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Articles - December - 2012 Issue

Auctions in December

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Christie's Modern & Contemporary Prints. December 5, 2012.

It’s the holiday season and the end of the fall auction season is at hand.  The last scheduled December auction is, as of today, on December 28th.  For the month of December 83 events are scheduled, a stunning number, up 20 from last year.  As in other years December is expected to be a blockbuster although the items in the stratosphere perhaps a bit fewer.  It hardly matters because we are looking for personal gems, not necessarily the fields’ icons.  By tradition the most important material passes from seller to buyer in this period and there is every indication that both consignors and buyers will go home happy.

What’s increasingly different are the numbers of sales and lots.  Not so long ago three or four thousand lots in a week were impressive.  Today the new normal quickly approaches 10,000 and, as the holiday weeks are demonstrating, 16,000 is possible.

Here is what the December auction schedule looks like.  Use the auction search at the top of all pages to search all posted sales together.  It saves time and simultaneously shows you alternative buying options in Books for Sale as well as the number of related records in the AED.
   

Saturday Dec. 1st

Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Sale No. 14592.  Comic Strips

Profiles in History.  Sale No. 12012.  Animation Auction 52 – Internet Only

Galerie Bassenge.  Sale No. 100L.  Modern Art – Part I

Galerie Bassenge.  Sale No. 100L.  Modern Art – Part II

Dirk Soulis.  Prints [34604].  63 lots

Sunday Dec. 2nd
       

Osenat.  Sale No. 13962.  Fontainbleau Empire

National Book Auctions.  Sale No. 120212.  Books, Art, Ephemera, and Collectibles


Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, <i>Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States,</i> pamphlet, 1862. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens & the persons who served him, 1866-1907. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Autograph book with inscriptions by orators Moses Roper & Peter Williams, 1821-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Archive of letters, postcards, and greeting cards sent by Romare Bearden, 1949-87. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br>E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Early German-American anti-slavery broadside, <i>Sclaven-Handel,</i> Philadelphia, 1794. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br><i>The Black Panther: Black Community News Service,</i> 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, <i>I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike,</i> silver print, 1968. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>March For Freedom Now!,</i> poster for the 1960 Republican Convention. $4,000 to $6,000.

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