2010 Bookseller Resource Guide
Capture the Imagination: Original Illustration & Fine Illustrated Books
2009-11-20 Bloomsbury Auctions announces our annual holiday sale of original illustrations and fine illustrated books on Wednesday, 9 December at 2pm. The sale will showcase important works from the Golden Age of Illustration to the present day. It will commence with the estate of the outstanding African American artist Tom Feelings, best known for The Middle Passage (1996). The second session will include a drawing for a book cover by Aubrey Beardsley ($9,000-$10,000), John R. Neillís painting of Capín Bill as a merman ($10,000-$15,000) from L. Frank Baumís The Sea Fairies, Willy PogŠnyís watercolor for A Midsummer's Nights Dream ($12,000-$15,000) and Gustaf Tenggrenís early illustration of Trolls ($10,000-$12,000).

Among the other important modern illustrators in the sale are Caldecott winners Arnold Lobel, Uri Shulevitz, Beni Montresor, Evaline Ness, Richard Egielski, Paul Zelinsky, Trina Schart Hyman and Leonard Weisgard. Other treasures that will be auctioned are Maurice Sendakís original designs for the Wild Things Macyís Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon ($40,000-$50,000), an unused illustration for The Bee-Man of Orn ($30,000-$40,000) and numerous signed presentation copies.

Watercolors by William Steig for the original Shrek! ($15,000-$20,000), Sylvester and the Magic Pebble ($15,000-$20,000) and other works will be sold to benefit The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Two time Caldecott winners Leo and Diane Dillon are represented by works from Ashanti to Zulu ($15,000-$17,000), The Sorcererís Apprentice ($10,000-$12,000) and other award-winning titles. There will also be watercolors, drawings and other work by Edward Ardizonne, Umberto Brunelleschi, Edward Gorey, Tomi Ungerer, Al Hirschfeld, H. A. Rey, James Marshall, Barry Moser, Jerry Pinkney, Charles Santore, Charles M. Schultz and Walt Disney. Other items include rare Oz titles, a Randolph Caldecott sketchbook, the works of A. A. Milne, a privately printed edition of The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter, limited edition Rackhams, costume designs by Caroline F. Seidle and Ertť, and photographs, letters and signed books from the Ray Bolger Estate.

We invite you to come to Bloomsbury Gallery during the exhibition to view the collection and to speak with our specialists about your specific collecting interests.

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