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Articles - July - 2014 Issue

A Sale to be Seen, Not Read About

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Assorted images from the Bloomsbury's Modern and Contemporary Prints

I'm going to keep this article brief because Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' sale of Modern and Contemporary Prints is one that words can only do so much for. Featuring prints from well-known and important artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, the 366-lot catalogue is filled with vivid images. A few of them I will include here, but the rest may be found on Bloomsbury's sale page and are worth a proper look. Do so quickly, though, as the sale takes place July 3rd in London.

With the sale being held in London, it's only right that it begin with a section of modern British Prints. Comprised of mainly individual prints, the complete portfolio of thirty etchings by Henry Moore is also offered at lot 7 for an estimated £40,000-60,000. Also worthy of note are several works by C.R.W. Nevinson, the renowned World War I artist.

Following the British prints is material from continental Europe. Big names such as Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Henry Matisse, Joan Miró, Picasso, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir are all here. I'm not an art critic, therefore I submit for you their images to be judged yourself.

Contemporary prints make up the large majority of the sale, beginning at lot 121 and running to the last 366th lot. Artists from this section include:

- Banksy, the pseudonymous UK-based artist and political activist
- Joseph Beuys
- Sir Peter Blake, known for his work co-creating the sleeve design of the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
- Marcel Broodthaers
- Marcel Duchamp
- Richard Hamilton, creator of some the earliest works of pop art
- Keith Haring
- David Hockney
- Roy Lichtenstein
- Takashi Murakami
- Gerhard Richter
- James Rosenquist
- Joe Tilson
- Andy Warhol

With so many artists and works of art featured, the catalogue for Modern and Contemporary Prints is a must see for collectors of modern prints. The sale is already available for viewing and will continue to be through the day of the sale. The entire catalogue can be viewed online at Bloomsbury's website here, and the PDF version of the catalogue can be viewed and downloaded here.

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  • <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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