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  • 04/24/17 - Kenneth P. Leiby...   04/25/17 - Alderfers Auctions & Appraisers...   04/25/17 - Traver's Auctions...   04/25/17 - White Horse Auction Service...   04/26/17 - Embassy Auctions International...   04/27/17 - Alderfers Auctions & Appraisers...   04/28/17 - Bostwick Auctions and Gallery...   04/28/17 - Carl E. Ocker...   04/29/17 - American Antique Auctions...   04/29/17 - George H. Wilson...   04/29/17 - Milestone Auctions Gallery...   04/29/17 - Roy D. Shirk...   04/29/17 - Green Gavel Auction, LLC...   04/29/17 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   04/29/17 - Kimberly Hemingway...   04/28-29/17 - Martin Auctioneers, Inc....   04/29/17 - Tom Lorah Auctions, LLC...   04/29/17 - Jack Hamblin Auctions...   04/29/17 - Boltz Auction Company...   04/29/17 - Jim Racine...   04/30/17 - Barry S. Slosberg, Inc....   04/30/17 - Traver's Auctions...   04/29 & 05/01-02/17 - Pook & Pook, Inc....   05/03/17 - Embassy Auctions International...   05/03/17 - Curtis Wilson...   05/02-03/17 - Alderfer's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   05/03/17 - Wilson's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   04/22-5/5/17 - Kimberly Hemingway...   05/05/17 - Michael Ivankovich...   05/05/17 - Peachey Auctions & Real Estate...   05/06/17 - Ron J. & Ron S. Gilligan & David C. Zentner...   05/06/17 - Blums...   05/06/17 - Daniel A. Carter...   05/06/17 - Harry H. Bachman...   05/06/17 - Keystone Auctions LLC...   05/06/17 - Roan Inc. Auctioneers & Appraisers...   05/06/17 - Gary Fluck Auctions...   05/06/17 - John M. Hess Auction Service, Inc....   05/06/17 - Harry H. Bachman...   05/06/17 - Maurer's Auctions...   05/06-07/17 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   05/09/17 - Wagner Auction Service...   05/12-13/17 - Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   05/13/17 - Michael J. Stasak, Jr., Michael Stasak, III, Laurel Fox...   05/13/17 - PA Auction Center...   05/13/17 - Horst Auctioneers...   05/13/17 - Joel Heisey...   05/13/17 - Milestone Auctions Gallery...   
  • 04/24/17 - Kenneth P. Leiby...   04/25/17 - Alderfers Auctions & Appraisers...   04/25/17 - Traver's Auctions...   04/25/17 - White Horse Auction Service...   04/26/17 - Embassy Auctions International...   04/27/17 - Alderfers Auctions & Appraisers...   04/28/17 - Bostwick Auctions and Gallery...   04/28/17 - Carl E. Ocker...   04/29/17 - American Antique Auctions...   04/29/17 - George H. Wilson...   04/29/17 - Milestone Auctions Gallery...   04/29/17 - Roy D. Shirk...   04/29/17 - Green Gavel Auction, LLC...   04/29/17 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   04/29/17 - Kimberly Hemingway...   04/28-29/17 - Martin Auctioneers, Inc....   04/29/17 - Tom Lorah Auctions, LLC...   04/29/17 - Jack Hamblin Auctions...   04/29/17 - Boltz Auction Company...   04/29/17 - Jim Racine...   04/30/17 - Barry S. Slosberg, Inc....   04/30/17 - Traver's Auctions...   04/29 & 05/01-02/17 - Pook & Pook, Inc....   05/03/17 - Embassy Auctions International...   05/03/17 - Curtis Wilson...   05/02-03/17 - Alderfer's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   05/03/17 - Wilson's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   04/22-5/5/17 - Kimberly Hemingway...   05/05/17 - Michael Ivankovich...   05/05/17 - Peachey Auctions & Real Estate...   05/06/17 - Ron J. & Ron S. Gilligan & David C. Zentner...   05/06/17 - Blums...   05/06/17 - Daniel A. Carter...   05/06/17 - Harry H. Bachman...   05/06/17 - Keystone Auctions LLC...   05/06/17 - Roan Inc. Auctioneers & Appraisers...   05/06/17 - Gary Fluck Auctions...   05/06/17 - John M. Hess Auction Service, Inc....   05/06/17 - Harry H. Bachman...   05/06/17 - Maurer's Auctions...   05/06-07/17 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   05/09/17 - Wagner Auction Service...   05/12-13/17 - Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   05/13/17 - Michael J. Stasak, Jr., Michael Stasak, III, Laurel Fox...   05/13/17 - PA Auction Center...   05/13/17 - Horst Auctioneers...   05/13/17 - Joel Heisey...   05/13/17 - Milestone Auctions Gallery...   
  • 04/24/17 - Kenneth P. Leiby...   04/25/17 - Alderfers Auctions & Appraisers...   04/25/17 - Traver's Auctions...   04/25/17 - White Horse Auction Service...   04/26/17 - Embassy Auctions International...   04/27/17 - Alderfers Auctions & Appraisers...   04/28/17 - Bostwick Auctions and Gallery...   04/28/17 - Carl E. Ocker...   04/29/17 - American Antique Auctions...   04/29/17 - George H. Wilson...   04/29/17 - Milestone Auctions Gallery...   04/29/17 - Roy D. Shirk...   04/29/17 - Green Gavel Auction, LLC...   04/29/17 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   04/29/17 - Kimberly Hemingway...   04/28-29/17 - Martin Auctioneers, Inc....   04/29/17 - Tom Lorah Auctions, LLC...   04/29/17 - Jack Hamblin Auctions...   04/29/17 - Boltz Auction Company...   04/29/17 - Jim Racine...   04/30/17 - Barry S. Slosberg, Inc....   04/30/17 - Traver's Auctions...   04/29 & 05/01-02/17 - Pook & Pook, Inc....   05/03/17 - Embassy Auctions International...   05/03/17 - Curtis Wilson...   05/02-03/17 - Alderfer's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   05/03/17 - Wilson's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   04/22-5/5/17 - Kimberly Hemingway...   05/05/17 - Michael Ivankovich...   05/05/17 - Peachey Auctions & Real Estate...   05/06/17 - Ron J. & Ron S. Gilligan & David C. Zentner...   05/06/17 - Blums...   05/06/17 - Daniel A. Carter...   05/06/17 - Harry H. Bachman...   05/06/17 - Keystone Auctions LLC...   05/06/17 - Roan Inc. Auctioneers & Appraisers...   05/06/17 - Gary Fluck Auctions...   05/06/17 - John M. Hess Auction Service, Inc....   05/06/17 - Harry H. Bachman...   05/06/17 - Maurer's Auctions...   05/06-07/17 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   05/09/17 - Wagner Auction Service...   05/12-13/17 - Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   05/13/17 - Michael J. Stasak, Jr., Michael Stasak, III, Laurel Fox...   05/13/17 - PA Auction Center...   05/13/17 - Horst Auctioneers...   05/13/17 - Joel Heisey...   05/13/17 - Milestone Auctions Gallery...   
Swann Galleries' Sale Of Printed And Manuscript African Americana Breaks Multiple Records

April 20, 2017

Swann Galleries' Sale Of Printed And Manuscript African Americana Breaks Multiple Records

Previously Unrecorded Photograph Of Harriet Tubman Reaches $161,000

On Thursday, March 30, Swann Galleries’ annual auction of Printed and Manuscript African Americana exceeded $1 million for the first time in the department’s 20-plus year history. The success was largely due to interest surrounding a carte-de-visite album from the 1860s that contained a previously unknown photograph of Harriet Tubman.
The album topped the sale, selling for $161,000, above a pre-sale high estimate of $30,000. Specialist Wyatt Houston Day discovered the photograph of Tubman in an album, compiled by Quaker abolitionist Emily Howland in the 1860s. The album contains 48 photographs, including 44 cartes-de-visite of noted abolitionists, politicians and friends of Howland.
The sale also featured “the strongest selection of Civil Rights material we’ve ever offered,” according to Day. An archive of documents relating to the formation of the Montgomery Improvement Association, including checks endorsed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., realized $18,750.
Half of the top lots were institutional purchases, including a working draft for Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” 1963 ($40,000), and a West African cast bronze Kuduo ritual burial jar, circa 18th to 19th century ($10,624).
The sale broke several long-standing records, including $7,800 for an inscribed first edition of Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” 1937, which since 1992 had stood at $1,000. Material relating to Frederick Douglass saw new records, including an 1880 autograph letter signed to George Alfred Townsend, in which Douglass writes, “You are wrong in saying I bought my liberty, a few friends in England bought me and made me a present of myself,” which reached $100,000, more than doubling the previous record for a letter by the famed abolitionist. An inscribed first edition of “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,” 1845, exceeded all expectations by selling for $37,500, above a high estimate of $4,000.
Another record price went to Benjamin Banneker's “Almanac for 1795” at $55,000, the second highest price ever paid for an American almanac at auction.
This month, Swann’s celebrates the diamond anniversary of its first sale, an auction of books and literary properties held in 1942. The Printed and Manuscript African Americana department at Swann Galleries, the only one of its kind, has been holding sales since 1996.
The next sale of Printed and Manuscript African Americana at Swann Galleries will be held in Spring 2018.
For more information, call David Rivera at 212-254-4710 ext. 13.





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