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Swann was founded in 1941 as an auction house specializing in Rare and Antiquarian Books and is now the largest specialist auctioneer of Works on Paper in the world. Swann conducts approximately 40 sales a year, with departments devoted to Books, Autographs, Maps & Atlases, Photographs & Photobooks, Prints & Drawings, Vintage Posters, African-American Fine Art and Illustration Art. On March 27, 2017, Swann celebrated 75 years of auctions.
Swann Auction Galleries - Mar 13, 2020
From the postwar period, a top lot bound to garner attention is an untitled mixed-paper collage on masonite board by David Hammons, 1965. The work, a simple but powerful image of two raised, clenched fists with shackles blending into the background, comes from the collection of the artist’s 1964 Los Angeles City College roommate, and will be the ...
Swann Auction Galleries - Dec 16, 2019
“After twenty years of conducting auctions of Rare and Important Travel Posters it was validating to see the sale turn in the best results in the last three years,” noted Nicholas D. Lowry, Swann Galleries’ President and Director of Vintage Posters. The Thursday, November 14 auction saw a 75% sell-through rate, an “industry-l...
Swann Auction Galleries - Dec 10, 2019
Ski poster enthusiasts always find something appealing in our winter Vintage Posters auction, but most exciting is the offering of rare and important Art Nouveau posters, which features some of the most famous works by key artists of the era. Also included are many wonderful works from that period that may not be as well known, but are equally impr...
Swann Auction Galleries - Dec 7, 2019
We welcome a new decade with 100 fine artworks from the collection of the Johnson Publishing Company, a great institution of American publishing and an icon of African-American culture. The sale will feature paintings, sculpture and works on paper from diverse periods, with 75 artists featured, from Henry Ossawa Tanner to Carrie Mae Weems. The majo...
Swann Auction Galleries - Dec 3, 2019
Our fall 2019 sale of Illustration Art on December 10 features a superb selection of artwork by women, whose contribution to the field is only just beginning to receive the recognition it deserves. Here Laura Polucha, a cataloguer in our Illustration Art department, touches on highlights, including storybook illustrations, advertisem...