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NEW YORK, 18 January 2017-Today in New York, Sotheby’s auction of Alexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive of Letters and Manuscripts achieved an outstanding total of $2,645,750, surpassing its pre-sale high estimate of $2.1 million. All 77 lots on offer - representing hundreds of individual documents- found buyers, marking a rare ‘White Glove’ auction. Eleven lots broke the previous auction record for any document handwritten by Hamilton - a record that had held since 2001*.

Viewed by thousands of visitors over the past week at Sotheby’s New York, the collection of letters and manuscripts by and relating to Alexander Hamilton drew a diverse audience: from political-science enthusiasts to theater lovers, newly-impassioned historians, and institutional collections-even the company of Hamilton: An American Musical. This remarkable archive of highly-personal documents had descended through Hamilton’s family for the last two centuries, with many of the manuscripts previously unknown to historians.

Selby Kiffer, Senior International Specialist for Sotheby's Books & Manuscripts, noted: “We have been thrilled to be part of the cultural movement that has re-established this Founding Father's rightful place in history. The results of today’s sale are an indicator not only of the tremendous public interest in Alexander Hamilton, but also of the appetite among both new and established collectors to own historical documents.”

A highlight of today’s auction was the document responsible for Alexander Hamilton’s foray into the public sphere: Alexander Hamilton’s Appointment as Aide-de-Camp to General George Washington from 1777, which sold for $212,500. This appointment jumpstarted Hamilton’s political career, leading to subsequent positions as congressman, founder of the Bank of New York, member of the Constitutional convention and more.

The auction was led by A Previously Unrecorded Autograph Draft of Pacificus Essay No. VI, which achieved $262,500. One of the most important essays written by Alexander Hamilton, under the pen name Pacificus, Pacificus VI is particularly vital to the storyline of Hamilton as no manuscript copies of The Federalist Papers - considered by many to be his most famous work - survive.

FURTHER SALE HIGHLIGHTS

**All Achieving Multiples of Their Estimates**

Lot 1036

Philip Schuyler

A Group of 34 Autograph Letters Signed ("PH. Schuyler"), 1790-1804, to His Daughter Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton

Estimate $35/50,000

Sold for $125,000

Lot 1007

Alexander Hamilton 

Autograph Letter Signed (“AH”) to Elizabeth Schuyler (“My Dearest Girl”); The Earliest Surviving Love Letter from Alexander Hamilton to His Future Wife

Estimate $40/60,000

Sold for $118,750

Lot 1040

Philip Schuyler

A Group of 17 Letters, 1793-1803, Addressed to His Son-in-Law, Alexander Hamilton

Estimate $30/50,000

Sold for $118,750

Lot 1016

Alexander Hamilton

Autograph Letter Signed (“A Hamilton”) to Elizabeth Hamilton, Announcing that the Army Is Preparing to Engage Cornwallis in Virginia

Estimate $30/50,000

Sold for $106,250

Lot 1043

Alexander Hamilton

Autograph Letter Signed (“AH”) To Angelica Schuyler Church, Sending And Requesting Family News

Estimate $6/8,000

Sold of $62,500

*The previous auction record for an Alexander Hamilton manuscript was $44,650, established at Christie’s New York in May 2001.

 

National Book Auctions has been engaged to sell a trove of important theological and historical texts dating back to the sixteenth century that were rescued from a flooding church in Akron, Ohio in 1969. The volumes were saved from the deluge by the church's minister and have gone unseen by the public for the past past five decades.

Dan Cole, Operations Director for National Book Auctions, arrived in Akron in the company van not knowing what to expect. "All we knew beforehand was that the minister had carried off as much as he could as the church was filling up with water. When I got inside the house, there were close to a hundred boxes along rows and rows of shelves, all basically untouched since the day of the flood. It still wasn't clear what condition the contents were in-whether the water had already gotten to them."

Explains Founder and CEO David Hall, "It wasn't until we got the books back to the auction gallery that the real archaeological work began. We were pleased to discover that the collection was on the whole very well-preserved and contained some very scarce and early titles. It is a real honor to bring this kind of material out of the dark and into the light again after so long. Discoveries like this are what make our jobs so rewarding."

The first session of the consignment, offered at the auction house's Freeville, New York saleroom and simulcast via Invaluable on January 7, 2017 realized over $27,000. The top lot was George Leo Haydock's "The Holy Bible Translated From the Latin Vulgate", published in two illustrated volumes in 1812 and 1815, which fetched $2,250. 

Other titles of note included William Cave's "Antiquitates Apostolicae", published as a full-leather folio in 1676; the complete 24-volume "Encyclopedia Londonensis" dating from the early 19th century and lavishly illustrated with over 1,000 engraved plates; and a scarce first edition of "Le Vite Degli Imperatori Romani"-Antonio Ciccarelli's 1590 biographical history of the Roman Emperors. 

Further religious and secular material from this fascinating collection will be offered on January 22, 2017. They include Hachette's "La Devotion a la Divine Providence"; James Fennimore Cooper's "The Two Admirals"; and Digby's "The Broad Stone of Honour".

National Book Auctions is a specialist auction house focusing almost exclusively on rare and collectible books and ephemera since the 1990s. Its sister company, Worth Auctions, handles a broad variety of personal property including fine art, furnishings, jewelry, coins, and more. For more information, contact mail@nationalbookauctions.com or mail@worthauctions.com.

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Lot 2

Clouet (Jean Baptiste) Carte d'Afrique divisée en ses principaux Etats...
Published: Mondhare & Jean, Paris & Cadiz, 1785

Estimate: $12,000/13,500

Stunningly beautiful wall map, with historiated border, which also shows Cook's voyages. One of the few of these all maps to survive in good condition. A work of art.

L'abbé Jean Baptiste Louis Clouet (1729 - 1790) was a French cartographer and geographer born 1729 in Rennes. He was a member of the Academy of Science in Rouen. His main work was the Géographie Moderne, which first was issued in 1767. This carte de cabinet (a wall map) is one of a set of four continents and the world (five maps in all), all with historiated borders, published in 1785 by Mondhare & Jean in Paris and Cadiz.

This map of Africa is printed on four sheets which are joined and laid on reinforcing linen. This is a beautiful wall map of Africa, with two title cartouches; the principal one in French and another in Spanish. The main cartouche is elaborate and richly embellished with iconography representing various features of Africa, e.g. Africa is personified by a Ceres like female figure wearing an elephant scalp headdress from Roman iconography - and she is holding a cornucopia; pyramids; and a crocodile representing the Nile River.

Lot 3

2 Photograph Albums with 95 original photos from Gambia

Published: London, 1840 - 1843

Estimate: $1,500/2,000

With stunning pictures of Gambia during the colonisation, among the market in Basse, building of police station at Basse, police forces, Fulas, Fatoto, musicians, building of shops in Kudang, Soudan traders, Governors of Gambia (Sir Edward John Cameron and later Sir Cecil Hamilton Armitage, formerly Chief Commissioner of the Northern Territories of the Gold Coast), Cape St. Mary, views of streets and markets, villages, ports, landscapes, etc. Extremely rare photos of steamers Artimon, Tendaba, Sandu, Duncannon, Swan, Waterwitch, Combo, Mungo Park, Mansa Kila Ba, Vampire, official governor's and ships Kade, Fuladu, Rip, Maypole, Fuladu, Scout, etc.

The earliest photographs show construction and other scenes in the port of Banjul, now the capital, then still called Bathurst, including a flood in 1918. Several show the building of stores in Kudang in 1917. The latest show visits of Governors to Basse, the major city on the Eastern side of the country, in 1922. Especially interesting are the images of the native inhabitants, including Sudan traders, market scenes, washerwomen, musicians, street life, a "wizard" with worshipers, Fulas. Many travel albums have a few interesting subjects among a lot of fillers, but here almost every image is rich in content. All photographs titled in English.

Lot 7

Tyler (Richard Oviet) The Planets (limited to 25 copies)

Published: Uranian Press, New York, 1958 Estimate: $5,000/7,500

Although this spectacular work should be viewed as a cohesive work of art, with Tyler responsible for the design and execution of every part, it is nonetheless also true that each of the beautiful prints are stand-alone pieces which repay close examination, and re-examination. The subjects clearly presage Tyler's subsequent life as the Rev. Relytor of the Uranian Phalanstery.

Richard Oviet Tyler's work is "included in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, Museum of Modern Art, U.S. Embassies Overseas, New York Public Library, David Rockefeller, and many private collections" (quote from resume published in 1962)

Large 4to. 20 leaves of sekishu paper, printed one side only in colours from woodblocks, by Tyler, each leaf signed, numbered, and titled in pencil by the artist. Unbound as issued within an original cloth portfolio, the cloth hand-printed with images by Tyler, decorative paper endpapers, cloth ties.

Lot 8

Cobb (Irvin S.) Film Script: a 152pp. original holograph manuscript “ ... The Dark Horse or So This is America ..." Published: [Los Angeles?], 1934

Estimate: $5,000/7,500

A 152pp. holograph manuscript , “ ... The Dark Horse or So This is America or Homespun”, being a 1934 early draft of a film script which eventually became a movie titled “Our Leading Citizen” starred Bob Burns, Susan Hayward and Joseph Allen, and was released in August 1939.

The substantial differences between this work and the final movie mean that, in effect, this constitutes an original unpublished work by one of America’s great 20th-century humorists.

“Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb (June 23, 1876 - March 11, 1944) was an American author, humorist, and columnist who lived in New York and authored more than 60 books and 300 short stories. Cobb was the second of four children born to Kentucky natives in Paducah, Kentucky. ... Cobb was raised in Paducah, where the events and people of his childhood became the basis for much of his later works. Later in life, he would acquire the nickname of "Duke of Paducah."

Lot 12

[Ramsey (William)] The Gentlemans Companion: or, a character of true nobility, and gentility: in the way of essay. By a Person of Quality. The health benefits of golf, and a warning about marriage: "'tis a Disease not to be Cured, but by Death".

Published: Thomas Sawbridge, London, 1676

Estimate: $2,000/3,000

A fine copy of the rare second edition of a fascinating and entertaining work, here in a high status binding: includes what is probably the first time in print that a Doctor recommends the health benefits of golf, or 'gauff' as it is spelt here. Slightly earlier, the general idea of golf as healthful recreation appears in the Marquis of Argyle's Instructions to a Son (1661, quoted in The Chronicles of Golf, p. 108 ff.).

This second and final edition of Ramesay's work appears to be scarcer than the first and is properly rare. In a section on outdoor exercise, the author writes that "Exercises and Recreations which are used.. [in the outdoors], that may benefit a Gentleman, and most healthy, are Pilmall, [and] Gauff, these by striking the Ball exercise the whole Man, together with the walk, and may be used moderately without any excess or violence" (p.136). On the other hand, Ramesay did not approve of soccer ('foot-ball'), lumping it with 'hurling' and 'wrastling': all of which he describes as 'rude pastimes better becoming the Vulgar, and Labouring Man'. He relents slightly and allows that watching rather than taking part is acceptable.

The work, first published in 1672, is remarkably wide-ranging and includes an apparently heart-felt section on the importance of thinking long and hard before marrying (" 'tis a Disease not to be Cured, but by Death"): Ramesay, who was married to a 'termagent' according to the Rev. James Grainger, apparently expanded on this theme in his Conjugam Conjurgium or, some serious considerations on marriage (published in 1673, Macclesfield copy sold for 2400 GBP).

Lot 231

Morris (William) Kelmscott Press, A Note By William Morris on His Aims in Founding the Kelmscott Press, Together With A Short Description Of The Press By S.C. Cockerell, & An Annotated List Of The Books Printed Thereat

Published: The Kelmscott Press, London, 1898

Estimate: $1,200/1,300

This is the last book printed at the Kelmscott Press. One of 525 copies. 8vo. Original linen-backed boards, lettered in black on the upper cover. pp. [iv] + 70 + [1] Frontispiece designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and engraved on wood by William Morris, woodcut borders to frontispiece and first page of text, 4 large woodcut initials (designed for the Froissart, but never used), text printed in black and red in the Golden type, with 5 pages in the Troy and Chaucer Type.

A very good copy. The linen spine has a couple of small
areas of early mild fraying. There is slight bumping of
two corners with minimal wear at the corners. There is a small leather ex-libris (of a prominent South African) at the top inner side of the front pastedown with some offsetting from this to a few adjacent blank pages. Otherwise the book is internally clean and unmarked and without foxing.

Lot 311

Beckett (Samuel) Waiting for Godot

Published: Faber & Faber, London, 1956

Estimate: $650/850

The first UK Edition of the Nobel prize winner's highspot and arguably the definitive play of the Twentieth Century. In the original yellow cloth with red lettering on the spine. The boards are fine and unmarked. There is a neat ownership name at the top of the front free endpaper and very light offsetting to both free endpapers, otherwise this is a fine crisp unmarked and unfoxed copy in a very good plus price-clipped dustwrapper which has some light rubbing and edge wear with a 1-2mm. sliver of loss at the top of the spine. Publisher's note tipped in as required.

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detail.jpgBOSTON, MA - January 16, 2016 - Skinner, Inc. presents an outstanding two-session auction on Friday, January 27 in its Boston gallery. Fine Prints & Photographs starts at 12PM, followed by  Fine Paintings & Sculpture at 4PM. Previews will be on Wednesday, January 25, 12 to 5PM; Thursday, January 26, 12 to 8PM; and Friday, January 27, 9 to 10AM.

Robin S. R. Starr, Vice President and Director of American & European Works of Art, notes that in addition to a broad selection of pre-20th-century material, the auction offers an especially robust quantity of modern and contemporary work in all categories. A considerable number of items are from private collections and fresh to market, including notable examples that have descended in the families of the artists or original owners. 

Fine Prints & Photographs

The selection of prints is both broad and deep. There are works by traditional masters Rembrandt, Dürer, and Piranesi as well as strong offerings by more modern artists such as Josef Albers, Philip Guston and Alex Katz.

Among the highlights:

  •  David Hockney, Lightning (Lot 78, $7,000-9,000) One of several Hockney prints referencing the phenomenon of lightning, it is strikingly different from the colorful images more commonly associated with this multi-faceted artist.
  • Roy Lichtenstein, The Art Critic (Lot 88, $25,000-35,000) is a late work, at a point when the artist was playing off his own previous works and also looking back at the art of the earlier 20th century. This intentionally Picasso-esque version of an iconic Lichtenstein girl is retrospective in more than one sense.
  • Pablo Picasso himself is richly represented. Lot 100, Femme au char triumphal ($40,000-60,000) and Lot 101, Le joueur de diole ( $35,000-55,000) are unique hand-painted terra cotta tiles. The sale boasts a strong group of his turned ceramics as well.

Additionally there are works by Paul Klee, Helen Frankenthaler, Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg and—literally—too many other important artists to list.

In the photographs portion, Skinner is pleased to present work by sought-after masters such as Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Ernst Haas, Edward Weston, Ray K. Metzker, Ilse Bing, and Nan Goldin, and also fine examples by less widely-known but very accomplished photographers. 

73 diverse lots are being offered. Michelle Lamunière, Fine Photographs Specialist, points out that besides 20th-century work, there is a broad selection of 19th-century material, including images of the Middle East by Francis Frith and Auguste Salzmann. 

A major grouping of photographs are from the collection of Harvey Shipley Miller, a leading collector in the 1970s and 80s, at a time when there were few serious collectors of photographs as fine art. Proceeds from the sale of these items will benefit the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

Of special note are:

  • Alfred Stieglitz, The Two Poplars, Lake George (with The Dying Chestnut Tree) (Lot 162, $8,000-12,000) reflects the photographer’s shift from a Pictorialist to a modernist "straight" aesthetic, while also revealing the subject of trees and nature as sources of personal meditation.
  • Andre Kertesz, Distortion 166 (Lot 161, $5,00-7,000) is one of a series of nudes photographed with mirrors and special lenses to create surreal distorted images.
  • Irving Penn, Marcel Duchamp, New York (Lot 181, $15,000-25,000) This platinum print (made in 1979 from a 1948 negative) is one of Penn’s famous studio wall “corner” series of portraits, important for its size and subject as well as its intrinsic artistic appeal and innovative use of a starkly simplified background.
  • Sally Mann, Untitled (Lot 196, $8,000-12,000) Mann is best known for her photographs of her young children and husband on their family farm in Virginia. This work represents another of Mann’s abiding interests: the Southern landscape haunted by the presence of history.

Fine Paintings & Sculpture

With over 275 lots, the second session of the auction promises a great start to the New Year. Robin Starr notes that Russians and other artists from the former Soviet Republic make an especially strong showing.

  • Ivan Aivazovsky, Along the Coast, Capri (Lot 265, $130,000-190,000). This leading Russian romanticist, influenced by Turner, was especially well known for seascapes and was hugely successful in his own lifetime.
  • Philippe Maliavine, Russian Peasants Singing (Lot 404, $150,000-250,000). Born into a poor peasant family, Maliavine (Malyavin) became a noted portraitist and international success. He combined Russian Impressionism and traditional folk themes in his paintings of colorful large-scale peasant figures.
  • François Angiboult, Cubist Still Life (Lot 442, $10,000-15,000) Behind the French masculine name was Hélène, La Baronne d’Œttingen, a Polish aristocrat married to a Russian officer. Hélène was an important member of Parisian avant-garde culture in the early 20th century.

The offerings are so rich that there will be a special lecture in conjunction with the auction, Across the Chasm of Foreignness: Art from the Russian and Soviet Empires in the West, by Anna Winestein, Executive Director of the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative, on Wednesday, January 25 at 6PM 

Artists from Cuba, Hungary, Belgium and Scotland, as well as many other countries, are represented among the more familiar American and European painters. Diversity of period, style, medium, and subject matter continue as a hallmark of this multi-part auction.

Robin Starr points to a group of French Post-Impressionist works of particular interest. These include Lot 363, Les fumées ($60,000-80,000) and Lot 364, La tour de Collioure ($250,000-350,000) both by Henri Martin. The artist experimented with the pointillist technique most associated with Georges Seurat, used to great effect in the misty atmosphere of Les fumées (meaning “the smoke”) and on a sunlit beach scene in the south of France.

Another significant Post-Impressionist work is by Louis Valtat, Boules de neige et pavot (Lot  396, $15,000-25,000). Valtat was associated with the Fauves and was an important figure in the stylistic transition from Monet to Matisse.

Alexander Calder is exceptionally well represented in this auction by five works in different media.  Three unique pieces are offered in the second session of the auction:

  • Aula Magna (Lot 438, $25,000-30,000), a gouache, pencil, and ink drawing for an installation in the auditorium of the Universidad Central de Venezuela. Working with the architects and sound engineers, Calder designed a system of suspended and fixed large panels that were successful both acoustically and aesthetically.
  • Profils (Lot 439, $70,000-90,000), gouache and ink, is a lively portrayal of a circus act. It re-caps the themes of balance and movement central to all Calder’s work, especially his sculptures and mobiles.
  • Untitled, Standing Mobile (Lot 440, $150,00-250,000) is a moving sculpture that, while less than six inches high, displays the engineering skill, artistic genius and wit for which Calder is renowned.

Image: Ray K. Metzker (American, 1931-2014). Berghoff Annex, Chicago, c. 1958

Old Master Drawings & Prints at Christie's

NEW YORK—Christie’s is pleased to announce the sale of Old Master & British Drawings on January 24 followed by the return of a various owner sale of Old Master Prints on January 25, to take place in New York for the first time in over 15 years. Old Master Paintings will be offered in April 2017, during Classic Week at Christie’s New York.

Christie’s Old Master & British Drawings sale on January 24 is comprised of 131 lots including works from distinguished private collections and institutions. Important works leading the sale are Francisco de Goya’s  Hunter with his dog in a landscape and a lavish design by Peter Paul Rubens inspired by a composition by Renaissance artist Giulio Romano.

The sale features a strong selection of Italian drawings including studies by Giacomo Cavedone, Parmigianino  and Taddeo Zuccaro, together with several works inspired by Michelangelo by Battista Franco, Giulio Clovio and Cesare da Sesto’s early study after the Sistine ceiling. Works by Piazzetta, Giovanni Battista and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Piranesi and Francesco Guardi constitute the highlights of an outstanding selection of Venetian drawings.

Highlights from the British section include A male nude by Henry Fuseli, and works by Gainsborough and Burne-Jones. Charles de la Fosse’s preparatory study for the painting The Virgin’s Coronation with a selection of nineteenth-century works round out the sale.

The sale of Old Master Prints encompasses 220 prints from five centuries, offering an in-depth survey of the printed image in Europe, from Martin Schongauer’s (1450-1491) engravings created in the 1470s to a View of San Francisco by the French Charles Meryon (1821-1868), printed around 1855.

Classic prints by the most celebrated and widely collected artist-printmakers, including Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), Rembrandt (1606-1669), and Francisco de Goya (1746-1828), stand side by side with extreme rarities, such as an anonymous, hand-coloured woodcut of the Virgin nursing the Child, printed in Northern Italy around 1530; one of a few surviving devotional prints of the period.

The estimates vary as much as the dimensions of the works: the exquisite little engravings by Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550) are the size of a postage stamp, while the monumental woodcut The Submersion of Pharaoh’s Army (estimate: $200,000-300,000) after a design by Titian leads the sale and fills an entire wall in its scale.

DALLAS — Heritage Auctions announced sales of more than $850 million for 2016, the firm’s third-best year ever, and nearly equal to its 2015 sales of $860 million. The results are a signal of the company’s continuing dominance in the collectibles realm while other major auction houses recorded significantly lower sales volume for the same period. 

Heritage’s fine art category recorded a 28 percent leap in 2016 — in stark contrast to sales at its two largest competitors, both of which saw sales decline by approximately 30 percent.

“Through diversity, transparency and ardent attention to our clients, Heritage solidified and increased its commanding lead as the largest auction house founded in America,” said Heritage Co-Chairman James Halperin. “And we’re anticipating an even better 2017.”

U.S. Coins remains Heritage's largest category, with 2016 auction totals exceeding $192 million, outselling all other numismatic auction houses combined by a wide margin according to the Professional Numismatists Guild annual survey, which shows Heritage maintaining its 56 percent market share.

World & Ancient Coins at Heritage realized about $47 million, while Currency posted over $29 million auction sales. Both categories also showed early signs of increased market strength at major Heritage auctions in Florida and New York which realized almost $70 million during the first 10 days of January 2017.

“Based on late 2016 and early 2017 auction results, the U.S. Coin Market remains upbeat, with prices now already 10 to 12 percent above the previous years’ prices, on average,” Halperin said. “We are already seeing extremely positive results from the first coin auctions of the year. Meanwhile, our plans to expand into other markets and geographic regions are on track.”

Several of Heritage’s other categories set records: 

·         Heritage’s Sports auctions grew from $42 million in 2015 - already more than double any other auction firm’s Sports Collectibles sales - to an incredible $57.4 million in 2016. 

·         Heritage’s already-dominant Comics and Comic & Animation Art Auction category was another juggernaut, with total realized auction prices realized jumping from $34 million to a record $43 million, again outselling all other auction competitors combined. 

·         Fine Jewelry, Timepieces and Luxury Accessories at Heritage combined for a solid year as well, with more than $41.7 million in auction totals (more than $30 million in Jewelry and Watches and more than $10.7 million in Luxury Accessories), versus more than $26 million ($15 million in Jewelry and Watches & $11 million in Luxury Accessories) in 2015.

·         Movie Posters posted sales of $7.95+ million vs. $7.4+ million in 2015.

·         Luxury Real Estate saw sales increase to $19 million vs. $11.2 million for 2014 and 2015 combined. 

·         Wine recorded auction totals of $10.8 million in 2016 vs. $7.55 million in 2015.

Strategic growth continued as:

·         The company expanded its national footprint, opening an office in Palm Beach, Florida, and a full-service showroom in Chicago, Illinois. 

·         For the first time, Heritage's clientele now includes more than 1 million online registered bidder-members, with nearly 90,000 new members added in 2016. 

·         The firm also maintained its online lead, with the total number of unique visitors to HA.com holding steady at nearly twice the combined total number of unique visits the websites of Heritage Auctions’ five closest competing web sites.

·         Online sales (reported in early 2016 for 2015) were $344 million - surpassing all other auction houses; 2016 online sales figures are now being compiled and will be released soon.

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $850 million, and over one million online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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micro.jpegDALLAS - The unprecedented sale of 32 antique microscopes is set to star in Heritage Auctions’ Jan. 19 Gentleman Collector Auction. The instruments come from a prominent West Coast collection and are offered at no reserve. The consignor has assembled a collection over the years that rivals those in many museums. All are offered with period cases and have been meticulously maintained.  

A rare cased 1858 Smith and Beck Binocular Microscope is one of the collection’s finest pieces. Over three dozen pristine accessories accompany the instrument. The microscope was the personal instrument of Thomas Glazebrook Rylands, widely regarded as one of 19th-century Britain’s brightest minds. A collection of his hand-drawn charts, calibrations and botanical specimens are included in the lot.

Microscopes have long been a fascination with gentleman collectors. Microsopists generally attribute the modern microscope to the invention of the compound microscope in the Low Countries in the early 17th century. Since then, the instrument has been a staple of scientists’ desks and laboratories across the globe. The most notable collector was King George III, whose collection filled the halls of Kew Palace.

Of the 32 instruments on offer, five date before the 20th century, including a cased J. Swift & Son Folding Traveling Monocular Microscope. The microscopes display no more than light wear from use. Some maintain full optics - a testament to the collection’s quality.

Additional auction items relating to early microscopy and 20th century science include several rare slides, such as a microscopic picture slide of a basket of flowers, and autographs of Jonas Salk, Linus Pauling, and Albert Sabin.

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $800 million, and over one million online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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Lot-211 copy 2.jpgNew York— On Thursday, January 26, Swann Galleries will open their 2017 auction season with Alphonse Mucha & Masters of Art Nouveau: The Harry C. Meyerhoff Collection, the largest such collection of works by the master and his circle ever to come to auction.

More than half of the over 200 lots in the sale are works by Mucha, tracing the artist’s career from his time in Prague, to Paris and New York. The selection offers rare views into Mucha’s process and personal life with previously unrecorded preparatory sketches for the famous Documents Décoratifs and Figures Décoratifs, as well as an etching of his young son.

One highlight of the sale is the complete set of Les Maîtres de l’Affiche, 1896-1900, a selection of the era’s posters from Europe and the U.S., compiled by Roger Marx. Each of the five volumes features posters by leading artists, including Mucha and others in the sale, in a special green and gold binding designed by Paul Berthon. In all, the set features 240 superlative posters reproduced as full color lithographs, and is expected to sell between $35,000 and $50,000.

Several works by Mucha make their auction debut, including a rare circular advertisement for the hair gel Krinogen, 1928, and a counter-top display screen for Savon Mucha, 1907 ($2,000 to $3,000 and $3,000 to $4,000, respectively). The scarce, smaller format of Nestlé’s Food for Infants, 1898, makes a rare auction appearance with an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000, while Bleuze - Hadancourt Parfumeur, circa 1899, which has been seen at auction only a handful of times in the last 25 years ($15,000 to $20,000).

In addition to posters, promotional ephemera designed by and after Mucha will also be in the sale, including chocolate tins, menus, programs and magazine covers, all of which speak to the artist’s popularity and ubiquity. Also present are several sets of decorative panels, for use as wall coverings in a fashionable fin de siècle home, including Têtes Byzantines (Byzantine Heads), circa 1897 ($15,000 to $20,000); Aurore et Crépuscule (Dawn and Dusk), 1899 ($10,000 to $15,000); and several versions of Les Fleurs (The Flowers), circa 1900.

Classical favorites for which Alphonse Mucha is known include the iconic Zodiac / La Plume, 1896, and Job, 1896 (each $15,000 to $20,000); La Trappistine, 1897, valued at $7,000 to $10,000; and Bières de la Meuse, in the exceedingly rare smaller format, 1897, expected to sell between $6,000 and $9,000. Further seminal works, such as the foreboding Medee / Sarah Bernhardt, 1898 ($12,000 to $18,000), and Monaco - Monte Carlo, 1897 ($12,000 to $18,000), will also be crossing the block.

The sale is filled out with works by artists in Mucha’s circle, most notably Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Confetti, 1894, and Babylone d’Allemange, 1894 ($40,000 to $60,000 and $30,000 to $40,000, respectively). Also available is the iconic Ambassadeurs / Yvette Guilbert, 1894, by Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen ($4,000 to $6,000) and several other works by the artist. Travel posters by Adolfo Hohenstein, including Monaco / Exposition et Councours de Canots Automobiles, 1900, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000, and works by Pierre Bonnard, Eugène Grasset and Privat-Livemont, among others, will also be in the sale.

Harry C. Meyerhoff was a Baltimore entrepreneur in construction with a passion for horse racing, evidenced by a run of equestrian posters that start the sale, topped by Ludwig Hohwein’s Das Goldene Buch / Des Sports, 1910, estimated at $2,000 to $3,000. Meyerhoff assembled the Art Nouveau collection with his wife in the 1970s and ‘80s.

The auction will be held Thursday, January 26, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Saturday, January 21 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, January 23 through Wednesday, January 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, January 26 from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information or to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Swann President and Director of Vintage Posters, Nicholas D. Lowry at 212-254-4710, extension 57 or posters@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 211 Mucha, Princezna Hyacinta, 1911. Estimate $15,000 to $20,000.

662a7558-6d5e-4e61-9530-1dad8b5e35d5.jpg[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. We will offer an array of early titles dating back to 1539, along with a private modern collection of collectible horror and science fiction titles. Special printings and decorative antique fancy leather bindings will also be offered.          

Antique and rare books in this catalog include numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are works chronicling the use of symbols and emblems, such as the 1629 printing of Hoyer's "Flammulae Amoris - S P Augustini Versibus et Iconibus Exornatae."  Additional early titles include Sebastian Franck's "Teutscher Nation Chronic Alt und New Vorbilde," produced in 1539 and housed in a hand-tooled vellum binding with the original hand-forged brass clasps, the 1590 first edition of Ciccarelli's "Le Vite Degli Imperatori Romani," and Ruscelli's "Le Imprese Illustri con Espositioni," printed in 1572.  Among the other scarce volumes are early vellum bindings, rare engraved plates, decorative antique sets, limited editions, author-signed copies, and much more.                   

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted are additional early theological, historical and literary works from the 16th through 18th centuries, including Venegas' "Natural and Civil History of California," produced in two volumes in 1759. Two important early encyclopedias will also be sold including an American printing, Dobson's "Encyclopaedia or a Dictionary of Arts Sciences and Miscellaneous Literature," produced in 21 volumes over the years 1798 to 1803, and an English example, Wilkes' "Encyclopaedia Londinensis," including the full complement of 24 volumes printed between 1810 and 1829, and profusely illustrated with copperplate engravings. The modern estate collection includes thousands of titles from the horror, occult, supernatural, science fiction and fantasy genres. Highlights include works by H. P. Lovecraft and others, and desirable printings from publishers such as Arkham House.  

Found throughout this catalog are interesting group offerings. Important Celtic and Gaelic topics covering the history of Scotland and Ireland are presented alongside many bound magazine compilations dating back to the early 1800's. Early engravings and other plates have been gathered into attractive groups.   

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 mail@nationalbookauctions.com.

 

DALLAS — A remarkable variety of private collections, all carefully curated over decades, comes together in the fifth annual Heritage Auctions’ Gentleman Collector Auction Jan. 19 in Dallas, Texas.

“This sale covers a wide spectrum,” Heritage Vice President of Special Collections Nick Dawes said. “We started the Gentleman Collector Estates Auction five years ago with the collection of Malcolm Forbes, and I think this is the best auction we have had so far.” 

Highlights include a circa 1919 Rare and Important Mitchell 35mm Standard A Motion Picture Film Camera (est. $70,000-100,000) operates as either a hand crank or electric drive. It originally was owned by RKO Radio Pictures, before ultimately being owned and used by a Walt Disney cinematographer. One of the early Mitchell Standard motion picture cameras that shot nearly all of the early movies in Hollywood and around the world, this one retains the original design and is in excellent condition.

A Bach-Auricon 16-mm Motion Picture Newsreel Camera Package (est. $25,000-35,000), circa 1953, retains all of its original components and sits on a factory-correct original wood tripod, the height of which can be adjusted to anywhere from 67-92 inches. The camera, considered a rare find from the golden era of movie newsreel cinematography, has all of its original paint and finishes, and the large, original factory 1,200-foot film magazine. The camera’s movement and sync motor work, and the package includes the lens and sound amplifier.

A Rare American Gilman Joslin Terrestrial Library Globe on a stand (est. $15,000-20,000), circa 1869, (nicknamed the ‘Boston Globe’) highlights a rare cartographic group including maps, some dating to the 16th century.  The globe, in original condition was consigned by an East Coast family and is one of two iterations of this floor model terrestrial globe by Joslin, who was awarded a gold medal for his terrestrial and celestial globes by the American Institute in 1852.

Another lot expected to be among the most coveted in the auction is a Pair of Cantonese Export Silver Gilt Filigree Rosewater Sprinklers and Underplates (est. $12,000-18,000), circa late 18th century, made for the Indian or Middle Eastern market and recently discovered by a Heritage expert in Holland.   

Collectors will have a chance to acquire a Mole Richardson Model 410 2000 Watt Fresnel Studio Light (est. $12,000-18,000), circa 1939. This light, which stands 65-1/2 inches high, has been refreshed with factory-correct instrument pain finish and bead-blasted to expose the original Shelby Steel Tube yoke and the original bronze fittings. It includes the original on/off switch and the original factory cable, but also includes a new wireless remote control on/off switch. The light was owned and used by Paramount Film Studios until it was sold in 1988, has electrical internals that have been cleaned, de-wired and fitted with a socketed 2,700-degree LED lamp, and includes a refinished mid-century factory stand. 

Among the private collections is a group of 31 rare microscopes from a private West Coast collector. A spectacular cased Smith and Beck Binocular Microscope (est. $7,000-10,000), circa 1858, includes two full boxes of rarely seen accessories and bull’s-eye condenser, all in the original cabinetry. The instrument was the personal property of gentleman scientist extraordinaire Thomas Glaebrook Rylands, a descendant of whom sold it to the current seller. The auction also includes a 1959 Cased Ernst Leitz Dialux with an inclined binocular head with calibrated inter-pupillary adjustment and adjustable left eyepiece.

Perhaps the finest collection of vintage British biscuit tins to come to auction includes over 300 tins and most of the rarities, in very fine condition. Collectors are sure to fight over the rare William Crawford & Sons Rolls-Royce Limousine Biscuit Tin (est. $1,200-1,600), circa 1929.

Other lots that are expected to attract intense bidder interest include, but are not limited to: 

·         A rare Spanish Mechanical Rowboat Toy in its Original Box (est. $7,000-9,000), circa 1930 - one of the highest quality toys we have seen at Heritage.

·         An Alligator Leather and Silver-Mounted Violin Case (est. $3,500-5,000) from sometime in the first half of the 20th century.

·         A Mikhail Ovchinnikov Russian Silver Tankard with Wood Grain Motif (est. $3,000-5,000), circa 1908-17, with chased faux bois decoration to body simulating woodgrain, saw tooth texture on the edge of the lid and a geometric handle and heart-shaped thumbrest.

·         A collection of nautical antiques relating to Admiral Horatio Nelson, over 50 antique meerschaum pipes, an exquisite collection of Georgian and Victorian paint boxes collected by a prominent artist, over 50 remarkable alligator leather accessories, mostly of the Edwardian period, a collection of drinking tankards of the highest quality and a fascinating collection of 19th century German nutcrackers round out this delightful sale.

·         Two nine-inch Continental Carved Oak Comical Dwarf-Form Nutcrackers (est. $1,200-1,600), circa late 19th-early 20th century.

·         A 19th-century Fine Meerschaum Pipe of a Tattooed Female Moore in its original case (est. $800-1,200); woman portrayed is semi-topless.

·         Three J. Holland, W.J. Reeves & Son, and J. Newman’s English Regency Watercolor Paint Kits (est. $400-600) from the first half of the 19th century.

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $800 million, and over one million online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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Jean Baptiste Balthazar Sauvan.jpegThe first Interiors auction of 2017 kicks off with an important collection of London Underground posters designed by Clifford (1907-1985) and Rosemary (1910-1998) Ellis. Alongside a selection of the Ellises’ own drawings, prints and paintings will be works by Walter Sickert, Howard Hodgkin, Adrian Heath and Wojciech Fangor. Interiors takes place on 10th and 11th January at Donnington Priory and will also feature Furniture, Carpets, Clocks and Works of Art. 

A fabulous range of Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Pens will be offered on 18th January, with the special online Australia Day Wine auction on 26th January. 

Books and Works on Paper will take place on 23rd February, and features a superb selection of landscape aquatints. Fine Wine, Port and Champagne follows on 24th February and both auctions will be held at Bloomsbury House, London. 

March will see both the sale of Works from the Collection of Jan Krugier, the highly renowned art dealer (8th March) and Autographs & Memorabilia at Bloomsbury House, London on 23rd March. Concluding the March auctions will be Fine Clocks, Barometers and Scientific Instruments (28th March) and Fine Furniture and Works of Art (29th March) with many more to come as the year continues. 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Interiors sale at Donnington Priory, Newbury, on 10th & 11th January 2017 will include property from the collection of the late Clifford and Rosemary Ellis. Part of the legacy left by the Ellises includes paintings, drawings and posters by both Clifford and Rosemary either separately or working together. Lots range in estimate from £100 - £2,000.

In 1933, they were commissioned to design a series of posters for the London Underground. They also designed posters together for the Empire Marketing Board, a government Department established in 1926 with the aim of encouraging people to buy Empire products. The poster campaigns were an integral part of the advertising program and Clifford and Rosemary produced a number of designs during the 1930s. They also designed posters for Shell and the General Post Office.

Save the date…in 2017

Jewellery, Silver, Watches & Pens (Donnington Priory, Newbury) |18th January

Books and Works on Paper (Bloomsbury House, London) | 23rd February 

Australia Day Wine (online auction) | 26th January 

Jewellery, Silver & Watches (Donnington Priory, Newbury) | 15th February 

Wine: Timed Online auction | 20th February & 23rd March 

Interiors (Donnington Priory, Newbury) | 21st & 22nd February 

Books and Works on Paper (Bloomsbury House, London) | 23rd February 

Fine Wine, Port, Champagne (Bloomsbury House, London) | 24th February 

Works from the Collection of Jan Krugier (Donnington Priory, Newbury) | 8th March 

Fine Jewellery, Watches & Silver (Donnington Priory, Newbury) | 15th March 

20thc. Books and Works on Paper & Early Prints (Bloomsbury House, London) | 16th March 

Autographs & Memorabilia (Bloomsbury House, London) | 23rd March 

Fine Clocks, Barometers & Scientific Insts (Donnington Priory, Newbury) | 28th March 

Fine Furniture & Works of Art (Donnington Priory, Newbury) | 29th March

Image: Jean Baptiste Balthazar Sauvan, Picturesque Tour of the Seine, from Paris to the Sea, 25 hand- coloured aquatint plates with hand-coloured vignette at the end, 1821. Est. £1,800 - £2,200.

 

313.jpgLas Vegas, NV, December 19, 2016 - Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collections, is pleased to announce this can’t miss sale to be held on Thursday, January 19th at the company’s Las Vegas, Nevada gallery starting at noon EST.  This event will feature “the best of the west” across numerous collecting categories and price points.   All items in this sale are available for preview now.

This sale’s selection of over 50 American and English Bowie knives is truly on the cutting edge.  Bowie knives are fixed blade fighting knives with a cross-guard and a clip point; they are named after James Bowie who was known for his knife fighting skills. Bowie died at the Alamo.  Getting right to the point, lot #226, a Rezin Bowie Presentation Knife, is the big prize in this key category.  This example was one of four knives given by Rezin Bowie, brother of James Bowie, to four important friends in honor of James’ accomplishments.  This knife was gifted to Edwin Forrest, a popular American actor who was friend to both Bowie brothers.  This well documented rarity with provenance is estimated at $100,000-200,000 and should be of great interest to historians, museums, and miliatria enthusiasts worldwide.  

Other rock-star caliber Bowie knives include lot #55, a c. 1835 knife stamped Schively 75 Chestnut Street Philad., estimated at $75,000-125,000.  This breathtaking example, complete with its beautiful, classic skeletal style Schively scabbard with German silver mounts, is one of less than two dozen known in existence.  And lot #56, a massive c. 1835 knife stamped Broomhead & Thomas Celebrated American Hunting Knife, is estimated at $45,000-60,000. This rarity, in wonderful condition, is detailed with German silver mounts, Mother of Pearl scales, four decorative rivets, and a nameplate on both sides.  It also comes with its original brown leather scabbard.  

This event offers a 24 carat opportunity to purchase some of the finest antique gold bars, nuggets, gold quartz jewelry, watches, and accessories in memory.  Collectors will undoubtedly take a shine to the more than 60 precious metal selections on offer.   Bar none, lot #106, a Harris Marchand & Co. gold bar with serial number 6476, is the prime investment in this auction with its $250,000-350,000 estimate.  This large, all original and documented rectangular ingot weighs 56.65 ounces and has an 1857 value of $1002.42.  Lot #104, a spectacular and highly ornate pocket watch, is another timely auction highlight.  This solid gold timepiece, estimated at $50,000-80,000, is made and signed by the Illinois Watch Company and features elaborate gold in quartz and moss agate decorations, elegant engraving, and a highly desirable watch chain.  And lot #114, a rare gold match safe inlaid with gold quartz on both sides as well as its top, should spark lots of interest with its $15,000-25,000 estimate.  

Native American cultural materials and weapons are two key categories in this exciting, upcoming sale.  Many of these one of a kind treasures and artifacts exhibit extraordinary craftsmanship.  Lot #169, a c. 1870 Cheyenne beaded war shirt is made from buffalo hide and features hair drops.  It is estimated at $30,000-60,000.  Lot #4, a beautiful c. 1860 Northern Plains contour pipe bag detailed with an unusual pony beaded panel with a stylized butterfly, copper cones, and brass beads, is estimated at $15,000-25,000.  And lot #10, a c. 1860’s early Sioux beaded buffalo hide cradle decorated with horse tracks is estimated at $20,000-40,000.

It’s time to get a handle on this event’s selection of interesting and antique tomahawks.  Lot #179, a c. 1760 Eastern pipe tomahawk, features an iron head with a scalloped edge and brass inlay, a blade engraved with a cannon on one side and the sun on the reverse, and a brass inlaid pipe bowl.  It retains its original gasket and haft and is estimated at $50,000-100,000.  Lot #346, a c. 1870 Cheyenne Plains tomahawk with an extremely wide pictorial blade depicting two Indians in battle is estimated at $30,000-40,000.  And lot #13, a c. 1870 Plains pipe tomahawk is unusually decorated with two bat wing cut-outs, seven inlaid brass circles, and design elements punched around the blade.  This stunning, rare example is estimated at $30,000-40,000.

Antique materials relating to America’s expansion in the 1800’s is well represented in this sale.  Many “Go West” themed items are on offer, including signs, posters, calendars, displays, and other ephemeral categories.  lot #316, a Rock Island railroad reverse glass advertising sign has Mother of Pearl inlays along the entire locomotive and shows incredible detail. This sign would have hung in an executive’s office and was made by the Western Sandblasting Co. in Chicago.  It is estimated at $40,000-80,000.  Could there be a bidding war over lot #146, a Battle Axe cigar reverse glass advertising sign?  This remarkable example shows an image of a smiling Native American and an older well-dressed gentleman enjoying some Battle Axe tobacco; the colors are magnificent and this piece has a great presence.  It is estimated at $80,000-150,000.  And it’s “California, here I come!” with lot #313, an advertisement from 1898 for “California's Golden Jubilee and Mining Fair.” This jewel of a piece pictures a miner with axe slung over his shoulder and raising a large gold nugget above his head.  It has an auction estimate of $40,000-80,000.

This sale rounds out with an intoxicating blend of outstanding vintage and antique back bar bottles, with over 50 examples on offer.  Lot #258, a c. 1890 fine old gin label under glass bottle featuring an attractive young woman wearing a large hat, flirts with a $15,000-25,000 estimate.  Lot #87, a c. 1895 Custer's Reserve whiskey back bar bottle decorated with enameled lettering and a fantastic image of Custer riding a horse, takes a stand at $10,000-15,000.  And lot #415, a c. 1895 a Black Cat Whiskey enameled bar bottle in excellent plus condition will have collectors “feline groovy” with its $4,000-6,000 estimate. 

According to Dan Morphy, Morphy Auctions’ President, "We are so looking forward to kicking off our 2017 auction year in Las Vegas with this truly outstanding sale.  The “western themed” merchandise on offer is among the highest quality and diverse in nature to come to auction in memory.  Clearly, Las Vegas is the ideal location for an auction event featuring these “geospecific” categories!  The antique bottles and advertising selections in this sale are also truly remarkable.  Just being around them is like taking a trip backward in time.  We welcome you to visit our gallery in Las Vegas to view these rarities in person, or of course check them out online anytime at www.morphyauctions.com.”

About Morphy Auctions:
Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collectibles, is located in Denver, Pennsylvania. The company also has an office in Las Vegas, Nevada.  A full service auction house, the company presents over 30 premier auctions annually, as well as monthly discovery sales. Morphy's team of specialists includes the nation's finest and most recognized experts in popular collecting categories including advertising; firearms; fine automobiles, automobilia and petroliana; coin-operated machines; antiques, fine, and decorative art; dolls, bears, toys, and trains; cast iron; coins; marbles; and jewelry.  Morphy Auctions is owned by President and Founder Dan Morphy, himself a lifelong and passionate collector of antiques, banks, and numerous other categories.  Morphy's has been in business since 2004 and has grown from two to over 65 employees in over a decade.   

Morphy Auctions, Las Vegas is located at 4520 Arville Street, Las Vegas, NV 89103.   We can be reached by phone at 702-382-2466, by fax at 702-382-6513, and by email at info@morphyauctions.com.  Our Las Vegas gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm. For more information on Morphy's, please visit www.MorphyAuctions.com.

Image: Lot 313 California's Golden Jubilee Advertisement, est. $40,000-80,000. Courtesy of Morphy Auctions.

091cf2fae7a905a46cae9b1a5fdfdf92da40cf3b.pngBOSTON, MA - (December 16, 16) A Marilyn Monroe signed photograph sold to $24,959 according to Massachusetts-based RR Auction.

The sultry vintage matte-finish portrait of Monroe taken during a Frank Powolny glamour shoot in 1953, signed and inscribed in white ink, “To Jimmie, Best regards, Marilyn Monroe.”

Monroe and Powolny most famously teamed up in 1953 for a series of stunning, artfully framed publicity stills for the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

“Powolny captured countless stars in photos that ended up in newspapers, magazines and theater lobbies around the world,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

Immortalized for his classic World War II pinup of Betty Grable, Powolny remained a trusted photographer for Monroe throughout her career, and is noted as taking the last known still photographs of the starlet during production of Something's Got to Give, one week before her death in 1962.

 “A gorgeous image elevated by the contrast of Monroe’s white signature and the deepness of the unlit ‘film noir’ background,” said Livingston. 

Highlights from the sale include, but are not limited by:

Greta Garbo signed and inscribed photograph to Eva von Berne, sold for $17,908.

James Dean 'East of Eden’ oversized signed photograph, sold for $12,383.

Three Stooges signed photograph of the ‘Dizzy Doctors’, sold for $8,467.

Peg Entwistle oversized signed photograph, sold for $6,072.

Wizard of Oz: Billie Burke Signed photograph,sold for $5,598.

Superman: George Reeves signed photograph, sold for $5017.

The Tom Gregory Hollywood Auction from RR Auction began on Thursday, December 8th and concluded on Thursday, December 15, 2016. For information, visit the RR Auction web site at www.rrauction.com.  

Image: Glamorous, boldly signed 1953 Frank Powolny portrait of Marilyn.

12_Newton.JPGThe Fine Books & Manuscripts sale totaled $9,433,063, with 82% sold by lot and 91% sold by value, making this the highest total for a various owner sale of Books & Manuscripts at Christie’s. There was active in-room, phone, and online participation from institutions, established collectors, and new buyers with registered bidders from over 25 countries.

The top lot was Sir Isaac Newton’s (1642-1727) Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica (estimate: $1,000,000-1,500,000), which realized $3,719,500, nearly four times its low estimate and setting a new world auction record for a printed scientific book. 

Other sale highlights included nine lots of correspondence to the Marquis de Chastellux (1734-1788), featuring six letters by George Washington (1731-1799) and three by Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), which collectively realized $1,138,750, with single lots more than doubling initial estimates.

The top lot of the selection was George Washington's (1732-1799) Autograph letter signed (“Go: Washington”), Mount Vernon, 25 April, 1 May 1788, to François Jean de Beauvoir, Marquis de Chastellux (estimate: $80,000-120,000), which realized $307,500.

Strong results were achieved for private collections including early botanical books belonging to Cornelius J. Hauck (1893-1967), which sold 90% by lot, and an important collection of major 19th century American authors, formed by Mrs. J. Insley Blair of Far Hills, New Jersey, which sold 92% by lot, with many titles more than doubling initial estimates.

BEVERLY HILLS, California - A Production Cel and Key Master Background of the Evil Queen and her Magic Mirror from Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs conjured $59,750 to lead Heritage Auctions’ $1,385,924 Animation Art Auction in Beverly Hills. The Dec. 10 auction is the fifth straight animation auction to surpass $1 million during the last two years, realizing a grand total of $7.4 million.

“This only proves the animation market is increasingly being considered as fine art,” said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation at Heritage Auctions. “No other auction house has been able to deliver consignors anywhere near our $7 million in successful bids over the last two years.”

A rare, Production Cel Sequence and Pan Key Master Background Setup from the 1965 holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas, sold for $59,750, but it was art from Walt Disney Studios that claimed the lion’s share of bids.

Concept art from artist Mary Blair proved popular, as her imagining of Disneyland’s It’s a Small World attraction sold for $31,070; her concept painting for the mermaid sequence in 1953’s Peter Pan ended at $26,290 and concept art of Pan and Wendy, Michael, John and Tinker Bell flying off to Neverland sold for $14,340.

A hand-painted Cel Setup of the Blue Fairy chatting with Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio sold for $21,510, and Production Cels and Master Pan Production Background Setup of the main characters from 1955’s Lady and the Tramp ended at $13,145.

Warner Brothers cels by Chuck Jones saw intense bidder interest as 15 bidders competed to own a single Production Cel of Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny from the animated short What’s Opera, Doc?, which sold for $13,145. A Color Painting of Bugs Bunny and Friends hand-drawn by Jones himself sold for $12,547.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

A group of Four Original Drawings of various Disney characters published by Good Housekeeping in the 1930s and 1940s sold for a combined $21,569.

An Original Painting featuring “Snow White” by Peter Max sold for $11,950.

A drawing of the “Horned King” by Tim Burton for the 1985 film The Black Cauldron brought $11,950.

A circa 1935-39 Production Cel and Background Setup featuring both Mickey and Minnie Mouse from the short the Brave Little Tailor/Music Land realized $10,755.

A rare, detailed Model Sheet from 1940, showing early renditions of title character Pinocchio, sold for $9,560, nearly double its $5,000 pre-auction estimate.

Gulliver's Travels Production Cel Setup and Key Master Background Setup (Max Fleischer, 1939) sold for $7,170

A rare Title Cel and Master Background Set up for Super Friends animated television program sold for $1,673.

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $800 million, and over one million online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ two-day Interiors sale at Donnington Priory, Newbury, on 10th & 11th January 2017 will include property from the collection of the late Clifford and Rosemary Ellis. Part of the legacy left by the Ellises includes paintings, drawings and posters by both Clifford and Rosemary either separately or working together. Lots range from £100 - £2,000.

There will also be a number of works on offer by other artists such as Walter Sickert, William Scott, Adrian Heath and Howard Hodgkin which the Ellises acquired throughout their long careers. The majority have a direct personal connection to the artist and gives a glimpse of the rich cultural life that the Ellises created during their lifetimes, such as a drawing by Walter Richard Sickert, Grand Hotel Restaurant (Lot 106, est. £1,000-£1,500) which was a gift from Thérèse Sickert to Clifford Ellis in 1942 and thence by descent to the present owners. 

As well as leading the way in the teaching of fine art, husband and wife, Clifford and Rosemary, were both prolific in their own artistic output. The selection reveals the breadth of subject matter and interests of each and also charts the progression of their work over a number of years. The mid 1940s paintings by Clifford are of interest not only in terms of their artistic merit but also in reflecting the art of the period. In his position as head of the Bath Academy, Clifford was undoubtedly exposed to the work of what were to become some of the leading artists of their day and their influence is clearly visible in some of his work. Works by Rosemary Ellis are indicative of a more illustrative style and are closer to the work that the couple created for the ‘The New Naturalist’.

In 1933, the Ellises were commissioned to design a series of posters for the London Underground. They also designed posters together for the Empire Marketing Board which was a government Department established in 1926 with the purpose of encouraging people to buy Empire products. The poster campaigns were an integral part of their advertising program and Clifford and Rosemary produced a number of designs during the 1930s. They also designed posters for Shell and the General Post Office.

In addition to this sale, prints by Clifford and Rosemary Ellis will be on offer in a timed online only auction, which starts at 10am (GMT) on Tuesday 3rd January and closes on Monday 16th January 2017. Both artists were keenly interested in the printmaking process and, as with many of their generation, it formed an integral part of their artistic output. The group ranges from examples of animals and birds by Clifford Ellis comparable to the works produced for ‘The New Naturalist’ series of books to a number of series of linear prints characteristic of 1950s abstraction. All works offered come directly from the estate of the artists and the sale offers a rare opportunity to acquire one of their prints. Many are working proofs with hand-written annotations adding a personal dimension to the work. 

70-Plancius-Spice-Map copy.jpgNew York— “Prices are stronger than they have been in years,” said Caleb Kiffer, Specialist of Maps & Atlases at Swann Auction Galleries. The December 8 sale of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books wrapped up the 2016 auction season at Swann with strong numbers, selling 88% of the lots offered.

Early maps of the East Indies headlined this sale from its inception, and they did not disappoint. One quarter of the top 20 lots pertained to early European exploration of the region, including “The Spice Map,” a colloquial term for Petrus Placius’s Insulae Moluccae Celeberrimae, 1598, which helped to open the area to Dutch traders. It sold for $31,200*. The highlight of the sale was The Complete East-India Pilot, or Oriental Navigator, 1797, Robert Laurie and James Whittle’s monumental atlas with 113 engraved charts, called the pinnacle of eighteenth-century mapmaking: it sold for $81,250, above a $60,000 high estimate. Also in the sale was one of the first maps ever published of the area, Claudius Ptolemaus’s Undecima Asiae Tabula, circa 1480s, a double-paged engraved map that set the standard for geographical printing ($6,000). “The East Indies section came primarily from a single collection,” Mr. Kiffer said. “It was fun to see them all together, telling the narrative of the spice trade from the perspective of different countries over the span of several hundred years. They were a hot spot in the sale, as were the New York views.”

All but one of the 22 offered lots related to early maps and scenes of New York City sold. Two panoramic views of the city each went for well above their estimates: one was a first state engraving by Robert Havell Jr., which sold for $10,000, while the second was an 1856 graphite drawing by Frederick William Billing showing recognizable landmarks ($8,750). “The Water Map,” as Egbert Viele’s Sanitary and Topographical Map of the City and Island of New York is known, is an 1865 survey of Manhattan still in use today to determine building sites; it was purchased by a collector for $7,250, a record for the work. Ephemera included the 1908-1909 wine list from the Hotel Astor, which offered a magnum bottle of 1877 Château Lafite Rothschild for $15; in 2016, the menu fetched $594.

There was a successful run of maps and charts of New England by Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres, including The Coast of New England ($25,000); Buzzards Bay & Vineyard Sound ($12,500); and A Plan of the Town of Newport ($11,250). Each is from the first state of Des Barre’s monumental mariner’s atlas The Atlantic Neptune, printed in London in 1776.

Rare elephant folio prints from John James Audubon’s Birds of America, published in London between 1827 and 1838, saw high prices after competitive attention. The dramatic Mocking Bird, Plate 21, one of Audubon’s most famous images, nearly doubled its estimate to sell for $18,750. Two rare plates, uncut and uncolored, made an appearance in the sale: Passenger Pigeon, Plate LXII, and Three-Toed Woodpecker both illuminate the binding process behind the beloved botanical tome, and were purchased by the Saint Louis Mercantile Library. Fourteen of the 16 Audubon prints offered were sold.

Botanical prints also held strong interest, including plates from Robert John Thornton’s Temple of Flora, 1800-04, all of which sold above their estimates. These were led by The Blue Egyptian Water-Lily, 1804, and The Quadrilateral Passion-Flower, 1802, each of which sold for $2,860. One show-stopper was an engraved plate from the first edition of Mark Catesby and Georg Ehret’s Natural History of Carolina, 1731-43, titled Magnolia Grandiflora, depicting the white flower in dramatic contrast against a black background; it sold for $10,625. In all, 50 of the 58 offered natural and botanical plates and books found buyers.

         A rare deluxe edition of Thomas Shotter Boys’s Original Views of London As It Is, 1842, was also in the sale. Considered the finest lithographed plate book on nineteenth-century London, the 26 hand-colored vistas helped to change the prevailing opinion that only natural views could be beautiful. This extremely rare edition, in its original state, garnered $21,250.

          Mr. Kiffer commented, “the sale indicated a confidence in the market for this material, with very solid prices being achieved for lots sold in the middle of the market as well as the high end. Several items sailed past the high estimates, with overall interest from private collectors and the trade alike.”

Image: Lot 70 Petrus Plancius, "The Spice Map," double-page map of Southeast Asia, London, 1598. Sold December 8, 2016 for $31,200.

BOSTON, MA - (December 8, 16) A drill chuck used by Commander Dave Scott on the lunar surface during his three historic moonwalks of the Apollo 15 mission sold for $49,000 according to Boston-based RR Auction.

The Apollo Lunar Surface Drill was a necessary piece of equipment for two of the mission’s experiments: the Heat Flow Experiment, and the deep drill core; both of which required the successful operation of the drill chuck.

“The scientific objective of the deep core drill was to obtain a 10-foot core of lunar materials for analysis of thermal properties and stratigraphic composition of the upper surface of the Moon,” said Scott in a letter included in the sale.

“The drill was used to insert a deep core tube into the surface near the probes of the Heat Flow Experiment, to collect lunar material from the surface down to a depth of ten feet.”

Results from the experiments concluded that the Moon, was far more radioactive than previously thought, bore a significant stratigraphic history, revealing a total of 58 individual layers in the deep core sample.

“It was an essential artifact related to some of the most substantial and important lunar surface findings of the Apollo program,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

Highlights from the sale include, but are not limited by:

Mickey Mouse production cel and production background from Fantasia, sold for $54,878.

Dave Scott’s Lunar Surface-used Rover ‘Bearing Map,’ sold for $49,000.

James Madison signed book from his personal collection, sold for $26,043.

Albert Einstein signed and inscribed vintage portrait, sold for $20,212.

CIAM/NASA complete aerodynamic wind tunnel test model, sold for $10,760.

The Autographs, Artifacts & Animation from RR Auction began on November 17 and concluded on December 7. For information, visit the RR Auction web site at www.rrauction.com

 

DALLAS — Frenzied bidding drove the return on a Hand-Carved American Tobacconist Cigar Store Indian to $150,000 to claim top-lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ Americana & Political Auction Dec. 3 in Dallas, Texas that realized a combined $1,783,252.

Created in the manner of cigar store Indians carved by Julius Melchers, and perhaps by Melchers himself, this 67-1/5-inch statue was in such high demand that the ultimate return was more than seven times the pre-auction estimate of $20,000. The figure is depicted wearing a bear claw necklace and medallion with a pelt over his right shoulder.

“A selling price in the mid-five figures range was expected,” Heritage Americana Auctions Director Tom Slater said, but furious bidding drove the price to $150,000. 

“This was a very strong auction,” Slater observes. “We have found that auction items of the best quality - regardless of category -  have tended to exceed expectations, and this auction certainly continues that trend.” 

A red, white and blue Horace Greeley 1872 Presidential Campaign Banner with albumen photo and gold-leaf trim brought in $40,000. The founder and editor of the New York Tribune, among the great newspapers of that era, Greeley served as a senator from New York before running in a race for the presidency that ultimately was won by Ulysses S. Grant. The banner hangs from a wood dowel at the top and is displayed in a shadow box frame.

“This is one of the very best 19th-century political banners,” Slater said. “It has appeared three times in auctions over the last 15 years, selling for an average of a little over $20,000 each time, and never breaking the $25,000 barrier. In Saturday’s auction, it sold for $40,000.”

Among the most popular items were from a collection of coveted presidential memorabilia. Leading the way was a Silver Cigarette Box by Tiffany from the Oval Office during the John F. Kennedy presidency. The box, which has two cedar-lined interior compartments, came with a notarized statement on White House stationery from the previous owner and was removed with other personal belongings after Kennedy’s assassination in order to facilitate the transition to President Lyndon B. Johnson, beat its pre-auction estimate when it went for $45,000. 

Another wildly popular item from the presidential memorabilia group was a pen used by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to sign a 1940 Naval Buildup Bill that realized $37,500. The pen was enclosed in a framed shadow box along with a letter on White House Stationery that was sent to Captain Joseph M. Patterson in New York after FDR signed the bill, which was an effort to bolster the United States’ defense despite a promise not to send American troops into the European war.

A massive 1840 William Henry Harrison Campaign Pitcher also drew $37,500. Considered by many to be the premier ceramic political display item of the 19th century, it features four panels with portraits of the ninth American president, each of which sits below a log cabin and the words “The Ohio Farmer” and above a patriotic eagle. This lot drew dual interest, from collectors of political artifacts and enthusiasts of American-made pottery. The selling price is believed to be a record for this sought-after item.

One of the more curious lots in the entire auction was a lock of George Washington’s hair, which sold for $32,500, nearly twice as much as its pre-auction estimate. Held together with a blue thread, the lot comes with a detailed chain of provenance, showing that the hair has been in the possession of the families of Lewis Morris (1726-98) and Robert Hunter Morris (1700-64).

Among the top remaining non-political items was a Mormonism: Highly Important Circa 1863-64 Photo Album, which realized $35,000 - nearly doubling its pre-auction estimate. More than 60 of the images deal with Mormon leaders and Salt Lake City; the remaining 30 images are European in origin.

Four bulbs and a socket used in a Thomas Edison patent infringement case brought in $30,000. The provenance of the lot traces back to the consignor’s great aunt, Anna Knudsen, who was married to John C. Rowe, a patent attorney in the firm of Eaton, Lewis and Rowe, which represented Edison in various patent infringement cases.

A lever-action Henry Rifle drew $24,375. Once belonging to Lieutenant Ezra Rideout, the rifle was passed on to his brother, Jacob, likely when Jacob - a member of the clergy - decided in the 1870s to travel west and preach on the frontier, a trek that ultimately landed Rideout in Arizona Territory, where he apparently spent some time in the mining boomtown of Contention, near Tombstone. 

A significant collection of Presidential memorabilia from the estate of  Malcolm S. Forbes offered a fine Cox & Roosevelt Jugate from the St. Louis Button Co., which sold for $17,500, as well as a Bronze Bust of Woodrow Wilson, which ended at $10,000.

 

On 13th December, Sotheby’s London will offer for sale over 40 original illustrations by leading artists, designers, and musicians to benefit House of Illustration.

The pieces offered for sale fall into a number of different sections including “What Are You Like?” (autobiographical drawings by leading cultural figures), Quentin Blake’s illustrations of Sophie and the BFG at St Pancras International station, and original drawings of the Famous Five commissioned to celebrate the series’ 70th anniversary.

Artists include Quentin Blake, Brian Eno, Eric Clapton, Oliver Jeffers, Emma Chichester Clark, Peter Capaldi, David Shrigley, Peter Brooks, Peter Blake, Paul Smith, and Margaret Howell.

A registered charity, House of Illustration is the UK's only public gallery dedicated solely to illustration, with a creative programme of exhibitions, talks and events. Founded by Sir Quentin Blake and opened in July 2014 at the heart of the King's Cross regeneration area, it is the place to see, learn about and enjoy illustration in all its forms. For more information, click here. Ahead of the sale, all the works will be on display at Sotheby’s 34-35 New Bond Street from 9-12 December 2016.

Original drawings by Quentin Blake showing the BFG in London at St Pancras Station Quentin Blake, “The BFG and Sophie in London I, II and III”, each est. £1,500-2,000.

“What are you Like?” Autobiographical Drawings by Leading Artists, Designers, and Musicians

In 2008 The House of Illustration invited people from many disciplines to express themselves visually by playing "What Are You Like?". This was a Victorian parlour game in which players were asked to describe themselves by doing a series of drawings of their favourite things.

Contributors were asked to illustrate eight favourite things from a list of twelve-their favourite animal, book, clothes, comfort, food, pastime, place, possession, music, shoes, weather and their pet aversion. They were encouraged to use whatever medium they most enjoy.

Browse all 31 works here (lots 233-263).

Brian Eno,'WHAT ARE YOU LIKE?' Est. £1,000-1,500

Brian Eno is a British musician, composer, record producer, singer, writer, and visual artist. Described as one of popular music’s most influential and innovative figures, he was a member of Roxy Music in the 1970s and has collaborated with numerous artists including David Byrne, David Bowie, Coldplay, and James Blake.

Peter Brookes, 'WHAT ARE YOU LIKE?' Est £1,500-2,000

Peter Brookes is the multi-award-winning political cartoonist for The Times, a post he has held since 1992. He has contributed to many other magazines, including The Spectator, Radio Times, The Times Literary Supplement and the New Statesman.

Quentin Blake, 'WHAT ARE YOU LIKE?' Est. £3,000-5,000

Quentin Blake is a world-renowned, multi-award-winning British illustrator who has written and illustrated over 300 books, including some of the greatest children’s books of the last fifty years. He was the UK’s first Children’s Laureate and is the founding trustee of House of Illustration.

Peter Capaldi,'WHAT ARE YOU LIKE?', Est. £1,500-2,000

Peter Capaldi is a BAFTA-award-winning British actor, writer and director. He is best known for being the twelfth and current actor to play the Doctor in the BBC TV series Doctor Who, and for the role of Malcolm Tucker in the BBC comedy series The Thick of It.

Paul Smith, WHAT ARE YOU LIKE?' Est. £1,000-1,500

Paul Smith is a renowned British designer with a global design brand. In 2011, he was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design award at the British Fashion Awards for his exceptional contribution to the British fashion industry.

David Shrigley, 'WHAT ARE YOU LIKE?' Est. 2,000-3,000

David Shrigley is an award-winning British artist whose sculpture ‘Really Good’ was unveiled as the Fourth Plinth Commission in London’s Trafalgar Square in 2016. He was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2013 and his work is included in prominent international collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Art Institute of Chicago and Tate London.

Eric Clapton, 'WHAT ARE YOU LIKE?', Est. £2,000-3,000

Eric Clapton is a world-renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter, widely considered one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Eric Clapton has won 18 Grammy awards and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

Peter Blake, 'WHAT ARE YOU LIKE?', Est. £2,500-3,500

Peter Blake is a world-renowned British artist and pioneer of 'Pop Art'. One of his best-known works is the 1967 album cover for The Beetles’ Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In 1981 he was elected a member of the Royal Academy and in 1994 he was made the Third Associate Artist of the National Gallery.

Margaret Howell, 'WHAT ARE YOU LIKE?', Est. £800-1,200

Margaret Howell is a world-renowned British clothing designer. She was elected a Royal Designer for Industry in 2007.

The Typescript for “Doctor Who: Into the Dalek”, Est. £2,000-3,000

Illustrated with a Drawing by Peter Capaldi, Dr Who Himself The actor Peter Capaldi (b. 1958) was revealed as the twelfth incarnation of Doctor Who during August 2013 and his performances have been enthusiastically received (‘all the hallmarks of a great Doctor’, ‘the air of the classic Doctor’ and ‘wise and thoughtful’). “Into the Dalek” is the second episode of Capaldi’s first series, and his first story involving Daleks. First broadcast on 30 August 2014, it was given positive reviews. The Independent called the episode ‘a classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster’.

Original Illustrations for the covers of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five

In 2012, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Enid Blyton's much-loved Famous Five series, five of the most illustrious children's illustrators of today were asked to provide new special anniversary covers for the first five adventures in the series. These original artworks were published by Hodder Children's Books for the 70th anniversary edition. Please click here to see all five illustrations (lots 294-298).

House of Illustration is a registered charity which receives no public funding and depends on its admission price and the generosity of its supporters to put on exhibitions, to commission new illustration work, promote new illustration talent and to run its illustrator-led learning programme for schools, families, students and enthusiasts of all ages. 

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NEW YORK - One of the rarest of all Enigma Machines, the M4, designed for use by the German Navy during World War II, was sold today (7 December) for $463,500 at Bonhams History of Science and Technology Sale in New York. This is a world record price at auction for an M4 Enigma surpassing the previous highest price of $350,000 also set by Bonhams in 2015. The fully operational machine dating from 1943 had been estimated at US$280,000-350,000.

The M4 Naval Enigma was ordered in 1941 when the head of the German Navy Admiral Karl Doenitz believed, correctly, that the security of the Naval M3 Engima had been compromised. The M4 was reserved for deployment by U-boat forces on land and at sea to enable the Naval High Command to communicate securely with the U-Boat fleet. The machine in the sale is in fine condition and is, therefore, believed to have been used from a base on shore rather than from a U-Boat.

Bonhams Science and Technology specialist Tom Lamb said, "This M4 Enigma was in perfect condition and very desirable. Most of the 120 or so M4 Enigma machines known to have survived are in museums or in government hands so this was a rare chance to acquire one of the very few still available. I am, of course, delighted to have broken our own world record."

In total the sale made $1,109,000 with 73% of the lots sold. Other highlights included:

A first edition of the General Theory of Relativity signed and inscribed by Albert Einstein. Estimated at $80,000-100,000 it sold for $125,000.

A handwritten letter from Charles Darwin to the Secretary of the Royal Society on the merits of candidates being considered for the award of the Royal Medal and the Copley Medal for 1857. The letter sold for $93,750 having been estimated at $20,000-30,000.

A handwritten manuscript by Isaac Newton about his family's pedigree written in preparation for his knighthood in 1795. It was sold for $60,000 against an estimate of $50,000-70,000.

A piece of the original mold which led Alexander Fleming to the discovery of penicillin. Estimated at $10,000-15,000 it sold for $46,500.

Walt Disney signed Last Will and Testament      1.jpegCALABASAS, Calif.— Walt Disney’s Last Will and Testament, plus his signed document marking the genesis of the Disney Empire/brand; How the Grinch Stole Christmas production artwork (perfectly timed to the 50th anniversary of the animated TV special!) and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas original artwork and set pieces; Disneyana, featuring rare animation art and Disney park props, including an “Atom-mobile” miniature prop from the retired Journey Through Inner Space attraction, an assortment of props from The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, a miniature Jungle Cruise boat, cast member attraction costumes and rare hand-silkscreened ride posters highlight Profiles in History highly anticipated Animation and Disneyana auction, Friday, December 9, 2016.

Other featured items include the instantly recognizable I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched opening titles cels and the most comprehensive collection of artist Robert “Bob” William John Olszewski works ever assembled—from his earliest days, prior to working with Goebel/ Hummel, to his most spectacular and desirable Disney-related pieces. Every work of art exhibits the world-renown, legendary attention to detail, design, depth and quality that has inspired Bob’s celebrated reputation and legacy.  Every piece in this collection is extremely rare, sold out, and no longer available. While many items are signed, upon request, Bob has graciously agreed to personally sign any of the lots that are not.

This sale represents a rare opportunity for collectors on so many fronts. In addition to Walt Disney’s last will and testament and signed document trademarking his legendary name, we have an extensive selection of illustration art, including Charles Schulz, Dr. Seuss, Chuck Jones, Gary Larson, E.H. Shepard and Robert Crumb. I am especially excited to have a wide array of Bob Olszewski’s extraordinary sculptures in this sale, highlighted by the Disneyland Main Street diorama. There’s literally something here for everyone!, said Joe Maddalena, owner of Profiles in History. 

Additional auction highlights include: 

  • The Transformers original animated series never-before-seen production art, scripts, and cels
  • An incredible selection of Christmas illustration art and original paintings
  • “Cinderella” ball gown production cel on a master production background from Cinderella
  • Original Disney concept art by Eyvind Earle and Mary Blair.
  • Charles Schulz “Peanuts” art including an It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown storyboard
  • Comic strip art by Charles Schulz, Gary Larson and Patrick McDonnell

Qualified bidders can participate in person, by telephone, fax, submit absentee bids or participate online in real time from anywhere with Internet access across the globe. For more information, including a PDF and flip book of the entire auction catalog with full item descriptions, please visit www.profilesinhistory.com.

Image credit: Profiles in History. 

vcsPRAsset_534765_124134_a7012519-49fb-4ec9-a272-3ea5ef31c725_0.jpgPreview days for Kaminski Auctions Thanksgiving sale were very well attended which was an indication of good things to come for the annual auction.  Old faces and friends visiting the preview, plus 1700 visiting online and over 30% of them new users to the site brought a worldwide audience to add to the excitement of the sale.  A collection of Richard F. Outcault (American, 1863-1928) "Buster Brown" Sunday comic strip original art works that had descended through the family of the artist brought the most excitement to the day. Buster Brown was a comic strip character created in 1902 by Richard F. Outcault and was adopted as the symbol of a children’s shoe company called the Brown Shoe Company in 1904.  In the early 20th century Buster Brown and his pit bull terrier "Tige” were well known to the American public.   

The six Buster Brown lots were hotly contested over the phones and through multiple Internet bidding platforms.  They were finally hammered down at $47,700 with buyer’s premium and all sold to the same European bidder.  The top lot of the collection was titled "The Worm Turns Twice," dated March 19th, 1916.  It had been published in the Philadelphia Record. All of the Outcault artwork included the original newspaper sheet.

Other artwork and decorative arts on offer were from the Belvedere Guest House on Fire Island, New York.  Three Robert Bliss (American, 1925-1981), paintings sold as separate lots with the highest titled "Boy at the Beach," oil on masonite, signed and dated bringing $7,800. A 19th century classical marble bust of Robert Burns brought $5,700 and another of Sir Walter Scott brought a similar price.  Top lot from the Belvedere was an outstanding 18th century French Louis XV basin decorated with carved putti and figureheads. The basin had a particularly beautiful copper liner with a crest on the embossed center. Originally purchased at Park Bennett, New York in the 1940s to 1950s, it sold for $14,000.

A signed Tiffany Studios Turtleback table lamp from a private collector with an exquisite leaded stained glass shade was the top lot of the two- day sale with an $18,000 hammer price.  A surprise lot was a set of twelve Baccarat crystal "Czar" pattern stemware comprised of three different forms including four each of wine, champagne and water goblets, each with four colors of blue, rose, green and chartreuse that brought $10,800.

Top name estate jewelry brought good prices with a signed Van Cleef ladies’ eighteen carat gold and diamond bracelet from a New York collection bringing $14,400, a circa 1920 Cartier diamond, platinum and sapphire fur clip sold for $8,400 and a ladies' diamond and platinum engagement ring with a 3.53carat center stone sold for $18,000.

Day one of the sale which featured the majority of Asian items in the auction saw a huge painting by Brian Coole (British, born 1939) titled  “The Hongs of Canton from the Mainland”, oil on board from a New Hampshire estate sell for $11,400, while a circa 1950’s modern Chinese painting of a boat by the coast, signed lower right and inscribed verso "Given to George and Rosalie Humphrey, Sept. 1953, by Sergei Eliseev Professor at Harvard-Yenching Institute, Originally in Shanghai Museum then in Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge Massachusetts " brought $15,600.

All prices quoted include 20% buyer’s premium for all prices realized go to www.kaminskiauctions.com.

Image: Richard F. Outcault (American, 1863-1928), "Buster Brown" Sunday comic strip original art, titled "The Worm Turns Twice.”

Lot 1 - GAUR ITS RUINS AND INSCRIPTIONS - Estimate Rs 7,00,000-Rs 8,00,000 ($10,295-$11,765) - Image 1.jpgMumbai, December 6 2016: StoryLTD’s upcoming online auction, Old Maps, Books and Photographs, features 82 rare and carefully selected old maps, vintage photographs, and gilt-bound books. The lots offer a glimpse into over 200 years of colonial India, presenting an extraordinary opportunity for collectors of historical memorabilia.

StoryLTD’s previous auctions of rare books have been well-received, highlighting a growing interest in the category among serious collectors. The upcoming sale extends the category to include maps, and photographs of picturesque landscapes, monuments, and portraits of maharajas. The categories also present some of the earliest recordings of official events such as coronations, battle scenes, and ethnographic studies of Indian life.

The books on auction date from the mid-1700s to the early 20th century. Featuring exquisite gilded covers, lavish illustrations and vivid descriptions of accounts as they unfolded at the time, these books range from INR 14,000 - 8 lakhs. The maps range from engraved, hand-coloured, topographical renderings, to records of early settlements in India and around the world. They are estimated between INR 20,000 - 3 lakhs. Photographs include rare, hand-coloured portraits of royal families, and albumen photographs of Indian monuments. They are estimated between INR 25,000 - 6 lakhs.

The auction will take place on storyltd.com on 13 - 14 December 2016.

About StoryLTD:

Launched in 2013 by Saffronart, India’s leading online auction house, StoryLTD (pronounced ‘Story Limited’), is an online art purchasing platform intended to give both first-time bidders and serious collectors an opportunity to acquire unique Indian fine and decorative art pieces. Featuring a carefully curated, exclusive selection that includes fine art, photographs, limited edition prints, textiles and jewellery, to home accessories, vintage and designer furniture.

StoryLTD partners with some of the leading designers, independent retailers, manufacturers, artists, collectors and dealers from India and around the globe, and offers its clients an unparalleled collection that encompasses a variety of styles, designs and historical periods— hidden behind every object and art work they present is a unique historical, aesthetic and cultural narrative — its ‘Story’. Everything at StoryLTD is ‘limited’ in its individuality, availability and value; nothing is commonplace.

Image: Gaur: Its Ruins and Inscriptions. London, 1878. Estimate: Rs 7,00,000-Rs 8,00,000 ( $10,295-$11,765).  

101-Nietzsche copy.jpgNew York—Works by and about twentieth century artists dominated the scene at Swann Galleries’ biannual sale of Art, Press & Illustrated Books on Thursday, December 1. Of the top 20 lots in the sale, only two were published before 1900. The sale also broke several auction records.

The highlight of the sale was a rare limited edition of Das Werk von Gustav Klimt, 1918, the only monograph published in the artist’s lifetime. The retrospective work, with richly printed collotype plates, ten in color with gold and silver highlights, sold to a collector for $60,000*. Another outstanding lot was a preparatory proof of László Moholy-Nagy’s Composition which was published in the Belgian avant-garde magazine Het Overzicht, circa 1924. The print sold after competitive bidding for $17,500, a record for the work.

The most complete set ever to come to auction of the Mexican Stridentist journal Horizonte, 1926-27, made its debut. The periodical was edited by Leopoldo Méndez and Ramón Alva de la Canal, and contributors included Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo. Stridentism was a radical avant-garde art movement founded in Mexico City in 1921, formed out of the momentum of the Mexican Revolution; Horizonte was their outlet. The set sold for $22,500.

Auction records were set for a scarce first edition of Die Farbenklaviaturen von Le Corbusier, 1931, a wallpaper sample book designed by the artist to allow people to create harmonious color combinations in their homes ($6,000), as well as Kurt Schwitters’s Die Silbergäule, Merz 8. Die Kathedrale, 1920, with seven lithographs, which sold to a collector for $4,420. The first limited edition of Five Poems, 2002, by Kara Walker and Toni Morrison broke its previous auction record to sell for $1,000.

Several works made their auction debuts, including Percy Bysshe Shelley’s The Sensitive Plant, 1898, one of ten copies printed on vellum for the Guild of Women Binders, which sold to a collector for $5,250. The ornate Insel-Verlag edition of Friedrich Nietzsche’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, 1908, designed and bound by Eleanore Ramsey, also went to a collector for $15,000.

Further highlights included a first edition of the satirical alphabet book skewering the 1913 Armory show, titled The Cubies’ ABC, by Mary M. and Earl H. Lyall, which sold for $4,750. Douze Quatrains, 1930, by Pierre Bragenell, with 12 erotic pochoirs attributed to Gerda Wegener, was purchased by a collector for a record $5,500. Another record was set for a scholarly compilation by Hsiang Yüan-Pien titled Noted Porcelains of Successive Dynasties, 1931, which garnered $5,250.

Modern fairy mythology performed well in the sale, including Fairyland, 1926, an Australian picture book by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, which sold for a record-breaking $4,250. Similarly, the first English trade edition of The Book of Fairy Poetry, 1920, sold for nearly four times the high estimate at $1,750. The book contains the first illustrated version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s poem Goblin Feet. While not strictly fairy-related, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, illustrated and signed by Salvador Dalí, brought $5,750.

Christine von der Linn, Swann Galleries’ Art, Press & Illustrated Book specialist said, “I was overjoyed at the amount of excitement and active participation from bidders around the world for the lots on offer in this small but powerpacked sale. This auction was curated very specifically, with small, strong selections of European Avant-Garde books and prints, fine illustrated books, and works by artists featured in major museum exhibitions this year. In particular, the enthusiasm surrounding the Moholy-Nagy shows at the Guggenheim and The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Mexican Modernism show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art has actively sparked rediscovery of important artists. That was definitely reflected in the interest in those lots this week. ” She added, “I haven’t had so much fun in a sale in a long time.”

Image: Lot 101 Friedrich Nietzsche, Also Sprach Zarathustra, Insel-Verlag edition, bound by Eleanore Ramsey, 1908. Sold December 1, 2016 for $15,000, the book's first appearance at auction. (Pre-sale estimate: $8,000 to $10,000)

Screen Shot 2016-12-06 at 8.18.03 AM.pngNEW YORK, 5 December 2016—The Bible collection of renowned theologian and author, Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie, soared over pre-sale expectations today at Sotheby’s New York, realizing $7,341,818 (estimate $3.5/5.4 million). Over the course of four hours, 195 printed and manuscript Bibles in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, English and numerous other languages, as well as other theological works, were offered, led by the Wycliffite New Testament in the later version, in Middle English, which tripled its estimate and achieved $1.7 million (estimate $500/800,000). With many lots coming to the marketplace for the first time in decades, this impressive collection garnered interest from both public institutions and private collectors from around the world.

Selby Kiffer, International Senior Specialist, Books & Manuscripts, stated: “The outstanding result of today’s sale of The Bible Collection of Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie is a testament to the dedication with which this towering figure assembled his extraordinary group of Bibles and letters signed by theological figures. The sale followed a well-received exhibition that, despite the acclaimed Formatting the Word of God exhibition in 1998-99, marked the first time the full extent of the collection was revealed.”

The heart of The Bible Collection of Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie lies in early English translations of the Bible, including the top lot of today’s auction, John Wycliffe’s Wycliffite New Testament in the later version, in Middle English. Produced in England around 1430, numerous telephone bidders competed for this rare manuscript, finally selling for $1,692,500 against a pre-sale estimate of $500/800,000. Bible in English, Coverdale’s Version is another such example: faithfully and truly translated from Dutch and Latin into English, this first edition is one of the most complete copies to appear at auction in over twenty years, and sold for $348,500 (estimate $150/250,000).

Non-English Bibles, particularly manuscripts, also achieved significant prices. “The Benton Gospels” in Greek, written in Constantinople from the early to mid-10th century, realized $250,000 (estimate $50/80,000) while The Four Gospels, in Greek sold for $275,000 (estimate $50/80,000). Bible with Prologues and Interpretations of Hebrew Names, in Latin, hailing from Italy, hence the nickname [Italian Bible], obtained $200,000 in the New York salesroom this afternoon.

vcsPRAsset_531423_103864_e89bfb76-c449-4a7a-a938-3db90fe30582_0.jpgLos Angeles, California - Julien’s Auctions, the world-record breaking auction house to the stars is now in the Guinness Book of World Records for the second time,  having sold the most expensive dress ever to be auctioned. The Marilyn Monroe “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress worn by Monroe on Saturday, May 19, 1962, at a Democratic fundraiser and early 45th birthday celebration for President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden, was sold by Julien’s Auctions on November 17th, 2016 in Los Angeles for $4.8 million. The dress was sold to Ripley’s Believe it or Not and surpassed all other records for a dress sold at auction. Julien’s Auctions is also in the Guinness Book of World Records for selling Michael Jackson’s white glove for $420,000 in 2009 making it the most expensive glove ever sold at auction.

Under a bright spotlight, the legendary Marilyn Monroe walked on stage and peeled away her white ermine fur coat, revealing a skintight, sheer, flesh-colored dress that sparkled with over 2,500 handstitched crystals.  The custom Jean Louis creation was so tight fitting that Marilyn wore nothing underneath and had to be sewn into it at the last minute. When Marilyn appeared and the dress was finally revealed the entire audience gasped.

“Wow, what an honor and such exciting news,” said Darren Julien, President & CEO of Julien’s Auctions. “We never imagined we would be in the Guinness Book of World Records again and I must say it is pretty amazing. We owe a great deal of gratitude to the many people who have trusted us throughout the years with their personal and career items. Can’t wait to do it all over again in 2017.”

The Guinness Book of World Records announcement is one of many accolades Julien’s Auctions has received recently as the auction house continues to break world records. World records were set when Julien’s Auctions sold John Lennon’s original 1962 J-160E Gibson guitar for $2.41 million; The Beatles drum skin from their famous appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 which sold for $2.12 million; Ringo Starr’s 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three piece drum kit which sold for $2.2 million; Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” jacket which sold for $1.8 million; Ringo Starr’s personal copy of The White Album pressed with #000001 which sold for $790,000; Michael Jackson’s white glove which sold for $420,000 (and also in the Guinness Book of World Records) and Marilyn Monroe’s grave marker which sold for $212,400.

“Marilyn Monroe’s dress was one of the most exciting moments in our auction house’s history. I am thrilled that this was the dress that broke all records and now has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions. “I am so very proud to be able to have our name in the record books alongside such an enduring and timeless beauty as Marilyn.”

bulbs.jpegDALLAS - An archive of Thomas Edison’s lightbulbs, court evidence and the keys to his famed Menlo Park, New Jersey, laboratory where he invented the phonograph, sold for a combined $64,375 at a Dec. 3 public auction of Historical Americana held by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. The archive included six, 19th century lightbulbs tied to a famous court case, which had descended in the family of Edison’s own attorney for more than 100 years. 

“These bulbs were entered as evidence when Edison sued three different companies for allegedly infringing on his patent for the incandescent bulb,” said Don Ackerman, a consignment director for Historical Americana for Heritage Auctions. “Edison’s own keys were used to open the doors of his laboratory was where the genius earned his nickname as “The Wizard of Menlo Park.”

One bulb in the archive was created by Heinrich Göbel, a German inventor who claimed to have invented the incandescent lightbulb in 1868, years before Edison did in 1879. The bulb and related documentation sold for $23,750. Göbel did not apply for a patent, but served as a star witness against Edison when Edison sued three manufacturers of incandescent lamps who he claimed infringed against his bulb patents. The set of five bulbs used in the court case sold for $30,000.

“Both ‘original’ Goebel lamps and reproductions were offered as exhibits, but there was no proof that any of them were made prior to 1880,” Ackerman said. “This tactic by defense attorneys became known as the "Goebel Defense" and it has since been used in other similar cases."

Multiple bidders pushed the auction price of the keys to $10,625. Consigner Charlie Knudsen, who acquired the items from his great aunt, who was married to one of the attorneys whose law firm represented Edison in patent lawsuits, was excited during the auction.

“This is such an important archive - I’m glad it will go to a good home, to someone who also appreciates Edison’s contribution to science and history,” he said.

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BEVERLY HILLS — Items from the estate of creative comedy and advertising genius Stan Freberg (1926 - 2015) will be available to his fans in a public auction of animation cels and related memorabilia conducted by Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, California, and online Dec. 10 and 11, 2016.

Personally selected by his widow, Hunter Freberg, the items include the first draft script for his acclaimed 1961 comedy album, “Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America Volume One: The Early Years;” the 1953 Gold Record award for the satirical “St. George and the Dragonet:” the script for his award-winning 1958 recording “Green Chri$tma$;” animation cels from his prodigious voice-over work and important items from his memorable TV commercials. Other highlights offered in “The Treasures of Stan Freberg Collection” are his 1960 Hollywood Walk of Fame plaque and the Inkpot Award he received at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con. 

“Stan Freberg was a genius who rose to the height of achievement and stardom in so many different fields. Advertising Age called him the father of the funny commercial,” said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation Art at Heritage Auctions. 

“He was an animation voice-over actor for over 70 years, from age 18 to 88. He achieved fame as a puppeteer with the television program, “Time for Beany,” and with his space alien puppet, Orville. He was the leading comedy album recording artist for Capitol Records, a prominent television personality and a Radio Hall of Fame star,” explained Lentz.

Many of the awards and animation cels were kept at home “so we could see them all the time,” said Hunter Freberg. “He was the son of a Baptist minister and always said God had given him the blessings for all the creativity he had. No words can describe living with THE Stan Freberg. We laughed so hard, and never had a boring moment together!,” she recalled.

Highlights from the Stan Freberg Collection include:

·         Freberg’s personal, typed with handwritten notations first draft script for his acclaimed 1961 comedy record album, “Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America Volume One: The Early Years.” The manuscript is accompanied by a second version of the script for nine sections of the album and a copy of the actual vinyl record that sold more than one million copies (est. $5,000).

·         A typed manuscript for the 1953 recording of “St. George and the Dragonet” that starred Freberg, June Foray, Daws Butler and Hy Averback as a parody of the popular radio and television crime series, “Dragnet.” The record quickly rose to number one on both the Billboard and Cash Box record charts. The script is accompanied by a vinyl record, “The Best of Stan Freberg,” that includes “St. George and the Dragonet.” (est. $1,000).

·         The Capitol Records gold record award Freberg received for “St. George and the Dragonet.” (est. $1,000).

·         An original script and sheet music for Freberg’s acclaimed holiday season satire record, “Green Chri$tma$” (est. $5,000), and the 1958 Best Comedy Performance nomination certificate he received for that record from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

·         The Hollywood Walk of Fame award presented to Freberg on February 9, 1960 when his star was formally unveiled at 6145 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles, and a second award presented to him on November 3, 2010 to mark the 50th anniversary of the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame (est. $2,000).

·         Animation cells including an artist’s proof (#19 of 50) of Bugs Bunny and Pete Puma (voiced by Freberg) from the 1997 Warner Brothers cartoon, “Rabbits Kin,” signed by Freberg (est. $750); a hand-painted production cel of Pete Puma from the 1990 season of “Tiny Toons” (est. $1,000); Freberg’s personal favorite cel depicting The Three Bears (est. $750) (Freberg voiced “Junyer Bear”) hand-signed by legendary cartoon artist and director Chuck Jones; and a one-of-a-kind cel created and inscribed by “The Simpsons” animator Phil Ortiz that depicts Homer Simpson and Freberg and voice-over actress June Foray as Simpson characters (est. $750).

·         The Inkpot Award he received at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con convention for Achievement in Animation (est. $1,000); the 1992 “Annie’s” Winsor McCay Award (est. $1,000) from the International Animated Film Society for Freberg’s “distinguished lifetime contribution to the art of animation;” and his 1995 Radio Hall of Fame Award (est. $1,000).

·         Examples of materials created by Freberg to produce award-winning comedic advertising and marketing campaigns for Chung King Chow Mein (est. $1,000) and Kaiser brand aluminum foil (est. $1,000).

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $800 million, and over one million online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com. 

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Screen Shot 2016-12-01 at 9.37.45 AM.pngDreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions is delighted to be offering the books and photogravure prints from Edward Sheriff Curtis' anthropological masterpiece, The North American Indian as part of their Books, Photographs and Other Works on Paper sale on 15th of December 2016 (1:30pm).

This ethnographical survey by photographer and chronicler, Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) remains one of the most significant and powerful insights into the world of the indigenous peoples of North America. The sale this December, which will take place at Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street, London, will include volumes one to thirteen of the twenty volume series alongside a large number of the original accompanying portfolio plates. Many of the portfolio plates, which carry attractive estimates ranging from £300 to £1,800, will be offered as separate lots, appealing to a broad selection of budgets and collectors.

The North American Indian documents over eighty distinct native peoples from the culture areas of the trans-Mississippi west. The volumes contain a huge repository of ethnographic information including the outlines of social organisation, biographies of key leaders, myths and more. The sale catalogue features an introduction by Mick Gidley, Emeritus Professor of American Literature & Culture at the University of Leeds and author of several works on Curtis, including Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian, Incorporated (Cambridge University Press, 1998; paperback, 2000).

The books and portfolios were originally issued to subscribers between 1907 and 1930, each volume and set of plates supposedly one of 500 copies (most likely a smaller run). These volumes therefore only entered the major libraries and homes of the super-rich. The set featuring in the auction was subscribed to by Sir William Northrup McMillan (1872-1925), an American industrialist and friend of Theodore Roosevelt, the latter who also provided the foreword to The North American Indian. Russell Mount, cataloguer of the Curtis lots at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions notes, ‘a set with an intriguing connection to Roosevelt, the President being first a portrait subject of Curtis, then soon his friend, supporter, and confidant. Roosevelt's encouragement to persevere with the project of The North American Indian was of inestimable importance to Curtis’.

The volumes (Lot 200, Est: £60,000-80,000, pictured) incorporate 983 plates with photogravures taken by Curtis himself. Curtis’ ‘documentary pictures’ cover portraiture, tribal arts & crafts, shamanisitic rituals, maps and plans. Lots 201-518 are comprised of the larger-format photogravure plates issued in the portfolios and include many of the more famous photographic images such as Mósa - Mohave (pictured below) which sees the subject powerfully returning the viewer’s gaze (Lot 251, Est £1,500 - £2,000).

Appealing to collectors of both photography and Americana alike, the striking photographic portraits of tribal Chiefs, men, women and children are documented alongside landscapes images. Lot 288, On The Little Bighorn - Apsaroke, 1908 (Est £1,000 - £1,500) and Lot 354 Sun Dance Encampment - Piegan (Est £1,000-£1,500) show the people’s ease with the natural world. Elsewhere, scenes of village life are depicted in Story Telling- Apache, (Lot 210 Est: £1,200 - £1,800) and The Blanket Weaver - Navaho (Lot 232, Est £1,000 - £1,500). Although these scenes may have been reconstructed for the camera, they not only capture the dignity and pride of the native peoples, but also document the craftsmanship inherent within the native cultures.

NEW YORK——The Estate of Maureen O'Hara sale at Bonhams New York today (29 November) sold over 95% of her private documents, clothing, and memorabilia, reaching a total over $445,000. "The Irish style icon's personal effects were volleyed between phone, internet and a healthy crowd of in-room bidders from Ireland, Europe, South America, and Asia," explains Catherine Williamson, Director of the Fine Books and Manuscripts and Entertainment Memorabilia at Bonhams Los Angeles.

The infamous cache of love letters from Quiet Man Director John Ford sold for $75,000. Written during the run-up to filming Ford's 1952 film The Quiet Man, almost all of them are in their original envelopes. After meeting on the set of How Green Was My Valley (1941) O'Hara and Ford began a long and often turbulent friendship colored by Ford's obsessive – and sometimes violent – fascination with the red-haired siren, who he called his 'Rosebud'. O'Hara later said of the director," for years I wondered why John Ford grew to hate me so much. I realize now that he didn't hate me at all. He loved me very much and even thought that he was in love with me." Read more about the two's famous relationship in Neil Lyndon's Bonhams Magazine essay.

O'Hara is perhaps best known for her iconic portrayal of Mary Kate Danaher in The Quiet Man, opposite John Wayne. There was competitive bidding on items associated with the classic film, including O'Hara's personal, heavily annotated The Quiet Man script (originally given to John Ford, with his name on the cover), which sold for $50,000. O'Hara's clothes and jewelry also proved exceedingly popular. A tweed jacket she wore in The Quiet Man (estimated $5,000-7,000), sold for $16,250. Another highlight was O'Hara's pair of Meissen porcelain floral encrusted covered vases, which sold for $31,250 against an estimate of $3,000-5,000.

Bonhams Director of Entertainment Memorabilia, Catherine Williamson, said, "It's clear that O'Hara's appeal is evergreen—she speaks just as much to young movie goers to those who saw her when her films first premiered. She had a fantastic sense of style and her clothing and accessories proved particularly popular, often selling for as many as 10 times their low estimates."

Maureen O'Hara (1920-2015) grew up on the outskirts of Dublin. She joined Dublin's Abbey Theatre in 1934 and spent three years training with the company. At 17, O'Hara was discovered by British actor Charles Laughton, who signed her to a contract with his Mayflower Pictures. Her first major film was the Alfred Hitchcock-directed Jamaica Inn (1939), co-starring Laughton. This was swiftly followed by her first Hollywood movie, The Hunchback of Notre (1939), which cemented her movie star status. Known as "The Queen of Technicolor" for her fiery red hair and emerald green eyes, O'Hara appeared in more than 60 movies and was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2014 for her contributions to the film industry.

Sotheby's London to Offer The Bute Hours

Screen Shot 2016-11-30 at 4.31.28 PM.pngLondon, 30 November 2016--The Bute Hours, one of the most extraordinary Medieval English Book of Hours in existence, is to be auctioned at Sotheby’s London on 6 December 2016, with an estimate of £1.5 to 2.5 million, making it one of the most valuable English books to appear at auction. This lavish work includes more than 50 large miniatures and was probably made for a nobleman of the royal household who is depicted with his wife and children throughout the book.

English Books of Hours are extremely rare on the market, and this particular manuscript remains mostly unstudied. Lavishly adorned with elaborate miniatures, historiated borders and initials, this unique manuscript was produced by several different artists working in a homogeneous style, with an evident fondness for contemporary Netherlandish manuscript illumination, while also borrowing from German engravings. The richness of illustration in this Book of Hours is unparalleled in English illuminated manuscripts of the time, and is thus a reflection of the significant social status of its patron, who is depicted throughout the book.

The manuscript takes its modern name from the Marquesses of Bute, whose ancestral home is on the Isle of Bute, off the west coast of Scotland. The family traces its ancestry back to the 12th century, and is descended from kings of both Scotland and the United Kingdom. The manuscript was acquired for the Bute library by John Crichton-Stuart, 5th Marquess of Bute, who died in 1956; it passed with the title and properties (including six castles and an important art collection) to his eldest son John Crichton-Stuart (1933-93), who was born just 15 minutes before his twin brother, and thus became the 6th Marquess of Bute. In 1983, he sold a number of illuminated manuscripts at Sotheby's, including the Bute Hours.

The Berger Collection Educational Trust, Sold to Benefit Future Philanthropy

The Bute Hours comes to sale from the Berger Collection Educational Trust, sold to benefit future philanthropy. Both natives of Denver, William M. B. Berger and Bernadette Berger began their collecting activities in the 1990s with a passion that has rarely been matched. Over the course of just a few years, they amassed one of the most important collections of British Art in America, spanning over 600 years, as well as excellent examples of French, Italian and American paintings and drawings. The Bergers were dedicated to using art as a vehicle for education: “We have always believed that art, as well as music, poetry, and literature, refreshes and enriches our lives”, they said. In order to further their mission, they founded the Berger Collection Educational Trust.

The Trust’s mission focuses on British Art, culture and history, and uses the collection that the Bergers created to further its goals. It has sponsored numerous exhibitions throughout the United States devoted to British painting, as well as being a major supporter of the British Art Journal. The Trust administers, together with the Journal, the highly prestigious William M. B. Berger Prize for British Art History, awarded for excellence in the field.

In addition to the Bute Hours, a number of properties from The Berger Collection Educational Trust, will be sold at Sotheby’s New York & London in 2016 and 2017 to benefit future philanthropy.

Dr. John Wilson, Trustee, The Berger Collection Educational Trust, commented: “Bill and Bernadette Berger established the Berger Collection Educational Trust to demonstrate the role of British culture in influencing the Western Cultural Tradition in general, and American culture in particular. Their wide-ranging tastes and interests created a collection that allowed visitors to come face-to-face not only with significant paintings and works on paper, but also manuscripts, royal seals and important early books. Since its inception, the Trust has driven and supported educational activities promoting the history of British art, including programs at the Denver Art Museum and the Portland Museum of Art, and raised funds to further the mission of the Collection. The works on offer at Sotheby’s, many of which fall outside the British sphere, will be sold to further this mission.”

1eec3654ab321bf30e35f38be4969c9a374a06fa.jpegBOSTON, MA -  RR Auction is proud to present The Stanley Wiater archive of Modern Horror literature that comprehensively documents the history of the world’s most terrifying genre in its December monthly offering.

A three-time winner of the illustrious Bram Stoker Award, Wiater has earned distinction as a writer, editor, anthologist, journalist, and collector over the course of four decades, with his contributions adding significantly to the growth and visibility of the genre.

The enormous archive consists of over one hundred boxes of material from throughout Wiater’s remarkable career, broken down as follows: 79 banker’s boxes; 14 smaller boxes; four typewriter paper boxes; two bins of assorted posters and artwork; three 100-slot trays of audio tapes; and 27 books contributed to or edited by Wiater.

After several years of collecting pulp, horror, and adventure novels, Wiater found himself well positioned when modern horror emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s with the release of classic films like Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, and then with the unprecedented rise of Stephen King as a mainstream horror scribe. A 1974 interview with Ray Bradbury, Wiater’s first as a budding journalist, paved the way for his career as a writer of oral history, in addition to his initial Bram Stoker Award for Dark Dreamers: Conversations with the Masters of Horror, a series of insightful interviews with twenty-six of the genre’s most influential writers.

Wiater’s massive collection of audio and videotape, offering over 200 hours of unedited recordings and transcripts, the vast bulk of which have never been published, serve the archive as a uniquely educational keystone and resource. A portion of the interview content includes talks with writers like Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Clive Barker, Richard Matheson, Robert Bloch, Harlan Ellison, Ira Levin, and David Morrell; and with filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, George Romero, Roger Corman, David Cronenberg, and Sidney Pollack.  Ten of the audio tapes are available for listening online. 

In 2000, Wiater developed a television series fittingly called Dark Dreamers, which, inspired by his book of the same name, featured one-on-one interviews with writers Barker and Matheson, directors John Landis and Wes Craven, special effects wizard Stan Winston, and many more. The result is a collection of over 150 raw, unedited videotapes of never-before-seen footage. In addition to Dark Dreamers, Wiater has edited two anthologies of original fiction by nearly two dozen writers, as well as books on Stephen King, Brian Lumley, and Richard Matheson’s classic Twilight Zone television scripts. He edited Comic Book Rebels, a definitive treatment on the growth of the underground comix movement of the 1960s, and has penned numerous other manuscripts, both published and unpublished, including his first story, which won a contest judged by Stephen King.

The archive also features a large number of manuscripts—Wiater’s own and those of writers he anthologized or edited; a substantial amount of business and literary correspondence from a wide array of mainstream and underground writers; the paper archives of the Horror Writers Association; original unreleased material by fantasy surrealist photographer J. K. Potter; and a section of material related to Wiater’s employment with Mirage Studios.

“The Stanley Wiater archive documents the lore and history of literature’s most terrifying genre with amazing depth and unmatched appreciation,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

The Autographs, Artifacts & Animation auction from RR Auction began on November 17 and will conclude on December 7. For information, visit the RR Auction web site at www.rrauction.com

DALLAS — A pair of posters from the iconic 1942 film Casablanca headlined Heritage Auctions’ Vintage Movie Posters Auction Nov. 19-20 in Dallas, which realized a total of $1,918,571. Both posters more than quadrupled their pre-auction estimates: A Casablanca (Warner Brothers, R-1953) Italian 2-Fogli poster went on the block with an estimated price of $50,000, to sell for $203,150, while a Casablanca (Warner Brothers, 1942) Half Sheet Style B, which went into the auction with an estimated return of $40,000, sold for $167,300.

“This was an exceptional auction that brought together some of the most coveted movie images from Hollywood,” Heritage director of vintage posters Grey Smith said. “The collection included some lots that had been in high demand for some time to our most avid collectors.”

A poster from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (PEA, 1966), an Italian premier 24 Sheet, with artwork by Franco Fiorenzi and Michelangelo Pappuza, (similar to the two and four fogli with its reflective silver background) sold for $77,675. 

Collectors seeking a poster from the 1932 box office bomb and exploitation film Freaks (MGM, 1932) got their wish in the auction, when a rare Pre-War Belgian Poster for the film sold for $28,680.

Considered one of the defining classics in film noir, a poster from Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past (RKO, 1947) sold for $22,705.

A poster of The Maltese Falcon (Warner Brothers, 1941) One Sheet realized more than twice its pre-auction estimate of $8,000 when it brought in $21,510, and a depiction of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous novel, a poster of The Hound of the Baskervilles (20th Century Fox, 1939) One Sheet realized a sale price of $19,120.

A lobby card measuring 11 inches by 14 inches from Dracula (Universal, 1931), one of the most famous horror films of all time, nearly quadrupled its pre-auction estimate of $4,000 when it sold for $15,535.

Collectors searching for an exceedingly rare poster from Captain Blood (Warner Brothers, 1935) One Sheet got their chance in this auction; the lot was another that exceeded its pre-auction estimate when it sold for $14,340.

A surprise lot that crashed the sale’s top 10 lots was a ceramic Dracula/Lugosi Statuette (circa Late 1940s, which also drew $14,340. It is believed that the figure, which stands eight inches tall, actually may have been sculpted by actor Bela Lugosi and given as a gift to friends. Rumors suggest that only about 25 were made, and only a fraction of those remain in existence.

super copy.jpgDALLAS — Original Underground Comix Art and key books from the Golden Age and Silver Age helped push the total value of Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Auction Nov. 17-19 in Dallas to nearly $10 million, the second-highest total ever for a comic auction. The #1 Comics auction record ($10,389,821) was set by Heritage in July 2012.

“This auction was very gratifying to us at Heritage Auctions, because so many of the lots surpassed our pre-auction estimates,” Heritage Director of Operations for Comics and Comic Art Barry Sandoval said. “For example, we certainly thought the Pep Comics run would sell for multiples of the Price Guide value, but we weren’t expecting some to sell for as much as 12 times the Guide value!”

The top lot was a rare unrestored copy of Superman #1 (DC, 1939) CGC VG+ 4.5 CGC which sold for $358,500. Although an estimated 1,000,000 copies were printed in 1939, very few are known to have survived in this grade or better; this issue is ranked third on Overstreet’s Top 100 Golden Age Comics list.

One of the auction’s highlights was a 9.6 CGC NM+ issue of The Amazing Spider-Man #1 Curator Pedigree (Marvel, 1963), which is one of the top Silver Age comics Heritage has sold in 15 years of auctions. The book sold for $262,900. 

An FN- 5.5 CGC copy of Batman #1 (DC, 1940) was another exceptionally popular Golden Age lot that sold for $239,000. The issue, which features the debut appearances of two characters who would end up being long-time Batman nemeses: Catwoman and the Joker, who are two of the reasons for the issue’s appearance on Overstreet’s list of Top 100 Golden Age Comics. This issue features a retelling of Batman’s origin and a classic cover by Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson, and is one of the top 20 CGC-graded copies.

Steve Ditko’s Amazing Spider-Man #27 Splash Page 1 Original Art (Marvel, 1965) hauled in $239,000. The page features Spider-Man and his greatest villain: The Green Goblin.

Headlining the Underground Comix lots was Robert Crumb’s Thrilling Murder Comics #1 “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” Complete Four-Page Story Original Art (San Francisco Comic Book Co., 1971), which sold for $143,400, setting a new world record for the artist. Considered one of Crumb’s most violent and taboo-breaking stories, this art combines the title of the 1969 Rolling Stones song with the events that led to the notorious Tate-LaBianca murders by Charles Manson’s “family” members.

Another top Underground lot was the Robert Crumb Mondo Snarfo “Grim Grids” Complete Three-Page Story Original Art (Kitchen Sink, 1978). The book sold for $131,450!

A Flash Comics #1 (DC, 1940) FN+ 6.5 CGC pulled in $107,550. Considered one of the nicest copies of this Golden Age collection, fewer than a dozen copies nicer than FN/VF 5.0 or better are known to exist.

More Fun Comics #73 (DC, 1941) VF 8.0 CGC, another coveted issue, went for $104,562.50. In particularly high demand because it includes the origin and first appearance of Aquaman and Green Arrow, its NM- value jumped 43 percent from 2015 to 2016 - the largest jump of any book on Overstreet’s Top 100 Golden Age Comics list. 

Other top results include, but are not limited to:

·         An Alex Raymond Flash Gordon Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 8-14-38 (King Features Syndicate): $95,600

·         A Robert Crumb Le Monde Selon Crumb [The World According To Crumb] Promotion Poster Original Art (C.N.B.D.I., 1991): $77,675

·         A Bill Watterson Calvin and Hobbes Daily Comic Strip Original Art dated 4-21-86 (Universal Press Syndicate, 1986): $77,675

·         A Marvel Comics #1 (Timely, 1939) GD/VG 3.0 CGC: $77,675

·         A Jack Davis MAD #6 Complete Six-Page Story “Casey at the Bat!” Original Art (EC, 1953): $77,675

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Screen Shot 2016-11-29 at 9.39.11 AM.pngDreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions is delighted to announce the return of Islamic and Near Eastern manuscripts and miniatures to its regular Western manuscripts sales this December, reuniting these two categories in the auction world after a gap of fifty years. The dedicated section will be offered alongside Western Manuscripts and is curated by Roxana Kashani, Bloomsbury Auctions’ Head of Islamic Manuscripts and Miniatures. The whole sale comprises 123 lots spanning nearly a millennia of human history.

Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures will be auctioned on Wednesday 7th December 2016 (10:30am) at Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street.

A highlight from the western manuscripts on offer is Bede’s Homilies on the Gospels in Latin (Lot 2, Est: £5,000 - 7,000). This remarkable fragment dates back to the second or third quarter of the ninth century. No copies of the text survive from England before the twelfth century, with this fragment having origins from Germany, most likely Fulda. In a letter written in 747-751, St. Boniface requested from one of Bede’s students and followers, Archbishop Egbert of York, “some of the works which Bede has composed” including “his book of homilies for the year, because it would be a very handy and useful manual for us in our preaching”. This may be a cutting from an immediate descendent of the manuscript sent. Another leaf sold at auction in 2010, and is now in Durham University Library.

Another star lot is a finely illuminated humanist manuscript of Trionfi (Lot 73, Est £10,000-15,000) by the Italian poet and scholar, Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374). Petrarch, credited as being the father of the Renaissance, was the first poet laureate of Italy since the Roman Empire. His verse would inspire hundreds of writers throughout Europe to compose in the same style and little more than a century after his death, Pietro Bembo would use Petrarch’s vernacular works (including those here) to create the standard of modern Italian. The manuscript, likely from Florence and dated circa 1480-90, is written in a strikingly elegant hand by a known scribe who worked for a number of the greatest ducal and royal courts during the Renaissance. It is likely that the manuscript was originally commissioned as a luxury, pocket-copy of the Trionfi for a wealthy client with an interest in Italian literature.

A manuscript document in Latin circa 1280 recording a grant of land in Derbyshire includes a rare clause excluding the future sale of the land to “the religious or the Jews” (Lot 64, Est: £600 - 800). The specification that the lands here could not be sold to religious communities was most probably to avoid their being alienated into Church ownership permanently. However, the extension of this clause to the Jews can be seen as an early record of anti-Semitism in the terrible climate of growing fear and uncertainty which lead up to Edward I’s edict of expulsion in 1290.

A beautiful Book of Hours in its original binding dated circa 1500 from the Netherlands, also features in the sale (pictured, Lot 91: Est: £18,000-25,000). The three large and nine small portrait miniature paintings in the manuscripts have been firmly attributed to the important artist, the Master of James IV, now known as Gerard de Horenbout (circa 1465 - circa 1540). Quirky additions to the border decorations include a series of apes, ‘aping’ human activities. Examples include an ape in an apron nursing a baby, another playing a harp and one with a missing limb on crutches receiving alms from a wealthy ape. Gerard de Horenbout worked for a wealthy, international clientele and contributed to some of the most celebrated illuminated manuscripts produced in his lifetime, including the fabulously opulent Rothschild Prayerbook (last sold in 2014 for £13,605,000).

Oriental Manuscripts

From the Oriental section of the sale, a miniature leaf-shaped Qur'an, copied by Mohammad Saleh Taom Zadeh, in Arabic is another key highlight (Lot 112, Est: £4,000-6,000). Striking for its remarkable design and measuring just 72mm x 40mm, this copy of the Qur’an is dated 1284 AH (1867/68 AD) and unusually illuminated in silver, rather than gold. The text is elegantly laid out mimicking the veins of a real leaf, and the miniature is stored in a bespoke box. The breath- taking design details point to the quality of this manuscript and the wealth of the patron who commissioned it. Only two comparable Qur’ans have appeared on the open market in recent decades.

From Persia, Kolliyat by Muhsin al-Din Sa'adi Shirazi, "Sa'di" (Lot 121, Est: £10,000-15,000, dated 1243 AH [1827-28 AD]) serves as another standout illuminated manuscript from the Oriental section. Sa’di is one of the most revered poetic and prose writers in Persian history, and here the text is surrounded with gold detailing creating a cloud-like effect on the page. Most interestingly, this has provenance from the library of Shahzadeh Khanlar Mirza, the 17th son of Crown Prince Abbas Mirza of the Qajar dynasty. Shahzadeh Khanlar became one of the most prominent princes of his generation. Notably, he became Nasser al-Din Shah’s chief commander in the Anglo- Persian war of 1856. Inside the lacquered outer boards are two fascinating and detailed depictions of an old and young man set against idyllic pastoral backgrounds.

Another captivating lot is a miniature Qajar Qur'an from Persia in the mid-nineteenth century (Lot 110, Est £4,000- 6,000). This intricately decorated, pocket-sized prayer book was probably commissioned by an aristocrat for the purposes of Hajj. It is stored in an accompanying leather carrying pouch of contemporary design with silk-lining and leather strap (detached on one side) which would have made it easily transportable during pilgrimage.

Hemingway copy.jpgNEW YORK - On December 3, Jasper52 will auction a remarkable single-owner collection of Ernest Hemingway books - some of them first editions - together with rare Hemingway family-autographed ephemera. Absentee and Internet live bidding on all items in the 113-lot online-only sale is being facilitated exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.com. All lots will open for bidding at $1. Some have a reserve price.

Like Hemingway, the owner of the collection is an award-winning writer and world traveler. Enamored with Hemingway’s writing style from a young age, he set about collecting the author’s “really important books” around 40 years ago. 

Whether on assignment in Europe, taking a leisurely drive up the California coast, or combing through bookstores near Hemingway’s last home in Idaho, the collector says he always watched out for rare editions and signed material. 

“I keep my eyes open every minute, because you never know where you’ll find a gem,” the collector said. “I’ve found books in Germany, Norway, all sorts of places.”

He also became acquainted with members of the Hemingway family, noting, “I’ve met two of Hemingway’s daughters and interviewed his youngest son, Jack, in Sun Valley (Idaho).”

The collector’s thorough knowledge of Hemingway’s career helped him to identify what was genuinely rare. “Some of the early books aren’t flashy, but they’re so hard to come by,” he said.

Of the first editions in the auction, the top-estimated lot is A Farewell to Arms. Published in 1929 by Grosset & Dunlap, this classic has a pre-sale estimate of $800-$1,000.

Another prized first edition is Lot 104, a 1926 first edition of The Sun Also Rises published by Scribners. It is expected to make $800-$1,000.

Bidders will have an unusual opportunity to acquire an instant Hemingway library in Lot 111, a complete collection of 20 handsome leatherbound volumes accented with 22K gold. Published in the 1990s by Easton Press, this collection is top quality throughout and is still sealed in its original packaging. The set is estimated at $1,000-$1,500

The top-estimated item in the sale is Lot 113, a 1943 War Department publication titled Basic Field Manual - First Aid For Soldiers, issued to and signed by Hemingway in black ink. This one-of-a-kind article has been exhaustively researched and will convey to the winning bidder with supportive background information. It is estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

All Hemingway family signatures are desirable to collectors, but the most elusive of all is the signature of Ernest Hemingway’s mother, Grace Hall Hemingway. The auction contains a first-edition copy of a 1940 book titled Sunnyside Children, by Helen Clark Wentworth, which has been inscribed and signed by Grace Hemingway. Entered as Lot 112, the book could reach $1,500-$2,500.

Bidding has opened on all lots in Jasper52’s Dec. 3 Ernest Hemingway Book Auction.

Image: 1943 War Department publication titled ‘Basic Field Manual - First Aid For Soldiers,’ issued to and signed by Hemingway in black ink. One-of-a-kind item. Est. $8,000-$12,000

215-B.jpgFALLS CHURCH, Va. - More than 400 lots of fine and rare books, antique maps, autographs and historical Americana will be auctioned on Thursday, December 1 at Waverly Rare Books in Falls Church, Virginia. The sale will start at 6 p.m. Eastern Time, and Internet live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

“This is a wildly diverse auction with a timeline that starts with a three-book volume of 18th-century Piranesi prints and travels through the centuries to contemporary times, with Flash Gordon artwork and presidential autographs,” said Monika Schiavo, director of Waverly Rare Books. “We also have an archive of material pertaining to the legendary Tuskegee Airmen.”

A strong candidate for top lot of the auction is an exceedingly rare volume by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778), the Italian artist famous for his etchings of Rome and his imaginary “prisons.” Published in Rome in 1762 by Gernosi Salomoni, the volume weighs a hefty 16 pounds. Printed on wove paper, with mostly near-fine plates, it is expected to sell for $6,000-$9,000.

Rex Wayne Scouten (1924-2013) served ten US presidents in his positions as White House Chief Usher from 1969-1986 and White House Curator from 1986-1997. His collection includes autographs by such notables as John F. Kennedy (as a Congressman), First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and all US presidents from Truman through Clinton. “This collection comes with impeccable provenance. It couldn’t be better,” Schiavo said. The political section also features cards signed by Cabinet members from the Theodore Roosevelt through Jimmy Carter administrations and Supreme Court Justices from multiple administrations. 

Original Flash Gordon artwork from a 1970s Union Carbide-sponsored series, drawn, colored and signed by the comic illustrator Alphonso “Al” Williamson (1931-2010), has an estimate of $500-$700. The artwork is titled The Hairy Giants of Mongo’s Northland. In this nail-biting adventure, Gordon is “taken slave by the Hairy Giants who inhabit an icy cave city.”  

A three-volume set of books containing ink and watercolor drawings on paper by the renowned mycologist (fungus expert) M. F. Lewis is expected to garner $3,000-$6,000. Hundreds of species of fungi are shown in more than 100 sheets. Most of the species are from Shropshire, Englan, and neighboring counties in Wales. Nearly all species are identified, and many are dated (1860-1902).

The Tuskegee Airmen were African-American fighter and bomber pilots who flew missions in World War II. The auction features a fascinating archive of documents and historic photographs from Charles F. Francis, author of The Tuskegee Airmen, an important chronicle of the groundbreaking aviators and their navigators, mechanics, instructors and other support staff.  

The rare and antique map section features a three-volume atlas that accompanied the official records of the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Compiled by Capt. Calvin D. Cowles of the 23rd U.S. Infantry, the set was published in the 1890s and is lavishly illustrated with maps on plates. The large folio is bound in leather and cloth. The set is expected to reach $4,000-$6,000.

Top lots in the cartography section include Herman Moll’s Carolina Map of the Southeastern U.S. and a 1628 map of Honduras - Atlas Sive Cosmographicae - an early depiction of the area from Virginia to Florida.

First-edition fans will be treated to a copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s very first novel, This Side of Paradise (Charles Scribner & Sons, 1920), signed by the author himself. The first edition, ninth-printing copy is in fine condition with its original green cloth cover and bright gilt spine. It is signed on the endpaper, “Most sincerely, F. Scott Fitzgerald.” Estimate: $4,000-$6,000

The auction also boasts signed material from former NASA astronauts, signed baseball and hockey memorabilia, two guestbooks from the landmark Washington, D.C. restaurant Paul Young’s, original Tarzan illustrations by Dale Hoover and Neil Adams, science fiction books and memorabilia from the Phil Petras collection, scrapbooks, diaries, account books and more.

Previews will be held at Waverly Rare Books’ gallery in northern Virginia on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 10-2; Monday, Nov. 28 from 10-6; Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 10-7; Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 10-7; and on auction day, Thursday, Dec. 1 from 10-6.

Waverly Rare Books is a division of Quinn’s Auction Galleries. The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, please call 703-532-5632, or send an email inquiry to info@quinnsauction.com. View the fully illustrated auction catalog and register to bid absentee or live online at www.LiveAuctioneers.com

Image: Lot 215 Archive of letters, documents, photographs and ephemera pertaining to the Tuskeegee Airmen, from Maryland native Charles E. Francis (1916-1993), who authored the first history of the military aviators in 1955, ‘The Tuskegee Airmen: The Men Who Changed a Nation.’ Est. $600-$900 

Screen Shot 2016-11-22 at 10.49.58 AM.pngNew York—Christie’s is pleased to announce the sale of Fine Books & Manuscripts on December 14 in New York, which encompasses over 400 lots including notable letters and manuscripts, cartography, literature, and volumes on science.

Featured collections include early botanical books belonging to the noted book collector Cornelius J. Hauck (1893-1967), an important collection of major 19th century American authors, including Melville, Poe, Whitman and Hawthorne, formed by Mrs. J. Insley Blair of Far Hills, New Jersey, and a devoted section of books on architecture & perspective, as well as American maps and views, including Currier & Ives.

Leading the sale is a first edition and publisher’s copy of Sir Isaac Newton’s (1642-1727) Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica, (estimate: $1,000,000-1,500,000), bound in inlaid contemporary English red morocco for presentation from the publisher Samuel Smith bearing his presentation book label.

Notable highlights include nine lots of correspondence between François Jean de Beauvoir, Marquis de Chastellux (1734-1788), French general and philosopher, to the founding fathers of the United States—featuring six letters by George Washington (1731-1799) and three by Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)—held by descendants of Chastellux.

Washington, George (1732-1799). Autograph letter signed (“Go: Washington”), Mount Vernon, 25 April, 1 May 1788, to François Jean de Beauvoir, Marquis de Chastellux, congratulating the Marquis on his marriage, musing on the end of all war while awaiting news on the ratification of the constitution: “Should it be adopted... America will lift up her head again and in a few years become respectable among the Nations.” Estimate: $80,000-120,000.

Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826). Autograph letter signed (“Th:Jefferson”), Paris, 2 September 1785, to François Jean de Beauvoir, Marquis de Chastellux, written four months after publication of Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia. He graciously reads and critiques Chastellux’s account of his travels through the newly independent states and it contains a remarkable chart comparing northern and southern tempers. Estimate: $70,000-90,000.

Also featured are the papers of aviation journalist Earl Findley, divided into 16 lots, which includes a rare signed photograph by Wilbur Wright (1867-1912), letters from Orville Wright (1871-1948), Katharine Wright (1874-1929) and Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974), featuring an Important and Revelatory Letter by Orville Wright concerning Charles Lindbergh, questioning the trans-Atlantic aviator’s motives behind his advocacy for American neutrality at the start of World War II (estimate: $15,000-25,000).

Screen Shot 2016-11-18 at 14.47.22.pngDreweatts & Bloomsbury have drawn together a fascinating selection of vintage posters to be auctioned on 1 December at Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street, London. The posters encompass many of the most sought after examples and artists from the genres of film, work and travel. These graphic images were designed to attract attention, create desire and entice the target audience into action.  Estimates range from £100 - £7,000.

Of particular interest is a very rare group featuring 22 lots specific to London, many created by Parisian artist Andre Edouard Marty. Marty was commissioned to create a series of posters for the inside of London Underground carriages featuring key London attractions such as Wimbledon tennis (Lot 686, Est: £3,000-5,000), The Boat Race (Lot 689, Est: £1,500-1,800), The Wembley Cup Final (Lot 688, Est £1,800-2,200) as well as the Motor show at Olympia (Lot 685, Est: £1,200-1,600). Another interesting aspect to the London Underground posters is how things have changed as seen with a trolleybus and tram map from 1937 (Lot 663, Est £100-200) which cites “speed” on a London Tramway at an average of 9 ½ mph - faster than today! These highly collectable posters were created by Barnet Freedman and were made to lure the general public to places of interest including London Zoo (Lot 671, Est: £150-250), Tate galleries (Lot 666, Est: £150-250) and the theatre (Lot 673, Est: £300-500).

Also of note is an excellent selection of Vintage film posters featuring many of the classics that would make excellent Christmas presents. Originally film posters were the main marketing tool of the film industry and were sent together with the newly released film to premier in cinemas worldwide. Studios quickly learnt that the forms and faces of certain stars was all a poster really needed to sell tickets. Commercial success lay in the star power, so that posters were illustrated with the potent images of Humphrey Bogart, Steve McQueen, James Dean and Grace Kelly to name but a few.

 

225-Book-of-Mormon copy.jpgNew York-Swann Galleries’ November 17 sale of Printed & Manuscript Americana brought more than $770,000, exceeding the high estimate for the sale.

The top lot was an 1830 first edition of the Book of Mormon, which sold to a private collector for $67,500*. This was more than the last 17 copies on the auction market, going back to a 2008 sale at Swann where it sold for $75,000. Swann holds the record for this rare true first edition, set in 2007 at $180,000. What makes this edition unusual is that it is the only one to list Joseph Smith as the “author and proprietor” rather than the translator. Mormon-related documents continue to perform well, with the diary of a Methodist preacher named Benajah Williams, in which he describes a meeting that may have inspired Smith’s first vision, selling for $13,750. Additional Mormon highlights included a published response by Joseph Smith to a letter from J.A. Bennett, 1844, which sold for $6,750, and a letter by Wilford Woodruff describing the Mormon settlement and the development of Utah, 1877, which reached $25,000.

Sale prices for Revolutionary War material were even stronger than usual, with several lots going many times above their high estimates. Notably, a newspaper printing of Thomas Paine's 1777 American Crisis brought $37,500, while notes taken during the 1782 Continental Congress by member Arthur Middleton, which include the first reference to Vermont’s statehood, sold for $55,000.

Works from the Timothy Treacy collection of historic Californiana performed well in the sale, selling over 90% of the 35 lots offered and setting numerous auction records. An inscribed first edition of Clarence King's Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada, 1872, brought $8,750, a record for the author. Another record was $2,750 for a first edition of Charles F. McGlashan's History of the Donner Party, 1879. A portfolio of photographs of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range from the 1930s by Clinton C. Clarke sold for $9,375, over six times the high estimate, while a first edition of Thomas J. Farnham’s Travels in the Californias, and Scenes of the Pacific Ocean, 1844, doubled its estimate to sell for $8,125.

Another record was set by a rare 1796 illustrated Bible, published in Philadelphia by Berriman & Co., which sold for $1,500.

Institutions did very well at the sale. Most notably, the Society of the Cincinnati won a 1776 orderly book detailing the defenses of New York; the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina bid successfully on an important 1782 Henry Laurens letter; the Massachusetts Historical Society won an anti-abolition broadside by George Francis Train, 1862; the New-York Historical Society won three lots including a group of Holland Tunnel blueprints; and the Connecticut River Museum acquired a diary by river pilot John Ingraham.

Book Department Director and Americana Specialist Rick Stattler said, "Prices remained strong, particularly for Revolutionary War material, reflecting a busy week—we had a large crowd waiting at our door when the preview opened. Private collectors were very active in the sale, picking up four of the top ten lots."

The next sale of Printed & Manuscript Americana at Swann Galleries will be held in April, 2017. For more information, or to consign materials, contact specialist Rick Stattler at rstattler@swanngalleries.com or via phone (212) 254-4710, ext. 27.

 Image: Lot 225 Joseph Smith, The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, NY, 1830. Sold November 17, 2016 for $67,500. (Pre-sale estimate: $40,000 to $60,000)

BOSTON, MA - (November 18, 16) a scathing letter John Lennon had written to Linda and Paul McCartney sold for $29,843 according to Boston-based RR Auction.

The two-page typed letter with hand-written annotations by Lennon, that shows the extent of his bitterness after the break-up of the Beatles.

The draft letter that is believed to date from 1971 was allegedly in response to criticism that Lennon had received from Linda about his decision to not publicly announce his departure from the band.

The letter reads: “I was reading your letter and wondering what middle aged cranky Beatle fan wrote it.

“I resisted looking at the last page to find out. I kept thinking who is it, Queenie? Stuart’s mother? Clive Epstein’s wife? Alan Williams? What the hell - it’s Linda! Who do you think we/you are?

“The ‘self-indulgent doesn’t realize who he is hurting’ bit - I hope you realize what you and the rest of my ‘kind and unselfish’ friends laid on Yoko and me since we’ve been together.

“[...] Linda, if you don’t care what I say shut up! Let Paul write or whatever.”

Lennon ends the letter bitterly chastising Linda for addressing her letter to just him, and not him and Yoko.

“The letter captures the intense rivalry between Lennon and McCartney in the months, and even years, surrounding the breakup of the Beatles, ” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. The winning bid came from a collector from Dallas, Texas who wishes to remain anonymous.

Highlights from the sale include, but are not limited by:

Led Zeppelin debut album inscribed to the founding member of the James Gang, sold for $28,850.

Beatles signed program from 1963, sold for $16,541.

Miles Davis’s personal notebook with extensive musical compositions, drawings, and notes, sold for $12,251.

Charlie Chaplin’s canvas director’s chair back, sold for $9,788.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono signed typed letter, sold for $9,187.

Judy Garland’s intimate love letter to Frank Sinatra, sold for $5,897.

The Music And Entertainment Auction from RR Auction began on November 10 and concluded on November 17. For information, visit the RR Auction web site at www.rrauction.com

2431-164-Marden copy.jpgNew York—Works from the post-war period to today found new homes at the biannual auction of Contemporary Art at Swann Galleries. The sale reflected the great diversity of materials and philosophies espoused in the current art world, and bidders responded with enthusiasm.

The top lot of the sale was a pencil drawing by Ellsworth Kelly titled Milkweed, 1969, which sold to a collector for $125,000*. This tied a previous record for a single plant study in pencil by the artist. A lithograph from 1965-66 titled String Bean Leaves II sold for $13,750, a record for that print, while Camellia II, a lithograph from 1964-65, reached $12,500, tying the previous record for that print. All offered works by Kelly sold above their estimates, including the solid geometric forms for which the artist is known.

A highlight of the sale was Cold Mountain Series, Zen Studies 2, a 1991 etching and aquatint by Brice Marden, which sold for $60,000, a record for the print. Another work by Marden also performed well: the color etching and lithograph L.A. Muses, 1999, sold for $8,750. Additional abstract prints received much attention, including Robert Motherwell’s color aquatint Lament for Lorca, 1981-82, which achieved $20,000, and Holland Hotel, a 1980 color screenprint by Richard Estes that reached $15,000.

Works by women artists did especially well, led by Helen Frankenthaler’s Skywriting, a color screenprint from 1997, which sold for $10,62, a record for the work. Other highlights included works by Alice Baber, Louise Bourgeois, Joan Mitchell, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson and Dorothea Rockburne. An undulating Op Art color screenprint by Bridget Riley titled Elapse, 1982, sold for $7,020, while Abstract Composition, a circa 1960 gouache painting by Irene Rice Pereira, reached $2,750.

The sale broke several auction records, including that of Jean Genet Masturbating in Metteray Prison, a 1984 screenprint by David Wojnarowicz, which reached $10,000, a record for any print by the artist. An untitled set of five inkjet prints by Christopher Wool, 2003, tied the standing record for the work at auction, reaching $37,500. Similarly, Roy Lichtenstein’s Against Apartheid, a 1983 color lithograph, tied its previous auction record with $10,625.

In its auction debut, Wayne Thiebaud’s hardground etching and drypoint Snack Counter, 1966, brought $12,500. Another work by the artist, Suckers, State II, a 1969 lithograph, sold for the same price.

Each of the four prints by Zou Wou-Ki sold to the same collector after intense bidding. The price of his color etching Paysage au Soleil, 1950, was pushed past its estimate to $5,750.

Todd Weyman, Swann Galleries’ Vice President and Director of Prints & Drawings, said, “We were thrilled by the interest in important female artists, especially Frankenthaler and Catlett, proving that their presence has certainly been felt in the contemporary art market. An eager market for post-war abstraction is extending to more recent computer-age artists like Christopher Wool, indicating a growing diversity in bidders’ interests.”

Image: Lot 164 Brice Marden, Cold Mountain Series, Zen Studies 2, etching and aquatint, 1991. Sold November 15, 2016 for $60,000. (Pre-sale estimate $25,000 to $35,000)

tablet copy.jpgBEVERLY HILLS, California - The world’s earliest-known stone inscription of the 10 Commandments- one of the most important documents in history, and a “national treasure” of Israel  - sold for $850,000 Wednesday, Nov. 16 at a public auction of ancient Biblical archaeology artifacts by Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. The two-foot-square slab of white marble, which weighs almost 115 pounds, is chiseled with 20 lines of letters in Samaritan script, derived jointly from Hebrew and Aramaic.

The tablet likely adorned the entrance of a synagogue destroyed by the Romans between A.D. 400 and 600, or by the Crusaders in the 11th century, Heritage Auctions Director of Ancient Coins & Antiquities David Michaels said. The auction opened with a $300,000 bid, but a war between two phone bidders pushed the auction price to $850,000.

The winning bidder does not wish to be immediately identified at this time.

Although considered a “National Treasure” of Israel, the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) approved export of the piece the United States in 2005 on the condition that it be displayed in a public museum, a condition that still remains, Michaels said.

“The sale of this tablet does not mean it will be hidden away from the public,” Michaels said. “The new owner is under obligation to display the tablet for the benefit of the public.”

After an introductory dedication and invocation, the tablet lists nine of the 10 commonly known Biblical Commandments from the Book of Exodus, omitting “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain” (King James translation), and adding one commonly employed by the Samaritan sect exhorting worshippers to “raise up a temple” on Mount Gerizim, the holy mountain of the Samaritans, located near the West Bank city of Nablus. 

Based on the letter forms chiseled into the tablet, scholars suspect the stone was probably carved in the late Roman or Byzantine era, circa A.D. 300-500, to adorn the entrance or worship space of a synagogue in or around the modern city of Yavneh, in what now is western Israel. It is unclear when the synagogue was destroyed but scholars suspect it could have occurred when the Samaritan sect was heavily suppressed by the Romans in the mid-400s, by the Byzantines in the 500s, or by the Muslims or Crusaders up to the 12th century. 

The tablet was the centerpiece of an offering of Biblical historic artifacts, all thoroughly researched and authenticated, and owned by the Living Torah Museum in Brooklyn, New York. Additional highlights included a circa 70-200 Common Era nine-spouted Hanukkah lamp, which sold for $17,500.

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DALLAS — A single-owner collection of historic and rare political and Presidential memorabilia is expected to exceed $700,000 when Heritage Auctions presents the Scott W. Dolson Catalog Dec. 3 in Dallas. The life-long collection consists of over 500 selected items representing virtually every president and presidential candidate from George Washington through Theodore Roosevelt.

“Scott collected with remarkable sophistication and discipline,” Heritage Director of Americana Auctions Tom Slater said. “He gravitated toward the unusual or exceptional in each category he pursued, with a special emphasis on condition.”

The Dolson offerings range from glass and china and snuff boxes to lapel studs and pinback badges. Perhaps the most novel item in the collection is a large cast iron stove with a high-relief portrait of 1848 Democratic presidential hopeful Lewis Cass on the door (opening bid $7,500). It appears that these were not exactly big sellers, as only two or possibly three examples are known, along with a single stove depicting his opponent Zachary Taylor which resides in the Smithsonian’s collection.  “There are so many important, in many cases unique, objects that picking out highlights is all but impossible,” Slater said. “Here are ten stand-out items which illustrate the diversity and quality of the Dolson Collection:” 

1.       Massive Liverpool cream ware punch bowl depicting President John Adams (lot 43009), minimum (opening bid $7,500).

2.       Another example of Liverpool pottery made for the American market, featuring a rare standing portrait of Thomas Jefferson (lot opening bid $5,000).

3.       Pristine pink sulfide brooch picturing Martin Van Buren (opening bid $4,000).

4.       Possibly unique large “pewter rim” for 1828 Democratic candidate Andrew Jackson (opening bid $4,000).

5.       Another possibly unique item: a cut, etched, and frosted glass parade lantern for 1840 Whig standard bearer William Henry Harrison (opening bid $7,500).

6.       Another W.H. Harrison item: A very large ceramic pitcher with four portraits by the American Pottery Co., widely regarded as the premier example of American political glass and china (opening bid $7,500).

7.       An iconic 1860 Abraham Lincoln campaign ambrotype by George Clark, one of the earliest photographic political items (opening bid $10,000).

8.       A unique 1872 photographic pin featuring conjoined busts of Horace Greely and his running mate, set into a brass shell frame in the shape of Greeley’s trademark hat (opening bid $2,500).

9.       An original vendor’s card of 10 jugate badges for the defeated 1876 Democratic ticket of Tilden and Hendricks, in pristine condition (opening bid $3,000).

10.   Bold red, white, and blue 1868 campaign banner for Ulysses S. Grant and his running mate, Schuyler Colfax (opening bid $3,000).

In addition to the Dec. 3 auction, hundreds of additional Dolson Collection items will appear in an internet-only auction in January 2017.

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70-Plancius-Spice-Map copy.jpgNew York— On Thursday, December 8, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books featuring early navigational charts, descriptions of newly discovered plants and animals, celestial maps and scarce impressions of important nineteenth-century views.

There is a strong selection of items relating to the East Indies in this sale, including a very rare English edition of Insulae Moluccae Celeberrimae, 1598, Petrus Placius’s “spice map,” engraved by Richard Beckit for Jan Huygen van Linschoten’s Discours of Voyages into ye Easte & West Indies. The map is based on secret Portuguese manuscript charts, and highly decorated with ships, sea monsters and valuable spices from the region (Estimate: $20,000 to $30,000). Also available is one of the first printed maps of the area, Claudius Ptolemaus’s Undecima Asiae Tabulae, [1478], a masterful early example of printed mapmaking. The double-page engraved map depicts a land-locked Indian Ocean and points out a “habitat of tigers and elephants;” it is estimated at $4,000 to $6,000. The top lot of the sale is Robert Laurie and James Whittle’s The Complete East India Pilot, or Oriental Navigator, a premier navigational guide of the eighteenth century. This is the most complete copy of the landmark atlas ever to come to auction, containing 113 of the 114 plates; it is expected to sell between $40,000 and $60,000.

A previously unrecorded first state of Frederick de Wit’s wall map Belgii XVII Provinciarum Tabula, circa 1670, is also available, and expected to sell between $10,000 and $15,000.

There is a large selection of maps tracing the growth of New York City from village to industrial metropolis. One unusual lot is the Sanitary and Topographical Map of the City and Island of New York, a hand-colored lithograph depicting the streets of Manhattan as they were in 1865, overlaid onto the original streams and waterways of the island. The map, still used by engineers today, is expected to fetch $2,000 to $3,000. Also included are two panoramic views of New York City; one, drawn from life by Frederick William Billing in 1865, shows recognizable landmarks and is expected to fetch $4,000 to $6,000; the second is a 1840 first-state aquatint with hand coloring by Robert Havell, Jr., executed shortly after finishing his work on John James Audubon’s Birds of America ($3,000 to $5,000).

Further selections relating to Birds of America include several elephant plates by John James Audubon. In addition to his Mocking Bird, Large Billed Puffin, Spotted Grouse, Black Bellied Plover and other favorites, there are two scarce specimens: uncolored versions of Passenger Pigeon, 1829, and Three-Toed Woodpecker, 1832 ($8,000 to $12,000 and $3,000 to $5,000, respectively). These two plates offer a rare glimpse into the process behind Birds of America, showing the engravings with untrimmed deckled edges and before the addition of color.

The Natural History section of the sale includes William Roscoe’s Monandrian Plants of the Order Scitamineae, of which only 150 were printed. This fine copy, which focuses on Zingiberales flowers, was passed through Roscoe’s family and is currently valued at $20,000 to $30,000. Also available is the first edition of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker’s The Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya, with 30 hand-colored lithographs made from drawings done on location, with many species being described for the first time. This important early work on botany is expected to bring $10,000 to $15,000.

One peculiar lot in the sale is a scarce 1846 set of six engravings comparing the heliocentric and geocentric model of the solar system as it relates to Muggletonian beliefs, estimated at $1,000 to $1,500. Other celestial maps include Haemisphaerium Stellatum Boreale Cum Subiectio Hemischaerio Terresti, a resplendent engraving depicting the beasts of the zodiac lumbering above the earth ($3,000 to $5,000).

Finally, a very special offering: the complete original deluxe edition of Thomas Shotter Boys’s Original Views of London As It Is, 1841, considered the finest lithographed plate book on nineteenth-century London. This is only the third copy of this edition to come to auction in the last fifty years and it is estimated to sell between $5,000 and $7,500.

The auction will be held Thursday, December 8, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Saturday, December 3 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, December 5 through Wednesday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, December 8 from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information or to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact specialist Caleb Kiffer via caleb@swanngalleries.com or at 212-254-4710, ext. 17.

Image: Lot 70 Petrus Plancius, Insulae Moluccae Celeberrimae, double-page map of the islands of Southeast Asia, London, 1598. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.

DALLAS — More than 75 lots from the consigned by the family of Malcolm S. Forbes , including an important representation of rare political buttons from the "golden era" of campaign button designs, 1896 to 1920 will make their auction debut Dec. 3 in Heritage Auctions' Americana & Political auction.  

In the early 1980s Malcolm Forbes decided that a selection of campaign buttons would be an appealing addition to the displays of his renowned collection of autographs and manuscripts - and now the buttons will be available for collectors for the first time in nearly 40 years.

“Of course, Mr. Forbes wanted to collect campaign items of a quality commensurate with other pieces in his collection,” said Tom Slater, Heritage Director of Americana Auctions, “so one of his first acquisitions was an example of the key 1920 Cox-Roosevelt pinback jugate (est. $20,000).”

Forbes’ example is considered one of the rarest jugate buttons known to exist. The Forbes Collection Cox-Roosevelt is an example of the St. Louis Button Company design, widely considered to be one of the most attractive of all jugate button designs. It bears photos of both James Cox, Governor of Ohio, and his running mate - a youthful New York politician named Franklin Roosevelt. Bidding will open at $10,000.

In collecting circles the terms “jugate” refers to a button or badge depicting both the presidential candidate and his vice presidential running mate on the same item. Jugates have been produced for every presidential ticket since photographic campaign items came into wide use during Lincoln’s election in 1860, and the series is very popular among political hobbyists. 

“Although several different designs were issued, all are extremely rare,” Slater points out, “with perhaps a total of 50 examples known of all varieties. It has been posited that these were all manufacturer’s samples, and that no variety was ever ordered in quantity for actual campaign use.”

Another rare and charming jugate was issued when Teddy Roosevelt famously threw his “hat in the ring” and ran against the establishment candidates for 1912, Republican William Howard Taft and Democrat Woodrow Wilson. Early in the campaign Roosevelt was shot and nearly killed in an attempted assassination, but he was soon back on the campaign trail, declaring that he felt “as fit as a bull moose!”  The expression quickly caught the public’s imagination, and to this day his run for the White House is remembered as the “Bull Moose” candidacy.

Numerous campaign novelties reflected that theme, and one of the rarest is the variety from the Forbes Collection, featuring the photos of Roosevelt and his running mate Sen. Hiram Johnson  of California superimposed on the antlers of a moose. Bidding will open at $3,000, however auction prices upwards of $10,000 have been recorded.

Rogue Republican Teddy Roosevelt did not win that election, but he did outpoll Taft, and by splitting the Republican vote allowed Wilson to be elected with just over 40 percent of the popular votes.

One of the most beloved button designs among collectors is the Roosevelt “Equality” button. It was not a campaign issue per se, but rather a novelty issued to celebrate Roosevelt’s invitation to Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House. 

This was the first time an African American had done so, and the event was a great subject of popular discussion. Several different pinback buttons were made showing the two men dining together, all of which are highly prized. The Forbes example is the only one in color, the others being in black and white or sepia tones, and is expected to sell in the $5,000 range.

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68-Joseph-Conrad copy.jpgNew York—Signed first editions dominated the scene at Swann Galleries’ auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature on Thursday, November 10. The biannual sale broke several auction records.

              Each offered book by father of science fiction H.G. Wells was purchased, led by The Invisible Man, 1897. This book, which sold for $7,500*, was one of several from a collection of fine first edition association copies inscribed by the author to his friend W.E. Henley, to whom Wells dedicated The Time Machine. Other highlights from the collection included The Island of Doctor Moreau, 1896, and The First Men in the Moon, 1901, which sold for $7,000 and $5,750, respectively. Another first edition of The Invisible Man sold to an institution for $5,000.

              The top lot of the sale was the first issue of the first edition of Frank L. Baum’s classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 1900, which brought $23,750, more than tripling its high estimate. Other children’s literature also performed well, including a signed limited first edition of Le Petit Prince, 1943, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, which tied its previous auction record at $9,750. Additionally, signed presentation copies of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll sold for $15,000, while a complete set of first editions of the Christopher Robin books by A.A. Milne garnered $7,500.

              In its auction debut, a first edition signed in the year of publication of The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran sold for $5,750. The book has been continuously in print since 1923 and has sold over 100 million copies, but is rarely seen at auction. This was also the first time at auction for a limited issue of a set of ten leather-bound volumes of The Complete Works of Walt Whitman, 1902, which sold for $5,000.

              Other auction records set in the sale include that of a signed first edition of Hugo Gernsback’s Ralph 124C 41+. A Romance of the Year 2660, 1925, which sold to a collector for $8,125. The first American edition of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, 1886, sold for a record-breaking price of $8,125, while Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s first English edition of The Brother Karamazov, 1912, sold to a collector for $11,250.

Further highlights include an inscribed first edition of Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim, 1900, which achieved $16,250, and the true first edition of Anne Frank’s diary, printed in Amsterdam in the original Dutch in 1947, which sold after heated bidding to a collector for $12,500. The first American edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876, by Mark Twain also did well, selling for $13,750.

Image: Lot 68 Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim, first edition, inscribed to R.B. Cunninghame Graham, London & Edinburgh, 1900. Sold November 10, 2016 for $16,250. (Pre-sale estimate: $12,000 to $18,000)

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Lot 1

Gualtieri (Niccolò) INDEX TESTARUM CONCHYLIORUM QUAE ADSERVANTUR IN MUSEO NICOLAI GUALTIERI
Published: Florentiae, M.D. CC. XLII [1742]

Estimate: $8,000/10,000

Half title page, engraved frontispiece, title page printed in red and black and with an engraved vignette, xxiii preliminary pages, 110 engraved full page plates (engraved by by P.A. Pazzi after drawings by Giuseppe Menabuoni) numbered TI - T110 with descriptive text opposite, 17 vignettes on the section title pages (each section title is printed in red and black), 18 other engraving the text, with the portrait of the author opposite page ix and the errata leaf at the end.

Niccolò Gualtieri (9 July 1688 - 15 February 1744) was an Italian doctor and malacologist. In 1742, he published Index Testarum Conchyliorum, quae adservantur in Museo Nicolai Gualtieri (translation: List of the shells of shellfish which are preserved in the museum of Niccolò Gualtieri). Gualtieri was a professor at the University of Pisa. He was amongst the first to depict the argonaut. His collections are deposited at the Museo storia naturale di Pisa.

1477562144HarrisPortraitsGiraffe.jpgLot 2

Harris (Captain William Cornwallis)
PORTRAITS OF THE GAME AND WILD ANIMALS OF SOUTHERN AFRICA

Published: London, 1840 - 1843

Estimate: $14,000/16,000

The large paper issue with a lithographic additional title page with a hand-coloured vignette, 30 hand- coloured lithographic plates by Frank Howard after Harris and 30 uncoloured lithographic vignette tailpiece illustrations at the end of each chapter. Both title pages are dated 1840. In a contemporary half leather and marbled boards binding with matching marbled endpapers.

On the front endpaper is the small ex libris of the noted Africana collector, Birch Bernstein. The spine has six raised bands and seven panels, six of which have gilt embossed decorations of African animals. All edges gilt.

This huge work was first published in parts between 1840 and 1842 and in volume form in 1843. It was considered by Mendelssohn “One of the most important and valuable of the large folio works on South African fauna”. Each chapter has a detailed description of the animal illustrated in the accompanying plate.

Lot 3

Burchell (W.J.) TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR OF SOUTHERN AFRICA

Published: London, 1822-1824
Estimate: $7,000/8,000
2 volumes: I. viii + [iv contents] + 582, II. [vi] + 648 pages,

errata leaf, half title page in volume I but not in volume II, hand-coloured aquatint frontispiece in each volume, 20 hand-coloured aquatint plates - 5 of which are fine folding panoramas, 96 wood engravings, early twentieth century half green morocco with marbled paper sides, marbled endpapers and edges, book plates on the front paste-down endpapers. The spines are faded to brown and the eather is lightly worn at the corners and the marbled paper is lightly worn along the edges. Foxing on the title pages and the following pages, the frontispiece in volume II is offset on the title page, occasional light foxing throughout, overall a very good set.

With 'Hints on Emigration tot the Cape of Good Hope' By the Same Author, 4 pages, bound in at the end of volume I.
The large folding map (850 x 720 mm) is bound in at the end of volume I as called for. It is lightly foxed.

Lot 7

Selous (Frederick Courteney) SIGNED LETTER TO JOHN HOPLEY, 1985

Published: Augsburg, 1778

Estimate: $3,500/5,000

Signed letter by F.C. Selous (1851-1917), dated Oct 16th 1895. The letter is a reply by Selous to a query from John Hopley, a famous sportsman. The subject of the letter was the possibility of a species of Eland with atypical horns. Synonyms of the Common Eand (Turotragus oryx) are the Taurotragus typicus Selous, 1899, and Aurotragus selousi (Lydekker 1910). In this letter, Selous rejects the notion of the atypical horns being the basis for describing another species of Eland (Antelope triangularis).

Frederick Courteney Selous was a larger than life British explorer, hunter, and conservationist, who was famous for his famous adventures in South-east Africa. He was also a soldier who received the DSO - the Selous Scouts were named after him. This life in Africa inspired Sir H. Rider Haggard to create the character of Allan Quatermain. He donated a large number of specimens to the British Museum. He remains one of the most revered big-game hunters of more than a century ago.

Lot 10

Schreiner (Olive) OLIVE SCHREINER'S "THE HUNTER" - WITH ORIGINAL SIGNED GRAPHICS
Published: Egon Guenther, Johannesburg, 1979

Estimate: $2,000/2,500

No. 6 of 75 numbered copies, which together with 10 artist's proofs and 5 hors commerce copies, constitutes the entire edition of this book.

The Hunter by Olive Schreiner first appeared in the South African classic "The Story of An African Farm", originally published in 1883. It subsequently appeared in the volume "Dreams" in 1891. This private edition contains 10 exquisite engravings by South African artist Wendy Vincent, each signed and numbered by the artist, and each a masterpiece of graphic art. The engravings are printed from the original blocks on Zerkall Buetten paper by Egon Guenther. The text is totally hand set in 24 point Bembo by Nicholas Pasoti and printed by Guenther. All edges uncut. Each copy in bound in quarter Oasis goatskin and paper covered boards by craft bookbinder Peter Carstens. The paper over the boards was hand designed and hand rolled by Guenther. The book is enclosed in a leather trimmed slipcase covered in the same matching hand decorated paper.

Lot 261

Meintjes (Johannes) MAGGIE LAUBSER

Published: Pretoria, 1944

Estimate: $150/200

47 pages, 3 tipped-in colour plates, 27 black & white illustrations in the text, original brown cloth titled in green on the upper cover and spine - the cloth is faded around the edges, inscription of a previous owner on the front free endpaper, contents crisp, a good copy in frayed dust jacket which is now preserved with a Brodart protector.

Czech (Kenneth) An Annotated Bibliography of Big Game Hunting Books 1785 - 1999 page 62:This was originally published in a shorter version as several articles in the British periodical, The Strand in early 1908.Churchill crossed British East Africa via the Uganda Railroad reaching Kampala and beginning his safari. At Simbax Station oryx and rhinowere hunted. After arriving at Murchison Falls, he bagged a white rhino. His party continued along the White Nile where hippo, waterbuck reedbuck and roan were collected with Col Wilson of the hunting party bagging an elephant.

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128-Horizonte copy.jpgNew York— On Thursday, December 1, Swann Galleries’ Books & Manuscripts department will offer Art, Press & Illustrated Books, with highlights in every category.

The sale is led by a set of the exceedingly rare Stridentist journal, Horizonte (1926-1927), edited by Leopoldo Méndez and illustrated by Ramón Alva del Canal and Diego Rivera, among others. It is the most complete run ever to be offered at auction, with nine of the ten issues present, and six highly uncommon supplements. The set is expected to sell between $20,000 and $30,000.

The top lot of the sale is Gustav Klimt’s Das Werk, the artist’s only lifetime monograph. Klimt prepared the volume with his friend, the Viennese publisher Hugo Heller, between 1908 and 1918. The work features fifty richly printed collotype plates of iconic works, including Pallas Athena, The Kiss, and The Sunflower, with ten in color and heightened in gold and silver. Of the 300 copies, few have survived; this one, numbered 103, is estimated at $45,000 to $60,000.

Other notable treasures include Ashendene Press editions of Le Morte d'Arthur, 1913, by Sir Thomas Malory, of which only 155 copies were printed, and a copy of John Milton’s Paradise Regain’d, 1905, printed in Doves type ($4,000 to $6,000 and $2,000 to $3,000, respectively). Also available is a 1908 Insel-Verlag edition of Friedrich Nietzsche's Also Sprach Zarathustra, designed by Henry van de Velde and bound by Eleanore Ramsey, estimated at $8,000 to $10,000.

The sale features a run of books on architecture, from Owen Biddle’s Young Carpenter’s Assistant, 1833, which set the precedent for American architectural styles, to the first edition in French of the first major illustrated publication on the ruins of Palmyra, Les Ruines de Palmyre autrement dite Tedmor, 1753, by Robert Wood and James Dawkins (each 1,500 to $2,500).

American highlights include a vibrantly colored six-volume set of original textile block prints from the Milwaukee WPA Handicraft Project ($4,000 to $6,000), as well as a rare copy of The Cubies' ABC by Mary Mills and Earl Harvey Lyall. The book is a witty attack on modern art, created in the wake of the famous 1913 Armory Show. Written in rhyme, this rare alphabet book is expected to sell between $7,000 and $10,000.

Also available is a series of printed calling cards and invitations commissioned by Gilded Age New York City elites, including the Astors and Vanderbilts, compiled by the printer himself, one G.D. Carroll in Love: Compositions of Eminent Persons of Golden Ages ($300 to $400), and a limited edition copy of The Book-Lover’s Almanac for the Year 1893 with twelve book-related illustrations, once owned by contributor Eugene Field and signed by the printer Theodore Low De Vinne ($600 to $900).

Another highlight, Le Paradis Musulman, by François-Louis Schmied and Joseph-Charles Mardrus, features intricate color woodblock illustrations throughout; the title page alone used 45 different blocks. Schmied included two self-portraits in the book, which is estimated at $15,000 to $25,000. Schmied also had a hand in another offered work: he designed Maurice de Guérin’s Poèmes en Prose, 1928, illustrated and inscribed by George Barbier ($6,000 to $9,000).

No sale of Illustrated Books would be complete without a storybook section: a charming 1926 limited edition of Fairyland by Australian duo Annie R. Rentoul and Grenby Outhwaite boasts 18 color plates and 32 black-and-white plates depicting fairies gallivanting with such spectacles as the moon, as well as endemic animals, including koalas and kiwis. Other children’s highlights include Mon Chat, 1930, by Russian Constructivist artist Nathalie Parain ($700 to $1,000), and Maxfield Parrish’s The Knave of Hearts, 1925 ($2,000 to $3,000).

Among several unique handmade books in the sale is an unusually elaborate pedagogical workbook based on Wilhelm August Fröbel's System of Gifts, 1894. Distributed to classrooms in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the kits contained various paper and string collage projects which introduced children to concepts such as shapes, textures, and patterns (called "gifts"), and explored their physical manipulation through folding, sewing and other activities, which he called "occupations." The most intricate and complete copy to come to auction, it is valued at $800 to $1,200.

Classical works include an eighteenth-century Venetian drawing manual, Piazetta's Studi di Pittura gia dissegnati with engravings by Marco Pitteri, 1760, estimated at $5,000 to $7,500. Works on Chinese art, performing arts, and modern and contemporary art round out the sale.

The auction will be held on Thursday, December 1, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public, with an exhibition opening Monday, November 28 through Wednesday, November 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Christine von der Linn at 212-254-4710, extension 20, or via e-mail at cv@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 128 Leopoldo Méndez, Horizonte, nine issues and rare supplements of the famed Stridentist journal, with illustrations by Diego Rivera, 1926-27. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.

Screen Shot 2016-11-11 at 8.41.02 AM.pngA first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first of J.K. Rowling's hugely successful novels about the boy wizard, sold for £43,750 at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale in London yesterday (9 November). This is a world record price for the book at public auction. The copy, described as being in exceptionally fine condition, had been estimated at £15,000-20,000 and was bought by a London-based businessman.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in 1997 by Bloomsbury and became an instant bestseller. It scooped most children's literature awards in the UK and, after its publication in the USA under the title, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in 1988, stayed near the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list for most of 1999 and 2000. Like the succeeding novels in the seven book series, it was turned into a feature film making stars of its three young main actors and engaging a host of major British actors.

Bonhams Books and Manuscripts senior specialist Simon Roberts, said, "This was an exceptional price for a much-loved modern classic. The book was in excellent condition which added to its appeal for collectors and I am not surprised that it attracted so much interest and such intense bidding."

JFK1.jpgDALLAS — A lot consisting of 98 pages of notes in former President John F. Kennedy’s hand from the 1960 presidential campaign highlights a group of important Kennedy memorabilia offered in Heritage Auctions’ Dec. 3 Americana & Political auction. The papers’ opening bid is $25,000, but that could prove conservative, according to Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions at Heritage. 

“We’ve never seen anything like these amazing notes,” said Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions. “I’ve never encountered uncensored papers from a president, let alone something in this wonderful historic impact.”

Kennedy’s notes were drafted at a notable time in his Presidential campaign, because he was suffering from laryngitis. The candidate had spoken so often on the trail that he had all but lost his voice. He was under doctor’s strict orders to avoid speaking whenever possible, especially in the noisy cabin of his prop-driven campaign plane, “Caroline.”

Based on context, a number of these notes appear to be from the April and May time period, after his April 5 victory in the Wisconsin primary (a 56-44 percent win over Hubert Humphrey) through the May 10 West Virginia primary, which was of major concern to him. 

The candidate communicated by scribbling notes on a legal pad, a number of which were preserved by his airborne “Gal Friday,” Janet DesRosiers. These candid notes — which never were published — present important insights into Kennedy’s personality and character, as well as providing a revealing glimpse of the inner workings of a political campaign. 

“The circumstances dictated that here was no filter when Kennedy was dashing these off,” Slater points out. “We never have encountered anything quite like them before.”

The entire archive is being offered as one lot, with a minimum opening bid of $25,000.   

A one-of-a-kind Sterling Silver Tiffany Cigarette Box bearing the Presidential Seal, displayed in Kennedy’s oval office, also is featured in the December auction. “While any objects personally owned by President Kennedy are highly collectable, those used in the Oval Office hold a particular allure for collectors,” Slater said.

“This particular box, formerly in the renowned Robert White collection, is especially well-documented, having come from Martin E. Underwood, a Special Assistant to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson,” Slater said. Bidding will open at $20,000. 

The auction also includes a historic Kennedy-signed document: his formal acceptance of his nomination by New York State’s Liberal Party as its 1960 presidential standard bearer. Without the liberal vote, Kennedy would have lost New York State and the presidency to Nixon, whose Republican vote total actually exceeded the number of votes cast for Kennedy as a Democrat. The crucial document opens with a $15,000 bid. 

Additional highlights from the many Kennedy items in the auction include, but are not limited to:

·         Kennedy’s personal cased set of gaming chips, each stamped “JFK,” with a minimum opening bid of $2,500.

·         Opening at $1,500 is Kennedy’s personal calling card case, emblazoned with “John F. Kennedy United States Senator,” opening bid $1,500.

·         Large photograph of JFK and his entire cabinet, signed by each, with an opening bid of $5,000.

·         A book detailing the story of PT-109, inscribed and signed by JFK and all 10 surviving members of his crew, as well as sailors from the Japanese vessel which sank Kennedy’s boat, with an opening bid of $10,000

·         A highly sought-after 1963 official Christmas card, signed before the Dallas trip by both President and Jacqueline Kennedy, with an opening bid of $5,000.

·         The Colt police model revolver used by Sgt. Gerald Hill when Hill arrested Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, opening with a $4,000 bid.

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158-Rembrandt copy.jpgNew York—At least a dozen auction records were set at Swann Galleries’ November 3 three-part sale of Old Master Through Modern Prints, Featuring Camille Pissarro: Impressionist Icon.

The sale was crowned by two master engravings by Albrecht Dürer: Knight, Death and the Devil, 1513, and Melencolia I, 1514, both realized $65,000.

With several phone bidders competing on consecutive lots, many works by Camille Pissarro soared past their previous records, most notably, the 1879 aquatint and etching Chemin sous bois à Pontoise, which realized $40,000*, more than doubling its standing record of $15,000. Similarly, the highest price paid previously for Rue Saint-Romain, à Rouen, 1ère planche was $7,576; on Thursday, the 1896 lithograph, printed in dark green, realized $30,000. Other records set for Pissarro included Paysage à l’Hermitage (Pontoise), 1880, and Chãteau de Busagny à Osny, 1887; both sold for $25,000.

Several prices for works by Old Master artist Rembrandt van Rijn achieved new heights. The 1641 etching and drypoint Cornelis Claesz Anslo, Preacher brought $60,000, while the jovial etching Self Portrait with Long, Bushy Hair: Head Only, circa 1631, realized $52,500. The third Rembrandt record was set by a 1653 etching and drypoint titled The Pancake Woman for $35,000.

Another record was set for an early work by Giovanni Piranesi from his iconic Carceri d'Invenzione series: The Round Tower, circa 1749, went for $52,500-100% of the nearly 20 works by the artist found buyers.

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century works also performed well, with many online winners. A new auction record was set for a scarce 1932 lithograph by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, Fruits of Labor, which realized $30,000. Another highlight was James A.M. Whistler’s 1878 lithograph Nocturne, which sold to an institution for $50,000.

Todd Weyman, Swann Galleries Vice President and Director of Prints & Drawings, said, “We were delighted to see competitive bidding on important early Rembrandt portraits and Dürer’s masterworks, as well as iconic prints like Whistler’s Nocturne leading the sale, showing the increasingly discerning market.”

Image: Lot 158 Rembrandt van Rijn, Cornelis Claesz Anslo, Preacher, etching and drypoint, 1641. Sold November 3, 2016 for $60,000, and auction record for the print. (Pre-sale estimate: $25,000 to $35,000)

Screen Shot 2016-11-07 at 9.30.55 AM.pngLondon, 13 December 2016: A rare presentation copy of "The Tales of Beedle the Bard," created, hand-written and illustrated by JK Rowling, containing a personal inscription by the author to the editor who launched her career, will be offered for sale at Sotheby’s London on 13 December 2016. The Tales of Beedle the Bard is estimated to reach £300,000- 500,000.

The present copy, number 3 of the 7 that J.K Rowling produced, was presented to British publisher Barry Cunningham, who famously accepted the first Harry Potter book for publication. The copy holds considerable special significance, as Cunningham played an instrumental role in launching J.K Rowling’s career as an international best-selling author. In a dedication written in the front of the book, JK Rowling wrote: “To Barry, the man who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell... THANK YOU”. Cunningham recalls the experience of receiving the copy on 12 December 2007 as ‘unreal’, becoming ‘progressively more exciting’ as he opened a white jiffy envelope to reveal a beautiful, cloth-wrapped manuscript book, adorned with semi-precious stones and a sterling silver mounted skull. The original packaging, in which the copy was delivered, is included as part of the lot.

Originally presented as a personal gift to ‘those most closely connected to the Harry Potter books’, the manuscript of wizarding tales is one of only seven unique copies produced for the most important people in Rowling’s life during this time. In 2007, a seventh copy produced specifically for sale at auction to raise money for J.K Rowling’s charity Lumos, was sold at Sotheby’s for a record-breaking £1.95 million.

‘The personal resonance of this book makes this both an exceptional and highly desirable object to come to auction. It is particularly special as it is only one of six made for those closest to the author throughout the journey of creating the Harry Potter series, gifted to the man who recognised the brilliance of J.K Rowling’s writing and her potential impact on children’s literature.’
Dr. Philip W. Errington, Director, Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts Department

Bound in brown morocco leather, the manuscript carries seven unique mounted rhodochrosite stones. At the end of the volume, the author notes that these semi-precious stones are ‘traditionally associated with love, balance and joy in daily life.’ The exterior is additionally embellished with hallmarked sterling silver ornaments, centred by an ominous skull.

Containing clues that were to prove crucial to Harry Potter’s final mission to destroy Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a volume of five wizarding fairy-tales left to Hermione Granger by Albus Dumbledore in the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Only one tale, ‘The Tales of the Three Brothers’ is recounted in the book.

Watch the video that reveals this special edition of Tales of Beedle the Bard here.

EXHIBITION DATES:
The book will be on view at:
Sotheby’s New York from 9 November to 11 November Sotheby’s London from 9 December to 13 December

POLLY DOTS.pngDreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions is delighted to announce Art on a Postcard Secret Auction in aid of The Hepatitis C Trust. The auction takes place on 17th November, at 3pm, and will be held at Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street, London W1.  

International high profile names including Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry, Maggie Hambling, Oliver Jeffers, Peter Blake, Harland Miller, Gilbert & George and a host of Royal Academicians such as Ken Howard RA, Mick Rooney RA, John Wragg RA, Rebecca Salter RA, and Steven Farthing RA, as well as emerging talent have together created over 400 postcard sized 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. 

All lots will be available to view at Maddox Gallery from Saturday 12th November and the online catalogue is available now for perusing and bidding on The Auction Room platform: www.theauctionroom.com. The sale will take place as a live webcast auction, enabling people to bid both live and online on 17th November. 

A list of the contributing artists can be found at http://www.artonapostcard.com/#/about-secret-auction/. The works will be offered without attribution and artist’s names will remain anonymous until the end of the auction. 

Gemma Peppé, Director, Art on A Postcard, hand-picked the contributing artists and has commented on the fund raising initiative: ‘At the start of this project in 2014, we were conscious to create something that was truly inclusive and engaging but that also was true to our current economic and political landscape. Postcard sized artwork does just that. Small works of art are a symbol of the austerity we have been living through, economical for our artists to make and our audience to buy, perfectly sized to fit easily onto the wall of a London apartment, and if none of the above, great, collectible, artworks in their own merit.’ 

This is the second Art on a Postcard Secret Auction for The Hepatitis C Trust to be hosted by The Auction Room, and the auctioneer has said: ‘We are looking forward to building on the highly successful result achieved in 2015 with another sensational group of works this November. We are very pleased to be able to help with this tremendous cause with the added element of secrecy adding to the enjoyment’.

Lot 118 copy.jpgNew York—On November 1, a mere nine days before the American Presidential election, Swann Auction Galleries offered an autograph album signed by 18 presidents, starting with Abraham Lincoln and ending with Barack Obama. Fourteen presidents signed the album on a single page, to make for a head-spinning who’s-who of powerful Americans. The album, which sold to a collector for $60,000*, was the centerpiece of an eclectic and well-attended Autographs auction.

         Presidents and historic political superstars performed exceptionally well in the sale. A Letter Signed by Samuel Huntington as Governor, informing the Governor of New Jersey that Connecticut had ratified the Constitution, sold for $36,400—over ten times the high estimate and an auction record for a letter signed by Huntington. Various Partly-printed Documents Signed by George Washington achieved high prices, including a 1768 Virginia lottery ticket, which sold for $7,250, and the 1783 military discharge of Edward Keyser from the Second New York Regiment, which brought $13,750.

         One outstanding lot was a Clipped Signature by Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion. The fragment was cut from a letter that closed, “your friend” and on the verso mentioned the town of Plymouth, a site of spiritual relevance to Mormons. Bidders over the phone, online and in attendance pushed the price to nearly twenty times the estimate-it eventually went to a collector for $13,750.

         Also in the sale was an Autograph Letter Signed by Claude Monet to his friend, the artist and art critic Gustave Geffroy, inviting him to visit the garden “resplendent with flowers” in Giverny, where Monet painted his famous water lilies. The letter, dated July 14, 1891 and still in the original envelope, sold for $8,125. An Autograph Letter Signed by Edvard Munch to Judge J. Roede stated that his handyman will continue to assist in his painting, though he will no longer be able to garden or grow asparagus. The undated letter, in Danish, went for $3,250.

         There was no shortage of musicians’ signatures in the sale, led by Sergei Rachmininoff’s Autograph Musical Quotation dated and Signed, which sold to a collector for $7,000. Meanwhile, an Autograph Note Signed by Gustav Mahler with the salutation “Dear Director” in German sold above its estimate at $6,240. A poster featuring inkblots, each signed by a member of the Beatles with Ringo, the shortest Beatle, signing the shortest inkblot and inscribing his height, sold for $5,750 after frenzied bidding.

Swann Galleries’ Autographs Specialist Marco Tomaschett said, “Presidential autographs performed well, demonstrating that this election season has not diminished enthusiasm for the presidency. We are also seeing collectors bid enthusiastically for popular culture icons, while autographs of fine artists and classical musicians continue to increase in value.”

Image: Lot 118 Album with more than 130 Civil War-era signatures, including Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet, and signed by 18 presidents, 14 on a single page, 1864-2010. Sold November 1, 2016 for $60,000.

 

space.jpgDALLAS — Collectors will have a rare opportunity to bid on Heritage Auctions’ largest compilation of space-flown, signed and collectible space-related memorabilia  —  including the space-flown Apollo 13 Command/Service Module Launch Checklist book (est. $30,000) signed by astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert upon their safe return. In addition to artifacts from various explorations, the Nov. 11 Space Auction offers original artwork by astronaut Alan Bean, whose depictions of his time on the surface of the moon have been exhibited around the country.

“This collection offers some exceptionally rare lots, items that were received directly from astronauts who have flown or been involved in Apollo missions,” Heritage Auctions chief cataloger and space historian Michael Riley said. “Historic Items in this auction are the kind that really can take your collection to the next level.”

Among the top lots available in the auction will be the CSM Launch Checklist, which was prepared and managed by NASA’s Dennis Bentley. After the mission’s crewmen autographed the checklist that helped get them safely home following the perilous mission, Haise presented the checklist to Bentley, who has kept it in his private collection ever since. 

Also available is the Quarantine Cover, C-2, that was flown on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon - the first manned lunar landing - and signed by crewmembers Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. Featured on the cover is an “Apollo 8” stamp, valued at 6 cents and cancelled Aug 11, 1969, in Webster, Texas. When Apollo 11 returned to Earth July 24, 1969, the equipment and astronauts from the spacecraft were quarantined; when the cover was released from quarantine, it was taken to the nearest post office (Webster is less than three miles from NASA's Houston headquarters) for cancellation, after which it became a part of Collins’ personal collection.

Other top lots include a pair of paintings, each measuring 18 inches by 24 inches, by astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth person to walk on the moon as a member of the Apollo 12 mission in November, 1969. “Our World At My Fingertips” was completed in 2005 and was on exhibit at the Butler Institute of American Art in late 2005 and at the Cosmosphere from 2006 until now, making this auction the first time this stunning work ever has been offered to the public. Bean actually incorporated moon dust into the paint he used to complete “Our World at my Fingertips.”

“Within this painting are actual particles of the space ship I flew to the moon, some charred black with reentry heat, and minute amounts of moon dust that coated my spacesuit,” Bean said.

In 1984, Bean painted “Test Drive,” which shows Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan driving the lunar roving vehicle on the moon soon after it was extracted from the Challenger lunar module. “Test Drive” has been in a private collection for more than 20 years.

Bruce McCandless II is a former astronaut, American naval officer and aviator and electrical engineer. A member of the Apollo 14 support crew and “CapCom” (capsule communicator), McCandless was presented with a Brush-Scriber-Lens Tool that was flown in the lunar module and carried on the surface of the moon. It has been in his personal collection since 1971.

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Screen Shot 2016-11-02 at 10.05.04 AM.pngNEW YORK- On 18 January 2017, Sotheby’s New York will offer Alexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive of Letters and Manuscripts. With a meteoric rise in recognition and popularity over the last fifteen years, Hamilton’s story has captured the popular imagination to an extent almost unprecedented for an historical figure.

The sale, the first of its kind, will tell the story of his brief but momentous life through hundreds of documents that have descended in the family for the last two centuries.

Selby Kiffer, International Senior Specialist of Books & Manuscripts noted: “It’s highly unusual, but highly gratifying, when popular American culture is informed so directly by our historical past.”

Born in Saint Kitts and Nevis and raised in the West Indies, Alexander Hamilton arrived in the Americas as a student at Elizabethtown Academy, located in New Jersey, before enrolling in King’s College (now Columbia University) in 1773. Following the first rumblings of the Revolutionary War, with the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Hamilton joined the New York militia in 1775; just two years later, he entered the public sphere as General George Washington’s Aide-de-Camp. The present archive includes Hamilton’s appointment to this position, the location of which had been unknown to scholars for over a century (first page, estimate $150/250,000). For the next thirty years, until his death at the hand of his archrival, Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton served the United States of America as a military officer, Congressional delegate, and finally as the first Secretary of the Treasury.

The material in the auction includes highly personal documents, such as love letters exchanged between Hamilton and his wife Eliza, as well as the condolence letter, sealed with black wax, his father-in-law, Phillip Skyler, sent to his daughter after Hamilton was killed in the duel with Burr (estimate $15/20,000). However, his public career is also well represented with notes he wrote for one of Washington’s annual addresses to congress (estimate $15/25,000) as well as legal papers from his private practice, among many others documents. Perhaps the most poignant relic in the sale is a lock of Hamilton’s hair with a letter of presentation from his wife Eliza (estimate $15/25,000).

While Alexander Hamilton’s background is remarkable in it of itself, his story has experienced a renaissance since 2001, when a selection of his letters, essays and governmental papers was inducted in the Library of America. Three years later, Ron Chernow’s biography, Alexander Hamilton, became a best-seller. But perhaps most significant is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton - winner of 11 Tony awards, recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album and winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Alexander Hamilton is being further honored this winter with exhibitions at the New York Public Library and the New York Historical Society. 

Sotheby’s experts are currently cataloging the extraordinary trove and expect to release details in the coming weeks.

Casa copy.jpgDALLAS - Two movie posters for the Oscar-winning Casablanca, a Half-Sheet Style B (est. $40,000) and an overwhelming Italian 2 Fogli measuring 3-feet by 4-feet (est. $50,000), headline a collection of nearly 1,000 lots in Heritage Auctions’ autumn Vintage Poster Auction. The Nov. 19-20 event offers extraordinary pre-war paper rarely seen at auction. Many of the lots are making their first appearances with the world’s largest auctioneer of vintage movie posters. 

“The number of striking posters is in the hundreds and few top the eye appeal of the Casablanca Italian 2 Fogli,” said Grey Smith, Director of Vintage Posters at Heritage. “This is only the second time we’ve offered this poster, and I’ve been hunting for another for decades. This will make for a shining gem among any collection.”

Featuring an image so striking that the presence of the Casablanca title is nearly superfluous, artist Luigi Martinati provides one of the most stunning illustrations ever printed for this Michael Curtiz masterpiece. The exceptional illustration palpably exudes all of the drama, tension (no comma) and romance from one of cinema’s greatest love stories. 

Early paper for the 1932 box office bomb and exploitation film Freaks is highly sought after today and a Pre-War Belgian Poster for the original release ranks among the most impossible to find (est. $40,000), Smith said.

“Due to its negative portrayal of people with physical handicaps, the film received so much bad press and created such ill will that MGM was forced to withdraw the release from circulation and suffered a loss of approximately $164,000 in Depression-era money,” Smith said.

A group of posters depicting the various roles of Boris Karloff, the king of 20th-century horror ranges from a rare, art deco-inspired British Three Sheet for The Ghoul (est. $30,000) to a Title Lobby Card for Son of Frankenstein (est. $6,000).

Additional posters for horror classics include a One Sheet for 20th Century Fox’s 1939 hit The Hound of the Baskervilles (est. $15,000); a First Post-War Release Italian 4-Fogli for The Wolf Man (est. $10,000); two separate Lobby Cards for the 1920 thriller The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (est. $8,000); and a marvelous 1954 One Sheet for Creature from the Black Lagoon (est. $7,000).

This season’s auction offers a rare group of original art, such as Jack Davis’ Signed Original Watercolor and Gouache Painting for the 1968 film The Party (est. $20,000); the mesmerizing Signed Original Gouache on Board for The Strange Case of the Man and the Beast by Anselmo Ballester (est. $6,000); and Al Hirschfield’s Original Mixed Media Artwork on Illustration Board of Laurel and Hardy, which MGM commissioned to promote the duo's 1936 film releases The Bohemian Girl and Our Relations (est. $5,000). Others include the dramatic Signed Original Gouache Painting Poster Art for The Hidden Fortress from 1959 (est. $4,000) by Luigi Martinati.

An unusual collection of motivational posters directly from the offices of social networking site Facebook makes its auction debut. The screen print posters were produced in the early 2010s by Ben Barry, a designer who worked in the marketing department. Posters range from the company’s most famous saying "Move Fast and Break Things" to reminding employees “Don’t Mistake Motion for Progress.”

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

Suspicion (RKO, 1946), the First Post-War Release French Grande (46.5" X 63") featuring Bernard Lancy Artwork (est. $12,000).

Captain Blood (Warner Brothers, 1935). One Sheet (27" X 41") (est. $10,000).

The Three Stooges in Calling All Curs (Columbia, 1939).One Sheet (27" X 41") (est. $10,000).

Madame DuBarry (UFA, 1919).Austrian Poster (74" X 99") featuring Theo Matejko Artwork with provenance from the Albertina Collection (est. $10,000).

Out of the Past (RKO, 1947).One Sheet (27" X 41") (est. $10,000). 

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[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 artwork and ephemera. We will offer an array of early works dating back to 1566, along with antique chronicles of the opening of the American West. Another antique collection includes desirable early printings relating to travel and exploration, along with nautically-themed works.          

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the 1566 printing of the occult sciences work, "Chiromanci, War und Weissagungen," with engraved plates, the Visschers' Zinne-Poppen alle Verciert met Rijmen," produced c1620 with engraved plates and bound in vellum, and the 1685 printing of Mallet's "Description de l'Univers" containing engraved maps. Other scarce titles include four landmark nautical titles by David Steel, all published around the year 1800, an author-signed copy of the 1896 first edition of Booker T. Washington's "Daily Resolves," and Rowlandson and Combe's "The English Dance of Death," published in 1815 with hand-colored plates.                    

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted are additional early theological works from the 16th through 18th centuries and other rare nautical works such as Hedderwick's "Treatise on Marine Architecture," produced in 1830 with a separate textual volume to accompany the folio of engraved plates, and the 1805 two-volume edition of McArthur's "Principles and Practice of Naval and Military Courts Martial." Landmark travel and exploration titles are led by the first edition of Mavor's "Historical Account Of The Most Celebrated Voyages Travels And Discoveries," published in the years 1796 and 1797 and complete in twenty volumes. Period works relating to the opening of the American West and other areas of North America feature titles such as the 1800 printing of Weld's "Travels through the States of North America and the Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada," housing engraved plates and folding maps. A collection of vintage pulp including mysteries, westerns, romance and more, and displaying lurid and dramatic art covers will also be sold. 

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of ephemera. Highlighted are several antique albums housing photographs ranging from tintypes through cartes-de-visite. Cataloged individually is a carte-de-visite featuring Abraham Lincoln and his son, Tad, taken at the Brady studio in Washington in 1864. Other ephemera lots present items from categories such as railroad, agriculture, erotica, medical, maps, magazines, photography 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 mail@nationalbookauctions.com.

143-Dickson copy.jpgNew York-Swann Galleries’ October 27 sale of Rare & Important Travel Posters set at least ten auction records. The selection reflected the rapidly changing technology and styles that epitomized the beginning of the twentieth century.

The top lot rare example of Paul George Lawler’s iconic Fly to South Sea Isles / Via Pan American, circa 1938, which set an auction record for the artist at $20,000*. The image, a variant with text rarely found at auction, features a massive “flying boat.” Another example of early aviation advertising is Jupp Wiertz’ 2 Days to Europe / Hamburg - American Line, 1936, which depicts a zeppelin hovering near the Empire State Building; this moody poster sold for $10,000. In a similar vein, an early airline advertisement for Imperial Airways / The “Silver Wing” De Luxe, by Charles C. Dickson, circa 1927, shows a passenger sticking her hand out of the airborne plane to wave at a friend on the earth. The charming reminder of just how strange it is to fly sold for $11,875, an auction record for the artist.

Another record was set for Frederic Kimball Mizen’s Fifth Avenue - New York / The World’s Greatest Shopping Street, 1932, which sold for $6,250. The price nearly doubled the previous record, set by Swann in 1999-the only other time this rare poster has been seen at auction.

Other notable lots include Percival Albert Trompf’s Australia, 1929. A view of the scenery and fashions at Bondi Beach and one of the first posters commissioned by the Australian National Travel Association, the poster sold to a private collector for $13,750.

Swann Galleries’ President Nicholas D. Lowry said of the sale, “This wonderfully curated sale moved briskly as dedicated collectors from around the world participated by phone and internet. The room was unusually crowded and active as several of the big buyers chose to attend in person. At least ten records were set, and as in any good auction there were some unexpected (pleasant) surprises as posters far exceeded their estimated value.”

The next sale of Vintage Posters at Swann Galleries will be Alphonse Mucha & Masters of Art Nouveau: The Harry C. Meyerhoff Collection, on January 26, 2017. For more information, or to consign to future Vintage Posters auctions, contact specialist Nicholas D. Lowry at posters@swanngalleries.com or via phone (212) 254-4710, ext. 57.

Image: Lot 143 Charles C. Dickson, Imperial Airways / The "Silver Wing" De Luxe, circa 1927. Sold October 27, 2016 for $11,875, an auction record for the artist.

Lot 374 Conquista del Peru copy.jpgNew York— On Thursday, November 17, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana, featuring coast-to-coast historical documents relating to Mormons, conquistadors, and more.

Early selections include the 1535 first Italian edition of Libro Primo de la conquista del Peru & provincial del Cuzco, a contemporary narrative of Peruvian conquest under Francisco Pizarro, written at his request by his secretary, Francisco Xerez ($12,000 to $18,000). Also available is A Philosophical Treatise of the Original and Production of Things by Richard Franck, 1687. Arguably the first work on philosophy written in North America, the book also discusses theology and natural history, referencing a fish called “the American Snite” ($3,000 to $4,000).

Materials related to the American Revolution include a collection of 38 issues of the Pennsylvania Gazette sent to a single subscriber from 1773-74, with such historical highlights as a justification and discussion of the recent Boston Tea Party; Observations on Inoculation for the Small-Pox; and an early printing of the Suffolk Resolves, presented to the Continental Congress ($5,000 to $7,500). Captain John Schenck’s original unpublished manuscript orderly book titled Preparing for the Most Vigorous Defence details the fortification of New York City from February to April 1776. The book includes passwords and countersigns, updated daily, as well as financial accounts and a log of goings-on in the camp ($6,000 to $9,000). Other highlights include the first announcement of the completion of the United States Constitution in convention (in a 1789 issue of the Pennsylvania Packet), estimated at $20,000 to $30,000.

Also available is George Washington’s official printing of the Treaty of Greenville, 1795, which ended the ten-year Northwest Indian War. Only one other copy of the treaty has appeared at auction; the present copy is expected to sell for $6,000 to $9,000,

One unusual highlight from the sale is A Discourse Delivered in Charleston…before the Reformed Society of Israelites, a pamphlet recounting the 1827 speech by in South Carolina by Isaac N. Cardozo. The line of Cardozo and his common-law wife Lydia (they could not marry legally because she was an African American) continues to this day. The pamphlet, in excellent condition, is expected to sell between $12,000 and $18,000.

The top lot of the sale is the rare first edition of The Book of Mormon, released days before the official establishment of the church in 1830. This is the only version to list Joseph Smith as the “author and proprietor” rather than the translator; it is valued at $40,000 to $60,000. A manuscript diary by a preacher named Benajah Williams is also in the sale, concerning circumstantial associations to Smith's first vision ($10,000 to $15,000). Other Mormon offerings include a $1 banknote altered to read "Kirtland Safety Society Anti-Banking Co." now valued at $4,000 to $6,000.

With highlights from the collection of Timothy Treacy, the sale offers selections that include most of the "Zamorano 80," a 1945 list of the most important early books on California. One of these, Edward Vischer's Views of California, 1862, a portfolio of 24 lithographs of what is now Calaveras Big Trees State Park, includes a view of the US Army’s herd of war camels approaching Mammoth Grove ($4,000 and $6,000).

Military artifacts include Elias B. Hillard’s set of mounted albumen photographs and biographies of the last six surviving veterans of the American Revolution, published in Connecticut in 1864; estimated at $3,000 to $4,000. Also available is an unusually large and complete archive of war-date correspondence by a lucky member of the ill-fated 16th Connecticut Infantry named Charles L. Taylor. The lot of nearly 450 items includes Taylor’s diary, letters to his new bride Harriet Tuttle and his parents, and their replies. The tone of each is markedly different, creating a multi-dimensional view of battles and life in the camps from 1862-65. Most of the 16th Connecticut Infantry was decimated in the Battle of Antietam; survivors were taken to the infamous Andersonville Prison. Taylor was one of very few that emerged from the war unscathed. The lot includes additional letters, family photographs and valuables, and one portrait; it is estimated at $8,000 to $12,000.

The Illustrated log of the USS Narragansett’s Pacific Cruise was kept by the Narragansett’s Midshipman George A. Calhoun from 1871 to 1872. The manuscript includes detailed maps, illustrations and albumen photographs recording the ship’s movements in the South Pacific, including Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, Pago Pago and Samoa ($10,000 to $15,000).  

The auction will be held Thursday, November 17, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Saturday, November 12 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, November 14 through Wednesday, November 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information or to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Book Department Director and Americana Specialist Rick Stattler via rstattler@swanngalleries.com or at 212-254-4710, ext. 27.

Image: Lot 374 Francisco de Xerez, Libro primo de la conquista del Peru & provincia del Cuzco, first Italian edition, Venice, 1535. Estimate $12,000 to $18,000.

Screen Shot 2016-10-27 at 9.09.54 AM.pngParis, October 2016: The day following the sale “Photographies” with photographs from various owners, Sotheby’s is selling a major European collection, "Photographs from Atkins to Warhol", on Friday 11 November. With 79 lots spanning the history of the medium, the sale offers outstanding highlights from the 19th century to the mid-20th century; the collection reflects the various experiments and developments in the art, including major works from Europe and America.

The rare album British Algae (estimate: €120,000-180,000) by Anna Atkins, considered as the first photography book in history, will lead the 19th Century section of the sale.

At the core of this collection, there is a particular focus on avant-garde photography, with artists including Karl Blossfeldt (famous for his study of the “forms of nature”), Rudolf Koppitz, internationally accalaimed for his Bewegungsstudie (Motion Study), and photographer and film director Leni Riefenstahl. 

American photography is also well represented, with a legendary work by the artist Alfred Stieglitz, and works by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams.

British Algae: Anna Atkins 

British Algae (estimate: €120,000-180,000) is a seminal work in the history of photography for numerous reasons.

Its author, Anna Atkins, was one of the first female photographers, one of the very few women of her time to have studied science, and above all a famous botanist. Introduced to photography and the cyanotype technique by its inventor, Sir John Herschel, she saw it as the perfect means to represent her botanical research work. The scientist then became a pioneer in the use of photographs to illustrate books. 

British Algae is considered as the first book in the history of photography, solely using photographs. This album of 102 cyanotypes was produced between 1843 and 1853.

The definitive version of her book on plants can be found at the Royal Society, London, and copies of the album can be found in leading international museums: the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the British Museum in London and the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford. Only a few copies still remain in private hands, meaning that the book up for sale on 11 November is a rare opportunity in the market.

Avant-garde Photographs

Strongly inspired by the philosophy of nature (thinking that arose from the German tradition of philosophy), Karl Blossfeldte stablished himself as a photographer of plants and nature. The two works in the sale embody this vision perfectly. Hydrangea Macrophylla, a silver print from around 1920 (lot 23, estimate: €20,000-30,000) is a close-up of a hydrangea flower.

The photograph entitled Celosia Cristata Hahnenkamm, taken in around 1920 (lot 24, estimate: €30,000-40,000) is another example of his systematic work on plants.

We now leave the world of botany for Rudolf Koppitz. A collection of 74 postcards, produced between 1920 and 1930 (lot 17, estimate: €50,000-70,000) will be going under the hammer. Most of the cards demonstrate the artist's liking for powerful, graphic compositions of bodies: an expression of the modernist aims of the Viennese Secession. Belonging to his legendary Bewegungsstudie or Motion Study series, this iconic photograps exerts its magnetism through the enigmatic sensuality created by the arrangement of the bodies. 

In a different style, a group of 15 prints featuring portraits, landscapes and indoor scenes, dated 1920 to 1930, illustrate a more social aspect of the artist's work (lot 18, estimate: €30,000-50,000).

A portfolio of 24 silver prints taken from Leni Riefenstahl's masterly film "Olympia"provides an artistic and historical testimony (lot 32, estimate: €50,000-70,000). For Riefenstahl, the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin gave her a chance to experiment with numerous new techniques, such as placing the camera on rails to follow the athletes'’movements as closely as possible, slow motion, wide-angle shots and aerial shots. It provides a valuable documentary of the athletes' extraordinary physical effort, as well as the highly singular atmosphere of these Games.

American Photography

A pioneering photographer and passionate advocate of photography as a genuine art, Alfred Stieglitz often immortalised New York through his camera. The Steerage, taken in 1907 (lot 13, estimate: €15,000-20,000), is a poignant record of the large waves of immigrants who arrived in the New World from Europe.

The group is rounded off with three landscapes by Ansel Adams. Capturing the most beautiful spots of the American West, the artist established his passionate ecological commitment with magnificent pictures taken in New Mexico-Penitente Morada, Coyote, New Mexico, (lot 65, estimate: €8,000-12,000) in 1950-and California-Manly Beacon Death Valley National Monument, California from around 1952 (lot 66, estimate: €7,000-10,000).

Another illustrator of the American West, Edward Weston, will be in the spotlight with five photographs. One of these lot is by the artist and Margrethe Mather: a one-off collaboration in Weston's work. The Marion Morgan Dancers (lot 55, estimate: €30,000-40,000) is a platinum palladium print dating from 1921 showing dancers from Marion Morgan's ballet troupe in a purely pictorialist style.

Other important works in the sale include: a remarkable dye-transfer print by William Eggleston (lot 78, estimate: €8,000-12,000), and, a portfolio of portraits of Andy Warhol and the Factory by Philippe Halsman (lot 79, estimate: €3,000-5,000).

Auction: Friday 11 November at 3.00 p.m.

Exhibition: 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 November

Screen Shot 2016-10-27 at 9.02.59 AM.pngA rare, specially issued, first edition of Evelyn Waugh's most popular novel, Brideshead Revisited, is to be sold at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale in London on 9 November. It is estimated at £4,000-6,000.

The book belonged to the 1920s' 'Bright Young Thing', Lady Pansy Pakenham, and was one of 50 copies the author had printed and bound at his own expense in 1944. Waugh sent these to his close friends in advance of the novel's publication, asking for comments some of which he incorporated into the first commercial edition of the book published in 1945.

Waugh knew Pansy Pakenham from the mid-1920s when she had shared a flat with Evelyn Gardner, later to become the novelist's first wife. This was the era of the 'Bright Young Things', the generation that grew up in the shadow of the First World War and whose decadent behavior and determination to live for the moment alarmed their parents and scandalized society. This mixture of hedonism and challenge to social convention was both satirized and celebrated in Waugh's second novel Vile Bodies published in 1930 and forms the backdrop to the early chapters of Brideshead Revisited.

Pansy Pakenham - sister of the social campaigner Lord Longford - married the portrait painter Henry Lamb in 1928 and largely turned her back on London society settling in rural Wiltshire. Her comments on Brideshead Revisited were not entirely encouraging. She wrote to Waugh: "You see English Society of the 20s as something baroque and magnificent on its last legs.... I fled from it because it seemed prosperous, bourgeois and practical and I believe it still is."

The sale also features Pakenham's copy of Waugh's biography of the 16th century Catholic martyr, Edmund Campion, from an edition of 50 printed for private circulation in 1935. It is estimated at £800-1,200. Like Waugh himself, Pakenham was a convert to Roman Catholicism and an obvious recipient of Edmund Campion which was awarded the Hawthornden Prize in 1936.

Finally, an author's presentation copy of Waugh's 1942 novel Work Suspended inscribed "Pansy with love from Evelyn/Christmas 1942 'Nous ne sommes pas heureux à notre age'" is offered at an estimate of £800-1,200. The quotation which translates into English as 'We are not happy with our times' is seemingly borrowed from Cyril Connolly's Enemies of Promise (1938) in which he attributes the sentiment to King Louis XIV. Work Suspended was written in 1939, the year after the publication of Connolly's book, but not published until 1942.

Senior Specialist at Bonhams Book Department, Luke Batterham, said, "Waugh wrote Brideshead Revisited in the first half of 1944 while on special leave of absence from the Army. Convinced of the book's qualities but cautious about the reaction of his contemporaries to a novel so different from his earlier work, Waugh took the precaution of seeking the opinion of friends and made substantial changes as a result. Pansy Pakenham's objection, however, went to the heart of the novel and unsurprisingly was not heeded."

196-Yousuf-Karsh copy.jpgNew York— On Tuesday, October 25, Swann Auction Galleries’ sale of Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks earned nearly $2 million. Bidders filled the room, competing with other collectors over the phone and online and driving many prices above their estimates.

The top lot of the sale was Julia Margaret Cameron’s Portrait of Kate Keown, 1866, one of the first in her series of life-sized heads. The circular albumen print sold for $106,250*. A set of 14 first editions by Ed Ruscha, some signed, sold well above their estimate, finally realizing $45,000.

The sale broke several auction records, including that of Karsh—Fifteen Portraits, a portfolio by Yousuf Karsh which sold to a collector for $87,500, an auction record for the set. The portfolio includes portraits of such luminaries as Muhammad Ali, Marc Chagall, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Helen Keller and Georgia O’Keeffe.

An artist record was set for Martin Chambi, whose fifty photographs of Peru from the 1920s sold to a collector for $50,000. At the Time of the Louisville Flood, Kentucky, by Margaret Bourke-White, broke the record for a modern printing of the well-known, and still resonant, image. It sold for $65,000.

Alfred Stieglitz was well represented in the sale, not only by individual photographs such as The Steerage ($20,000), but also by his magazines, 291 and Camera Work. The complete series of 291, 1914-15, sold well above its estimate to a private collector for $52,500, while issues of Camera Work, which Stieglitz edited, were divided into smaller lots. The most notable of these was Number 49/50, the final issue of the magazine, which went for $26,250.

              Swann Galleries Vice President and Director of Photographs & Photobooks Daile Kaplan said, “the sale realized impressive results for a range of remarkable objects. The stellar prices demonstrate how collectors are reexamining photography from the perspective of ‘art and storytelling,’ and discovering treasures of the medium.”

              The next photography sale at Swann Galleries will be held in February 2017. To consign quality materials, contact Daile Kaplan at dkaplan@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 196 Yousuf Karsh, Karsh-Fifteen Portraits, portfolio with 15 silver prints, 1941-70, printed 1983. Sold October 25, 2015 for $87,500, an auction record for the portfolio.

2431-161 copy.jpgNew York— On Tuesday, November 15, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Contemporary Art, featuring works by Chuck Close, Christo, Richard Diebenkorn, Claes Oldenburg and Cy Twombly, among others.

Prime works by Pop Art king Andy Warhol include the iconic 1964 screenprint of Elizabeth Taylor, aptly titled Liz, as well as the screenprint Campbell’s Soup I: Green Pea, 1968 ($30,000 to $50,000 and $15,000 to $20,000, respectively). Also available is a sheet of sixty unpeeled Banana Stickers (The Velvet Underground & Nico), 1967, the largest amount of intact stickers related to the landmark collaboration between Warhol and The Velvet Underground ever seen at auction, estimated to sell between $8,000 to $12,000.

Abstract Expressionist masters are well represented. An excellent work from Robert Motherwell’s Elegy to the Spanish Republic series titled Lament for Lorca, 1981-82, is estimated at $10,000 to $15,000. Willem de Kooning’s first lithograph with printer Irwin Hollander, Woman at Clearwater Beach, 1971, is also present. According to Hollander, the work was inspired by the artist’s “trip to Japan…the seeing and feeling of calligraphy, sumi brush and Zen”—it is expected to realize $8,000 to $12,000. There is also a run of moody works by Adolph Gottlieb.

Bridging print and sculpture is Jean Dubuffet’s Parcours, 1981, an unusual scrolled screenprint on silk. The work is housed in the original wooden box, also printed by Dubuffet in the same black and white figures as seen in the scroll ($8,000 to $12,000). Another printed objet d’art is one of a special limited Taschen edition of Ai Wei Wei: The Artist Activist, 2014. Each of the rare copies is wrapped in silk and presented on a fitted marble bookstand. The present copy is signed twice by the artist and estimated at $8,000 to $12,000.

Women, often overlooked in contemporary art, are well represented in this sale. A variety of prints by famed colorfield artist Helen Frankenthaler includes Solar Imp, a 2001 color screenprint featured on the cover of the auction catalogue ($5,000 to $8,000). Also available is a run of lithographs by second-generation Abstract Expressionist Joan Mitchell, as well as prints by Louise Bourgois and Louise Nevelson, including a circa 1935 pencil drawing by Nevelson titled Seated Nude and estimated to sell between $1,500 and $2,500. There are also three prints by Elizabeth Catlett each valued at $2,000 to $3,000, and works by Alice Baber, Sylvie Baumgartner, Vija Clemens, Alice Neel, Irene Rice Pereira, Bridget Riley and Dorothea Rockburne.

Graphic prints by Sol LeWitt abound, in addition to his 1991 original gouache painting Cube, valued at $10,000 to $15,000. Additional Geometric Abstractionists include Sean Scully and Frank Stella. A recent work reminiscent of these earlier artists, Christopher Wool’s Untitled, 2003, is an extremely scarce complete set of digital prints in shades of gray ($25,000 to $35,000). Also available is a pencil drawing by Ellsworth Kelly, Milkweed, 1969, estimated at $30,000 to $50,000, as well as a selection of his limited-edition prints.

In addition to popular favorites Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Alex Katz and Roy Lichtenstein, there is a selection of prints by Wayne Thiebaud featuring his iconic candies and treats, as well as two rare landscapes: Freeway Curve, color aquatint and etching, 1979-80 and River and Farm, color direct gravure with drypoint, 2002 ($6,000 to $9,000 and $3,000 to $5,000, respectively). 

A superb impression of Lucian Freud’s scarce 2003 etching After Constable’s Elm, and Brice Marden’s Cold Mountain Series, Zen Studies 2, etching and aquatint, 1991, are each estimated at $25,000 to $35,000.

There is a large contingent of Latin American artists in the sale following increased interest last spring, notably Acid-Wave, 1967, a multimedia acrylic and wood painting by Omar Rayo ($20,000 to $30,000). A selection of works by Jesús Rafael Soto is led by his 1975-76 painted wood and metal sculpture, Homenaje al humano, expected to sell between $10,000 and $15,000. Argentinian artist Enio Iommi is represented by an aluminum and marble sculpture Sin Titulo, circa 1970s ($8,000 to $12,000).

The auction will be held Tuesday, November 15, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, November 12 from noon to 5 pm; Monday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information or to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Swann Vice President and Director of Prints & Drawings, Todd Weyman at 212-254-4710, extension 32 or tweyman@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 161 Ellsworth Kelly, Milkweed, pencil, 1969. Estimate $30,000 to $50,000.

BEVERLY HILLS - The world’s earliest-known stone inscription of the 10 Commandments  - one of the most important documents in history, and a “national treasure” of Israel  - will be offered Nov. 16, 2016 by Heritage Auctions in the Properties of the Living Torah Museum Auction in Beverly Hills, California. The tablet is the centerpiece of an offering of Bible-related historical artifacts, all thoroughly researched and authenticated, owned by the Living Torah Museum in Brooklyn, New York. The tablet has an opening bid of $250,000.

“There is nothing more fundamental to our shared heritage than the 10 Commandments,” said David Michaels, Director of Antiquities for Heritage Auctions, “and Heritage Auctions is honored and privileged to be entrusted with the sale of this remarkable piece of Biblical history. We thank the Living Torah Museum and its creator, Rabbi Saul Deutsch, for this opportunity.”

The two-foot-square marble slab, inscribed in an early Hebrew script called Samaritan, likely adorned the entrance of a synagogue destroyed by the Romans between AD 400 and 600, or by the Crusaders in the 11th century, Michaels said.

The slab of white marble, weighing about 200 pounds, is chiseled with 20 lines of letters in Samaritan script, derived jointly from Hebrew and Aramaic. After an introductory dedication and invocation, it lists nine of the 10 commonly known Biblical Commandments from the Book of Exodus, omitting “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain” (King James translation), and adding one commonly employed by the Samaritan sect exhorting worshippers to “raise up a temple” on Mount Gerizim, the holy mountain of the Samaritans, located near the West Bank city of Nablus. 

Potential bidders are required to agree to place the object on public exhibition, as per a stipulation by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), which has designated the piece a “National Treasure” of Israel.

While Dead Sea Scrolls dated to the 1st century BC contain written examples of the 10 Commandments on parchment and papyrus, the earliest stone inscriptions of the Biblical law code are found in the so-called “Samaritan Decalogues” dating to the early centuries AD, of which there are four known examples including the Living Torah example, Michaels said.  All of the other examples are fragmentary and are now in museum collections or at protected sites in the Middle East. “The Living Torah example is among the earliest of these Decalogues, and certainly the most complete,” Michaels noted. “It is also the only example that can be legally obtained for private ownership.”

Samaria, a mountainous region north of Jerusalem, was in Biblical times home to an offshoot sect of Judaism whose worshippers were often denounced by traditional Jews.  “The Samaritans are widely known to Christians through the parable of the Good Samaritan,” said Michaels. “Their sect has endured through the centuries alongside traditional Jews, Pagans, Christians, and Muslims, so the 10 Commandments Stone is uniquely important to many different faiths and cultures.” 

Based on the letter forms studied by scholars, the stone was probably carved in the late Roman or Byzantine era, circa AD 300-500, to adorn the entrance or worship space of a synagogue in or around the modern city of Yavneh, now in western Israel. The synagogue was probably destroyed when the Samaritan sect was heavily suppressed by the Romans in the mid-400s, by the Byzantines in the 500s, or by the Muslims or Crusaders up to the 12th century AD.

The rediscovery of the 10 Commandments Stone was first related in a 1947 article in a scholarly journal written jointly by a Mr. Y. Kaplan, the stone’s then-owner, and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, later President of Israel (1952-1963) and a noted archeologist specializing in ancient texts. It was first uncovered in 1913 during excavations for a railroad station near Yavneh, and was acquired by an Arab man who set it in the floor of his courtyard. Over many years, foot traffic wore down some of the letters at the center of the slab, although the forms are still discernable.

In 1943, it was acquired by Mr. Kaplan, who brought in Dr. Ben-Zvi and other scholars to study it. Noted antiquities dealer Robert Deutsch acquired the piece in the 1990s, and Rabbi Saul Deutsch obtained it for his Living Torah Museum in Brooklyn, NY in 2005. It has been the centerpiece of the Museum’s collection since then and was subsequently published in Biblical Archaeology Review magazine and other publications.

Although considered a “National Treasure” of Israel, the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) approved export of the piece the United States in 2005 on the condition that it be displayed in a public museum, a condition that still pertains, Michaels said. “We seek either an institutional buyer or a private one who will agree to exhibit the 10 Commandments Stone so that all can see, enjoy and learn from it,” Michaels said.

“Property Of the Living Torah Museum” will include at least 50 other artifacts from the museum’s collection, including a nine-spouted ceramic oil lamp dated to the first century AD that is regarded by some experts as the earliest known first Hanukkah menorah, Michaels said. “Most of these objects date to Biblical times and have particular relevance to the Old and New Testaments,” he noted. “All have been researched, vetted, and carry the appropriate provenance and export paperwork. Anyone with an interest in Jewish, Christian, or Classical history will find something in this sale.”

The Living Torah Museum, 1601 41st Street in Brooklyn, NY, is a unique “hands on” facility that brings people of all faiths into direct contact with Biblical times, said Rabbi Saul Deutsch, the museum’s founder and operator.

“People of all ages, young people especially, can come to our museum and actually touch objects that might have been handled by the Prophets and the earliest Jews and Christians,” Michaels added. Proceeds from the November 16 auction will be used to expand and upgrade museum facilities, Deutsch said, including construction of a full-scale replica of the original Tabernacle in Solomon’s temple. 

Exhibitions of the 10 Commandments Stone and other artifacts will be held in Heritage’s offices in Dallas, New York, and Beverly Hills in October and November. Special viewings can be arranged by appointment. For more information on the auction, please contact David S. Michaels at dmichaels@ha.com

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Audubon.jpgCINCINNATI, OH (October 24, 2016)-EVERYTHING BUT THE HOUSE (EBTH), the world’s premier online estate sale marketplace which connects bidders and buyers with unique collections from estate sales across the country, is excited to host a sale for a private collection of vintage books from a family in Ohio. Included in this extraordinary estate sale are:

●A complete three volume set of The Quadrupeds of North America, written by John James Audubon and The Rev. John Bachman. Volume I has a copyright date of 1849, Volume II of 1851, and Volume III of 1854.

●A rare and substantial limited edition portfolio of prints, drawn from the original watercolors in The Natural History Of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands by Mark Catesby.

●A two piece volume (Volumes II and III) of Sir Joseph Paxton’s Magazine of Botany.

EBTH allows collectors and buyers to discover everything from rare antiques and original art to great deals on everyday needs with all bids starting at $1 and no reserve. Oftentimes estate sales come from families who are downsizing after living in their homes for decades, giving vintage lovers an opportunity to bid on items that have been uncirculated. For sellers, the company helps to maximize the value of their collections by handling every aspect of the sale from photography and cataloging to payment and delivery.

The rare book auction will run for 7 days starting on Monday, Oct. 24th and ending on Sunday, Oct. 30th at 7:45pm EST. View the auction online here.

vcsPRAsset_534765_123973_7366aade-9f29-4ac8-a209-a6d12e56d99a_0.jpgIt’s the story you love to hear in the antiques world. Rare maps found in garage sell for $24,000. Two dark, ripped images in poor condition in the Kaminski Auctions October 1 auction turned out to be just that. Several astute collectors on the phones and Internet recognized the pair of panels for what they really were: two panels of a map produced for the Korean market of Matteo Ricci's derivative map.  

Through a series of unlikely events the pair have found a temporary home with Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps at RareMaps.com in La Jolla, California. The two panels were first described as “two 19th century hand colored prints of the world" on closer inspection an astute cataloger recognized they were in fact maps and changed the description on all of the Internet bidding platforms. The maps were purchased twenty years ago at the Brimfield Antiques Show and were found in the garage of a Palm Desert home.  

“We only spotted the map about 24 hours before the sale doing a routine search for maps in upcoming auctions. My gallery manager, Alex Clausen, brought it to my attention, and the two of us quickly worked out that it was a "Matteo Ricci derivative map." “We researched the map for about an hour, before concluding it was the 1708 "Korean edition" of Ricci. Twenty five hand painted copies were reported to have been done between 1605 and 1608, one of which survives in the Nanjing Museum.”

Matteo Ricci was an Italian Jesuit missionary and one of the founding figures of the Jesuit Missions in China.  Arriving in Macau in 1582 he began his missionary work. He was the first European to enter the Forbidden City of Beijing in 1601. His skills in astronomy and calendrical science caught the attention of the Wanli Emperor who granted Ricci a stipend in 1601, which allowed him to begin creating maps for the Emperor.

In 1602 Matteo Ricci's published a World Map (Kunyu wanguo quantu), or Map of the Ten Thousand Countries of the Earth. It is the oldest surviving map in Chinese to show the Americas. 

The last example of the Ricci map to come to market was sold by Bernard Shapero Rare Books to the James Ford Bell Library for $1,000,000 around 2008. There are approximately six known complete examples of the Ricci World Map.  

In 1708 the Ricci map was copied for the Korean market. The Gonyeomangukjeondo is a Korean hand-copied reproduction by painter Kim Jin-yeo. This map represents the world in an ellipse.

A copy of the 1708 Korean Ricci map is owned and displayed at the Seoul National University Museum and was designated National Treasure No.849 on August 9, 1985.  There are only a few known surviving examples of the Korean copies and it appears they are more rare than the 1602 Ricci. Two are located in Korea and one in Edinburgh, Scotland.

“The map sheets we purchased at Kaminski are Sections 1 (far left side) and 6 (far right side) of a 6 sheet World Map. The 1708 Korean Ricci map is noteworthy for its addition of sea monsters, sailing ships and other decorative embellishments, which is how we were able to identify what we were looking at from the images provided on line by Kaminski”.

“Our intention is to restore the map clean, stabilize, de-acidify, etc. and offer it for sale by December 2016.  We suspect there should be considerable institutional and private interest, given the rarity and importance of the Ricci map.” ”

The maps were shipped to the consignor immediately after the auction and in a subsequent phone call Mr. Ruderman stated that  “Now, on closer inspection, we are leaning toward original Ming Dynasty hand painted copies. If these do prove to be originals from 1605-1608, it would be an even more exciting find.  We are not aware of any of these maps appearing at auction or otherwise.  A printed Ricci is obviously an exciting thing, but one of the hand painted Ming Dynasty era copies, extra illustrated with sea monsters and sailing ships, would be an even more extraordinary find."
 
After a call alerting the Boston Symphony Orchestra press office that a large collection of drawings and paintings with assorted correspondence, all relating to the BSO by the artist Donald Carlisle Greason were coming up for auction, the collection sold for $7,200 and found a permanent home in the BSO archives.  

A 19th century Italian classical marble sculpture marble unsigned of a male torso from a Rome estate was hotly contested on the phones and Internet and was finally hammered down at $14,400.

A circa 1920 Art Deco ladies diamond, emerald and platinum Jabo pin, from a New York collection, sold for $10,200. Jewelry as a category did well in the sale with a ten carat ladies platinum and diamond bracelet selling for $5700, and a fourteen carat yellow gold, diamond and ruby necklace, with forty-nine natural step cut oval and pavilion rubies selling for $4,800. 

Signed mid century modern furniture continues to bring in the buyer’s. A Frank Gehry for Knoll bentwood table with four chairs stamped 06/19/93/, had numerous Internet bids and was finally hammered down at $4,800.

All prices include twenty per cent buyer’s premium. For more information and to view our upcoming schedule go to www.kaminskiauctions.com and sign up to bid with KaminskiLIVE.

 

2.pngSOUTHAMPTON, Pa. - Stephenson’s Auctioneers in suburban Philadelphia will host a full day of excellent buying opportunities at their Southampton gallery on Friday, Oct. 28. The company’s three-session auction event will be wall-to-wall with exceptional estate antiques and art; antiquarian books, ephemera and maps; and fine jewelry, as well as the widely varied shop contents of Verde Antiques of Manahawkin, New Jersey. All items from Verde Antiques will be offered without reserve and will sell to the highest bidder, regardless of the bid amount.

More than 1,000 lots will cross the auction block. Selling will begin at 11 a.m. with a 125-lot selection of books and ephemera. One of the top historical highlights is a letter from President Grover Cleveland to Queen Victoria, congratulating the British monarch on the 50th anniversary of her accession to the Throne of Great Britain. It is estimated at $1,500-$3,000. Books of interest include a two-volume set titled Historical & Biographical Annals of Berks County Pennsylvania.

Two maps, in particular, command special attention. A hand-colored circa-1660 framed map of China and Korea titled Imperii Sinarum Nova Descriptio measures 18 by 20 inches. Created by mapmaker Auctore Joh van Loon and likely taken from an atlas, it is expected to make $500-$700. Another cartographic highlight is a circa-1636 to 1642 framed map depicting the course of the Danube River from its sources in the Alps to the Black Sea. Drawn and hand-colored by mapmaker J. Jansson, the 16½ by 38-inch map - also possibly extracted from an atlas - is entered in the auction with a $400-$600 estimate.

The 11 a.m. session also includes a collection of daguerreotypes and ambrotypes. Invented in 1839, daguerreotypes were created through a process that exposed iodine-sensitized, silvered plate to mercury vapor. Both daguerreotypes and ambrotypes - which are positive photographs on glass made via the wet-plate collodion process - are increasingly sought after by collectors of photographica. The grouping in Stephenson’s sale includes images of adults, children, and an especially desirable picture of a 19th-century fireman posing in his uniform and hat.

Starting at 1 p.m., Stephenson’s owner and principal auctioneer, Cindy Stephenson, will open the bidding on shop inventory from Verde Antiques. There will be a broad selection of glassware and china, plus jewelry and duck decoys. Among the artworks are a collection of oils from North Carolina artist William E. Lee, oil paintings by David Hahn, and an oil-on-canvas by Joseph Grossman. Several pieces of furniture will be offered, as well as several industrial carts of the type that appeal to interior designers and fans of the midcentury modern look.

“Verde Antiques was a browser’s delight. You never knew what you’d find when you stopped in to look around,” said Stephenson. “Both collectors and dealers will be able to buy very well at this auction, since every item from Verde Antiques is being sold without reserve. There are sure to be some bargains.”

Following the Verde Antiques selection, general antiques will take the spotlight. Furniture, artworks and a choice array of jewelry and smalls are among the mix. As is always the case at Stephenson’s auctions, the goods have been sourced primarily from Philadelphia-area estates and homes in upscale neighborhoods. Note: Bidding in the General Antiques session will be available only to those who are present in the gallery or on the phones. 

Stephenson’s Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 Three-Session Auction Series will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. The pre-auction inspection will be held at Stephenson’s gallery on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 4-6 p.m., and also on auction day, Oct. 28, from 10-11 a.m. The gallery is located in suburban Philadelphia at 1005 Industrial Blvd., Southampton, PA 18966, with ample, free off-street parking.

All forms of bidding will be available for Sessions 1 (Books & Ephemera) and 2 (Contents of Verde Antiques), including live online through LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable, AuctionZip and eBay Auctions.

For additional information on any lot in the sale, call Cindy Stephenson at 215-322-6182 or e-mail info@stephensonsauction.com. View the online catalog and bid absentee or live as the sale is taking place at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

Image: Handwritten letter from President Grover Cleveland to Queen Victoria, congratulating her on her 50th year as British monarch. Courtesy of Stephenson’s Auctioneers.

Screen Shot 2016-10-24 at 9.03.00 AM.pngDreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are delighted to announce their Autographs and Memorabilia and auction, which will be take place on the 1st December (2pm) at Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street, London.

Of particular note is a page torn from an autograph album (pictured) featuring a sketch of Charlie Chaplin as 'The Tramp' with iconic bowler hat and moustache. The page is signed and annotated, "The best I can do. However, my very best wishes, Charlie Chaplin" and is also signed by other members of the Chaplin dynasty, (pictured, Lot 79, Est: £700-£1,000).

Another auction highlight is a letter signed by author Mark Twain using his real name 'S.L. Clemens’ addressed to Mrs Wylie Smith in Glasgow. The letter regards his famous diatribe with Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the 19th century religious movement, Christian Science. Twain and Eddy had an on-going dispute which began in 1907 after Twain’s Christian Science was published. Twain’s Christian Science was a scathing book that harshly criticised Eddy. Despite his critique, Twain was fascinated by Eddy a highly influential woman for her time. In the letter Twain describes Eddy as, “a tramp stealing a ride on the lightning express” and an, “ignorant village-born peasant woman…She has no more intellect than a tadpole. Until it comes to business...then she is a marvel!" The letter includes the original mailing envelope postmarked, “Redding, Aug. 8, 1909” and is estimated at £1,000-1,500 (Lot 187).

For collectors with a keen interest in politics, a highlight of the sale is a photograph of politicians and statesmen including Winston Churchill at the first Council of Europe meeting in Strasbourg in 1949. This photograph is signed by Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan and Henry Hopkinson and is estimated at £1,000-1,500 (Lot 281).

Historical highlights include a letter signed by polar explorer Ernest Shackleton addressed to Cyril Longhurst, the Secretary of the British National Antarctic Expedition. The letter, dated 17 January 1901, details arrangements for the National Antarctic Expedition (1901-3) also known as the Discovery Expedition after the ship Discovery. The expedition had been many years in preparation and had objectives which included scientific and geographical discovery (Lot 370, Est: £3,000-£5,000). Elsewhere an ink signature by Guy Gibson, the Commanding Officer of the Royal Air Force, famous for leading the Dam Busters raid in 1943 is estimated at £1,000-£2,000 (Lot 310). Gibson, who was awarded the Victoria Cross, completed over 170 operations before his death at the age of 26.

Another key highlight is an autograph letter signed by American artist and sculptor, Gutzon Borglum addressed to his collaborator Jesse Gove Tucker which discusses Borglum's most famous work at Mount Rushmore and includes a sketch of the project. This carries an estimate of £2,000-3,000 (Lot 1).

157-Newton copy.jpgNew York—Swann Auction Galleries held a successful sale of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books on Tuesday, October 18, with especial offerings of early scientific and mathematical material.

The top lot of the sale was a first edition, first issue of Sir Isaac Newton’s seminal Opticks, 1704, a treatise on light and color. This excellent copy of the groundbreaking work sold well above its estimate at $87,500. Another highlight of the sale was Euclid’s Elementa geometriae, 1482, the first major mathematical work to appear in print. The printing process used in the first edition, which includes extensive geometrical designs, influenced the design of subsequent editions and similar works into the sixteenth century; it sold for $62,500.

Each section of the sale performed well, especially the collection of mountaineering literature from the estate of Timothy Treacy, an adventurer from California. Works in the collection helped to stimulate interest in mountaineering, as well as later classics on the subject. Specialist Tobias Abeloff said, “It was an interesting collection to work on, with many uncommon items. 129 of the 131 Treacy lots sold, so the sell-through rate mirrored the sale as a whole at 98%. The top Treacy lot was Edmund Thomas Coleman’s Scenes from the Snow-Fields, 1859.” That work sold to a collector for $16,250. Other high sellers from the Treacy Collection included a first edition of Rambles and Scrambles: Across the Country from Thonon to Trent, 1865, by Douglas Freshfield ($12,350) and a series of published letters between William Windham and Pierre Martel titled An Account of the Glacieres or Ice Alps in Savoy, 1744 ($10,000).

William Shakespeare’s A Winters Tale, extracted from the First Folio, sold after steady bidding for $25,000, well above its high estimate. A fourteenth-century vellum manuscript Psalter from England, written in gothic hand and including contemporary calendars, litany and miscellaneous texts, sold to a lucky collector for $8,450. Early English bibles also garnered much attention: The Byble, 1551 ($15,600); The holie Bible, 1572 ($7,280); and The Holy Bible, 1617 ($13,000), all sold to collectors for more than twice their estimates.

Specialist Tobias Abeloff said, “Healthy phone and internet bidding sent prices for many items well beyond their estimates.” This was Swann Galleries’ top-earning dedicated Early Printed books sale since the house’s October 2012 offering of Aldine Imprints & Early Printed Books from the Library of Kenneth Rapoport, underscoring the continued strength of premium book collections at auction.

Hassam.JPGEXETER, N.H. - A gorgeous oil on canvas marine rendering by Thomas Buttersworth (Br., 1768-1842) and a diminutive watercolor work by Childe Frederick Hassam (Am., 1859-1935), mounted to the flyleaf of his 1899 book Three Cities, are expected top lots at a fine art estates auction planned for Friday, November 4th, at 5 pm Eastern time by John McInnis Auctioneers.

The event will be held at the historic Exeter Inn, located in the center of Phillips Academy, at 90 Front Street in Exeter. Around 300  market-fresh, original works of art will come up for bid, to include 19th and 20th century American and European paintings, watercolors and works on paper. Previews will be held Thursday evening, Nov. 3, from 6-8 pm, and on auction day from 1 pm on.

“Everyone is invited to join us for a fast-paced and entertaining evening, with some wonderful opportunities to acquire original fine art at attractive price points through auction,” said John McInnis of John McInnis Auctioneers, based in Amesbury, Mass. “Come early and enjoy a meal at the Epoch Restaurant, known for its fine dining and relaxing lounge. It’ll be a great night out.”

The Buttersworth oil painting is a signed work titled H.M.S. Queen Charlotte 11 Guns Passing Through the Straits of Messina. It measures 31 inches by 43 inches (framed) and is estimated to bring $20,000-$30,000. The Hassam watercolor, just 6 ½ inches by 6 inches, is titled Dandy and was a gift from Hassan to his close friend and artist, Rose Lamb. It should hit $10,000-$15,000.

Two paintings could conceivably top the $10,000 mark. The first is an oil on board by Gertrude Fisk (1878-1961), titled Falling Tide, signed twice and titled verso, in very good untouched estate condition (est. $8,000-$12,000). The second is an oil on canvas by George Inness (1825-1894), 24 inches by 29 inches, titled Landscape with Cow and a Figure (est. $8,000-$10,000).

A pair of works by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) is in the auction. One is a lithograph, titled L’Ecuyare, signed in plate by Picasso and measuring 29 inches by 34 inches (framed). It’s expected to fetch $1,000-$1,500. The other is a linocut titled Exposition Vallauris 1952, signed in plate and in pencil by Picasso. The 29 ½ inch by 23 ½ inch piece should reach $500-$1,000. 

An oil on board by Anthony Thieme (1888-1954), titled Boston Harbor, that appears to be in its original 11 ½ inch by 9 ½ inch frame and under glass, is expected to sell for $5,000-$7,000; and an oil on canvas by Victor DeGrailly (1804), titled Hudson River Crow Nest from Bull Hill, West Point, unsigned and housed in a 29 ½ inch by 37 ½ inch frame, is estimated at $5,000-$8,000.

Two harbor-themed paintings carry identical estimates of $2,000-$3,000. The first is an oil on paper board by Samuel L. Gerry (1813-1891), titled Lake Winnipesaukee from Center Harbor, 9 ½ inches by 12 inches, signed and housed in an oval frame. The second is a 23 inch by 27 inch (framed) oil on canvas by Theodore Valenkamph (1868-1924), signed, titled Harbor in Winter.

Fans of the American School will be able to choose between an oil on board painting by Frank Anderson (1844-1891), titled Family at Rest, signed and 14 ½ inches by 16 ½ inches (framed), expected to rise to $2,000-$3,000; and a 24 inch by 30 inch (framed) oil on canvas work, signed “Cook” and titled Coastal Village, in good condition and with a pre-sale estimate of $500-$700.

A pair of artworks by Sonia Delaunay-Terk (1885-1979) will cross the auction block. One is a color lithograph titled Sans Titre, signed and dated 1969 and 20 inches by 17 inches in the frame (est. $800-$1,200). The other is a color etching, signed in 1970 and titled Color Abstraction, 29 inches by 25 inches (framed), with just some minor toning. It should command $500-$1,000.

An oil on canvas painting by Samuel Halpert (1884-1930), titled Fruit on a Table, signed and in a 21 inch by 28 inch frame, in good condition, is expected to realize $2,000-$3,000, and so is a gouache and ink painting by Theo Tobiasse (1927-2012), titled Arriving Immigrants, signed and in a 16 inch by 20 inch frame. Both works estimated alike and both are in very good condition. 

An oil on canvas by Suzanne Eisendieck (1908-1998), titled Petite Fille d’Honneur, presented in a 27 inch by 24 inch frame and in very good condition, should change hands for $2,000-$3,000; while an oil on wood composite by John Terelak (b. 1942), titled Hunter in a Marsh, signed and dated 1979 and in a 19 inch by 23 inch frame, in very good condition, should hit $1,000-$2,000.

A 19th century British School depiction of horses, titled The Country Farm, signed (possibly by “S. Allman”), 30 inches by 38 inches in the frame and exhibiting some scattered inpaint and loss, should still bring $800-$1,200; and an oil on paper board by George W. Whitaker (1841-1916), titled Road to the Shore, signed and in a 17 inch by 13 inch frame, should finish at $400-$600.

For those people unable to attend the exhibition, sale and auction in person, internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com. The full catalog, showing all the artworks being offered in the auction component, may be viewed online now, at www.mcinnisauctions.com. For those who do plan to attend, Exeter is located in southeastern New Hampshire, not far off of Interstate 95.

John McInnis Auctioneers is the largest full-service auction house on Boston’s North Shore. The company’s 12,000-square-foot gallery in Amesbury, Mass., is a retrofitted 1930s-era brick Art Deco building that once housed a grocery store. A staff of experts is proficient in 18th, 19th and 20th century fine art and decorative arts. The firm is a specialist in fine art, antiques and estates.

John McInnis Auctioneers is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single piece, a collection or an estate, you may call them at (978) 388-0400; or, you can e-mail them at mcinnisauctions@yahoo.com. To learn more about John McInnis Auctioneers and the upcoming November 4th auction in Exeter, N.H., please visit www.mcinnisauctions.com.

Image: Watercolor by Childe Frederick Hassam (Am., 1859-1935), mounted to the flyleaf of his 1899 book Three Cities (est. $10,000-$15,000).

Screen Shot 2016-10-20 at 10.13.44 AM.pngRoddy Newlands, Head of Books, and Clive Moss, Director and Book specialist, both from renowned auctioneers Bloomsbury Auctions, will be available in New York (24th - 25th October, 2016) and Boston (28th - 29th October, 2016) to meet with clients for provide free book valuations. To arrange a valuation in New York, Boston, or anywhere that falls in-between, please contact Clive Moss via email: cmoss@bloomsburyauctions.com or mobile: + 44 (0) 7824 017837 to arrange an appointment.

Bloomsbury Auctions have established a unique reputation as leading book specialists, with a highly knowledgeable and experienced team of experts at the helm and a tradition of delivering exceptional results at auction.

Established in 1983, the company has achieved excellent prices, notable examples of American interest including:

·         Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791 'The clearest of all expositions of the basic principles of democracy' (Printing and the Mind of Man, PMM - survey of the impact of printed books on the development of western civilisation). The exceedingly rare suppressed first edition, first issue, bound with three other works by PaineSold for £161,200  

·         The North-American Pilot for New England, New York, Pensilvania, Maryland, and Virginia, 1776 Comprising charts of Boston Harbour, Hudson River, Delaware Bay, Chesapeake Bay, Cape Fear River, Charles-Town Bar and Harbour, Port-Royal, River and Sound of Dawfoskee, Amelia Harbour and Bar. Sold for £73,200

·         Thomas Edison, Printed patent application signed by Thomas Edison in autograph, 1882. The document is an overseas patent application relating to dynamos for electrical lamps, stating that 'I, Thomas Alva Edison of Menlo Park New Jersey United States of America am in possession of an invention for "Improvements in means for regulating the generative capacity of dynamo or magneto electric machines". Sold for £24,180

·         Dashiell Hammett, Red Harvest, 1929. The first edition in scarce dust-jacket, “A remarkable achievement, the last word in atrocity, cynicism, and horror.” (André Gide). Sold for £22,320

The Books Department will be re-locating to 16-17 Pall Mall, St James’s, London, this Winter. The address has a long and prestigious history as a home to booksellers and collectors of rare books and manuscripts.  In 1930 the distinguished firm W.H. Robinson took up residence at 16-17 Pall Mall with the specific intention of being close to the Athenaeum and other gentlemen’s clubs. They were regarded as the most prestigious book dealers of the day and in 1946 they acquired the books and manuscripts collection of the prolific collector Sir Thomas Phillipps. This was the single greatest collection of manuscripts to ever have existed and it included 60,000 manuscripts - more manuscripts than contained in the combined libraries of Oxford and Cambridge. From the proceeds of the collection W.H. Robinson was able to retire in 1956. At which point the book dealer Pickering and Chatto moved in to the premises continuing the long tradition of rare books and manuscripts being sold at this address.

For appointments in New York, Boston and neighbouring cities & States:

From Monday 24th - Saturday 29th October 

Contact: Clive Moss, Director, Book Dept., Bloomsbury Auctions

Email: cmoss@bloomsburyauctions.com

Mobile: +44 (0) 7824 017837

Image: Dashiell Hammett, Red Harvest, 1929. The first edition in scarce dust-jacket, sold for £22,320.

b9150557-2232-48a7-899e-d46e58edc399.jpg[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 artwork and ephemera. We will offer an array of period titles covering polar and arctic exploration, along with antique chronicles of the opening of the American West. Another antique collection includes desirable early printings of works on the exploration and history of Canada.             

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the 1607 first edition of Veen's "Q Horati Flacci Emblemata," featuring engraved plates, Alciati's "Emblematum Libellus," produced in 1545 with woodcuts, and the 1772 printing of Wise's "Vindication of the Government of New-England Churches." Other scarce titles include the 1952 first issue of Steinbeck's classic, "East of Eden," a 1919 printing of Kelley's "Book of Hallowe'en," and the 1928 first edition of Wanda Gag's signature title, "Millions of Cats."                   

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is a collection of polar and arctic exploration titles, led by examples such as Weddell's "A Voyage towards the South Pole," produced in 1825 with folding maps and plates, and the 1867 printing of Hayes' "The Open Polar Sea," containing color maps and plates. Period works relating to the emerging American West feature titles such as the 1834 printing of Baird, Backe & Schenck's "View of the Valley of the Mississippi or the Emigrants and Traveller's Guide to the West," featuring color folding maps. Other important antique exploration chronicles cover areas such as Canada, Africa, Egypt, Central and South America, the Far East and the Middle East and present important works such as the 1802 first edition of Willyams' "Voyage up the Mediterranean in His Majesty's Ship the Swiftsure." Additional collections offer early theological works, including Quaker, and Americana.  

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of ephemera. Included are several posters signed by Maurice Sendak, displaying illustrations from "Where the Wild Things Are."   

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 mail@nationalbookauctions.com.

201-Mitchell-signed-page copy.jpgNew York— On Thursday, November 10, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature, featuring a number of signed first editions and association copies.

Notable is a run of signed first editions by H.G. Wells, inscribed to his friend, the poet W.E. Henley, to whom Wells dedicated The Time Machine. Offerings from this collection include The First Men in the Moon, London, 1901, a very rare first printing of the first English edition in the first state binding. Only three other signed copies have appeared at auction; this one is estimated to sell between $6,000 and $9,000. A first edition of Tales of Space and Time, 1900, is additionally embellished by an original drawing by the author to Henley: a charming rendering of Ugh-Iomi and Eudena, the protagonists of A Story of the Stone Age, one of the five short stories in the volume ($2,000 to $3,000). Further selections include The Invisible Man, 1897, and The Island of Doctor Moreau, 1896 ($6,000 to $9,000 and $5,000 to $7,500, respectively).

Further early twentieth century titles shine, including an unusual first edition of Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera, in what is likely the only surviving example of the first state dust jacket, previously unknown to scholars ($25,000 to $35,000). Also available is a first edition of Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim, inscribed by the author to his friend R.B. Cunninghame Graham in 1900, estimated to sell between $12,000 and $18,000. In its original dust jacket is a signed first edition of Ralph 124C 41+. A Romance of the Year 2660 by Hugo Gernsback, 1925. The book, one of the foundational texts in the science-fiction pantheon, is estimated at $8,000 to $12,000. Additional signed firsts include titles by authors Samuel Beckett, Ray Bradbury, William Faulkner and Ezra Pound. 

Making its auction debut is a first edition of Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell’s landmark 1936 text that inspired the movie of the same name. The present edition is signed by 11 members of the supporting cast of the film, with several adding the name of the character they played; it is expected to fetch $8,000 to $12,000.

The selection of children's literature includes a signed copy of the first limited edition of Le Petit Prince, 1943, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ($4,000 to $6,000), and a complete set of the first editions of the Christopher Robin series by A.A. Milne, the series that introduced the world to Winnie the Pooh. The four volumes were published serially through the 1920s in cloth of differing colors; together they are estimated at $8,000 to $12,000. Also available are the set of the first American editions of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein, 1954-56, and the first issue of the first edition of Frank L. Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, 1900 ($2,500 to $3,500 and $5,000 to $7,500, respectively.)

From the nineteenth century come beloved classics such as a first edition of A Christmas Carol, 1843, by Charles Dickens, ($5,000 to $7,500). Fine examples by Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, Mark Twain and Jules Verne round out the sale.

The auction will be held Thursday, November 10, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Saturday, November 5 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, November 7 through Wednesday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, November 10 from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information or to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact specialist, John D. Larson at 212-254-4710, extension 61 or jlarson@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 201 Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind, first edition, signed by 11 members of the supporting cast of the film, New York, 1936. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.

NEW YORK, October 2016 - Sotheby’s is pleased to announce the sale of Selections from the Fox Pointe Manor Library - a spectacular exhibition space and private home located in Anaheim, California. From William Shakespeare to John Locke, the collection compiled by philanthropists Howard and Linda Knohl is largely focused on English books from the 16th and 17th centuries. Diverse topics include literature, travel, Americana, science and medicine, sports and cookery. Following a four-day exhibition in the New York galleries, Selections from the Fox Pointe Manor Library will be offered over two sessions on 26 October 2016.

The Knohl’s were first drawn to the world of antiquarian books when, while raising their family and establishing themselves professionally, they were gifted a rare first-edition book. Captivated by the illustration, text and typography, Dr. Knohl began collecting English language first-edition texts printed before 1700, eventually compiling a collection of over 4,000 titles. Fueled by this passion to collect, the Knohl’s began expanding their collecting into other fields including art from the 15th through 19th centuries - bronze statues, ceramics, and clocks from Europe and the United States - with themes and scenes similar to those described in their book collection. Their diverse and accomplishing collecting tastes can be seen and admired by all visitors to Fox Pointe, their private home in Anaheim, California.

Lot 267

William Shakespeare

Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies (1685)

Published according to the true original copies. Unto which is added, seven plays, never before printed in folio. Fourth Folio, first issue.

Estimate $70/100,000

Lot 259

Dr. Hartmann Schedel

Liber Cronicarum (1493)

Nuremberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister.

First edition of the most extensively illustrated book of the fifteenth century.

Estimate $80/90,000

Lot 6

Anthony Askham

A Lytel Treatyse of Astronomy (1552)

Declaryng The Leape Yere, And What Is The Cause Therof, And Howe To Knowe Saynte Mathies Day For Ever, With The Marvelous Mocion Of The Sonne ... And Also The Dyversities That May Come By Dyvers And Sundry Inhabitacions Upon The Earth. London: Imprinted by Wylliam Powel.

Estimate $20/30,000

Lot 244

Samuel Purchas

Purchas His Pilgrimes (1624-26) 

[With] purchase his pilgrimage. London: Printed by William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, 1624-26.

Estimate $70/90,000

36-Durer copy.jpgNew York— On Thursday, November 3, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Old Master Through Modern Prints, featuring section of the sale devoted to a collection works by Camille Pissarro: Impressionist Icon.

The beginning of the auction offers works by renowned Old Masters, with impressive runs by Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn. Scarce engravings by Dürer include his 1514 Melencholia I, a well-inked impression estimated at $70,000 to $100,000, and Knight, Death and the Devil, 1513 ($60,000 to $90,000), as well as a very scarce chiaroscuro woodcut of Ulrich Varnbüler, 1522 ($40,000 to $60,000). Rembrandt’s etching, engraving and drypoint Christ before Pilate: Large Plate, 1635-36, is estimated at $60,000 to $90,000, while one of earliest known impressions of Cottages Beside a Canal: A View of Diemen, circa 1645, is expected to sell for $50,000 to $80,000.

The highlight of the sale is a private collection of prints and drawings by Impressionist master Camille Pissarro. This standalone catalogue surveys Impressionism’s most prolific printmaker, and comprises 67 lots of prints and drawings, including many lifetime impressions that have rarely been seen at auction. One of these is Femme vidant une brouette, 1880, a scarce etching and drypoint of which fewer than thirty exist. Only three other lifetime impressions have appeared at auction; this one is expected to sell for $30,000 to $50,000. Another masterpiece on offer is Foire de Saint-Martin à Pontoise, 1879, a drypoint and aquatint created during Pissarro’s time in Pontoise. Only seven impressions of this work are known to exist; one unsigned version has appeared at auction in the last thirty years. The present signed work is estimated at $20,000 to $30,000.

A third section of the sale encompasses work created in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by European and American printmakers, including Gustav Baumann and James A. M. Whistler. After resounding success with early New York City scenes in their last print sale on September 22, Swann will be offering a richly-inked impression of Martin Lewis’s drypoint Rain on Murray Hill, 1928, showing the 34th Street Armory on Park Avenue in a steady drizzle ($15,000 to $20,000). More rare works by Lewis include Day’s End, 1937, in which factory workers trudge home on a cold day. Only five other impressions of this luminous print have appeared at auction in the last thirty years; this one is expected to sell between $20,000 and $30,000.

Further offerings include a run of lithographs by George Bellows of boxing scenes, as well as Arch Conspirators, a 1917 etching by John Sloan of artists celebrating on top of the Washington Square Arch to establish the "secession of Greenwich Village from the United States," including Marcel Duchamp and Sloan himself ($1,500 to $2,500). Fans of the pastoral will delight in a run of lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton crowned by The Race, 1942, and Running Horses, 1955 ($20,000 to $30,000 and $15,000 to $20,000, respectively).

Prints by Latin American artists are seeing a rise in popularity in the last year, and works like Diego Rivera’s 1932 lithograph Fruits of Labor, estimated at $15,000 to $20,000, is expected to perform well. Further Latin American artists on offer include David A. Siquieros and Rufino Tamayo.

The top lot in the sale is a portfolio of 29 color lithographs with text after Pablo Picasso, 1969. The artist’s proofs, outside of the edition of 250, are titled Vignt-Neuf Portraits Imaginaires; together they are estimated at $80,000 to $120,000. Picasso is well-represented by a variety of media including ceramics. Works by European master printers Georges Braque, Henri Matisse and Joan Miró abound. One unusual find is a large lithograph by Alberto Giacometti of his studio in Paris titled Atelier II, 1954 ($8,000 to $12,000).

The three-part auction will be held Thursday, November 3, beginning at 10:30 with Old Masters; Camille Pissarro will begin at 2 p.m.; 19th & 20th Century Prints at 3 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Saturday, October 29 from noon to 5 p.m.; and Monday, October 31 through Wednesday, November 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $40 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information or to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Swann Director of Prints & Drawings Todd Weyman at 212-254-4710, extension 32 or tweyman@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 36 Albrecht Dürer, Ulrich Varnbüler, ciaroscuro woodcut, 1522. Estimate $40,000 to $60,000.

Harrison copy.jpgDALLAS — A rare and important letter written and signed by then presidential candidate William Henry Harrison in 1840 defending his conduct at the Battle of the Thames (est. $25,000) highlights Heritage Auctions’ offering of nearly 100 lots from the estate of Malcolm S. Forbes. The comprehensive collection of hand-written speeches, doodles and addresses by John F. Kennedy and Theodore Roosevelt among others will cross the block Oct.  19 in Dallas. 

“In the pantheon of skilled collectors, few stand out like Mr. Malcolm S. Forbes,” said Sandra Palomino, Director of Historical Manuscripts at Heritage Auctions. “His unbound curiosity combined with his scholarly view of American history made his collection one of the most important.” 

The two-page Harrison letter is a standout piece as the candidate defended himself against allegations that he was absent during the Battle of the Thames during the War of 1812. The letter is a crucial defense of the candidate’s main campaign plank as a war hero.

Additional highpoints in the collection include a signed and inscribed address Theodore Roosevelt delivered to the Illinois State Bar Association in 1916 stating his position in favor of entering World War I (est. $5,000), future President Andrew Johnson’s marriage certificate from 1827, a typed statement by Woodrow Wilson on the League of Nations from 1920, and a Franklin D. Roosevelt signed photograph in a silver presentation frame inscribed to his wife and political partner Eleanor.

Perhaps the most telling group in the collection are the hand-written speeches, addresses and even doodles by President John F. Kennedy. Among them are a 1957 set of hand-written notes, written for a speech as the head of a Senate committee (est. $3,000); a legal-sized sheet of doodles, including a sailboat and a reference to the Berlin Wall (est. $1,000); and a 1958, six-page typescript manuscript of remarks made in observance of Israel’s 10th anniversary  — with various emendations throughout in Kennedy’s hand mentioning his historic description of “the enemy at the gate”(est. $2,000).

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

Wilbur and Orville Wright signed photograph, also signed by President William H. Taft, 1910, (est. $7,000). 

Two autographed letters signed and a drawing by Gen. Douglas MacArthur, circa 1935, (est. $3,000).

President Woodrow Wilson autographed draft of an announcement regarding Pancho Villa, 1916 (est. $2,500).

A draft of an letter written and signed by President Ronald Reagan, 1967 ($1,200).

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Screen Shot 2016-10-13 at 9.09.20 AM.pngThe biggest names in modern and contemporary art will be offered for auction on Wednesday 9th November 2016 at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury’s Modern & Contemporary Editions sale. The auction will begin at 11am at Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street, London. Estimates range from £100 - £10,000.

Of particular note is lot 144, Andy Warhol’s Joseph Beuys in Memoriam (F.&S.371), expected to reach £10,000 - £15,000. Warhol created the print as a tribute to the artist Joseph Beuys, who was considered one of the most influential post-war art figures of the 1960s. While they were never said to be close friends, Warhol and Beuys greatly admired each other. Though their styles varied, the two artists are often associated with one another; particularly as they both worked with the Japanese artist Kaii Higashiyama, on the "Global-Art-Fusion" project in 1985.

An etching by Lucian Freud, of one of his daughters, will be on offer (lot 153) in November. Although best known as a painter, etching became an integral part of Freud’s practice. This piece from 1986, Head of IB (H.35), signed with his initials in pencil, is estimated at £5,000-£7,000.

Further auction highlights include the works which were commissioned from the YBAs in 2002 for the launch of BBC 4, by artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and Gavin Turk. Emin’s teapot and handkerchief, used as an invitation to the launch, will be on offer (Lot 117; estimate £500 - £700) as well as her original drawn designs.

This auction is a rare opportunity for buyers to purchase artist books and prints by some of the art world’s most iconic figures: Pablo Picasso, Peter Doig, Banksy, Henri Matisse, Salvador Dalí, and many more.

Screen Shot 2016-10-13 at 9.00.48 AM.pngBOSTON, MA - Skinner’s October 30 Fine Books & Manuscripts auction will feature one of the most notable collections of original signed George Washington material to be offered at auction in recent history. The material is diverse, and highlights Washington’s ongoing commitment to nurturing and maintaining Mount Vernon, important moments during the Revolutionary War, and the first Presidency.

A large selection of material from the collection of Chicago’s late David A. Spinney opens the auction at 11AM and includes more than 20 original letters and documents bearing the signature of the first President of the United States. Lots are organized in chronological order allowing collectors and historians the opportunity to view Washington’s career by way of his life’s important highlights. (Lot 1, Estimated between $20,000-25,000) is a survey of land created in 1751 by a teenaged George Washington, who worked as a professional land surveyor between the ages of 17 and 20. The survey is followed by (Lot 2, $20,000-25,000) an important personal letter to Colonel Burwell Bassett Sr. written completely in Washington’s hand in 1773.

The founding fathers make an appearance as the auction progresses, with documents signed by John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and James Monroe. History buffs and fans of the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton, will be interested in the 11 lots related to that founding father placed throughout the auction. For example, in (Lot 44, $3,500-4,500) John Quincy Adams writes of his banking report, “On the same principle, in the same paper, and on the same occasion [I] have paid a tribute of Justice to Alexander Hamilton.”

The auction also includes a large assortment of original documents signed by American presidents and other important historical figures. Of note is (Lot 42, $30,000-45,000) a collection of eight signed letters by George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Charles Dickens, Napoleon Bonaparte, Horatio Nelson, and John Wesley.

David A. Spinney’s collection continues with a fine and diverse selection of printed and illustrated books. In addition to his interest in the founding fathers, Spinney also collected material related to exploration with a focus on Hawaii, Alaska, Florida, and the American west. The earliest travel book from Spinney’s collection is Theodor deBry’s Brevis Narratio from 1591 (Lot 220, $20,000-30,000), which documents the indigenous population of Northern Florida as they lived in the 16th century.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

McKenney, Thomas (1785-1859) & James Hall (1793-1868) History of the Indian Tribes of North America (Lot 311, $35,000-55,000)

Lewis, James Otto (1799-1858) The Aboriginal Port Folio. Philadelphia: Lehman & Duval, 1835-1836 (Lot 300, $40,000-45,000)

Picart, Bernard (1673-1733) The Ceremonies and Religious Customs of the Various Nations of the Known World. First English edition (Lot 337, $5,000-7,000)

Previews, Catalog, Events, and Bidding
Previews for the auction are free and open to the public. Previews will be held in Boston on Friday, October 28 from 12PM - 5PM, Saturday, October 29 from 10AM - 4PM, and on Sunday, October 30 from 9AM - 11AM. Illustrated catalogs for auction 2940B and the George Washington collection are available from the Subscriptions Department at subscriptions@skinnerinc.com or from the Gallery. Prices realized will be available online at www.skinnerinc.com during and after the sale. The Skinner website also enables users to view all lots in the auction, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real-time through SkinnerLive!

Image: Washington, George (1732-1799) Autograph Letter Signed, Mount Vernon, 20 April 1773 (Lot 2, Estimate: $20,000-25,000)

 

A5002-37_1 copy.jpgNew York—On Tuesday, November 1, Swann Auction Galleries will hold a sale of Autographs, with an emphasis on American political signatures in a nod to the upcoming presidential election.

A Civil War-era album in the sale, originally signed by dozens of important political and military figures of the period, also contains an astounding page signed by fourteen U.S. presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and both Roosevelts. Additional presidential signatures—Bill Clinton, Andrew Johnson and Barack Obama—are on a following spread (Grant signed elsewhere). Other notable signers of the album include P.T. Barnum, Charles Sumner, Schuyler Colfax and George Armstrong Custer. The album was discovered in the 1950s and subsequently maintained by Manuscript Society president Herbert Klingelhofer (1915-2015). Spanning 1864 to 2010, this album is estimated to sell for $60,000 to $90,000.

Further American political autographs include a Document Signed by Benjamin Franklin, 1785, ordering Treasurer David Rittenhouse to pay £15,000 to the Trustees of the General Loan Office ($5,000 to $7,500); a Clipped Signature by Abraham Lincoln, likely removed from a check and mounted to the edge of an Autograph Letter Signed by his son, Robert Todd Lincoln, 1878 ($4,000 to $6,000); several Partly-printed Documents Signed by George Washington, including the 1783 military discharge of Edward Keyser ($7,000 to $10,000). Three Typed Letters Signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt concerning Henry R. Luce, other publishers and personal topics between 1940 and 1944 ($3,500 to $5,000) are also in the sale, as well as a 1791 Congressional Printed Document Signed by Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State, representing the first act in which Vermont is referred to as a state ($10,000 to $15,000). No sale of autographs would be complete without examples of the most famous ‘John Hancock’ of all: John Hancock’s iconic signature is on a 1781 Document Signed appointing a Joseph Fisk as Surgeon of the First Regiment of Foot ($3,500 to $5,000).

Signatures by foreign rulers include a Letter Signed from Empress Catherine the Great in 1766, congratulating the Crown Princess of Courland on her marriage ($3,000 to $4,000), and a Letter Signed from Napoleon Bonaparte expressing concern that General Miollio’s troops might not receive sufficient nourishment, 1797 ($4,000 to $6,000).

Artists, both literary and visual, abound. An Autograph Letter Signed from Claude Monet to his friend Gustave Geffroy in 1891 inviting the latter to visit the artist in his garden in Giverny is expected to fetch $6,000 to $9,000. Ephemera from Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, includes an Autograph Manuscript Signed for the title page for Appendix to A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, circa 1889 ($5,000 to $7,500). Also available is John Ruskin’s personalized album of cards sent to him on the occasion of his 64th birthday in 1883; over eighty people wrote to Ruskin, including Walter Sickert and Oscar Wilde. Ruskin Birthday Book is expected to sell between $10,000 and $15,000.

Nineteenth and twentieth century scientists are well represented, especially Albert Einstein. Of special note is Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist by Paul Arthur Schilpp and signed by the illustrious subject in 1949 is expected to sell for $3,500 to $5,000. A Photograph Signed by Neil Armstrong in his space suit is expected to fetch $1,000 to $2,000.

Fans of classical music will be pleased by a healthy selection of autographs, many on sheet music. An Autograph Musical Quotation by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Signed, dated and accompanied by two bars from his Prelude in C sharp minor (1919) is guided at $3,000 to $4,000. Further selections include an undated Autograph Note Signed from musician Robert Schumann to August Schmidt, introducing a fellow musician visiting from Amsterdam ($2,000 to $3,000), as well as an 1849-69 signed quotation by Louis Moreau Gottschalk on treble and bass clefs ($1,500 to $2,500). Further musicians include Arnold Schönberg, Igor Stravinsky and Guiseppe Verdi.

Also available is a Poster Signed by each member of The Beatles, with an inclusion by Ringo Starr over the shortest inkblot with his height, “5’7”, estimated to sell for $4,000 to $6,000.

The auction will be held Tuesday, November 1, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Friday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, October 29 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, October 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, November 1 from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information or to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Swann Autographs Specialist Marco Tomaschett at 212-254-4710, extension 12 or mtomaschett@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 118 Album containing more than 130 signatures, including 18 U.S. presidents (14 on a single page), 1864-2010. Estimate $60,000 to $90,000. At auction November 1.

Screen Shot 2016-10-10 at 9.32.43 AM.pngDreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are pleased to announce their Fine Photographs auction which will take place on 20th October at 2pm at Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street, London W1S 1PP. Estimates range from £500 to £15,000.

Included in the sale and following a hugely successful retrospective at the Victoria & Albert Museum recently, are four photographs by British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879). Cameron, who suffered criticism for her unconventional photography techniques, often produced photographs that were either intentionally out of focus or complete with scratches, smudges and other markers of the development process.  Known for exploring Arthurian and other legendary themes in her photographs, Cameron was also recognised for her portraits of celebrities. Included is a mesmerising portrait of Alfred Lord Tennyson, who was her neighbour on the Isle of Wight. This photograph, given the title Dirty Monk, by Tennyson himself carries an attractive estimate of £1,000 - £1,500 (Lot 24). Other photographs by Cameron for sale include portraits of popular Victorian artist and sculptor George Frederic Watts R.A., (Lot 25, Est: £1,000 - £1,500), her maid Mary Hillier posing as Sappho (Lot 22, Est: £1,500 - £2,000), and her daughter in law Mrs Ewen Hay Cameron as the Turkish character Zuleika whose illicit love for her half-brother ended in tragedy (Lot 23, Est £1,500 - £2,000).

A further highlight is a selection of approximately 535 photographs of views of London. The pictures were taken between 1946 and 1953 for Westminster council by over 50 photographers, bringing to life 1940s and 1950s London through shots of the iconic landmarks that shape the city such as Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, amongst others. The photographs offer a fascinating insight into the changes that have taken place in London over the past 50 years. This selection of London Views carries an estimate of £400 - £600 (Lot 51).

Screen Shot 2016-10-09 at 6.36.58 PM.pngParis—On the upcoming Books & Manuscripts auction in Paris on 5 December, Christie's will offer a complete set of the celebrated Michelin Guides. This rare ensemble comprises the 108 existing Guides published between 1900 and 2016, and is estimated at 20,000 to 30,000 euros. Additionally, the set includes the 1939 edition of the Guide that was reprinted by the American Military in 1943, ahead of the June 6 invasion in Normandy the following year.

The Michelin Guide - In 1900, the Michelin brothers come up with the idea of creating the celebrated Red Guide to “provide motorists travelling through France all the useful information to supply their automobile, to fix it, where to sleep and eat, and which means exist to communicate, by mail, telegraph or telephone”. While collecting multiple technical recommendations, the Guide evolves little by little. From 1923, it turns to hotels and gastronomy, with the attribution of celebrated stars, still today an international reference.

Some editions of the Michelin Guide were never published. It includes the years from 1915 to 1918 during the First World War, the year of 1921, and from 1940 to 1944 because of the Second World War. In 1945, after WWII, the Guide’s work is enormous: towns were destroyed, bridges demolished and some roads were inaccessible. However, the Guide was published on the day the Armistice was signed, and included all relevant information about the roads’ status as well as times and fees of ferryboats.

Public viewing: Friday 2 and Saturday 3 from 10am to 6pm.
                      and Sunday 4 from 2pm to 6pm

Auction: Monday 5 December 2016 in the afternoon

Christie’s: 9 avenue Matignon - 75008 - Paris

Image: COMPLETE SET OF MICHELIN GUIDES (1900-2016), INCLUDING THE RARE 1943 REPRINT FOR AMERICAN MILITARY.
108 BOOKS 12° AND 8°, EDITOR’S RED BUCKRAM.
108 guides in total (no guides were published in 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1921, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944).
The 1902 to 1907 guides include a folding road map at the end.
Estimate: €20,000-30,000

06c3ace4853aefc4b5fc6708863ebe66c4615d70.pngBOSTON, MA - A letter written by physicist Albert Einstein to his son discussing his happiness with his work to solve the Unified Field Theory will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction.

The one page letter in German, signed “Papa,” undated but circa early 1929. Letter to his son Eduard Einstein, nicknamed “Tetel,” in full (translated): “Your letter made me very happy, particularly your comment regarding the hotel. Just like you, I hate it and it is with delight that I am detecting here a deep inner kinship between us, which I treasure. It seems to me it has been so long since I have seen you and I am longing to have you around me once again.

For Easter, Albert and his wife will be visiting here. You could be coming at the same time, no matter. I would make sure you have sleeping quarters at a friend’s house while Albert is here. By the way, there is still another hurdle. On the 14th of March I have to flee to escape from my 50th Birthday Party otherwise I would run the risk of perhaps getting seasick. But there is still a lot of time until Easter. At any rate, I certainly want to see you before you graduate from High School.

I am now very happy because I finally solved to my total satisfaction, after immensely intensive work, my gravitation-electricity problem. This, in a way, concludes my life’s work—the remainder simply is bonus material. Remarkably, how through all this strenuous work I made it in good shape and am feeling quite well. I do, however, practically live the life of a recluse and follow a frugal way of live. When we see each other again, I shall try to explain to you and describe this lifestyle a bit. In no way do I expect your approval and perhaps desire to join this guild. I could not care less.

Don’t get overwhelmed by that heavy volume of a book I sent you. One should read it in small segments, always keeping in mind that this represents chosen selections of intellectual work through the centuries, expressed by an unimportant, but decent and clear thinking human being.”

He adds a postscript, in full: “I have been reading with great admiration Bernard Shaw’s new book on Socialism and Capitalism. I will be sending it to you soon and strongly recommend you definitely read this remarkable book.”

In 1924, Einstein had finished laying the essential groundwork for his most complex and ambitious theory yet—the Unified Field Theory, an attempt to explain the nature of gravity in terms of the laws of electromagnetism.

After making further refinements, he published the theory in 1929. The ideas he put forward conflicted with the emerging understanding of quantum mechanics, which put him at odds with much of the physics community at large; these disagreements led to a famous falling out with fellow Nobel winner Niels Bohr.

Although he continued to work on the Unified Field Theory for the rest of his life, Einstein—despite his exuberance in the present letter—was never able to satisfactorily master the problem, and it remains unsolved to this day.

“Einstein does not usually talk about his life’s work— that’s what make’s the letter spectacular,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. “The letter reveals Einstein as both an accomplished physicist and caring father, this is a remarkable letter with simply extraordinary content.” 

Among other items featured:

Albert Einstein letter to the widow of New York Dr. Isidore W. Held, who was involved in helping Jewish intellectuals escape from Nazi Germany and published articles on behalf of persecuted Jewish physicians.

Albert Einstein typed letter at the height of WWII, Einstein pledges “my influence” to a would-be Jewish refugee.           

Vintage glossy press photo of Einstein in a candid moment, signed in the lower border.

Online bidding for the Fine Autographs and Artifacts auction from RR Auction began on September 27 and will conclude on October 12. More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com

Photo courtesy RR Auction. Pre-Auction Estimate: $100,000 + (U.S.) 

camera.jpgNEW YORK — The camera used a half-century ago by legendary photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams will be offered in a public auction in New York City by Heritage Auctions’ Photographs auction, October 27.  The Arca-Swiss 4x5 inch view camera (est. $70,000-$100,000) was used by Adams for shooting the well-known 1968 image Arches, North Court, Mission San Xavier Del Bac in Tucson, Arizona and other famous photographs of that era.

“This is the only Ansel Adams’ view camera ever offered at auction,” said Nigel Russell, Heritage Auctions Director of Photography. “After he used this camera between 1964 and 1968 he gave it to his assistant, Lillian DeCock, who also became a distinguished photographer. This camera and equipment, along with four other cameras used by DeCock and her husband, were consigned by her heirs.”

Also featured in the auction is a very rare and complete set of the six alternative photos for The Beatles iconic Abbey Road album cover taken and autographed by Iain Macmillan in 1969 (est. $60,000-$80,000). Five of the shots show John, Paul, George and Ringo walking across the street at Abbey Road, and one of the Mcmillan's images has them walking in the opposite direction of the photo eventually used for the album cover. 

There also are three portraits of the American female dancer Keith Coppage by Tina Modotti taken while she was living in Mexico City in 1928 (est. $20,000-$30,000).

The auction also features an unusual and rare group of vintage Irving Penn photographs including a variant of the well-known 1948 portrait of the Dusek Brothers, professional wrestlers from the family of Wally Dusek (est. $10,000-$15,000). From the estate of Vogue editor Allene Talmey are three photographs of India (est. $5,000-$7,000 each) taken on Penn’s and Talmey’s 1947 around-the-world trip as well as a portrait of Sir Khawaja Nazimuddin, the second Prime Minster of Pakistan (est. $10,000-$15,000) and Condé Nast editor Frank Crowninshield (est. $10,000-$15,000).

Other highlights in the sale include a complete James Van Der Zee portfolio of 18 photographs taken 1905 to 1938 and printed by Richard Benson in 1974 (est. $15,000-$20,000); a solarized gelatin silver print, circa 1937, by Man Ray of Jane Clark, the wife of Sir Kenneth MacKenzie Clark (est. $12,000-$18,000); and Dorothea Lange’s Mended Stockings, San Francisco, 1934, printed c. 1960 (est. $10,000-$15,000).

Modern and Contemporary photographs include Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Celtic Sea, Boscastle (Day), 1994 (est. $20,000-30,000) as well as his Hi-Way 39 Drive-In, Orange, 1993. The work of Robert Mapplethorpe is represented by his contemplative portrait of Clifton Taylor, 1981 (est. $10,000-$15,000) and Lisa Lyon, 1980 (est. $10,000-$15,000).  Also in the sale is the haunting post 9/11 scene Brooks Brothers, September 12, 2001, (est. $10,000-$15,000) by Sean Hemmerle.

For the first time Heritage will also be offering a selection of 150 historic cameras including Willard D. Morgan's Leica IIIc Camera Outfit (est. $10,000-$15,000), a Leica I Camera, German, 1930 (est. $1,500-$2,000) and a Kardon Signal Corps PH-629/UF Rangefinder Camera (est. $1,500-$2,000).

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NEW YORK, 6 October 2016--Sotheby’s is honored to announce the sale of one of the greatest private collections of printed and manuscript Bibles formed since the 19th century, The Bible Collection of Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie, which will be held in New York on 5 December 2016. Dr. Ryrie (1925-2016) was best known for his eponymous Study Bible, which contains 10,000 concise and cogent explanatory notes and has sold more than 2,600,000 copies. But while the Study Bible was directed towards the general reader, Dr. Ryrie was a titan among theological and Biblical scholars, and the author of numerous academic books and articles. The leading proponent of dispensationalism of our times, Dr. Ryrie influenced generations of students, teaching at Calvary Bible College, Westmont College, Dallas Theological and Philadelphia College of Bible (now Cairn University).

The New York sale on 5 December will include some 200 lots of manuscript and printed Bibles, ranging from the tenth-century “Benton” Gospels in Greek (estimate $50/$80,000) to a beautifully illuminated thirteenth-century Italian manuscript Bible in Latin (estimate $150/250,000) to two leaves surviving from the Gutenberg Bible, printed in Mainz about 1454 (estimate $50/70,000 each). But the core of the Ryrie Collection is the remarkable run of early English translations of the Bible, including multiple very rare early editions of the versions prepared by Myles Coverdale and William Tyndale, the latter of whom was martyred. Most remarkably, the Ryrie Collection includes a manuscript of John Wycliffe’s New Testament, produced in England about 1430 (estimate $500/800,000). The Authorized, or King James version is also well represented, including the tallest copy known of the first edition, from the celebrated library of Louis Silver (estimate $400/600,000). First and other early editions in many other vernacular languages are represented as well, including German, Spanish, Italian, Irish, Welsh, and the Indian Massachusett language.

Following November exhibitions of selected highlights in London and Chicago, the New York exhibition of the full Ryrie Collection will open on 1 December 2016, alongside the seasonal offerings of Fine Books and Manuscripts.

Selby Kiffer, International Senior Specialist, Books & Manuscripts remarked: “It is a testament to Charles Ryrie’s personal modesty that, despite his myriad accomplishments, he was not widely known as a book collector. The wider world first learned of the remarkable collecting achievement of Dr. Ryrie through the 1998-99 exhibition, Formatting the Word of God, at the Bridwell Library of Southern Methodist University. But that exhibition, remarkable as it was, featured fewer than half of the volumes in Dr. Ryrie’s collection and none of his extraordinary letters and documents signed by theological figures such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John and Charles Wesley. When the full extent of his collection—astutely gathered over the course of more than five decades—is revealed, it will surely be acknowledged as a string of bibliographical pearls of great price.”

The family of Charles Ryrie has expressed their hope that his books and manuscripts will go to other collectors who will treasure them as much as he did: “While our father’s collecting was largely a private endeavor, he keenly enjoyed sharing his books and knowledge with a small group of collectors, libraries, and dealers. We are sure that he would be pleased to know that his collection will now go to other collectors just as dedicated and as passionate he was.”

The Bible Collection of Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie will offer collectors, both individual and institutional, the opportunity to compete for a great variety of Biblical treasures, many of which have not been available on the market for decades.

COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS

New Testament in English. Manuscript on vellum, England, ca. 1430, of the version inspired by and traditionally attributed to John Wycliffe (ca. 1330-1384).

Estimate $500/800,000

Mamusse Wunneetupanatamwe Up-Biblum God Naneeswe Nukkone Testament kah wonk Wusku Testament. Cambridge, Massachusetts: 1661-63. The first Bible printed in America, translated into the Massachusett Indian language by John Eliot.

Estimate $200/300,000

The Holy Bible, conteyning the Old Testament, and the New. London: Robert Barker, 1611. The largest known copy of the first edition of the King James Bible, “the only literary masterpiece ever to have been produced by a committee.”

Estimate $400/600,000

The Holy Bible. London: Robert Barker, 1631. A detail from the “Wicked Bible,” which, due to error or mischief, omitted the “not” from the Seventh Commandment (Exodus 20:14).

Estimate $15/20,000

162-Ragan copy.jpgNew York— On Thursday, October 27, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Rare & Important Travel Posters, with images reflecting the excitement and globalization of the early- to mid-twentieth century, depicting popular new methods of transportation to nearly every continent.

One top lot in the sale is Leslie Ragan’s The New 20th Century Limited, 1939, a powerful art deco image of one of the last century’s most famous American trains. Estimated at $12,000 to $18,000, the image conveys the velocity with which the train sped from New York to Chicago; it was also featured on a limited-edition postage stamp.

The sale features a run of posters showing California in the early twentieth century. California / Wells Fargo Since 1852, by Adolph Triedler, 1917, emphasizes the Missionary origins of San Francisco, while 1922's Celebrate Days of ’49 / The Romance of California reminds potential travelers of the state’s pioneer and gold rush history ($3,000 to $4,000 and $2,000 to $3,000, respectively). The Chief to California / Cajon Pass shows “The Chief” speeding through the pass between the San Bernadino and San Gabriel mountains on one of its daily trips. The painterly mountain vista by Hanson Puthuff, circa 1936, is estimated at $2,000 to $3,000. If a train is too slow, United Air Lines / Southern California by Joseph Binder could get you there faster, circa 1952 ($1,200 to $1,800).

Nineteenth-century posters showcase ocean liners in majestic settings, such as Fred Pansing’s Canadian Pacific Railway Co.’s / Royal Mail Route to Japan and China from the 1890s, expected to fetch $1,200 to $1,800. Advertising on-board idyll is Red Star Line / Anvers - New York by Victor Creten, circa 1900, showing an elegant passenger lounging in bold contrasting colors ($2,000 to $3,000). Ocean liners were a popular form of transportation through the 1940s. Advertisements reflect changing trends and technologies: Roger Broders’s Marseille / Porte de L’Afrique du Nord, 1929, uses streamlined geometry of the 1920s ($6,000 to $9,000).

Images from down under include Australia / Australian Parrots by James Northfield, circa 1935, estimated at $3,000 to $4,000, and Percival Albert Trompf’s Australia, 1929, one of the first posters commissioned by the Australian National Travel Association, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000.

Further modes of transportation include travel by zeppelin. 2 Days to Europe / Hamburg, 1936, shows the Hindenburg taking off from the spire of the Empire State Building. The idea was abandoned when winds proved unpredictable at 1,350 feet above the city, so the landing location was moved to Lakehurst, NJ, where the Hindenburg would burst into flames the following year, effectively ending the popular use of airships in the United States. This dramatic poster is estimated at $8,000 to $12,000. Also available is a scarce version of Fly to South Sea Isles / Via Pan American with text, one of only three examples known to come to auction. The recognizable image by Paul George Lawler, circa 1938, shows an enormous sea-plane coming in for a landing in a tranquil harbor overlooked by a flower-crowned maiden ($8,000 to $12,000).

The auction will be held Thursday, October 27, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Saturday, October 22 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, October 24 through Wednesday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information or to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Swann President and Director of Vintage Posters, Nicholas D. Lowry at 212-254-4710, extension 57 or posters@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 162 Leslie Ragan, The New 20th Century Limited, 1939. Estimate $12,000 to $18,000.

 

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

c2dfa3ef-1b3f-4ae9-8e4c-fed15ce07eb3.jpgThis catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of artwork and ephemera. We will offer another session from the holdings of Archaeologia Books and Prints and a substantial array of decorative antique sets and early leather-bound titles, dating back to the 17th century. Prominent collection themes include the opening of the American West, polar and arctic exploration, Africa, and Americana.          

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the 1683 Creech translation of T. Lucretius Carus' (the "Epicurean Philosopher") six books entitled, "De Natura Rerum," Crouch's "Strange and Prodigious Religions, Customs and Manners of Sundry Nations," produced in 1683 with engraved plates, and also printed in 1683, Crouch and Burton's "The Wars in England, Scotland and Ireland." Other scarce titles include an original and unpublished typed manuscript by Sir Stephen Spender featuring hand corrections and an original ink and watercolor illustration by Beni Montresor, the very scarce 1868 first edition of Wright's "Historical Cartoons or Rough Pencillings," featuring illustrations by Gustave Dore, a 1926 first edition of "Winnie the Pooh," and the 1799 first edition of Wilson's "A Missionary Voyage to the Southern Pacific Ocean," produced with folding maps and plates.                  

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Included is another session from the holdings of Archaeologia, concentrated in Egyptology, which is led by specimens such as volumes from Sieglin, Vogt and Watzinger's "Die Griechisch-Agyptische Sammlung," produced in large-format volumes in 1913. Early Americana, including Western exploration subject matter, feature titles such as the 1793 printing of "The Works of the Late Doctor Benjamin Franklin," in two volumes, and the 1832 first American edition of Cox' "Adventures on the Columbia River."   Among the arctic and polar exploration volumes are the 1885 first edition of Melville's "In the Lena Delta" and Cook and Peary's "Discovery of the North Pole," produced in 1909. 

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of art and ephemera. Included are several items signed by Maurice Sendak, such as Wild Things posters, an original Clinton inauguration piece and a set of "Nutshell Library." Additional items include other original artwork by Beni Montresor, original Communist China posters and a variety of estate ephemera. 

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 2014 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 mail@nationalbookauctions.com.

34-Lepape copy.jpgNew York—Swann Auction Galleries broke five auction records with their first fall Illustration sale on September 29, 2016. Christine von der Linn, Swann Galleries’ Illustration Art Specialist, said, “the second sale was an important addition to the schedule as it allowed us to keep up the momentum of our successful January event. We really want to stay in the foreground of the illustration art market and yesterday's sale announced the seriousness of our commitment to do so.”

The top lot of the sale was a 1927 Vogue cover by Georges Lepape titled Le Miroir. The watercolor sold for $52,500, an auction record for the artist. It was closely followed by Erté’s 1922 cover for Harper’s Bazaar, La Cage Improviseé, which went for $45,000, another artist record.

Several artists had successful runs, selling 100% of lots offered, including Charles Addams and Aubrey Beardsley. Addams’s top lot, This is your room. If you should need anything, just scream, depicts familiar characters from the famous Addams Family. The 1943 watercolor sold for $20,000; the artist’s 1951 cartoon for the New Yorker, titled Noisy Neighbor, sold for $15,000. All four of the works by nineteenth-century illustrator Aubrey Beardsley sold above their estimates: the run of pen and ink drawings were decorations for the 1893-94 Dent edition of Le Morte d’Arthur. Rose Bush led these with $12,500.

Tadd and Todd is a story by Theodore Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss, published in Redbook in 1950 and largely forgotten until the publication of The Bippolo Seed and Other Lots Stories, 2011. The current watercolor, depicting Tadd on a quest to distinguish himself from his twin Todd, shows publication notes and rarely seen marginalia; it sold to a private collector for $23,750.

An unpublished illustration by Ludwig Bemelmans, author and illustrator of the popular Madeleine series, sold well above its estimate at $10,625. The watercolor, titled Does Chef Find the Pheasant Pleasant?, shows a young sous chef nervously presenting the colorful fowl to his stern boss. Works by Winsor McCay performed well, each selling above their estimate. 200 Million Light Years was published in 1931 with the caption, “Here you see the feeble eye of primitive man contrasted with the super-eye of a 200-inch telescope…” The charming pen and ink drawing sold for $12,500. An earlier illustration by McCay, Death at the Races, circa 1910, brought $10,625.

Further auction records were achieved: Harvey Kidder’scirca 1975 cover for Reader’s Digest, Christmas Eve in New York (Plaza Hotel), watercolor, ink and gouache, sold for $3,000. Noted W.P.A. muralist Allen Saalberg saw an auction record with his gouache set designs for The Green Pastures, a 1936 film portraying whimsical bible traditions of southern African Americans. The series of 22 designs sold for $7,250 to a private institution.

Von der Linn added, “The sale showed us that collectors are still eager to acquire high-quality illustration art. The results will inform our decisions about which illustrators and images to concentrate on for our spring sale-with two auctions per year, we have more leeway to curate smaller, stronger sales.”

The next sale of Illustration Art at Swann Galleries will be held in spring 2017. For more information or to consign materials, contact Christine von der Linn at cv@swanngalleries.com

Image: Lot 34 Georges Lepape, Le Miroir, watercolor and ink, cover for Vogue, November 1927. Sold September 29, 2016 for $52,500. (Pre-sale estimate: $6,000 to $9,000)

 

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Lot 1

Screen Shot 2016-10-03 at 9.34.12 AM.pngDaniell (Samuel), African Scenery and Animals

Published: London, 1804-1805

First edition, 2 parts in one volume, 2 aquatint title (dedication) pages with sepia wash, 30 fine hand- coloured aquatint plates by Samuel and William Daniell, with accompanying text (text of three plates per page), later half calf with marbled paper sides secured with ties - the edges of the paper are worn, bookplate of the Westdean Library on front paste-down endpaper and the shelf mark of the Octagon Library R9. W1935, the aquatint plates are delicately coloured and in unusually good state.

Abbey (J.R.) Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770 - 1860, Volume I, no. 321, describes this folio as follows, "In Mendelssohn's opinion this is 'the scarcest and most valuable of the large atlas folios of South African illustrations.' Samuel Daniell arrived at the Cape on 9 December 1799. He was appointed by Lieutentant-General Dundas, who became his patron there, and to whom the first volume (part) is dedicated, to act as secretary to a mission to the 'Booshuanas'. The expedition eventually reached Lataku, at that time the limit of European exploration, and was the source for Daniell of the plates."

Estimate: $60,000/70,000

Lot 3

Barrow (John), A Voyage to Cochinchina in the Years 1792 & 1793

Published: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, London, 1806

xviii, (i directions for the placing of the plates), 447 pages, 18 hand coloured aquatint plates after by W. Alexander and Samuel Daniell, engraved by T. Medland, 1 folding hand coloured aquatint plate, 2 double page maps of Rio de Janeiro and Southern Africa, contemporary sprinkled calf sides (worn at the corners) rebacked and with a maroon title label (the leather used is of less good quality and is dry and is fraying at the top and bottom of the spine), without the half title page, plates, maps and contents bright, a very good copy.

Abbey (J.R.) Travel, in Aquatint and Lithography, 1770-1860, number 514 (pages 469/70), ‘Barrow probably met Samuel Daniell while at the Cape....The aquatinting is of excellent quality, number 10 in particular being technically interesting, since it appears to be printed in as many as three colours with one colour added by hand, while number 11 is printed in green, with other colours added by hand.’

Estimate: $2,000/3,000

Lot 28

Mandela (Nelson), Long Walk to Freedom (De-luxe edition)

Published: Little, Brown & Company, London, 1994

Special De Luxe issue of the First Edition. 630 pages, numerous photographic illustrations, maps as endpapers, quarter black leather titled gilt on the spine, green cloth sides, top edge gilt, number 548 of an edition of 1000 copies signed by the author on the limitation page, a fine copy, published without a dust jacket.

Estimate: $750/1,000

Lot 101

Lotter (Tobia) Africae pars meridionalis

Published: Augsburg, 1778

A beautifully coloured map of Southern Africa was produced by Tobias Lotter [1717-1777], probably published in his Atlas geographique. A dedication is displayed on a cartouche above the inset of the Castle. The map was dedicated to William I, Elector of Hesse (1743 -1821) by Issak Augustus Jassoy, a merchant from Hanover. The map is printed on two pages that have been joined.

The map is not geographically an advance; it contains interesting information from the Dutch settlement but has an inaccurate coastline and seems to retain some remnants from the old Ptolemaic geography. It indicates ruins of Portuguese and Dutch Forts beside the Spiritu Santo and Marquis Rivers

Estimate: $550/650

Lot 119

Isaacs (Nathaniel) Travels and Adventures in Eastern Africa

Published: Edward Churton, London, 1836

Two volumes, 356 + 402 pages, lithographic frontispiece in each volume, 1 lithographic plate of 'Chaka King of the Zoolos', modern half maroon morocco with matching cloth boards, spine titled gilt and faded,light foxing on the text and the plates, uncut edges, a good copy.

Louis Herman: 'What is known of the life story of Nathaniel Isaacs presents a strange contrast to the background of respectable, bourgeois, Anglo-Jewish families of Kent whence he issued. Natal pioneer and explorer, ivory hunter and trader, temporary subject of Chaka, and courtier at the Great Kraal, this would-be empire builder begins a fresh career at the age of 24 on the west coast of Africa. There as merchant and shipper and proprietor of a tiny island, his activities, not all creditable, are hardly less remarkable; and in the end, he retires and settles down in England two years before his death as "Nathaniel Isaacs of Kentville, Egremont, in the County of Chester, Gentleman."'

Estimate: $1,250/1,500

Lot 179

Churchill (Winston) My African Journey

Published: Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1908

First edition: 226 pages + (18) publisher's list, frontispiece of Mr Churchill and the rhinoceros at Simba, 3 maps - 1 folding, 37 black and white plates, 24 illustrations, text lightly foxed, original pictorial red cloth, a good copy.

Czech (Kenneth) An Annotated Bibliography of Big Game Hunting Books 1785 - 1999 page 62:This was originally published in a shorter version as several articles in the British periodical, The Strand in early 1908.Churchill crossed British East Africa via the uganda Railroad reaching Kampala and beginning his safari. At Simbax Station oryx and rhinowere hunted. After arrivng at Murchison Falls, he bagged a white rhino. His party contiued along the White Nile where hippo, waterbuck reedbuck and roan were collected with Col Wilson of the hunting party bagging an elephant.

Estimate: $200/250

Lot 191

Fitzpatrick (Percy) Through Mashonaland with Pick and Pen

Published: Argus Printing and Publishing Company Limited, Johannesburg, 1892

The first book to be published on the Rand. It was printed by the Argus and Fitzpatrick could not pay the printing bill; consequently copies of the book remained in the Argus warehouse where many were destroyed. See Godfrey Enchanted Door, page 89.

Dictionary of South African Biography.volume 1, page 292, 'Fitzpatrick was invited by Alfred Beit to organise a tour to be made by Lord Randolph Churchill through Bechuanaland and Mashonaland. His letters about this journey, first printed in the Cape Argus and Johannesburg Star, were collected in 1892 in his first book, 'Through Mashonaland with Pick & Pen.'

Estimate: $500/600

Lot 153

Van Riebeeck Society - First Series - Complete Set of 50 Volumes

Published: Van Riebeeck Society, Cape Town, 1918 -1969

A complete set of the First Series, 50 volumes in the original light grey cloth as published by the Society. The volumes are mostly historical, biographical or deal with colonial issues, travel, exploration, big game hunting, administration, frontier wars, native tribes, etc.

Estimate: $900/1,000

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38-Julia-Margaret-Cameron copy.jpgNew York— On Tuesday, October 25, Swann Galleries will offer Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks, an auction featuring examples of the medium from its inception in the early nineteenth century through contemporary works.

Early masterpieces on offer include Julia Margaret Cameron’s luminous circular image of Kate Keown (No. 4 Series of 12 Life Sized Heads), 1866. This albumen print, estimated at $50,000 to $75,000, is one of the artist’s first in her series of life-sized portraits. From 1870 comes Vischer’s Pictorial of California, with 170 photographs, including 17 after works by Russell, Watkins, Muybridge and others; and compiled by Edward Vischer. This historic set, a deluxe presentation copy bound for a discerning client, is estimated at $15,000 to $25,000.

The top lot of the sale is Robert Frank’s emotive 1956 silver print, Political Rally, Chicago. The print, executed in the 1970s, is signed and dated by the artist and expected to bring $60,000 to $90,000. Frank, known for his captivating visual records of American life, is represented by a run of scarce works in this sale, including Bar, Gallup, New Mexico, silver print, 1956 ($30,000 to $40,000), as well as Detroit (Drugstore), 1955, and 1950’s Tulip, Paris, both estimated at $20,000 to $30,000. Also on offer is a signed first edition of arguably the most important photobook of the twentieth century: Robert Frank’s The Americans, published 1959 ($6,000 to $9,000).

Among further American photography is At the Time of the Louisville Flood, Kentucky, a silver print by Margaret Bourke-White first taken in 1936 and printed circa 1970 ($40,000 to $60,000). Dorothea Lange is well represented in the sale, led by her 1933 silver print White Angel Breadline, which shows destitute San Franciscans waiting for food, their faces obscured by their hats ($30,000 to $45,000).

Highlights continue with Yousuf Karsh’s elephant portfolio Karsh—Fifteen Portraits. The loose photographs, printed in 1983, are each marked by the artist with the edition number, 23/100. The set includes personal and luminous portraits of such notables as Muhammad Ali, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, Helen Keller and Pablo Picasso ($40,000 to $60,000).

A very special offering is the complete series of 291, the art and literary magazine edited by Alfred Stieglitz. The series of 12, published in nine issues, ran from 1915 to 1916. The extremely rare set includes the large-format edition of Stieglitz’s famous photogravure The Steerage, which Pablo Picasso once called “two photographs in one” and which Stieglitz himself described as his first Modernist photograph. Stieglitz destroyed most unsold copies of the magazine so complete sets are scarce; this set is in excellent condition with only minor wear, and is estimated at $30,000 to $40,000.

Contemporary works featured include Barbara Kasten’s Site 16: Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, cibachrome print, 1987 ($6,000 to $9,000); Philip-Lorca DiCorcia’s Untitled (Strip Club), chromogenic print, 1980s ($5,000 to $7,500); Tracey Moffatt’s Beauty (In Wine), chromogenic print, 1994 ($5,000 to $7,500) and Adam Fuss’s Butterfly daguerreotype from the artist’s My Ghost series, 2000 ($10,000 to $15,000).

Vernacular examples from the sale include a remarkable suite of fifty unbound silver print photographs by Martin Chambi showing scenes of Peru in the 1920s. Subjects include pre-Columbian archaeological ruins and contemporary indigenous occupational scenes, and details of Machu Picchu. Each photograph is accompanied by a hand-written caption in Spanish ($20,000 to $30,000).

The auction will be held Tuesday, October 25, beginning at 1 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Thursday, October 20 through Saturday, October 22 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, October 24 from noon to 5 p.m.; and Tuesday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. Also available by appointment.

An illustrated auction catalogue will be available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Daile Kaplan at 212-254-4710, extension 21, or via e-mail at dkaplan@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 38 Julia Margaret Cameron, Portrait of Kate Keown, circular albumen print, 1866. Estimate $50,000 to $75,000.

New York - Christie’s announces two Photographs sales to be offered in October 2016, which include exciting works for new and seasoned collectors alike, featuring the Evening Sale on October 4, and a Day Sale following on October 5. Christie's will display over 180 photographs for public exhibition leading up to the auction.

Photographs: The Evening Sale showcases 27 works by artists such as Man Ray and his highly-published Rayograph, 1922 (estimate: $250,000-350,000), Edward Weston’s Shells, 6S, 1927, among the rarest of Weston’s iconic shells series (estimate: $400,000-600,000), Thomas Struth’s grand photograph of El Capitan (Yosemite National Park), 1999 (estimate: $150,000-200,000), Irving Penn’s glamorous Black and White Vogue Cover (Jean Patchett), New York, 1950 (estimate: $150,000-250,000), Robert Frank’s masterful statement with Parade-Hoboken, New Jersey, 1955 (estimate: $100,000-150,000); and Constantin Brâncuși’s Golden Bird, c. 1920 (estimate: $30,000-50,000).

The Day Sale features Spotlight: Robert Mapplethorpe, a celebration of the artist’s aesthetic, political and social contributions to the medium of photography. The twenty lots included present a panoramic overview of Mapplethorpe’s career: from his experimentation with photographic assemblages to his formalist exploration of flowers and his groundbreaking portraiture in which sex and identity were questioned, subverted, and brought to the foreground of the collective consciousness. Nearly three decades since his untimely death in 1989, Mapplethorpe’s work remains a source of controversy and admiration.

Additional highlights from the Day Sale include works by Paul Strand, Harry Callahan, Alfred Stieglitz, and Naoya Hatakeyama.

Cataloguing and complete details of the sales are available on www.christies.com.

Related Sale Sale 12203

Photographs Day Sale

4 October 2016

New York, Rockefeller Plaza

Sale 12204

Photographs Evening Sale

5 October 2016

New York, Rockefeller Plaza

Red Planet copy.jpgDALLAS — Two iconic images of 20th century science fiction and pop culture  — Red Planet, 1974, by Frank Frazetta and John Alvin’s original painting used as the movie poster for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial  — highlight Heritage Auctions’ Oct. 12 Illustration Art Auction in Dallas. The hand-curated selection touches every corner of the illustration world, from Robert Crumb to classic pin-up art and pulp fiction cover art.

“The amount of fresh-to-market artwork in this auction is simply staggering,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President of at Heritage Auctions. “We are offering the finest examples from highly sought-after artists right now.”

High-end science fiction artwork is expected to take top lot honors as Frank Frazetta’s Red Planet, 1974 (est. $150,000+), crosses the block barely two months after Heritage set a seven-figure world auction record for the artist.

Another auction first, the Original Promotional Movie Poster Illustration for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, is offered at auction for the first time after hanging on Hollywood writer and producer Bob Bendetson’s office wall for the last 13 years ($150,000+). “Every time my son’s or daughter’s friends would see the painting they’d stand in front of it with their fingers touching in the same way,” recalled Bendetson.

Universal Pictures outsourced the poster to a company called Intralink and its master movie poster artist John Alvin. Utilizing his daughter's hand as a model and taking inspiration from Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam, Alvin’s painting became the most well-associated image for the 1982 film, which many critics call director Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece and one of the greatest movies ever made.

Heritage’s global reputation for offering the finest of Gil Elvgren’s pin-up art holds true as A Lot at Steak, a Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration from 1955 (est. $50,000-$70,000) and Tasteful Design, circa 1960s, will be available to collectors for the first time in nearly a decade ($50,000-$70,000). Elvgren’s playful Hold Everything (Making Friends; Puppy Love), 1962 (est. $40,000-$60,000) and Worth a Gander, 1951, another Brown and Bigelow calendar illustration (est. $40,000-$60,000) were both created at the height of the artist’s career. The original art for Vargas Girl, February 1946, a classic Esquire calendar illustration by of Antonio Vargas, another king of the American pin-up genre, also appears in the auction ($30,000-$50,000).

Additional fresh-to-market artwork by America’s most revered and beloved illustrators include Robert Crumb’s Elvis Tilley, the original cover art for the February 21, 1994 The New Yorker magazine (est. $30,000-$50,000) makes its auction debut, as does a set of two works in one lot by Theodore Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Suess. The works titled Suess Navy, National Motorboat Show -- Standard Oil advertisements, 1934-41 (est. $8,000-$12,000).

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

A selection of artwork by LeRoy Neiman, including Haute Cuisine, 1964, which makes its auction debut at Heritage (est. $20,000-$30,000).

Artist Tom Lovell’s The Occupation of Paris, Cosmopolitan magazine interior illustration, 1943 (est. $15,000-$25,000). 

Murder's Madcap Mermaid, 15-Story Detective magazine cover, June 1950, by Norman Saunders (est. $8,000-$12,000) highlights a selection of pulp fiction cover art from artists such as Boris Vallejo, Peter Driben, and John Hilkert

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LOS ANGELES, September 26, 2016—A set of over 50 rarely available first edition books featuring works by Sir Isaac Newton, William Faulkner, John Hancock, J.R.R. Tolkien and James Fenimore Cooper will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on September 29. Interested bidders may participate in the auction online.

The books being auctioned include well-recognized fiction and non-fiction works from the troves of notable collectors. Among the books being auctioned are the following: 

● Nobel laureate William Faulkner's breakthrough novel The Sound and the Fury includes a first printing color dust jacket with a price of $3.00 on the rear cover. The 1929 first edition copy comes from the collection of noted Faulkner collector Clifton Barrett.
http://natedsanders.com/Very_Rare_First_Edition_of_William_Faulkner_s___Th-LOT45142.aspx

● British author J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy first edition set was printed in 1954 and 1955. Fellowship of the Ring and Return of the King are first printings while Second Towers is a first edition, second printing.
http://natedsanders.com/First_Edition_Set_of_Tolkien_s___Lord_of_the_Rings-LOT45198.aspx

● The first edition, first printing of 19th Century American novelist James Fenimore Cooper's Last of the Mohicans dates back to 1826. Two volumes are bound into one leather book.
http://natedsanders.com/James_Fenimore_Cooper_s___Last_of_the_Mohicans___F-LOT45135.aspx

● A personal edition from Declaration of Independence signer John Hancock’s private library.  The 1747 book is titled Universal History, From the Earliest Account of Time, Vol. VII features John Hancock’s signature on the inside front cover.
http://natedsanders.com/Extremely_Rare_John_Hancock_Signed_Book__From_His_-LOT45110.aspx

● A rare first edition by British scientist Sir Isaac Newton's The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy is going under the hammer. The 1729 book is considered one of Newton’s most important books.
http://natedsanders.com/Rare_First_Edition_of_Sir_Isaac_Newton_s___The_Mat-LOT45127.aspx

Additional information on the books can be found at http://natedsanders.com/Category/Authors_and_Literature-3.html

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BOSTON, MA - (September 21, 16)  An exceptionally rare Al Capone letter that reveals softer side and the particulars of his day-to-day life at Alcatraz will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction.

The three page handwritten letter in pencil, signed “Love & Kisses, Your Dear Dad Alphonse Capone #85,” January 16, no year [likely 1938]. A lengthy and affectionate letter to his son, written while imprisoned at Alcatraz. In part: “Well Son, here is your dear Dad, with a letter for you, and pray to God, it will find you, in perfect health. Junior keep up the way you are doing, and don’t let nothing get you down. When you get the blues, Sonny, put on one of the records with songs I wrote you about to Ma, to you, which I sure go to town playing them and about 500 more on my Mandola, I also have to transpose my music, from Piano Copy, as the Music people don’t print Music for the Mandola, So I transpose to one key to another. Sonny I got a Song like Rainbow on the River, that was sung by Bobby Breen, in the Rainbow on the River picture, I sure hope you seen it as we saw it out here, now what I mean by transposing is the Song, Rainbow on the River, was in the Key of 3b, I have to transpose it down to 1b and Son of mine when I come home, I will play not only that song, but about 500 more, and all mostly Theme Songs from the best Shows. In other words Junior, there isn’t a Song written that I can’t play. You know my Mandola is got eight strings, and tuned exactly as the Tenor Banjo A-D-C-G. The only difference is the Mandola is played mostly for Solo work, but the Tenor Banjo plays Cords in the Orchestra, and I mean it too when I was playing in the band in here. First I learned a Tenor Guitar and then a Tenor Banjo, and now the Mandola, but for Solo work only. 

Well now Sonny, I am sure happy, to hear about you and your pals, had nice holidays at Miami and that you all had a good time, Well heart of mine, sure hope things come our way for next year, then I’ll be there in your arms, and maybe that sure will be a happy feeling for Maggie and You. Well Sonny keep up your chin, and don’t worry about your dear Dad, and when again you allowed a vacation, I want you and your dear Mother to come here together, as I sure would love to see you and Maggie.

Now Son about me please do not worry, as when you see me again, you sure will be surprised, in fact Junior I am 7 1/2 pounds under 200 Ha Ha, and in good shape, my routine here is Morning Yard, I mean the amusement Yard, Baseball, Horseshoes Courts, and Hand-ball courts, Checkers and Dominoes, I and a friend of mine keep all items in perfect shape, and work all morning, and afternoons yard if its sunny otherwise I play my music, until 3 P.M., and from 3 P.M. I write songs. Tell Mother to order for you a Monthly Magazine I get here, Called ‘Fortune, ’as to my estimation I think it is the most sensible Magazine written. Well Son, there isn’t much I can write, but chin up, always, and at any time, there is something you need or want, please don’t forget Son, that whatever you ask for, it will be done irregardless…I know Maggie gets out to your College suite often, as that sure breaks up the old Blues, and when you see her again give her a couple dozen kisses Capone style and a first class hug. God bless you my dear Son, and it’s short time Son, I will be with you in less than a year.” 

In this remarkable, intimate letter penned from prison, Capone reveals the particulars of his day-to-day life at Alcatraz and shares his enthusiasm for the mandola, which is similar to a mandolin. 

After being transferred to Alcatraz in 1934, Capone lobbied the warden for a year before prisoners were allowed musical instruments. Upon receiving permission, Capone had his family send top-of-the-line guitars, banjos, and music charts to the prison. 

“He learned how to play the banjo and formed a prison band, The Rock Islanders, which included George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly on the drums,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.  

After a violent outburst between band members, Capone turned solo and other inmates took his place. 

At this time Capone’s son, Albert Francis ‘Sonny’ Capone, had begun college at the University of Miami; ‘Maggie’ is the elder Capone’s wife and Sonny’s mother. 

“It’s an exceedingly rare personal letter showing the softer side of the notorious gangster,” said Livingston. 

The Remarkable Rarities live auction from RR Auction will take place on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 1PM, in Cambridge, MA. For more information, please visit the RR Auction web site (www.rrauction.com).

147-Euclid copy.jpgNew York— On Tuesday, October 18, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books, featuring works of major theoretical and historical importance with a focus on mathematics and exploration.

The top lot of the sale is a copy of Euclid’s Elementa geometriae, printed in Venice in 1482. This first edition of the foundational text of geometry and the first major mathematical work to appear in print is a Latin translation by Adelard of Bath from an Arabic version of the original Greek. The present volume, printed by Erhard Ratdolt, is notable for its innovative printing of extensive and often complex geometrical diagrams, which influenced the design of subsequent editions and similar works into the sixteenth century. This copy is estimated at $60,000 to $80,000.

            Another highlight of the sale is the first edition, first issue, of Sir Isaac Newton’s Opticks, London, 1704. The work concerns the renowned mathematician’s discoveries on color theory and the spectrum of light. This excellent example, in contemporary paneled calfskin, is estimated at $15,000 to $25,000.

            From the travel section of the sale comes Compendio del Arte de Navegar, the standard Spanish navigational manual of the period, by cosmographer and pilot Rodrigo Zamorano. Estimated at $20,000 to $25,000, is the 1588 fourth edition of the manual; all editions are extremely rare. Also on offer is the 1735 first edition of the most comprehensive European work on China at the time, the Description Géographique, Historique, Chronologique, Politique, et Physique de l’Empire de la Chine, by Jean-Baptiste du Halde. This four-volume set boasts 65 engraved plates and maps, including the first appearance of Vitus Bering’s report and map of his expedition to northeast Asia and northwest America. The set, in good condition in contemporary calf gilt, is expected to bring in $15,000 to $20,000.

            Also from the travel section is mountaineering literature from the estate of California collector Timothy Treacy, comprising early works that stimulated the growth of interest in mountain climbing as well as later classics. Among highlights are Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, Voyages dans les Alpes, Neuchâtel, 1779-96, estimated at $2,000 to $3,000; Albert Smith, The New Game of the Ascent of Mont Blanc, London, 1852 ($2,000 to $3,000); Edmund Thomas Coleman, Scenes from the Snow-Fields, London, 1859 ($4,000 to $6,000); Douglas Freshfield, Across Country from Thonon to Trent. Rambles and Scrambles in Switzerland and the Tyrol, London, 1865, the author’s first book, inscribed ($3,000 to $5,000); and Oskar Eckenstein and August Lorria, The Alpine Portfolio, London, 1889 ($2,500 to $3,500).

            Early printed books include Dat boek dat men hiet Fasciculus temporum, the first Dutch edition of the popular world history book by Werner Rolewinck, printed in Utrecht in 1480 ($8,000 to $12,000). William Shakespeare’s A Winters Tale, extracted from the first folio, is expected to fetch $6,000 to $9,000. Printed in London in 1623, this early example of the Bard’s work is bound in red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe.

            From a private collection comes a diverse selection of sixteenth to eighteenth century Greek books including the first edition of Hesychius of Alexandria, Dictionarium, Venice, 1514, estimated at $6,000 to $9,000. Another highlight from the collection is the second edition in the original Greek of Pindar’s Olympia. Pythia. Nemea. Isthmia, 1515, the first book in Greek printed in Rome, estimated at $3,000 to $5,000.

The auction will be held Tuesday, October 18, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Friday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, October 15 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, October 18 from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information or to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Early Printed Books Specialist Tobias Abeloff at 212-254-4710, extension 18 or tabeloff@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 147 Euclid, Elementa geometriae, first edition, Venice, 1482. Estimate $60,000 to $90,000.

lincoln copy.jpgDALLAS - The 1852 medal honoring Secretary of State Henry Clay - struck by the U.S. Mint in nearly 30 ounces of solid California gold and lovingly passed down through his family - sold for $346,000 to lead a record-setting special auction of memorabilia relating to Abraham Lincoln Sept. 17 at Heritage Auctions. The event’s $2.4 million finale was a joint endeavor between Heritage Auctions and The Rail Splitter, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the respected publication for enthusiasts of Abraham Lincoln and related memorabilia.

“This was indeed one of the most important Lincoln auctions of the last 50 years,” said Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions at Heritage. “Never have I been so impressed and amazed at both the quality of the material and the passion of Lincoln collectors from all over the globe.”

Top lot honors were claimed by the solid gold medal presented to Henry Clay, a leader Lincoln himself called “revered as a teacher and leader.” Bidding for the 3-1/2 inch diameter medal opened at the minimum of $75,000 and quickly advanced to $346,000.

The history behind the medal is as captivating as the design itself: three-time presidential candidate, Secretary of State, Speaker of the House, and titan of the U.S. Senate Henry Clay was by 1852 confined to his rooms in the National Hotel in Washington, slowly dying of consumption. A group of prominent New York members of Clay’s Whig Party resolved to make a very special presentation to the statesman to honor his nearly half century of public service, which they accomplished shortly before Clay’s death.

A perfectly signed carte-de-visite card image of a thoughtful Lincoln set a world record for an image of its type after seven bidders pushed the auction price to $175,000. The 1862 card carried an inscription on the back by Presidential Secretary John Hay certifying its authenticity.

The most intimate of keepsakes, relics and memorabilia relating to Lincoln’s personal life and that of those closest to him also brought record-setting prices. One of the most highly anticipated lots was a love letter from Lincoln to his first fiancée, Mary Owens, which sold for $137,500. Mary Todd Lincoln’s extraordinary jet black Silk Mourning Dress Ensemble opened at a modest $5,000 and ignited a bidding war that ended at an astounding $100,000, Slater said. “Certainly this is a record for any piece of Mary Lincoln memorabilia ever sold at auction,” he said.

Rare campaign memorabilia included a Portrait Flag of political rival Stephen A. Douglas, which sold for $93,750; an 1860 Portrait Campaign Flag depicting a beardless Lincoln ended at $75,000; and a Unique 1864 Silk Parade Flag for “Lincoln and Johnson” brought $52,500.

One-of-a-kind, fresh-to-market relics from Confederate conspirators generated collector interest as the First National Confederate Flag presented by Belle Boyd, aka the “Siren of the Shenandoah,” thought lost to history until recently discovered in Switzerland, sold for $62,500. A rare lock of hair from Lincoln’s assassin John Wilkes Booth - snipped from the top of his head during his autopsy - sold for $31,250. Not to be outdone, an Evocative Lincoln Mourning Relic of a log cabin fashioned from a lock of the President’s hair also sold for $31,250.

Additional highlights include:

A superlative, signed carte-de-visite signed by Lincoln sold for $75,000.

Tastefully framed, a Lincoln and Hamlin Graphic Name Political Flag brought $35,000. 

An 1858 Silk Presentation Banner for Stephen A. Douglas ended at $25,000.

A moving and Monumental Sculpture cast in .999 Fine Silver titled “Seated Lincoln” (after the original by Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum) sold for $23,750.

Rare and important, a Bloodstained Piece of the Collar of the Coat Worn by Lincoln the night of the assassination sold for $18,750.

A Life Mask of a beardless Lincoln sold for $16,250, against a $5,000 opening bid.

A single, 9-inch China Dinner Plate created for the Lincoln White House sold for $16,250.

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $800 million, and more than one million online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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fed copy.jpgDALLAS - Rare early American texts with rock-solid provenance lead Heritage Auctions’ $1.2+ million Rare Books Auction, as a copy of The Federalist, previously owned by New York Post founder Samuel Boyd, sold for $175,000. The auction came in at an astounding 134 percent above expectations and had a sell-through rate of 97 percent. 

“Our selection of rare Americana and Modern Literature were particularly strong in this auction,” said James Gannon, Director of Rare Books at Heritage. “We saw intense bidding that pushed many first editions well beyond our expectations.”

An influential copy of Joseph Smith’s The Book of Mormon - owned and annotated by press foreman Pomeroy Tucker sold for $100,000, against a $70,000 estimate. Ironically, Tucker would move on from his printing career to become a journalist and New York politician, and he later penned Origin, Rise, and Progress of Mormonism, a book arguing that Smith was dishonest.

Among the most valuable examples of fiction on offer, a three-volume set of the first edition, first impression of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, including The Fellowship of the Ring saw interest by six bidders who pushed the sale price to $30,000. A presentation copy of the third Tarzan adventure, The Beasts of Tarzan, by Edgar Rice Burroughs, sold for $18,750, three times its pre-auction estimate. A 1923 first edition of Ernest Hemingway’s first book, Three Stories & Ten Poems sold for $15,625.

A first edition, first printing presentation volume of Alcoholics Anonymous. The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism, inscribed and signed by Bill Wilson, sold for $17,500 following action by nine bidders. A 13-volume set of the Journals of Congress - spanning Sept. 5, 1774 to Nov. 3, 1788 and one of only 400 copies printed  - ended at $16,250 against a $6,500 estimate.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

A first edition, presentation copy of The Moon Maid, with an original drawing by Edgar Rice Burroughs: Realized: $12,500. The copy is from a private collection that will appear in Heritage’s next two rare book auctions.

An archive of the original production artwork for Carl Sagan’s Cosmos television program: Realized: $12,500.

A Further Account of the Tryals of the New England Witches, written by Increase Mather in 1693: realized $12,500.

An extraordinary and bright example of the hand-colored aquatint engraving by Robert Havel of John James Audubon’s Great Auk: Realized: $11,250, against a $3,000 estimate.

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $800 million, and over one million online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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Screen Shot 2016-09-16 at 8.28.45 AM.pngLONDON—On 20 October 2016 Sotheby’s London will offer a previously undocumented and unpublished sketch-leaf for Ludwig van Beethoven’s most renowned piano concerto, his “Emperor” Concerto, estimated at £150,000-200,000. Simon Maguire, Director and Senior Specialist in Books & Manuscripts said “This is a rare opportunity to acquire an unpublished draft for one of Beethoven’s greatest works”. Offered on the open market for the first time in “The Library of an English Bibliophile, Part VI”, this sketch-leaf is one of the earliest for this great work, possibly containing Beethoven’s first draft of its famous themes. 

Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto in E Flat Major, Op. 73 is dedicated to Archduke Rudolf of Austria (1788-1831), the brother of Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor and Beethoven’s great friend, patron and pupil. The Archduke began taking lessons from Beethoven aged 15 or 16 and he was the only pupil that Beethoven taught composition to. The composer dedicated fourteen works to the Archduke in total, more than any of his other patrons. 

The Fifth Piano Concerto is now known simply as “Emperor”: legend has it that it was described by one of Napoleon’s officers as “an emperor of a concerto” due to its grandeur and ambition. It is a revolutionary work in which Beethoven boldly reinvents the Piano Concerto, demolishing the older structure of the eighteenth-century form. It is by far the composer’s most forward-looking statement in the genre. 

In “Emperor”, Beethoven’s innovation and the radical rethinking of the relationship between solo and accompaniment heralded a new kind of music. The scale of the work was unprecedented for Beethoven; the first movement is longer that any of his previous concertos. The composer used the full scope of the piano and orchestra, with previously scarcely used keys such as C flat and B major, and the highest and lowest ranges of the piano. 

In this sketch-leaf, Beethoven’s working process is laid bare. The concerto evolves before our very eyes; fragmentary sketches at the top of the page would later be included in two different movements and by the bottom of the page, the sketch for the first movement has been further developed by the composer. The sketch-leaf gives an insight into his experimental approach, as much of the later passagework was not incorporated by Beethoven in his final version. 

Most of the surviving drafts for the Fifth Piano Concerto are in two sketch-books in the Deutsche Staatsbibliothek, Berlin. A few sketches elsewhere are related to these books, notably a leaf in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York. The watermark evidence of the present manuscript does not allow any firm identification with either sketchbook.

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