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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New World music making at Swann's Americana sale

13 May 2019

Billed as the first music to be both composed and printed in the New World, Juan Navarro’s setting of '…Quatuor passions Christi' was one of several items of Mexican origin to do well in a recent Americana sale.

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Golf, Goldfinger and an early 007 classic sell at Swann New York

06 May 2019

Ian Fleming firsts in a Swann of New York sale of May 14 will include a copy of Goldfinger of 1959 inscribed to a famous golfer, Henry Cotton, estimated at $12,000-18,000 (£9250- 13,850).

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Guide to travel in the shocking age of segregation

19 April 2019

First published in 1936, The Negro Travellers’ Green Book was a once indispensable guide for African-Americans in the age of segregation.

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Set of Man Ray limited edition prints emerge at Swann auction

15 April 2019

'Electricité', pictured below, is one of a limited edition portfolio of 10 photogravures after Man Ray’s Rayographs from a 1931 commercial commission from the artist by the Compagnie Parisienne de Distribution d’Electricité.

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Early movers in the chess playing world

08 April 2019

Born in Celico, southern Italy and consequently known as ‘The Calabrian’, Gioachino Greco is considered the first professional chess player.

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Poignant guide for African American travellers that inspired Oscar winning film Green Book sells at auction

04 April 2019

The name of the film Green Book which won the Oscar for best picture in February was based on a motoring handbook aimed to guide African-American travellers away from hazardous areas in the pre-civil rights US.

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Six lots to watch at auction this week including an Elizabethan jug, a Constable sketch and a German Expressionist painting

04 March 2019

With estimates from £100-$50,000, here are six previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Major selection of German Expressionist works come to auction in New York

28 February 2019

Swann Auction Galleries is to sell a major selection of German Expressionist works from one of the movement’s most important collections next week.

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Alphonse Mucha makes Art Nouveau masterpiece

18 February 2019

Shown below is a page from an 1897 Paris edition of Robert de Flers’ 'Ilsée, Princesse de Tripoli' in which the text is framed by 132 coloured litho illustrations, borders and other decorations by Alphonse Mucha.

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Ski posters slide into New York sale

28 January 2019

Sales of ski posters have long been a seasonal feature of the auction scene scheduled for those winter months when enthusiasts take to the slopes.

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West that was not so wild

21 January 2019

'Across the Continent. Westward the Course of Empire Takes its Way' is a well-known hand coloured litho print issued by Currier & Ives, although the publisher’s imprint has been cut off the bottom of the example shown below.

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Marx Brothers bird play at Swann

21 January 2019

Groucho, Harpo and Chico are shown below in Al Hirschfield’s original cover artwork for 'Why a Duck?', a profusely illustrated work about the Marx Brothers edited by Richard J Anobile and published in 1971.

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Chinese export porcelain punch bowl among US auction highlights in early 2019

07 January 2019

This Chinese export porcelain punch bowl will feature in a large two-day sale of more than 750 lots of Americana and international interest at Pook & Pook in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, on January 11-12.

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Sea-Wolf in a sorry state has auction bite

26 November 2018

The jacket of the 1904 first of Jack London’s The Sea-Wolf shown right is quite obviously in a sorry state – falling apart and with sizeable sections missing all round. It is, however, a jacket previously known only by rumour or talk of ‘one other copy thought to exist’.

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Fifteenth century travel yarn on track for record

05 November 2018

Illustrated below is a spread from a 1488 edition of a popular account of travels to various parts of the world that is generally referred to as a compilation by Sir John Mandeville.

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Female art designers in focus as London travel posters come up for auction in New York

04 October 2018

If you enjoy ‘spot the difference’ competitions, a pair of British travel posters coming up at auction in the US will be of immediate interest.

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Three upcoming lots in the US including a Eugène Delacroix portrait

24 September 2018

The Old Masters section of Doyle’s auction in New York on October 31 will include a portrait by the French 19th century artist Eugène Delacroix.

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'The North American Indian' goes under the hammer at New York auction house where similar volume set a record in 2012

17 September 2018

An early photography book chronicling the lives and customs of Native American tribes is expected to reach $1.5m when it goes under the hammer in New York City next month.

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Opportunities abound for buying traditional European art and antiques in the US

17 September 2018

Following more than a century of art market activity, opportunities now abound to buy traditional European art and antiques in the US

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New York auction features Leonetto Cappiello posters

23 July 2018

Swann Galleries is offering its largest-ever selection of posters promoting food and drink in the firm’s August 1 auction of vintage posters, with more than 75 examples available.

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