A busy week coming up in the auction rooms: here's what I'm keeping an eye on:
New York -- Covering five centuries and the entire Western Hemisphere, Swann Galleries’ sale of Printed & Manuscript Americana is set to come across the block on September 26. Highlights include archives documenting slavery and abolition, printings of the Declaration of Independence, Civil War diaries, quality Utah and Mormon material, as well as Latin Americana.
Westport, CT — A letter typed in English and signed by Albert Einstein in which he talks about his theory of universal gravitation, a document signed in 1776 by John Hancock having to do with taxation without representation, and a letter written and signed by Thomas Jefferson six weeks before his death are expected top lots in University Archives’ online auction, August 28th.
Dallas, TX – An exceedingly rare parade lantern from Abraham Lincoln’s presidential election campaign is being offered in Heritage Auctions’ auction of the David and Janice Frent Collection of Presidential and Political Americana, Part V June 22-23 in Dallas.
New York – This June 12th, Christie’s Books & Manuscripts department will be presenting two live sales: The Birth of Modern Business: Luca Pacioli’s Summa de Arithmetica (estimate: $1,000,000-1,500,000), a stand-alone sale of the original how-to guide for business and a various owner sale of Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana. The latter includes over 200 objects ranging from early printed books to 20th-century manuscripts.
Westport, CT – Collectors of early American history, science and technology and Civil War memorabilia will want to mark their calendars for Wednesday, May 15th, when those popular categories and many others will be featured in University Archives’ next online-only auction, starting at 10:30 am Eastern time. In all, close to 300 quality lots will come up for bid.
A trio of sales to kick off the new month:
ITHACA, NY—National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog.
YORK, Pa. - Whether it comes from the world of politics, entertainment or sports, if an object or memento has added meaningfully to the pop-culture landscape at any point in America’s rich history, it’s a natural fit for one of Hake’s Americana & Collectibles’ online and absentee auctions. The Pennsylvania-based company’s current auction (#214), which closes over March 17-19, showcases nearly 2,800 items organized to close in chronological order.