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Neal Auction Company: Taking Katrina by Storm


Lot 171. Children's Warbler. 39 x 26" estimated $1,500 - $2,500;

Lot 172. Chuck Wills Widow. 26 x 38" estimated $5,000 - $7,000;

And more than fifty others.

And then there are maps.

Lot 199. Le Rouge, George Louis (French, 1707-1790), Carte de la Floride Occidentale et Louisiane, c. 1777, engraved copper plate map, after Jefferys, from Atlas Ameriquain Septentrionale, sheet 21 1/4 in. x 30 in. $2,000 - $3,000;

Lot 200. Joseph F. Wallet Des Barres (English, 1722-1824), Gulph of Mexico, c. 1780, hand-tinted copper engraved map, from The Atlantic Neptune, showing the coast from the Apelousa River eastward to Pensacola, sheet 33 1/4 in. x 46 in., attractively float mounted and framed. $35,000 - $45,000

Lot 201. Joseph F. Wallet Des Barres (English, 1722-1824), The North East Shore of the Gulph of Mexico, c. 1780, monumental hand-tinted copper engraved map, from The Atlantic Neptune, showing the area from Mobile Bay, AL eastward to Apalachicola, FL., sheet 30 in., x 84 in., attractively float mounted and framed. $30,000 - $50,000

And books ...

Lot 202. Sebastian Muenster (1489-1552), La Cosmographie Universelle, contenant la situation de toutes les parties du monde, avec leurs proprietez & appurtenances, 1565, Antwerp, Henrich Petri, folio, 12 in. x 8 in., first French edition, contemporary sheep, letterpress title-page with large woodcut vignette, woodcut portrait of the author, 14 double-page maps, 38 double-page views, three folding panoramas, illustrated throughout with fine woodcuts depicting peoples, places, historic events, customs and exotic animals, one or two full-page, including separate sections on Africa, Asia and "Des Nouvelles Isles, comment, quand & par qui elle en trouvees" and description of America including accounts of the voyages and explorations of Columbus, Vespucci, Magellan. $20,000 - $30,000 Reference: Sabin, 51397.

203. François Levaillant (1753-1824), Histoire naturelle des oiseaux de paradis et des rolliers, suivie de celle des toucans et des barbus, Paris, Chez Denne & Perlet, [1801]-1806, first edition, 2 volumes, folio, full calf, gilt decoration, with 114 hand-colored engraved plates after Jacques Barraband by Bouquet, Gremilliet, and Peree, printed in colours by Langlois and Rousset. $50,000 - 70,000

204. Mark Catesby (1683-1749), The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands: Containing the Figures of Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents, Insects, and Plants..., 1771, published by Benjamin White, London, third edition, two volumes, folio, 21 1/2 in. x 15 in., full modern calf with gilt, modern red cloth cases, text in French and English, with 220 hand-colored engraved plates after Catesby. $200,000 - $300,000

205. Robert Furber / Publisher, “Twelve Months of Flowers”, 1730, Kensington, twelve hand-colored engravings after Pieter Casteels (Antwerp, 1684-1749), engraved by Henry Fletcher, sight 16 1/4 in. x 12 1/8 in., attractively matted and framed. $30,000 - $50,000

There is more, much more. Regional auction houses have been holding their own against the international majors. This sale will provide an interesting comparison.

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  • <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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