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Swann Galleries: The Artists of the WPA

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Auction Name The Artists of the WPA Total Sales (USD) 455,740.00
Auction Date 02/04/2021 - 02/04/2021 Low Estimate of Lots Sold (USD) 268,500.00
Sale Number #2557 High Estimate of Lots Sold (USD) 404,050.00
Total Lots 236
Sold Lots 188 Low Estimate of All Lots (USD) 398,400.00
% of Lots Sold 79.66% High Estimate of All Lots (USD) 600,250.00
Unsold Lots 48 Total Sales as a % of High Est. 75.93%

Top twenty-five by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
54 JOHN VACHON (1914-1975)

A select group of 38 vintage photographs.

Circa1937-42. USD 5,000.00 - 7,500.00 USD 37,500.00
155 REGINALD MARSH (1898-1954)

The Waterfront, New York.

1943 USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 13,750.00
181 ARTHUR GETZ (1913-1998)

Untitled, (WPA Practice Piece).

USD 2,500.00 - 3,500.00 USD 10,625.00
103 NORMAN LEWIS (1909-1979)

Comrades.

USD 5,000.00 - 7,000.00 USD 9,375.00
66 GRANT WOOD (1891-1942)

Tree Planting Group.

1937 USD 5,000.00 - 8,000.00 USD 8,750.00
43 DOROTHEA LANGE (1895-1965)

Hoe Culture, Alabama Tenant Farmer near Anniston.

1936 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 8,125.00
19 DOROTHEA LANGE (1895-1965)

Migrant Mother.

1936; circa 1970. USD 3,000.00 - 4,500.00 USD 7,000.00
86 BERENICE ABBOTT (1898-1991)

Manhattan Bridge (looking up).

1936 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 7,000.00
91 ABRAM TROMKA (1896-1954)

Third Avenue El.

1941 USD 2,500.00 - 3,500.00 USD 7,000.00
172 BENTON SPRUANCE (1904-1967)

The 30's-Windshield.

1939 USD 1,500.00 - 2,500.00 USD 6,750.00
38 THOMAS HART BENTON (1889-1975)

Loading Corn.

1945 USD 1,500.00 - 2,500.00 USD 5,460.00
25 PETER SEKAER (1901-1950)

Old Fashioned Kitchen on Virginia Farm.

1936 USD 1,200.00 - 1,800.00 USD 5,250.00
163 JOSEPH BINDER (1898-1972)

New York World's Fair.

1939 USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD 5,250.00
26 LEON BIBEL (1912-1995)

The Flood.

c.1939 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 5,000.00
223 CLAUDE CLARK (1915 - 2001)

Scribe of Jive (Jivin' Scribe).

1941 USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD 5,000.00
144 WILL BARNET (1911-2012)

Labor.

1935 USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD 4,750.00
113 BERENICE ABBOTT (1898-1991)

Minetta Street, #2, 4, 6, Manhattan.

1935 USD 3,000.00 - 4,500.00 USD 4,500.00
180 ARTHUR ARENT (1904-1972).

Complete working script and production notes for the Federal Theatre Project's "One-Third of a Nation."

1938 USD 600.00 - 900.00 USD 4,500.00
70 WALKER EVANS (1903-1975)

Houses near a steel mill (Bethlehem, PA).

1935; USD 2,500.00 - 3,500.00 USD 4,250.00
138 LOUIS LOZOWICK (1893-1973)

Dead End.

1941 USD 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 USD 4,250.00
142 KYRA MARKHAM (1891-1967)

Lockout.

1937 USD 1,500.00 - 2,500.00 USD 4,250.00
83 SAMUEL MARGOLIES (1897-1974)

Storm Over City Hall.

1936 USD 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 USD 4,000.00
106 BEN SHAHN (1898-1969)

Scene in Smithland, Kentucky.

1935 USD 3,000.00 - 4,500.00 USD 4,000.00
20 ARTHUR ROTHSTEIN (1915-1985)

Dust Storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma.

1936; 1960s. USD 2,500.00 - 3,500.00 USD 3,900.00
153 JACK LEVINE (1915-2010)

Man Standing in a Store Doorway.

USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD 3,750.00
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Travel, Atlases, Maps<br>and Natural History<br>Online Auction<br>27 April – 13 May 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b><br>Daniel Giraud Elliot. <i>A Monograph of the Phasianidae, or Family of the Pheasants,</i> 1870-1872, coloured plates. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b><br>Georg Braun und Franz Hogenberg. <i>Civitates orbis terrarum.</i> Cologne, 1597-c.1606, 5 volumes, hand-coloured, calf. £140,000 to £200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b> Qianren Huang. "Blue Map" of China. [Daoguang, 19th century]. £60,000 to £80,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Travel, Atlases, Maps<br>and Natural History<br>Online Auction<br>27 April – 13 May 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b> Abraham Ortelius. <i>Theatrum orbis terrarum,</i> 1595. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b> Maxime Du Camp. <i>Egypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie. Dessins Photographiques.</i> Paris, 1852. £100,000 to £150,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b><br>China, Canton School. A superb album of 141 watercolours, c.1800. £70,000 to £100,000.
  • <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.
  • <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.
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