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Swann Galleries: Illustration Art

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Auction Name Illustration Art Total Sales (USD) 715,017.00
Auction Date 01/28/2021 - 01/28/2021 Low Estimate of Lots Sold (USD) 376,960.00
Sale Number #2556 High Estimate of Lots Sold (USD) 554,290.00
Total Lots 280
Sold Lots 228 Low Estimate of All Lots (USD) 439,910.00
% of Lots Sold 81.43% High Estimate of All Lots (USD) 646,340.00
Unsold Lots 52 Total Sales as a % of High Est. 110.63%

Top twenty-five by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
211 JOSEPH F. KERNAN

"College Football." Cover of The Saturday Evening Post, published October 15, 1932.

1932 USD 25,000.00 - 35,000.00 USD 75,000.00
216 LESLIE THRASHER

"Conference on the Mound." Cover for The Saturday Evening Post, published June 8, 1912.

1912 USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 37,500.00
244 JOSEPH CHRISTIAN LEYENDECKER

Golfer Lighting a Cigarette. Probable study for cigarette advertisement, possibly unpublished, circa 1920.

circa 1920. USD 7,000.00 - 10,000.00 USD 30,000.00
68 EDMUND DULAC

"They overtook him just as he reached the steps of the main porch." Illustration of Fatima's two brothers murdering Bluebeard, for the tale of Bluebeard, published in The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales. From the Old French, retold by Sir Arthur Qu

1910 USD 6,000.00 - 9,000.00 USD 18,750.00
89 ROCKWELL KENT

"Rockwell / Alaska MCMXVIII" Frontispiece illustration to Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska.

USD 3,500.00 - 5,000.00 USD 15,000.00
199 CHARLES SCHULZ

"I'll have to go back to the house...I forgot my rubbers..." Original 4-panel "Peanuts" comic strip featuring Linus and Lucy,

1960 USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 15,000.00
159 CONSTANTIN ALAJALOV

Family Tree. Cover illustration for The New Yorker, published February 12, 1938.

1938 USD 3,000.00 - 4,000.00 USD 11,875.00
222 RUTH EASTMAN

Hitting the Links of Palm Beach. Proposed cover for The Saturday Evening Post, circa mid-1920s.

circa mid-1920s. USD 5,000.00 - 7,500.00 USD 11,875.00
124 N.C. WYETH

Captain John Alden / Heading Canto IV. Illustration for page 51 of The Courtship of Miles Standish, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1920 USD 3,000.00 - 4,000.00 USD 11,250.00
158 CHARLES ADDAMS

One Pin. Cartoon for The New Yorker, published June 16, 1962, with their stamp on verso.

1962 USD 6,000.00 - 9,000.00 USD 11,250.00
191 [OTTO MESSMER].

"I'll sneak in and snatch a snooze." * "How can I sleep?" Together, two original "Felix the Cat" Sunday comics, published September 10 and December 24, 1933, respectively, with King Features Syndicate pastedowns.

1933 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 11,250.00
123 N.C. WYETH

Standish Reading / "Heading Canto II". Illustration for page 17 of The Courtship of Miles Standish, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1920 USD 5,000.00 - 7,500.00 USD 10,000.00
172 BARBARA SHERMUND

A Day at the Beach. Cover for The New Yorker, published August 5, 1944.

1944 USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD 9,375.00
192 [OTTO MESSMER].

"Shucks!! It's too high for me to reach." * "You've got to be an aviator to hunt for wild geese..." Together, two original "Felix the Cat" Sunday comics, published January 14 and 21, 1934

1934 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 9,375.00
19 BRIAN FROUD

"The Mountain." Published in Once Upon a Time: Some Contemporary Illustrators of Fantasy, by David Larkin

1976, plate 22 and in Fantastic People by Allan Scott USD 2,500.00 - 3,500.00 USD 8,125.00
218 MICHAEL BROWN

Leven Links.

circa early 20th century. USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 8,125.00
57 FRANKLIN BOOTH

"Mount Holyoke College Today." Illustration for an article of the same title by Charles Selden, published in The Ladies Home Journal, Vol. 43 no. 8, August 1926, page 21.

1926 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 7,280.00
114 NORMAN ROCKWELL

Portrait of Whitney Darrow, Jr. as an old man.

USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD 7,250.00
125 N.C. WYETH

Teepees by the Forest / Headpiece Canto VII. Illustration for page 105 of The Courtship of Miles Standish, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1920 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 7,250.00
33 WILLIAM PÈNE DU BOIS

William's Doll. Together, 16 storyboard illustrations for an alternate cover and nearly complete interior pages of book of the same name by Charlotte Zolotow

1972. Watercolor and graphite on paper, most with applied text. Image sizes vary, sheets each measure 275x375 mm; 11x14 3/4 inches. Several signed "William Pène du Bois" in image area. Hinged to boards with paper mattes, with the exception of the alternat USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 7,000.00
11 ERIC CARLE

Black Cat. Collage, ink and gouache on board. 305x241 mm; 12x9 1/2 inches. Signed "Eric Carle" in ink, lower right image and inscribed "For Hens with best wishes!" Hens Gettmer was the publisher of Carle's books in The Netherlands

USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD 6,750.00
52 LUDWIG BEMELMANS

Couple in Lamp Light.

[19]33 USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD 6,750.00
25 EZRA JACK KEATS

Drawing of Peter from The Snowy Day, prominently featured on a charming Typed Letter Signed to a young boy named Matthew.

USD 800.00 - 1,200.00 USD 6,500.00
12 ERIC CARLE

"THAT Lion!" A recreation of the lion in Carle's book Do You Want to Be My Friend?

1971. Paper collage with ink, watercolor, chalk, and fixative on board. 280x355 mm; 11x14 inches. Captioned, signed "Eric Carle" and inscribed to a young fan "For Matt with my very best wishes," lower margin. USD 2,500.00 - 3,500.00 USD 6,250.00
20 BRIAN FROUD

Peering elf. Frontispiece to The Land of Froud, edited by David Larkin

1977. Mixed media with watercolor, graphite, gouache, and ink on paper. 23 1/4x12 1/4 inches USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD 6,250.00
  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>May 12, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> CURRIER and IVES, publishers -- After Frances F. Palmer. The Rocky Mountains. Emigrants Crossing the Plains, 1866. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [BIBLE, in English]. <i>The New Testament of Jesus Christ, translated faithfully into English.</i> Rheims, 1582. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [BIBLE, in Latin]. <i>Biblia latina.</i> Venice: Franz Renner of Hailbrun [Heilbrunn], 1483. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>May 12, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822). Autograph letter signed ("P. B. S."), to Charles Ollier. Florence, Italy, 15 December 1819. “MY PROMETHEUS IS THE BEST THING I EVER WROTE.” $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> RAMSAY, David (1749-1815). <i>The History of the Revolution of South-Carolina…</i> Trenton: Isaac Collins, 1785. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [BINDINGS]. MUIR, John (1838-1914). <i>The Writings of John Muir.</i> Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916-1924. 10 vols. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>May 12, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [CHICAGO] -- <i>Park & Guide Map of Chicago.</i> Chicago: Jas. Van Vechten, 1873. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> CURRIER and IVES, publishers -- After Frances F. Palmer. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [ALLEN PRESS]. SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). <i>Romeo and Juliet.</i> Greenbrae: Allen Press, 1988. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>May 12, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> BEMELMANS, Ludwig (1898-1962). Pencil drawing on paper. 247 x 198 mm, sight, matted and framed. Showing a child shooting at a baby's balloon. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [LOGAN ELM PRESS]. HARVEY, Rebecca. <i>Any Number of Things.</i> Ohio State University, 2013. Single sheet paper scroll. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> BINYON, Laurence (1869-1943). A small archive of letters and pamphlets. $200 to $300.
  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Bibliothèque littéraire<br>Hubert Heilbronn<br>11 May 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s May 11:</b> Breton, André. <i>Nadja.</i> Paris, N.R.F., Gallimard, 1928. €15,000 to €20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s May 11:</b> [Stendhal, Henri Beyle dit]. <i>Le Rouge et le Noir,</i> chronique du XIXe siècle. Paris, Levavasseur, 1831. €20,000 to €30,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s May 11:</b> Dumas, Alexandre. <i>Les Trois mousquetaires.</i> 1844. 8 vols. In 4. Paris, Baudry, 1844. €30,000 to €50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s May 11:</b> Mallarmé, Stéphane -- Edgar Allan Poe. <i>Les Poèmes d’Edgar Poe.</i> Bruxelles, Edmond Deman, 1888. €18,000 to €25,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s May 11:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Le côté de Guermantes II. Sodome et Gomorrhe I. [and] Sodome et Gomorrhe II.</i> Paris, N.R.F., 1921 et 1922. €20,000 to €30,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> <i>Westvaco–Inspirations for Printers,</i> 3 volumes, 1938-61. $200 to $300.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Proef van Letteren, <i>Welk gegooten worden in de Nieuwe Haerlemsche Lettergietery,</i> 1768. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Paul Klee, <i>Bauhaus Ausstellung Juli – Sept.,</i> Weimar, 1923. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Michel Seuphor & Jozef Peeters, <i>Het Overzicht Nos.</i> 22-23-24, Antwerp, 1922. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Wolfrum & Co., <i>Modern Graphik, Serie I…,</i> complete portfolio, 1909. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> <i>Gravure et Fonderie deC. Derriey: Specimen-Album,</i> Paris, 1862. $5,000 to $7,500.
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