The top lot in yesterday's Maps & Atlases auction at Swann was a map of Connecticut from 1777 that had never before appeared at auction. The map, which appears in a few museum collections, had a modest estimate of $3,000 to $4,000, but several active bidders drove the selling price to $168,000, thereby establishing a record.
Arnold Colom's double-page engraved maritime chart of the Netherlands, the day's second highest selling lot, also set a record price, bringing $33,600.
Decorative graphics, including hand-colored lithographs by John James Audubon and those depicting French costume design, were also strong areas for collectors.
Labels: Decorative Graphics, Gary Garland, Historic Prints, John James Audubon, Maps and Atlases, Natural History, record prices, top lots