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Swann Galleries: Printed and Manuscript African Americana

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Auction Name Printed and Manuscript African Americana Total Sales (USD) 1,074,429.00
Auction Date 03/25/2021 - 03/25/2021 Low Estimate of Lots Sold (USD) 380,050.00
Sale Number #2562 High Estimate of Lots Sold (USD) 573,950.00
Total Lots 356
Sold Lots 315 Low Estimate of All Lots (USD) 410,550.00
% of Lots Sold 88.48% High Estimate of All Lots (USD) 619,850.00
Unsold Lots 41 Total Sales as a % of High Est. 173.34%

Top twenty-five by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
246 MARTIN LUTHER KING.

Early draft of the Letter from Birmingham Jail.

1963 USD 15,000.00 - 25,000.00 USD 185,000.00
218

Diary, photographs, and correspondence of modern dance legend Katherine Dunham.

1935-2002 USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 52,500.00
264

4 issues of Black Opals, the legendary limited-edition literary journal.

1927-28 USD 5,000.00 - 7,500.00 USD 45,000.00
68 BENJAMIN BANNEKER.

Banneker's Almanack, and Ephemeris for the Year of our Lord, 1793.

[1792] USD 12,000.00 - 18,000.00 USD 42,500.00
219

Katherine Dunham. Large group of letters by the modern dance star to a close friend.

1946-62 and undated USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD 35,000.00
198 Samuel M. Fassett, photographer.

Scarce carte de visite portrait of Douglass, with his signature on verso.

1878 USD 15,000.00 - 25,000.00 USD 32,500.00
259 Phillis Wheatley.

Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral.

1773 USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 26,250.00
7 [McPherson & Oliver; photographers.]

[The Scourged Back.]

circa 1863 USD 2,500.00 - 3,500.00 USD 21,250.00
220

Group of photographs of the short-lived but influential New York Negro Ballet Company.

circa 1957 USD 700.00 - 1,000.00 USD 21,250.00
2 Sojourner Truth

Narrative of Sojourner Truth, a Northern Slave, Emancipated from Bodily Servitude.

1850 USD 1,500.00 - 2,500.00 USD 16,250.00
247 MARTIN LUTHER KING.

Reel-to-reel tape recording of Dr. King speaking to the SCLC board, January 1968.

1968-01-17 USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 16,250.00
265

Letters to poet and editor Nellie Bright from Jessie Redmon Fauset, Laura Wheeler Waring, and more.

1927-49 and undated USD 1,500.00 - 2,500.00 USD 16,250.00
280

Bounty list for enlisted soldiers, including two Black soldiers.

1777 USD 2,500.00 - 3,500.00 USD 12,500.00
148

Dallas bus segregation sign.

circa 1936-56 USD 3,000.00 - 4,000.00 USD 11,875.00
333

Letters by a Union occupation soldier, one describing the infamous New Orleans Massacre of 1866.

1866-68 USD 400.00 - 600.00 USD 11,875.00
298 E. Simms Campbell, artist.

A Night-Club Map of Harlem, featured in the inaugural issue of "Manhattan:

1933-01-18 USD 15,000.00 - 25,000.00 USD 11,250.00
140 Paul Cuffe.

Invoice drawn up and signed by perhaps the young nation's leading Black merchant.

20 August 1800 USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD 9,375.00
149

Door from the "colored" washroom of a North Carolina fertilizer plant.

circa 1940s? USD 2,500.00 - 3,500.00 USD 9,100.00
52 Loïs Mailou Jones.

Original portrait of activist Sue Bailey Thurman, done for the 1942 "Twelve American Women" calendar.

[1941] USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD 8,750.00
261 Susan Paul.

Memoir of James Jackson, the Attentive and Obedient Scholar,

1835 USD 5,000.00 - 7,500.00 USD 8,750.00
201 FREDERICK DOUGLASS.

Letter concerning his rival Richard Greener.

1882 USD 5,000.00 - 7,500.00 USD 8,125.00
240 Toussaint Louverture.

Signed letter discussing friction with the remaining French officials in Haiti.

1798 USD 3,000.00 - 4,000.00 USD 8,125.00
58

Archive of sketches, correspondence, and other papers of Masood Ali Wilbert Warren.

1940-89 and undated (bulk 1960-1986) USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 7,500.00
151

Group of press photographs and ephemera relating to the Scottsboro Boys.

1932-37 and undated USD 1,000.00 - 1,500.00 USD 7,500.00
305 Kool Lance.

Original maquette for the 1982 Cultural Freebee Jam flyer, with the printed flyer.

1982-02-25 USD 7,000.00 - 10,000.00 USD 7,500.00
  • <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.
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