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    Some people made such an impact on history that we see them in multiple sales each season, across widely disparate genres. One such figure was Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who…

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    Specialists in the Field is our segment devoted to specialists incorporating their work into their lives and vice versa. Keavy Handley-Byrne of our Photographs & Photobooks department contributed.   Over…

    The post Specialists in the Field: Keavy Handley-Byrne & Diana Flatto at Magnum Manifesto appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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  • 09/12/17--13:00: Who is Françoise Gilot?
  • The top lot in our September 19 auction of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings is a masterful lithograph by Pablo Picasso of his muse, Françoise Gilot. The following…

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    As Hurricane Harvey roared through Houston last month, an unlikely victim was left behind: the monumental 1953 mural by John Biggers, titled Contribution of Negro Women to American Life and Education.…

    The post John Biggers Mural Damaged by Hurricane Harvey appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    The book arrived in Honolulu by ship from San Francisco on New Year’s Day, 1863, and soon caused a stir throughout the city. It begins by revealing the author’s intent…

    The post A Nineteenth-Century Honolulu Gossip Rag appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    On a trip to her homeland, a young Syrian-American woman named Mary Arbeely kept a diary recording her attempts to connect with her ancestors while feeling deeply homesick. The diary,…

    The post Diary of a Syrian-American Woman, 1908 appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Alma Thomas is renowned for her brightly colored abstract works that seem to dance across canvas and paper, but how did she develop that iconic style? Two paintings that reveal…

    The post Alma Thomas’s Journey to Abstraction appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    The highlight of our October 5 auction of African-American Fine Art is a series of unique works by Charles White that have never before appeared at auction. We spoke to our…

    The post Four Unique Works by Charles White Debut at Auction appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    We opened our fall season with a marathon sale of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings, breaking multiple records and earning more than $2.6M. The September 19 auction offered…

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    Hoards of history-lovers came out to attend the preview for our auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana on September 28. The sale featured a trove of unique material, much of which…

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  • 10/10/17--14:14: Do You Speak Photography?
  • This post was written by our Vice President and Director of Photographs & Photobooks, Daile Kaplan.   Photography is ubiquitous in visual culture. Whether you prefer contemporary works by Alec…

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    A transportive highlight in our October 17 auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books is the rare complete set of first editions detailing Captain James Cook’s voyages around the…

    The post The First Accounts of Captain Cook’s Fateful Voyage appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    The following post was written by Keavy Handley-Byrne of our Photographs & Photobooks department: Magnum Photos, founded as a cooperative agency in 1947, is perhaps the most well-known photographic collective…

    The post Magnum Photographs: 70th Anniversary appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    The development of manned flight from hot air balloon to heavier-than-air machines was recorded and disseminated to the public via promotional posters. Some of the most influential works from this…

    The post Marvel at Early Aviation Posters from 1910 appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Four works exceeded $100,000 at our sale of African-American Fine Art on Thursday, October 5. A wealth of unique paintings, drawings and monotypes distinguished the sale of approximately 150 lots, nearly…

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    American artist Will Barnet is known for his intimate, foreshortened views of women with cats, but his oeuvre, spanning nearly a century, reveals a diverse and multifaceted artist who transcended…

    The post Works from Will Barnet’s Estate at Auction appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Our November 7 auction of Autographs is especially noteworthy for a collection of musical autographs from the estate of Jimmy Van Heusen.     Jimmy Van Heusen was an American…

    The post The Jimmy Van Heusen Collection of Musical Autographs appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Children’s literature is a perennially popular genre. We were all children once, and the antics of Willy Wonka and imagination of Max shaped our early lives in a way that…

    The post Children’s Literature for Adults appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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  • 11/14/17--15:23: Arthur Luiz Piza
  • Arthur Luiz Piza, a Brazilian mixed media artist trained in Paris, leads an ever-growing section of Latin American art in our biannual auctions of Contemporary Art.  An especially unusual piece…

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    A historic map shows us where we’ve been, not only geographically but also in terms of the extent of our knowledge, our beliefs and even our technology. Two works coming…

    The post Schedel’s Map: The Last View of the Old World appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Festschrifts, usually academic in nature, can also be jovial. An exceptional example, coming to auction in our December 14 sale of Illustration Art, features contributions from some of the greatest…

    The post Daffydils: A Cartoon Festschrift appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    A scrapbook, presumably kept by an inker at Walt Disney Studios, reveals much about the production of Snow White. The album is a highlight in our December 14 auction of Illustration…

    The post Ingeborg Willy & the Making of Snow White appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Our October 17 auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books  garnered eager interest from bibliophiles, exceeding the sale’s high estimate and earning more than half a million dollars.…

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    On October 19 our sale of Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks combined works spanning the lifetime of the medium into an auction intended to “highlight the interrelationships between fine art, documentary and…

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    Our annual auctions of Rare & Important Travel Posters are destinations in and of themselves. On October 26, we offered more spectacular examples that embodied a century’s worth of technological development.…

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    A new auction record for any print by American master Edward Hopper was established at our auction of Old Master Through Modern Prints on November 2. The extremely rare etching The…

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    Our auction on November 7 saw fine results for Autographs by important historical figures in a variety of fields, from government to science to music. The total of $662K exceeded the…

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    Our auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature on November 14 offered a veritable library of scarce first editions and inscriptions by authors from the last two centuries. More than…

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    In our most encyclopedic offering of Contemporary Art to date, the November 16 auction saw active bidding, with works by Josef Albers, Jean Arp and Christo exceeding their estimates and…

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    Maps were so plentiful at our December 5 auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books that one could be forgiven for getting lost. Many buyers chose…

    The post Records & Results: Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    The grand finale of our 2017 roster was a successful auction of Illustration Art on December 14. Highlights of the sale ranged from large-scale oil paintings to sentimental children’s characters…

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  • 12/28/17--14:06: 2017: Year in Review
  • In our diamond anniversary year, we offered a star-studded roster of 30 auctions, setting nearly 100 records and introducing countless items to the market, including a previously unknown photograph of Harriet…

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  • 01/04/18--13:15: The Top Five Fahrenheit 451s
  • According to our Literature specialist John D. Larson, there are five first editions of Fahrenheit 451 of interest to collectors. As with all important modern first editions, a set of criteria…

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    On May 30, 1968, Bertha Trujillo became the first woman awarded a doctorate of matadorship, the highest technical level achieved in bullfighting. The photographs appearing in our February 15 auction…

    The post Bertha Trujillo: Matadora in Photographs appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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  • 01/19/18--15:12: What Sets A Chart Apart?
  • We asked specialist Caleb Kiffer to reminisce about some of the most interesting and important charts we’ve handled in the last few years. Why charts? We wanted to explore (pun…

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  • 01/29/18--07:24: Lewis Hine’s Legacy
  • Scarce and important prints spanning the career of pioneering photojournalist Lewis W. Hine crown our February 15 auction of Icons & Images: Photographs & Photobooks. Here are some notes from the…

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    In advance of our February 15 auction of Icons & Images: Photographs & Photobooks, we asked Associate Director Deborah Rogal to talk about the planning that goes into a successful…

    The post Cataloguing History’s Darker Moments appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Specialists in the Field is an informal summer segment of the blog in which we speak to specialists at Swann about their extracurricular activities. Unsurprisingly, their interests are generally aligned…

    The post Specialists in the Field: Summer Reading List appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    With the recent NPR coverage questioning whether an anonymous photograph actually depicts Amelia Earhart on a wharf in Jaluit Atoll, photography’s role as historic evidence is once again in the…

    The post Daile Kaplan on The Thrill of Photographic Discovery appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Our August 2 auction of Vintage Posters features the largest — and best — selection of war posters we have ever offered. As England prepared to enter World War Two,…

    The post Abram Games’s Sultry Poster Causes a Stir appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Shrewd perusers of our sales may notice a familiar eave lurking in the catalogue for our upcoming auction of Vintage Posters: the iconic orange roof of the beach house at…

    The post Isle Adam: Timeless & Inspiring appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    An unusual lot in our upcoming auction of Vintage Posters features a colorful individual: Captain Costentenus, a Greek Albanian man tattooed from head to foot.     Captain Costentenus was…

    The post The Symbiotic Relationship Between Tattoos & Posters appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Nigel Freeman, founder and director of our African-American Fine Art department, is in London this week visiting some familiar images. Two of the works in the Tate Modern’s latest exhibition, Soul of…

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    More than 600 colorful advertisements and announcements crossed the block at our sale of Vintage Posters on Wednesday, August 2. The encyclopedic selection represented a century’s worth of development in…

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    Keavy Handley-Byrne of our Photographs & Photobooks department has put together a cheat sheet for identifying some of the more common types of photographs we handle.   A cyanotype print…

    The post Identifying Types of Photographic Prints appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    The following was written by Vice President and Director of Photographs & Photobooks, Daile Kaplan:   I love looking at photographs in both black-and-white and color iterations. Long before streaming…

    The post Black and White All Over: The Riddle of Classical Photography appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    One of the best parts of working at Swann is the ability to be surrounded by incredible varieties of art collecting and witness their intersection within our gallery. Our specialists…

    The post Specialists in the Field: Sarah Shelburne at Dia: Beacon appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Nearly a quarter of our March 1 auction of Vintage Posters is devoted to highlights from the collection of renowned poster dealer and aficionado Gail Chisholm. The sale will open…

    The post Gail Chisholm: A Life in Posters appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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      Diego Rivera’s scarce lithograph El sueño (La noche de los pobres), 1932, leads a vibrant section of Latin-American art in this dynamic sale. Opening the auction is a run of…

    The post A Look Inside the Catalogue: 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Gracing this sale is a poem completed by Walt Whitman on his deathbed, transcribed by a secretary and signed, with holograph edits. It was his last poem, entitled A Thought of…

    The post A Look Inside the Catalogue: Autographs appeared first on Swann Galleries News.