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Articles - April - 2012 Issue

Auctions:  April in New York

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The signal event for book, maps, manuscripts and ephemera collectors in America is the Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association of America’s annual New York Book Fair in April that attracts the most important dealers, institutions and collectors from across the United States and around the world.  This audience is receptive to dealer offers and auctions and has made April the fertile moment for the New York auction houses - Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heritage, Sotheby’s, and Swann to offer interesting and important material.  This year is no exception.

This April twenty auctions, an auction every thirty-six hours in the works on paper field are scheduled somewhere in New York.  For potential acquirers it’s the opportunity to wade waist-high in exceptional material.

Tuesday April 3rd     Sotheby’s.  Photographs [N08841].  204 lots of iconic and collectible photography.

Tuesday April 3rd Doyle New York.   American Furniture & Decorative Arts.  [12AM01]  228 lots.
Includes regional and historical paintings.

Wednesday April 4th Swann Galleries.  Property from the Estate of Filmmaker Gary Winick / 19th & 20th Century Photographs & Photobooks
 [2274].  473 lots.

Thursday April 5th    Christie’s.  Photographs sold to Benefit Acquisitions for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston [2543].  350 lots.

Tuesday April 10th    Christie’s.  Important Books:  The Private Library of Kenneth Nebenzahl [2622].  165 lots.  A rare night sale.

Wednesday April 11th Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books Signature Auction [6085].  267 lots 

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> <i>Manhattan Gay Scene Guide 1969, Summer Edition,</i> Mattachine Book Service. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Harvey Milk, 2 autograph letters signed, to Pat Mormon, during US Navy service, 1954. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Oscar Wilde, <i>“The secret of life is in Art,”</i> autograph quotation dated and signed, 1882. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Daniel Abraham, original art for <i>Stonewall Romances,</i> pen, ink & gouache, 1979. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Antonio Lopez, 9 men’s fashion studies, graphite, 1974. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Susie Gaynes & Amy E. Bartell, <i>March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights,</i> 1987. $600 to $900.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> <i>Paris is Burning,</i> photo offset poster by Anne Dutlinger, signed by film director Jennie Livingston, 1991. $400 to $600.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Toyen, pen & ink illustration from <i>Marquis de Sade: Justina cili prokletí ctnosti,</i> 1932. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> David Wojnarowicz, <i>Untitled (Genet with Dog),</i> mixed media collage. $8,000 to $12,000.

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