Swann

Swann Auction Galleries in New York are an auction house that have been trading in rare and antiquarian books and works on paper since 1941.

The family-run business moved to new and larger premises in 1999, and now holds over 40 sales every year.


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Sea-Wolf in a sorry state has auction bite

26 November 2018

The jacket of the 1904 first of Jack London’s The Sea-Wolf shown right is quite obviously in a sorry state – falling apart and with sizeable sections missing all round. It is, however, a jacket previously known only by rumour or talk of ‘one other copy thought to exist’.

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Fifteenth century travel yarn on track for record

05 November 2018

Illustrated below is a spread from a 1488 edition of a popular account of travels to various parts of the world that is generally referred to as a compilation by Sir John Mandeville.

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Female art designers in focus as London travel posters come up for auction in New York

04 October 2018

If you enjoy ‘spot the difference’ competitions, a pair of British travel posters coming up at auction in the US will be of immediate interest.

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Three upcoming lots in the US including a Eugène Delacroix portrait

24 September 2018

The Old Masters section of Doyle’s auction in New York on October 31 will include a portrait by the French 19th century artist Eugène Delacroix.

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'The North American Indian' goes under the hammer at New York auction house where similar volume set a record in 2012

17 September 2018

An early photography book chronicling the lives and customs of Native American tribes is expected to reach $1.5m when it goes under the hammer in New York City next month.

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Opportunities abound for buying traditional European art and antiques in the US

17 September 2018

Following more than a century of art market activity, opportunities now abound to buy traditional European art and antiques in the US

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New York auction features Leonetto Cappiello posters

23 July 2018

Swann Galleries is offering its largest-ever selection of posters promoting food and drink in the firm’s August 1 auction of vintage posters, with more than 75 examples available.

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Drewdunnit: cover story of a teenage sleuth

02 July 2018

Dating from 1944, the ink, watercolour and gouache artwork shown belowwas made by Russell H Tandy to illustrate the cover of The Secret in the Old Attic, the 21st of Carolyn Keene’s ‘Nancy Drew’ mysteries.

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'Peanuts strip' by Charles Schulz offered at Swann

28 May 2018

Comic strip artworks to be offered as part of the June 5 ‘Illustration Art’ sale at Swann Auction Galleries will include a 1970 'Peanuts strip' by Charles Schulz estimated at $20,000-30,000.

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Postal worker delivers top sums

28 May 2018

Science fiction and fantasy were among the lifelong principal collecting interests of the late Stanley Simon, a postal worker from Queens. In a recent 19th and 20th century literature sale held in his home city of New York a number of his books brought record bids.

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Corruption, catechisms and cacti

14 May 2018

Mexican lots, one of them relating to the working of a silver mine in the 16th century, produced some of the higher bids in a recent Americana sale.

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Man Ray’s London Underground poster is star lot of New York auction

11 May 2018

Man Ray’s eye-catching 1938 promotional poster for the London Underground was the toast of Swann Auction Galleries’ recent graphic design auction in New York.

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Rare London Underground poster designed by Man Ray to be auctioned in New York

30 April 2018

A classic, rare 1938 poster for the London Underground designed by the Surrealist artist Man Ray is one of the highlights of a graphic design sale to be held by Swann Galleries on May 3.

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Archive packed with iconic space photographs to sell for thousands in New York

17 April 2018

An archive of 1500 photos recording the early days of the US space programme goes under the hammer at Swann Auction Galleries this week.

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Music marks abolitionist’s return from exile

16 April 2018

Composed to mark the departure from these shores after two years of self-imposed exile in Ireland and England, a Farewell Song of Frederick Douglass, on Quitting England for America – the Land of his Birth was published in London in 1847.

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Lady, can you spare a dime?

16 April 2018

Rather slimmer than he is seen in the later films that are perhaps his principal memorial, this ink self-portrait by the comedian, juggler and actor WC Fields dates from his earlier, vaudeville years.

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Rare copy of Thomas Paine's 'The American Crisis' offered at Swann New York

02 April 2018

The English-born political theorist Thomas Paine lived through the most turbulent of times.

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Sidney works gain life after death

26 March 2018

None of the works by the Elizabethan poet, courtier and soldier Sir Philip Sidney (1554-86) were actually published in his lifetime.

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Auction previews from New York and Paris

05 February 2018

A selection of stand-out lots in upcoming sales.

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Storm lifts on the fashion world

15 January 2018

Used as the catalogue cover design for an Illustration Art sale held by Swann (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) of New York was the George Lepape watercolour, ‘Après la Tempeste’ shown below.

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