Swann

Swann Auction Galleries in New York are an auction house that have been trading in rare and antiquarian books and works on paper since 1941.

The family-run business moved to new and larger premises in 1999, and now holds over 40 sales every year.


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Into US battle – the English version

14 June 2021

An Americana sale held by Swann (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) was led at $55,000 (£39,855) by an 1830, Palmyra first of 'The Book of Mormon'.

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Martin Luther King's plea from Birmingham Jail

03 May 2021

Sold for $150,000 (£109,490), some 10 times the low estimate, was a lot comprising 11 Xeroxed pages that constitute a pre-publication draft of Martin Luther King’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ of 1963.

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Map shows heartfelt emotion

15 March 2021

Sold at $34,000 (£25,185) apiece, two very different lots headed the bidding in a New York sale of December 17.

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Sporting art touches down in saleroom

15 March 2021

Sporting subjects were very much in evidence and definitely among the best-sellers in an illustration art sale held in New York.

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La Maison Moderne poster among top Art Nouveau offerings at Swann

08 February 2021

Among the highlights in the Swann auction of Vintage Posters on February 18 is this design for the French Art Nouveau shop La Maison Moderne from c.1900.

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Noteworthy Dickens and Austen delight in NY

18 January 2021

Two of the best-selling literary lots in a New York sale were copies of Jane Austen novels.

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First of famous Christopher Marlowe tragedy

04 January 2021

A 1633 first edition of Christopher Marlowe’s 'The Famous Tragedy of the Rich Jew of Malta' was a highlight at Swann Galleries (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

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How to wake up in Hawaii

21 December 2020

Swann Galleries (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) held a Travel Posters sale where one of the best-sellers was a 1939 poster for Pan Am airlines.

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Squirrel painting by 'the other' Audubon emerges at Swann

14 December 2020

This original oil painting of a California grey squirrel is by John Woodhouse Audubon, younger son of John James Audubon of Birds of America fame.

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Rare Gauguin woodcut print offered in New York sale

09 November 2020

Swann Galleries is holding a 476-lot sale of Old Master to Modern prints spanning the 16th to 20th centuries in New York on November 12.

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American accounts of life gone by

09 November 2020

Two very different lots were bid to $22,000 (£17,325) each in a sale of printed and manuscript Americana held in New York.

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New recruits and promotions at Hindman and Swann Galleries among the latest Movers & Shakers in the US

29 October 2020

Auction houses Hindman in Chicago and Swann Galleries in New York have recently announced new roles.

First edition of Adam Smith's 'Wealth of Nations' sells in New York

26 October 2020

A 1776 first of Adam Smith’s '…Wealth of Nations' sold in a New York summer sale bore an understandably irritated inscription by the man to whom it had been gifted by its author.

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Promotions and appointments at Bonhams, Swann Galleries and David Lay

08 July 2020

An update of moves and appointments from across the art and antiques industry.

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Photocard portraits showing faces of the struggle against slavery

15 June 2020

Originally scheduled for the end of March, an ‘African Americana’ sale planned by Swann Galleries (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) was postponed until May 7, when it was successfully sold online with almost 90% of the 400 lots finding buyers.

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Alamo and O Henry, oh yes

30 March 2020

Sold at $60,000 (£46,295) in a recent New York sale was a broadside, Noticia Estraordinaria, printed in Mexico City in 1836, that brought news of the fall of the Alamo in March of that year.

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Austen firsts star in US

23 March 2020

First editions of all of Jane Austen’s major works featured in a sale last month held by Swann Galleries (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

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Movers and Shakers - new appointments across the art and antiques market

10 March 2020

An update on new appointments and expansions including at 1818 Auctioneers, Charterhouse and Swann Auction Galleries.

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Whitby working life in focus at Swann sale

27 January 2020

An album dating to c.1887 containing 64 evocative albumen prints by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, documenting Whitby, England, is on offer at New York auction house Swann.

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Poe-faced search for inspiration

20 January 2020

This watercolour drawing by Charles Addams was one of the more successful lots in a December 10 Illustration Art sale held by Swann Galleries (25/20/10% buyer’s premium) in New York.

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