Spring 2011: Auction Records Set at Swann

So far in 2011, Swann has set new auction records across all of our departments. We've see everything from a 17th-century autograph by an already blind John Milton acting as a witness to the signing of a land deed, which brought a record for the author’s signature, to the establishment of a benchmark price for American artist Mary Nimmo Moran, whose paintings had never before appeared at auction. See below for a list of some notable records set recently at Swann—all prices include buyer’s premium.

John Milton Endorsement Signed, Reigate, 23 January 1657, set a record of $45,600 for Milton’s autograph on April 21.

The Golden Cockerel Press’s The Four Gospels, one of 12 on Roman vellum, inscribed by Eric Gill to Leonard Woolf, sold for a record $132,000 on April 7.

Printed & Manuscript Americana
An 1860 Currier & Ives lithograph, The National Game … Abraham Winning the Ball, sold on March 31 for $10,800, a record for an uncolored Currier & Ives print.
Printed & Manuscript African-Americana
Civil rights protest placard “Honor King: End Racism,” Memphis, 1968 sold for a record $20,400 on March 10 at Swann’s most successful African Americana sale to date.

An engraved folding three-sheet map of Connecticut and parts adjacent, New Haven, 1777, the top lot at Swann’s June 2 auction, sold for a record $168,000.

Susan Derges’s The Observer and the Observed #6, silver print, 1992, achieved an artist record price of $28,800 on March 24.

Herbert Bayer’s photomontage Ski in Aspen Colorado, 1946, brought a record $16,800 on February 8.

Pablo Picasso’s Homme à la fraise, color linoleum cut, 1962, sold for a record $144,000 on March 3.

American Art
Mary Nimmo Moran’s Long Island Landscape, oil on panel, 1880, was the artist’s first painting to appear at auction. It brought $64,800.

African-American Fine Art
Elizabeth Catlett’s Untitled (Standing African-American Woman), cast bronze sculpture, 1967, sold on February 17 for $108,000, the highest auction price for a bronze sculpture by the artist.

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