Auctions in New York in March

- by Bruce E. McKinney


Over the past decade auction houses have concentrated their April New York sales around the ABAA fair; creating an auction house – ABAA fair synergy that produced good results on both sides.  This year we’ll get to see how they do separately for while the ABAA show shifted from April to March the auction schedules have maintained their April-May bias.  That leaves March less robustly covered.  And generally, when that happens both the percentage of lots sold and the average lot value rise.  If so, the auctions that are holding sales in New York in March should generally do better than they might otherwise.  We’ll soon see.


Here are the auctions that are scheduled in New York this March.  They have the potential to excel.


My guess?  They’ll outperform.


So what are these sales? 


On March 1st Christie’s is hosting a sale titled Contemporary Editions


On March 2nd at Swann:  19th & 20th Century Prints and Drawings


On March 8th at Heritage:  Rare Books


On March 9th at Bonhams:  Fine Books and Manuscripts


On March 9th at Swann:  Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books


On March 16 at Sotheby’s:  Fine Classical Chinese Art


On March 16 at Swann:  Vintage Posters


On March 21st at Swann:  Illustration Art


On March 25th at Mid-Hudson: Arader Galleries:  An important selection


On March 27th at Bonhams:  TCM presents rock and roll through the lens


On March 30th at Swann:  Printed and Manuscript African Americana