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Swann Auction: Illustration Art Draws A Crowd

Illustration Art
Draws A Crowd
Swann Auction
We set five new auction records at our first fall sale of Illustration Art last Thursday, including new high prices for Erté, Harvey Kidder, Allen Saalburg and Georges Lepape, whose 1927 Vogue cover, Le Miroir, sold for $52,500.
A recently rediscovered original watercolor by Dr. Seuss for Tadd and Todd, 1950, went to a private collector for $23,750. The New Yorker cartoons and covers performed well, with a full-page Addams Family cartoon by Charles Addams, featuring Morticia and Lurch, going for $20,000.
The next auction for the Illustration Art department will be held in Spring 2017.
We accept consignments on a rolling basis: more information on selling at Swann.
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Swann Auction Galleries: Two Centuries of Photographic Masterpieces

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Two Centuries of Photographic Masterpieces at Swann Galleries’ Fall Sale

New 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).


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Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks

Art & Storytelling:
Photographs & Photobooks
Swann Auction
Now Online
Auction Tuesday,
October 25 - 1:00 pm
Daile Kaplan, Director
Photographs & Photobooks
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Clockwise from top left:
Circle of Anna Atkins,
ca. 1850 - Lot 1
291, complete series,
1915-16 - Lot 380
Tracey Moffatt, 1994 - Lot 284
Edward Ruscha, 1963-78 - Lot 413
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Goings-on at Swann, Newsletter #1: August 25, 2016

Welcome to the first installment of our semiweekly newsletter. Each issue will explore the highlights and activities of Swann Auction Galleries, including videos from specialists, peeks behind the scenes and information about upcoming events. We hope you will join us by signing up on our website .

We decided to start by celebrating the past year. From million-dollar sales to newly-discovered canvases,   2015-16 was too exciting to keep to ourselves.

The Art Collection of Maya Angelou  came to Swann for a short but well-attended sale that started our auction season in September 2015. Before the auction, much of the work from the collection had never been publicly displayed, which made this a unique opportunity to see a more private side of an influential cultural force. 

Listen to Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo speak about Dr. Angelou's poetic legacy here .

Anne and Margot Frank's inscribed copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales sold in our May Autographs  auction to The Museum of World War II outside Boston. This was the first major offering of Anne Frank material at auction in over two decades. One of the last offerings was a set of letters sent by Anne and Margot to their American pen-pals  sold by Swann for $165,000 in 1988 . Read the full story here , or in The New York Times

In the News Fine Books & Collections : Oscar Wilde Didn't Fancy "The Book Fancier"

The New York Times : Letters From a Secret Courtship in 19th-Century Brooklyn Evoke a Jane Austen Plot

A Year of Records
Last year we saw 95 records across 31 sales, with some of our departments even breaking their own records.

A Previously Unknown Edition of the Bay Psalm Book surfaced at Swann for our February sale of Printed & Manuscript Americana . Specialist Rick Stattler shares his discovery and recounts the storied provenance of this book. 

Read about it in The Boston Globe .

Photographs & Photobooks Director Daile Kaplan tells the tale of how Ansel Adams captured his iconic image, Moonrise, Hernandez , New Mexico . The rare 1950s mural-sized print sold for $221,000 in February.

Watch the full video .

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Swann Auction Gallery Fall Schedule

Auction Schedule | Fall 2016
"We are delighted to be able to offer you this preview of our upcoming autumn season - more so than ever we are bringing to market exceptional items that will appeal to collectors, dealers and institutions."
– Nicholas D. Lowry, Swann Galleries President
Illustration Art, SEP 29: Erté, La Cage Improvisée, 1922. 
African-American Fine Art, OCT 6: Romare Bearden, All The Things You Are, 1988.
Consignment Deadline: July 25
25 | Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks
Consignment Deadline: July 25
27 | Rare & Important Travel Posters
Consignment Deadline: July 27
Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks, OCT 25: Tracey Moffat, Beauty (In Wine), 1994.
Rare & Important Travel Posters, OCT 27: Bern Hill, Main Line of Mid America, 1951. 
01 | Autographs
03 | Old Master Through Modern Prints
Consignment Deadline: August 23
10 | 19th & 20th Century Literature
15 | Contemporary Art
Consignment Deadline: September 13
17 | Printed & Manuscript Americana
Consignment Deadline: August 17
01 | Art, Press & Illustrated Books
Consignment Deadline: September 1
08 | Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books
Consignment Deadline: September 8
19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings, SEP 22: Salvador Dalí, The Reality of a Dream, 1960. 
Art, Press & Illustrated Books, DEC 1: Nietzche, Also Sprach Zarathustra, 1908.
19th & 20th Century Literature, NOV 10: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince, 1943. 
Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books, OCT 18: Oscar Eckenstein, The Karakorams and Kashmir, 1896. 
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UPDATE: Swann Auction Galleries June 21, 2016 Printed and Manuscript Americana Auction

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Lot 31 John Andre drawings

UPDATE FROM ALEXANDRA NELSON, Communications Director, Swann Auction Galleries:



thumbnail Lot 198 Book of Mormon Courtesy of Swann Auction GalleriesNew York–Swann Galleries’ June 21 sale of Printed & Manuscript Americana brought more than $700,000, capping off a standout year for Americana at the house, which has seen buoyant prices in the 2015-16 auction season.


     Book Department Director and Americana Specialist Rick Stattler said, "Following million-dollar auctions in September 2015 and February 2016, this sale marked the first time in more than thirty years that we have offered three general Americana sales in one fiscal year. The results show a strong audience for quality material of the colonial period, the American Revolution, and the Western frontier, all of which continue to out-perform expectations.”


     The top lot of the auction was a first-edition Book of Mormon, which brought $52,500, close to a record for a rebound copy of the religious text. A pencil portrait drawn by British spymaster John André broke the record for any André manuscript, selling for $47,500 to a collector, while another record-setter was a first edition of Lucy Smith’s Biographical Sketches of Joseph Smith the Prophet, 1853, which sold for $3,500. Overall, 100% of the Mormon-related material offered sold.

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The Esther Salinas Collection of Fine Illustrated & Plate Books Auction Tuesday June 14, 2016 at 1:30

Auction Tomorrow: The Esther Salinas Collection of Fine Illustrated & Plate Books, Tuesday, June 14

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Auction Tomorrow
Tuesday, June 14
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Exhibition Continues
Monday  June 13  10 - 6
Tuesday  June 14  10 - 12
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Clockwise from top left (detail):
Arthur Rackham, Wagner's
Ring Cycle, 1910 - Lot 144
Arthur Szyk, Le Livre d'Esther,
1925 - Lot 15
The Boydell Shakespeare,
1793-1805 - Lot 79
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Final Results of Swann Auction Galleries' May 26 Maps & Atlases Auction Sale 2417

Cedid Atlas

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Lot 199

Mahmud Raif Efendi, Cedid atlas tercümesi, with 25 hand-colored maps, folio, Istanbul, 1803 or 1804. Sold May 26, 2016 for $118,750, the atlas's first appearance at auction.

Elihu Barker Map

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Lot 5

Elihu Barker & Mathew Carey, A Map of Kentucky from Actual Survey, large wall map on two joined sheets, Philadelphia, circa 1794. Sold May 26, 2016 for $37,500, an auction record.

For full auction sales results click here.

For the original discussion of the sale on Passed Time, including links to articles about many of the maps and mapmakers, click here

 FYI: Swann Auctions is introducing a new Maps & Atlases specialist Caleb Kiffer. Caleb has more than a dozen years of experience handling this material and he will be stepping in as custodian of this growing department at Swann. 

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AUCTION RESULTS: Autographs at Swann Auction Galleries - Anne Frank Book

PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF SALE 2413, May 5, 2016:                                                                                                                                          

   Anne & Margot Frank’s copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Lot 46 Anne Frank Grimms Fairy Tales      

Anne and Margot Frank's copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales, signed and inscribed by Anne, with Margot's ink owner stamp, Vienna 1925, inscription Amsterdam, circa 1940. Sold with a letter from Otto Frank, gifting book to previous owner. Sold May 5, 2016 for $62,500.  (Pre-sale estimate $20,000 to $30,000)
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296      Oscar Wilde, Autograph Manuscriptunsigned, fragmentary notes on four leaves, circa 1886.                                      $20,000 D

Lot 296 Oscar Wilde Mss sm

Oscar Wilde, Autograph Manuscript, unsigned, fragmentary notes for a review in which Wilde panned a book on book collecting, circa 1886. Sold May 5, 2016 for $20,000. (Pre-sale estimate $5,000 to $7,500)
** Image courtesy of Swann Auction Gallery **

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