Chagall Bible Sets Record at Swann Book Auction

Marc Chagall's Bible, two volumes with 150 etchings, hors-texte, one of 275 signed sets, Paris, 1956, sold for a record $108,000 at Swann Galleries' auction of Art Press & Illustrated Books yesterday.

Christine von der Linn, Literature Specialist, said, “Most of the top 10 lots were pieces that came from private collections and had never changed hands since their original purchase. They were so pristine that turning their pages was like opening a jewel box. When I saw the excitement on viewers’ faces during the preview, I knew it was going to be an extraordinary sale.”

Other records were set by an afterprint by Pablo Picasso, Verve 29/30. Picasso and the Human Comedy: A suite of 180 Drawings by Picasso, one of 75 copies with the separate portfolio of 15 signed lithographs, New York, 1954, which sold for $66,000 (left); Alberto Giacometti's Paris Sans Fin, portfolio with 150 lithographs, one of 250 on Vélin d’Arches, Paris, 1969, which sold for $31,200 (right); and Pablo Picasso's Toros y Toreros, from a deluxe edition of 125 with two signed lithographs, Paris, 1961, which sold for $26,400 (below).

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