Swann Galleries' October 14 auction of Art, Press & Illustrated Books was a rare opportunity for fans of the gleefully macabre Edward Gorey to acquire scarce and collectible works by the writer and artist. The sale featured nearly 50 Gorey lots, and most of them set auction records.
The two top sellers were signed first limited editions of the beloved compendium Amphigorey, one of 50 with an original drawing of a cat in a striped sweater; and one of the 26 lettered copies of The Sopping Thursday, with a drawing of a cat balancing an umbrella on its paw. They sold for $9,600 each.
Other record-setting Gorey highlights were signed limited editions of The Beastly Baby by Ogdred Weary, the first book from Gorey's Fantod Press, $1,200; Categor Y, $1,200; L'Heure Bleue, $1,680; The Lavender Leotard; or, Going a Lot to The New York City Ballet, $1,680; and All Strange Away, his collaboration with Samuel Beckett, signed by both, $5,040.
Labels: All Strange Away, Amphigorey, Art Press and Illustrated Books, auction records, cat drawing, Christine von der Linn, Edward Gorey, Fantod Press, Ogdred Weary, Samuel Beckett, The Sopping Umbrella