Artists, writers and US presidents made a fine showing at Swann's bi-annual sale of Autographs held on May 23. A signed letter by Emily Dickinson received the highest bid, selling for $28,800. In it, Miss Dickinson refers to "the skirmish in my mind" when recalling the story of Jacob and Esau.
Written from Monticello in 1822, Thomas Jefferson's Autograph letter to James Madison was the highest selling American lot, bringing $19,200. Other presidential lots included a letter signed by George Washington from Valley Forge, which sold for $13,200 and a vellum document signed by Abraham Lincoln also bringing $13,200.
Top artist lots included an autographed birthday card from Andy Warhol written on his studio stationery as well as two letter signed by Georgia O'Keefe. Selling for an impressive $19,200 were an archive of 15 Alexander Calder Autograph Letters, some with drawings, written to his friend and banker Beverly Izard between 1953 and 1970.
Labels: Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, auction, autographs, Emily Dickinson, Georgia O'Keefe, Thomas Jefferson, top lots