• <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Oscar Wilde, <i>“The secret of life is in Art,”</i> autograph quotation dated and signed, 1882. Sold for $15,600.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>Manhattan Gay Scene Guide 1969, Summer Edition,</i> Mattachine Book Service. Sold for $3,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Toyen, pen & ink illustration from <i>Marquis de Sade: Justina cili prokletí ctnosti,</i> 1932. Sold for $26,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Antonio Lopez, 9 men’s fashion studies, graphite, 1974. Sold for $6,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Harvey Milk, 2 autograph letters signed, to Pat Mormon, during US Navy service, 1954. Sold for $2,210.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Daniel Abraham, original art for <i>Stonewall Romances,</i> pen, ink & gouache, 1979. Sold for $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> David Wojnarowicz, <i>Untitled (Genet with Dog),</i> mixed media collage. Sold for $27,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Susie Gaynes & Amy E. Bartell, <i>March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights,</i> 1987. Sold for $1,188.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>Paris is Burning,</i> photo offset poster by Anne Dutlinger, signed by film director Jennie Livingston, 1991. Sold for $1,500.
  • <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> <i>All-Negro Comics</i> Issue #1, 1947. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Early Memoir of a Black Hairdresser, 1859. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> First Edition <i>Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, An African,</i> 1782. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Bessie Coleman Aero News Vol. 1 Issue 1, May 1930, Signed by William J. Powell. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Book of Poetry and Music by Formerly Illiterate Author Thomas Young, 1897. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Cabinet Card of 24th Infantryman, Tombstone, Arizona Territory, circa 1882. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> James Baldwin Portrait by Carl Van Vechten, 1955. $3,500 to $4,500.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> <i>The Pacific Appeal</i> Newspaper, San Francisco, 1877. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Only Known Copy <i>Spreading Joy,</i> Uplift History of African Americans in Los Angeles, 1937. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> 1940 Los Angeles <i>The Official Central Avenue District Directory.</i> $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> GRÉGOIRE, Henri (French, 1750-1831). <i>An Enquiry Concerning the Intellectual and Moral Faculties, and Literature of Negroes,</i> First American Edition, 1810. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> 1893 Indian Territory Album with Images of Tacky Grayson. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>November 24</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> STEVE JOBS / WOZNIAK. Signed Lid for Apple II computer & related materials. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> [TESLA, NIKOLA] MARTIN, THOMAS COMMERFORD. Inscribed. <i>The Inventions, Researches and Writings of Nikola Tesla...</i> $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> TOCQUEVILLE, ALEXIS DE. <i>Democracy in America.</i> First American editions of both volumes. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>November 24</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Two typed letters signed to Professor Julian Hugo Bonfante, with associated materials. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> Attr. to BENING, ALEXANDER (SANDER). Pair of arch-topped miniatures (of the Adoration and the Deposition respectively), likely extracted from a Book of Hours. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> LEESER, ISAAC. <i>The Law of God.</i> First edition of the first Jewish translation of the Pentateuch into English. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>November 24</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> [RACKHAM, ARTHUR] WALTON, IZAAK. <i>The Compleat Angler; or the Contemplative Man's Recreation...</i> $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> LICHTENSTEIN, ROY. Drawings and Prints. First printing with a small drawing in color depicting three lemons initialed by Lichtenstein. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> Rare set of 12-inch Bardin globes on stands. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> MONTAIGNE, MICHEL EYQUEM DE [JOHN FLORIO, trans.]. <i>The Essayes Or Morall, Politike and Millitarie Discourses of Lo:...</i> $25,000 to $35,000.

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Auction Info

Auction Name
American Manuscripts and Other Property from the Collection of Elsie and Philip Sang - bidstart 9/30
Auction Date
10/14/2020 - 10/14/2020
Sale Number
#N10599
Total Lots
113
Sold Lots
91
Lots Sold
80.53%
Unsold Lots
22
Total Sales (USD)
734,454.00
Low Estimate of Lots Sold (USD)
428,200.00
High Estimate of Lots Sold (USD)
629,500.00
Low Estimate of All Lots (USD)
1,232,300.00
High Estimate of All Lots (USD)
1,771,900.00
Total Sales as a % of High Est.
41.45%

Top twenty by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
3 THOMAS JEFFERSON

In a compelling and wide-ranging letter to his old friend Philip Mazzei, Thomas Jefferson expresses confidence in the "incalculable value" of the just-completed Louisiana Purchase

1804 USD 100,000.00 - 150,000.00 USD 163,800.00
2 JOHN ADAMS

In a letter candid even by the standards of his correspondence with Benjamin Rush, John Adams discusses the site of the Federal government, appointments to the first Supreme Court, and his view of the vice presidency

1789 USD 35,000.00 - 50,000.00 USD 52,920.00
1 GEORGE WASHINGTON

George Washington plans the retaliatory Sullivan Expedition against Upstate New York Tories and their allies from the Iroquois Confederacy

1779 USD 30,000.00 - 40,000.00 USD 47,880.00
84

Autograph music manuscript of George and Ira Gershwin's "Who Cares?" from the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Of Thee I Sing.

ca.1930–31 USD 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD 44,100.00
99 ALBERT EINSTEIN

A cosmological aphorism signed by Albert Einstein

USD 1,500.00 - 2,000.00 USD 40,320.00
21 ULYSSES S. GRANT

President Grant pardons the three Rochester, New York, election officials who allowed Susan B. Anthony to vote in the 1872 presidential election

1874 USD 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 USD 40,320.00
18 ANDREW JOHNSON

President Andrew Johnson paroles five leading Confederate politicians, including the former Vice President and two cabinet members

1865 USD 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 USD 30,240.00
89 OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II

Oscar Hammerstein II. Autograph fair copy of the lyrics for "Ol' Man River" and other material

1941 USD 7,000.00 - 10,000.00 USD 20,160.00
24 JAMES A. GARFIELD

A warm letter, written and signed by President Garfield in office, thanking George Bancroft for roses sent to the First Lady

1881 USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 17,640.00
86 GEORGE GERSHWIN

Contract signed by Gershwin and others for the original production of Porgy and Bess

1935 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 15,120.00
11 JOHN TYLER

Against the backdrop of continuing boundary negotiations with Mexico and Texas, President Tyler offers assistance to a young relative of Chief Justice Roger Taney

1843 USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD 11,970.00
7 JOHN QUINCY ADAMS

John Quincy Adams explains the motivations for President Washington's retirement to Jean Luzac, editor of the highly influential Gazette de Leyde

1796 USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 11,340.00
39 WARREN G. HARDING

A very rare autograph letter signed by Warren G. Harding as President

1922 USD 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 USD 10,710.00
97 JACOB DUCHÉ

A printed broadside letter and an autograph letter by Jacob Duché, erstwhile official chaplain to Congress

1776 USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 10,080.00
38 WOODROW WILSON

Woodrow Wilson confides to a pacifist supporter that the involvement of allied nations in World War I constrains him from publicly speaking for peace

1915 USD 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 USD 10,080.00
56 ABIGAIL ADAMS

AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED ("ABIGAIL ADAMS") AS FIRST LADY TO MRS. ELBRIDGE (ANN THOMPSON) GERRY, INFORMING HER OF HER HUSBAND'S ARRIVAL IN PARIS AS A SPECIAL DIPLOMATIC COMMISSIONER

1797 USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 8,820.00
105 A. A. MILNE

Limited edition of "Winnie-the-Pooh," signed by A. A. Milne and illustrator E. H. Shephard

1926 USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD 7,560.00
61 RACHEL JACKSON & ANDREW JACKSON

Rachel and Andrew Jackson reassign a portion of land that they had received as representatives of her father's estate

1824 USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD 6,930.00
32 THEODORE ROOSEVELT

Roosevelt addresses a crowd at Cairo, Illinois, about international and domestic affairs, and governmental regulation on the eve of Panic of 1907

1907 USD 5,000.00 - 7,000.00 USD 6,300.00
93

A 1774 handbill calling for a meeting of patriotic New Yorkers

1774 USD 1,500.00 - 2,000.00 USD 6,048.00
  • <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>Latin and French Book of Hours, around 1490. Est: € 20,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br> P. Goos, <i>Le Grand Miroir de la Mer,</i> 1669. Est: € 25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>L. Feininger, Letter with woodcuts, 1920. Est: € 25,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>Latin Bible manuscript, 12th century. Est: € 20,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>M. E. Bloch, <i>Naturgeschichte der Fische,</i> 1782-95. Est: € 40,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>M. Chagall, <i>Daphnis & Chloé,</i> 1961. Est: € 90,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>L. J. Waghenaer, <i>Speculum nauticum,</i> 1586. Est: € 180,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>P. J. de Pannemaeker, Collection of orig. watercolors, 1878-1887.<br>Est: € 25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>G. Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> 1918.<br>Est: € 15,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br><i>Livro dos prestimonios,</i> Manuscript, 1665. Est: € 25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>W. Kandinsky, <i>Klänge,</i> 1913.<br>Est: € 18,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>J. Miró in J. Cassou, <i>Vingt-deux poémes,</i> 1978. Est: € 8,000
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Music, Continental Books<br>and Medieval Manuscripts<br>24 Nov. – 1 Dec. 2020<br>Online</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b><br>F. Schubert. Autograph letter to his brother Ferdinand, 4 pages, Zseliz, 1818. £80,000 to £120,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b><br>L. v. Beethoven. Fine autograph letter to his librettist Friedrich Treitschke, about their planned opera, 1815. £70,000 to £90,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b> Hermann Hesse, Highly important series of 62 letters and postcards to Stefan Zweig, 1903-1938. £60,000 to £80,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Music, Continental Books<br>and Medieval Manuscripts<br>24 Nov. – 1 Dec. 2020<br>Online</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b> Book of Hours, Use of Reims, illuminated manuscript on vellum [France, late 15th century]. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b> Armenian gospel book, illuminated manuscript on vellum, seventeenth century, tooled calf binding. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b><br>C. Goldoni. Ten autograph letters signed to the Genoese nobleman Cristoforo Spinola, Venice 1742-1743. £7,000 to £9,000.
  • <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 1st<br>Antique and modern prints,<br>drawings and paintings</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 2nd<br>Photographs, autographs, musical works and manuscripts</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 3rd<br>Books from XV to XX Century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 3rd<br>Mathematics books</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 3rd<br>Art books from Salvador Dalí<br>& others</b>
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