original page art from issue #98 is especially rare because Deadpool appears on only seven pages. A unique artwork held privately since shortly after the issue’s publication, it makes its auction debut with a $20,000-$35,000 estimate. 

An original acrylic-on-canvas painting by legendary sci-fi/comic book artist Greg Hildebrandt depicts one of Marvel’s most infamous villains, Thanos, striding over skulls as the cosmos swirls around him. The 27.5 by 39-inch artwork was painted in 2018 for a limited-variant cover for the first issue of Infinity Wars Prime. Artist-signed at lower right and in near-mint condition, it is expected to make $10,000-$20,000.

Another major work offered in the auction is the original art for Page 33 of Sandman Vol. 2, #14 (DC Vertigo, March 1990), penciled by Mike Dringenberg and inked by Malcolm Jones III. Few Sandman pages have appeared for public sale, and this seven-panel page from early in Neil Gaiman’s iconic Sandman series is initialed and dated by Dringenberg. It has never before been offered at auction and is estimated at $5,000-$10,000.

As if that were not enough to send comic art collectors into a tailspin, Hake’s will also offer Frank Quitely’s original cover art for All-Star Superman #6 (DC Comics), from a series that ran from November 2005 through October 2008. The poignant scene depicts Superman standing at the gravestone of his adoptive father, Jonathan Kent, with his canine companion Krypto alongside him. “All Frank Quitely original art is highly sought after and rarely comes to auction, especially a piece of this caliber. Collectors won’t find a better example than this,” said Winter. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000

Premium-quality comic books are a staple in all Hake’s sales, but the March 13-14 selection is especially exciting because it features 200+ CGC-graded examples, including the first 100 issues of The Amazing Spider-Man title published from 1962 through 1971. A litany of memorable villains passes through the pages of those 100 issues, including Mysterio, Green Goblin, Kingpin, Lizard, Shocker, and more.

Four especially desirable CGC-graded Spider-Man issues lead the grouping, starting with Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962), which introduces The Amazing Spider-Man (Peter Parker), as well as Aunt May and Uncle Ben. With a Jack Kirby cover and Steve Ditko art to illustrate Stan Lee’s story, this CGC 3.0 (Good/VG) issue should easily reach the $10,000-$20,000 range. 

J. Jonah Jameson and The Chameleon make their first appearances in The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (March 1963), with the additional bonuses of the first Fantastic Four crossover and a recounting of the origin of Spider-Man. A key Silver Age Marvel comic CGC-graded 6.0 (Fine), this issue is estimated at $10,000-$20,000. Two other issues to watch are The Amazing Spider-Man #3 (July 1963), CGC 7.5 (VF) with the first appearance of Doctor Octopus, $5,000-$10,000; and The Amazing Spider-Man #2 (May 1963), CGC 6.5 (Fine+) with the first appearance of the Vulture and the Terrible Tinkerer, $2,000-$5,000. 

Of the memorabilia that exists from the legendary first “Negro League World Series” of October 1924, perhaps no other item is as cherished as the panoramic photo taken prior to Game 5 and showing both teams with their managers and owners. The picture includes 41 individuals including eight future Baseball Hall of Fame selectees, more than are seen in any other surviving original Negro League Baseball photograph. It is believed that the original photographic prints were distributed directly to participants of the 1924 Series. Hake’s will present one of the extremely rare 7 by 35-inch photographs in its March auction, with a $25,000-$35,000 estimate. Also for baseball fans, there are 150 Cracker Jack collector cards produced in 1914-15, including the rare “Shoeless” Joe Jackson card.

Over 100 Star Wars action figures and other collectibles will be auctioned, including 60+ examples from the peerless Russell Branton collection. Among the highlights are an AFA-graded 75 EX+/NM Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - Bespin Alliance 3-pack series, $10,000-$20,000; a Sears exclusive AFA-graded 80 NM Star Wars Cantina Adventure Set with the elusive blue Snaggletooth figure, $5,000-$10,000; a life-size (6ft 6in) Don Post Studios Boba Fett figure, $5,000-$10,000; and a Star Wars double-telescoping Luke Skywalker figure on 12 Back-A blister card, AFA-graded 80 NM (archival case), $10,000-$20,000.

Political memorabilia, a category Hake’s first brought to the collector marketplace more than 50 years ago, will be sizzling with highlights, including a 26-star, pre-Civil War Henry Clay, T. Frelinghuysen and Joseph Markle Pennsylvania coattail campaign flag; and an important 1860 parade flag emblazoned “For President, Abram Lincoln - For Vice President, Hannibal Hamlin,” which has been in private hands for more than a half-century. Each is estimated at $20,000-$35,000. Topping the political buttons and pinbacks section are a 1940 Wendell Willkie/FDR “Out At Third” baseball-theme button, $10,000-$20,000; and a similarly estimated Truman lithographed button showing Harry Truman’s face on an 8-ball, a reference to his being behind the 8-ball as he headed into the 1948 presidential race.

Hake’s Auction #226 has opened for bidding by phone, mail or online at hakes.com. The March 13-14 auction introduces the new consecutive two-day format for bidding, as opposed to Hake’s previous method, which included a gap day in between the two sessions. For a free catalog or additional information, call 866-404-9800 (toll-free) or 717-434-1600. Email hakes@hakes.com. Online: www.hakes.com

Image: (Left) Amazing Fantasy #15 introducing The Amazing Spider-Man, August 1962, CGC 3.0 Good/VG, est. $10,000-$20,000; (right) The Amazing Spider-Man #1, March 1963, CGC 6.0 Fine, est. $10,000-$20,000. Courtesy of Hake’s Auctions

 

35.jpgChicago — Potter & Potter Auctions is pleased to announce its 600+ lot Gambling Memorabilia sale to be held on Saturday, March 30th, 2019 starting at 10am at the company's gallery, located at 3759 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL 60613. The sale features the collection of Tom Blue, an avid enthusiast with a keen eye for the extraordinary. Blue assembled one of the most comprehensive and finely curated gambling collections in the United States over the course of several decades. All lots from this upcoming event will be on display and available for public preview on Wednesday, March 27th, Thursday, March 28th, and Friday, March 29th from 10:00am to 5:00pm in the Potter & Potter facility. All times noted are CST. 

Outstanding antique books and publications on poker, playing cards, cheating, and advantage play represent many of the top lots in this auction.  Collectors are certain to discover many titles of interest among the 300+ selections on offer. Lot #35, a first edition of SW Erdnase's The Expert at the Card Table is estimated at $6,000-9,000. This tightly bound, clean, and crisp example is illustrated with over 100 drawings “from life” by Marshall D. Smith.  According to Gabe Fajuri, President of Potter & Potter Auctions, "This is unquestionably the single most mythologized book related to gambling, cheating, and card sharping ever produced, since its initial publication in 1902 by the mysterious author "Erdnase," this treatise on the "science and art of manipulating cards" has never been out of print." Lot #151, FR Ritter's Combined Treatise on Advantage Card Playing and Draw Poker from 1905 is estimated at $6,000-9,000. This absolute rarity is heavily illustrated with halftones showing blot-out, shade, line, scroll, and other marked cards, hold-outs (including the first-known published photograph of a Jacob’s Ladder-style sleeve hold-out), false cuts, and deals. In May, 2016 Potter & Potter sold another copy of this legacy book for $12,000. Lot #39, a first edition of Gerritt Evans' How Gamblers Win from 1865 is estimated at $4,000-6,000. This exceeding rare first edition is one of the earliest American works to describe the techniques of crooked gamblers, and perhaps the first to focus heavily on cheating in poker. It is one of a mere handful of copies known, two of which are institutional holdings. And bidders are likely to look favorably upon lot #219, Abraham De Moivre's The Doctrine of Chances: or, a Method of Calculating the Probabilities of Events in Play.  This first edition from 1718 is a landmark work in the theory of probability, with many of the concepts illustrated with and applied to gambling with cards and dice. De Moivre dedicated this work to his close friend, Isaac Newton.  

Breathtaking selections of gambling accessories and devices are also well represented in this sale, with nearly two dozen temptations on offer. Lot #525, a 23" tall,  c. 1910 American made gaffed mahogany keno goose is estimated at $2,000-3,000.  This handsomely turned example features a hidden internal compartment that holds a second set of keno balls. High or low numbers can be dispensed depending upon the desired outcome of the game.  Lot #604, a c. 1931 Mills 10 cent front slot machine is estimated at $1,00-1,500.  This 14k example is in working condition and includes its original gold award tokens.  Lot #529, a c. 1900 boxed mechanical Jeu de Course horserace game is estimated at $400-600.  This professionally restored rarity is decorated with imitation French Francs, a flag ornament, and a metal horse head on its box top lid.  And its case closed with lot #530, a c. 1940 All-In-One-Game housed in its original handled chest.  Roulette, Market, Put & Take, Poker, Chuck-a-Luck, Horse Races, Bunco, and Faro are just some of the games that can be played on this versatile, tin lithographed device. It is estimated at $250-350.

This auction's ephemera, poster, and print selections are a royal flush. Headlining this category just might be lot #577, five mid-20th century gambling-themed photographs of actors and actresses. Estimated at $100-150, the celebrities included in this collection include Barbara Stanwyck, Bob Hope, Ronald Coleman, Vilma Banky, and Salvatore Baccaloni. Lot #566, David Klein's 1960s-era Las Vegas Fly TWA travel poster is estimated at $500-700. This fabulously rendered, linen backed example comes to life with a playing card queen enjoying a glass of champagne with images of Las Vegas life inside her robes. And lot #76, a collection of gambling ephemera spanning the 1890s-1940s timeframe, is estimated at $150-250. It includes advertisements for playing cards, games on paper, pamphlets on gaming, excerpts from magazines, advertisements for stores, and others. 

Rolling along, this sale offers nearly 50 lots of dice and related apparatus. Lot #470, a pair of gaffed leather “butterfly” dice cups made by Bill Gusias around 1970 is estimated at $1,200-1,800.  This as new duo consists of one straight cup and one gaffed with a secret compartment; the performer switches from one to the other by pressing on a sweet spot on the bottom of one of the cups and twisting.  Lot #443, an American made 19th century loaded dice jig is estimated at $1,000-$1,500. This device was used by crooked gamblers to drill into a die and add lead to weight the desired side. This jig was obtained by the consignor from the famed Old West gambling collection of Bill Williamson and was the actual example used to illustrate the cheating section of “The Gamblers” in Time-Life’s Old West series (1978), p. 131. And its hip to be square with lot #459, a collection of  248 mid-twentieth century crooked dice. The grouping, estimated $800-1,200, includes 23 weights, 166 tops and bottoms, 20 flats, and 39 matching fairs, all housed in a leatherette case. 

This sale also has the upper hand in the playing card category. Lot #448, an all original c. 1880 Will & Finck brass sleeve holdout is estimated at $4,000-6,000. This fine, early Jacob’s Ladder-style holdout delivers a card into the gambler’s hand when his elbow is bent, and retracts when his arm is straightened. This actual example was used to illustrate the cheating section of “The Gamblers” in Time-Life’s Old West series (1978), p. 124.  Potter & Potter sold a similar Will & Finck brass sleeve holdout in May, 2018 for $12,000.  Lot #335, a complete set of Jazaniah H. Ford “Lafayette” playing cards from c. 1824 is estimated at $3,000-5,000. This deck commemorated the 1824 return of Marquis de Lafayette  to the United States. He was invited by President James Monroe in part to celebrate the upcoming fiftieth anniversary of our nation’s founding. Ford was the first Boston-area manufacturer of playing cards, and the first to issue a deck commemorating American history.  And lot #334, a deck of Grover Cleveland campaign playing cards from 1888 is estimated at $2,000-3,000.  This presidential caliber rarity, the only one extant, depicts Cleveland as King, running mate Allen Thurman as Jack, and First Lady Frances Folsom Cleveland Preston as Queen.  

The nearly three dozen lots of antique poker chips and sets round out this comprehensive gambling sale. Lot #448, a late 19th century White Mansion mother of pearl gambling chip set from Paris is estimated at $800-1,200. The chips include 60 dark blue plastic $25 chips, 60 aqua plastic $50 chips, 60 rectangular red plastic $100 chips, 28 rectangular mother of pearl $500 chips, and 28 oval mother of pearl $1,000 chips. The plastic chips are engraved “M.W." while the mother of pearl ones are engraved “White Mansion.” Lot #493, a late 19th century German royal flush gaming set is estimated at $500-700. This collection includes 450 enameled brass chips in lavender, blue, white, and yellow encased in a handsome, dark wooden box with wooden storage pegs. And the chips will fall where they may with lot #494, c. 1900 American made royal poker set, estimated at $300-500. The set features its original wooden box and lock, 51 brass $10 chips, 99 nickel $5 chips, 47 copper $25 chips and a complete 1920s U.S. Playing Card Co. art deco “Butterfly” deck signed by artist Mollie Macmillan.   

According to Gabe Fajuri, President at Potter & Potter Auctions, "Tom Blue spent a lifetime pursuing books on gambling and associated subjects in a way perhaps no other collector has. His library features all of the classics, alongside the rarities, and many of the works are represented by what I would call "top copies" - superlative condition, signed, or otherwise unusual or fine in some way. Anyone interested in this subject should find something in the auction to make his or her head spin."

Image: Lot 35, The Expert at the Card Table. Estimate $6,000-9,000. 

Screen Shot 2019-03-04 at 10.28.20 AM.pngLondon — This month, Sotheby’s will bring to the market items from the personal collection of Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992). A towering economist, political philosopher and beloved of right-wing policy makers, Hayek is often regarded as one of the greatest intellectual figures of the twentieth century. From his Nobel Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom, to his typewriter, writing desk, and personal annotated version of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, the dedicated online sale from 8-19 March, which is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary this month of the publication of Hayek’s seminal publication, The Road to Serfdom, will offer an unprecedented look at the life of this extraordinary genius. 

Hayek’s explanation of the relationship between market forces and personal freedom, among his other theories, had a profound impact on the shaping of the modern world. From the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the governments of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, Hayek’s theories influenced some of the major political moments in Western history. In more recent years, his conflicting views with rival economist John Maynard Keynes about how to conquer the Great Depression were brought into sharp focus following the economic crash of 2008.

Gabriel Heaton, Director, Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts said: “Sotheby's is privileged to bring the Hayek collection to auction. Friedrich Von Hayek's work asks searching questions about markets, freedom, and the importance of understanding the limits of our knowledge; these question lie at the heart of his profound influence on our society, and continue to be highly relevant today. The Nobel Memorial prize, the greatest accolade granted to Hayek, is rightly at the heart of the sale but this wonderful collection also includes a number of other treasured items that give us insights into both Hayek as a the public intellectual and as a private individual.”

Born in Vienna in 1899, Hayek’s family was part of the city’s intellectual elite: his father was a doctor with a keen scholarly interest in botany; both of his grandfathers were scholars and his mother the first cousin of prominent Austrian philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein. The civilisation of Hayek’s childhood disintegrated with World War One and his youth was inevitably marked by service in the artillery in the brutal Mountain War on the Italian Front. In later years Hayek preferred to recall these years by telling of his hapless attempt to deliver a transport of live eels to the front, but he also acknowledged how the war profoundly shaped his outlook and his resulting theories. 

Hayek first made his name on economic issues, only expanding his intellectual horizon to expound on the wider political and philosophical implications of his free market economics in the 1940s, a turn most publicly marked by the publication of The Road to Serfdom (1944). 

He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Science in 1974 for his “pioneering work in the theory of money and economic fluctuations and for [...] penetrating analysis of the interdependence of economic, social and institutional phenomena.”While his contribution to the field of economics itself was exceptional, what setHayek apart was his use of the insights he gained from the study of markets to underpin a wider political philosophy that had an influence which is perhaps still unmatched by any other Economics laureate. Hayek’s Nobel Prize will be offered as the top lot of the sale with an estimate of £400,000-600,000.

Offered alongside the Nobel Prize will be further public accolades, including the Companion of Honour awarded by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1984 (£3,000-5,000); the Presidential Medal of Freedom presented by President George H.W. Bush in 1991(£10,000-15,000), as well as a set of presentation presidential cufflinks from Ronald Reagan, with the Seal of the President on the front and a signature engraved on the reverse, alongside a signed photograph(£600-800).

The sale will also present a selection of personal objects belonging to the late economist, which reveal more about his life and influences. Offered will be Hayek’s writing desk (£4,000-6,000) as well as his portable typewriter. Still in working condition, the early Smith Corona Model ‘S’ typewriter (£1,000-1,500), is dated to c. 1933/34 and was most likely bought during his tenure at the London School of Economics — a pivotal period in Hayek’s life which saw the beginnings of his well-known dispute with British economist, John Maynard Keynes, and the publication of The Road to Serfdom. 

Further highlights include Hayek’s personal underlined and annotated copy of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations (£3,000-5,000), as well as volumes of his works from his library (£1,500-2,000), old passports and personal photo albums (£3,000-5,000). The collection also includes Margaret Thatcher’s signed speech on Hayek, delivered in October 2003, on the receipt of the International Prize of the Friedrich August von Hayek Foundation. 

Hayek’s theories still resonate today with his book, Denationalisation of Money (1976), often credited with laying down the theoretical foundations for cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, that we see today. The sale will also include four Gold Standard Corporation Medallions featuring a profile of Hayek with "Denationalization of Money" on one side and "For Integrity there is no substitute" on the other, produced in 1979. 

Dates for the diary: New York exhibition (highlights only): 8 -10 March

London exhibition: 15 -18 March 

Event: The Legacy of F.A. Hayek, on the 75th anniversary of The Road to Serfdom: 17 March, 2pmSotheby’s Lower Grosvenor Gallery, Aeolian Hall, Bloomfield Place.Speakers to include:Philip Booth (Institute of Economic Affairs), Eamonn Butler (Adam Smith Institute) and Kwasi Kwarteng (MP for Spelthorne). To register interest, email: paige.thompson@sothebys.com

vcsPRAsset_3568579_82662_7e6a1038-3953-4664-aacf-2f1cea5e34d5_0 copy.jpgLondon - In anticipation of the Antiquarian Book Fair in New York, Christie’s is pleased to showcase highlights from Beyond the Horizon: The Mopelia Collection of Fine Atlases and Travel Books. This is an opportunity for explorers, sailors, distinguished collectors and all those who love global navigation, to view and acquire some of the most valuable maps and atlases of all time. Rare and in great condition, the collection contains nearly 200 lots of important travel books covering all corners of the globe with a strong emphasis on all matters maritime. Highlights include Orbis Terrarum Nova et Accurata Tabula, a striking map of the world surrounded by allegorical scenes of the four seasons, illustrated above, and Johannes van Keulen's De Groote Nieuwe Vermeerder-de Zee-Atlas ofte Water-Werelt. Published in Amsterdam in 1688, the latter is a handsomely engraved and beautifully hand-coloured example with the frontispiece and maps highlighted in gold, perhaps one of the greatest 17th-century Dutch sea-atlases to come to the market in recent years.

A global tour of the Mopelia Collection will begin in New York from 4-7 March, to be exhibited alongside Luca Pacioli’s Summa de Arithmetica (see separate press release here). Highlights will then be on view in Paris and London to coincide with international fairs for maps and atlases before being offered at auction in London on 5 June.

Further highlights include a striking map of the world surrounded by allegorical scenes of the four seasons, entitled Orbis Terrarum Nova et Accurata Tabula by Gerard Valk (1652-1726) and Leonard Valk (1675-1746) and a hand- coloured copy of Hendrick Doncker’s constantly evolving sea-atlas De Zee-Atlas of Water-Waerelt. 

Julian Wilson, Senior Specialist, Books & Manuscripts, London comments, “The Mopelia Collection’s geographical reach is truly global, with atlases and sea-charts covering the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as polar exploration in the Arctic. It has wonderful works with fascinating associations, including a copy of Blaeu’s Flambeau de la Navigation (Amsterdam, 1620) that was owned not only by the famous French astronomer Peiresc, known for his work on longitude, but also later by the great circumnavigator Freycinet. In addition, there are the great 18th-century works by Cook, Vancouver and La Perouse, as well as a collection of 4000 natural history watercolours. For breadth, scope and quality, the Mopelia Collection is of the finest such collections to appear at auction.” 

 

Kalman-_xl_2018_51_17_o2-1.jpgAtlanta — This summer, the High Museum of Art will premiere “The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children,” a colorful exhibition exploring the extensive catalog of Kalman’s imaginative stories and illustrations, which have delighted readers of all ages for more than 30 years. 

Perhaps best known for her quirky New Yorker magazine covers and brilliant pictorial essays, Kalman (American, born 1949) has published more than a dozen books for adults and 18 acclaimed children’s books, beginning with the game-changing picture book “Stay Up Late” (1985), which gave visual form to the famous Talking Heads song from the album “Little Creatures.” Since then her works have followed the comic adventures of beloved characters, including a poet dog named Max Stravinsky and Pete the dog, and have addressed important historical people and events with books including “Looking at Lincoln” (2012) and the 9/11inspired “Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey” (2002).

Debuting at the High on June 22 and running through Sept. 15, 2019, “The Pursuit of Everything” will provide an immersive panorama of Kalman’s picture-book career spanning three decades. The more than 100 works on view will include original drawings and paintings from award-winning books including “Smartypants” (2003), about gluttonous canine Pete’s classroom antics, and “Next Stop Grand Central” (2001) as well as newer publications, among them “Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote” (2018), authored by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and the illustrated cookbook “Cake” (2018), written in collaboration with the food writer Barbara Scott-Goodman.

Kalman’s stories weave a curious web of familiarity and imagination with illustrations that celebrate the visual splendor of everyday subjects through a lens that is all her own. Her books ignite curiosity and invite young readers to engage deeply with the world around them. Known for her surreal imagery, Kalman expertly combines sophisticated and hilarious text with beautifully rendered pictures, readily acknowledging the interplay between her writing and painting practice. Her stories have deeply personal roots featuring characters, settings and story lines drawn from the artist’s life and whimsical imagination. Kalman’s images reveal a profound curiosity about shared history and the human experience through themes of adventure, exploration, friendship, dreams and the search for meaning. 

Kalman paints with gouache on paper, favoring flat, highly saturated planes of color and an idiosyncratic use of space that imbue her works with surprises that will delight and excite the young and the young at heart. The exhibition will offer the opportunity for a different and satisfyingly intimate experience of Kalman’s art. 

Kalman says of her wide-ranging work, “The best children’s books are as appealing to adults as they are to children. There have to be different levels of humor, different levels of reference, which allow a dialogue between adults and children. If you live with children, the kinds of conversations you have during the day range from the surreal to the mundane to the insane to the pedantic. And that language can be duplicated in writing because the world is all of those things.”

“The Pursuit of Everything” marks the High’s fourth collaboration with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, which organized the show and will present it in Amherst, Mass., from October 13, 2019, through January 19, 2020.

“We are thrilled to partner again with the High to bring children’s picture book art to Atlanta,” said Ellen Keiter, chief curator at The Carle. “Kalman is an astute chronicler of our time as well as someone who makes history accessible. Museum visitors will revel in her lively imagery and witty observations, which vacillate between the comic and the profound.”  

“Both captivating and moving, Kalman’s work challenges all of us to rediscover the childlike curiosity that lives deep down inside,” said Virginia Shearer, the High’s Eleanor McDonald Storza director of education. “We are delighted to welcome families back to the High for another exhibition that highlights the work of an acclaimed author and illustrator, and we’re honored to continue our multiyear collaboration with our colleagues at The Eric Carle Museum, who are such wonderful partners.”

In addition to original works from her books, also on view will be Kalman’s illustrated correspondence with her two-year-old granddaughter Olive, fascinating personal notebooks, a colossal reproduction from New York’s Grand Central Terminal, manuscripts, dummy books and other ephemera, including Kalman’s collection of crazy-named candy bars arranged as haikus. The galleries will also feature sketches and images of Kalman’s pictorial essays and covers for The New Yorker.  

To bring the audience closer to her artistic process, Kalman repainted the opening scene from her Mikado-themed book “Sayonara, Mrs. Kackleman” (1989) expressly for the exhibition, and she will also create an installation of photographs and objects that inspire her, similar to the one in her studio.

“It is such a wonderful thing to meet a gifted illustrator or a talented writer, and Maira happens to  be both,” said Jane Bayard Curley, the exhibition curator. “She is just like her work: funny, smart, and an undisputed champion for the universal appeal of the picture book. Her highly personal and somewhat eccentric worldview appeals to anyone who wants to be verbally and visually amused and challenged.” 

Key works featured in the exhibition will include:

• Four hilariously surreal paintings from Kalman’s first picture book, “Stay Up Late,” a collaboration with David Byrne pairing Kalman’s paintings with the lyrics to the popular Talking Heads song 

• An early self-portrait of the artist at age 7 sitting in a tree in Henry Hudson Park, from “Chicken Soup, Boots”

• A series of lovingly rendered portraits illustrating the adventures of Kalman’s beloved dog Pete

• Preliminary sketches and finished paintings from Kalman’s popular book series featuring her alter ego, Max the poet dog

• Delicate yet powerfully moving portraits of Sojourner Truth and Inez Milholland from “Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote,” Kalman’s recent collaboration with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Alliance Theatre at The Woodruff Arts Center, of which the High is also an arts partner, will present the world premiere play “Max Makes a Million,” from June 20 to July 21, 2019. Poetry, dance, jazz, visual art and dreams coalesce in this theatrical adaptation combining Kalman’s most notable books, adapted and directed by Liz Diamond.

This collaboration is the fourth in a series presented by the High and the Alliance Theatre in partnership with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. The Kalman project follows the successful exhibition and theatre productions based on the work of children’s book authors and artists Ashley Bryan (2017), Eric Carle (2016) and Mo Willems (2015). The presentations are made possible through a grant to The Woodruff Arts Center from the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation to expand programming and increase access for family audiences.

“The Pursuit of Everything” will be presented on the lobby and second levels of the High’s Anne Cox Chambers Wing. 

lfjifemghjnmebih.jpgNew York - Photographs: Art & Visual Culture on February 21 at Swann Galleries, a curated sale celebrating photographs as physical objects, saw success across the board with contemporary, twentieth-century and vernacular photography taking the spotlight. 

Malick Sidibé led the sale with a grouping of 38 silver prints presented in custom frames by the artist, 1964-2001. The images highlighted the breadth West African Culture and sold for $87,500, a new record for the artist, breaking the previous top price for the Sidibé ($55,000, Swann October 2018). Additional fine art photography of note included Roy DeCarava’s Dancers (Harlem), 1955, printed 1982, a masterpiece of light and shadow that earned $52,500, a record for a single image by the artist; a suite of 18 silver prints from Flor Garduño’s Witness of Time series with a record $23,750; Leg-Paul H., 1979, by Peter Hujar brought $22,500; and Fan Ho’s Cleaning, 1950, reached $21,250. 

Engaging vernacular albums exploring the people and industrial landscape of nineteenth-century India came across the block with great fanfare. An album of 105 images of scenes in Bombay, Delhi and Agra from the 1870s set a record with $30,000, and Shivshanker Narayen made his auction debut with an album of 80 photographs including six panoramas of civic engineering projects throughout the country which garnered $23,750.

A run of works by Ansel Adams proved successful, including a limited first edition of his first book-Taos Pueblo, 1930. The scarce publication, featuring 12 silver bromide prints from the photographer when he was just 28, and text by nature writer Mary Hunter Austin  brought $32,500. Adam’s Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, California, 1944, printed early 1960s, a black and white silver print of the mountains, garnered $25,000.

Early- and mid-twentieth-century photography included an archive of 49 vintage photographs by Dorothy Norman & Alfred Stieglitz (47 of which are by Norman), setting a record for the artists with $18,200. Also of note were poignant silver prints documenting the Great Depression by Dorothea Lange: White Angel Breadline, 1933, printed 1960s, ($12,500), and Street demonstration, San Francisco, 1934-38, printed circa 1970, ($17,500); as well as Robert Frank’s Yom Kippur, East River, New York City, 1955, printed 1970, which sold for $15,000. Shop, Le Bacares, Pyrénées, Orientales, France (with black cat), 1951, printed 1960s, by Paul Strand garnered $12,500. 

Daile Kaplan, Director of Photographs & Photobooks and Vice President, expressed her pleasure with the sale and the market’s expanding tastes, “The excitement associated with photographs and how they continue to immeasurably enrich our lives was writ large in Swann’s auction dedicated to photography and visual culture, which set several records for fine art and vernacular photographs. Today there’s a broad appreciation for the range of photographic expression, which reflects historical and contemporary, fine art and vernacular, and local and global expressions. I was delighted to see competitive bidding for nineteenth-century Indian photography, and new collectors bidding on sub-genres of vernacular photographs-35mm color slides, women's work and fashion, and quirky examples of Americana.”

The next auction of Photographs & Photobooks will be held on April 18 with Classic & Contemporary Photographs. Visit www.swanngalleries.com or download the Swann Galleries app for catalogues, bidding and inquiries.

Image: Lot 229 Malick Sidibé, 38 silver prints highlighting West African Culture, in custom frames, 1964-2001. Sold for $87,500, a record for the artist.

a39327d95719.jpgGreenwich, CT — Ephemera/39 (www.ephemerafair.com) sponsored by The Ephemera Society of America, will provide a rare close look at original historic documents that are at the core of much of today’s heated debates. ‘Ephemera’ refers to paper items such as posters, broadsides, letters, maps, magazines, photographs and other items that were meant to be used. Though not created to be preserved, many types of ephemera have since become collectible. Exhibitors from 12 states will showcase approximately 10,000 items covering hundreds of years of human history from every part of the globe.

Ephemera/39 will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 1800 East Putnam Avenue in Old Greenwich, CT on Saturday, March 16th (10 - 5) through Sunday, March 17th (11 - 4). Parking is free. Tickets are $15 for adults. Students with college ID and children under 18 are free with an adult admission. Discounted tickets are available at www.ephemerafair.com . In conjunction with Fair, The Ephemera Society is presenting a one-day conference on Friday, March 15th. The theme is “Coming to America: The Immigrant Experience” and will feature eight speakers that will discuss this theme and tell stories through the use of ephemera. More information on the conference can be found at http://ephemerasociety.org/39.html.

According to Marvin Getman, the show’s organizer, “even professed ‘non-collectors’ often leave with at least one item that catches their interest. It could be a $20 photograph from a century ago, or this time it could be a multi-million-dollar collection that seeds the next great history museum.”

Special Exhibit - a room of museum quality treasures with an overriding theme, National Emergencies and Historic Documents that Shaped America.

The exhibit is provided by Seth Kaller, Inc., of White Plains, NY, and University Archives of Westport, CT. Seth Kaller is a leading expert in Documents of Freedom. Kaller was motivated to pull together this exhibit due to his belief that “we must be better informed by the lessons of the past in order to secure a better future. Founding documents, letters of presidents and leaders and followers, newspapers that capture unfolding events - this is all primary evidence of what America was, is and should become.” Kaller has spent a lifetime building collections for individuals and institutions focused on important American documents and artifacts. More information can be found at www.sethkaller.com. University Archives is Connecticut’s leading Dealer and Auctioneer of Historical Documents and Relics and more information can be found at www.universityarchives.com.

Not Everything is Political: Popular items for sale include vintage advertising materials, rare maps, posters, tickets, manuscripts and music scores, movie scripts, photographs, and much more. The Ephemera Fair is the highest quality show of its type in the country. 

Stated Getman, “Walking through this fair is stroll through history. Even people who have never heard the word ephemera will love this event. Visitors will see how people lived long before smartphones and computers shaped how we define friends, correspondence, and communication.”

Image: New York Fashions for March 1870. (Baseball uniforms). Published by E. Butterick & Co. 589 Broadway. 1870. Image 9 11/16 x 13 7/8" A rare advertising / baseball image. This image was produced as an advertisement for the clothing fashion firm of Butterick & Co. Presented by The Old Print Shop.

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