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Fine Books and Manuscripts Including The World of Hilary Knight at Bonham's Dec. 5

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Highlights from Bonhams' Dec. 5 sale

On December 5th in New York promptly at 10:00 am EST Bonhams will be hosting an important auction of collectible material.  As do auction houses worldwide December frequently includes much of the best material offered all year.  The sale is rich with imaginative 20th century material, including photography.

 

Among the items offered:

 

Lot 10.  Eloise, The Presentation Copy, Inscribed by Kay Thompson to Hilary Knight.  Knight, Hilary, illus.  Kay Thompson’s Eloise.  New York:  Simon and Schuster, 1955

 

Lot 19.  Warhol, Andy.  1928-1987.  Original watercolor, Iced Lemon Delight (cat version).  Estimated $8,000-$12,000

 

Lot 29.  Sendak, Maurice.  1928-2012.  Where the Wild Things Are.  New York:  Harper & Row, 1963.  Estimated $10,000-$15,000

 

Lot 96.  Noland, Kenneth.  1924-2010.  Original Circle Painting, untitled.  Estimated $8,000-

$12,000

 

Lot 129.  Shakespeare, William. 1564-1616.  A Collection of Poems, in Two Volumes … London:  Printed for Bernard Lintott, at the Cross-Keys, between the Two Temple Gates in Fleet-Street. [1710-1711].  Estimated $15,000 - $20,000

 

Lot 205.  Gould, Glenn.  1932-1982.  Glenmn Gould’s extensively annotated copy of Bach’s Goldberg Variatioms (Klavierubung IV. Teil Aria Mit verschiedenen Veranderungen ‘Goldberg-Variationen.  Estimated $100,000 - $150,000

 

Lot 244.  Houdini, Harry.  1874-1926.  A collection of 11 cast iron shackle and lock items from Houdini’s personal collection.  The natural buyer, Ricky Jay, who is reported to have passed away recently, is nevertheless expected to be a factor in the bidding.

 

A careful examination will be rewarding.

 

Here is a link to the sale

www.bonhams.com/auctions/24899

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Eric Carle, <i>The Very Hungry Caterpillar,</i> hand-painted collage. Sold for a record $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Couple passing a giant bird house,</i> watercolor cartoon for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1948. Sold for $16,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Miriam Troop, <i>Rain on Laundry Day,</i> oil on canvas, cover for <i>The Saturday Evening Post,</i> 1940. Sold for $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Rockwell Kent, <i>To All Fascists,</i> ink broadside for The League of American Writers, circa 1937. Sold for $6,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Jo Mielziner, <i>Pet Shop Drop,</i> backdrop design for <i>Pal Joey</i> on Broadway, 1940. Sold for a record $55,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Lee Brown Coye, acrylic cover illustration for the 25th anniversary of <i>Weird Tales,</i> 1944. Sold for $18,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Virgil Finlay, <i>The Outsider & Others,</i> pen & ink dust jacket illustration for H.P. Lovecraft's book, 1939. Sold for $5,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Al Hirschfeld, <i>Paul Robeson as Othello,</i> illustration for <i>The New York Times,</i> 1942. Sold for $68,750
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Frederic Remington, pen & ink illustration for <i>A Scout with the Buffalo Soldiers</i> in <i>The Century</i> magazine, 1889. Sold for $17,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> EARLY AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE. Chronicling 20th century aviation from the earliest Wright Brothers images through commercial and military applications. $50,000 to $70,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> FIRST TELEPHONE CALL TO THE MOON. Partial transcription signed by Apollo 11 astronauts and President Nixon. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> SPUTNIK-1 EMC/EMI LAB MODEL, 1957. Full scale vintage test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite, Moscow, [February, 1957]. $400,000 to $600,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> Apollo 11 Beta cloth crew emblem, SIGNED BY THE ENTIRE APOLLO 11 CREW. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> GEMINI 1/8 SCALE MODEL. Rarely seen large-scale contractor's model. $3,000 to $5,000
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.

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