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Lot 213 Disneyland Main Street Brownlines copy.jpgLos Angeles, California - “Remembering Disneyland,” a highly-anticipated public auction of over 800 rare and original items chronicling the history of Disneyland will take place on Saturday,  December 16th at Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks,  California beginning at 11:00 a.m. PST.  Van Eaton Galleries is located at 13613 Ventura Blvd. With memorabilia pre-dating the opening of the park, to expansions into Florida, Tokyo, and Europe and beyond, the auction is an unprecedented glimpse into the world-wide phenomenon known as Disneyland. There are over 800 items to hit the auction block with bidders from around the globe already registered to take part.

Highlights include several original concept drawings and paintings for Sleeping Beauty Castle (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000);  a 1954 Disneyland Original Prospectus (Estimate $1,000-$2,000), A  Disneyland 45 Year Serve Award statue featuring Walt Disney (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); Disneyland Press Preview tickets (Estimate  $3,000-$5,000); a Main Street U.S.A. Keystone Cop original costume (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); the Santa Fe Railroad Drumhead  (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000); an original Disneyland Railroad park poster (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); a set of rare Main Street  Disneyland Brownline Construction drawings (Estimate: Various $500-$800); a “Beauty & The Beast” store display Bust signed  by the stars of the show (Estimate:$600-$800);  a Disneyland Main Gate 35th Anniversary Sign(Estimate:$400-$600); Disneyland 60th Anniversary Diamond Décor (Estimate:$400-$600);  original “America on Parade” film (Estimate: $200-$400); an original Adventureland poster (Estimate:$400-$600); a Jungle Cruise  Elephant Maquette (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000);  Jungle Cruise original concept drawings (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000); an original Disneyland signed check (Estimate: $600-$800);  Vintage Cast Member  pants from Frontierland (Estimate: $600-$800);  “Y’All  Come Back” original park sign (Estimate: $3,000-$4,000); “Haunted Mansion Foil Poster (Estimate: $800-$1,000); an original table from “Club 33” (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000); Walt Disney World Railroad Logo Test (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); a Walt Disney World Background Philosophy book (Estimate: $200-$400) and hundreds of other items never before offered at auction.      

Other highlights include a collection of “Golden Horseshoe” memorabilia from 25-year performer Fulton Burley’s estate and original Disneyland Railroad items including an actual wheel from a Disneyland train (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); original props and signage from the recently closed “Twilight Zone Tower of Terror” (varying estimates); an original sign from the “Country Bear Jamboree” attraction (Estimate: $5,000-$7,000); Original Metal Cast Member ID Badge (Estimate: $1,500-$2,500), a set of Original Paintings by Artist Neil Boyle (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000), a rare Disneyland 45-Year Service Award (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000), a Disneyland Opening Day Press Preview Ticket (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000), and a Complete Set of Furniture from a Grand Californian Hotel Room (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000)

“There is something for everyone in this auction. It’s also very special because most of the items in it come from people that actually worked at the park, or had a hand in creating it,” said Mike Van Eaton, Co-Founder of Van Eaton Galleries.

The massive collection also includes memorabilia from Walt Disney World, EPCOT, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris. From signage, vintage souvenirs, original artwork, records, documents, magazines, costumes and other items from the earliest days of the park, bidders from around the globe will find a wide range of items to enjoy.

For over 60 years, Walt Disney’s Disneyland has influenced popular culture and built generations of loyal enthusiasts across the globe. Fans and collectors of Disney memorabilia have made everything from simple toys to actual props and artwork from the parks among the hottest collectibles in the world to date.  

A link to the online auction catalog here: 


Van Eaton Galleries                                                                                                       

13613 Ventura Blvd

Sherman Oaks, California 91423

(818) 788-2357


December 16th, 2017 starting at  11 a.m. PST

At Van Eaton Galleries 13613 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, Ca 91423 

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Van Eaton Galleries is one of the world’s premier original animation art and collectibles galleries. The Gallery is located in Sherman Oaks, California and specializes in unique original animation artwork. Established in 1994, the gallery offers distinct collections from the world of animation and special exhibits and events for collectors, fans and guests from around the globe. The gallery’s regular operating hours for the public are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm.  Van Eaton Galleries has offered such collections as The Story of Disneyland, Collecting Disney, and Walt Disney’s Disneyland, as well as original animation artwork from Disney, Warner Bros., Dreamworks, Hanna-Barbera, Don Bluth and many other studios. For more information, please visit

Image: Courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries


Gehrig copy.jpgDallas, Texas - The most decorated franchise in baseball history continued its winning ways in Heritage Auctions’ “Yankee Legends” auction, emphatically closing out annual auction sales in excess of $60 million for the sports collectibles category of the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer.

Key Yankees documents broke the bank in the Dec. 10 auction, with Lou Gehrig’s 1931 Yankees contract commanding $216,000 and Derek Jeter’s 1992 scouting report—the earliest article of Yankees ephemera relating to the sure-fire member of the 2020 Hall of Fame class—finding a new owner at $102,000.

Autographed baseballs, the hobby’s bedrock foundation, set exciting new auction prices - a welcome indicator of the market’s enduring strength. Five signed spheres soared past the $100,000 mark in spirited online bidding, most notably a $228,000 result for a 1915 Eddie Plank single signed baseball, second only to Heritage’s mark of $388,375 for a PSA/DNA Mint+ 9.5 Babe Ruth single sold in 2012. Fellow Dead Ball Era legend “Shoeless Joe” Jackson followed close behind on a multi-signed sphere that commanded more than $171,000.

“This has been the busiest period in our history,” Chris Ivy, director of Sports Collectibles at Heritage Auctions said of the months spent in preparation for this special three-auction sequence. “It’s gratifying to see all that hard work pay off. To see confirmation that the market can absorb this high volume of elite material.”

Mickey Mantle game used material also registered multiple six-figure results in this high-octane event, with a 1951 rookie model garnering $168,000, his 1960 World Series gamer drawing $108,000, and his 1965 Game Used Fielder’s Glove bringing $144,000. 

Other notable results include: 

·         $120,000: 1926 New York Yankees Team-Signed Baseball from The Lou Gehrig Collection, the finest example known

·         $120,000: 1927 New York Yankees Team-Signed Baseball

·         $108,000: 1946-47 Babe Ruth Single-Signed Baseball, PSA/DNA NM-MT+ 8.5

·         $96,000: 1960's Jackie Robinson Single Signed Baseball, PSA/DNA Mint 9

 ·         $72,000: 1951 Joe DiMaggio All-Star Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10

·         $50,400: Late 1950's Yogi Berra Game Used & Signed Catcher's Mitt, PSA/DNA Authentic

·         $43,200: 2014 Derek Jeter Final Career Home Run (260) & Career Hits 3,452 to 3,255 Game Used & Signed Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9.5 

·         $38,400: 1915 Eddie Collins Single Signed Baseball to Hall of Fame Umpire Tommy Connolly

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

The Internet’s most popular auction-house website,, has over one million registered bidder-members and searchable free archives of four million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos.

Ithaca, NY—Worth Auctions, located in Dryden, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog.    

The December 17, 2017 sale at Worth Auctions features a broad range of fine art and antiques from multiple estates and collections nationwide.             

Featured in this sale are a number of rare early works by the important New York School artist Salvatore Grippi (1921-2017), who worked and exhibited alongside the likes of de Kooning, Nevelson, and Baziotes during the heydey of Abstract Expressionism. In 1968, Grippi established the art department at Ithaca College, where he taught until 1991. In 2011, he was honored with a solo retrospective at Cornell University's Johnson Museum of Art, marking the last time until now that a substantial body of his work has been on public view in his hometown. The sale showcases several large canvases dated between 1954 and 1957 exemplifying his innovative "figurative expressionist" style; one of these was exhibited at the Smithsonian and another at the Corcoran. Also offered are a variety of works on paper, including a series of preparatory sketches, collages, and a scarce artist's proof of his intaglio print "Mind" from the important portfolio "Twenty-One Etchings and Poems" (1958), which also paired the work of Franz Kline and Frank O'Hara.                        

Other noteworthy works on paper in this sale are original graphics by Bonnard, Kollwitz, Rembrandt, and other Old and Modern Masters from a prominent Manhattan collection.

Several sought-after pieces of vintage photographic equipment fresh from a local living estate will be offered, including three cased lenses and a camera body by Leica. 

This sale also includes a number of interesting large-scale glass pieces, including a "Mega" vase by contemporary glass artist Tony Serviente, a door with an ornate stained glass window, and an antique Tiffany-style hanging lamp shade with an unusual three-dimensional fruit motif.     

Another lot worthy of special mention is a carefully preserved and fully transcribed archive of Civil War letters by John Straight of the 85th and 112th New York Regiments. Datelines include Washington, Baltimore, and Raleigh, and one missive includes a hand-drawn map depicting the Battle of Seven Pines, the culmination of McClellan's offensive up the Virginia Peninsula in the summer of 1862.

Further complementary material will be offered in future sessions throughout the fall and winter of 2017.  

Worth Auctions is a public auction service specializing in estate work and collections.  The company conducts fully cataloged auctions with global bidding activity over three platforms. The upcoming auctions will feature a wide assortment of items, from pencils to airplanes. For more information, please contact the gallery at 607-330-0358 or email


lggkcjacihpldmnf.jpgNew York—Maps were so plentiful at Swann Galleries’ December 5 auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books that one could be forgiven for getting lost. Many buyers chose to bid in person, contributing to a strong sell-through rate of 84%.

The highlight of the sale was Richard Hakluyt’s 1587 map of the New World, Novus Orbis—the first to use the designations “Virginea” and “Nuevo Mexico.” It was one of a selection of duplicates from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Collection, originating in the William C. Wooldridge Map Collection, which was generously donated by the Virginia Cartographical Society in 2017. All proceeds from the sale of these lots will be used to support this important acquisition and the collections at Colonial Williamsburg. In its first appearance at auction since 1917, the Hakluyt map brought $80,000.

Maps represented more than half of the auction’s offerings. A masterwork of sixteenth-century Venetian cartography, Bolognino Zaltieri’s 1566 rendering of North America in the Lafreri style depicted the mythical northwest Strait of Anian, dividing the continents of Asia and North America; it sold for $47,500. Maps by Martin Waldseemüller performed well, with the captivating woodcut Tabula Terre Nove, 1513—the first map of the Americas to appear in an atlas—selling to a collector for $27,500. A hand-colored map of the same year brought $18,750. John Smith’s 1616 map of New England, called the “foundation map” of the region, realized $35,000.

Not everything in the sale concerned cartography. A fine book of detailed watercolors of birds by John Gerrard Keulemans reached $6,500, above a high estimate of $2,500. Similarly, the ink-and-watercolor sketch Golden Eagle and Ptarmigan by Louis Agassiz Fuertes flew past its $3,000 high estimate to sell for $12,500 to a collector.

Caleb Kiffer, Maps & Atlases Specialist at Swann Galleries, said he was “very pleased” with the sale. “Swann continues to cruise the top of the auction market to buy and sell exceptionally scarce high-profile items, as well as holding strong with mid-range material. Across the board, the map-collecting community is out in force and the results of this sale are evidence that Swann is an important part of keeping that interest and energy alive.”

The next auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books at Swann Galleries will be on June 7, 2018. The house is currently accepting quality consignments. 

Image: Lot 77: Richard Hakluyt, Novus Orbis, engraved folding map, showing first printed use of “Virginia,” Paris, 1587. Sold December 5, 2017 for $80,000. (Pre-sale estimate: $40,000 to $60,000)

blobid78_1511278521071 copy.jpgLos Angeles - Bonhams will offer a noteworthy selection of photographs from the collection of film industry executive Bruce Berman on December 14 and 15 in its saleroom in Los Angeles. The sale, titled The Producer’s Pix: Photographs from the Bruce Berman Collection, features works by blue-chip artists as well as emerging talent that have been carefully curated by Berman. The photographs capture views of America that are in danger of vanishing.

“This sale offers all collectors—whether new or more seasoned—a unique opportunity to acquire something extraordinary and affordable from Berman’s legendary collection of photographs,” said Laura Paterson, Head of Photographs.

Of the collection, Berman said he was drawn to images of structures, buildings, and places on the verge of disappearing. “I think that images of these places can be beautiful. It memorializes something that’s not always going to be around,” he said. 

Mostly in color, and largely consisting of landscapes, architectural studies, and portraiture, the collection includes works by well-known names like Manuel Alvarez Bravo, William Christenberry, William Eggleston, Dorothea Lange, Stephen Shore and Joel Sternfeld, as well as a host of works by highly talented, emerging artists. Despite the wide variety of contributors, the focus remains on a gritty as well as vibrant look at America. Attractively estimated to make collecting accessible to a new generation of photography lovers, Berman hopes to pass on his love for the art form and inspire people to start their own collections.

Berman is CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures and has overseen more than 100 Hollywood movies, from the Ocean’s series and The Matrix trilogy, to children’s hits such as The LEGO Movie and Happy Feet. Having nurtured a passion for photography from his youth, Berman soon began his own collection by buying at galleries and auctions. During the course of his collecting, he also worked with emerging artists by directly commissioning works from them.

Looking forward to a new phase of his collector’s journey, Berman says he no longer feels sad when he sells or donates his work. The long-time collector said, “As I get older, I don’t feel the compulsion to hold onto photographs that just sit in storage. I love gifting to museums and sharing the opportunity for people to see them.”

The collection will preview to the public at Bonhams Los Angeles December 9-14 with the sale to be held on December 14 at 6:00 p.m. PST and December 15 at 10:00 a.m. PST.

An interview with Bruce can be read here: and the full catalog is available at

Image: William Christenberry, Red Trailer, Livingston, Alabama, 1976 (estimate: $2,500-3,500)


blobid16_1512610888653.jpgNew York — The only known copy of Emperor Hirohito’s monologue was the top lot in the Voices of the 20th Century auction at Bonhams New York, achieving $275,000. Highlights from across two sales on December 6 included Billie Jean King’s racquet from the epic “Battle of the Sexes” match (price realized: $125,000), a Wozniak blue box offered at auction for the first time in the History of Science and Technology sale, (price realized: $125,000) and an Apple 1 computer (price realized: $372,500.)

History of Science and Technology 

Adam Stackhouse, Senior Specialist, Books and Manuscripts said “we’re particularly pleased with the results achieved for the blue box, which was the first to ever be offered at auction and instrumental in the formation of Apple Inc. There was also significant interest in some early microcomputers offered in the sale, which resulted in a record price for the Intel Intellec-8.” 

Top lots from the sale were a new-to-auction blue box by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, which soared above pre-sale estimates with bidding activity over the phones and online, and the revolutionary Apple 1 computer, which was the first pre-assembled personal computer to come to market. In an auction that saw nine of its top ten lots beat their estimates, early computing memorabilia did particularly well. The Intel Intellec-8 microcomputer set a record when it went for nine times its estimate to realize $13,750 and an Altair 8800 sold for 8 times its estimate to achieve $8,125. 

Voices of the 20th Century 

“We are honored to handle the sale of Emperor Hirohito’s historically significant monologue, which nearly tripled its pre-sale estimate in our sale today,” said Ian Ehling, Director, Books & Manuscripts. “There was also a great result for Billie Jean King’s tennis racquet from the monumental “Battle of the Sexes,” match, in addition to incredible prices for first editions by Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and manuscript pages by Ayn Rand.”

The top lot of the sale, the Emperor's Monologue known as Dokuhakuroku, is an important document transcribed word-for-word by senior diplomat Hidenari Terasaki, from March 18 to April 8 in 1946 at the request of General Douglas MacArthur. Its 173 pages cover events from the Japanese assassination of Manchurian warlord Zhang Zuolin (1928) to the Emperor's famous Surrender Broadcast recorded on August 14, 1945.

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Billie Jean King’s racquet from the 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” match against Bobby Riggs achieved $125,000, of which a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Women’s Sports Foundation. King’s inspiring victory in straight sets during the exhibition match was a significant event in the movement for greater recognition and respect for women’s tennis and beyond. 

The sale had all its top ten lots achieve prices above their low estimates, with notable results for Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls (price realized: $81,250), Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (price realized: $62,500) as well as two separate working manuscript pages of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (prices realized: $56,250 for lot 1058 and $52,500 for lot 1059.)

Image: Hirohito, Emperor Showa, 1901-1989, Autograph Manuscript in Japanese, Showa Tenno Dokuhakuroku 昭和天皇独白録 "The Emperor's Monologue," transcribed by Terasaki Hidenari. Price realized: $275,000

othmanu.jpgNew York—Sotheby’s New York sale of Important Judaica on 20 December will offer one of the finest decorated Hebrew Bibles from Spain to ever come to auction. Produced in Castile during the first half of the 14th century, this distinguished illuminated manuscript is a remarkable testament to the cross-cultural influences in the Golden Age of medieval Spain. Hailing from the renowned collection of J.E. Safra, the Bible will be offered this December with a pre-sale estimate of $3.5/5 million. 

As the earliest-known complete illuminated Hebrew Bible from Spain to ever appear at auction, the Bible is superlative in a number of ways. It is one of only six complete, decorated Hebrew Bibles in private hands. Of those examples, only three have come to auction in the past century. 


This distinguished illuminated Hebrew Bible is an exceptionally important exemplar of medieval book arts and literary culture. The tradition of Hebrew Bible production which flourished in Castile beginning in the 1230s, began to decline due to the deteriorating political and economic situation of Spanish Jewry, persecutions connected with the Black Plague of 1348-1349, and the anti-Jewish riots of 1391. Thus, only three illuminated Hebrew Bibles from 14th-century Castile have survived, making the present manuscript incredibly unique. The high quality of its parchment, the generous quantity of its carpet pages, and the lavishness of their design, as well as the formal repertoire of the micrographic decoration, make this volume an exceptional witness to the glorious tradition of medieval Hebrew manuscript illumination. 

The tradition of illuminated Hebrew Bibles first began to flourish during the reign of Ferdinand III (1217-1252) and continued until the expulsions of the Jews from Spain in 1492 and from Portugal in 1496-1497. While the production of these Bibles can be ascribed to different artistic schools located in Castile, Navarre, Catalonia and Portugal, the present manuscript’s lavish decoration, both painted and micrographic (an embellishment whereby a specialized scribe fashions minute script into ornamental patterns) suggest that it was produced in Castile during the first half of the 14th-century. 

When the first embellished Hebrew Bibles began to appear in Castile during the early 13th-century, their patterns of decoration were based almost exclusively on an Islamic artistic repertoire, as seen in the present volume with its geometrically planned micrographic carpet pages at the end of the codex and micrographic frames with interlaced designs placed around significant biblical texts. Some of these patterns share commonalities in format and composition with illuminations in Qur’ans, as well as tooled patterns in book bindings that were produced in Spain by Muslim, Jewish, and Christian craftsmen into the 16th-century. It was only gradually-during the 14th-century- that the adornment of Hebrew Bibles in Spain began to reflect some of the motifs common in Gothic art, which was dominant in Iberian Christian culture of the 13th, 14th, and 15th centuries. The Bible’s decoration notably reflects these artistic interactions among the three coexisting religions, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, a phenomenon referred to as convivencia.

1348.jpgYork, PA - Hake’s Americana wrapped its 50th-anniversary year with a November 14-16 auction that set multiple company and auction-industry records as it crossed the finish line at $1,754,464. All prices quoted are inclusive of 18% buyer’s premium. 

“It was a sale for the history books,” said Alex Winter, president of Hake’s Americana. “First and foremost, it was the highest-grossing individual sale of our half-century in business, and it also capped our most successful year ever, in terms of the grand total for all sales conducted within a twelve-month period. There was a very strong bidder turnout, and virtually every category met or exceeded expectations, from antique political items all the way through to original comic art from modern-day artists. Many significant records were set for individual items and categories.”

The centerpiece of the sale, the 100% AFA-graded Russell Branton Star Wars collection, produced one of the event’s top lots: a Kenner Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi double-telescoping action figure. Presented on its original blister card, the coveted 1978 figure sold within its estimate range for $76,700.

From the same collection, the highest-graded example of a 1978 “Yellow Hair” Star Wars Luke Skywalker figure was hotly pursued to $50,622 against a pre-sale estimate of $10,000-$20,000. Its astonishing price set a new record for any Luke Skywalker figure. Another highlight was the Anakin Skywalker prototype figure from the 1985 toy line for the film Star Wars: The Power of the Force. It garnered 17 bids before settling at $34,981 against an estimate of $10,000-$20,000.

Always one of Hake’s strong suits, political and campaign memorabilia was unstoppable. The category was led by an extraordinary rarity: a 1920 “Americanize America Vote For Cox And Roosevelt” jugate button. One of only four high-grade examples known and possibly the best of any in existence, it landed just shy of its high estimate, at $47,279.

“The Cox-Roosevelt jugate was an outstanding performer. It not only achieved a record auction price for a button of its specific type but also for any sort of button, political or otherwise,” said Winter. 

Even in light of the prices indicated so far in this report, there was yet another category whose top seller eclipsed all others: vintage comic books. A CGC-graded 7.5 VF issue of Marvel’s Amazing Fantasy #15 had been entered in the auction with expectations of reaching $100,000 or more. Published in August 1962, the sought-after issue introduces The Amazing Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and is the first to show him on the cover. Sixteen aggressive bids propelled the Silver Age classic to $140,760, a world record auction price for the title in its enviably high grade.

Another ephemera lot deserving special mention was the December 1953 issue of Playboy #1 featuring Marilyn Monroe on the cover and inside as the publication’s first-ever centerfold. CGC-graded 8.5, it sold for $29,205.

Original comic art was in demand across several sub-genres. Charles Schulz’s art for a 1957 Peanuts daily newspaper strip was bid to $25,441 against an estimate of $10,000-$20,000; while John Byrne’s 1986 cover art for the Fantastic Four #289 comic book finished well within its estimate range at $24,727. Also created as cover art, Daniel Clowes’ edgy work for Dark Horse Comics’ Urban Legends #1 (June 1993) was on target at $19,800. 

The enduring interest in Negro Leagues baseball memorabilia was evident during the sale, as well. A real-photo postcard of the 1930 Homestead Grays, with a lineup that included four Hall of Famers, drove in $17,523 against an estimate of $10,000-$20,000.

“We could not have been more pleased with the results of our third auction of 2017. The excitement and high prices it generated told us in no uncertain terms that the state of the market for high-quality, impeccably provenanced vintage collectibles is stronger than ever,” said Winter. “We can’t wait to see what the next 50 years will be like for the memorabilia hobby and for our business.”

Contact Hake’s Americana by calling 866-404-9800 or 717-434-1600 or emailing Online:

Image: Amazing Fantasy #15, Marvel, August 1962, CGC 7.5, first appearance of The Amazing Spider-Man, $140,760. Image provided by Hake’s Americana

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

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera. Featured is a second session of selections from a substantial private library that belonged to a leader in the Knights of Malta fraternal order. A varied array of desirable antique and vintage children's books will also be offered, along with a fine private collection of early off-prints and articles.            

Antique and rare books are numerous in this catalog. Among the earliest examples are the 1663 printing of Bohart's "Hierozoicon Sive Bipertitum Opus de Animalibu," with engraved plates, Godwyn's "Moses and Aaron," produced c1650, and the 1760 printing of Hutchinson's "The History of the Colony of Massachusett's Bay." Author-signed works in this auction include names such as H. A. Rey, Shel Silverstein, Saul Bellow, and Isaac Bashevis Singer. Additional rare and antique selections include titles relating to Native American Indians, cinema, books-on-books, Civil War, travel & exploration, Russia, the American West, archaeological excavations, Quakers, decorative antique sets, art history and beyond.                         

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is our second session from a singular private collection that was owned by a high-ranking member of the Knights of St. John of Malta, also known as the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem or the Order of Hospitallers, and linked to the Masonic fraternal order. In addition to titles specifically relating to the Knights of Malta, books in the collection relate to other fraternal movements, Russia, mysticism, New Thought, communism, race, eugenics, Jewish history, conspiracy theories and more. Another collection presents vintage and antique children's books including author-signed copies, Victorian chromolithographs, modern classics, illustrated, Victorian gilt bindings, Christmas-themed, and more.    

Found throughout this catalog are interesting ephemera offerings. Of particular note is an impressive collection of antique pamphlets and articles dating back to the early 1800's and covering areas such as Americana, American colleges, medical history, travel, Puerto Rico, the Mexican War, missionaries, the American West and others. Another collection includes stamps, first-day covers and other ephemera relating to suffrage and female leaders in history, including African-American women. Other ephemera lots include items such as an English manuscript note dated c1570.   

National Book Auctions is a public auction service specializing in books, ephemera, and art. National Book Auctions is a targeted service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. The upcoming auctions will feature a wide assortment of collectible, signed, and first edition books. For more information, please contact the gallery at 607-269-0101 or email


77-Lepape copy.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries will close the auction season with their popular sale of Illustration Art on Thursday, December 14. The house’s newest department specializes in original works of art intended for publication. This will be the largest selection of material they’ve offered to date, both by number of lots and overall value.

The star of the sale is Georges Lepape’s ethereal portrait of Madame Condé Nast in a Fortuny gown against a dark sky. The watercolor painting with gold highlights, Après la Tempête, served as the cover of Vogue at the end of World War One. Lepape inscribed the work to its subject, and included symbolic details such as the tri-color pin on her lapel and dispersing storm clouds. The work carries an estimate of $25,000 to $35,000, and will be closely watched after the house set an auction record for the artist in September 2016.

A vibrant and charming portion of the sale is devoted to familiar protagonists in children’s literature. A large watercolor by Jerry Pinkney, the first African-American artist awarded the Caldecott Medal, features his recurring characters Brer Rabbit and Brer Bear in Further Tales of Uncle Remus, with a value of $20,000 to $25,000. Madeline, Miss Clavel, and the 11 schoolgirls make an appearance, alongside a large painting by Ludwig Bemelmans of the Verandah Grill Luncheon on the Queen Mary ($30,000 to $40,000 and $12,000 to $18,000, respectively). Fans of Maurice Sendak will delight in a glimpse at the master’s process through a study and finished watercolor featuring the beloved Little Bear family from Bears Around the World, 1981, with a value of $15,000 to $25,000.

A Great Gallumphing Galoot! is a unique llama-like creature drawn by Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, in the front endpaper of Dr. Seuss’s ABC. The inscription to the book’s original owner reads, in part “…how very sorry I am that it has taken so long to get your book back to you. I’m hoping to have made it up to you (somewhat) with the added time and care that went into it.”  It is valued at $8,000 to $12,000.

December 2017 is the 80th anniversary of Snow White, 1937, the first feature film produced by Walt Disney and a milestone in the history of cinema. A scrapbook in this sale, kept by an inker working on the project, records the production and reception of the film, replete with 20 original animation drawings of the protagonists and supporting characters, ephemera relating to the feature, and a page of very specific Director’s notes in what appears to be Disney’s own hand ($7,000 to $10,000).

Since its formation, the Illustration Art department at Swann Galleries has gained a reputation as a preeminent resource for original cartoons and covers published by The New Yorker. Their strongest offering yet, with nearly 30 new-to-market works, is led by an iconic cartoon by Charles Addams, originally published in 1947, titled Movie Scream. The ink-and-watercolor drawing includes a portrait of his then-wife Barbara Jean Day, who inspired the iconic Morticia Addams ($12,000 to $18,000). Political jabs by Tom Toro published as recently as February 2017 prove the longevity of the medium. Colorful covers include beloved works by Abe Birnbaum, Arthur Getz and Garrett Price. Peter Arno’s iconic 1956 cover Party Crashers is expected to sell between $4,000 and $6,000.

A novelty map of the 1939 New York World’s Fair by Elmer Simms Campbell will also be available. The style is reminiscent to the artist’s famed A Night-Club Map of Harlem, 1932, which sold at Swann in May 2016 for a record $100,000. The World’s Fair map lampoons the modernity of the event as well as the international pavilions, with characteristic commentary and dialogue from the figures populating the fair ($3,000 to $5,000).

Advertising illustration is led by two John Philip Falter oil paintings for Four Roses Whiskey, 1942, estimated at $15,000 to $20,000 each. Other highlights include a Lucille Corcos illustration for a Fortune article ($4,000 to $6,000), a Charles M. Schulz pen-and-ink drawing of Snoopy for Hostess ($2,000 to $3,000) and a concept drawing by Saul Steinberg for a 1953 Jell-O Instant Pudding commercial ($2,500 to $3,500).

The complete catalogue and bidding information is available at

Lot 135: Georges Lepape, Après la Tempête, watercolor, ink, graphite and gold highlighting, cover illustration for Vogue, 1919. Estimate $25,000 to $35,000.

Lot 116.jpgWestport, CT - A baseball bat signed by both Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron, a baseball signed by Jackie Robinson, the life raft from Francis Gary Powers’s downed U-2 spy plane and several pieces of dishware from Ronald and Nancy Reagan will all come up for bid Wednesday, December 6th, in University Archives’ online-only auction, beginning at 10:30 am Eastern time.

The 211-lot auction is a fabulous assemblage of autographed documents, rare books, relics and manuscripts. The full catalog can be viewed now, at, with internet bidding facilitated by The sale is packed with important, scarce and collectible signed documents and other items relating to some of the most important names in all of history.

“This sale is one of the most eclectic and interesting we’ve had to date,” said John Reznikoff, the founder and president of University Archives, based in Westport. “There is a strong Americana component, including many outstanding Kennedy lots, seven Lincoln lots and five Washington lots. Non-American lots will feature letters handwritten by Pavlov and Darwin’s son - something for just about everybody, and if the item is a gift, it will arrive in plenty of time for the holidays.”

The bat signed by Ruth and Aaron - possibly a one-of-a-kind - is a 15 ½ inch long mini wood bat made by the Kren Bat Company, founded in 1913. The Ruth signature is dark and vibrant. The bat has also been signed by former major league pitcher Charles “Dazzy” Vance and Lou Gehrig (although it’s unclear whether Gehrig’s wife signed on his behalf). The bat comes with two letters of authenticity (PSA/DNA and James Spence) and has an estimate of $6,000-$7,000.

The baseball signed by Jackie Robinson is a Brooklyn Dodgers National League Champions ball from 1956, also signed by many other team members, to include Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Dick Williams, Don Zimmer, Duke Snider and manager Walter Alston. The ball, pre-certified by PSA/DNA and lightly soiled, should finish at $1,500-$1,700.

The yellow life raft believed to have been aboard Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 spy jet when he was shot down over the Soviet Union on May 1st, 1960, is an authentic Cold War relic, made of thick, inflatable plastic, containing a black flexible tube, with teeth marks used to inflate it. Consigned by Powers’s son - Francis Gary Powers, Jr., an expert public speaker on the U-2 incident and Cold War history - the raft comes with his letter of provenance and should bring $6,000-$7,000.

The dishware pieces from the Reagans will be sold as individual lots. They include a large and elegant crystal dessert coupe (est. $400-$500); a Steuben Glass Works wine glass (est. $400-$500); a consume bowl designed by Richard Ginori, with the pattern matched in a famous birthday photo of the Pres. and Mrs. Reagan (est. $400-$500); and an ironstone ceramic teacup and plate in the 1776 Independence pattern, made by Interspace of Japan (each est. $400-$500). 

JFK collectibles are always in huge demand and this sale’s got several. These include his silk scarf made by SULKA, very sophisticated and monogrammed “JFK” (est. $6,000-$8,000); his personally owned and used Zippo lighter, with great provenance and a graphic of the battleship U.S.S. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD850) (est. $1,500-$2,000); and Kennedy’s bathing trunks from a rare, carefree moment aboard the famous family sailboat the Honey Fitz (est. $7,000-$8,000). 

Jacqueline Kennedy will also be represented in the sale, with a letter personally hand-penned in August 1966 to Luella Hennessy, John, Jr.’s nanny. The letter was written on Jackie’s personally hand-painted, decorated floral stationery, with Hyannis Port, Mass. letterhead and includes her lovely hand-painted florals to the stationery sheet and a watercolor scene to the envelope. The letter was written while John-John was recuperating from a tonsillectomy (est. $3,000-$3,500).

Collectors of presidential memorabilia can’t get enough of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Both are in the sale, multiple times. Beginning with Washington, a superb example of his signature, with his personal wax seal affixed, has an estimate of $6,000-$7,000; while an important 1781 Call for Recruits bi-fold on laid paper stock, signed by Benjamin Lincoln, a major general in the Continental Army under Washington, has an estimate of $2,000-$2,400.

Other Washington items will feature a piece of burgundy velvet from Washington’s personally owned and worn cloak (2 ½ inches by ¾ inch), descended from the family of Col. Tobias Lear, Washington’s personal secretary, matted and framed with a color print portrait of Washington. It has an estimate of $6,000-$7,000. Also, a 1792 broadside, signed by Washington, wherein he outlines the duties of consuls and vice-consuls of the new nation, should sell for $2,500-$3,000.

Seven Lincoln items will include a signed Civil War transport pass (est. $5,000-$6,000); a note written and signed just four days before his death (est. $6,000-$7,000); a bank check signed and engrossed in Lincoln’s hand, with historical provenance and a portrait (est. $8,000-$10,000); an assassination display featuring strands of hair from Lincoln and Secretary of State William H. Seward (est. $1,200-$1,400); an 1861 signed appointment document (est. $4,000-$5,000); and a superb signature of Mary Todd Lincoln (1818-1882), Pres. Lincoln’s wife (est. $2,000-$2,400).

A letter of thanks written in German in the late 1920s or early 1930s by Ivan Pavlov, to Leon Whitney, founder of the American Eugenics Society (and a man Hitler studied to prepare for his Master Race), should command $3,500-$4,000; and a letter written by Leonard Darwin, Charles Darwin’s son, also to Eugene Whitney, where he offers a reflective exploration of several of his father’s principles and refers to findings on ancestral cells, carries an estimate of $2,500-$3,000.

John Reznikoff started collecting in 1968, while in the third grade, and in 1979 he formed the company he runs today, University Archives, a division of University Stamp Co. Industry-wide, Reznikoff is considered the leading authenticity expert for manuscripts and documents and he consults with law enforcement, dealers, auction houses and both major authentication companies.

For more information about University Archives and the Wednesday, December 6th auction, please visit

Image: Bank check signed and engrossed in Abraham Lincoln’s own hand, with historical provenance and a portrait of Lincoln (est. $8,000-$10,000).

Screen Shot 2017-11-26 at 9.45.44 PM.pngLondon—This December, Sotheby’s London will offer a collection of 33 first editions of classic books, each with a beautifully original dust-jacket, created and generously donated by leading artists and designers to benefit House of Illustration.

Each artist selected a book they felt a strong connection to and then created a new dust-jacket or artwork in response to it. The re-worked classics include Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, D.H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers and George Orwell’s Animal Farm. 

Artists include Quentin Blake, Maggi Hambling, Raymond Pettibon, Lauren Child, Peter Blake, Chris Riddell, Richard Wentworth, Axel Scheffler, Audrey Niffenegger, Neil Gaiman, George Shaw, Paula Rego and Shaun Tan.

The auction includes the only piece of original artwork created by Quentin Blake for Beatrice Potter’s The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots that has ever come up for sale; a cover created by Gerald Scarfe with two new illustrations for The Making of Pink Floyd The Wall; and, ahead of his regeneration in the Dr Who Christmas special, Peter Capaldi has chosen to design a cover for Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. 

House of Illustration is the world’s only public gallery solely dedicated to illustration and graphic arts with a creative programme of exhibitions, talks and events. A registered charity receiving no public funding, it works with schools across London on projects with young people that inspire creativity and enable them to communicate visually, overcoming barriers such as language, literacy levels and special educational needs. It is the only UK gallery commissioning illustration work for public display and runs the only UK residency for illustrators and graphic artists. 

Ahead of the sale, all works will be on display at Sotheby’s London (34-35 New Bond Street) from 8-11 December 2017. In total, thirty-one artists have donated to the sale. For more information, click here.

ab14f1bd43379bff4035038745ec03378b5938aa.jpegA remarkable collection of original Walt Disney Studios watercolor paintings from Pinocchio will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction. 

The complete set of 120 watercolors tell the story of Pinocchio, 1940, and the series of vivid and incredibly highly detailed paintings portray the memorable characters of the classic film, including Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, Geppetto, Figaro, Cleo, the Blue Fairy, Stromboli, Lampwick, and others. These original paintings were produced to make stickers to be included in boxes or tins of De Beukelaer cookies produced and sold in Belgium, which were collected by customers and pasted into a storybook album. 

These special paintings were painted by the top Disney artists located in England, who had been handpicked by Walt Disney. All the art was painted to model using Disney model sheets and instructions coming from the Disney Publicity Department in Burbank, California. The artwork then had to be approved by the studio, and, of course, Walt Disney himself.

Includes the complete De Beukelaer Pinocchio storybook containing the stickers for which this artwork was used. Although similar De Beukelaer sticker promotions were done for Snow White and Dumbo, the original watercolors for those have never surfaced. The cards and stickers are quite rare just by themselves, but to find the original paintings is a miracle! It is virtually unheard of to have a complete set of original Disney artwork, and it is unknown whether the artwork for Snow White and Dumbo even survived World War II. The artwork is on individual illustration boards, each measuring approximately 5 x 3.5 inches. (Estimate: $75,000+) 

“In over 50 years of collecting, our animation experts have never seen another single painting, never mind an entire set,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

“It’s an absolutely outstanding one-of-a-kind collection of incredibly detailed Pinocchio artwork which is of tremendous rarity,” added Livingston. 

Additional highlights of the more than 100 Animation lots include: 

Sleeping Beauty and Prince Phillip production concept painting by Eyvind Earle from the Walt Disney Studios, 1958 film. This particular painting came to be the model for the cover design of the Sleeping Beauty 'Big Golden Book.' Estimate: $12,000+) 

It's a Small World original concept painting by Mary Blair for the facade of the 'It's a Small World' exhibit. (Estimate: $14,000+) 

Briar Rose production cel and partial production background from Sleeping Beauty. (Estimate:  $10,000+) 

Cinderella's Coach production concept painting by Mary Blair from Cinderella. (Estimate: $12,000+)

Maleficent and Goons production cels and pan production background from Sleeping Beauty (Estimate: $9,000+)

Wicked Witch production cel from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. (Estimate: $9,000+)

Jenny and Joe production concept painting by Mary Blair from Melody Time (Estimate: $7,000+)

Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather production concept painting by Eyvind Earle from Sleeping Beauty (Estimate: $6,000+)

Mickey Mouse production concept painting from Fantasia (Estimate: $6,000+)

Snow White production concept drawing from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Estimate: $4,000+) 

The Fine Autographs and Artifacts from RR Auction began on November 17 and will conclude on December 6.  More details can be found online at


96-PhilipKDick copy.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries’ auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature on Tuesday, November 14 offered a veritable library of scarce first editions and inscriptions by authors from the last two centuries. More than two thirds of the sale was devoted to twentieth-century literature, with myriad genres represented among the highlights.

Topping the sale was the deluxe centenary limited edition set of 18 volumes comprising the works of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond. Each tome is ensconced in a custom leather binding reflecting its contents: Casino Royale features playing cards, while Octopussy is adorned with undulating tentacles. The set, celebrating what would have been Fleming’s one-hundredth birthday, includes a selection of the author’s travel writings, previously unpublished stories and a copy of Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. One of 26 lettered sets published in 2008, the work reached $30,000, tying the previous auction record.

Works by William Faulkner performed well, selling 100% of the lots offered. An association copy of the first edition of his first book, The Marble Faun, 1924, signed and inscribed by Faulkner and his mentor Phil Stone to Dorothy Wilcox, was especially important because its inscription was specifically referenced in Joseph Blotner’s Faulkner: A Biography, 1974 ($22,500).

An auction record was established for Het Achterhuis, known in English as The Diary of Anne Frank. The true first edition of the iconic work, in the exceedingly rare unrestored dust jacket showing the author’s name in yellow rather than blue, sold to a collector for $18,200.

Each of the four works by Philip K. Dick offered found buyers, with three of those surpassing their previous auction records. The cover lot for the sale, a signed first edition of World of Chance, 1956, reached $7,250, a record for the work, above a high estimate of $4,000. The stand-out lot was the first edition of The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, 1965, inscribed by Dick: it far exceeded its high estimate of $3,000, finally selling for $16,250, a record for the work.

The auction debut of The Intelligent Investor, by Benjamin Graham, was well-received: financiers competed for the first printing of the first edition, in the original dust jacket, achieving $8,750, over a high estimate of $6,000.

John D. Larson, Specialist of 19th & 20th Century Literature at Swann Galleries, said of the sale: “The high sell-through rate and the high prices achieved once again demonstrate that the top-quality material will find enthused bidders. As always, condition is paramount, especially for books published after 1800.”

The next auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature at Swann Galleries will be held May 15, 2018. The house is currently accepting quality consignments.

Image: Lot 96: Philip K. Dick, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, first edition, inscribed, Garden City, 1965. Sold November 14, 2017 for $16,250, a record for the work. (Pre-sale estimate: $2,000 to $3,000).

Quincy Adams copy.jpgDallas, Texas--A rare and unusual photo of one of the first U.S. presidents is expected to sell for $50,000 or more when an image of President John Quincy Adams taken in 1846  crosses the block in Heritage Auctions’ Dec. 2 Americana & Political Auction in Dallas, Texas.

“Quincy Adams was the first American president to be photographed,” Heritage Director of Americana Auctions Tom Slater said, “and this newly-discovered example is one of the earliest known presidential photographs.

The sixth-plate daguerreotype was taken at the Washington, D.C. Studio of John Plumbe Feb. 14, 1846, according to Adams’ diary entry. The location of this image was unknown until it was recently discovered in an antiques market in Paris.

Plumbe was one of the most prominent photographers of the day, and apparently had complete approval from Adams, who sat for him on four different occasions.

This image is housed in a case stamped on the brass mat with Plumbe’s name and lined with paper reading “Manufactured at the Plumbe National Daguerrian Depot/New York.” The image is accompanied by a detailed letter of authentication by William F. Stapp, who served as the Curator of Photographs at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery from 1976-91.

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

The Internet’s most popular auction-house website,, has over one million registered bidder-members, and searchable free archives of four million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos.

Dracula Poster.jpgDallas, Texas - One of just two surviving movie posters for the 1931 horror classic Dracula set a world record for the most valuable movie poster ever sold at auction when it brought $525,800 Saturday, Nov. 18, in a public auction held live and online by Heritage Auctions.

The poster surpassed the previous auction record of $478,000 which was also set (twice) by Heritage Auctions. Heritage had just sold the only known surviving Italian issue movie poster from 1946 for Casablanca in July 2017, which matched their own previous world record from November 2014 for an only-known 1927 copy of the poster for London After Midnight.

This particular poster style from Dracula depicts the menacing visage of actor Bela Lugosi, who transformed the character into the now-famous Universal Monster. Recently discovered in the San Diego, California, collection of a noted film historian, collectors and experts consider it one of the most desirable horror movie posters ever produced.

The family of its longtime owner, Lt. Col. George J. Mitchell, Jr., an Associate Member of the American Society of Cinematographers, placed the poster up for auction. Mitchell had owned the poster since the 1950s.

“The reason my dad purchased the poster is because he loved horror films. He was drawn to the Bela Lugosi poster because it brought back childhood memories of seeing the film when it was first released,” Mitchell’s son, Arthur Mitchell said. “He remembered going to the theater … and remembered that there was an ambulance stationed in the lobby, in case anyone was so scared they needed medical attention.”

The elder Mitchell was a longtime cinematographer and photographer, who after World War II and a 20-year career in the U.S. Army, started a small film production company in San Diego, and did video work for AFL and NFL Films, the San Diego Zoo and training films for assorted branches of the military.

“It is a matter of opinion, but this poster probably is the most beautiful of all of the styles,” Heritage Auctions Vintage Posters Director Grey Smith said, “and one of only two styles that pictures Bela Lugosi in realistic terms or a faithful rendering - the other is a photographic image.”

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

The Internet’s most popular auction-house website,, has over one million registered bidder-members, and searchable free archives of four million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos.

Thames Bonhams.jpgDesigns for the Thames Tunnel, signed by Marc Isambard Brunel and his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel, sold for £200,000 at Bonhams Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs Sale in London on Wednesday 15 November. The archive, which came with the signed Brunel family album in which the drawings were originally kept, had been estimated at £50,000-100,000.

Built between 1825 and 1837, the Thames Tunnel - which connects Rotherhithe and Limehouse in East London - was the first ever successful underwater tunnel. The techniques pioneered by the Brunels revolutionised tunnelling and had a significant impact on the development of the London Underground - indeed they were still influential in the construction of the Channel Tunnel in the late 1980s. The Thames Tunnel remains in daily use, 180 years after its completion, as part of the London Overground rail network.    

Bonhams Head of Books and Manuscripts, Matthew Haley, said: “This was a very important archive of what was described at the time as ‘The Eighth Wonder of the World’, and is still regarded as one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century. The high price paid reflects its huge significance.”

The sale made a total of £1,716,175 with premium.

Sale:          Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs

Location:    Bonhams Knightsbridge

Date:          Wednesday 15 November at 1.00 pm

Specialist:   Matthew Haley, Head of Books and Manuscripts


Potter Bonhams.jpgA first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling set a new world record at auction of £106,250 at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale in London on 15 November. It had been estimated at £30,000-40,000.

The book was inscribed to a friend and her family: ‘For Meera, Donnie, Nastassia and Kai, with lots of love from Jo (also known as J.K. Rowling)".  The inscription is dated one month and a day after the book was published on 26 June 1997, this being one of the first copies supplied to Rowling by the publisher.

Bonhams Head of Books and Manuscripts Matthew Haley said, “There is always a great deal of interest when first editions of Harry Potter books come to auction, especially, of course, in the very first one in the series. This particular example was not only in excellent condition, but it had the added attraction of a very personal inscription from the author herself.”

Among the other sale highlights were:

  • Designs for the Thames Tunnel, signed by Marc Isambard Brunel and his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel, which sold for £200,000.  The archive, which came with the signed Brunel family album in which the drawings were originally kept, had been estimated at £50,000-100,000.
  • An archive of manuscripts and letters from the estate of the famous 18th century actor David Garrick, sold for £112,500 (estimate £10,000-15,000)
  • A first edition of Christopher Saxon’s Atlas of England and Wales from 1859 made £106,000 (estimate £50,000-70,000)
  • A letter from Alan Turing to his former maths teacher was bought for £75,000 (estimate £20,000-30,000).

The sale made a total of £1,716,175 with premium.

New York—Christie’s is pleased to present Russian America and Polar Exploration: Highlights from the Martin Greene Library, a choice selection of important books chronicling the exploration of our planet’s extremes. The auction will take place on Thursday, December 7 at Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza. Spanning a period of 400 years, from the 16th to the 20th centuries, Martin Greene’s library includes myriad stories of adventure, scientific discovery, cultural encounters and geopolitical ambition. 

Martin Greene, a Seattle - based doctor and mountaineer, has spent decades collecting books relate d to his passion of travel and exploration. The selection offered in this sale contains rarities from first hand accounts to cartography — with a range including Pacific Voyages, the search for the Northwest and Northeast Passages, the search for Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition, and the race to the North and South Poles. Moreover, Greene has acquired the most important collection of books relating to Alaska when it was a Russian possession which has ever appeared at auction. 

Among the top lots is an extremely rare and beautiful account and atlas of Ivan Kruzenshtern’s voyage of 1802 - 1806, the first Russian circumnavigation of the globe (estimate: $350,000 - 450,000). Not only is it among the most splendid works of 19th century Russian printing it also contains important views of the Northwest Coast of America. Russia’s great rival Britain launched the greatest number of Arctic expeditions; dozens of which centered on the search for the missing explorer, Sir John Franklin, and his crew. Another highlight is an 1854 first edition of S.G. Cresswell’s illustrations of the Franklin Search expedition led by Robert McClure (estimate: $30,000 - 50,000), inscribed by the artist. McClure and his men were the first to traverse the Northwest Passage. America, too, entered the game and with great ambition. Charles Wilkes led the first ever American scientific voyage, the United States Exploring Expedition of 1838 - 1842. Another highlight is a rare Congressional issue of Wilkes’s account (estimate: $60,000 - 90,000). The project was plagued by budget overrun and only 100 sets of these official accounts were printed, many of which were destroyed in the 1851 Library of Congress fire. 


New York | Friday, December 1 to Wednesday, December 6. 


New York—Christie’s announces the fall various owner sale of Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts, encompassing over 200 lots including autograph manuscripts, cartography, literature, and historic artifacts to take place on December 5, 2017, with a stand-alone auction Russian America and Polar Exploration: Highlights from the Martin Greene Library to follow on December 7, 2017, at Christie’s New York.

Highlighting the various owner sale are important artifacts and manuscripts from pivotal moments of American history, including Brigham Young's copy of the 1823 Stone-engraved Declaration of Independence, one of only six known proofs executed on paper (estimate: $400,000-600,000); Abraham Lincoln’s Wooden Bench Mallet, the earliest artifact attributed to Lincoln in private hands (estimate: $300,000-500,000); an extremely rare autograph letter from Abraham Lincoln to Henry Asbury preparing for the Lincoln-Douglas debates (estimate: $500,000-700,000); and John F. Kennedy's own copy of the Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States with his own speech marked and corrected in his hand (estimate: $60,000-80,000).

Additionally, featured within the Americana section is a selection titled The Yorktown Campaign and the Franco-American Alliance: The Papers of the Marquis de Chastellux, featuring over 20 lots of autograph material and historical documentation belonging to the French general and philosopher to the founding fathers of the United States, led by an important manuscript map of New York City prepared by cartographers attached to Rochambeau’s forces during the Yorktown Campaign (estimate: $150,000-200,000); and important autograph letters by Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette, and Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau.

Other top lots include objects emblematic of scientific acheviement, led by the 1978 Nobel Prize Medal in Physiology or Medicine awarded to Daniel Nathans "for the discovery of restriction enzymes and their application to problems of molecular genetics," (estimate: $400,000-600,000), with proceeds pledged to an endowment that supports the research of young biomedical scientists at the Johns Hopkins Medical School; and Albert Einstein’s telescope, the only scientific instrument owned by Einstein offered at auction (estimate: $200,000-300,000).

Highlighting culture and literature are the earliest Jackie Kennedy letters to appear at auction (estimate: $20,000-30,000); five iterations of an original unpublished love poem, by Bob Dylan to girlfriend Margie Rogerson (estimate: $8,000-12,000); A very rare original drawing by Ralph Steadman for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (estimate: $30,000-50,000); and prime examples of first editions with exceptional provenance including a superb copy of the privately printed first edition of Beatrix Potter's  The Tale of Peter Rabbit (estimate: $40,000-60,000); and Frank L. Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the first edition belonging to actor Bert Lahr, who played the Cowardly Lion in the 1939 film (estimate: $30,000-50,000).

Also within the sale is a beautiful selection of illustrated and decorated manuscripts from The Jay T. Snider Collection, spanning centuries and continents, presenting an array of original handmade and painted works. Lots include documentation of nature, such as an album of Chinese watercolors of fruits and flowers, made in the 19th century (estimate: $50,000-80,000), to artists recording their travels, architectural drawings such as a Venetian Renaissance manuscript of imaginary fortresses (estimate $90,000-120,000), and illuminated religious texts, including A fine, richly illuminated Old Believers manuscript from 1818 (estimate: $90,000-120,000).

On December 7, the Books & Manuscripts department will also present a stand-alone auction, Russian America and Polar Exploration: Highlights from the Martin Greene Library, a choice selection of important books chronicling the exploration of the Earth’s antipodes. Additional information on this sale can be found here.


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

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera. Featured is a first session of selections from a substantial private library that belonged to a leader in the Knights of Malta fraternal order. A varied array of desirable antique volumes will also be offered, include titles covering early American history.            

Antique and rare books are numerous in this catalog. Among the earliest examples are the 1555 printing of Mirandola's "Illustrium Poetarum Flores," Foppens' "La Conversion de S. Augustin Decrite par Lui-meme," produced in 1690, and the 1679 printing of Alexandro's "Selecta Historiae Ecclesiasticae Capita." Additional rare and antique selections include titles relating to Egyptology, military history, Civil War, travel & exploration, Russian history, art history, decorative antique, children's, multi-volume sets, and beyond.                      

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is our first session from a singular private collection that was owned by a high-ranking member of the Knights of St. John of Malta, also known as the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem or the Order of Hospitallers and linked to the Masonic fraternal order. In addition to titles specifically relating to the Knights of Malta, books in the collection relate to other fraternal movements, mysticism, New Thought, race, eugenics, Jewish history, conspiracy theories and more. This library also includes a number of works relating to Russian history, particularly from the revolutionary period, and some of these volumes are signed by members of the Czarist aristocracy and family.    

Found throughout this catalog are interesting ephemera offerings and grouped book lots offering a broad variety of topics.    

National Book Auctions is a public auction service specializing in books, ephemera, and art. National Book Auctions is a targeted service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. The upcoming auctions will feature a wide assortment of collectible, signed, and first edition books. For more information, please contact the gallery at 607-269-0101 or email

George Washington Spy Letter Leads Auction

jhdjiebjfmagmioe.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries’ auction on Tuesday, November 7 saw fine results for Autographs by important historical figures in a variety of fields, from government to science to music. The total of $662K exceeded the estimate for the sale as a whole by almost $100,000, as lot after lot hammered above estimate.

The highlight of the sale was the Jimmy Van Heusen Collection, offering manuscripts by the composer as well as important letters, musical quotations and manuscripts by some of the most influential composers of the nineteenth- and twentieth centuries. Of the 76 lots offered from the collection, 93% found buyers, exceeding the high estimate for the section by more than $70,000. The top lot of the collection was an autograph musical quotation signed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, showing nine bars from the first movement of Serenade for String Orchestra in C Major, 1888, which sold for $27,500, above a high estimate of $15,000. The first autograph musical quotations by Van Heusen ever to come to auction included the drafts for such hits as Swinging on a Star and Love and Marriage ($6,750 and $7,000, respectively). Each of the seven lots by Van Heusen sold well above their estimates, with the working draft of Call Me Irresponsible reaching $9,375, above a high estimate of $2,000. The proceeds from the sale of the Collection will benefit Cazenovia College, which Van Heusen attended when it was a high school.

The top lot of the sale was a letter from George Washington to his spymaster, Benjamin Tallmadge, requesting intelligence at the height of the Revolutionary War. It was written in November of 1780 from his headquarters in Wayne, New Jersey, concerning the British troop numbers and locations on Long Island. It sold for $40,000.

A strong selection of autographs by scientists was led by a signed photograph of Sigmund Freud by Halberstadt, signed & inscribed to American psychoanalyst Horace W. Frink, 1922, which sold for $20,000. A pair of photographic portraits signed by Albert Einstein and his wife, Elsa, reached $12,500.

Marco Tomaschett, Autographs Specialist at Swann, was pleased with the sale: “The strong results of the musical autographs demonstrate that there is healthy demand for this category.”

The next auction of Autographs at Swann Galleries will be held in Spring 2018.

Image: Lot 7: George Washington, Autograph Letter Signed, to his spymaster Benjamin Tallmadge, New Jersey, 1780. Sold November 7, 2017 for $40,000. (Pre-sale estimate $25,000 to $35,000).

Waldseemuller5.JPGLondon - On 13 December Christie’s Valuable Books and Manuscripts sale will offer a copy of the first map to name America by the most important cartographer of the early sixteenth century, Martin Waldseemüller. The appearance of this previously unknown copy of the Waldseemüller gores (estimate: £600,000 - 900,000 / $800,000 - 1,200,000), 1507, marks a significant cartographic discovery. This revolutionary map not only names America for the first time, but is also the first map to illustrate separate South and North American continents, and is the earliest recorded printed globe. It is one of only 5 known copies and is the first accurate illustration of the world in 360 degrees, depicting a separate Pacific Ocean. A large wall map, produced by Waldseemüller around the same time, and also naming America, survives in a single copy and was acquired by the Library of Congress in May 2003 for $10 million. The Waldseemüller gores will be on view to the public from 9 December, as part of Christie’s Classic Week.

Julian Wilson, Senior Specialist, Books, Maps & Manuscripts: “The discovery of this unknown copy of the Waldseemüller gores marks the most exciting moment of my twenty-year career at Christie’s, his cartographic innovations had an enormous influence in the science of map-making and perhaps most significantly, defined history in naming America.”

In 1505, the cartographer Martin Waldseemüller joined a group of scholars known as the Gymnasium Vosagense. The group was sponsored by René II, the Duke of Lorraine, and based at Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, south-west of Strasbourg. Waldseemüller was tasked with creating a new globe, a large world map and a new edition of Ptolemy’s Geographia and while doing so, broke away from standard cartographic conceptions to visualise Amerigo Vespucci’s claims that the North and South American continents might be separate from Asia. Boldly defining the Pacific and western coast of South America long before any European had officially seen it, Waldseemüller placed the name ‘America’ on the New World for the very first time.

Only four surviving Western maps earlier than Waldseemüller's depict the Americas in any form. The earliest is the Juan de La Cosa manuscript portolan chart, circa 1500, (Museo Naval, Madrid), followed by the manuscript Cantino planisphere (Biblioteca Estense, Modena) dated to 1502 and the 1504/1505 Caveri (Canerio) manuscript portolan chart (Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris). Waldseemüller was influenced by the Spanish and Portuguese mapping of their new discoveries, as evidenced in these three maps, where the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, Cuba and other Caribbean islands are quite distinct, and the north coast of South America follows the earlier prototypes. By contrast, Waldseemüller's gores have little in common with the only earlier printed map to show the Americas: this is the world map of Giovanni Matteo Contarini-Francesco Rosselli (1506), which survives as a single copy at the British Library. It depicts Greenland and Newfoundland as an extension of Asia, is without a Central American coastline west of Cuba and illustrates South America as an unfinished northern coastline. Waldseemüller's radical advantage over the Contarini-Rosselli map lay in his taking into consideration the accounts of Amerigo Vespucci’s voyages to South America. A Florentine employed by the Medici bank at Seville, Vespucci met Columbus in about 1497-98, and was inspired himself to conduct exploratory voyages to the New World. His major voyage of discovery occurred in 1499 when he passed the Cape Verde Islands, and then sailed much further down the South American coast than previous Western navigators.

Vespucci realised that the South American continent was much more extensive than had previously been understood, and that it was not, as Columbus had initially thought, the eastern perimeter of Asia. Vespucci's announcement of this news in his Mundus Novus (Rome, circa 1502), with its vivid description of the New World, became a bestseller around Europe. Vespucci's influence was critical to the cartographic advances of Waldseemüller and in view of this and Columbus’ fading fortunes in the early 1500s, Waldseemüller named the continent ‘America’ in Vespucci’s honour.

Image: WALDSEEMÜLLER, Martin (c.1470 - c.1522). World map in the form of a set of gores for a terrestrial globe. Saint-Dié-des-Vosges: 1507, estimate: £600,000 - 900,000 / $800,000 - 1,200,000


3379169_3 copy.jpgBoston, MA--A 24-page manuscript penned by Jack Ruby in prison, retracing his steps after Kennedy's assassination will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction. 

The manuscript comprehensively traces his steps in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination but prior to the murder of Oswald, and corresponds with the testimony that Ruby gave before the Warren Commission on June 7, 1964. 

The "fellow" he refers to in these passages is Lee Harvey Oswald, and a month after his arrest Ruby told the FBI that his loaded snub-nosed Colt Cobra .38 revolver was in his right pocket during the press conference described here. This was the gun he used to shoot Oswald on the morning of Sunday, November 24th. Ruby maintained that it was never in his mind to kill Oswald until that morning, when he learned that Mrs. Kennedy might need to return to Dallas for a trial and relive her grief. An incredible window into Ruby's actions preceding the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald.

The handwritten manuscript in pencil by Jack Ruby written after he was convicted of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald and sentenced to death.  The important manuscript details his movements on the evening of Friday, November 22, 1963, and the early hours of Saturday morning on November 23rd.  Earl Ruby, the brother of Jack Ruby, notes that this manuscript was to be used by Jack's lawyers if a new trial was granted to show that Jack's motives in the murder were not premeditated. 

“It’s an incredible window into Ruby's actions preceding the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. 

Among other items to be featured: 

Jack Ruby's Monogrammed Suitcase used on Ruby's visit to a notorious gambler in Cuba

Jack Ruby bullet fired from the Gun that shot Oswald.

Jack Ruby Letter Ten days after shooting Oswald, Ruby writes from jail: "I loved my President and was in such deep mourning about his tragic passing, anyway you know the rest.”

Lee Harvey Oswald’s US Marine Corps knife.

Lee Harvey Oswald hand addressed envelope that bears several Russian postmarks.

The Fine Autographs and Artifacts from RR Auction began on October 27 and will conclude on November 8.  More details can be found online at

304-Hopper.jpgNew York—A new auction record for any print by American master Edward Hopper was established at Swann Galleries’ auction of Old Master Through Modern Prints on Thursday, November 2. The extremely rare etching The Lonely House, 1923, sold for a record $317,000 to a buyer over the phone, above a high estimate of $200,000. The previous record for a print by the artist, set in 2012, was $80,000 lower. It was also the highest price for an etching ever sold by Swann Galleries.

All three works by Hopper in the sale found buyers. Les Poilus, an extremely rare 1915-18 etching of French infantrymen, reached $42,500, above a high estimate of $20,000, a record for the work.

Swann Galleries holds the top six auction prices for prints by Martin Lewis. In Thursday’s auction, the house beat its own record for Relics (Speakeasy Corner), 1928, one of the artist’s most iconic works. The work sold for $55,000, surpassing the previous benchmark established in 2016.

Several additional image records were established, including $65,000 for Rembrandt van Rijn’s Self-Portrait with Cap Pulled Forward, a circa 1631 etching. A record was also achieved for Arbre, 1892, an enigmatic lithograph by Odilon Redon ($47,500).

The important first edition of Francisco José de Goya’s Los Caprichos, circa 1799, lampooning the Spanish aristocracy and clergy, was sold for $106,250. Approximately 300 copies of the bound set of 80 etchings were produced in the first edition, before Goya withdrew the series from sale for fear of retribution. Few survive, as only 27 were sold and most of the rest destroyed; the copy offered lacked only one etching.

The sale featured a special section of prints from the estate of American artist Will Barnet, 94% of which found buyers. Multiple bidders were on the phones for the duration of the run of 31 works, sending many prices past their estimates. Bidding was especially competitive for three figurative prints of women with pets in the flattened ukiyo-e-esque style for which Barnet is celebrated. Woman, Cat and String, 1964, is especially emblematic of the style: the square color woodcut sold for $4,750, above a high estimate of $1,800. The 1975 color screenprint The Book and lithograph Silent Seasons—Summer, 1974, also performed well ($4,000 and $3,250, respectively).

Director of Prints & Drawings and Vice President of Swann Galleries, Todd Weyman, said of the sale, “Enthusiastic bidding across the board in this auction covering more than five centuries of graphic art centered on a record price for the most expensive printed work by Edward Hopper ever sold, and establishing international auction records for prints by Rembrandt, Redon, and Martin Lewis. We are very pleased.”

The next auction of fine art at Swann Galleries will be Contemporary Art on November 16, 2017.

Lot 304: Edward Hopper, The Lonely House, etching, 1923. Sold November 2, 2017 for $317,000. (Pre-sale estimate $150,000 to $200,000).

Lot 32.jpgWestport, CT - Pages from a ship’s log from June 1846 describing California’s famous “Bear Flag Revolt” that led to the state’s breakaway from Mexico and eventual statehood, and a set of Thomas Bowles 1720 South Sea Bubble playing cards that chronicled the original stock market crash in England, are expected highlights in University Archives’ November 7th auction.

The “Bear Flag Revolt” lot, with an estimate of $30,000-$40,000, is a critical piece of California state history. It’s a first-hand account, upfront and personal, likely written by a bi-lingual ship’s mate, describing American army officer and explorer John C. Fremont’s arrival at Sutter’s Fort, near modern-day Sacramento, in spring 1846, where he encouraged an armed rebellion to wrest control of the state from Mexico, which loosely controlled it at the time, and push for statehood.

The set of South Sea Bubble cards, the finest set known, was first published by Thomas Bowles in London in 1720. The cards bear satirical portrayals, in cartoon form, of the speculators who were involved in various commercial projects started during the South Seas Bubble of that year. They provide a unique historical record of the reckless stock traders of the time, whose actions led to a market crash in England. They also depicted the day’s fashions (est. $40,000-$60,000).

The 226-lot, online-only auction is an assemblage of autographed documents, rare books, relics and manuscripts. The catalog can be viewed now, at, with internet bidding provided by The sale is packed with important, scarce and collectible signed documents and other items relating to some of the most revered names in all of history.

“The scope of this auction is unrivaled and is inclusive of an incredible selection of important autographs, spanning from the presidential and the military to the literary world,” said John Reznikoff, the founder and president of University Archives based in Westport. “The selection ranges from Jefferson and Lincoln to Obama and Bush to Charles Dickens to Albert Einstein.”

The auction will feature rare and spectacular artifacts from significant trailblazers in both history and the arts. These include cigars owned by Fidel Castro, Andy Warhol’s personally owned watch, Ronald Reagan’s Mont Blanc pen, Kennedy’s chair and strands of Washington’s hair. “We even have presidential doodles,” Reznikoff said. “There truly is something for everybody.”

Two lots relating to Presidents Obama and Bush carry identical estimates of $3,000-$4,000. The Obama lot is a list of inspiring thoughts, handwritten by the president on the back of his personal gym workout sheet. The Bush lot is an enormous heavy nylon American flag that flew from the Capitol building during his presidency. The flag measures 9 feet 5 inches by 4 feet 11 inches.

A display of strands of George and Martha Washington’s hair, housed in an ornate circular floral frame, with separate engravings of the couple and an impeccable provenance, is expected to rise to $60,000-$80,000; while a letter written and signed by Thomas Jefferson to his cousin George Jefferson, Jr. in 1811, in which he discusses recent tobacco prices, should realize $6,000-$7,000. 

A wooden box of Cuban cigars, signed by Fidel Castro, who gifted the box to the philanthropist Dr. Eva Haller, with a photo of Castro signing the box while standing next to Dr. Haller, should hit $12,000-$14,000. Also, Andy Warhol’s personally owned Elgin pocket watch, gold-plated, previously sold at Sotheby’s Warhol estate sale 30 years ago, has an estimate of $8,000-$10,000.

JFK collectibles are always a hit with collectors. Up for bid is the rustic Kennedy family-owned rocking chair, last sold in Sotheby’s “Property from Kennedy Family Homes” sale. It’s expected to fetch $2,000-$3,000; while a photo of then-President Kennedy, taken at the swearing-in of his secretary, Mary Barelli Gallagher, inscribed to her by Kennedy, should command $2,400-$3,000.

Mont Blanc pens are desirable anyway, but this auction features Ronald Reagan’s owned (and well-used) Mont Blanc solitaire pinstripe vermeil gold-finished roller ball pen, engraved with his name (est. $8,000-$10,000). Also, a three-page legal brief, penned in 1850 by Abraham Lincoln while he was still an Illinois lawyer, signed by the future president, should make $7,000-$8,000.

A two-page letter, handwritten and signed by Charles Dickens in 1866, to Marguerite Agnes Power, his friend and peer (also a writer), wherein he mentions his latest poem, The Vines, has an estimate of $1,500-$2,000. Also, the signature of Albert Einstein on a blank page, pinned to an autograph album page and grouped with a color photo of Einstein, should garner $800-$900.

John Reznikoff started collecting in 1968, while in the third grade, and in 1979 he formed the company he runs today, University Archives, a division of University Stamp Co. Industry-wide, Reznikoff is considered the leading authenticity expert for manuscripts and documents and he consults with law enforcement, dealers, auction houses and both major authentication companies.

For more information about University Archives and the Tuesday, November 7th auction, please visit

Image: Pages from a ship’s log from June 1846 describing California’s famous “Bear Flag Revolt” that led to the state’s breakaway from Mexico (est. $30,000-$40,000).

Dracula copy.jpgDallas, Texas - Collectors will have a chance to bid on more than 1,000 lots of the rarest and most beautiful posters ever offered by Heritage Auctions at its Movie Posters Auction Nov. 18-19 in Dallas.

Highlights include the very rare Style A one sheet to the 1931 classic horror film, Dracula (est. $150,000), in which Bela Lugosi brought to life the vampire count of Bram Stoker’s gothic horror novel. This is only the second known copy of this beautiful poster.

Also offered for the first time is a glorious large French poster for the first release of Casablanca, the great wartime romance Academy Award winner. With magnificent artwork by Pierre Pigeot, this outstanding poster also has a chance to realize a six-figure return, with a pre-auction estimate of $100,000.

A Style L one sheet to the 1925 Lon Chaney silent classic, Phantom of the Opera (est. $50,000-100) is another addition to the classic horror titles. Done in vibrant stone lithography, this extraordinary example is one that can become a highlight of any collection.

Collectors also will have a chance to bid on a rare large-format six sheet to The Day the Earth Stood Still (est. $45,000), the 1951 science fiction classic. Larger format posters like this one, which is being offered by Heritage for the first time, more often than not were pasted to walls or glued together and thrown away after use.

Also available is the only known copy of the large format poster for Stagecoach (est. $40,000), the 1939 Western classic directed by John Ford that brought John Wayne to national attention. These posters always have remained exceedingly elusive and this six sheet never has been seen in modern times.

Other classic titles with outstanding posters offered include reissue posters from the 1938 classic King Kong (est. $30,000), 1934’s Tarzan and his Mate (est. $10,000), 1941’s Sullivan’s Travels (est. $14,000) both style one sheets, 1935’s Captain Blood (est. $10,000) and 1921 reissue for Birth of a Nation (est. $10,000).

For more information about these and other lots in Heritage’s Nov. 18-19 Movie Posters Auction, visit

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Screen Shot 2017-10-30 at 9.23.46 AM.pngNEW YORK—Sotheby’s is honored to announce a series of sales celebrating Jean Stein - author, editor and oral historian, who chronicled the lives and work of cultural and political figures in New York, Paris, Hollywood and beyond. A cultural connector, who brought together creators in literature, theater and the visual arts, such as William Faulkner, Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick and others, Ms. Stein created a world that seamlessly combined her involvement in groundbreaking events in 20th century America with her intellectually curious tastes and sprawling network of friends and admirers. Beginning with our evening and day sales of Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s will bring to life The World of Jean Stein


The daughter of Jules Stein, founder of Music Corporation of America, Jean Stein was born and raised in Beverly Hills, before forging her own path in Paris and New York. While studying at the Sorbonne, she met and had a close relationship with William Faulkner; her enthralling interview with him was featured in the Paris Review, where she eventually became an editor. Upon moving to New York, she took a job with Esquire and contributed to New York Magazine, before taking over the literary magazine Grand Street as editor and publisher in 1990. While working as an editor and a journalist, she co-wrote with George Plimpton a book about the Robert F. Kennedy funeral train, “An American Journey” in 1970, for which she redefined the style of journalism called ‘oral history’, breaking new ground in the biographical sphere with a direct form of reportage involving relentless questioning; in the words of Kennedy Fraser, Jean Stein was “a listener of genius”. In 1982, her acclaimed oral history Edie: American Girl was published, and in 2016, West of Eden: An American Place - her final book which she had worked on for 20 years. 

In addition to writing, editing and travelling around the world, Jean Stein became a mover and shaker of New York intellectual life. A friend to many across the worlds of the visual arts, theater, publishing and the sciences, she connected ideas and people in a way that no one else could. These lifelong friendships and relationships were best illustrated by her Upper East Side apartment - filled with work gifted to her by their creators - and by anecdotes of the salon-style evenings she hosted - where one could be seated beside Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, Joan Didion or a Nobel laureate in the sciences.


Jean Stein’s eclectic, avant-garde and cutting edge approach to life translated seamlessly into her collecting philosophy. Mixing and matching objects and paintings from across categories, many of which were symbols of her friendships with artists, she created a captivating and wondrous world that bridged gaps and made connections. Like the guest list at her famed dinner parties, her amalgamation of works of art hanging on her walls, resting on the bookcases decorating the mantle, and filling every corner was astute, opinionated and fascinating. 

The World of Jean Stein opens its doors with the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on 14 November, featuring Alberto Giacometti’s 1946 oil, Femme Assise (La Mère de l’Artiste) (estimate $4/6 million). A complex portrait of his mother - one of the artist’s first and most prolific models - the present work signaled his return to portraits in oil, which would dominate his oeuvre for the next twenty years. Femme Assise was originally in Ms. Stein’s father’s collection, who had acquired it from Pierre Matisse in 1955. Ms. Stein was so enamored with the work that she, in her early twenties, purchased it from him just two years later, in 1957, for $750; with this purchase, Kennedy Fraser notes, “she was seeking out the company of artists, writers, and musicians of genius -- becoming a connoisseur of that authentic, confident self-expression she yearned to acquire for herself.” Five years later, she travelled to the artist’s Paris studio on Rue Hippolyte-Maindron to interview the artist, and to sit for him. The resulting series of eight known portrait sketches became known variably as L’Americaine or Portrait de Jean Stein - three of which we are offering in our Impressionist Art Day Sale, and three of which we are offering in our online-only sale dedicated to the Stein collection.

Jean Stein’s collection focuses on Surrealism, as well as the quirky and eclectic. In addition to works by Alberto Giacometti, Dorothy Tanning, Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray, The World of Jean Stein will offer René Magritte’s La Voix du Sang, an enchanting gouache on paper executed in 1947 (estimate $600/900,000). While the artist visited this subject many times over the course of his career, both in gouache and oil, the present work is one of the most vibrant colorations that has come to market. The vibrating blue sky and illuminated house inside the tree trunk question reality and conventional representation while hinting at the possibility of a new world. 

In the summer of 1994, Ms. Stein’s visionary literary magazine Grand Street chose Hollywood as its theme; to illustrate the issue, Ms. Stein and her art editor Walter Hopps - who also hosted Ed Ruscha’s first one-man show at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles - chose Ed Ruscha’s Light Leaks, picturing it in color on page 120 (estimate $1.5/2 million). Falling in love with the work, Ms. Stein acquired the painting just a year later. The painting itself is an exquisite representation of Ruscha’s command of form, light and shadow. The flowing cursive interrupted by silver flashes and vertical streaks - the effect of scratches and scrapes that mar film and projector lenses - hark back to the Hollywood of old, a world that Jean Stein inhabited before she packed her bags and left for New York, via Paris. 

With artists flitting in and out of her apartment, it is unsurprising to find a number of works in the collection that are gifts directly from artists. Andy Warhol’s Flowers is a perfect example (estimate $150/200,000). Gifted by the artist, the brightly-colored and signature painting is dedicated on the overlap: “To Jean V Love Andy Warhol”. Two additional works from the Collection of Jean Stein will be featured in the November sale series of Contemporary Art: Richard Prince’s Untitled (Protest Painting), acquired from the Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York (estimate $400/600,000) and John Baldessari’s Buffalo and Deer (With Void), exhibited at Sonnabend Gallery’s exhibition of John Baldessari: Laurence Sterne’s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy (estimate $120/180,000). 

The autumn sales of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art will be complemented by an online-only auction titled The World of Jean Stein. Open for bidding from 3-20 November, with an exhibition in our New York headquarters, the offerings include paintings and sculpture by household names. The aforementioned group of portraits of Jean Stein by Alberto Giacometti makes an appearance in this auction alongside quintessential works, including Joseph Cornell’s Untitled (Aviary), an excellent example of the artist’s iconic box constructions (estimate $80/120,000).

 November4_02_pics.jpgIthaca, NY—National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog.    

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera. Featured is a second session of selections from a substantial private library that belonged to Hollywood icon, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.. Volumes from the holdings of James Hurley will also be offered, alongside a range of titles covering American history, including the opening of the American West.              

Antique and rare books are numerous in this catalog. Among the earliest examples are the 1765 printing of Steele's "The Spectator," complete in eight leather-bound volumes, Rowe's "Friendship in Death in Twenty Letters from the Dead to the Living," produced in 1795, and a 1798 leather-bound printing of Booth's "The Reign of Grace from Its Rise to Its Consummation." Additional rare and antique selections include titles relating to Egyptology, military history, Civil War, travel & exploration, children's pop-up & mechanicals, art history, decorative antique, multi-volume sets, and beyond.                       

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is our next session from a varied and sizable collection of books from the private library of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., famed actor, director and producer. Born into the epicenter of emerging Hollywood, he was the son of Douglas Fairbanks who married pioneering silent film star icon, Mary Pickford. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. first married Joan Crawford, then survived his second wife, Mary Lee, and this personal collection was generously donated to a local non-profit by his widow, Vera Fairbanks. These books include his handwriting, personal bookplate, and personal inscriptions and notes by authors and other notable figures. A second private library of note featured in this auction is our next session of titles belonging to James Hurley, a member of the 1960 International Saltoro Expedition which made the first attempt on the unclimbed K12 Peak in the Himalayas.    

Found throughout this catalog are interesting ephemera offerings. Of particular note are vintage original animation cells featuring Betty Boop. Other ephemera lots present categories such as Victorian chromolithographs, postcards, antique maps, photography, travel-related and more.    

National Book Auctions is a public auction service specializing in books, ephemera, and art. National Book Auctions is a targeted service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. The upcoming auctions will feature a wide assortment of collectible, signed, and first edition books. For more information, please contact the gallery at 607-269-0101 or email


1480.jpgYORK, PA - Hake’s Americana will conclude its stellar 50th year with a Nov. 14-16 auction of extremely rare comic books, original comic art, political items, concert posters, Disney and sports memorabilia. The centerpiece of the sale is the 100% AFA-graded Russell Branton Star Wars collection. Branton’s extraordinary assemblage of vintage Star Wars rarities is regarded as the finest in the hobby and is featured in the Nov. 16 session.

As is the tradition at Hake’s, the auction will open with early American political memorabilia. A 1920 “Americanize America Vote For Cox And Roosevelt” jugate button is the section’s headliner. Considered the most iconic and desired button in the world of political campaign material, its rarity has been compared to that of the Honus Wagner T206 tobacco card or Action Comics #1. High-grade examples of this button seldom appear at auction. The one in Hake’s sale is expected to reach $35,000-$50,000.

A superb 1860 Stephen A. Douglas/Herschel V. Johnson portrait flag of red, white and blue glazed cotton was part of a legendary small find of political flags once used as the backing of a quilt. It is one of perhaps eight known, with two residing in the collections of the Smithsonian Institute and the National Museum of American History. A vibrantly hued and historically important survivor, it is estimated at $20,000-$35,000.

A top baseball prize is a real-photo postcard depicting the Negro League Homestead Grays of 1930. It is one of only two known examples and represents the first of three consecutive years in which Harrison Studio (Hot Springs, Ark.) issued such cards. Estimate: $20,000-$20,000

From December 1953, a copy of Playboy #1 with Marilyn Monroe featured on the cover and as the inside centerfold is CGC graded 8.5. The auction estimate on this rare and iconic issue is $20,000-$35,000. 

A Mickey and Minnie Mouse Driving Donald Duck celluloid wind-up toy, made in Japan in the 1930s, is accompanied by a colorful pictorial box that Hake’s experts have never seen before in the company’s 50 years of operation. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000

The star of the comic book category is a CGC 7.5 VF issue of Marvel’s Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962). This sought-after Silver Age comic introduces The Amazing Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and is the first to show him on the cover. Any collector who has been waiting for a high-grade copy of this important issue to turn up at auction would be hard pressed to find a nicer example. Estimate: $100,000+

The auction contains three great original artworks by legendary comic book artist Jack “King” Kirby. His pencil-and-ink art for Page 8 of the Sept. 1962 issue of Marvel’s Incredible Hulk features eight fantastic Space Age panels and may be the earliest known Hulk art by Kirby in existence. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000. His 7-panel rendering of the Human Torch and the Fantastic Four was created for the story “The Sorcerer And Pandora’s Box” in Marvel’s Strange Tales #109 (June 1963) and is estimated at $10,000-$20,000. Kirby’s 6-panel comic book page original art for Marvel’s Thor #174 (March 1970) could reach the $5,000-$10,000 range.

A sensational entry, John Byrne’s original comic book cover art for Marvel’s Fantastic Four #289 (April 1986) is an action-packed scene featuring Human Torch in flames, standing amid wreckage and surrounded by Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, and Hulk’s cousin She-Hulk, who was standing in for The Thing. Not only is it an artistic treasure, it is also profusely annotated in the margins with desirable artist’s instructions and signed by Byrne in the UPC box. “Bidders may be shocked to find that the opening bid is only $100, but the consignor is confident that its true market value will be determined by collectors,” Winter said. Estimate: $20,000-$35,000

Another lot not to be missed is Daniel Clowes’ original comic book cover art for Urban Legends #1 (Dark Horse, June 1993), which starkly depicts a bug-eyed man about to bite into a batter-fried rat. With his offbeat approach to humor, Clowes enjoys a cult following that could be compared to that of Robert Crumb, and his original art is highly coveted, especially those works he created for use as covers. This one, which was completely hand done by Clowes, is estimated at $20,000-$35,000.

The extraordinary Russell Branton Star Wars collection is regarded in the hobby as the crème de la crème of its class. Co-owner of Toy & Comic Heaven and top Star Wars expert James Gallo has described it as “the very best quality vintage Star Wars collection ever to be offered for public sale,” noting that it includes “high-grade carded figures as well as sealed vehicles and playsets.” The collection’s contents are 100% graded. 

“This auction is uncharted territory for the hobby. While graded action figures have been around for several years, many of the extremely rare examples in Branton’s collection have never before appeared at auction with the distinction of AFA grading,” said Alex Winter, president of Hake’s Americana.

From the day he began collecting in 2003, Branton has always focused on condition. “I wouldn’t buy anything that had a low grade. That’s why it took me 10 years to complete my collection,” he said. This leads to the reason why Branton has chosen to sell: he has reached his goal of acquiring every original-trilogy character from Kenner’s 1977-1986 production line. And all are AFA graded.

Several of the “12 Back” carded figures in the collection - Darth Vader, Leia Organa, and Luke Skywalker (estimate $10,000-$20,000) - are each graded an exceptional AFA 95 Mint. “It is easier to find a 10.0 comic than a 9.5 figure like these three,” Winter said.

All three of the 1978 double-telescoping 12 Back carded figures - Luke Skywalker, Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, and Darth Vader - will be offered. The term “double telescoping” describes the action of the lightsabers, which project from the figure’s arm and again from the tip of the lightsaber itself. The Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi figure could reach $75,000-$100,000. A 1980 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - Imperial Forces Series 1 three-pack consists of Bossk, IG-88 and Stormtrooper (Snowtrooper) figures. One of the rarest of all three-packs, it is graded AFA 75 Ex+/NM. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000 

Could the Branton collection end up being the first million-dollar assemblage of Star Wars figures and toys? It’s possible, but Hake’s is taking steps to ensure the marketplace isn’t overwhelmed. “This is the first in a series of auctions that will contain portions of Russell Branton’s collection. That way, collectors will have time to plan for their next round of bidding. It’s an important consideration when there’s a once-in-a-lifetime buying opportunity like this one,” Winter said.

Hake’s Americana Auction #222 featuring the Russell Branton collection has opened for bidding by phone, mail or online at The first session will close on Nov. 14, 2017, while the second session will conclude on Nov. 16. Nov. 15 is an interim day in which bidders can peruse the catalog and prepare for further bidding. To request a free printed catalog or for information on any item in the sale, call toll-free: (866) 404-9800 or (717) 434-1600. Email:

Image: John Byrne original comic book cover art for Fantastic Four #289, Marvel, April 1986, desirable artist annotations and instructions in margins, estimate $20,000-$35,000. Courtesy of Hake’s Americana.

Los Angeles--Thirty-eight handwritten letters by Harper Lee to her friend Felice Itzkoff, sold tonight for $12,500 by Nate D. Sanders Auctions.

Harper Lee, the renowned author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Go Set a Watchman," was great friends with New Yorker Felice Izkoff as both women hailed from Alabama. 

On January 20, 2009, President Barack Obama’s inauguration day, Lee recalled in one of the letters to Itzkoff, a conversation between President Lyndon B. Johnson and Gregory Peck, which Peck had shared with her. Lee wrote, “On this Inauguration Day I count my blessings...I'm also thinking of another friend, Greg Peck, who was a good friend of LBJ. Greg said to him, 'Do you suppose we will live to see a black President?' LBJ said, 'No, but I wish her well ...’ Harper …” President Johnson was optimistically predicting the election of a black female President in the future.

In another interesting letter, Lee recalled a story told to her by her friend Vivien Leigh, about the evening Leigh’s ex-husband Sir Laurence Olivier insulted Hellen Keller. In the May 2009 letter, Lee wrote, “He was 'on' one night and was considerably annoyed by the 'noise' coming from two people in the audience. 'Somebody making slapping sounds-can't the management put a stop to it?' / 'If you want to put a stop to Helen Keller's enjoyment of your program, have her interpreter be quiet,' he was told. 'It is sometimes rather noisy, when things go as they should.' Of course, Olivier melted, begged Miss Keller's pardon, and gave the rest of his performance in her honor, seemingly unaware of the 'noise.’”

Additional information on the letters can be found at

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swann-basquiat.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries announces their largest and most encyclopedic sale of Contemporary Art to date, featuring scarce and important works by such titans as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yves Klein and Christo. Also in the Thursday, November 16 auction is the largest section of sculpture the department has ever offered, and a slew of works that toe the line between two- and three- dimensions, epitomizing the paradoxical nature of postmodernism.

The sale is led by a set of four evocative prints by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled: Four Prints, 1983-2001, rarely seen complete at auction. Each panel features the graffiti-inspired enigmatic figures for which the visionary artist is known. The set carries an estimate of $250,000 to $350,000.

Another highlight is a delicate triptych by the master of the minimal, Yves Klein: L' IKB, l'IKG, et l'immatériel vous souhaitent avec Yves Klein la santé pour toujours!, 1960, consists of a hand-painted International Klein Blue square, a gold leaf square and an annotated square with the artist's handwriting in ink, and is estimated at $100,000 to $150,000.

Latin American art is led by Sans titre, Arthur Luiz Piza’s circa 1964 mixed media collage on canvas, with an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. Politically-relevant commentary by Mexican artist Eduardo Sarabia in the form of a hand-painted ceramic vase and screenprinted box, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, 2005 ($5,000 to $8,000) joins prints and sculptural works by Eduardo Chillida, Jesús Rafael Soto and Esteban Vicente.

The sale is distinguished by a selection of maquettes for important works, including the original design in acrylic on canvas of Gene Davis’s Signal, 1973, for the same-titled color screenprint of the same year, still bearing notations and printers’ marks, with an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. Every Grain of Sand, a collection of approximately 57 pencil drawings by Richard Long circa 1998, comprise the original maquette for a 1999 exhibition of the same name at Kunstverein Hannover and the Orangerie Herrenhausen ($20,000 to $30,000). Making its auction debut is an authenticated pencil and gouache study by Christo for Study for Corridor Store Front - Back Room, 1968, for the 1967-68 installation of the same name, currently at the Musée d'art Moderne et Contemporain in Geneva, Switzerland ($20,000 to $30,000). Christo is additionally represented in the sale by collages representing some of his numerous large-scale projects, some of which were never executed, including Wrapped Building Project for 1 Times Square, New York, 1985, and Wrapped Motorcycle/Sidecar (Project for Harley-Davidson 1933 VL Model), 1997, each with a value of $5,000 to $8,000. The objet d’art Wrapped Book Modern Art, 1978, graces the catalogue cover for the auction ($5,000 to $8,000).

Fine examples of sculptural works that transcend designation range from recent works by El Anatsui—whose pigment print with hand collage and copper wire, Pewter Variation, 2015, is simultaneously a print, sculpture and tapestry ($15,000 to $20,000)—to James Rosenquist’s iconic collage-work For Artists, a 1975 color screenprint and collage with belt, valued at $2,500 to $3,500. Also available are several metallic balloon animals by Jeff Koons, as well as sculptures by Jean Arp, David Gilhooly, Jenny Holzer, Paul Sharits and Kiki Smith.

Midcentury superstars Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly will be well-represented by bright and iconic works in the sale. Only two impressions of Target, 1967, an etching on handmade paper by Jasper Johns, have appeared at auction in the last 30 years; here it is expected to sell between $10,000 and $15,000. Richard Hamilton’s color screenprint rebuttal to Andy Warhol, My Marilyn, 1965, is expected to sell between $20,000 and $30,000.

Recent examples of German abstraction include Gerhard Richter’s Eis 2, 2003, a monumental color screenprint in 41 colors, valued at $40,000 to $60,000. Also available is Anima Mundi 18-3, 2010, Imi Knoebel’s set of three collaged acrylic on plastic film mounted to aluminum, with an estimate of  $15,000 to $20,000.

The complete catalogue and bidding information is available at

Additional highlights can be found here.

Image: Lot 327: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled: Four Prints, complete set of four color screenprints, 1983-2001. Estimate $250,000 to $350,000.

Joesph Leyendecker.jpgLYNBROOK, NY - A never-before-seen cover painting for The Saturday Evening Post from Dec. 30, 1922 - the New Year’s issue - by Joseph Leyendecker (Am., 1874-1951) is expected to soar to $100,000-$150,000 at a two-day auction of iconic collectibles planned for November 15th and 16th by Weiss Auctions, online and in the firm’s gallery at 74 Merrick Road in Lynbrook.

Joseph Leyendecker was one of the most influential American illustrators of the early 20th century. Between 1896 and 1950, he painted over 400 magazine covers; 322 of those were for The Saturday Evening Post. No other artist, until the arrival of Norman Rockwell, was so solidly identified with one publication. He virtually invented the very idea of modern magazine design.

The auction will also feature a photo from 1960 signed by all five Beatles (The Fab Four plus Pete Best); a rare embossed Campbell’s Soup tin advertising sign from the early 20th century; a single-owner collection of New England artworks comprising over 30 pieces; and a superb group of rare salesmen’s sample advertising pieces, to include farm machines with matching posters.

Also up for bid will be a long-time collection of occupational shaving mugs and shaving bowls; a group of around 70 Al Hirschfeld caricature lithographs, signed by the late illustrator; a lifetime collection of zeppelin material, to include Hindenburg artifacts, photos and more; a life vest from the Andrea Doria; a collection of Art Deco toasters; autographs; rare books; stoneware and more.

Military memorabilia will feature a scarce Civil War broadside and World Wars I and II posters (as well as non-war posters). The fine collection of syrup dispensers will include examples for Ward’s Orange Crush, Lemon Crush and Lime Crush, plus Hire’s Root Beer, Orange Julep and more. Also sold will be Part 2 of the Lowell and Barbara Schindler coffee advertising collection.   

Advertising material will be highlighted by a collection from the Midwest of advertising pieces that will include high-grade Coke machines (including a Vendo “Drink Coca-Cola” machine); Coke signs (including a double-sided lollipop sign and a porcelain flange sign); and neons (to include a Coca-Cola Cleveland neon clock with marquee).

Other advertising lots will include a “Drink Hires Root Beer” tin menu sign, an Orange Crush Masonite sign and tin sign, a Star Bottling Works tin sign, a self-framed Squirt soda tin sign and a Richardson Root Beer tin sign. Also sold will be a Suffolk Club Whiskey reverse painted glass sign, a nice collection of insurance advertising signs and a double-sided Mobiloil lollipop sign.  

The New England artworks collection contains works by Aldro Hibbard (oil on boards titled Vermont Frost and Snow Scene Landscape); Henry Gasser (oil on boards titled Winter Walk and East Gloucester Waterfront); Theresa Bernstein (oil on board titled East Gloucester, Little Harbor); Paul Strisik (oil on canvas titled New England Street Scene); Emile Albert Gruppe (oil on canvas titled Mending the Nets); and nice paintings by Carl Thorp and J. Thurston Marshall.

The fine art category continues, with noted artists such as Johann Berthelsen (oil on canvas snow scenes, two of Washington Square, N.Y.); Antoine Blanchard (oil on canvases titled La Place de l’Opera and A View of the Arc de Triomphe from the Champs-Elysees); Grace Hartigan (oil on canvas titled Still Life with Parasol); and John Falter (an ad illustration for Four Roses Whiskey).

The list goes on, with original artwork by Jack Levine (oil and gouache titled Old Man Dozing); Reginald Marsh (etching titled Subway, Three People); G. Bracques (untitled early etching with drypoint); plus paintings by Grandma Moses, Harry Eliott, Anton Altmann and Lorenzo Latimer.

Also sold will be Part 1 of the New York-themed collection of Jerry Winevsky, the first in a series of sales that will consist of 19th and early 20th century New York City photos, postcards, stereo-views, atlases, maps, guide books and more. It is a substantial, truly lifetime collection.

Slot machines will also come under the auction gavel, including a Jennings 5-cent Dutch Boy machine and a Mills 5-cent castle-front machine. Also sold will be a 1-cent Peerless “Honest Weight” floor scale. Many lots can be viewed online now, at For those unable to attend in person, online bidding will be provided by and

Weiss Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign an item, estate or a collection, you may call them at (516) 594-0731; or, you can send an e-mail to Philip Weiss at For more information about Weiss Auctions and their big auction planned for November 15-16 visit Updates are posted often.

Image: Never-before-seen cover painting for The Saturday Evening Post from Dec. 30, 1922 - the New Year’s issue - by Joseph Leyendecker (Am., 1874-1951) (est. $100,000-$150,000).

11-Thomson.jpgNew York—On Thursday, October 19, Swann Auction Galleries’ sale of Art & Storytelling: Art & Photobooks combined works spanning the lifetime of the medium into an auction intended to “highlight the interrelationships between fine art, documentary and vernacular photographs,” according to Daile Kaplan, Vice President and Director of Photographs & Photobooks at Swann Galleries. Ms. Kaplan has long been an advocate for the inclusion of vernacular works and photobooks in the fine art sphere, and organized the first auctions devoted to those subjects in 2014 and 2006, respectively. She added, “We're successfully building a new, broader market of crossover and emerging collectors who enjoy discovering the ways in which art tells a story."

Interest in vernacular photography was so high that the opening bid for many works exceeded the high estimate. One of the sale’s biggest surprises was a circa 1915 salesman’s album for the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company, containing 86 hand-colored silver prints of pencils, erasers and marketing displays, which sold for $10,625 to an institution, above a high estimate of $2,500. Documentary and photojournalism works were included in this category, with Margaret Bourke-White’s silver print Gold Miners Nos. 1139 and 5122, 1950, for a Life magazine story about apartheid in South Africa, reaching $17,500.

The highlight of the sale was an extraordinarily scarce 1862-72 album of 67 photographs depicting South Asia and China credited to John Thomson, which sold for $45,000. Other notable photobooks included Volume X from Edward S. Curtis’s seminal work, The North American Indian, 1915, and the deluxe limited edition of Ansel Adams's Yosemite and the Range of Light, 1979 ($12,500 and $20,000, respectively).

Several long-standing auction records were broken for important works, including the complete BAM Photography Portfolio I, 2000, with photographs by Richard Avedon, Nan Goldin, Annie Leibovitz, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman and others, which sold for $26,250 to a collector. A new record was also established for Saul Leiter, whose atmospheric chromogenic print Waiter, Paris, 1959, sold for $25,000, above a high estimate of $9,000.

Another highlight was a 1981 printing of Roy DeCarava's Dancers, 1956, which nearly doubled its estimate, selling to a collector for $37,500. The dramatic work depicts a darkened Harlem dance hall, where one imagines the subject of Horst P. Horst’s 1987 silver print, Round the Clock III, New York, would feel right at home ($15,600, a record for the work). Iconic works by Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Ormond Gigli and Irving Penn were also met with head-to-head bidding.

The next auction of Photographs & Photobooks at Swann Galleries will be held in February 2018.

Image: Lot 11: John Thomson, album with 67 albumen prints of South Asia and China, 1862-72. Sold October 19, 2017 for $45,000.

6d4247ebcdc8627bac81741c3bf6067f927f9076.jpegAn important Albert Einstein handwritten manuscript is among items to be featured in The Remarkable Rarities auction by Boston-based RR Auction. 

The manuscript is Einstein's criticism of a paper in which the author, Erich Trefftz, claimed to have found a static solution of the equations of general relativity for two point masses; Einstein points out that such a conclusion is based on an error. Featuring several mathematical equations—including a modified form of his General Theory of Relativity.

The two-page manuscript in German, which is unsigned (but incorporating "Einstein" in the title), no date but circa late 1922. Headed (translated), "Comment on E. Trefftz's Paper: 'The Static Gravitational Field of Two Mass Points in Einstein's Theory,'" the paper was presented on November 23, 1922, to the Berlin-based Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences, who published the work on December 21, 1922. The present manuscript was probably a draft used for typesetting, as it contains several handwritten editor's annotations in pencil which were executed in the published version. This was Einstein's first paper published after he received the Nobel Prize on December 10, 1922.

Most significantly, this manuscript contains a handwritten version of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, incorporating a cosmological constant. In 1915, Einstein made his groundbreaking achievement with the introduction of the General Theory of Relativity. In 1917, Einstein applied his equations to the problem of explaining the structure of the cosmos on a large scale and found that he would need to modify his equations by adding another term, containing a constant, which he called 'cosmological.'This cosmological constant relied on a static universe; upon the later discovery that the universe was expanding, Einstein reportedly called this the greatest blunder of his career.

“With important scientific content—and an enormously significant date within the context of Einstein's career—this is a truly remarkable piece which stands as the most spectacular Einstein manuscript we have ever offered,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. 

Accompanied by a full letter detailed letter of authenticity from University Archives, and copies of the paper as published, in both German and English. 

Among other items to be featured is an Oskar Schindler signed book in German: The Unbesungen Helden [The Unsung Heroes] by Kurt R. Grossmann. The best known work by Grossmann, The Unsung Heroes chronicles the heroic wartime resistance activities of German citizens; it includes a chapter on Schindler. 

The Remarkable Rarities auction from RR Auction began on October 20 and will conclude on October 26.  More details can be found online at

Art on a Postcard Secret Auction

PastedGraphic-1 copy.jpgAfter the success of last year’s auction, which raised over £75,000, The Hepatitis C Trust’s Art on a Postcard Secret Auction returns for its 4th year this November. World renowned artists including Jeremy Deller, Maggie Hambling, Antony Micallef, Shezad Dawood, Ben Eine and a host of Royal Academicians such as Mick Rooney RA, Vanessa Jackson RA, Rebecca Salter RA, and Mali Morris RA as well as emerging talent are within the 400 plus postcard sized original artworks up for auction. Proceeds from the auction will go towards the Hepatitis C Trust’s campaign to eliminate the virus as a major public health concern by 2030.

Members of the public will be able to view the artworks in person at the private view at Unit London on 14th November, ahead of the auction on the 16th which this year will be contucted by Ewbank’s on the 16th November where you will be able to bid both online and in person. 

A list of the contributing artists can be found at The artworks will be anonymous until the auction has ended, giving both established and budding art collectors the chance to get their hands on original works from some of the art world’s biggest names.

View more of the available work at:

Harland Miller, ‘I donate to Art on a Postcard each year. They are raising money to eliminate hepatitis C.  I’m more than happy to do this as each year they set out their targets, whether it’s getting Westminster or the World Health Assembly to sign up to their program of elimination, each year they let me know they’ve succeeded. I know the money I help them raise is effective in helping them achieve their goals’

Gemma Peppé, Director of Art on a Postcard  ‘I’m extremely excited to be holding this year’s secret auction at Unit London which  is a fabulous space in central London. Art on a Postcard has blossomed into the best revenue source The Hepatitis C Trust has ever had.. It’s fantastic to be able to combine such a successful and enjoyable event with raising serious money for charity’. 

Art on A Postcard is the fundraising arm of The Hepatitis C Trust. The Hepatitis C Trust is working towards eliminating hepatitis C in the UK by 2030. In 2015 our campaigning led to the Scottish Government committing to our program of elimination.

54345_LBJ copy.jpgLos Angeles—Thirty-eight handwritten letters by Harper Lee to her friend Felice Itzkoff, will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on October 26, 2017.
Harper Lee, the renowned author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Go Set a Watchman," was great friends with New Yorker Felice Izkoff as both women hailed from Alabama.

On January 20, 2009, President Barack Obama’s inauguration day, Lee recalled in one of the letters to Itzkoff, a conversation between President Lyndon B. Johnson and Gregory Peck, which Peck had shared with her. Lee wrote, “On this Inauguration Day I count my blessings...I'm also thinking of another friend, Greg Peck, who was a good friend of LBJ. Greg said to him, 'Do you suppose we will live to see a black President?' LBJ said, 'No, but I wish her well ...’ Harper …” President Johnson was optimistically predicting the election of a black female President in the future.

In another interesting letter, Lee recalled a story told to her by her friend Vivien Leigh, about the evening Leigh’s ex-husband Sir Laurence Olivier insulted Hellen Keller. In the May 2009 letter, Lee wrote, “He was 'on' one night and was considerably annoyed by the 'noise' coming from two people in the audience. 'Somebody making slapping sounds-can't the management put a stop to it?' / 'If you want to put a stop to Helen Keller's enjoyment of your program, have her interpreter be quiet,' he was told. 'It is sometimes rather noisy, when things go as they should.'

Of course, Olivier melted, begged Miss Keller's pardon, and gave the rest of his performance in her honor, seemingly unaware of the 'noise.’”

Bidding for the lot of 38 letters begins at $10,000. 

Additional information on the letters can be found at

About Nate D. Sanders Auctions

An industry leader in documents and autographs, Nate D. Sanders Auctions has conducted auctions in Los Angeles since 1990 and now holds major auctions on a monthly basis. Owner Nate Sanders is recognized for his knowledge of sports, historical and Hollywood memorabilia. To learn more visit

llkiplmiipeggbbh.jpgNew York—Swann Auction Galleries’ auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books on Tuesday, October 17 garnered eager interest from bibliophiles, exceeding the sale’s high estimate and earning more than half a million dollars. In a focused offering with just more than 300 lots, 92% of works found buyers, with particularly active bidding for Bibles, incunabula, and early manuscript material.

            The top lot of the sale was Lo libre del regiment dels princeps, Barcelona, 1480, a Catalan-language guide for princes by Aegidius Romanus, which sold for $50,000, above a high estimate of $15,000, a record for the work. The book, translated from the original Latin by Arnau Stranyol, is especially noteworthy as Catalan-language incunabula appear so infrequently at auction, and this appears to be the fourth work ever published in that language. Another highlight was the first edition in the original Greek of Herodotus’s Libri novem, an Aldine imprint published in 1502, which doubled its high estimate to sell for $30,000.Each of the 16 works in a dedicated section of Incunabula sold. Beyond the top lot, highlights included the second edition of Nicolaus Panormitanus de Tudeschis’s Lectura super V libris Decretalium, Basel, 1477, reaching $8,125, and Saint Hieronymus’s Epistolae, Venice, 1488, bound in a leaf from a manuscript choir book ($7,000).

            All but one of the 35 offered Bibles found buyers, led by the first edition of the Bishop’s Bible, 1568, the most lavishly illustrated bible in English; the tome replaced the Great Bible for church use, and in the sale nearly doubled its high estimate to sell to a collector for $5,980. Psalterium Romanum…, 1576, a sammelband in handsome contemporary binding executed for a nun, also contains a ritual for baptisms and exorcisms, 1581, reached $2,000. One of few twentieth-century works in the sale was the 1913-14 Insel-Verlag limited-edition facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible in full, exuberant color on vellum, which sold for $7,000.

            A popular section of early manuscript material was led by De claustro animae, a fourteenth-century manuscript in Latin on vellum by Hugo de Folieto, in which he uses the cloister as a metaphor for the soul ($28,750). A vellum leaf from a glossed Psalter in Latin, written in France in the twelfth century, nearly doubled its high estimate to reach $3,000. A beautifully illuminated French vellum bifolium from the calendar of a Book of Hours showing the months of January and June, executed in the later fifteenth century, sold for $5,250.

            Medical highlights included Monstrorum historia, a 1642 collection of descriptions of monsters and medical mysteries, with more than 450 woodcut illustrations. The work was compiled by Ulisse Aldrovandi and published posthumously in Bologna ($7,000). Also of note was the first American edition of Nicholas Culpeper’s The London Dispensatory, 1720, the first herbal, pharmacopoeia and medical book published in colonial America, which sold for $11,250.

            Tobias Abeloff, Specialist of Early Printed Books at Swann Galleries, noted that “There was unexpected interest in unusual items, such as a scarce 1691 edition of Officium defunctorum, or the Latin Office of the Dead, converted by an eighteenth-century owner into a bizarre personal scrapbook,” which reached $2,375, above an estimate of $100 to $200.

            The next auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books at Swann Galleries will be held in Spring 2018.

Image: Lot 163: Aegidius Romanus, Lo libre del regiment dels princeps, first edition in Catalan, Barcelona, 1480. Sold October 17, 2017 for $50,000. (Pre-sale estimate: $10,000 to $15,000).

Charles-Dodgson-Autograph-manuscript-acrostic-poem-signed-Lewis-Carroll-53960g_lg.jpegLos Angeles - An original poem handwritten by Lewis Carroll on the half-title page of a presentation edition of the beloved book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on October 26, 2017. 

Carroll dedicated the poem in 1875 to Jessie Howard Clark, the sister of an “Alice” who died in infancy. Jessie Howard Clark’s father was the author John Howard Clark, who wrote to Lewis Carroll regarding “Bertie and the Bullfrogs,” a book Clark wrote, which was inspired by “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Carroll composed the original poem after learning Clark’s daughter Alice had died in infancy. The poem is dedicated to Alice’s sister Jessie. Cleverly constructed so the letters of the first word in each line form Jessie’s full name, “Jessie Howard Clark,” the poem and copy of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is one-of-a-kind.  

The inscribed poem reads in full:

''Just half a world to travel o'er,
E're this may reach its Southern home:
Such waters wide between us roare
So many a league of barren foam.
In vain the trackless interspace -
England's white ships can cleave the flood,
Hailing as brethren every race
Of English speech & English blood.
Wherever English childhood dwells
'Alice' may hope to find a band
Ready to listen while she tells
Dreams of the shadowy 'Wonderland.'
Child-friend, whom I shall never see!
Let me in fancy feel thee nigh,
And trust in other lands to be
Remembered as the years go by -
Kind thoughts will live, though we may die.
Lewis Carroll.
July 15, 1875.''

Bidding for the book with the poem begins at $40,000. 
Additional information on the poem can be found at
About Nate D. Sanders Auctions

An industry leader in documents and autographs, Nate D. Sanders Auctions has conducted auctions in Los Angeles since 1990 and now holds major auctions on a monthly basis. Owner Nate Sanders is recognized for his knowledge of sports, historical and Hollywood memorabilia. To learn more visit

130-Fleming copy.jpgNew York—An outstanding auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature at Swann Galleries on Tuesday, November 14 offers myriad signed first editions of prose and poetical classics, with a special focus on literary sets. The exceptional sale of some 300 lots is expected to reach more than half a million dollars.

The top lot of the sale is the deluxe centenary limited edition set of 18 volumes comprising Ian Fleming’s oeuvre, 14 of which recount the antics of Britain’s most famous spy, James Bond. The set shines in vibrant leather bindings, each custom-designed to reflect the contents of the novel: Casino Royale features playing cards, while Octopussy is adorned with undulating tentacles, et cetera. The set, celebrating what would have been Fleming’s one-hundredth birthday, includes a selection of the author’s travel writings, previously unpublished stories and a copy of Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. One of 26 lettered sets published in 2008, the present works carry an estimate of $25,000 to $30,000.

Additional fine binding sets include the limited autograph edition of The Novels and Stories of Willa Cather, 1937-41, with 13 volumes, one of a small number of sets bound at the Riverside Press, with an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000. Also available is the limited autograph edition of The Writings of Thomas Hardy in Prose and Verse, 1915, with 20 volumes, each with photogravure frontispieces and plates, in the scarce dust jackets ($4,500 to $6,000). The 1802 set of William Shakespeare’s dramatic plays—considered the most monumental and uniformly beautiful—will also be available: each of the nine volumes contains engraved illustrations based on earlier works ($3,000 to $5,000). The most important set of The Novels and Tales of Henry James, 1907-17, with 26 limited-edition volumes and an Autograph Note Signed by the author tipped in, carries an estimate of $6,000 to $9,000.

Making its auction debut is the presumed true first edition with the unrestored first issue dust jacket of Anne Frank’s Het Achterhuis, with the author’s name in yellow rather than blue, carrying an estimate of $12,000 to $18,000.

Children’s literature is led by a complete set of first editions of the Christopher Robin books by A.A. Milne, through which the world was introduced to Winnie the Pooh and gang. The first three of these rare works are signed by Milne; the quartet, published serially from 1924 to ’28, is valued at $10,000 to $15,000. A first edition of Maurice Sendak’s masterpiece, Where the Wild Things Are, 1963, signed and inscribed with a full-length portrait of the protagonist Max in his iconic monster suit, makes a rare auction appearance, with an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. Also available is a presentation copy of the first edition of Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty, 1877, inscribed “For the patients of the / London Temperance Hospital / with the Author’s best wishes.” Inscribed copies of this work are scarce, due to Sewell’s untimely death shortly after publication ($7,000 to $10,000). A signed first edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl’s most delicious novel, with an estimate of $6,000 to $9,000, joins first editions of beloved works by L.M. Montgomery and E.B. White.

A run of signed limited editions by William Faulkner spanning his prolific career is led by an association copy of the first edition of his first book, The Marble Faun, 1924, signed and inscribed by Faulkner and his mentor Phil Stone to Dorothy Wilcox. The present copy is especially important because its inscription was specifically referenced in Joseph Blotner’s Faulkner: A Biography, 1974 ($18,000 to $25,000).

A slew of classic first editions by important American authors of the twentieth century includes works by Joseph Heller, Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, Harper Lee, Jack London and Kurt Vonnegut, as well as the uncorrected proof of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, 1985, with an estimate of $1,000 to $1,500.

A robust section of science fiction works spans the development of the genre from Shelley to Bradbury. The American issue of the Atlantic edition of the complete set of 28 volumes of H.G. Well’s Works, 1924-27, signed in the first volume, is estimated at $4,000 to $6,000. The cover lot of the sale’s catalogue is the only signed first edition of Philip K. Dick’s first published novel, World of Chance, 1956, ever known to come to auction ($3,000 to $4,000). In addition to rare first editions by Arthur C. Clarke, Jack Finney, Aldous Huxley and H.P. Lovecraft, one of 200 copies of the first limited edition of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 bound in exceptionally well-preserved white Johns-Manville Quinterra asbestos ($7,000 to $10,000) will be available. The original science fiction novel, the first one-volume edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, 1831, is expected to sell between $1,500 and $2,000. In a similar vein, the first edition of Bram Stoker’s seminal Dracula, 1897, is estimated at $3,000 to $4,000, though it is expected to go higher.

Mystery and crime novels feature two Black Widow editions of works by Raymond Chandler, with warm inscriptions: The Big Sleep, 1945, and Farewell, My Lovely, 1945 ($5,000 to $7,000 and $4,000 to $6,000, respectively). Another highlight is the first American edition, in cloth, of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes mystery, A Study in Scarlet, Philadelphia, 1890, valued at $6,000 to $9,000.

The complete catalogue and bidding information is available at

Image: Lot 130: Ian Fleming, The Centenary Edition of the Works of Ian Fleming, one of 26 lettered sets, 18 volumes, London, 2008. Estimate $25,000 to $30,000.

978188.jpgPhiladelphia, PA-Freeman’s October 17 sale of Silver, Objets de Vertu & Russian Works of Art and British & European Furniture and Decorative Arts yielded a number of extraordinary prices, and a top ten list of breadth and interest.

Freeman’s offering of “The Lintern Archive” and “The Storojev Legacy” underscored a strong market for Romanov-related materials. Featuring photos of the Russian Imperial Family, “The Lintern Archive” achieved over double its high estimate, selling for $106,250. “The Storojev Legacy” realized $46,875 and showcased a group of Russian liturgical and personal objects belonging to Father Ivan Vladimirovich Storojev, one of the last to see the Romanov family alive.

...Top honors in the American Silver section went to an extensive silver-gilt service in the “Richelieu” pattern by Tiffany & Company. The service sold for $22,750 against an estimate of $10,000-15,000. In addition, the sale boasted 95 percent sell-through of works by Danish silversmith Georg Jensen. The top lot of this grouping was a rare hardstone mounted bonbonniere which sold for $15,000 against an estimate of $5,000-7,000.

Later the same day, Freeman’s held the British & European Furniture and Decorative Arts sale. A highlight of the afternoon was a pair of impressive Napoleon III Sevres style urns soaring above their estimate to fetch $68,750 against an estimate of $3,000-5,000. 

Additionally, a fine Italian tin glazed earthenware charger by Ulisse Cantagalli sold for well above its estimate for $21,250, indicating a high interest in ceramics. A Louis XVI clock with case by Ormond and works by Tavernier also caught the eye of collectors, selling for $10,000. 

Lastly, luxurious taste prevailed with a pair of Louis XIV Style Bibliotheques fetching $9,375 against an estimate of $4,000-6,000 and the cover lot, a George I giltwood mirror, sold for $10,000. 

SVP and Division Head of Furniture, Silver & Decorative Arts, Nicholas B.A. Nicholson, has established Freeman’s as an authority in British & European Decorative Arts and Furniture as well as Russian Works of Art, Silver and Objets de Vertu. As such, Freeman’s is currently reviewing exceptional pieces for its upcoming spring sales. 


Lot 120.jpgCRANSTON, R.I. - An astounding collection of Hasbro G.I. Joe action figure dolls from the collection of a former Hasbro employee in Rhode Island, plus a copy of Marvel Comics Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962, the first appearance of Spider-Man, signed by Stan Lee), plus other rare and highly collectible comics, will headline a Fall Toy, Comic & Comic Art Auction slated for Saturday, Oct. 28th, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, starting at 12 o’clock noon Eastern time.

Over 300 lots of pop culture items, curated from collections across the country, will cross the auction block that day. The sale will be held in Bruneau & Co.’s gallery, at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston. Internet bidding will be facilitated by,, and Phone and absentee (left) bids will also be accepted. 

A strong candidate for top lot of the auction promises to be the copy of Marvel Comics Amazing Fantasy issue #15 (Aug.1962), signed by legendary comic illustrator Stan Lee and witnessed on Nov. 12, 2016. (est. $8,000-$12,000). The book, graded CBCS 2.5, featured the first appearance and the origin of Spider-Man, along with Aunt May, Uncle Ben, Flash Thompson and Liz Allen.

Other expected top performers include a fine example of a Hasbro G.I. Joe Action Soldier West Point Cadet equipment set from 1968, the second release with a solid photo box, factory sealed (est. $800-$1,200); and a circa-1967 Hasbro Action Joe State Trooper uniform, factory sealed in its original Hasbro bag, marked “Made in Hong Kong”, offered only thru Sears (est. $400-$600).

Other G.I. Joe items expected to do well include an individually carded 1964 Action Pilot dress uniform, a factory-sealed Race Car Driver uniform; and a circa 1967 Hasbro Action Marine 7727 Rifle-Rack equipment set, in excellent condition and factory-sealed, with G.I. Joe helmet form sticker, as well as an Action Marine mess kit (est. $600-$900).

“Whether you collect comics, G.I. Joe or Star Wars, there is a rarity offered in every category that’s sure to drive collectors crazy in this auction,” said Travis Landry, Bruneau & Co. specialist and auctioneer. Kevin Bruneau, the company president, added, “It’ll be a great sale, filled with memories that bring a guy like myself right back to his childhood. Surely fun will be had by all.”

The auction will open with over 50 lots of vintage toys, including Hasbro G.I. Joe, Mattel He-Man Masters of the Universe, Bandai Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Kenner Star Wars. 

Featured lots will include a French 1978 Meccano Star Wars 20 Back Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi figure, AFA 85 (est. $1,000-$2,000), an Argentinian 1983 Top Toys Star Wars Return of the Jedi Stormtrooper (AFA 80) and a 1984 factory-sealed He-Man Masters of the Universe Leech action figure made in Mexico and the U.S. (est. $200-$300), the red crossbow variant, graded C8-C8.5. 

Within the vintage toy section will be a collection of unused and AFA-graded Mighty Morphin Power Rangers collectibles, highlighted by a 1992 Bandai Megazord and Dragonzord gift set, made in Japan and in unused dead stock condition, entirely factory sealed (est. ($800-$1,200); and the collection of ‘60s-era Hasbro G.I. Joes from the Rhode Island former Hasbro employee.

The second portion of the catalog will feature more than 240 lots of Silver, Bronze, Copper and Modern age D.C. and Marvel comics, to include titles from Action Comics, Adventure Comics, Aquaman, Batman, Captain America, Fantastic Four, Journey Into Mystery, Justice League, Tales to Astonish, Tales of Suspense, X-Force, X-Factor, New Mutants and other rare titles.

Individual comics will feature a copy of Marvel Comics X-Men issue #1 (Sept. 1963), with the first appearance of Magneto and the X-Men, and the X-Men’s origin, signed by Stan Lee with a witness, graded CBCS 5.0 (est. $2,000-$3,000); and a copy of Marvel Comics Avengers issue #1 (Sept. 1963), with the first appearance of the Avengers, graded CBCS 5.0 (est. $2,000-$3,000).

Other comics will include copies of Incredible Hulk issue #181 (CBCS 7.0), Fantastic Four issue #52 (CBCS 6.5), and Amazing Spider-Man issue #14 (CBCS 3.5). Comic art will include works by great illustrators such as Frank Miller, Neal Adams, Craig Rousseau, Norman Lee and others. Frank Miller’s black variant sketch of Batman in bust, with cowl and cape, drawn on a signed copy D.C. Comics Dark Knight III: The Master Race issue #1, should make $700-$1,000.

Previews will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26th, from 9-5; Friday, Oct. 27th, from noon to 9 pm; and Saturday, Oct. 28th, the date of auction, from 8 am until the start of sale at 12 noon Eastern sharp.

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers has a slate of auctions planned for November. It will hold a live-only toy, comic and collectible auction in the Cranston gallery on Monday, Nov. 13th at 6 pm Eastern; a live-only on-site auction on Saturday, Nov. 18th, at 11 am (address to be released one month before the auction); and a live-only DiscoverIt sale followed by a huge fall auction on Nov. 25th.

To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the October 28 toy and comic auction, visit To contact Bruneau & Co. via e-mail, use

Image: Lot 120: Marvel Comics Amazing Fantasy issue #15 (Aug.1962), signed by legendary comic illustrator Stan Lee and witnessed on Nov. 12, 2016. (est. $8,000-$12,000).

DALLAS, Texas - Important examples by Patrick Nagel and Robert McGinnis toppled world records in Heritage Auctions’ $1+ million Illustration Art Auction Oct. 13 in Dallas.

Nagel’s Bold, circa 1980s, sold for a staggering $200,000, shattering the previous record of $161,000 set by Heritage in 2014. McGinnis’ 2002 original DVD illustration art for Casino Royale set an artist auction record when it fetched $47,500, against a $15,000 estimate. 

“This auction was rich with fresh-to-market quality material and collectors took advantage of the opportunity,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President at Heritage Auctions. “We remain the No. 1 house for hard-to-source artworks from the peak of popular culture.” 

Gritty illustrations from pulp magazines drew interest from multiple bidders who pushed the Hugh Joseph Ward’s 1942 original cover art titled Undercover Man from Private Detective magazine to $81,250. Ward’s cover art for Hollywood Detective magazine sold for $10,625.

Chesley Bonestell’s interior illustration titled Atomic Bombing of New York from Collier’smMagazine sold for $27,500 and Harry Anderson’s original art titled Gangway from a 1937 Cream of Wheat ad campaign hammered for $20,000. 

Examples of classic American pin-up art generated intense interest as a second artwork by Nagel, titled Susan, 1982, sold for $47,500 and Gil Elvgren’s 1946 illustration titled We Had a Little Falling Out sold for $30,000. Back Bend on Toes Ballet, Ice Capades, 1962, by George Petty sold for $27,500 and a second from his Ice Capades series, titled Dutch Girl, 1948, ended at $9,373.

Additional highlights include:

We'll Feel Right at Home. The Travel Guide Says There are Bats in the Belfry, 1984, a Mobil Oil advertisement by Charles Samuel Adams, sold for $17,500

Impromptu Concert, 1950, a U.S. Brewers Foundation advertisement by John Gannam sold for $11,250.

America Give a Hand, To the Men of the Merchant Marine, the stunning original art for a classic propaganda poster, by Rockwell Kent sold for $10,625.


October21_01_pics.jpgITHACA, NY—National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog.    

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera. Featured is a first session of selections from a substantial private library that belonged to Hollywood icon, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.. Civil War history titles and another session of desirable volumes from the holdings of James Hurley will also be offered.           

Antique and rare books are numerous in this catalog. Among the earliest examples are the 1666 printing of Baldini's "Cronologia Ecclesiastica - La Quale Contiene le Vite de Pontefici da S Pietro Sino al Regnante Alsessando VII," with original engravings, "Letters of the Right Honourable Lady Mary Wortley Montagu Written during Her Travels in Europe Asia and Africa," produced in 1769 in three volumes, and the 1850 first American edition of Erman and Cooley's "Travels in Siberia," in two volumes. Additional rare and antique selections include titles relating to military history, Civil War, travel & exploration, art history, decorative antique, multi-volume sets, and beyond.                          

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is our first session from a varied and sizable collection of books from the private library of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., famed actor, director and producer. Born into the epicenter of emerging Hollywood, he was the son of Douglas Fairbanks who married pioneering silent film star icon, Mary Pickford. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. first married Joan Crawford, then survived his second wife, Mary Lee, and this personal collection was generously donated to a local non-profit by his widow, Vera Fairbanks. These books include his handwriting, personal bookplate, and personal inscriptions and notes by authors and other notable figures. A second private library of note featured in this auction is our next session of titles belonging to James Hurley, a member of the 1960 International Saltoro Expedition which made the first attempt on the unclimbed K12 Peak in the Himalayas. This collection includes desirable titles such as the 1860 first edition of Hume's "A Summer Ramble in the Himalayas with Sporting Adventures in the Vale of Cashmere," and an author-signed copy of Mason's "Routes in the Western-Himalaya."     

Found throughout this catalog are interesting ephemera offerings. These lots present categories such as Victorian chromolithographs, postcards, antique maps, photography, travel-related and more.   

National Book Auctions is a public auction service specializing in books, ephemera, and art. National Book Auctions is a targeted service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. The upcoming auctions will feature a wide assortment of collectible, signed, and first edition books. For more information, please contact the gallery at 607-269-0101 or email

180-Mendelssohn.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries’ auction of Autographs will take place on Tuesday, November 7, with rare and illuminating letters, and signed photographs, books and “short snorters” from major world players of the last 200 years.

The cornerstone of the sale is the Jimmy Van Heusen Collection of musical manuscripts and autographs, sold to benefit Cazenovia College in New York. Van Heusen was an American composer of popular songs for musical theater, radio, film and television, best known from songs performed by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and others. The offering of 76 lots includes not only the original musical manuscripts of his biggest hits, but also many autograph musical quotations and letters by some of the most influential composers of classical music from the nineteenth- and twentieth centuries, including Johannes Brahms, Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy and Antonín Dvorák. Van Heusen’s own works are led by a twice-signed manuscript draft for the vocal score of Love and Marriage, circa 1955, with an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000. 

Classical highlights include an 1850 signed and dated autograph musical quotation by Robert Schumann from the first act of Genoveva, the only opera he ever composed, in uncommonly good condition ($8,000 to $12,000), and a letter from Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy containing an autograph musical manuscript of May Song, to philologist Adolf Friedrich Stenzler, with an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. Also available is an autograph musical quotation, dated and signed, of eight bars from the prelude to the first act of Lohengrin by Richard Wagner, 1846, with an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000, and a brief February 1891 letter from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in which he says he is en route to New York, where he was to play at the inauguration of Carnegie Hall on May 5, 1891, estimated at $5,000 to $7,500.

The top lot of the sale is a 1780 letter from George Washington to his spymaster Benjamin Tallmadge, requesting intelligence during the Revolutionary War. The page, bearing an extremely fine signature, is valued at $25,000 to $35,000. Presidential signatures on important documents include John Adams, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and others. A less formal view of the presidency comes in the form of a circa 1950s inscription and drawing by John F. Kennedy on Senate stationery showing the PT-109 torpedo boat he commanded during WWII ($3,000 to $4,000).

Additional political signatures span the lifetime of America. A manuscript letter by Noah Webster (of Merriam-Webster notoriety), signed “A Federalist,” circa 1800, offers insight into Webster’s opinion on the Constitution, with an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000. Also available is a group portrait of the members of the 1981-86 Burger Court, signed by each, valued at $1,000 to $2,000.

One of the most unusual items available is Marlene Dietrich's personal "short snorter," a scroll of currency signed by over 1,000 military & entertainment notables, including Ernest Hemingway & George S. Patton, from the 1940s ($3,500 to $5,000). Additional items from the actress’s personal collection include two letters to her written by Hemingway: in one dated 1957, he lists his medical complaints, while in an earlier undated letter written aboard the Ile de France, he praises her beauty and restates his love for her (each $10,000 to $15,000).A selection of autographs by scientists features Niels Bohr’s signed and annotated copy of his physics textbook from Trinity College at Cambridge in 1911, An Elementary Treatise on Theoretical Mechanics by James Hopwood Jean ($4,000 to $6,000). A photograph signed by Albert Einstein that shows him at home in Princeton, NJ, celebrating the construction of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem, has an estimate of $3,000 to $4,000. A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud by Halberstadt, signed & inscribed to Horace W. Frink, 1922 ($10,000 to $15,000) will also be available.

The complete catalogue and bidding information is available at

Image: Lot 180: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Autograph Letter Signed, with Autograph Musical Manuscript of May Day, Düsseldorf, 21 June 1834. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.


Paris-The sixth part of the R. and B. L. library, devoted to the Romantic period, with illustrated books, posters, first editions, autographs and drawings of exceptional quality, ended on a resounding high note. This unique collection, sold in association with Binoche & Giquello, achieved a total of €2,215,938.

Booklovers were there in force to battle over copies in extraordinarily fresh condition, in period bindings, often signed and some richly decorated. The originality and rarity of this collection lay in the fact that often the same texts were contained in these period bindings or were bound at a later date in exquisite covers by great names of the early 20th century. These copies, often cited in bibliographies, mostly belonged to great bibliophiles like Laurent Meeûs, Henri Beraldi and Victor Mercier.

Anne Heilbronn, vice-chairman of Sotheby’s France: "This Romantic library was a true ode to love, and contained great classics of 19th century literature in period bindings, like Notre-Dame de Paris, Les Trois mousquetaires, La Chartreuse de Parme and Le Rouge et le noir."

Dominique Courvoisier, specialist in charge of the sale says, "The results obtained today show an unflagging interest in Romantic illustrated books, and of course in exceptional copies, the prerogative of great collections." "We are now much looking forward to the seventh section," adds auctioneer Alexandre Giquello, a partner at Binoche & Giquello.

Grandville garnered the highest prices in the first session. At €40,000, Les Métamorphoses du Jour, an extremely rare item in a publisher's shagreen binding decorated with animal plates, doubled its high estimate (lot 30, estimate: €15,000/20,000). This work made Grandville's reputation. Another magnificent and highly sought-after copy was Un Autre Monde, a first edition in publisher's shagreen of Grandville's most extraordinary work, written and illustrated in the Surrealist vein (lot 45, €37,500; estimate: €20,000/30,000). A copy of the Aventures de Robinson Crusoë, unique for its 43 original pen drawings, was pre-empted at €27,500 by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (lot 35; estimate: €25,000/35,000).

The second session saw the extraordinary unpublished relic of Victor Hugo's love life addressed to Juliette Drouet, his true love, fire the bidding all the way up to €217,500. This now joins the Anne-Marie Springer collection (private letters) (lot 219; estimate: €70,000/90,000). Genuine evidence of the early days of their love, containing four autograph poems in addition, this was one of three extant notebooks in which Victor Hugo wrote something almost every day for his great love, Juliette Drouet. 

None of Hugo's letters to Juliette Drouet from before October 1833 now survives, because she burned them all after having misunderstood the meaning of a word in one of them. This makes this long declaration of love all the more precious. 

Six magnificent original drawings of landscapes and seascapes by Victor Hugo feature in the collection. They include a striking Gibbet of Montfaucon which at €187,500 largely exceeded its high estimate of €120,000(lot 240, estimate: €80,000/120,000). This terrible symbol was mentioned in his work by the author, who was intensely opposed to capital punishment. Another splendid and powerful drawing, a hitherto unpublished picture of a fantastic castle rising out of the shadows, multiplied its estimate by ten at €150,000 (lot 242, estimate: €10,000/15,000).

A prominent figure in this second part of the sale was Honoré de Balzac with his celebrated Letters to Louise, precious private correspondence (described by his biographer as a real "romantic quest") with a woman whose identity Balzac never knew. They inspired a battle all the way up to €68,750 (lot 119, estimate: €40,000/60,000). The superb first edition of Mémoire de deux jeunes mariées with the monogram of the Empress Marie-Louise, Duchess of Parma, fetched €22,500 (lot 128; estimate: €12,000/15,000).

One of the most sought-after lots by Alexandre Dumas, the prolific writer of plays and historical novels, was his earliest play, Henri III et sa Cour, in a magnificent binding by Thouvenin produced for the famous actress Mademoiselle George. This fine copy, which came with three autograph letters, including two from Alexandre Dumas, stayed within its estimate at €43,750 (lot 167, estimate: €35,000/45,000). One of the finest known examples of the first edition of Les Trois Mousquetaires in a remarkably well-preserved period binding largely exceeded its high estimate at €93,750 (lot 170, estimate: €50,000/80,000).

Lastly, an attractive series of works by Stendhal in the form of autographs and first editions included the writer's great masterpieces. They all respected their estimates: Armance, the author's first novel (lot 337; €37,500; estimate: €30,000/50,000); Le Rouge et le Noir in a period binding (lot 340, €37,500, estimate: €30,000/50,000), and La Chartreuse de Parme (lot 345, €37,500, estimate: €30,000/50,000).

Pre-emptions by the Musées de France


Lot 35

Jean-Jacques Grandville - Daniel de Defoe 

Les Aventures de Robinson Crusoë, Paris, Fournier the elder, 1840

First printing

Unique copy with 43 original drawings


Lot 92

Prince Alexis Soltykoff

Voyage en Perse, 1851

First printing


Lot 179

Xavier Forneret

A mon fils naturel. November 1847



Lot 39

Jean-Jacques Grandville

Bookstore poster for "Les Animaux peints par eux-mêmes", c. 1856


Lot 40

Jean-Jacques Grandville

Bookstore poster for the "Scènes de la Vie Privée et publique des Animaux", 1842


Screen Shot 2017-10-10 at 8.34.53 AM.pngPreviously unseen photographs taken by the father of modern travel writing, Robert Byron, are to be sold at Bonhams Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs Sale in London on 15 November. They are estimated at £2,000-3,000.

The images date from Byron’s travels in Iran and Afghanistan in 1933-4 with his Oxford friend, Christopher Sykes. Their journey was later immortalised in Byron’s Road to Oxiana published in 1937, and regarded as the first great book of modern travel writing. The American writer Paul Fussell wrote that The Road to Oxiana is to the travel book what "Ulysses is to the novel between the wars, and what The Waste Land is to poetry." Travel writer and novelist Bruce Chatwin, in his introduction to the book, described it as "a sacred text, beyond criticism.”

The photographs were retained by Sykes and have only recently come to light, found in an old envelope marked ‘Persia. Photos taken by Byron’. The approximately 140 images capture mosques, minarets, bridges, castles, and other antiquities (some now destroyed), several of local inhabitants, and the travellers themselves, including one of Sykes leaning on the giant statue of Shapur I, second king of the Sassanid Empire, in the Zagros mountains in southern Iran. (The statue, which is shown in the photograph lying on its side, where is had been for the past 14 centuries, was repaired and re-erected in 1957).

BOSTON, MA -  Winston Churchill's cigar from a 1947 trip to Paris will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction. 

Churchill’s half-smoked cigar from May 11, 1947 at Le Bourget Airport in Paris, measuring 4″ long, retaining the "La Corona / Winston Churchill" red-and-gold band at the end. 

The cigar was retained by Corporal William Alan Turner, Air Quartermaster with 24 Squadron Transport Command, who was a member of the cabin crew that flew Churchill and his wife from RAF Northolt to Paris and home again. 

Includes a candid photo of Churchill just before boarding his plane, this cigar in hand, signed in fountain pen, "Winston S. Churchill," contained in a small folder with Corporal Turner's pencil annotations on the opposite side: "A photograph I took from the doorway of York MW101 at Le Bourget airport, Paris, on 11th May 1947 just before we flew black to Northolt. He is surrounded by French ex-servicemen with whom he had been chatting. He stubbed out his cigar in an ashtray when he came aboard, and I took the remains into protective custody." 

Accompanied by a letter from Churchill's secretary, dated July 1, 1949, transmitting the signed photo to Turner. Also includes two of Turner's scrapbook pages bearing nineteen affixed candid photos recording the trip, showing other members of the 24 Squadron, the York MW101 airplane, sightseeing in Paris, the parade honoring Churchill, and Churchill's departure from Le Bourget. 

During the trip, Churchill went to the Palace des Invalides where he was awarded France's highest military honor, the Medaille Militaire. 

“The cigar became a major part of Churchill’s trademark look, the image he portrayed, and his public persona,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction, “whenever you see an image of him— a cigar is never far away.”

"Provenance is everything," said Livingston, “the letter along with the photographic evidence makes this highly collectible, and of the utmost desirability.”

8e540e720ea1cee43f90d2763f89f117f7a3c9e0.jpegAlso up is a Winston Churchill lengthy draft of a working manuscript for an important speech given by the Prime Minister in London on March 26, 1944.

The twenty-four typed pages on lightweight carbon paper; comprising pages 1-3 and 10-30. Ten pages have pencil edits and strikethroughs, presumably in his secretary’s hand.

In part: “I hope you will not imagine that I am going to try to make you some extraordinary pronouncement tonight and tell you exactly how all the problems of mankind in war and peace are going to be solved…We shall require from our people here, from Parliament, from the Press, from all classes, the same cool, strong nerves, the same toughness of fibre which stood us in good in the days when we were all alone under the blitz. 

Mussolini indeed escaped to eat the bread of affliction at Hitler’s table, to shoot his son-in-law, and to help the Germans wreak vengeance upon the Italian masses whom he had professed to love and over whom he had ruled for more than 20 years…This fate and judgment more terrible than death has overtaken the vainglorious dictator who stabbed France in the back and thought that his crime had gained him the empire of the Mediterranean… 

"The American victories in the Pacific and in particular their latest conquest and liberation of the Marshall Islands, constitute superb examples of the combination of naval, air and military force. It is possible that the war in the Pacific may progress more rapidly than was formerly thought possible. The Japanese are showing signs of great weakness… "

The Fine Autographs and Artifacts from RR Auction began on September 28 and will conclude on October 11.  More details can be found online at


DALLAS, Texas - Heritage Auctions, the largest collectibles auctioneer and the third-largest auction house in the world, has announced it is expanding its San Francisco office to accommodate its growing staff and services. The new office, located at 603 Battery Street, is within walking distance to the city’s Embarcadero and eastern waterfront and financial district.

“This expansion will allow us to grow our staff immediately,” said Alissa Ford, Director of Fine & Decorative Arts in the San Francisco office. “We already offer an array of services and we are now seeking more specialists to serve our growing clientele in the region.” 

The new space will allow Heritage San Francisco to hold larger exhibitions of fine art by well-known artists as well as frequently-changing displays.

The office already offers clients specialists in the areas of Arms & Armor, Fine & Decorative Arts, including California and Western Art, Modern & Contemporary Arts, Entertainment and Music Memorabilia, Fine Jewelry and European Art. Growth areas will target Comics and Original Comic Art and U.S. Coins. 

A Grand Opening is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 26 and will coincide with a special preview of the firm’s American Art Signature® Auction.

“We are growing to enhance and accommodate more specialists and services,” Ford said. “We are pleased to be San Francisco’s go-to auction house.” 

304-Hopper copy.jpgNew York—An outstanding auction of Old Master Through Modern Prints at Swann Galleries on Thursday, November 2 offers seven lots with an estimate at or above $100,000, more than any from the house’s Prints & Drawings department in nearly ten years. Rare and museum-quality prints from the fifteenth- to twentieth centuries act as an overview of the evolution of Western printmaking, and chronicle the dramatic changes of the latter half of the millennium.

A powerful section of works by American artists in the first half of the twentieth century is led by Edward Hopper’s scarce and haunting etching, The Lonely House, 1923, with an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000. Gritty, iconic views of working-class Manhattan by Hopper’s mentor Martin Lewis, including Snow on the El, 1931, and Relics (Speakeasy Corner), 1928 (each with a value of $40,000 to $60,000), are complemented by works executed during his Depression-era stay in the suburbs with friend and fellow artist Armin Landeck. Regionalists Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood and Paul Landacre are well-represented with pastoral scenes evoking the anxiety of encroaching technology.

A run of works by Pablo Picasso includes myriad media from all periods of his decades-long career. The aquatint and etching Faune dévoilant une femme, 1934, is valued at $80,000 to $120,000, while La Grande Corrida, aven Femme Torero, an etching of the same year, is expected to sell between $70,000 and $100,000.           

Seminal works from the dawn of printmaking in Europe include such iconic works as Israel van Meckenem’s engraving, The Dance of the Daughters of Herodias, circa 1480, with an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000. A run of scarce and powerful works by the master of engraving Albrecht Dürer is led by The Nemesis, circa 1501-02, estimated at $80,000 to $120,000. Additional early prints by the visionary include Coat-of-Arms with a Skull, 1503, and The Sea Monster, before 1500 ($50,000 to $80,000 and $40,000 to $60,000, respectively). An after-print of Heironymus Bosch’s engraving The Temptation of St. Anthony, 1561, replete with distended frogs and damned souls, is valued at $40,000 to $60,000. Works by Pieter Bruegel, Hans Baldung Grien, Augustin Hirschvogel and Lucas van Leyden—the latter’s 1510 engraving Ecce Homo is valued at $40,000 to $60,000—will also be available.

Etchings covering a variety of subjects by Rembrandt van Rijn, with portraits, nudes and landscapes, are led by the 1633 etching Self Portrait in a Cap and Scarf with the Face Dark: Bust, at $30,000 to $50,000.

Francisco José de Goya is well-represented in the sale with lithographs and portfolios, including the limited first edition of Los Caprichos, circa 1799, complete with 80 etchings with aquatint, condemning the foibles of the aristocracy and clergy, which carries an estimate of $70,000 to $100,000. Also from the eighteenth century come two works by the master of English faunal portraits, George Stubbs: the 1788 mezzotint A Sleeping Cheetah, and an engraving with stippling, etching and roulette from the same year, A Horse Frightened by a Lion, each with an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.

Nineteenth-century works include James Ensor’s hand-colored etching, La Vengeance de Hop-Frog, 1898, a macabre scene probably based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, in which Hop-Frog the jester hangs tarred, flaming noblemen on a chandelier. Ensor’s prints are often extensively hand-colored with watercolor and gouache, making each a unique work of art; this one has an estimate of $60,000 to $90,000. Another work by Goya, Picador Caught by a Bull, 1825, was likely an experimental lithograph for Los Toros de Burdeos ($80,000 to $120,000). Also available are works by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Odilon Redon, whose 1892 lithograph Arbre is expected to sell between $50,000 and $80,000.

A strong selection of works by German Expressionists is led by the 1912 woodcut Prophet, by Emil Nolde, and Edvard Munch’s 1902 etching Puberty, each with a value of $30,000 to $50,000. A rare woodcut by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Frau im Stuhl, 1913, carries an estimate of $25,000 to $35,000. Across the border in Austria, Egon Schiele created the drypoint Kümmernis in 1914; in this sale, it is valued at $12,000 to $18,000.

The complete catalogue and bidding information is available at

Image: Lot 304: Edward Hopper, The Lonely House, etching, 1923. Estimate $150,000 to $200,000.

166-Ponds.jpgNew York—Hoards of history-lovers came out to attend the preview for Swann Auction Galleries’ auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana on Thursday, September 28. The sale featured a trove of unique material, much of which had never previously been seen on the market. Department Director Rick Stattler said,  "This sale emphasized quality over quantity.  At 325 lots, it was one of the smallest Americana sales we've ever done, but the total hammer was the best of our past four Americana sales, and it finished above the top of its estimate range.”

            The top lot in the sale was an archive of 245 letters that spanned nearly a century by early frontier missionaries in Minnesota, which was sold to a private collector for $112,500—triple the pre-sale estimate, and the highest price ever realized for an archive at Swann. Collectors also won a first-edition Book of Mormon for $37,500, and a New Hampshire broadside proclaiming the end of the Revolution for $22,500.

            A burgeoning section of photographic works performed exceptionally well, with a set of cyanotype albums compiled by E. Radford Bascome, chronicling the construction of the Williamsburg Bridge, 1897-1903, reaching $30,000, above a high estimate of $6,000. McClees’ Gallery of Photographic Portraits… of the Thirty-Fifth Congress, 1859, was one of the first photographically illustrated books published in the United States; it was purchased for $11,250.

            Latin Americana successful in this sale, led by a pair of early manuscripts by Baja California missionaries that brought $27,500 and $11,250, respectively, and Fernando de Cepeda's rare 1637 book on Mexican engineering, which brought $12,500. Among the earliest examples of printing in the Americas are legal power-of-attorney forms printed in sixteenth-century Mexico. A previously unknown example, printed circa 1572, brought a record $2,000.All but one of the lots in this section found buyers, earning $115,272 and exceeding the high estimate for the run.

            Institutions bid actively throughout the auction.  The biggest prize was a medical journal kept aboard the frigate Deane during the American Revolution, which went to the Society of the Cincinnati. Other institutions purchased the papers of naval surgeon Pierre St. Medard, an early manuscript cookbook from Mexico and a logbook of an 1804-16 seal-hunting expedition off the coast of Antarctica.

            Mr. Stattler added, “Buyers seemed confident and we even noted a few impulse purchases by disciplined collectors on the sale floor. The market remains strong for unique and interesting material."

            The next auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana at Swann Galleries will be held in Spring 2018.

Image: Lot 166: Missionary archive of Samuel W. and Gideon H. Pond, Minnesota, 1833-93. Sold September 28, 2017 for $112,500. (Pre-sale estimate: $30,000 to $40,000).

DALLAS, Texas - The personal archives of activist Norman Cousins, who dedicated his life to nuclear disarmament and world peace, offers an historic look at his role as a private citizen in bringing about the Nuclear Test Ban treaty in 1963. Never before offered at auction, his correspondences with world leaders, including several American presidents, will be offered in Heritage Auctions’ Historical Manuscripts auction on Oct. 19 in Dallas. 

“The material shines a light on the immense accomplishments of this quiet hero,” said Sandra Palomino, Director of Historical Manuscripts at Heritage Auctions. “Cousins’ role behind the scenes of the negotiations of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty cannot be overstated." 

Cousins’ response to the bombing of Hiroshima was immediate. He wrote an editorial for the Saturday Review on August 6, 1945, the same day the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. He founded organizations, and one such effort, the American-Soviet Dartmouth Conferences, brought him to the attention of the Vatican.  In early 1962, Cousins was approached by Father Felix Morlian to act as an intermediary in getting a message to the Kremlin. Cousins stayed in touch with Morlian, but the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, brought new urgency. Wary of potentially violating any U.S. laws, Cousins reached out to the White House to let them know of his communications with the Vatican, at which time President Kennedy asked him to convey messages to both the Kremlin and the Vatican. Cousins flew to the Vatican and then the Kremlin in December 1962; successfully establishing back channels with the Pope, the Kremlin, and President John F. Kennedy and facilitating communications among the three world leaders.

Through Cousins, the three world leaders could quietly communicate their goals without scrutiny, which served to build trust. Although the U.S. and Soviet Union had been negotiating a treaty since the Eisenhower administration, they repeatedly stumbled when it came to the issue of on-site inspections. The Kennedy administration hit the same road block during their negotiations, but via Cousins were able to successfully assure Soviet Chairman Nikita Khrushchev that on-site inspections would not be used as an opportunity for espionage.

The October auction includes an Inscribed News Wire Announcement Signed by President John F. Kennedy to Cousins dated July 23, 1963, which is expected to bring $7,500. “A more clear testament to the value of Cousins role cannot be found,” says Palomino.

Additional historically important items in the archive include:

·         In a 1961 Typed Letter Signed by Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet leader responds to a proposal that Cousins and Clarence Pickett of the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy made to address the increasing threat of nuclear warfare during the Cold War (est. $1,800). In the letter, Khrushchev admits "we also believe that the problem of disarmament is the most important, truly, the main problem that is currently facing the world."

·         Several Signed Letters to Cousins from Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, on his lingering concerns about the current state of the international crisis amidst the Cold War (est. $1,500+). 

·         Correspondence between Cousins and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, including a Signed, Typed Letter declining Cousins' assistance in arranging meetings with scientists on the topic of radio-active fallout but emphatically expressing his concerns regarding the dangers of nuclear armament ($1,500+).

·         Additional correspondence from historical figures such as President Harry Truman; President Ronald Reagan; First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy; Indira Gandhi; President George H.W. Bush; President Franklin D. Roosevelt; theoretical physicist Robert Oppenheimer; Robert F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson, among others. 

·         United States Secretary of State Dean Rusk Signed Copy of Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, "a true copy of the United States original of the Treaty banning nuclear weapons tests..." presented to Cousins on Oct. 14, 1963.

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telegram copy.jpgDALLAS, Texas - An important telegraph from Ulysses S. Grant to Gen. William T. Sherman giving Sherman permission to destroy all of Georgia during his conquest of Confederate forces is expected to sell for at least $75,000 when it comes up for auction Oct. 19 at Heritage Auctions. The Oct. 12, 1864 letter marked a watershed event during the U.S. Civil War - a 285-mile march by roughly 60,000 soldiers designed to scare the civilians in Georgia into abandoning the Confederate cause - which went down in history as Sherman’s “March to the Sea.”

“This single military strategy had far-reaching effects, that hastened the end of the war and ensured Abraham Lincoln’s reelection,” said Sandra Palomino, Director of Historical Manuscripts at Heritage Auctions. “It was originally purchased by R. Douglas Stuart in 1932, and this is the first time it will be offered to the public since then.”

Stuart was the son of Robert Stuart, a founding partner of the Quaker Oats Company. President Eisenhower appointed Stuart as U.S. Ambassador to Canada in 1953, and he served in that post until 1956. After serving as ambassador, Stuart returned to Quaker Oats. He retired as chairman of the board in 1962. He died in 1975 at the age of 89.

Grant’s telegram authorizes Sherman to proceed with his strategy to storm Confederate-held territory with a “scorched earth” approach. In a previous letter to Grant, Sherman said, “I would infinitely prefer to make a wreck of the road and of the country from Chattanooga to Atlanta, including the latter City. Send back my wounded and worthless and with my effective Army move through Georgia smashing things to the sea.”

Sherman's “March to the Sea,” also known as the “Savannah Campaign,” was comprised of the Army of the Tennessee, the Army of Georgia and a cavalry division, was conducted from Nov. 15 to Dec. 21, 1864, when Sherman's forces captured the port city of Savannah, Georgia. After leaving the decimated city of Atlanta on November 16, Sherman led his troops on a bold and destructive campaign targeting both industrial and military targets, effectively crippling the Confederate's capacity to wage war. The March to the Sea was followed by Sherman's successful march through the Carolinas, ending April 26, 1865 with the surrender of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston.

“Grant hesitated at first and did not initially agree with Sherman’s strategy,” Palomino said. “In the remarkable letter offered here at auction, Grant, confident in Sherman's ability, finally relented and gave his permission to Sherman to carry out his proposed march to the sea.”

Another interesting aspect of this Oct. 12 letter are Grant's comments concerning the arming of the black male population during Sherman's proposed campaign. Grant had long supported Union forces taking enslaved blacks from their Confederate-supporting owners and enlisting the now-freed men to serve in the Union Army as soldiers from the time of Lincoln's Jan. 1, 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. 

“This is one of the most significant Ulysses S. Grant letters to be offered on the market in recent memory,” Palomino said, “the communication that resulted in one of the most critical military operations of the Civil War. It greatly exemplifies the entire Stuart collection featured in this auction; it makes clear Grant’s humanity in bearing the weight of making such a tremendous decision.”

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1206279.jpgNEW YORK, NY -- On Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 10am, Doyle will hold an auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps. The sale offers material ranging from early illuminated manuscripts to modern literary first editions. Categories include Americana; early printing; illustrated books of all periods (including atlases and color plate books); fine printing and private press books; important bindings (both bound sets and individual remarkable examples of the bookbinder's art); literature of all periods, both English, American, and European; science and technology; travels and voyages; children's and illustrated books; and a diverse range of interesting books in all fields. Original illustration art for books and magazines is also included in the sales, as well as early maps of all regions. Autographs offer letters and documents by major American, English and European figures in literature and the sciences, as well as historically important documents, including Presidential letters and material relating to the Founding Fathers.

Enigma Machine

The Enigma 1 machine was used by the German Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe during World War II to encode orders and instructions, using a complex system of rotors and patch cables. The German High Command believed the Enigma cipher to be totally secure; British cryptographers at Bletchley Park under Alan Turing were able to break it, giving Britain and its allies a huge military advantage that may have shortened the War by two years. The example in the sale is from a Private Minneapolis Collection (est. $80,000-120,000).

Color-Plate Books

An American color-plate rarity and one of just eight copies known of this issue, the 1845 New York edition of George Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio was pirated from the English edition by New York lithographer James Ackerman, whose aim was to garner recognition for American artists and to encourage continuing the production of such works on native soil (est. $100,000-200,000).

The publication of The Temple of Flora, [1799]-1807, ruined its author and publisher, Robert Thornton, but the extravagance that financially doomed the project resulted in the greatest of all English flower books. The copy in the sale has thirty superb floral plates, all imbued with a thoroughly Romantic aesthetic, and is an unusually complete example, with all of the five frontispieces in colored state (est. $60,000-80,000).


An early letter from George Washington to his brother-in-law Burwell Bassett is dated 9 August 1759, just 8 months into his first year of marriage to Martha Custis. The letter regards the procurement of items for Mount Vernon and other matters, mentioning Mrs. Washington twice in addition to other notable Virginians of the period associated with Washington, including William Mercer, Henry Churchill and Colonel George William Fairfax (est. $15,000-20,000).


British surveyor John Montressor’s A Plan of the City of New-York was produced in secret for the purpose of mounting defenses of British strongholds as the Stamp Act Riots engulfed New York. The 1767 first edition is quite scarce and precedes the better known “Ratzer Plan” of the city by two years. It is property of a New York Collector (est. $8,000-12,000).

Image: JOYCE, JAMES Single typescript leaf, consisting of page 23 from the printer's typescript manuscript for Chapter Twelve of Ulysses.

October7_01_pics.jpgITHACA, NY—National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog.    

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera. Featured is a substantial private library centered in Civil War history. Important modern first editions will also be offered.            

Antique and rare books are numerous in this catalog. Among the earliest examples are the 1660 printing of Douglas' "Form and Order of the Coronation of Charles II King of Scotland, England, France and Ireland," Piazza's "Efemeride Vaticana," produced in 1687 with woodcut engravings, and the 1763 printing of Bracken's "Farriery Improved or a Complete Treatise upon the Art of Farriery." Additional rare selections include modern firsts such as Kipling's "Jungle Book" (1894) and Hemingway works, "A Farewell to Arms" (1920) and "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (1940).                        

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is an impressive personal Civil War history library including antique works, regimental histories, signed and limited editions, comprehensive multi-volume sets and much more. Noteworthy examples include the 1882 first printing of Martin's "Campaign Life of Lt. Col. Henry Harrison Young, Aid-de-Camp to General Sheridan and Chief of His Scouts" which includes a laid-in original signature by General Sheridan, the 1987 Broadfoot re-printing of "The Confederate Veteran Magazine," complete in 40 volumes, and the 1885, two-volume printing of "The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant." Additionally of interest in this catalog are signed first editions bearing important names such as Robert Frost, Louis Slobodkin, Victor Keppler, baseball great Hank Aaron and more. Other vintage and antique pieces relate to military history, travel & exploration (Hakluyt, etc.), history, mysteries, science fiction, collecting reference (coins, currency, etc.), art history, science and evolution (Darwin, etc.), decorative antique, multi-volume sets, and beyond.    

Found throughout this catalog are interesting ephemera offerings. These lots present categories such as Victorian chromolithographs, postcards (Halloween, Native American, black Americana, Upstate New York, real photo, linen, etc.) and more.    

National Book Auctions is a public auction service specializing in books, ephemera, and art. National Book Auctions is a targeted service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. The upcoming auctions will feature a wide assortment of collectible, signed, and first edition books. For more information, please contact the gallery at 607-269-0101 or email


DALLAS, Texas—A striking array of celebrity photographs and a collection of Ansel Adams landscapes are among the most coveted images that will be available Oct. 11 in Heritage Auctions’ Photographs Auction in New York.

Expected to be among the top lots is Lawrence Schiller’s 1962 Marilyn 12 Portfolio (twelve photographs), which carries a pre-auction estimate of $25,000-35,000. The collection of 15-by-23-inch gelatin silver and dye coupler photos - number 45 in an edition of 75 - is housed in the original black vinyl clamshell box embossed with the portfolio title, the artist’s name and publisher. Among the included images are photos of the legendary Hollywood starlet enjoying sparklers in the top of a birthday cake, swimming while nude and a contact sheet with 29 images of her photo shoot in and around a pool.

Terry O’Neill’s 1968 Frank Sinatra and Bodyguards, Fountainbleau, Miami Beach (est. $20,000-30,000) is an oversized (47-by-71-inch) gelatin silver image that depicts the legendary singer, his bodyguards and a body double at the Fountainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach in an image that O’Neill said happened by accident. O’Neill had been trying to figure out the best way to capture Sinatra, who was at the Fountainebleau while filming Lady In Cement (in which he starred as private investigator Tony Rome) when the crooner and his crew “appeared around the corner of the boardwalk with his bodyguards, and I just captured the moment,” O’Neill said.

Ian Macmillan’s 1969 The Beatles, Abbey Road (two rare alternate cover photograph outtakes), which carry a pre-auction estimate of $15,000-25,000, show two of the images the photo shoot that produced one of the most famous album cover images of all time. The 17-by-16-7/8-inch dye coupler images are number 10 in an edition of 25.

In 1977, the man known simply as “The Greatest” was captured in John Stewart’s 1977 Group of Seven Photographs featuring Muhammad Ali (est. $10,000-15,000). The set of 27-1/4-by-20-3/8-inch fresson carbon prints includes images that reveal the violent nature of the charismatic Ali’s occupation through close-ups of his fist, his powerful arm and an extremely tight shot of his sweat-covered face staring intensely into the camera, and his sensitive side in an image of him holding a bird on one finger and an image of a turtleneck-clad Ali looking pensive while resting his jaw in his hand.

Annie Leibovitz’s 1999 Bruce Springsteen, Philadelphia (est. $10,000-15,000) is extraordinary, not just because of its composition - at first glance, it almost looks like everything around the artist referred to as “The Boss” is in black and white - but also because of its sheer size. The oversized dye coupler image of Springsteen making his set list for his Sept. 20, 1999 concert in Philadelphia measures 44-1/2 inches high by 65 inches wide, and is signed and dated in ink with the title and edition “1/1” printed on a label on the reverse of the frame.

Edward Steichen’s 1929 Gertrude Lawrence (est. $10,000-15,000) captures Lawrence - an English actress, singer, dancer and musical comedy performer known for her stage appearances in London’s West End on Broadway - peeking out from behind a paper fan. The gelatin silver image measures 9-1/2 inches high and 7-1/2 inches wide.

Ansel Adams

A group of 16 images by the legendary photographer and environmentalist are among the lots expected to draw considerable attention at the auction. Among the Adams highlights:

Ansel Adams’ 1958 Aspens, Northern New Mexico (est. $20,000-30,000) is extraordinary in the way the light aspen trees grab the light, while everything behind them is dark, almost as if it isn’t there. The gelatin silver image measures 18 inches high by 22-3/4 inches wide and is number 96 in an edition of 115.

Adams’ 1955 Half Dome, Blowing Snow, Yosemite National Park, California (est. $10,000-15,000), number 96 in an edition of 115, is a gelatin silver image that measures 15-5/8 inches high and 19-1/2 inches wide, captures a dramatic geological structure in the national park in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.

His 1968 El Capitan, Sunrise, Winter, Yosemite National Park, California (est. $10,000-15,000) is another gelatin silver image - measuring 19-1/4 inches wide by 15-1/2 inches high and numbered 95 in an edition of 115 - of arguably the most famous structure in the park. The image looks almost like the merger of two worlds: at the top, the snow-covered El Capitan juts into the sky, high above the clouds and the towering evergreen trees below.

Other top lots are expected to include, but are not limited to:

·         Steve McCurry’s 1985 Afghan Girl, Pakistan (est. $12,000-18,000) - the stunning image used on the memorable June 1985 cover of National Geographic magazine

·         Lawrence Schiller’s 1962 Never Out Of Sight, Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock (est. $4,000-6,000) - a fascinating image that shows the former model, actress and animal rights activist driving in a convertible, but with the former British film director and producer in the car’s sideview mirror

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AALot1.jpgLot 1

Harris (William Cornwallis) Portraits of the Game and Wild Animals of Southern Africa 

Published: London, 1840 Estimate: $12,500/15,000

One of the most important and valuable of the large folio works on South African fauna..... In addition to the beautiful coloured engravings (sic) which render this work almost the most highly prized of the books relating to South African animals, every plate is accompanied by an exhaustive chapter upon the characteristics of the animal represented, as well as by a short sketch of its personal appearance.

Lot 2

Potocki (Count Joseph) Sport in Somaliland (Limited edition signed by Rowland Ward)

Published: Rowland Ward Limited, London, 1900

Estimate: $10,000/15,000

Writing in diary fashion, Potocki recounts his hunting experiences and those of his companions, Counts Tomasz Zamoyski and Jan

Grudzinski. The hunters move through raw, primitive terrain, a land which was changeless yet ever changing. Clearly Potocki was entranced by his Somaliland experience. First published in Polish in 1897, illustrated by Piotr Stachiewicz an artist whose work is little known in the English-speaking world. Rowland Ward used the same illustrations in the English edition which was limited to 200 copies and sold for four guineas. It is now one of the rarities of the genre.

Lot 7

Pease (Sir Alfred E.) Travel and Sport in Africa Published: Arthur L. Humphreys, London, 1902 Estimate: $3,000/4,000

Pease recounts ten years of travel and hunting thorough various parts of Africa in this monumental late Victorian work. Volume One details Algeria and the Sahara regions with attendant sport after lions and antelope species. In Volume Two Pease describes his time spent in Somaliland with hunts after lions and elephants, as well as antelopes, moths and butterflies. Volume Three continues a later expedition into Somaliland and southern Abyssinia hunting lions, elephants, rhino and antelopes.

Lot 43

Roosevelt (Theodore) and Heller (Edmund) Life-Histories of African Game Animals

Published: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1914

Estimate: $1,500/2,000

Published four years after the well-publicized Smithsonian African expedition, which Roosevelt headed and Heller accompanied, this massive work details the species bagged on that adventure, as well as other specimens taken on safaris by the likes of Rainey, Tjader, Powell-Cotton, and others. While most of the text is of a zoological nature, there are plenty of hunting anecdotes supplied by the authors and such note-worthies as A.E. Pease. The numerous maps show game distribution in Africa, and there is a good bibliography of sporting, natural history, and exploration works.

Lot 82

De Saint Pierre (James Henry Bernardin) Studies of Nature Published: C. Dilly, in the Poultry, London, 1799

Estimate: $320/400

The scope of the work varies from the basic descriptions of the plant and animal kingdoms to the applications of laws of nature as the explanation of disorder in society. The third volume also contains other literary works including, Paul and Virginia, the story of two island children who grew up together and fell in love, only to end tragically when civilization interferes.

Lot 95

[Robertson (A Cunningham)] Historical Record of The King's Liverpool Regiment of Foot

Published: Harrison and Sons, London, 1883

Estimate: $200/300

Historical Record of The King's Liverpool Regiment of Foot, containing an account of The Formation of the Regiment in 1685, and of its subsequent services to 1881; also, succession lists of the officers who served in each of the Regimental Ranks, with biographical notices and summaries of their war services. Illustrated with plates. Second Edition.

Lot 198

Pausanias (Nicolas Gedoyn) Pausanias ou Voyage Historique de la Grece

Published: Aux depens de la Compagnie, Amsterdam, 1733

Estimate: $800/1,000

Pausanias' text records contemporary interpretations of monuments and traditions, and is concerned with the identity and history of Greece, issues that were crucial concerns for Greeks under Roman rule. Pausanias' treatment of geography and his descriptions of landscapes, cities and artworks are considered in detail, and there is also a study of his methods as a historian.

Lot 201

The first edition probable second state binding with the top edge unstained. This autobiographical work contains many anecdotes of Lewis's literary contemporaries such as James Joyce, W.H. Auden, Noel Coward - and of South African interest, Roy Campbell. A near fine unmarked copy in a near fine slightly spine darkened dustwrapper. (Morrow A26; 2000 copies printed, less than 1000 in binding 2) 

Lewis (Wyndham) Blasting and Bombardiering Published: Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1937 Estimate: $200/300 is an online auction site dedicated to the sale of rare and out-of print books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography.

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181-Dupas copy.jpgNew York— An auction of Rare & Important Travel Posters at Swann Galleries on Thursday, October 26 promises vicarious thrills and worldwide destinations, teeming with the work of renowned graphic artists such as Roger Broders, Adolpe Mouron Cassandre and Jean Dupas.

The sale is especially remarkable for its dazzling selection of Art Deco works, embodying the Golden Age of luxury travel. The style is epitomized by Jean Dupas’s commission for the newly-formed London Passenger Transport Board, in which he envisions the city as an elysian wonderland; two landscape works from 1930—Thence to Hyde Park… and Where is this bower beside the silver Thames?—are each valued at $15,000 to $20,000. All of the six posters Dupas designed for the Underground are present in the sale, with the four 1933 works carrying an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000 each.

Brightly-colored Deco depictions of European getaways by Pierre Commarmond are led by La Route des Pyrénées, circa 1925, and Villers sur Mer / La Plage des Enfants, circa 1935, one of the few works by the artists to depict people enjoying the advertised locale, each with an estimate of $1,000 to $1,500.

A fleet of scarce and colorful works by poster visionary Roger Broders is led by Marseille / Porte de l’Afrique du Nord, 1929 ($5,000 to $7,500). The iconic Sainte -Maxime, 1929, and Monaco Monte - Carlo, circa 1920, are each valued at $4,000 to $6,000.

The sale features a veritable timeline of aviation history, with early works that capture the feverish fascination with the miracle of flight. Posters advertising fairs and events at which, for the first time in their lives, visitors might see a person fly through the air, such as Grande Semaine d’Aviation Rouen, 1910, by Georges Villa, conflating the human body and flying machine with a winged woman swooping around the city’s famous cathedral ($2,000 to $3,000). Charles Rambert created another work for the same aviation meeting in Rouen, showing a pilot soaring past a cathedral as gargoyles and saints on the spire recoil in horror ($6,000 to $9,000).

Dramatic ocean liner posters include James Scrimgeour Mann’s White Star Line / R.M.S. Olympic & Titanic, circa 1911, rare rendition of the famous sister ships, likely executed before their launch, with an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000. Also available is Adolphe Mouron Cassandre’s monolithic image of Normandie / Maiden Voyage, 1935, as well as SS. “Côte d’Azur,” 1931 ($15,000 to $20,000 and $10,000 to $15,000, respectively). A poster for the Hamburg America Line, Around the World via Panama Canal, advertises a cruise on the SS Cleveland that began in New York in January 1915. Because the canal had opened in August 1914, this was likely one of the earliest posters to promote it as a route for passengers ($1,200 to $1,800).

Early posters advertising train travel to New York City showcase landmark rail terminals, such as Ivar Gull’s Pennsylvania Railroad / The Gateway to America, 1929, making its auction debut with an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000. Across town is Earl Horter’s view of Grand Central Terminal / New York Central Lines, 1927, showing the iconic grand concourse in a new, unfamiliar light, with people driving cars along the promenades in the station ($5,000 to $7,500).

Of special note is By the North Shore Line, a 1923 advertisement for the Chicago Rapid Transit Company by Ervine Metzl, described by Nicholas D. Lowry, Director of Vintage Posters at Swann Galleries, as “arguably the most progressive American poster artist of his time.” The present work shows a fish about to be caught, and is part of a series intended to demonstrate various activities available along the route of the train. The poster makes its auction debut with an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000.

A premier selection of work by Edward McKnight Kauffer features rare examples of his Vorticist period, including a rare 1922 advertisement for London History at the London Museum, starring the Great Fire of 1666, as well as a promotion for the London Museum of Practical Geology, 1921 ($2,000 to $3,000 and $1,5000 to $2,000, respectively).

The southern hemisphere features prominently among popular destinations, with India and Australia each luring travelers with bright colors and endemic creatures, namely koalas and elephants.

The complete catalogue with bidding information is available at Additional highlights can be found here.

Image: Lot 181: Jean Dupas, Where is this bower beside the silver Thames?, 1930. Estimate $15,000 to $20,000.

Screen Shot 2017-09-28 at 9.37.00 AM.pngParis, October 2017--One of the main events in the sale catalogue of Books and Manuscripts on 30 October is the rediscovery of one of the five very rare examples of the first edition on Japanese paper of Du côté de chez Swann (Swann’s Way) by Marcel Proust (estimate: €400,000/600,000).

These five legendary examples are the Proustian Holy Grail. The four other known copies belonged to Lucien Daudet, Gaston Calmette (the dedicatee of Swann), Jean Béraud and Jacques de Lacretelle (plundered during the war and never reappeared). This fifth copy is a genuine rediscovery: its last public appearance was in 1942 in a sale at Drouot, where it was bought by the bibliophile Roland Saucier, manager of the Gallimard bookshop on Boulevard Raspail. He kept it until his death.

It first belonged to Louis Brun, as witnessed by this fine autograph envoi:

"A Monsieur Louis Brun

Ce livre qui passé à la N[ouve]lle

Revue française n’a pas

oublié son amitié première

pour Grasset

Affectueux souvenir

Marcel Proust"

(To Mr. Louis Brun: this book, which is moving over to the Nouvelle Revue Française, has not forgotten its first friendship for Grasset. With affectionate memories, Marcel Proust)

Eminence grise to Bernard Grasset, and general secretary of the eponymous publishing house, Louis Brun was in charge of publications. He added several letters and manuscripts received from Proust to his copy.

From Grasset to Gallimard: the envoi encapsulates the publishing adventures of La Recherche (In Search of Lost Time). For Marcel Proust was rejected several times before the right person turned up in the shape of Bernard Grasset, who agreed to publish the novel at the authors' expense. Proust also had to finance its promotion. Du côté de chez Swann, finally published on 8 November 1913, reached the bookshops on 14 November. Although it had got off to a bad start, the book was a huge success for its persevering author. Taking advantage of editorial delays, Gaston Gallimard, André Gide, Jacques Rivière and the entire Nouvelle Revue Française team launched an irresistible charm offensive to persuade Proust to join their ranks. Their efforts paid off during the spring of 1916-this was probably the point at which Proust inscribes the copy to Louis Brun, as he refers to his move from Grasset to the N.R.F.

Apart from the envoi, the book comes with several autograph documents: two manuscripts of articles to be published in the Figaro, promoting Swann's release, and six letters-one to Bernard Grasset and five to Louis Brun-describing his strategy for the promotion of Swann in the press. Louis Brun had them bound at the end of his volume, and they provide valuable evidence of the author's ‘marketing’ methods, with Proust himself writing his publicity articles.

Today, seventy-five years after its last public appearance, this precious book is poised to enter the library of another great collector. 

A separate catalogue is devoted to this extraordinary copy, with a preface by Jean-Yves Tadié. This copy is the third of the four still in circulation to be sold by Sotheby’s; the most recent was the one belonging to Lucien Daudet, which fetched €600,000 in 2013.

LOT 27 copy 2.jpgPhiladelphia, PA - Noting the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the sale opens with an exceptional group of Pre-revolutionary Russian masterworks, including an Imperial presentation ring by Michael Perkhin for Faberge (Lot 21 Est. $80,000-120,000), an exceptional cloisonne enamel box by Feodor Ruckert (Lot 8 Est. $30,000-50,000), and a rare silver presentation cup in the form of a cockerel by Alexander Sokolov (Lot 9 Est. 30,000-50,000).

Wrapping up the Russian section are two important historical collections documenting the last days of the Russian Imperial Family at Ekaterinburg. Never before seen in the United States, The Lintern Archive (Lot 26, 30,000-50,000) comprises a rare Romanov family photographic album which likely belonged to Pierre Gilliard, tutor to the Imperial children. The album contains 66 photographs, many never before seen, and is sold with an historical letter documenting early efforts to recover the remains of the Romanovs in the forests of Ekaterinburg. The collection was discovered on the UK Antiques Roadshow earlier this year. The second collection, The Storojev Legacy, (Lot 27 Est. 30,000-50,000) comprises the theological library of Father Ivan Storojev, who was the officiant at the last religious services attended by the Imperial family. Included in the collection are the pectoral and blessing crosses used at the final service, and his heavily annotated missal which records his involvement. The Romanov family are now saints in the Orthodox Church.

This curated sale of 120 lots has something for everyone, from seasoned collectors to newcomers interested in taking advantage of the exceptional diversity and reasonable estimates


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image.jpgNew York−The September 26 sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts including Exploration and Travel achieved US$1,377,250 and the top lot of the sale was The Christopher Columbus Letter on the Discovery of America, which realized $751,500, a world auction record for a Christopher Columbus letter.

About The Columbus Letter: The Columbus Letter on the discovery of America, the Menzies copy described by Joseph Sabin in 1876, is of the greatest rarity. According to American Book Prices Current only four copies of this Basel edition sold at auction in the past 80 years. Of Plannck's Rome, 1493 edition, the only other obtainable edition, only three copies sold in the past 80 years. For the first edition published in Barcelona in 1493 and the first illustrated edition published in Basel 1493 only a single copy of each edition is recorded in institutional hands.

Second illustrated edition. "The 'Columbus Letter,' as it is commonly called, described at first hand what is undoubtedly the most momentous of all voyages of discovery. The existence of an American continent was now made common knowledge and history was reoriented. An immense impetus was given to the rise of capitalism, both the exploitation of the riches of America and by providing a new outlet for European trade. The center of political and economic power was shifted from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic seaboard, resulting in the great westward migration from the old world to the new" (PMM).

"Christopher Columbus's 1493 announcement of the success of his voyage westward across the Atlantic Ocean quickly became one of the earliest 'best sellers' of European publishing. No less than eleven editions were published in 1493! They were issued across western Europe, in Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Six more editions were published in 1494-97. They are however all quite rare today; several of the editions survive in only a single copy; in total there are no more than 80 extant copies of all the editions" (Osher Map Library).

This important edition is made all the more significant through the combination of text and woodcut illustrations attributed to a Swiss artist. The very same blocks used to illustrate the first Basel edition of 1493, which is known in only one complete copy, now at the New York Public Library, were used to make these impressions. The five woodcut illustrations of the Columbus letter are: 1. A depiction of Columbus landing in a small boat, from a galleon in the foreground, on the island of "Insula Hyspana." Groups of natives stand on the shore. 2. The first map depicting a part of America illustrates Columbus's ships among the West Indian islands of Fernanda, Hyspana, Ysabella, Saluatorie, and Conceptionis Maria. 3. The building of a fort along the coast, "Insula hyspana" in the background. 4.The crowned arms of Spain. 5. Columbus's galleon, "Oceanica Classis," in full sail. 6. A portrait of Ferdinand II of Aragon appears on the title page of the first text.

The beginning of the Columbus letter, addressed to Gabriel Sanchez, Treasurer General of the kingdom of Aragon and translated from Spanish into Latin by Leandro di Cosco reads: "The Discovered Islands. Letter of Christopher Columbus, to whom our age owes much, concerning the islands recently discovered in the Indian sea. For the search of which, eight months before, he was sent under the auspices and the cost of the most invincible Ferdinand, king of Spain." The letter is preceded by a drama by Carolus Verardus celebrating the capture of Granada, during the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella, with signature bb missing. "In all other respects it is a most superior copy and a volume of extreme rarity" (Sabin in his 1876 description of this copy). The account of the most famous voyages ever undertaken is one of the greatest high points of book collecting that can be obtained. BMC III,794; BSB-Ink V-77; Church 8; Goff V-125; GW M49579; HC 15942; Sabin 98923; See PMM 35 (first edition, Barcelona, 1493, known in only one copy at the New York Public Library); Wilberforce Eames, The Letter of Columbus on the Discovery of America. New York, 1892. See Osher Map Library, "The Diffusion of Columbus's Letter through Europe, 1493-1497 (online); "Treasures of the New York Public Library" (online); Herbert Reichner, Philobiblion, "Boise Penrose" volume 4, 1931, p 379-384.


Elv copy.jpgDALLAS, Texas - A stunning array of pin-ups will be featured among the most coveted lots in Heritage Auctions’ Illustration Art Auction Oct. 13 in Dallas, Texas. Gil Elvgren’s 1947 Vision of Beauty (est. $100,000-150,000) is one of the very rare nude oil compositions by Elvgren, one of the most prolific pin-up artists in American Illustration Art history, the creator of more than 500 paintings of beautiful women who was revered by later pin-up artists as an unquestioned master of the genre.

Patrick Nagel’s 1985 Bold (est. $60,000-80,000) was consigned by one of his original gallerists. Because he only painted on stretched canvas for less than three years, Nagel’s paintings on stretched canvas are particularly rare.

Gil Elvgren’s 1946 We Had a Little Falling Out (est. $30,000-50,000) is a fresh-to-the-market find with exceptional provenance, having resided with the same family for about 60 years. The painting, which was reproduced as “figure 176” in Gil Elvgren All His Glamorous American Pin-Ups, by Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel, shows a woman straddling a capsized (upside down) canoe in shallow water, with water dripping from her hair and the shirt she is wringing out in her hands, indicating that she was in the canoe when it flipped. The original advertisement said, “Be careful on July the fourth. It pays to stop and think. Don’t play with firecrackers or you’ll end up in the drink.”

Hugh Joseph Ward’s 1942 Undercover Man, Private Detective magazine cover (est. $25,000-30,000) is an exceptional piece from the pulp genre - fiction magazines that started being published in 1896 and survived until the 1950s. His cover art - including this example - frequently included a beautiful woman (often modeled by his wife) fleeing from some kind of monster, or as is the case here, some sinister thug.

Patrick Nagel’s 1982 Susan (est. $20,000-30,000) was given by Nagel to the model who posed for this image nearly 35 years ago. Nagel is known best for his illustrations for Playboy magazine and for the artwork he did for pop group Duran Duran, for whom he designed the cover of the best-selling album Rio. Nagel’s trademark 1980s style can be traced back to early 20th-century graphic and art deco design.

Other top lots are expected to include, but are not limited to:

·         Howard A. Terpning’s Desert Storm (est. $15,000-25,000)

·         Robert McGinnis’ 2002 Casino Royale, original DVD illustration (est. $15,000-25,000)

·         Howard A. Terpning’s Cliff Hanger (est. $8,000-12,000)

·         Charles Samuel Addams’ 1884 We’ll Feel Right At Home. The Travel Guide Says There Are Bats in the Belfry (est. $8,000-12,000)

·         Arthur Burdett Frost’s Mulvaney’s Muley Cow, Harper’s Weekly cartoon est. $8,000-12,000)

·         Norman Saunders’ 1950 Glitter Street Nightmare, Black Mask magazine cover (est. $8,000-12,000)

·         Gil Elvgren’s We Had A Little Falling Out Preliminary (est. $2,000-3,000)

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Screen Shot 2017-09-27 at 9.50.10 AM.pngLondon--Incandescent star of stage and screen, Vivien Leigh’s power to fill theatres and auditoriums with her magnetic performances was indisputable; today at Sotheby’s in London, a half-century later, her appeal remained undiminished as collectors turned out in their droves to witness and take part in the sale of her personal collection. Over 1,400 participants from 52 countries drove the auction total to £2,243,867 ($3,031,016), over five times the pre-sale estimate.

Over the course of four days, some 4,000 people flocked to Sotheby’s to view first-hand paintings, furnishings, jewellery, couture, silver, books and further items celebrating all aspects of Vivien’s life. In a saleroom filled to capacity, all of the 321 lots offered found a buyer as lot after lot soared above estimate.

Commenting on today’s results, Harry Dalmeny, Sotheby’s UK Chairman, said: “On screen, Vivien delivered two of the most iconic lines of the century in her roles as Scarlett O’Hara and Blanche DuBois, performances that are indelibly ingrained in cinematic history. Today’s stupendous result makes abundantly clear that our fascination with this extraordinary woman shows no sign of abating. Bringing this collection to auction has been a journey of discovery, and with all the fresh research into her life, it’s been wonderful to reveal that Vivien was far more intelligent, witty and driven than most people realised. Her fans and the wider public have responded in kind.”

Vivien Leigh’s family commented: “Being able to share our grandmother’s legacy through her collection has ensured that her memory continues to live on. It’s been incredibly exciting finding out more and more about how Vivien lived her life, her love of art and books and old English houses, and the way she decorated her homes. We felt the time was right to share these personal objects with the world and just hope the successful bidders will enjoy these pieces as much as we all have.”


A present from Sir Winston Churchill to Vivien Leigh - this still-life of roses painted by the politician in the 1930s reveals the little-known story of their friendship. Study of Roses was sent to Vivien shortly after her visit to Chartwell, Churchill’s country home, in August 1951. It hung in her bedroom for the rest of her life: ‘Whenever I feel particularly low or depressed I look at those three rosebuds. The thought and the friendship in the painting is such a great encouragement to me…and I have the determination to go on’.

Estimate £70,000-100,000; Sold for £638,750

Vivien’s Smythson appointment diary dating from 10 January 1937 to 25 November 1939. The diary gives a unique insight into Vivien’s personal and professional life at the time she was catapulted to fame in her mid-twenties and first fell in love with Olivier. It lists hundreds of appointments as well as tantalising entries linked to Gone with the Wind.

Estimate £2,000-3,000; Sold for £15,000

Vivien Leigh’s personal copy of Gone with the Wind, given to her by the author Margaret Mitchell. The author gave Vivien this book when the two women met in Atlanta, Georgia, during preparations for the world premiere of the film. Vivien wrote to Mitchell on 14 December 1939 thanking her for the book and asking her to inscribe it for her. Mitchell stopped inscribing copies of Gone with the Wind several years earlier but, by way of compromise, Mitchell enclosed with her letter a loose leaf with four lines of verse taken from Robert W. Service's poem 'The Revelation', inscribed to Vivien, which Vivien placed in her book.

Estimate £5,000-7,000; Sold for £50,000

Gone with the Wind, final shooting script, presented to Vivien Leigh by David Selznick, the film’s producer. Copies of the screenplay, all inscribed by the producer, were given as Christmas presents, just a few days after the film's premiere in Georgia on 15 December 1939. Most copies were bound in half-morocco but this is one of a few copies, presumably to especially favoured recipients, that is fully leather bound.

Estimate £10,000-15,000; Sold for £58,750

The wig worn by Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois in the film 'A Streetcar Named Desire', inscribed with her name.  Made by Stanley Hall for Wig Creations and possibly after a design by Lucinda Ballard, who was Oscar® nominated for her costume design in the film. Larry, writing to Stanley Hall on 10 August 1950, requested a wig for the character to be sent to Vivien in California, specifying the ‘parting to be central, but the character of the dressing…to be untidy, unkempt, poor and tatty.’ This untidiness was a deliberate decision to reflect the ‘nervous worn out character’ of Blanche, with Hall and Leigh favouring a thin, dull coloured wig.

Estimate £400-600; Sold for £7,500

An inscribed silver goblet by Georg Jensen - a wedding gift from Katharine Hepburn. Hepburn was Vivien’s maid-of-honour at Vivien and Larry’s marriage ceremony which took place on 31 August 1940 at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California.

Estimate £8,000-12,000; Sold for £12,500

A silver cigarette box, engraved with ‘Vivien and Larry Love Myron [Myron Selznick]’, a gift from the man credited with securing Vivien with the role of Scarlett O’Hara. Myron Selznick, Larry’s American agent and David’s brother, had bought the rights to produce Gone with the Wind. Despite spending $50,000 in the quest for his Scarlett, David was desperate to find the new girl the public wanted to fit the heroine as described in the novel: striking green eyes, slanted brows, black hair, magnolia white skin and an arresting face. Late in December 1938, when filming had started, Myron engineered the meeting between David and Vivien during the dramatic burning of Atlanta scenes.

Estimate £400-600; Sold for £10,000

Study for Portrait of Vivien Leigh by Augustus John, red chalk on paper. Larry commissioned a painting of Vivien by Augustus John in 1942. Vivien had around three to five sittings, and whilst the painting was never finished, allegedly because Larry thought that the artist had become too infatuated with his subject, John also did a number of drawings of Vivien, of which this work in red chalk is one.

Estimate £5,000-7,000; Sold for £18,750

A watercolour by Roger Kemble Furse of Vivien Leigh Reading with Tissy, a black-and-white stray adopted by Vivien in the mid-1930s.

Estimate £1,000-1,500; Sold for £62,500

Vivien’s Charm bracelet, 1940s

Two of the charms in this highly personal bracelet commemorate some of the most memorable achievements of Vivien’s career. Her performance in Gone with the Wind (1939) is commemorated by a charm designed as the novel by Margaret Mitchell from which the film was adapted, the interior pages revealing both her name and that of her character, Scarlett O’Hara.  Similarly, the oval locket contains a recreation by Vivien of a painting of the famous entertainer and muse Emma, Lady Hamilton by George Romney. Vivien starred as Lady Hamilton in the 1941 film opposite Laurence Oliver, who played Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson.

Estimate £1,000-1,500; Sold for £33,750

The Xmas 1940 Wristwatch, 1940

This watch is likely to have been a gift from Larry to Vivien for Christmas 1940, marking their first Christmas together as a married couple. The exuberance of the inscription to the reverse, in Olivier’s own handwriting, speaks volumes of his joy at finally being married to his ‘Darling’. Vivien clearly loved the watch, as she was often photographed wearing it at numerous points throughout her life, in private and public.

Estimate £800-1,200; Sold for £25,000

The ‘Eternally’ Ring, 1940s

This token of love between Vivien and Larry is inscribed to the interior Laurence Olivier Vivien Eternally, in Olivier’s own handwriting.

Estimate £400-600; Sold for £37,500

The Streetcar Named Desire Jewel Case

Probably a gift to Vivien on the 12 October 1949, the opening night of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Aldwych Theatre, London. The theatrical production of Tennessee Williams’ play was directed by Olivier, whom was possibly the giver of this present.

Estimate £800-1,200; Sold for £11,250

Two albums of photographs of Vivien’s early life, including studio portraits of Vivien as a baby and young child, photos of Vivien as a child in Calcutta, and school photos from Roehampton, the convent school in England which she joined in 1920 at the age of six.

Estimate £300-500; Sold for £3,500

A large collection of photographs of Vivien and Larry in various film and theatre productions, including Vivien in A Yank at Oxford (1938), Caesar and Cleopatra (1945), with Larry in The Sleeping Prince, in The Doctor’s Dilemma, Ship of Fools and a small number of Vivien as Blanche DuBois and one as Scarlett O’Hara, as well as four portraits by Angus McBean.

Estimate £800-1,200; Sold for £9,375

11-Thomson.jpgNew York—On Thursday, October 19, Swann Galleries will offer Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks, an auction celebrating the narrative qualities of vernacular and fine art photography. Just over 400 lots range from early experimental works to contemporary objets d’art.

The top lot of the sale is a scarce 1960s print of Ansel Adams's monumental Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, valued at $80,000 to $100,000. It is extremely rare to find this photograph, originally taken in 1941, printed before the 1970s.

Early highlights include an extraordinarily scarce 1862-72 album of 67 photographs depicting South Asia and China credited to John Thomson, with an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. Also available is Volume 10 of Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian, 1915, with 74 photogravures documenting the Kwatiutl peoples ($10,000 to $15,000); and a set of 54 plates from Animal Locomotion, 1887, by Eadweard Muybridge, valued at $40,000 to $60,000.

Much of the sale is devoted to twentieth-century art and documentary pieces by American photographers, with works by Margaret Bourke-White, Imogen Cunningham and Harold Edgerton. Highlights include Shop, Le Bacares, Pyrénées, France, 1951, by Paul Strand, valued at $25,000 to $35,000, and Irving Penn’s Les Garçons Bouchers, 1950-51, with an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. 

Midcentury counterculture is alive and well with Robert Frank’s gritty Fishkill, N.Y. (Newburgh), 1955, printed circa 1969, and Diane Arbus's Teenage Couple on Hudson Street, N.Y.C, 1963, each valued at $15,000 to $25,000. The dramatic silver print Dancers, 1956, by Roy DeCarava, printed 1981, is expected to sell between $15,000 and $25,000.

Vernacular works have become a hallmark of Swann photographs auctions: this sale includes a vast array of daguerreotype and tintype portraits from the nineteenth century, and a collection of more than 2,000 mugshots from Arizona dated 1918 to 1928 ($7,000 to $10,000). Also available are dye transfer prints of mid-century food spreads, and an American ice cream archive with 350 photographs.

An encyclopedic selection of portfolios and photobooks includes the complete BAM Portfolio, with 11 photographs by major artists including Richard Avedon, Nan Goldin, Annie Liebovitz, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman and William Wegman, 1993-2000, printed 2000, valued at $20,000 to $30,000. The limited first edition of Mr. Knife, Miss Fork, 1931, with 19 black and white photograms by Max Ernst, carries an estimate of $5,000 to $7,500. Also available is a self-titled portfolio by Brassaï of ten iconic silver prints of Paris, 1932-51, printed 1973 ($20,000 to $30,000).

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35. For further information and to make arrangements to bid, visit

Additional highlights can be found here.

Image: Lot 11: John Thomson, album with 67 albumen prints of South Asia and China, 1862-72. Estimate $40,000 to $60,000.

7274-03.jpgNational Book Auctions's September 23, 2017 sale featured a broad range of rare and antique books and ephemera.

One standout offering was the four-volume "Historical Records of the Survey of India" published in 1945, which brought $1,312 against a high estimate of $700. This was one of several important titles from the personal library of James Hurley, a former Vice Consul at the United States Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, and most notably a member of the 1960 International Saltoro Expedition which made the first attempt on the unclimbed K12 Peak, the 24,370-foot mountain in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas near the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. Their expedition was sponsored by the Royal Society and the Royal Geographic Society and Hurley was trained in the elements of climbing by the famous explorer Eric Shipton, who made the first reconnaissance visit to K12 in 1957. Aside from the historic ascent attempt, Hurley's objective in the region was an ethnographic study of the Epic of King Gesar. Many more volumes from the Hurley collection will be offered in National Book Auctions's next sale on October 7, 2017.

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ab1f28ee-9fb5-44d7-9112-8839d3ae2abe.jpgPHILADELPHIA, PA — Literary enthusiasts and avid collectors of first editions need not look hard to find items worth seeking in Freeman's forthcoming Sept. 28th Books, Maps & Manuscripts sale. Leading the literature section of the sale is a first edition, first issue copy of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, or There and Back, published in London in 1937 by George Allen & Unwin (Lot 244). With its first state dust jacket (containing the notable misprint "Dodgeson" for "Dodgson), seven full-page illustrations and map endpapers, this near-fine copy is expected to elicit strong participation from interested parties. Complementing Tolkien's fantastical classic is a complete, attractive set of A.A. Milne's Christopher Robin Books (Lot 250). The set comprises first trade editions of When We Were Very Young (1924), Winnie-The-Pooh (1926), Now We are Six (1927) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928), each retaining its original gilt-pictorial and gilt-paneled colored cloth and intact dust jackets. The individual volumes are embellished with compelling decorations by E.H. Shepard, and Winnie The-Pooh has additional pictorial endpapers depicting a bird's-eye-view of the "100 Akre Wood." Other notable first editions in the sale include: Lot 234, James Joyce's, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. (New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1916) and Lot 208, a five-volume set of Charles Dickens's Christmas Books, which includes a first edition, third issue of Dickens's beloved classic, A Christmas Carol. Freeman's Books, Maps, and Manuscripts Auction will take place at 10am on September 28, 2017 at 1808 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA. Exhibition will be open Sunday, September 24 at 12pm-5pm, and Monday, September 25 through Wednesday, September 27: 10am-5pm. 


9ace19f5772220f5088d14987d1c1dc711b9dd57 copy.jpgBOSTON, MA - Prince's personal notebook with an extensive handwritten working script for the film Under the Cherry Moon is among more than 200 items that will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction.  

The Mead college-ruled notebook contains fifteen single-sided pages of Prince's handwritten working script for the film. In the middle of the notebook there are two consecutive pages with messages written by Susannah Melvoin in red colored pencil, with large happy and sad faces drawn in the center. These are soon followed by the fifteen pages of Prince's working screenplay for Under the Cherry Moon, written by him in pencil; several pages are annotated by Prince in purple pencil, with notes indicating scenes and page numbers. 

The dialogue begins with a line from "Tricky," "I like 'em nice 2, u know that certain special way." Mary replies, "Special. What do u mean?" Tricky: "U should know, Mary. That's what u are." Prince then writes some stage directions: "Mary smiles. She likes Tricky." The dialogue continues with a line from Mary: "Have u ever been 2 Maxim's?" Tricky: "Oh yes, honey Chris & I, we…No." Mary: "Tomorrow night at 8. We'll see how well u adapt 2 the finer side of life. (Just then Chris comes up & takes Mary's hand)." Chris: "We'll be there. (beat) May I?" 

It is interesting to note that this scene plays out in the film in essentially the same manner envisioned here, with one exception: the name of the restaurant is changed from "Maxim's" to 'Le Pavillon.' The next page has a scene that takes place slightly later in the film and features some memorable dialogue. Tricky says, "Man that was a dog thing 2 do. You mean she set u up 2 bust into her old man's private business?" Christopher replies, "She don't know what's good enough 4 Isaac Sharon is even better 4 me." Tricky: "She's bad, cuzzin." Christopher: "She's tricky, Tricky." Tricky: "But she ain't as smart as us." Christopher: "She's smarter. But she ain't got no street. U know I wish there was some way 2 bring her down 2 our world then she could experience the real fun." Tricky: "Gimme a dark room & a Johnny Mathis album and I'll show her the real fun." In the film this conversation differs slightly, with "Johnny Mathis" swapped out for 'Sam Cooke.' 

A few pages later is the famous 'Wrecka Stow' scene in the restaurant. Prince sets up the joke: "(He begins 2 write on a napkin) 'It's obvious Little Miss Mary has never been off the city block.' He shows the napkin 2 Mary. There are 2 words—Wrecka Stow." Mary: "What is that? Some new language?" Christopher: "Read it. Do u know what it is?" After some back-and-forth, Mary says, "Wrecka Stow. Wrecka Stow. It's nothing. Admit it. (Tricky is laughing harder now. People are starting 2 stare)." Christopher: "Surely you must know. Again. This time say it louder." Mary: "Wrecka Stow! Wrecka Stow!" Chris: "Louder!" Mary: "(very loudly) WRECKA STOW! I give up. What is it?" Christopher: "If u wanted 2 buy a Johnny Mathis album where would u go?" Mary: "(very embarrased) The Wrecka Stow." As in the previous dialogue, "Johnny Mathis" is changed to 'Sam Cooke' in the film. 

Their conversation continues with a few similar jokes before transitioning into the sole musical performance of Under the Cherry Moon, a restaurant-crashing rendition of 'Girls & Boys.' Tricky: "Wait, wait I got one. (He writes FLO on the napkin). Mary: "(spells it out) F, L, O. It not a nickname 4 your cousin Florence is it?" Tricky: "No, cuzzin! (He rises from the table and does a spin Jackie Wilson would be proud of and drops into a full split. The kids in the restaurant are amazed and he slides up smooth.)" Tricky: "When I be dancin' I split rat down 2 da FLO!" Prince continues to describe the scene: "Again they laugh. Loudly. The M'tre 'd runs 2 the tele. The waiters begin the nightly ritual of moving the tables back so that people can dance. Christopher smiles at Tricky who asks Mary 2 dance. Christopher runs 2 the bandstand and asks the piano player if he can sit in. He obliges and Christopher immediately raises the tempo. Christopher: 'Bb fellas. Girls and Boys.' The groove gets right after a second or 2 and the place starts jumping. Christopher signals Tricky who grabs the boom box and runs 2 the stage. He puts a microphone on the deck. 'Girls and Boys' the song blasts loudly into the air. Tricky starts dancing on the stage. Everyone cheers and parties harder. Just then Mr. Sharon and his aides burst into the restaurant." Mary is removed from the restaurant by her father, and the scene ends—as does this notebook. In very good to fine condition, with moderate wear to covers; interior pages remain crisp and clean. 

From the collection of singer-songwriter Susannah Melvoin, an extended member of the Revolution during the Parade era, who shared a longterm working musical relationship with and was engaged to Prince during the 80s. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Melvoin. 

For the most part, it seems that few changes were made between the dialogue as written here and in the final film—some short sequences were omitted, and some words were changed here and there, but in general this draft matches what became the final script for Under the Cherry Moon. Listen to Susannah Melvoin discuss this handwritten script in her interview on the Rare and Remarkable! Podcast.

“It is rare to have so much of Prince's handwriting in a single item, and outstanding to see the evolution of his creative thought process as it was committed to paper,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.  “His sense of humor shines in this script, and that it so closely resembles the final product makes it all the more remarkable.”

Among other items to be featured: 

Prince's handwritten musical enhancements notes for the 1984 film Purple Rain.

Prince's bright yellow custom-made high-heeled shoes.

Prince 'Mountains’ Handwritten Chorus Music Sheet Lyrics and Album.

Prince's 1980 Rick James Tour All Access Pass.

The Prince Auction from RR Auction began on September 14 and will conclude on  September 27.  More details can be found online at


Paris - Sotheby’s, on October 10th, in Paris, in association with Binoche & Giquello, will auction off a new chapter of the remarkable library of R. & B. L. The sale will take place in the Galerie Charpentier under the hammers of both auction houses. On this occasion, the expert Dominique Courvoisier will team up with the specialists of Sotheby's. 

This sixth part is devoted to the Romantic period. Its two catalogues comprise a large collection of illustrated books and posters by Daumier, Grandville and Gavarni, together with first editions, autographs and drawings of exceptional quality by authors including Balzac, Borel, Chateaubriand, Custine, Desbordes-Valmore, Dumas, Forneret, Hugo, Lamartine, Mérimée, Musset, Stendhal, Sand and Vigny.

Copies in these two collections are in extraordinarily fresh condition, in period bindings, often signed and some of them richly decorated. 

The originality and rarity of this library lies in the fact that different copies of the same text cohabitate in diverse period bindings, or by great binders of the early 20th century when bound later, with their illustrated covers. These copies, often cited in bibliographies, often bear prestigious provenances such as Laurent Meeûs, Henri Beraldi or Victor Mercier.


Central to this collection, Grandville is largely represented through his advertising, his animal drawings and 43 original dip pen drawings featured in an extraordinary, unique copy of the Aventures de Robinson Crusoë (estimate: €25,000/35,000).

Often decorated with gilt or polychrome plates, these copies are in exceptional condition, like one of the Métamorphoses du Jour (estimate: €15,000/20,000), the work that made Grandville's reputation, and that of Un Autre Monde (estimate: €20,000/30,000).



The collection features an impressive set of first editions, letters, autograph manuscripts as well as magnificent ink drawings in Victor Hugo's hand. 

The outstanding lot is an unpublished relic of Victor Hugo's love life, a manuscript compilation of notes addressed to his great love, Juliette Drouet, who followed him into exile. This Autograph Notebook dates from 1834, the first period of their relationship. In it, Hugo proclaimed his love to Juliette almost every day, so that she could read it before going to sleep (estimate: €70,000/90,000). 

Six magnificent original drawings of landscapes, seascapes and monuments include a striking Gibet de Montfaucon (estimate: €80,000/120,000). This horrific symbol of the Ancien Régime is described by Hugo, who was intensely opposed to capital punishment, in Notre Dame de Paris, as "that deep charnel house where so many human remains and so many crimes have rotted together". 


The collection includes several first editions by the author of the Comédie Humaine, in extremely rare period bindings, including a superb first edition of Mémoire de deux jeunes mariées stamped with the monogram of the EmpressMarie-Louise, Duchess of Parma (estimate: €12,000/15,000), and an exquisite copy of Vautrin containing a signed autograph envoi to the great Romantic actress Marie Dorval (estimate: €15,000/20,000). 

The most remarkable set of autographs are the celebrated Letters to Louise: precious private correspondence, described by his biographer as a real "romantic quest", to a woman whose identity Balzac never knew (estimate: €40,000/60,000).


The collection includes the first two plays by this prolific writer of drama and historical novels: Henri III et sa Cour and Trilogie sur la vie de Christine, offered to the famous tragic actress Mademoiselle George (estimate: €35,000/45,000) whose name is stamped in Gothic letters in the centre of an inlaid binding masterpiece by Thouvenin. It comes with three autograph letters, two of which by Alexandre Dumas.

Also worth noting is one of the finest known copies of the first edition of Les Trois Mousquetaires in a remarkably well-preserved period binding (estimate: €50,000/80,000).


Stendhal is represented by an extremely rare example of the very first run of Histoire de la Peinture en Italie containing a handsome envoi to Paul-Louis Courier, the famous pamphleteer whom the author much admired (estimate: €30,000/40,000). His two most famous novels also feature: Le Rouge et Le Noir (estimate: €30,000/50,000) and La Chartreuse de Parme (estimate: €30,000/50,000), both first editions in fine Romantic bindings, as well as a splendid set of autograph letters.


The two celebrated lovers are reunited in this collection through a group of first editions in contemporary bindings, some with envois, as well as drawings, letters and manuscripts, including Sand's astonishing critical study on Hugo and L’Année terrible (estimate: €7,000/10,000) and an amusing illustrated letter from Musset to his "godmother" in which he depicts himself bowing before her (estimate: €4,000/6,000).

Auction at Sotheby’s Paris -10 October 2017

Exhibition: 6-7-9 October 2017

Screen Shot 2017-09-20 at 11.39.35 AM.pngNEW YORK-Sotheby’s is pleased to offer a selection of important daguerreotypes from the renowned collection of Stanley B. Burns, MD in its bi-annual Photographs auction on 5 October 2017 in New York. Collected with passion and connoisseurship over the last four decades, this fine group of daguerreotypes provides a fascinating glimpse into mid-19th century life, from astonishing medical studies, occupational portraits, post-mortems, and architectural studies, to gold rush era landscapes and cityscapes. The collection will be on view to the public alongside the Photographs exhibition from 30 September - 4 October. 

Dr. Burns’s prized collection is especially rich in medical studies, including a haunting quarter-plate daguerreotype of a Physician with his Operative Kit (above, estimate $15/25,000), an exceptional quarter-plate daguerreotype of Dr. Charles Linnaeus Allen Studying Anatomy with Student (estimate $25/35,000), as well as a fascinating selection of Portraits of Persons with Physical Abnormalities (estimate $8/12,000). Rare gold-mining landscapes, such as Street Scene in Benicia, Solano County, California (estimate $30/50,000) and Chinese Gold Miners Posed with Nuggets, California (estimate $30/50,000) offer historical insight into the Gold Rush era in the American West. 

Fascinating Photographs from the Collection of Stanley B. Burns, MD

While the collection is primarily based on photographs by American artists, there are two outstanding works by French photographers, including a luminous quarter-plate daguerreotype depicting a Ceremony Commemorating the Abolition of Slavery in the French Empire, Martinique (estimate $50/70,000) and The Artist and His Wife: A Narrative Portrait (estimate $70/100,000), a rare six-plate narrative daguerreotype depicting the historical painter Pierre Louis Alexandre Abel Terral and his wife Catherine Célina Porion.

A practicing opthamologist and lifelong collector across many fields, Dr. Burns kick-started his passion for photography in the 1970s when he purchased his first medical daguerreotype. Since then, he has devoted his life to photographic history and has amassed an unrivalled collection of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, and paper prints. In 1977, he created the Burns Archive to share his unique discoveries and promote the history of photography to the world. Dr. Burns has authored more than 60 books and essays on the subject, all illustrated with works from his vast collection. His photographs have been the basis of dozens of exhibitions at prominent museum and universities, either through loan or donation, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the J. Paul Getty Museum. His collection and expertise have been instrumental tools of study for television and filmmakers; most recently he served as consultant for Steven Soderbergh’s HBO/Cinemax series The Knick.

338-Picasso.jpgNew York—Swann Auction Galleries opened the fall season with a marathon sale of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings, breaking multiple records and earning more than $2.6M. The Tuesday, September 19 auction offered 635 examples of fine and museum-quality works, many of them originals, to a crowded hall of bidders.

The top lot of the sale was a large black-and-white lithograph by Pablo Picasso of Françoise Gilot, titled Françoise sur fond gris, 1950, which sold after breakneck bidding to a buyer on the phone for $125,000. Of the 49 works by the master offered in the sale, 75% found buyers, for a total of $389,590. Additional highlights included the color linoleum cut Les Banderilles, 1959, and the aquatint Femme au fauteuil II: Dora Maar, 1939, each of which sold for $27,500. A run of Madoura ceramics by Picasso also performed well, led by the platter Mat Owl, 1955, at $11,250.

The sale featured a cavalcade of original and unique works by marquee artists, led by Elephant Spatiaux, a 1965 watercolor by Salvador Dalí in his signature style, at $60,000. Lyonel Feininger’s atmospheric watercolor Space, 1954, reached $47,500. A portrait in pencil by Diego Rivera of his friend Ralph Stackpole, probably based on an earlier photograph, exceeded its high estimate to sell for $40,000, while Paul Klee’s pencil-and-ink Durch Poseidon, 1940, reached $30,000. 

The sale broke several long-standing auction records for works by important artists. Henri Matisse’s etching Jeuene femme à la coiffure hollandaise, regardant des poissons, 1929, exceeded its previous record by nearly $15,000, selling at Swann for $22,500. A late cubistic color aquatint and etching by Georges Braque, Hommage à J.S. Bach, 1950, more than doubled its previous record at $11,875. Three records were set for works by Thomas Hart Benton, with additional records achieved for works by Yves Tanguy and Jacques Villon.

Todd Weyman, Director of Prints & Drawings at Swann Galleries, said of the sale, “The market continues to grow for both blue chip and niche works on paper, seen in yesterday’s bidding across the board. We are pleased that some of the most unique and important works, such as Picasso’s Françoise sur fond gris and Feininger’s Space found new homes with enthusiastic bidders.”

The next auction of Prints & Drawings at Swann Galleries will be held on November 2, 2017.

Image: Lot 338: Pablo Picasso, Françoise sur fond gris, lithograph, 1950. Sold September 19, 2017 for $125,000.

Lot 121 D.jpgPHILADELPHIA, PA—On Thursday, September 28, Freeman’s will host its Fall 2017 Books, Maps & Manuscripts auction. Though encompassing notable material from a range of collecting genres, the sale is highlighted by a fresh-to-the-market example of what is generally considered to have been the first American atlas: Charts of the Coast of America from Cape Breton to the Entrance of the Gulph of Mexico, published and sold by Matthew Clark and Osgood Carleton in Boston between 1789 and 1790. Tradition holds that this particular copy, which is comprised of sixteen of the original eighteen charts available for subscription, has been kept in the same private collection since 1880. It is one of but few extant bound sets of Clark’s charts: individual sheets are rare in themselves, seldom appearing at auction, and most complete copies of the atlas are only to be found in university archives or private libraries. This sale, therefore, represents a rare opportunity for collectors to acquire an important piece of early Americana and a key document in the country's cartographic history.  

The largest printed survey of the East Coast of North America at the time of its production, the atlas’s engraved, nautical charts depict territory from Cape Breton to the Gulf of Mexico. The maps were intended to be a set of working charts and consequently, rarely survived their use at sea, making this compilation exceedingly rare. Dedicated to the renowned Bostonian John Hancock, this volume is especially interesting because each chart bears cartographer Osgood Carleton's signature. The presence of multiple signatures indicates that this volume consists of charts that were individually sold, serially issued and later bound, thereby pre-dating the single-volume general atlases that that Clark and Carleton later sold and authenticated with just one signed notice. 

The atlas's subscriber-owner appears to be a certain "Elihu Morris," who floridly inscribed his name in brown ink under the word "Massachusetts" at the preface. He may be identified with many others known by this name in earlier periods, but a provisional identification might be made with the E. Morris specified in the will of William Morris of Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, NJ, dated 7 April, 1777. 

Alongside this important atlas, Freeman's will present other noteworthy Americana, including: a first edition engraved and hand-colored "Accurate Map of North and South Carolina, with their Indian Frontiers," by R. Sayer & J. Bennett, London, circa 1775 (Lot 126); a document dated December 22, 1834 and signed by William Barret Travis (1806-1836), an Alabama-born lawyer, who was a leader in the Texas Revolution and Joint Freeman's Books, Maps, and Manuscripts Auction will take place at 10am on September 28, 2017 at 1808 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA. The exhibition will be open Sunday, September 24 at 12pm-5pm, and Monday, September 25 through Wednesday, September 27: 10am- 5pm. 


260-Galileo.jpgNew York—Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books come to Swann Galleries on Tuesday, October 17. The wide-ranging auction of some 300 lots covers a plethora of topics and periods.

Setting the sale apart is a prodigious selection of early books relating to food and wine, with highlights including L’Humore Dialogo, Milan, 1564, a treatise by Bartolomeo Taegio on viticulture, valued at $4,000 to $6,000, as well as the first edition of Domenico Romoli’s La Singolare Dottrina…dell’Ufficio dello Scalco, Venice, 1560, a guidebook for hoteliers and chefs with a year’s worth of menus ($2,000 to $3,000). Also available is a first edition of the oldest known Spanish-language book on carving, a Latin translation of a third century work describing imaginary banquets full of scholarly conversation, and various cookbooks and instruction manuals.

The sale is led by a phalanx of important works from the scientific revolution, including the first edition of Thomas Salusbury’s Mathematical Collections, London, 1661, containing the first English translation of Galileo Galilei’s System of the World, in which he proved the validity of the Copernican heliocentric theory ($10,000 to $15,000). 

A guide to conduct for rulers by thirteenth-century Augustinian philosopher and theologian Aegidius Romanus, also known as Egidio Colonna, Archbishop of Bourges, titled Lo Libre del regiment del princeps, 1480, is present in the first edition published in Catalan in Barcelona—one of the earliest books printed in that language ($10,000 to $15,000).

From the Age of Exploration comes the complete first-edition set of nine volumes recounting Captain James Cook’s voyages to the Southern Hemisphere, the South Pole and the Pacific Ocean. These official accounts, containing numerous engravings of scenes encountered on the journey, were published in London from 1773 to 1784 ($10,000 to $15,000).

Also available is the first edition in the original Greek of Libri Novem, by Herodotus, published in Venice in 1502, previously in the possession of the Venetian Doge Mario Foscarini, with an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.

Medical highlights are led by Hippocrates’s Libri omnes, bound with Paul of Aegina’s Libri septem, both of which were published in Basel in 1538 ($4,000 to $6,000). Also available is the first edition of Ulisse Aldrovandi’s Monstrorum historia, Bologna, 1642, illustrated with more than 450 woodcuts depicting monsters, prodigies, portents, et cetera, as well as true medical accounts, such as the first description of a bladder exstrophy ($3,000 to $5,000). The first full-length medical book printed British North America, Nicholas Culpeper’s Pharmacopoeia Londinensis; or, The London Dispensatory, Boston, 1720, is valued at $6,000 to $9,000.

Maximos Planudes’s Anthologia Graeca Planudea, Florence, 1494, was the primary basis of the Greek Anthology in Europe for some 200 years after its publication; a first edition will be offered with an estimate of $5,000 to $10,000.

Manuscript material is led by a fourteenth-century copy on vellum of the allegorical treatise De Claustro animae, by Hugo de Folieto, using the cloister as a metaphor for the soul ($3,000 to $5,000).

An encyclopedic selection of Bibles is led by the Insel-Verlag limited-edition facsimile on vellum of the Gutenberg Bible in Latin, Leipzig, 1913-14, estimated at $8,000 to $12,000. Also available is Biblia sacra polyglotta, the first edition of the fourth, final and most accurate of the large-scale polyglot bibles of the sixteenth- and seventeenth centuries, a tour-de-force of typography and layout employing Greek, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic, Samaritan and Ethiopic fonts, printed in London from 1655-57, valued at $3,000 to $5,000.

The auction offers a substantial array of Greek and Roman classics from the Genevan presses of the Estienne dynasty of scholar-printers. These include Thucydides’s De bello Pelopponesiaco libri VIII, 1588, and the contemporary physician and historian Achilles Pirmin Gasser's annotated copy of Olympia, Pythia, Nemea, Isthmia, 1560, by Pindar et al. ($2,500 to $3,500 and $1,000 to $2,000, respectively).

A selection of treatises relating to architecture features Vincenzo Scamozzi’s L’Idea dell’Architettura Universale… Parte Prima, Venice, 1615; Ottavio Bertotti Scamozzi’s later volume, Le Fabbriche e i Disegni di Andrea Palladio, Vicenza, 1776-83; and Palladio’s own masterwork, I Quattro Libri di Architettura, Venice, 1581. Each of these titles is valued between $3,000 and $5,000.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35. For further information and to make arrangements to bid, visit

Image: Lot 260: Galileo Galilei, Galilæus . . . His Systeme of the World, in Thomas Salusbury's Mathematical Collections and Translations, first edition, London, 1661. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000. 

Auction date: Tuesday, October 17, at 1:30 pm

Exhibition dates: October 14, 12-5; October 16, 10-6; October 17, 10-12

DALLAS, Texas - The landmark political memorabilia collection of David and Janice Frent - widely regarded as the largest and most comprehensive collection of its kind ever assembled - will debut Oct. 21 at Heritage Auctions. This is the first of eight auctions dedicated to the collection with items spanning everything from buttons to banners, from George Washington up through recent elections. The collection has never been displayed publicly, but a number of items can be seen illustrating the important two-volume reference work Running for President, The Candidates and Their Images, edited by eminent historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.  and published by Simon & Schuster in 1994.

“Presenting this monumental collection at auction will be quite a challenge,” Heritage Director of Americana Auctions Tom Slater said. “I have presided over the auction sale of some of the greatest political collections including those of U.I. ‘Chick’ Harris and Merrill Berman. But the Frent Collection dwarfs even those legendary holdings. We anticipate a minimum of eight quarterly catalog auctions of 500-600 lots each, and those will just include the more important pieces in the collection. The Harris and Berman collections each realized over $2 million dollars at auction, and the Frent Collection will unquestionably achieve multiples of that amount.”

The collection was begun by the Frents when they were newlyweds nearly a half century ago, when they happened on a Mason jar containing some colorful turn-of-the-century political buttons including “Rough Rider” Theodore Roosevelt. Both already had an affinity for American history, and these tangible artifacts immediately caught their fancy. Little did they know that the chance discovery would ultimately result in a collection which has all but taken over the Frents’ spacious suburban home. “It’s hard to imagine living without the collection,” Janice said, “but over time the burden of being its custodians has grown harder to bear; it’s a great responsibility. Now we find ourselves looking forward to sharing these much-loved treasures with a new generation of collectors.”   

While the profusion of rare and unusual objects is astonishing, the uniformly high condition standards maintained by the collectors is also remarkable. 

“Over the years, prices of rare political items have risen to the point where many purchases amount to investment decisions,” Slater said. “When that occurs in a collecting field, condition becomes more and more important. But clearly this was a priority from day one for the Frents. That practice should pay real dividends for the sellers as we auction the collection. Many of the pieces are the finest we have ever seen, and that will not go unnoticed by bidders.” 

“We always tried to obtain the finest condition available,” David said, “and if we had the opportunity to upgrade, we always took it. We weren’t thinking in investment terms in those days. We just wanted the most appealing examples we could find.”

All items in the October auction are available for viewing and interactive bidding at For more information about the Frent Collection auctions, please contact Tom Slater at 214-409-1441 or

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Potter first copy.jpgDALLAS, Texas - A rare, first-edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone - one of just 500 original copies, of which 300 were destined for British libraries - set a world record when it sold for $81,250 during Heritage Auctions’ offering of rare books Sept. 14 in Dallas. Frenzied bidding pushed numerous lots well past their pre-auction estimates, propelling the total sales in the event to nearly $2 million.

“We are very pleased with the performance of Genre fiction in our auction, continuing on our earlier successes in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Mystery and Detective Literature,” Heritage Auctions Rare Books Director James Gannon said. “Heritage is extremely strong in presenting and marketing these books, and by now we have the attention of the rare book market and a large following of enthusiastic bidders.”

A swarm of bidders pursued the first edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone until it more than quadrupled its pre-auction estimate before finally hammering at $81,250. Presented as originally sold, without a dust jacket, the volume also set the world record for the highest price paid for an unsigned work of fiction published in the last 50 years.

“We have sold great Harry Potter titles - not to mention chairs - in the past, but we never really paid attention to such a thing as a world record,” Gannon said. “This recent copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone surpassed the earlier record of approximately $60,000 by more than 30 percent. It very well may be the highest price obtained at auction for any unsigned work of literature published in the past 50 years.”

A first edition of History of the Indian Tribes of North America by Thomas L. McKenney and James Hall climbed to $66,250. The work is now famous for its color plate portraits of the chiefs, warriors and squaws of the various tribes; the original paintings were destroyed in the Smithsonian fire of 1865, so their appearance in this work preserves the only known likeness of many of the most prominent Indian leaders of the early 19th century.

Another lot that far exceeded expectations was a John James Audubon [Robert Havell, engraver] Original Copper Printing Plate, and John James Audubon Brown Creeper, Certhia Familiaris, and California Nuthatch, Sitta Pygmea drew $62,500 - more than six times the pre-auction estimate. The Birds of America was published between 1827 and 1838 in London, after which many of the plates were sold for scrap or melted down. This plate is believed to be one of 78 still extant, from the original 397.

A 1919 first edition of T.S. Eliot’s Ara Vos Prec (The Ovid Press) is another lot that sparked furious competition among 13 bidders until it climbed all the way to $57,500 - more than 11 times its pre-auction estimate. One of just four presentation copies printed on Japan vellum, this copy is not numbered, and is inscribed by Eliot on the half-title: “for my mother / Charlotte C. Eliot / T.S. Eliot.”

“The crystal-clear provenance on the T.S. Eliot material helped these lots to far exceed their estimates,” Gannon said. “Coming directly from his family is really the very definition of ‘fresh to market’ and it is more accurate to say ‘never to market’ before.”

A 1929 first edition of Red Harvest, the first book written by Dashiell Hammett, was offered in its rare, original color-printed dust jacket, which was totally unrestored. Bidders pushed the auction price to $50,625. The lot was the premier offering from the KoKo Collection, the most substantial collection of mystery and detective literature ever offered by Heritage Auctions.

Other top lots included, but were not limited to:

·         Hartmann Schedel’s 1493 Liber cronicarum cum figuris et ymaginibus from The Nuremberg Chronicle: $50,000

·         A 1926 first edition of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises: $25,000

·         Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan of the Apes [In The All-Story, Vol. XXIV, No. 2]: $28,750

·         John James Audubon’s The Birds of America, From Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories: $28,750

·         A 1937 first edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Or There and Back Again: $28,750

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

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LH Map.jpgJ.T. Palmatary's rare birds-eye view of pre-fire Chicago sold just shy of $200,000 in Leslie Hindman Auctioneers' September 13 Fine Books and Manuscripts auction conducted in Chicago. It was printed in 1857 by Braunhold & Sonne and is one of four known copies. The three other copies are held by the Library of Congress, the Newberry Library and the Chicago History Museum. 

The example offered by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers was the only known obtainable copy of the map in private hands. Having sold to a collector in Chicago, it remains in private hands. 

"As the map is one of only four known copies, we're thrilled that it sold to a Chicago area collector," said Gretchen Hause, Director of Fine Books and Manuscripts at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

Palmatary is known for his aerial views of cities. The birds-eye view of Chicago was completed just one year after the Illinois Central Railroad was built, which appears in the foreground of the map. Another notable feature is an area called "The Sands," visible in the lower right-hand corner. Notorious in its time, the area was known for having a high concentration of brothels, gambling dens, saloons and inexpensive motels. In 1871, during the Great Chicago Fire, the Sands became a point of refuge for displaced Chicagoans. Palmatary detailed notable places in the city, as depicted on the map via a lower margin legend. The view includes street names, homes, churches and points of industrial interest. 

"The market remains strong for rare material in excellent condition. Both of these things contributed to the high price realized for Palmatary's Chicago map," said Hause.

The Fine Books and Manuscripts department is now accepting consignments for its December auction. Visit for additional information.

About Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, one of the world¹s foremost fine art auction houses, has been providing exceptional service and achieving record prices since 1982. With more salerooms in the United States than any other auction house, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers conducts over 60 auctions annually in categories such as fine jewelry and timepieces, contemporary art, modern design, rare books, furniture, decorative arts and more. The firm has salerooms and business offices in Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, Milwaukee, Naples, Palm Beach, Scottsdale and Saint Louis but connects with millions of collectors worldwide through online resources and global listings. The firm is also a founding partner of Bidsquare, a live auction platform formed by six leading auction houses, and owns a proprietary online bidding platform, LHLive, as well as LHExchange, an e-commerce site specializing in high-end designer furniture and decorative arts. Visit for more information.

BOSTON, MA - Princess Diana's sterling silver card case sold for $20,974 according to Boston-MA based RR Auction

The case was among belongings Diana had personally donated to charity months before her death on Aug. 31, 1997.

Engraved on the front, "Diana," and was given to her as a gift by her 'Granny.' The handsome case has a lovely, ornate design on the exterior with leather card pockets inside. 

"What makes these items incredibly special is the strong sentimental value they offer, many coming directly from Princess Diana," said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

03f56192e1c88311047152bd37d9e2d3a35b23d5.jpegHighlights from the sale include, but are not limited by:

Diana’s hand-written French vocabulary book from her time at a Swiss finishing school sold for $15,204. 

A 17-inch (43-centimeter) silver necklace with a capital "D'' charm that Diana is thought to have worn as a teen sold for $8,893. 

Princess Diana and Mother Teresa photo and signature display sold for $8,636. 

A casual white sweater likely worn in Diana’s teenage years sold for $8,572. 

Princess Diana's elegant black metal mesh handbag sold for $7,411. 

Princess Diana signed Red Cross photograph sold for $7,136. 

Princess Diana sterling silver perfume bottle sold for $6,270. 

A silver locket containing a photograph of Princess Diana and her sons Prince Harry, and Prince William sold for $6,209.

The Princess Diana Tribute auction from RR Auction concluded on September 13.  More details including results can be found online at

Princess Diana's French Lesson Book With Extensive Handwriting

Remarkable circa 1978 handwritten French vocabulary notebook from her time at Swiss finishing school, marked on the front cover in her own hand, "Diana Spencer, Madame Fowls Vocabulaire, Articles de Fowlor." 

Inside are a total of 19 pages full of handwritten notes (most double-sided), plus a couple of additional lines, consisting of translations of vocab words from French to English. 

Affixed throughout are small photocopies of short French articles, apparently used in her class. 

Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Sally Fell, the head chef at Althorp, in part: "I was employed as head chef at Althorp House during the 1980s when Diana, Princess of Wales, was a regular visitor. 

During this period Raine Spencer was in the process of totally redecorating Althorp in her own style. As Diana now permanently resided in London, one of the rooms listed for redecoration was her old bedroom and the butler at the time, Carl Ackerman, was instructed to remove all of Diana's belongings and offer them to the staff, or dispose of them if no interest was shown. All the items were placed on a long table in the courtyard, and we the staff were invited to take what we wished, which is how I came to possess Diana's French vocabulary school book." 

“We know of only one other example of Diana's schoolbooks to be held in private hands,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

Diana attended Institut Alpin Videmanette, a finishing school in Rougemont, Switzerland, for one term in 1977-1978. It was during this period that she was first introduced to Prince Charles, who was dating her older sister Sarah. Their relationship lasted only briefly before dissolving over some of Sarah's comments reported in the gossip columns. 

Diana and Charles's relationship blossomed in 1980, and they got married in 1981. 

“It’s a truly remarkable Diana piece, filled with her teenage handwriting,” said Livingston. Executive VP at RR Auction. 


Lincoln Ferro.jpgDALLAS, Texas (Sept. 12, 2017) - A rare and exceptional Abraham Lincoln: Life-size Portrait by Penrhyn Stanlaws (est. $1,500+) is just one of the many standout lots featured in Heritage Auctions’ Dec. 2 Americana & Political auction. Consignments of quality material relating to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln are being accepted until Oct. 11, 2017. The auction comes a year after Heritage’s $2.4 million special auction dedicated to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln.

The 25-by-30-inch oil-on-canvas is a half-length portrait of Lincoln, seemingly modeled on the Feb. 9, 1864 photograph by Mathew Brady, clutching a green cloak. The portrait is considered one of the most accurate images of Lincoln ever created.

Stanlaws used several references to complete the artwork: Volk's Lincoln life mask of 1860, physical descriptions (including that given by Lincoln himself), 120 photographs of Lincoln and one description "given me personally by an usher in Ford's Theatre on that fateful night."

Two more bronze likenesses of Lincoln on offer in the auction include an 11-inch bust of our 16th president (est. $2,500+), signed "Jo Davidson 1943" on back of Lincoln's collar. One of the preeminent sculptors of his time, Davidson’s unique piece in that he traditionally only worked from live subjects. “To complete this bust in a way that would have been satisfactory to him must have been a great struggle - he strived to capture not only a subject’s likeness but character as well. It is a really unique piece that is not a typical example of Davidson’s method,” said Don Ackerman, Consignment Director for Heritage Auctions.

The second bronze is an approximately 24-inch tall life-sized bust of Abraham Lincoln by Louis Mayer (est. $10,000+). The piece is signed on the side by the artist: "Louis Mayer © 1916", and has a lovely, greenish-brown patina with excellent detail. This marks the first time Heritage ever has sold a full-body Mayer statue of Lincoln.

Not to be outdone, the auction also holds a Lincoln & Hamlin: Ferrotype Jugate (est. $3,000+), inscribed in small letters below the busts "Lincoln and Hamlin" in near-mint condition.

To consign your material to be auctioned alongside these items Dec. 2, visit Heritage Auctions’ Historical Americana portal to meet the Oct. 11, 2017 consignment deadline.

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

The Internet’s most popular auction-house website,, has over one million registered bidder-members, and searchable free archives of four million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos.

The September 9, 2017 sale at National Book Auctions featured a wide array of books and ephemera, with particular focus on children's literature and modern firsts.

A signed first edition of Roald Dahl's "Boy" brought $1,187 against a high estimate of $500 and a signed first edition of Stephen King's "IT" brought $1,000 against a high estimate of $400, likely due to renewed curiosity surrounding the release of the major motion picture adaptation.

The sale also featured colonial American pamphlets, vintage science fiction pulp magazines, cased ambrotype portraits, illustration art, and vellum volumes dating back to the early 17th century.

Further complementary material will be offered in future sessions throughout the fall and winter of 2017. For more information on bidding or consigning, email or call 607-279-0607.

LONDON, England (September 11, 2017) - One of the world's largest auction companies, Heritage Auctions (, has now opened an office in London, England at 6 Shepherd Street, London, Mayfair W1J 7JE. The London office joins Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong in the international footprint for Heritage Auctions.

“London is the next logical step in the international expansion of Heritage,” said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Executive Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “It is one of the financial centers of the world, as well as a major hub of the art and collectibles market. We are very excited to take this step, and expect that the transparency, efficiency, and global presence of Heritage will be quickly recognized and embraced by the British market.”

The office will be staffed by veteran coin collectors and experts Max Tursi and Nicholas Mathioudakis. Tursi received an MA in Classics from Universitá degli Studi of Pavia, Italy.  A life-long coin collector, he has worked for a number of prestigious firms including Christie’s Rome, Astarte S.A. in Lugano, Spink and Son and Classical Numismatic Group in London. Most recently he has been partnered with Mathioudakis at London Coin Galleries Ltd. since 2014. In the last 18 years Tursi has acquired extensive experience in both the retail and the auction world. Focusing mainly on ancient coins, his area of expertise extends to European medieval and modern coins.

Nicholas Mathioudakis has been collecting coins since the age of thirteen. Having lived in Saudi Arabia, he would spend a lot of time roaming the souks in search of hidden treasures where he also bought his first ancient Greek coin. His drive and passion for numismatics led him to take up a full time position at Morton and Eden (formerly associated with Sotheby’s) where he catalogued ancient coins and paper money. Mathioudakis’ areas of expertise include ancient coins, paper money, particularly of the Middle East, European medieval, Islamic and modern coins. 

Dallas, Texas-based Heritage Auctions is the world's largest auctioneer of fine art and collectibles and the largest auction company founded in the United States. In addition to its headquarters in Dallas, Heritage has offices in New York City, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago and Palm Beach as well as in Asia and Europe.

The Heritage Auctions' London saleroom and offices are regularly open to the public from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone number is +44 (0)207 493 0498 and the email address is For additional information, visit

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

The Internet’s most popular auction-house website,, has over one million registered bidder-members, and searchable free archives of four million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos

2075.jpgFairfield, ME—James D. Julia’s late summer sale truly hit it out of the ballpark, captivating bidders from all over the world with extraordinary selections of fine temptations from the most desirable and prestigious collecting categories. After the hammer fell for the last time, 60 lots made $10K or above. In addition, 16 lots realized $25K or more, and 3 lots broke the $50K mark!

This sale featured breathtaking treasures that caught everyone’s attention for their rarity and irresistible appeal from start to finish. Several exceptional sales results spotlight the quality and range of James D. Julia’s Fine Art, Asian & Antiques division.

The first day of this sale offered a full range of carefully curated paintings and fine art.

Lot 1159A, Jiro Takamatsu’s Shadow of Two Keys (Skeleton & Church Key) “NO. 211,” was estimated at $30,000-50,000 but locked up $69,575. This work is signed and dated by the artist and retains its label from the Tokyo Gallery. It descended through the family of Robert H. Chase of Greenwich Village, NY, and was discovered hanging in the kitchen of a Maine home. Lot 1392, a thoughtful painting attributed to Narcisse-Virgil Diaz de la Peña called “Figure Beside Woodland Pool Looking Across to Pasture” soared to over ten times its low estimate to realize $60,500. This piece was from the Webster Family Trust and descended from the Rockefeller/Dodge Family. And lot 1340, Heywood Hardy’s “The First of November” featuring sportsmen on their horses and dozens of eager hounds and came from a Woodstock, VT collection with fabulous provenance was another best in show, making $48,000. This sale also featured two other Hardy works, “Preparing for The Hunt” and “The Meet with Riders & Hounds,” which also sold above their low estimates. 

The second day of this sale presented finely curated collections of European decorative arts and American historical rarities.

Lot 2075, The Book Les Roses, authored by Redouté and Thory and published in Paris by Firmin Didot (1817-1824), was the day’s best seller, realizing $65,340 on a $10,000-20,000 estimate. This attic find is from the estate of Louise A. Livingston of Oyster Bay, Long Island. Bidders battled over two important militaria highlights on day two of this sale. They included lot 2011, a Nantucket Presentation Sword given to Mexican War Hero Major Moses Barnard for “Planting the 1st American Flag on Parapet at Storming of Chapultepec, September 13, 1847” and lot 2004, a 1st Battalion marked Revolutionary War Charleville musket. When the smoke finally cleared, these items realized $41,140 and $36,300 respectively. And lot 2133, a Queen Anne Transitional Walnut Ball and Claw foot corner chair more than doubled its low estimate to realize $30,250.

The final day of the sale featured a stunning array of outstanding Asian arts and American decorative arts. 

Two tables with great provenance served up outstanding results. The first, lot 3569, was a Qing Dynasty Huanghuali and hardwood side table which made $33,880. This table was purchased in 1923 in Peking and has remained with the original owners, the Hobart family, ever since. Items from the Hobart collection established the benchmark for the Chinese antiquities market in the United States at two famous sales conducted at Sotheby’s in New York. And the second, lot 3597, a 19th century Anglo-Indian marble topped carved rosewood side table realized $27,225 on its $4,000-6,000 estimate. This table descended from the family of William G. Pierce who sailed from New York to Hong Kong, arriving June 15th, 1849. And lot 3523, Tsuguharu Foujita’s charmingly illustrated A Book of Cats: Being 20 Drawings, more than doubled its low estimate to make $21,175. 

Those are just a few of the leading highlights from this comprehensive sale, but they certainly don’t tell the entire story of this incredibly successful auction. 

James D. Julia is internationally recognized as the leader in works featuring Maine artists and themes and Rockport School paintings, and the sales results from those categories only serve to solidify that well-deserved reputation. Lot 1045, Gertrude Fiske’s “The Old Cove, Ogunquit” more than doubled its low estimate to make $24,200. Lot 1210, Leon Dabo’s “The Hudson, Autumn Morning” realized $24,200. This work was featured in the 15th Annual Exhibition at the Poland Springs Gallery and formerly shown in the Maine State Building, Poland Springs, Maine. This auction featured three works by Maine’s own Marsden Hartley - the most important being lot 1018, his “Summer Haze” which made $42,350. Lot 1168, Aldro Thompson Hibbard’s “West River, Vermont” realized $18,150; this handsome example was one of two Hibbards sold through this auction. Lot 1081, Emile Albert Gruppe’s “Motif 1,” one of 23 Gruppes sold through this auction, made $19,360. 

Eight works by Hayley Lever were also extremely popular among bidders. Highlights among those include lot  1133, his “Eastern Yacht Club Regatta, Marblehead, MA” which sailed to $36,300; lot 1267, his “Calm Day, St. Ives, Cornwall, 1905” which tripled its low estimate to make $32,670; lot 1101, his “East Gloucester, MA, 1913” which realized $20,570; and lot 1134, his “Sunday Afternoon Stroll, Marblehead, MA 1924” which found its way at $18,150. 

Other paintings featuring nautical themes also ruled the sea at this sale. Lot 1220, Thomas Chambers’ “View from West Point” featuring an impressive view of the Hudson River made $15,730. Lot 1075, Jack Lorimer Gray’s “Snowfall, Waterfront” realized $31,460; this was one of two Grays sold through this auction. And lot 2249, James Edward Buttersworth’s “Shipping in a Busy Channel” changed hands at $23,595; three other Buttersworth examples were also featured in this sale. 

Two unusual painting highlights deserve special note. The first is lot 1442, Barend Koekkoek’s “Traveler in A Forest Landscape.” This under-the-radar example was estimated at $2,000-3,000 but realized $19,360 - over six times its high estimate! And lot 2290, Sir Henry Raeburn’s “Portrait of John Balfour, M.P” made $18,150. This handsome half portrait of a young man with curly brown hair wearing a brown coat, yellow vest, and white stock descended in the family of Albert L. Ellsworth, founder of the British American Oil Company. 

This sale featured a number of exceptional American-made antique highlights. Lot 2214, a circa 1912-1915 Old Town Canoe Company display sample, paddled its way to $25,410. This is the company’s earliest salesman’s model sample; these absolute rarities can be identified by the wording: “Genuine Old Town Canoe Co. Canoes” painted on their sides. Lot 2111, a leaping stag full body copper weathervane, probably by Cushing & White, made $18,150. This fine example is from a home in Biddeford, ME. And lot 2206, a late 19th/early 20th century carved carousel dog in the manner of the Herschell-Spillman company realized $9,075. 

Finally, lovely and important antique items designed for the home caught the eyes of enthusiastic bidders. Lot 3037, a fine carved oak tall case clock with a marked Tiffany & Co. dial ticked its way to $12,100, more than doubling its low estimate. Lot 3115, an elaborately detailed Rococo Revival Boulle marquetry shelf clock featuring a cast bronze figure of a younger partially robed Father Time holding a sickle in his right hand and a sundial in his left hand made $6,655. Another sterling highlight is lot 3096, a set of twelve silver service plates from Redlich & Co., NY. These are detailed with pierced rims, floral medallions, and scroll work and realized $8,470. Lot 3584, a large Qing Dynasty celadon glazed bottle vase whose provenance includes the Webster Family Trust and the Rockefeller/ Dodge Family, made $19,360 - nearly ten times its low estimate. And things were twice as nice with lot 3049, a pair of fine vintage Hermes black leather “Constance” handbags. Estimated at $2,500-3,500, they carried the day at $4,840.

According to Department Head Bill Gage, “This auction represents one of the finest for collectors in memory, with a great number of individuals bidding in person, over the phone, and online. We moved this sale a week earlier than usual to coincide with several other important antique shows and events in the New England area. Clearly that was a great decision based on the number of new faces noted in our standing room only gallery during the sale. Our next Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction is scheduled for February 2018 and we are already accepting consignments for that much anticipated sales event.”


38-White.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries’ biannual auction of African-American Fine Art on Thursday, October 5 promises never-before-seen art from the turn of the nineteenth century to the present. With just over 150 lots of scarce and important works by marquee artists including Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Norman Lewis and Charles White, the sale carries an estimate of $2.3 to 3.4 million. The African-American Fine Art department at Swann Galleries, the only one of its kind in the world, celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the house.

The top lot is a life-size pen-and-ink drawing by Charles White, titled Take My Mother Home, 1957, estimated at $250,000 to $350,000, the most significant drawing by the artist to come to auction since the house’s 2011 offering of Work, 1953 ($306,000). White is additionally represented by two oil monotypes, which are the first examples the artist’s work in the medium offered by Swann. Works by Elizabeth Catlett will also be offered: War Worker, 1943, is only the second painting by the artist ever to come to auction, valued at $60,000 to $90,000. The first, also offered by Swann, was Friends, 1944, which sold for $81,250 on December 15, 2015. Catlett is further represented by two bronze busts: Cabeza Cantolando (Spring Head), 1960, and Glory, 1981 ($8,000 to $12,000 and $30,000 to $40,000, respectively).

The selection of sculpture continues with two large works by Richmond Barthé: The Awakening of Africa (Africa Awakening), 1959 and Stevedore, 1937, cast 1986 ($50,000 to $75,000 and $30,000 to $40,000, respectively).

Fin de siècle paintings and prints by Edward M. Bannister and Henry Ossawa Tanner stand out in a modern-leaning sale. A large work from Tanner’s mid-career time in Paris, Flight into Egypt, circa 1920-25, illustrates one of the artist’s primary motifs ($200,000 to $300,000).

Haunting paintings by Hughie Lee-Smith are led by Untitled (Youths on a Lakeshore), 1952, valued between $100,000 and $150,000—one of his iconic depictions of young African-Americans in a desolate landscape. In a similar vein is The Encounter, a 1991 oil painting estimated at $50,000 to $75,000.

Abstraction is headed by Norman Lewis’s Untitled (Processional Composition), a 1960 oil painting of calligraphic figures on marbleized slate, expected to reach between $100,000 and $150,000. The sale also features two large 1950s abstract canvases by Alma Thomas as well as works by Ed Clark, Sam Gilliam, James Little, Al Loving, Sam Middleton and Haywood “Bill” Rivers.

A burgeoning section of photography includes a fine print of Roy Decarava’s Dancers, 1956, estimated at $15,000 to $25,000, as well as rare works by Louis H. Draper, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, P. (Prentice) Herman Polk and James VanDerZee. A quadriptych from Carrie Mae Weems’ Sea Island Series of silver prints and text panels interpreting the environs and lives of the Gullah people ($35,000 to $50,000) leads a selection of photographs and sculptures by the artist.

Proponents of the AfriCOBRA movement Wadsworth Jarrell and Nelson Stevens are well represented in the sale by colorful paintings and prints. Stevens’s Jihad Nation, 1970, is the first important painting and AfricCOBRA work by the artist to come to auction. It is expected to sell for $50,000 to $75,000. After achieving an auction record for a painting by Jarrell in fall 2016, Swann is pleased to offer Midnight Poet at 125th Street & Lenox, an acrylic street scene in the iconic style of the movement, valued at $25,000 to $35,000.

A run of figurative collages by Romare Bearden is led by Melon Time, 1967, at $80,000 to $120,000. Other unique works by the artist include the collage and watercolor The Evening Boat, 1984, of people waiting under an azure sky ($30,000 to $40,000), and At the Dock, 1984, valued at $20,000 to $30,000.

Contemporary art on offer includes The Emancipation Approximation (Scene 9), 2000, from Kara Walker’s important portfolio of screenprints of the same name, valued at $8,000 to $12,000 and works by Emma Amos, Eldzier Cortor, Jonathan Green and Julie Mehretu.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35. For further information and to make arrangements to bid, visit

Image: Lot 38: Charles White, Take My Mother Home, pen, ink and wash, 1957. Estimate $250,000 to $350,000.

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

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera. Important first editions and children's books are presented across the catalog, including many author-signed copies. An impressive array of early printings dating back to the 16th century will also be offered.           

Antique and rare books in this catalog include numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the 1562 printing of Cicerone's "Le Orationi" in three volumes, "La II Parte delle Lettere del S. Diomede Borghesi," produced in 1584, and the 1653 printing of Bell'Haver's "Dottrine Facile et Breve," in a vellum binding. Additional rare selections include the 1872 printing of Darwin's "Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals," Townsend's "Coats of Arms of Principal Families in Bedfordshire," produced c1784 with hand-colored plates, and first edition copies of both volumes of Carter's "The Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen," published in 1923 and 1927. Signed and limited editions include volumes from publishers such as the Limited Editions Club, Easton Press, Folio Society, Black Sparrow Press, and others.                     

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is a sizable group of first printings of vintage and antique children's books, featuring such examples as the 1943 first American edition of Saint Exupery's "The Little Prince," an author-signed first edition of Roald Dahl's "Boy: Tales of Childhood," and the 1945 first edition of E. B. White's "Stuart Little," in the original dustjacket. Other author-signed children's titles include works by E. B. White, A. A. Milne, Dr. Seuss, Lois Lenski, Tasha Tudor, Walter Farley and others. Additionally included in this catalog are many modern first editions and signed books bearing important names such as J. Edgar Hoover, Tom Clancy, Stephen King, Frank Herbert, Julia Child, Edward Gorey, Alfred Hitchcock, James Thurber, and Frank McCourt.    

Found throughout this catalog are interesting ephemera offerings. These lots include categories such as incunabula, antique tintypes, vintage erotic comics (R. Crumb, etc.), antique billheads, lithographs, and more.    

National Book Auctions is a public auction service specializing in books, ephemera, and art. National Book Auctions is a targeted service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. The upcoming auctions will feature a wide assortment of collectible, signed, and first edition books. For more information, please contact the gallery at 607-269-0101 or email



Backstage Dressing Room.JPGFRANKLIN, Mass. - A collection of 25 limited edition prints, all signed and numbered by the legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and all 25 from his Drawn Blank Series of artworks based on drawings done between 1989 and 1992, will be sold Wednesday, Sept. 20, online-only, by Woodshed Art Auctions, at 11 am Eastern. A Prestige Collection sale will follow at 12 noon.

Each giclee carries a pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$3,000, although the sky could be the limit for a signed print from a man with the star power and cache of Bob Dylan. The circa 2013 prints are from the heirs of a private estate in London, England and all are framed in silver-finish wooden molding, with deep mats and glass glazing. They’re large (42 inches by 32 ¾ inches, framed).

“Last year I saw an exhibition of Bob Dylan’s paintings at the New Orleans Museum of Art,” said Bruce Wood, the owner of Woodshed Art Auctions. “It was my first introduction to his work and I was impressed by the directness of his technique. When I was approached by the inheritor of his collection, my first thought was to mix them into auctions over several months.”

But when he saw the print collection en masse, Mr. Wood had a change in strategy. “It was obvious that the strength of the images obviated the need for dilution among better-known artists,” he observed. “We decided to give Mr. Dylan’s works the spotlight, as a ‘back-up act’ to our next Prestige Signature Collection sale. I’m confident the group will perform quite well.”

Dylan the musician became Dylan the artist during the three-year period. The resulting collection was published in a book titled Drawn Blank, which became the moniker for the collection as a whole. They were expressive drawings, capturing Dylan’s chance encounters and observations on tour. They were a blend of portraits, interiors, landscapes, still lifes, nudes and street scenes.

At the time, Dylan said producing art helped him to “relax and refocus a restless mind.” It was a personal exercise more than anything, but in 2006 Ingrid Mossinger, the curator of a German art museum, came across Drawn Blank (published in 1994) during a visit to New York. She got in touch with Dylan’s team about exhibiting his art in public, something that had never been done.

Much to Mossinger’s amazement and elation, Dylan said yes. When Dylan told Mossinger it was always his plan to eventually create paintings based on the drawings in Drawn Blank, she made the suggestion that he do just that for the exhibition, working in watercolor and gouache. The paintings, which formed a collection titled The Drawn Blank Series, were expressive and vibrant.

Dylan said at the time, “I was fascinated to learn of Ingrid’s interest in my work, and it gave me the impetus to realize the vision I had for these drawings many years ago.” Dylan painted several versions of the same image for The Drawn Blank Series, using different colors and tones, which resulted in a dynamic variety of impressions, feelings and emotions, on display in the exhibition.

The choice and skill in applying different color arrangements to the same original drawing enabled Dylan to express his feelings and perceptions of an idea or a view, continually evoking different feelings and reactions and thereby creating evolving works of art. This technique, as it turns out, is intrinsic to Dylan in all aspects of his creative life, both as a musician and an artist.

After World War II, when the epicenter of printmaking shifted from Europe to America, many artists began to dedicate their entire oeuvres to print, as it came to be viewed as being on the same level as painting and sculpture. Artists such as Andy Warhol were committed to the medium - repeating an image in many different colors and ways. That’s what Dylan has done.

As part of this tradition, a carefully selected collection of Dylan’s paintings was chosen to be published as signed limited edition graphics (or prints), giving collectors and art lovers around the world instant access to Bob Dylan’s works of art. Each edition was published in a limited number of 295 copies worldwide. All are printed on soft texture paper and come with a COA.

Woodshed Art Auctions’ Prestige Collection sales are so-named because they are smaller events focused on modestly priced works by big-name artists. Already consigned for the September 20th sale, starting at noon, are paintings and drawings attributed to Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein and others. 

The catalog will be posted online in early September. Bidders can register on the Woodshed Art Auctions website ( and online bidding will be facilitated by and Telephone and absentee (or left) bids will also be accepted.

Woodshed Art Auctions is a family-owned art gallery specializing in oil painting restoration and live and online art auctions, celebrating its 50th anniversary. The firm is always accepting quality artworks for future auctions. To inquire about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, you may call Bruce Wood at 508-533-6277; or, e-mail him at

For more information about Woodshed Art Auctions and the Bob Dylan signed limited edition prints collection auction and the Prestige Collection sale, both planned for Wednesday, Sept. 20, please visit

Image: Giclee print titled Backstage Dressing Room, from Bob Dylan’s (Am., b. 1941) Drawn Blank Series, pencil signed and numbered (189/295) by Dylan and nicely framed (est. $2,000-$3,000).

26-Medical copy.jpgNew York—On Thursday, September 28, Swann Galleries will offer Printed & Manuscript Americana, with highlights that span nearly 500 years and several continents.

A fine selection of unique material features the archive of the Ponds, a missionary family living on the Minnesota frontier, valued at $30,000 to $40,000. Spanning nearly the entire nineteenth century, their correspondence recounts interactions with local Native Americans and attempts to convert them to Christianity.

A number of ships’ logs, both military and merchant, is led by an unpublished medical journal kept by physicians aboard the USS Deane and other ships in the Continental Navy from 1779 to 1788, estimated at $20,000 to $30,000. One of the doctors who contributed to the journal was a man named Peter St. Medard, who is additionally represented in the sale by the journal he kept between 1772 and 1822, during which he observed an American naval attack on Tunisia ($6,000 to $9,000). A whaling journal from a mutinous 1839-46 voyage to the South Pacific is valued at $8,000 to $12,000, while several logbooks feature ever-popular examples of whale stamps.

Making its auction debut is one of two known first editions of The Honolulu Merchants' Looking-Glass, an 1862 pamphlet printed and distributed anonymously that slanders many of the city's leading merchants and makes for a titillating glimpse into the lives of nineteenth-century Hawaiians. The present copy is believed to have belonged to the instigator’s compatriot, and passed by descent to the current owner ($6,000 to $9,000). Hawaiian material continues with The Second Interregnum: A Complete Resume of Events from the Death to Burial of His Late Majesty Lunalilo, 1874, with a tipped-in albumen portrait of the new King Kalakaua, expected to sell between $2,500 and $3,500.

A blossoming section of photography includes fine vernacular albums and portraits, led by a book of cyanotypes showing the construction of the Williamsburg Bridge from 1897 to 1903, compiled by W. Radford Bascome ($4,000 to $6,000). Also available is McClees' Gallery of Photographic Portraits of the Senators, Representatives & Delegates, 1859, one of the earliest photographically illustrated books published in the United States, valued at $10,000 to $15,000.

From the Revolutionary War, a New Hampshire broadside proclaiming the cessation of hostilities on April 24, 1783, is valued at $20,000 to $30,000.

Astonishingly, the first printed eyewitness report of the Wright brothers' flight appeared in the January 1, 1905 issue of the periodical Gleanings in Bee Culture. Amos Ives Root, the publisher and author of the magazine, confesses that he had asked the brothers how they got the plane back up to the top of the hill after flying it off ($1,500 to $2,500).          

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35. For further information and to make arrangements to bid, visit

Image: Lot 26: Medical journal kept by surgeons aboard the Continental frigate Deane and other vessels, 1777-88. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.

737209 copy.jpgNew York—On Tuesday, September 19, Swann Galleries will offer 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings. One of seven auctions the house devotes to prints and drawings annually, this sale is notable for its wealth of original artworks in addition to iconic multiples by great masters from the last 200 years.

A selection of works by the father of surrealism Salvador Dalí is led by the brilliant watercolor Elephant Spatiaux, 1965, with an estimate of $60,000 to $90,000. René Magritte’s Poisson fumé provides comic relief in the form of a flying cigar-fish ($10,000 to $15,000). Additional unique highlights include a pen-and-ink drawing by Paul Klee titled Durch Poseidon, 1940, and Space, 1954, an abstract watercolor by Lyonel Feininger ($25,000 to $35,000 and $20,000 to $30,000, respectively).

Portrait of Ralph Stackpole as a Young Man, 1932, is a pencil portrait by Diego Rivera of his friend, likely drawn from an earlier photograph. It was completed the year after Stackpole helped Rivera secure the commission at the San Francisco Stock Exchange, and is valued between $20,000 and $30,000. Also available are nude sketches by Henri Matisse and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and a lively undated oil painting by Jean Dufy of the Place de la Concorde, estimated at $30,000 to $50,000.

Scarce lithographs by Pablo Picasso lead the sale, topped by the dramatic monochrome portrait Françoise sur fond gris, 1950, estimated at $70,000 to $100,000. A fine selection of works by artists of the Barbizon School will be offered, as well as innovative examples of woodcuts by Paul Gauguin, such as Mahna no Varua Ino, 1893-94 ($15,000 to $20,000) and lithography by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. Celebrated masters Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Käthe Kollwitz, Fernand Léger and Joan Miró will be represented by prints, drawings and sculptures. A color woodcut by Maurits C. Escher in his iconic style, Day and Night, 1935, is expected to sell between $20,000 and $30,000.

James A. M. Whistler leads an illustrious array of works from the American Etching Revival, with Nocturne, 1878, estimated at $40,000 to $60,000. Regionalist artists are well-represented with important works by Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood, providing a pastoral contrast to gritty urban scenes by protagonists of the Ashcan School, George Bellows and John Sloan. A run of prints by Martin Lewis includes his most beloved views, such as Rain on Murray Hill, 1928, as well as scarce works like Which Way?, 1932 ($15,000 to $20,000 and $30,000 to $50,000, respectively). Additional highlights by the visionary include Bedford Street Gang, 1935, which has been seen at auction only three times in the last 30 years ($20,000 to $30,000).

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Image: Lot 338: Pablo Picasso, Françoise sur fond gris, lithograph, 1950. Estimate $70,000 to $100,000. is an online auction site dedicated to the sale of rare and out-of print books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography.

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Screen Shot 2017-08-21 at 8.55.22 AM.pngLot 1

Wharton (Edith) The Book of the Homeless

Published: Scribners, New York, 1916 Estimate: $2,500/3,500

Unbound in sheets, contributors include: Henry James, Joseph Conrad and Édouard Manet.

The Book of the Homeless (Le Livre des Sans-Foyer) edited by Edith Wharton. Original Articles in Verse and Prose Illustrations reproduced from Original Paintings & Drawings. The book is sold for the Benefit of the America Hostels for Refugees (with the Foyer Franco-Belge) and of the Children of Flanders Rescue Committee. [Introduction by Theodore Roosevelt]

Unique unbound, uncut and unopened copy of the limited edition: "Of this book, in addition to the regular edition, there have been printed and numbered one hundred and seventy-five copies deluxe, of larger format [all signed by Updike]. Numbers 1-50 on French hand-made paper ... Numbers 51-175 on Van Gelder paper." This copy on Van Gelder paper is numbered 65.

Lot 2

Cruikshank (George) Illustrator: The Life of Napolean

Published: T. Tegg and J.Dick, London and edinburgh, 1915 Estimate: $1,750/2,000

A Hudibrastic Poem in Fifteen Cantos, by Doctor Syntax, embellished with Thirty Engravings by George Cruikshank.

260 pages, 30 hand coloured aquatint plates (including the hand coloured title page), original grey paper boards without a title label on the spine - the backstrip has been expertly restored, edges uncut, some slight off-setting of the plates but otherwise the text and plates are crisp and free of foxing, contained in mauve cloth solander case titled in gilt on the spine, a very good copy.

 Lot 5

Coronelli (Vincenzo) L'Africa divisa nelle sue Parti secondo le piu moderne, relationi colle scoperte dell'origine e corso del Nilo

Published: Domenico Padouani, Venice, 1691 Estimate: $4,750/6,000

This is the first state of the beautiful map of Africa that was the first to show the origin of the Blue Nile. It was produced by Vincenzo Coronelli, a famous Italian cartographer.

This is a landmark map in the history of the mapping of Africa, and, in particular, of the Nile River which long had been depicted, according to the tradition of Ptolemy, to arise from lakes about the Mountains of the Moon. This beautiful map is in A+ condition; presented on two separate sheet and uncoloured - as issued. The halves readily can be joined so that there is no gap between them.

 Lot 62

Butler (Arthur G.) Birds of Great Britain and Ireland, Order Passeres, Complete in Two Volumes Published: Brumby & Clarke, Hull, 1904-1908 Estimate: $350/500

107 chromolithograph plates of birds and 8 of bird eggs with tissue-guards. A very attractive set of an informative text and classification. Hard to find complete sets as they were dis-bound for their decorative plates.

 Lot 150

Netto (Dr. Friedrich) Bubenstreiche in Lustigen Versen und Ulkingen Bildern

Published: [circa 1900]

Estimate: $1,500/2,000

Dr Friedrich Netto lived from 1868 -1926. The Children's Division of the Staatsbibliotek zu Berlin records 5 other books by him published between 1900 and 1915, but not this one. A biography written by Inge Laude: Ärzte als Schriftsteller - Ernst Philipp Lange and Friedrich Netto was published in Munich in 1970. No further details of his writing or his life have been traced. No copies of this title were retrieved in any international database.

Bubenstreiche is a children's book, which, translated into English means childish pranks. The text and images are satirical and the cameos portray the events of the Anglo Boer War in a rather derogatory light.

 Lot 158

War on Want Jigsaw Puzzle, Nelson Mandela and the ANC flag Published: London, no date [circa 1980's]

Estimate: $400/500

War on Want works to challenge the root causes of poverty, inequality and injustice through partnership with social movements in the global South and by running hard-hitting campaigns in the UK in support of radical change. War on Want's slogan is "poverty is political" and its stated focus is on the root causes of poverty rather than its effects; it raises public awareness of the root causes of poverty, inequality and injustice, and empowers people to take action for change.

Lot 181

In March 1947 the first issue of Piscator, the Society's journal appeared. A. C. Harrison was its editor and, in a tribute to AC in December 1977 when the 100th edition of Piscator was published, the then CPS President, the late Dr. Frank Bradlow, wrote: "There can be few people who have met "AC" whose lives have not been enriched; his direct courteous manner, his dry sense of humour, his encyclopaedic knowledge of nature and fishing, and his human and humane wisdom are but a few of the qualities which make those who know him realise they have been in the company of a very unusual individual; one of those rare human beings whose personality makes an indelible impression on one's memory".

Lot 235

Bhavnagar (India) Album of Captioned Architectural and Other Nineteenth Century Photographs Published: Faber & Faber, London, 1956

Estimate: $600/800

Buildings and Civil Engineering Works Designed and Built by Richard Proctor-Sims between 1875 and 1900, and the state visit to Bhavnagar by the Prince of Wales

Most of the photographs are of buildings - planned, under construction and completed - and civil engineering works, but include a sequence on the reception for the Prince of Wales and of Bhavnagar's horse-breeding activities, the organisation of which was one of the RPS interests referred to in the obituary below.. There is still a memorial to RPS in Bhavnagar town centre and tours have been arranged to inspect his architectural, building and civil engineering works, which have all been well maintained.

Cape Piscatorial Society, Piscator

Published: Cape Town, 1947 -1979 Estimate: $600/700

Lot 235

Myanmar (Burma) School, Red and Gold lacquered manuscript, Kammavaca. Published: Burma, c. 1900

Estimate: $800/1,200

A fine highly decorative early-20th-century Burmese Kammavaca (possibly eve late-19th century?). Considered to be one of the most sacred of Burmese religious texts, the Kammavaca was typically commissioned by lay-people, when their son entered a Buddhist monastery, as a work of merit.

In the 17th century, folios began to be made of pieces of cloth coated with lacquer and painted with cinnabar, and the square letters were written in thick, black lacquer. On rare occasions, folios were of ivory. Designs in gilt, which had been reserved for the ends of folios, end papers, and wooden coverboards, now began to appear between the lines of text. By the end of the 19th century, the lines of script on the folio increased to six or seven and sheets of brass or copper were introduced as folios. is an online auction site dedicated to the sale of rare and out-of print books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography. 

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Twice signed Lincoln.jpgWESTPORT, Conn. - A fantastic selection of autographed documents, manuscripts, books and relics are up for bid in an internet-only auction already online by University Archives, based in Westport. The auction will go live on Tuesday, August 29th, on The catalog may be viewed right now by visiting the University Archives website at

Choice offerings will include a larger-than-life portrait of inventor Thomas A. Edison, signed by Edison and the artist, Ellis M. Silvette; a letter hand-written and signed by Marilyn Monroe when she was just 17 and still Norma Jeane; a war letter twice-signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862, nicely framed; and a letter handwritten and signed by Morse code inventor Samuel Morse.

Also sold will be a pair of letters written and signed by the famously reclusive and enigmatic writer J. D. Salinger. Both were written to Joyce Miller, a lifelong friend and confidante. One is typewritten (except for the signature) and dated 1950, about the time he was finishing writing Catcher in the Rye and living in Westport. The other is a 1969 letter handwritten in New York.

Other items of interest will include a George Washington signed note with his original hand drawing, Winston Churchill’s Cuban cigar with case from 1954, John F. Kennedy’s family-owned oak press-back chair, George W. Bush’s worn pair of Mizuno sneakers, Muhammad Ali’s 1978 contract to fight boxer Ken Norton, and a Yale University track team photo from 1903.

“I love this sale for the breadth of material and the quality of the items,” said John Reznikoff, founder and president of University Archives. “Of course the Edison and the Morse are the best money can buy, but there are many little gems of fantastic content that would rate at the top of the autograph food chain. The Obama and Bush items cover both ends of the political spectrum.”

With an estimate of $70,000-$80,000, the large painting of Edison (1847-1931) by Silvette (Am., 1876-1940) could be the sale’s top lot. The work - 47 inches by 96 inches, in the frame - was commissioned by the New York State Chamber of Commerce in 1929 on the 50th anniversary of the invention of the light bulb and depicts Edison standing in the library of his New Jersey lab.

Marilyn Monroe was Norma Jeane Dougherty and already two years into her first marriage when she hand-wrote a four-page letter in January 1944 to her legal guardian from 1935-1942, Grace (McKee) Goddard. In it, the teenager enthuses about her Christmas purchase of a “Gold Coast monkey coat. Oh, it’s simply beautiful!” The signed letter has an estimate of $18,000-$20,000.

The single page handwritten letter signed by Samuel Morse (1791-1872) is believed to be the finest Morse handwritten letter available. Dated Nov. 11, 1862, the letter is written entirely in Morse’s hand, wherein he proclaims he was the inventor of the telegraph and describes its first use and operation. The lot includes a fine engraving of Morse and should bring $15,000-$20,000.

The Civil War-era letter twice signed by Lincoln is dated Dec. 15, 1862 and was written to Navy Secretary Gideon Welles, with Naval Academy content. Lincoln signed the letter, then added an addendum the following day, which he also signed and dated. The letter is nicely displayed to the left of a color engraving and bust portrait of Lincoln. The lot should gavel for $15,000-$20,000.

The excellent and well-used Kennedy family-owned chair is a classic black painted and stamped press-back oak chair, with a seat height of 17 ½ inches and an overall height of 38 ½ inches. It was made around the middle of the 20th century and would be wonderful as décor in an antique setting, especially considering all of the Kennedys who no doubt sat in it (est. $2,500-$3,000).

At a party held at 10 Downing Street in London, England on Dec. 21, 1954, Winston Churchill presented Roderic Bowen (England’s Liberal Parliamentary Deputy-Speaker) with a fine Cuban cigar and attractive custom case. Both have made their way to this auction, but not before a 19-year embargo. A letter by Bowen confirming the gift is included in the lot (est. $3,500-$4,500).

Owning a signed note handwritten by George Washington would be enough for most autograph collectors, but when the note includes a drawing by Washington of a hand pointing a finger at his message, that’s icing on the cake. The heavily penned note, 2 inches by 3 inches on laid paper, is not dated but it’s believed to have been written around 1789. It has an estimate of $6,000-$8,000.

In 1978 Muhammad Ali signed a four-page contract to fight his nemesis Ken Norton, but Ali’s loss to Leon Spinks that year in what was supposed to be a tune-up fight for Norton voided that contract (and a promised $12.5 million payday for Ali). The contract, actually a photocopy of the original, but still signed by Ali and promoter Bob Arum, is expected to command $3,000-$4,000.

George W. Bush’s personally owned and well-worn Mizuno sneakers, designed by Bush while he was president and showing the personal presidential stitched monogram on the tongue of each sneaker (“President / G.W. Bush”), no doubt graced golf courses, Camp David and elsewhere. The shoes come with a COA from Bush’s valet Samuel Sutton and should reach $2,000-$2,500.

The impressive gelatin silver print photograph of Yale University’s men’s outdoor track and field team from circa 1903 shows 44 varsity and junior varsity team members all dressed in black tanks and white shorts, standing and seated in four rows. All sport white “Y” letters on their tops. The 22 ½ inch by 30 ¾ inch photo is nicely matted and mounted on board (est. $1,500-$2,000).

The large, top-secret dispatch lock box with black leather covering and travel handle owned by David Lloyd George (1863-1945), a key figure in Great Britain during that conflict and the holder of several important government positions after the war, has a pre-sale estimate of $1,000-$1,200. The wood framed box has a beveled top with George’s name embossed, in rubbed gilt. 

John Reznikoff started collecting stamps in 1968, while in the third grade, and in 1979 he formed University Stamp Co., Inc. In 1984, he joined forces with Bryan Camarda, a specialist in philatelic material, and the two have been partners ever since. By the late ‘80’s and early ‘90’s, Reznikoff was exclusively dealing in manuscript material under the name University Archives.

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Image: Civil War-era letter twice signed by Abraham Lincoln, dated Dec. 15, 1862 and was written to U. S. Navy Secretary Gideon Welles, with Naval Academy content (est. $15,000-$20,000).

Lot 86, W.B. Olivia Shakespear letters copy.jpg18 August 2017—The collection of one of Ireland’s most important families of the last century will be offered for sale at Sotheby’s in London on 27 September 2017. Illuminating the private world of the Yeats family, the auction will comprise literary material, paintings, drawings and the personal effects of artist John Butler Yeats and his four children: poet W.B, embroidery designer Lily, printing press pioneer Lolly, and artist Jack. 

The sale will not only cast new light on the artistic development of these important figures, but also reveal a little of what life was like inside the Yeats family home. Alongside significant paintings, letters and drawings are unseen family sketch books, a family scrapbook, illustrated ‘scribbling’ diaries, photographs, hand-decorated furniture, Jack’s model boats, personalised silver, a top hat, a hand-painted trunk, and the family dining table.

With over 220 lots in total, estimates in the sale start at £80-120 (€100-150) for W.B.’s retractable telescope, and go up to £250,000-350,000 (€281,000-394,000) for the star lot: over 130 letters between W.B. and his life-long friend and first lover, Olivia Shakespear. 

Highlights from the collection will be unveiled for the first time in a public exhibition at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin from 14-16 September, ahead of an exhibition in London from 22-26 September (please see further details in notes to editors). The majority of artworks in the collection have not been seen in public for over 30 years, and the personal effects have never been exhibited before. 

The collection has been cared for by the descendants of W.B. Yeats in the family home near Dublin for over 75 years. For three generations, the family has provided a huge wealth of material to the Irish nation, including last year’s donation to the National Library of Ireland of W.B. Yeats’s Nobel Prize medal, valued at €1.5 million. 

Ahead of Sotheby’s sale, Ireland’s national institutions were given the opportunity to acquire any of the items in the collection. Consequently, the National Library has made private purchases of a number of items, including correspondence between W.B. Yeats and James Joyce, the ‘Dream Diary’ of W.B. Yeats’s wife George, and the Yeats family library. The Art & Industrial Division of the National Museum of Ireland, following inspections of the Yeats Collection in March and April 2017 also acquired seven works (including a walnut reading/writing table owned and used by WB Yeats, WB Yeats’ home-made series of ‘occult’ artefacts, his series of Japanese Noh theatre masks and a silver box containing 8 coins, inscribed SAORSTÁT ÉIREANN. PRESENTED BY THE MINISTER FOR FINANCE TO W.B. YEATS ESQ. A MEMBER OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DESIGNS FOR THE COINAGE, 1928.) for the national collection. The acquisitions by both institutions were made possible by the generous financial support of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Additional works from the Yeats family collection will be offered in Ireland by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers, in November and December, at Castlecomer and Dublin. 

A spokesman for the family said: “Our family has enjoyed these items for many years. We are delighted that they will now be exhibited and available for everyone to see in Dublin and in London and for collectors to have the opportunity to acquire their own piece of Irish history.”

Charlie Minter, Head of Irish Art at Sotheby’s, said: “This is an intimate, personal collection of many never-before-seen works that shed light on the fabled Yeats family, their influence and personal connections. All the family are represented in this sale. There is a particularly impressive group of works by John, too often the forgotten father of the Yeats family. His work appears rarely at auction; this is our chance to revaluate his pictures and appreciate the great intimacy of his sketches.”

Sale Highlights

W.B.’s Letters to his life-long friend and first lover, Olivia Shakespear

This collection of over 130 handwritten letters spanning more than 40 years, from 1894 to 1936, is of the highest importance to literary history and of exceptional rarity on the open market (est. £250,000-350,000 / €281,000-394,000). Olivia Shakespear was Yeats’s first lover and the subject of early love poems, but over the decades their erotic entanglement transformed into one of Yeats’s most important and stable friendships. Following her death Yeats commented that “For more than forty years she has been the centre of my life in London”. She was a significant cultural figure in her own right and shared many of Yeats’s intellectual interests; she also introduced Yeats to Ezra Pound and to George Hyde-Lees, who became Yeats’s wife. In this extraordinary series of letters - totalling some 350 pages - Yeats sends her drafts of poems, gives advice on her novels, writes of his work, life, and reading, and describes the changes in Irish politics and society from before Independence through to the 1930s. 

The sale also includes W.B.’s writing bureau, on which he would have written many of these letters to Olivia (est. £20,000-30,000 / €22,500-33,800). It was used regularly for his correspondence in later years, a period during which he both wrote some of his most memorable verse, and was newly engaged in Irish political affairs. 

W.B. was, like the rest of the family, also a trained artist. The sale includes both an early sketchbook (which also contains very early poetic drafts) and two pastels of coole, the estate of Lady Gregory which Yeats described as ‘the most beautiful place in the world’ (est. £7,000-10,000 / € 7,900-11,300 and £8,000-12,000 / €9,000-13,500).

John Butler Yeats’ Sketchbooks and Final Self-Portrait

The sale will include the largest ever offering of works by John B. Yeats. He is best known for his drawings, of which over 85 are included in the sale along with 11 sketchbooks, depicting his family, the Irish countryside and celebrated contemporaries and friends, such as John O’Leary, Hugh Lane, Sarah Purser and Mary Walker (Máire NicShiubhlaigh). The paintings include his important final self-portrait, commissioned by the New York lawyer, collector and patron of the arts, John Quinn in 1911 (est. £30,000-50,000 / €33,800-56,500).

This self-portrait became somewhat of an obsession for the artist. Though work on the picture began in 1911, it would occupy Yeats for the rest of his life, until his death in 1922. “It fills my life. I have never an idle moment or idle thought. It is a long revel, just as satisfying to me as Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and I think I have been at it almost as many years.” - John Butler Yeats

Works by Jack Butler Yeats 

The Runaway Horseis the most valuable of the 35 artworks by Jack Yeats in the sale (est. £150,000-250,000 / €169,000-281,000). Painted in 1954, and one of his final works, the painting depicts a golden-haired child playing. Towards the end of his career, the theme of memory in his work became more enhanced - here the intoxicating impact of a youthful memory is conveyed not only though the artist’s choice of subject but also in the exuberant way in which he paints it.

The Sunset Belongs to You (1951), showing a dramatic encounter betweentwo anonymous figures, embodies a key theme in Yeats’s later work (est. £100,000-150,000 / €113,000-169,000). Transient meetings between travellers on the road fulfil an existential idea explored in the artist’s own novels and plays, and most notably in the plays of his friend, Samuel Beckett. The theatrical poses of the figures, with their bodies silhouetted against an expanse of sky, together with a dynamic application of paint, are evident of Yeats’s keen understanding of drama.

The extraordinary range of material in the sale produced by Jack encompasses original sets of broadside drawings, printed by Lolly and Lily’s Cuala Press, led by a group of four ink drawings (est. £15,000-20,000 / €16,900-22,500); his childhood sketchbook, aged 12, comprising numerous delightful drawings in pencil and pastel (est. £10,000-15,000 / €11,300-16,900); three of the artist’s scribbling diaries for the years 1888 and 1889, when he was a teenager during his second year in London, containing entries of great colour and detail recoding Jack’s new London life (each £8,000-12,000 / €9,000-13,500); a collection of early sketches and illustrationsdating largely from the time when he was beginning to make a career for himself as a contributor to various publications (est. £7,000-10,000 / €7,900-11,300).

Ahead of the publication of the catalogue, here is a glimpse of what to expect from the exhibition and sale, for items at all price points:

Items estimated at £500 and under

• Jack’s collapsible silk top hat (est. £500-700 / €600-800)

• A present to W.B. from his future wife, George: a silver box inscribed ‘Willy from George / July 1915’ (est. £100-120 / €150-150)

• John’s silver ring, engraved inside with his name (est. £400-600 / €450-700).

• Jack’s artist’s palette (est. £200-300 / €250-350)

• Photographs of W.B.’s greatest muse and love, Maud Gonne. He unsuccessfully asked her to marry him multiple times. She was the inspiration for more than eighty poems (est. £800-1,200 / €900-1,350).

Items estimated at £1,000 and under

• Jack’s collection of nine model boats or hulls (est. £1,000-1,500 / €1,150-1,700)

• W.B.’s rosewood monogrammed brushes (est. £800-1,200 / €900-1,350)

• A large pair of brass spiral twist altar-sticks, that stood before the great fireplace at W.B.’s castle in Galway, Thoor Ballylee (est. £800-1,200 / €900-1,350)

• A handmade boat by the Poet Laureate John Masefield, given to W.B. and his wife George (est. £700-900 / €800-1,050) 

• A portrait by W.B.’s muse and sometime lover Maud Gonne of her daughter Iseult (est. £2,000-3,000 / € 2,250-3,400)

Items estimated at £3,000 and under

• W.B.’s chess set, Canton, late 19th century (est. £2,500-3,500 / €2,850-3,950)

• The Yeats family dining table, acquired by W.B. with the money awarded to him from winning the Nobel Prize in 1923 (est. £1,500-2,500 / €1,700-2,850).

• W.B.’s metal deed box, painted “W.B. Yeats” on side (est. £2,000-3,000 / €2,250-3,400)

• A textile by Lily illustrating W.B.’s poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree (est. £1,500-2,500 / €1,700-2,850).

• Three embroideries by Lily Yeats (est. £3,000-5,000 / €3,400-5,700)

• Jack’s artist’s wooden box for pencils, decorated by Jack with a pirate theme, including a skull and crossbones together with the artist’s monogram (est. £3,000-5,000 / €3,400-5,700) 

• W.B.’s desk chair (est. £3,000-5,000 / €3,400-5,700)

• A sketch portrait of Jack, drawn by John in 1889 (est. £3,000-5,000 / €3,400-5,700)

• A self-portrait sketch by John, 1921 (est. £3,000-5,000 / €3,400-5,700)

Items estimated at £5,000 and under

• The Yeats Family Scrapbook, comprising 47 childhood drawings by William, Jack, Lily and Lolly. All the Yeats children had drawn, sketched, and painted since they were old enough to carry a brush. Alongside portraits of each other, is what can be considered Jack’s very first self-portrait aged eight, depicting him in a farmer’s field (est. £4,000-6,000 / €4,500-6,800)

• Eight photograph albums of the Yeats family, mostly assembled and captioned by Lily or Lolly Yeats (est. £5,000-7,000 / €5,700-7,900)

• A group sketches of family life by John, including pictures of W.B. as a baby and child, the children being read a story by their mother Susan (est. £5,000-7,000 / €5,700-7,900)

Image: William Butler Yeats. Highly important series of 133 autograph letters signed to his close friend and early lover Olivia Shakespear (£250,000-350,000).

PBA Galleries saw strong prices realized in their August 10th sale of Americana - Travel & Exploration - World History - Cartography. A number of lots sold for well over the presale high estimate and many lots saw spirited bidding, including an autograph letter by the first African-American Harvard graduate, early 20th century photographs of Hangzhou, China, and Captain F. Brinkley’s ten volume set of Japan: Described and Illustrated by the Japanese; Written by Eminent Japanese Authorities and Scholars.

A fascinating and rare album with 46 gelatin silver photographs of Hangzhou, China sold for $2,400, three times the presale high estimate. The prints depict various locales around the area in the early 20th century. Hangzhou, formerly Romanized as Hangchow, is the capital and most populous city of the Zhejiang Province in eastern China. Each view has an accompanying tissue guard and a paragraph of detailed description both in Chinese and English.

Another lot about the mysterious East, a limited Edition de Luxe of Captain F. Brinkley’s ten volumes on Japan sold for $3,300, more than four times the presale high estimate. Dating from the late 19th century the set is illustrated with classic hand-colored albumen photographs of various Japanese views, including tea ceremonies, bridges, gardens cherry blossoms, flower and produce vendors, temples and the Bronze Buddha at Kamakura. Also pictured is Mt. Fuji, theatre scenes, city and rural life, rickshaws, fishermaidens, and women in traditional dress.

A WWII French map of Germany, almost certainly a battlefront map, sold for $1,560, triple its presale estimate. The map was possibly used by U.S. Intelligence officers watching Soviet movements in German-held territory as there are red pencil writings indicating Soviet Russian troop movements in Germany and Czechoslovakia. Also appearing are names of Russian commanders and the date May 6 [1945], which is the day the Soviet battle for Prague began, just before the Nazi German capitulation.

Richard T. Greener was the first African-American graduate of Harvard and the first black faculty member at the University of South Carolina. An autograph letter signed by him on hotel stationery, written while he furiously campaigned among black voters in Ohio for the Republican presidential candidate James G. Blaine, sold for $1,440. Greener was considered an African-American visionary and was well-regarded by Republican Party managers whom he served as an orator of black audiences during the campaign. Despite his work, Blaine lost the election to Grover Cleveland.

Other lots doing well in the sale were a rare first edition of the first Peter Parley book, selling for $6,000, a respectable price despite lacking one leaf and being rebound in modern morocco & cloth; an early copy of the subscriber’s edition of Anson’s famous voyage around the world, selling for $3,600; the Pioneers Edition of The World in the Air: The Story of Flying in Pictures, signed by important figures in aviation history and selling for $3,300; the striking clipper ship sailing card Wild Rover! with iconic image representing sail versus steam selling for $1,800; and a Custer fight survivor's copy of Longstreet’s Civil War memoir From Manassas to Appomattox, selling for $1,680, well over the presale estimate.

PBA Galleries holds sales of fine, rare and collectible books every two weeks.  For more information regarding upcoming sales, consignments, or auction results, please contact PBA Galleries at (415) 989-2665 or

DALLAS, Texas (Aug. 15, 2017) - Singer/songwriter Graham Nash’s collection of Underground Comix art realized more than $1.1 million to lead Heritage Auctions’ summer Vintage Comics & Comic Art Auction in Dallas. The $6.3 million auction presented fresh-to-market art and key books to more than 2,800 bidders in person and via HALive!. 

“The market for original comic art continues to show its strength - especially for works by Robert Crumb,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President Heritage Auctions. “This is the second auction in a row in which we achieved six-figure selling prices of Robert Crumb’s art for our clients.”

The highlight of Nash’s collection was art by Crumb. The artist’s 1967 Original Cover Art for ZAP Comix #1 soared to $525,800 (the cover was never was used for the publication and was thought lost for years). The People's Comics Complete Four-Page Story Original Art sold for $203,150. Even Crumb’s later works bested high estimates as Weirdo #22 Complete 4-Page Story Original Art from 1988 sold for $131,450 and Crumb’s 1991 ID #2 Original Cover Art ended at $101,575, to round out the collection’s top six-figure lots.

Additional examples of Crumb’s art continued to beat expectations as Your Hytone Comics #nn Complete 9-Page Story "Pete the Plumber" Original Art sold for $89,625 and Mr. Natural #2 Complete 6-Page Story Original Art hammered for $77,675.

Key Comics Command Five Figures

An important private collection from Mister Magik Woo offered several key books in outstanding condition: The Amazing Spider-Man #14 (Marvel, 1964) CBCS NM/MT 9.8 sold for $71,700 and The Amazing Spider-Man #1, with a verified Stan Lee signature (Marvel, 1963) CBCS VF/NM 9.0, ended at $65,725.

A copy of Detective Comics #35 (DC, 1940) CGC VG+ 4.5, shot to $56,165 and 17 bidders competed to own All Star Comics #8 (DC, 1942), CGC VG 4.0 - featuring Wonder Woman's first appearance and origin - and pushed the auction price to $53,775. A coveted copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962), CGC VG/FN 5.0, sold for $38,240. 

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

·         From the Eric Sack Collection, Robert Crumb Snoid Comics One-Shot Complete Nine-Page Story Original Art (Kitchen Sink Press, 1980): realized $74,687 

·         Steve Ditko’s Original Art from Strange Tales #141 Story Page 8 featuring Doctor Strange (Marvel, 1966): realized $65,725

·         Steve Ditko’s Original Art from Amazing Spider-Man #22 Story Page 17 Original Art (Marvel, 1965): realized $52,580

·         Barry Windsor-Smith’s Original Cover for Marvel Comics Presents #83 featuring Wolverine/Weapon X (Marvel, 1991): realized $52,580

Consignments are now welcomed for Heritage Auction’s Nov. 16-17 Comics Auction in Beverly Hills. To consign and to learn more about the upcoming auction, please visit the Comics Auction Portal on

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

The Internet’s most popular auction-house website,, has over one million registered bidder-members, and searchable free archives of four million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos.

3384-09.jpgThe August 12, 2017 sale at National Book Auctions (NBA) featured a broad range of rare and collectible books and ephemera.

Figuring prominently were titles relating to travel, exploration, and opening of the American West as well as vellum-bound books dating back to the early 17th century. Other standout offerings were a portfolio of folding geological surveys of England and Wales by Sir Roderick Impey Murchison ($1,812) and Cornelius Gurlitt's profusely illustrated architectural study "Die Baukunst Konstantinopels" ($1,312).

Image: From Sir Roderick Impey Murchison geological survey

Further complementary material will be featured in NBA's upcoming sales throughout the year. For more information about bidding or consigning, email or call 607-269-0101.

BOW TIES copy.jpgPHILADELPHIA, PA - On September 18, Freeman’s will present at auction works from the Patricia and John Roche Collection, including 100 paintings, prints and watercolors from highly regarded European and American artists. Proceeds from the sale of the collection will go to fund the Patricia Kelly Roche Scholarship at St. John’s University in New York. Mrs. Roche was herself the beneficiary of a scholarship to St. John’s, awarded by the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. She was the first of her family to go to college, an opportunity that would not have been possible without the financial assistance her scholarship provided. 

Patricia and John Roche were married just out of college in 1957. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Mr. Roche began his legal career at the firm of Shearman & Sterling in New York in 1963. He became a partner in 1971, specializing in banking law. In 1989, Mr. Roche left Shearman & Sterling to become the chief legal officer of Citicorp and Citibank. He retired in 2000 as the co-general counsel of Citigroup. 

Mrs. Roche received a Master’s degree in English from New York University. It was while raising their two children, Janet and Keith, and reading to them at the family’s home in Brooklyn Heights, that Mrs. Roche discovered she wanted to tell stories of her own. She took courses in art and writing children’s books at the New School and, combining her interest in drawing and painting, began to write and illustrate stories for children, many of which were inspired by her deep love for her own son and daughter. Mrs. Roche found a receptive editor at Dial Press in New York, and began her career as an author. She has since published seven books.

Later, as her interest turned to landscape painting in watercolors, the couple began collecting watercolors and prints. On their trips to London for vacation or for Mr. Roche’s business, Mrs. Roche visited art galleries and fell in love with the work of artists of the 19th century, the “golden age” of English watercolors. 

Mr. Roche was a willing partner in acquiring what was to become a large and varied collection of artists such as William Lionel Wyllie, Charles Bentley and William Cornwallis Harris. Her interest was also sparked by contemporary artists in England, Scotland and the United States. Soon, their collection expanded to include works by American painter and printmaker, Wayne Thiebaud and, in a nod to Mrs. Roche’s background in children’s book, the drawings of Maurice Sendak. 

Highlights of the collection include a group of six works on paper by Wayne Thiebaud. Two, ‘Bow Ties’ and ‘Dark Cake’, are prints from published editions. Executed in lithography, the first is a quintessential Thiebaud composition, comprised of rows of brightly patterned subjects. The medium showcases Thiebaud’s skill as a draftsman, and presents his delight in color and repetition, a style and subject that echoes fellow pop artist, Andy Warhol. Packed tightly together and extending beyond the picture plane, each tie is offered up like so many bespoke cupcakes or desserts for our delectation. ‘Dark Cake’ is another joyful exercise for the artist. This time, however, he executes the print in a lush, richly layered woodcut process which showcases the artist’s hand and the three dimensionality of the cake. Here, one of the oldest modes of printmaking is manipulated in a way that reveals Thiebaud’s delight in process as well as subject.

In his forward to a 2013 exhibition featuring his hand-colored prints, Thiebaud writes, “When is a work finished? And how does that differ from work that feels complete?” The four additional works from the Roche collection are examples of the artist’s quest to answer these questions. Three of the four are unique works executed in watercolor, gouache and other media over existing printed matrices. Each work represents the artist’s exploration of an image after and beyond a ‘finished’ print. In one, an etching of a songbird momentarily poised on a perch, the background has been richly colored with pastels and gouache focusing our attention on the bird itself. In another, extensive watercolor additions bring to life the interplay of light and sky upon a sunny California hillside. And finally, in what may well be the jewel of the collection, a jar of brightly candy sticks pops off the paper in a hand-colored triumph, ‘Glassed Candy.’

After decades of collecting, Mr. and Mrs. Roche have decided to part with their lovingly curated collection and, with the proceeds, fund a scholarship in Mrs. Roche’s name, as it was her artistic talent that was the guiding force behind the selection of many of the individual works.

As with the recent Kaplan Collection in April, and the Forbes and Brewster Collections in December of 2016, Freeman’s understands the art and passion of collecting, and has long held that keeping a collection together and offering it as a whole allows the vision of the collector to shine through. Freeman’s is honored to steward the Patricia and John Roche Collection to auction this fall.

Image: WAYNE THIEBAUD (AMERICAN, B. 1920), “BOW TIES”, Color lithograph on wove paper, $20,000-30,000.

hihi.jpgNew York - Christie’s announces Photographs from The Museum of Modern Art, a selection of over 400 photographs to be sold at Christie’s New York starting with four highlights in the October 10th Photographs Day Sale. A subsequent series of online auctions will be held in October, concurrently with the live Day Sale, and in December 2017, as well as January and April 2018. The online sales are carefully curated to encompass several important themes and genres of the medium, including Pictorialism into Modernism, Women in Photography, and several sales on individual photographers will be featured. 

The works offered include iconic photographs by many of the most well-known names from the early 20th century to the post-war period, including Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Man Ray, Edward Weston, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Walker Evans, to name a few. The selection is led by two unique Rayograph works by Man Ray from 1923 and 1928, to be offered in the live auction in New York on October 10. All proceeds from the sales will go into an acquisitions fund for the Museum’s Department of Photography.

Highlights will be previewed during a multi-city tour, with exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York starting in September 2017. Cataloguing and complete details of the sales will be available on in September 2017.

Darius Himes, International Head of Photographs, Christie’s, remarks: “Christie’s is honored to offer for sale a selection of photographs from The Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 1940, the Museum became the first in the country to form a Department of Photography. Many of the artists represented in this series of live and online auctions will be deeply familiar to any student of photography, and are beloved on an international scale. These auctions represent a unique opportunity to support the Museum and own a piece of photographic history.”

Tour Dates and Locations:

Los Angeles | Highlights Exhibition | September 5-9

San Francisco | Highlights Exhibition | September 19-23

New York | Auction Preview | October 5-9

Upcoming Auctions:

October 5-11/12, 2017

MoMA: Pictorialism into Modernism

MoMA: Henri Cartier-Bresson

December 2017

MoMA: Women in Photography

January 2018

MoMA: Garry Winogrand

MoMA: Bill Brandt

April 2018

MoMA: Walker Evans

MoMA: Tracing Photography's History

Image: MAN RAY (1890-1976), Rayograph, 1928. Image/ sheet: 15 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. (39.2 x 29.8 cm.) Estimate: $150,000-250,000.

2012-03.jpgThe July 29, 2017 sale at National Book Auctions (NBA) featured a broad range of rare and collectible books and ephemera.

Figuring prominently were titles relating to the opening of the American West as well as vellum-bound books dating back to the early 17th century. Other standout offerings included a first Canadian edition of Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" ($2,375) and a first edition of Paul Allen's "History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark" ($1,250).

Noteworthy ephemera lots included a c. 1780 map of ancient Germany by De Vaugondy and Groux; a c. 1936 photogravure print of Dorothea Lange's iconic image "Migrant Mother;" and an extensive archive of manuscript records from the Ilion Bank that incorporated several documents signed by Eliphalet Remington, founder of both the bank and of the legendary Remington Arms Company.

Further complementary material will be featured in NBA's upcoming sale on August 12, 2017. NBA's cataloged live sales take place in the Galleries at Worth Asset Brokerage in Freeville, New York (just six miles north of Cornell University) and are simulcast to a global bidding audience via Invaluable. NBA's sister company, Worth Auctions, will be holding a sale the following morning that will include a 1965 Buick coupe, an important Bauhaus porcelain dinner service, the contents of two private binderies, and much more. For more information about bidding or consigning, email or call 607-269-0101.signing, or call 607-269-0101.

Prints, rare first editions, and out-of-print books from the 17th-19th centuries headline StoryLTD’s Antiquarian Books and Prints online auction on 29-30 August. Estimates range from INR 15,000-20,000 to 16-18 lakhs for the 81 lots on offer. Replete with battle accounts and travels across India, Afghanistan, Burma and Sri Lanka, the books on auction cover themes including observations of local customs and architectural wonders, as well as lighter ones on cookery. Many feature lavish illustrations, and are presented in attractive leather binding with rich gilting and lettering. This is StoryLTD’s third auction in the category, with two highly successful auctions held in past years. The auction is preceded by viewings at Saffronart, Mumbai.

Auction Highlights

Screen Shot 2017-08-10 at 9.22.12 AM.pngScenery, Inhabitants, and Costumes of Afghaunistan , a book with detailed accounts and illustrations of individual battles, Afghan cities, local people and customs, geographic features, and indigenous soldiers, authored by James Rattray and published in 1848 by Hering & Remington. James Rattray was a lieutenant in the British Bengal Army, who recorded his experiences and produced sketches during the first Anglo-Afghan War (1839-1842). Published after the war, the text and illustrations are autobiographical and recount many of the positive aspects and pitfalls of an ultimately unsuccessful campaign. Featuring 29 coloured plates with a descriptive letterpress, it has a contemporary dark green half morocco binding.

Estimate: Rs 16-18 lakhs ($25,000-$28,125)

Select Views in India , authored by William Hodges and published in 1786 by J Edwards. Hodges was the first Englishman to document India. This is an excellent copy of his pioneering work on India’s architecture and landscape. It features 48 aquatint plates, and is beautifully presented in period calf leather and embellished with a Greek key scroll border. Hodges also served as an inspiration to Thomas Daniell, the illustrious English landscape painter who became known for his aquatints.

Estimate: Rs 16-18 lakhs ($25,000-$28,125)

Portraits of Princes and People of India , authored by Emily Eden and published in 1843 by Dickinson & Son. With 24 coloured lithographic plates depicting the lives of Indian rulers and their families, it is presented in an original contemporary half moroccan and cloth cover.

Estimate: Rs 11-14 lakhs ($17,190-$21,875)

Scenery and Reminiscences of Ceylon, authored by John Deschamps, Esq., and published in 1844 by by Ackermann & Co. With coloured lithographic plates, this is a significant and ambitious survey of mid-19th century Sri Lanka, where Deschamps spent nine years as an officer in the Royal Artillery. It is presented in a contemporary green cloth binding.

Estimate: Rs 4.5-5.5 lakhs ($7,035-$8,595)

Set of Two Highly Decorated Books: “Sakoontala, or The Lost Ring ” , and “Folk Tales of Bengal”.  Sakoontala , Kalidasa’s famous Sanskrit play, was translated into English by Monier Williams and published in 1855 by Stephen Austin. The book is bound in full calf, with decorated endpapers and gilt edges.  Folk Tales of Bengal by Lal Behari Dey was published in 1912 by Macmillan & Co., Limited. Each tale is beautifully illustrated in colour by Warwick Goble.

Estimate: Rs 50,000-60,000 ($785-$940)

Set of Two Early Indian Cookery Books:  Indian Domestic Economy and Receipt with Hindustanee Romanized Names  by R Riddell, published in 1871 by Thacker Spink & Co., comprises directions for both Western and Indian cookery, while also instructing the reader on more practical matters connected with household affairs of the time.  Culinary Jottings for Madras by Colonel Arthur Robert Kenney-Herbert “Wyven”, was published in 1883 by Higginbothams & Co. Colonel Wyvern’s book offers an intriguing look into Anglo-Indian cuisine, instructing readers on how to produce English and French food using locally available and imported ingredients, as well as managing and running a kitchen.

Estimate: Rs 30,000-50,000 ($470-$785)

Women Travellers in India (Set of Three Books)

This is a set of three fascinating accounts by women travellers who accompanied their husbands to India.  The Diary of a Civilian's Wife in India, 1877-1882,  by Mrs. Robert Moss King, published in 1884 by Richard Bentley & Sons, is a two-volume set with drawings made by her. In  Our Visit to Hindostan, Kashmir & Ladakh,  published in 1879 by W H Allen & Co., Mrs J C Murray Ayensley describes her impressions of the cities she travelled to, with brief mention of tea cultivation in Kulu, an opium factory in Ghazipore, Sikh festivals, camp life in Kashmir, and sheep as beasts of burden.  The Indian Alps and how We Crossed Them  was authored  by Nina Elizabeth Mazuchelli, the first Englishwoman to have travelled far into the eastern Himalayas. Published in 1875 by Dodd, Mead & Co., it is an early mountaineering classic of Himalayan travel, and one of the few early exploration books that was not primarily a hunting expedition.

Estimate: Rs 60,000-80,000 ($940-$1,250)

A Discoverie of the Sect of the Banians,  authored by Henry Lord and published in 1630 by F. Constable. The oldest book in this auction, it is one of the earliest accounts of Hinduism and Zoroastrianism by Europeans. The book is bound in a modern brown calf cover with marbled boards and a red morocco label.

Estimate: Rs 2.5-3 lakhs ($3,910-$4,690)

Views in Burman Empire  is a collection of ten plates by Captain James Kershaw and William Daniell that illustrates Prome, Rangoon, Melloon and Pagham-Mew. Published in 1831 by Smith, Elder & Co., each print is individually mounted and presented in a yellow cloth Solander box.

Estimate: Rs 11-14 lakhs ($17,190-$21,875)

Views in the Himalayan Mountains,  a set of four aquatints, was touted by Godrej & Rohatgi as “the finest aquatints of mountain scenery ever produced”, and was published in 1820 by Messrs. Rodwell and Martin.

Estimate: Rs 5-5.5 lakhs ($7,815-$8,595)

The Glorious Conquest of Seringapatam  is a striking triptych depicting Tipu Sultan’s magnificent but failed attempt at defending the fortress of Seringapatam from British troops. Each section of the triptych is a hand-tinted mezzotint by J. Vendramini (after Robert Ker Porter), made in 1802-03.

Estimate: Rs 7.5-8.5 lakhs ($11,720-$13,285)

About StoryLTD and Saffronart

Launched in 2013, StoryLTD is an e-commerce and auction service offered by Saffronart, India’s leading auction house. StoryLTD provides a unified and convenient shopping experience encompassing diverse categories. Our fixed price collections include prints, paintings, photography, design and jewellery, offered at accessible price points. We have held several successful auctions of modern and contemporary Indian art, antiquarian books and prints, ephemera on Indian art, folk and tribal art, and sports and film memorabilia.

Founded in 2000 by Minal and Dinesh Vazirani, Saffronart is a leading international auction house, and India’s most reputed, with over a hundred auctions to its credit. It is headquartered in Mumbai, with offices in New Delhi, London and New York. At the forefront of selling Indian art, we hold online and live auctions, exhibitions, and prime property sales throughout the year. Our focus is to bring transparency to the auction process, and provide easy access to bidders around the world.

Saffronart’s services go beyond auctions to include private sales, art storage, appraisals and valuations for our clients, and supporting the efforts of the Indian art world by holding fundraiser auctions. We have set several global benchmarks for online auctions, and were the subject of a case study at Harvard Business School in 2005.


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ITHACA, NY—Worth Auctions, located in Dryden, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog.   

This auction features a broad range of art and antiques from multiple estates and collections nationwide.

Leading off the sale is a 1965 Buick Wildcat. Consigned to us by the initial owner, this classic American sport coupe is in pleasing garaged condition with 59,000 original miles and plenty of deluxe options including power steering and brakes.          

Another exceptional lot is an important porcelain dinner service manufactured by KPM Berlin under the direction of Bauhaus designer Marguerite Friedlaender Wildenhain. This thirty-nine piece set was brought to the United States by a judge involved in the Nuremberg trials.

Also showcased in this auction will be the contents of two private binderies. Tools include an Altair laying press, four wooden finishing presses, a Duplo mini-collator, numerous leather carving and stamping tools, hand-marbled endpapers, and more.                      

Of interest to antique firearms collectors is a Colt Model 1849 cartridge revolver and a collection of powder horns and flasks.

Fine art offerings of note will include a monumental autumnal landscape by Walter King Stone, a Lincoln campaign lithograph by Currier & Ives, a suite of paintings by Miriam Ruchames, a large-scale Calder lithograph, an albumen photograph by William Henry Jackson, and an extensive collection of photogravures by prominent photographers dating from the 1920s to the 1970s.    

Other items of interest are a pre-1927 Martin ukelele, several sets of contemporary furniture, a colorful hanging textile from Colombia, nineteenth-century decorative glassware, vintage Bakelite bangles, Disney collectibles, NASA memorabilia, a large Coca-Cola sign, various wind-up toys, a squirrel cage, a marble headstone, early Wonder Woman comics, antique astronomy tools, a robot dial radio, historical firefighting equipment, and much more.

Further complementary material will be featured in future sessions in 2017. These cataloged live sales will take place in the Galleries at Worth Asset Brokerage in Freeville, New York and will be simulcast to a global bidding audience via Invaluable, LiveAuctioneers, and eBay Live.  

Worth Auctions is a public auction service specializing in estate work and collections.  The company conducts fully cataloged auctions with global bidding activity over three platforms. The upcoming auctions will feature a wide assortment of items, from pencils to airplanes. For more information, please contact the gallery at 607-330-0358 or email


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

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera. Travel and exploration figures prominently across the catalog, include titles relating to the opening of the American West.  A fine selection of important first editions will be offered, alongside special signed and limited editions.           

Antique and rare books in this catalog include numerous titles.  Among the earliest examples are the 1678 printing of la Fayette's "Memoires de Hollande," "Pontificale Romanum Clements VIII and Urbani VIII," published in 1683, and the 1641 printing of Sibbes' "The Returning Backslider."  Additional rare selections include a signed copy of Andy Warhol's "Philosophy of Andy Warhol," in the original dust jacket, an 1883 first printing of Twain's "Life on the Mississippi," and the decorative "Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant," produced in two volumes in 1885.                       

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased.  Highlighted is a sizable group of antique volumes relating to travel and exploration, featuring such examples as the 1881 first edition of Ellis' "On a Raft and through the Desert," produced in two volumes, and a variety of antique titles chronicling expansionism in Africa.  Early exploration in the American West is covered by scarce works such as Stevens' "Narrative and Final Report of the Explorations for a Route for a Pacific Railroad," printed in 1860 with folding maps, and Fremont's "Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842 & Oregon and North Carolina in the Years 1843-'44."  Other vintage and antique works also include decorative bindings, books-on-books, military history, theology, travel & exploration, art history, special printings (Folio Society, Easton Press, etc.), Civil War, children's, multi-volume sets, and much more.   

Found throughout this catalog are interesting ephemera offerings. These lots include bound compilations of Civil War issues of "Harper's Weekly" and important autographs such as Henry Morton Stanley, Richard Evelyn Byrd and others.  Additional ephemera categories include rare photographs, antique scrapbooks, black Americana, antique magazines, vintage comic books and more.   

National Book Auctions is a public auction service specializing in books, ephemera, and art. National Book Auctions is a targeted service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. The upcoming auctions will feature a wide assortment of collectible, signed, and first edition books. For more information, please contact the gallery at 607-269-0101 or email

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. - Paintings by the Russian Federation artist Kharlampi Kostandi (1868-1939), Reginald Marsh (Am., 1898-1954) and Ogden Minton Pleissner (Am., 1905-1983), plus items from the collection of Academy Award-nominated actress Grayson Hall (1925-1985) and her writer-husband Sam Hall (1921-2014) will all come up for bid on Wednesday, August 16th.

They’re part of what awaits bidders at Nye & Company Auctioneers’ Summer Estate Treasures Auction, online and in the firm’s gallery at 20 Beach Street in Bloomfield, just north of Newark and not far from New York City. For those unable to attend live, online bidding will be provided by and Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

Around 700 lots will come up for bid, including about 50 lots of silver, Mid-Century Modern furniture, doctors’ and medical books, and property from a member of the Russian Royal Family, prominent New York and New Jersey estates, and property from a UN Plaza private collector.

“As a result of local estate liquidation, the August auction has some unexpected highlights,” said John Nye, president and principal auctioneer of Nye & Company Auctioneers. “They’re the type of strong lots usually associated with a fall sale. We anticipate international interest in the major paintings, both from the internet and phone bidders.” The sale will begin at 10 am Eastern time. 

The oil on canvas painting by Russian Federation artist Kharlampi Kostandi, a pretty moonlight seascape measuring 24 inches by 30 inches, is a strong candidate for top lot of the auction, with a pre-sale estimate of $40,000-$60,000. The work, artist signed, and has just some small paint loss.

Reginald Marsh was an American painter who was born in Paris and is best known for his depictions of life in New York City in the 1920s and ‘30s. His watercolor and ink rendering of tugboats at sea, titled simply Tugs, is signed and dated (1944) and should bring $8,000-$12,000.

Ogden Minton Pleissner was an American painter specializing in landscapes and war art related to his service in World War II. But the watercolor depiction of homes in a bucolic countryside setting is anything but warlike. His signed painting, titled Avallon, is estimated at $2,000-$4,000.

Also offered will be a large-size Manhattan riverscape engraving, 32 inches tall by 51 inches wide, from a painting by J. W. Hill titled New York. The framed piece, engraved by C. Mottram and published by F. & G.W. Smith (N.Y.), has some tears and is expected to hit $800-$1,200.

The items from the estate of Sam and Grayson Hall came out of the 1799 house the couple bought together on the Hudson River in Rhinebeck, N.Y. The home was a showplace, featured in the January 1983 issue of Architectural Digest. Many of its appointments are in the auction.

Grayson Hall was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in John Houston’s 1964 film Night of the Iguana. But she’s best remembered as Dr. Julia Hoffman, the doctor who fell in love with the vampire character Barnabas Collins on the cult classic soap, Dark Shadows. Sam Hall was a writer on the show; he was also head writer for the soap opera One Life to Live.

The Mid-Century Modern furniture will feature tables by Gilbert Rohde (1894-1994) for Herman Miller. Rohde’s career as a furniture and industrial designer helped define American Modernism during its first phase, from the late 1920s to World War II. He is credited today for inaugurating Modern design at Herman Miller, Inc. Rohde lived in and around New York City his entire life.

Rohde’s tables in the sale include a Paldao coffee table (stenciled #4186), having a biomorphic top supported on one tapering leg and one curved support, both covered in tan, circa 1940 (est. $800-$1,200); and a Cloud occasional table (model #4187, stenciled #4186, circa 1940s), with acacia burl, brass nailheads and vinyl wrapped wood legs. It’s expected to finish at $400-$600.

Additional furniture pieces in the sale will include a Dutch Baroque-style inlaid chest of drawers with mirror, produced in the late 19th or early 20th century, with four drawers on bun feet (est. $800-$1,200); and a figural steel bistro set consisting of two “he-she” barstools and a table, designed by Fred Garbotz and manufactured by Rockledge Design Studios (est. $500-$700).

Other items up for bid will include an 18th/19th century French Louis XV gilt wood oval mirror, 73 inches tall by 49 inches wide, with two candlearms (est. $1,500-$2,500); a 14kt yellow gold diamond and sapphire necklace, stamped Italy, with 35 small round prong set diamonds (est. $1,500-$2,500); and a J.E. Caldwell sterling silver teapot with stand and burner (est. $500-$800).

John Nye had a long and fruitful career at Sotheby’s before he and his wife, Kathleen, acquired Dawson’s in 2003 and started Dawson & Nye. With the move to Bloomfield seven years later, they renamed the business to Nye & Company (Auctioneers, Appraisers, Antiques). The firm is nationwide, but the vast bulk of the business comes from trusts and estates in the tri-state area.

For more information about Nye & Company Auctioneers and the Summer Estate Treasures Auction scheduled for Wednesday, August 16th, please visit

218-KeepCalm.jpgNew York— More than 600 colorful advertisements and announcements crossed the block at Swann Auction Galleries’ sale of Vintage Posters on Wednesday, August 2. The encyclopedic selection represented a century’s worth of development in graphic design, history and technology.

In honor of the centennial anniversary of the U.S.’s entry into WWI, the sale featured the largest selection of war propaganda the house has ever offered. According to Nicholas D. Lowry, Swann Galleries’ President and Director of Vintage Posters, the varied designs from 1917 are the result of the government giving illustrators free rein to create striking imagery that continues to resonate today. Highlights from this category include works by James Montgomery Flagg, lead by I Want You for U.S. Army, which sold for $14,300*, and Wake Up America Day ($5,250).

The top lot was the iconic British directive Keep Calm and Carry On, 1939, which was purchased by a collector for $15,000. Additional highlights from WWII included Join the ATS, 1941, a poster by Abram Games considered so scandalous it was never published ($6,500), and a suite of patriotic works by Leo Lionni, titled Keep ‘Em Rolling!, 1941, purchased by an institution for $8,750. Lowry added, “As expected, the war posters and propaganda sold exceptionally well, with nearly 80% of lots offered finding buyers.” War poster sales accounted for nearly half of the total revenue of the auction.

Fin de siècle works performed well, with a pencil drawing by Alphonse Mucha nearly doubling its estimate to sell for $10,400. The Art Nouveau master was also represented by Zodiac, 1900, Job, 1898, and Salon des Cent, 1896 ($11,250, $6,563 and $6,500, respectively). A monumental circa 1905 advertisement for Abricotine liqueur by Eugène Grasset reached $8,125, while Ausstellung für Amateur - Photographie, a 1908 ad for cameras by Burkhard Mangold, was purchased for $4,750, a record for the work. Walter Schackenberg’s complete 1920 portfolio of striking costume designs, Ballet und Pantomine, reached $11,250.

Posters promoting performers spanned a century and encompassed a variety of acts. One of the oldest works in the sale depicted the heavily tattooed Captain Constentenus at P.T. Barnum’s New American Museum in 1876; it reached more than five times its high estimate, finally selling to a buyer on the phone for $6,750. Nearly 100 years later, Rick Griffin created the well-known eyeball design for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, 1968 ($11,875). An undated, life-size advertisement for Danté, often considered the last Golden Age magician, was purchased by a collector for $12,500.

The next sale of Vintage Posters at Swann Galleries will be Rare & Important Travel Posters on October 26, 2017. For more information or consign quality materials, contact Nicholas D. Lowry at

Image: 218 Keep Calm and Carry On, designer unknown, 1939. Sold August 2, 2017 for $15,000. (Pre-sale estimate $12,000 to $18,000)


The Fine Literature and Fine Books auction at PBA Galleries on July 27th showed an upswing in prices of modern literature. Sales were strong with nearly 80% of lots sold and heating bidding on a number of the high spots.  It appears from these results and strong sales at other auction houses, the 19th & 20th century literature market has recovered from the lows of a few years ago. 

The first American edition of Moby-Dick; or, the Whale, though rebound in 20th century full brown levant morocco, sold for a healthy $9,600. Melville’s book is considered to be one of the most important American novels of the 19th century and is based on his experiences at sea and the actual sinking of the whaling boat, Essex, by a sperm whale in 1820. This edition followed the English edition by a month and contains thirty-five passages and the “Epilogue” omitted in the London printing. 

Selling for its presale high estimate of $6,000 was a first edition of J. D Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye in a first issue jacket in very good condition. The jacket has the original "$3.00" printed price present and the photo credit of Salinger's portrait by Lotte Jacobi on rear panel, and with Salinger’s hair just touching the top edge of the rear panel. One of the best novels of the 20th century, it tells the classic story of the "cynical adolescent" Holden Caulfield.

The Works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 24 volumes topped its presale estimate, selling for $5,400. Quite rare in the original paper dust jackets, this is one of 750 copies of the “Crowborough Edition,” signed by Doyle on the limitation page. The set has all of Doyle's major works, including The Sherlock Holmes series, The Lost World, The White Company, Sir Nigel, The Refuges, Memories, etc.

Other highlights of the sale selling above the presale high estimates include Estelle Doheny’s copy of The Red Badge of Courage. The first edition, first issue of Stephen Crane’s most enduring work about the American Civil War and a true high spot of American literature sold for $5,400. A First Edition, first issue of The Two Towers, by J. R. R. Tolkien sold for $5,100. A near fine copy of the second title in the high fantasy series Lord of the Rings trilogy, it contains a folding map of the Middle Earth tipped to the rear endpaper. A First edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald's great masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, sold for $5,100, nearly twice its presale estimate. Considered to be the epitome of the Jazz Age in American literature, this copy is a first issue in the original dark green cloth housed in a custom cloth box.

PBA Galleries holds sales of fine, rare and collectible books every two weeks.  For more information regarding upcoming sales, consignments, or auction results, please contact PBA Galleries at (415) 989-2665 or

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PBA Galleries is a San Francisco-based auction house rooted in nearly 60 years of service to the collectors’ community. Auctions are held every-other week in a variety of specialties and genres, including rare books, manuscripts, maps, Americana, and related materials. For information regarding bidding or consignment, please call 415.989.2665 or email PBA Galleries is located at 1233 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109.

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