2019 Spring Season in Review
A Season Of Firsts.
The 2019 spring auction season at Swann Galleries delivered an impressive range of sales, rife with auction premiers and record prices. We started our season off in January with an auction of Fine Illustrated Books & Graphics, which set a record for Sonia Delaunay’s Ses Peintures, Ses Objects, Ses Tissues Simultanés, Ses Modes, at $13,750. Our March sale of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings offered Property from the Ismar Litmann Family Collection of German Expressionism and European Avant-Garde. Later that month our popular African Americana sale boasted the record price for any copy of a Green Book, at $27,500, while our African-American Fine Art sale in April brought 12 record prices for key market players.
Vernacular photography was the clear favorite in our February and April photographs & photobooks auctions with eighteenth- and twentieth-century images of India and South America commanding top prices. To follow that up, in May our Old Master Through Modern Art sale brought our first dedicated selection of Latin American Art, which established a record for any print by Diego Rivera, and our 19th & 20th Century Literature saw appearances by rare James Bond titles. Finally, we held our first ever Pride Sale in June, which delivered the top price for a photograph by Peter Hujar, at $106,250.
Here’s a look at some of our favorite highlights from the season, and a few records:
Property from the Ismar Littmann Family Collection of German Expressionism and European Avant-Garde.
- Diego Rivera
- Emma Amos
- Ismar Litmann
- Joseph Brant
- Kermit Oliver
- Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
- Peter Hujar
- Ses Modes
- Ses Objects
- Ses Peintures
- Ses Tissues Simultanés
- Sonia Delaunay
- Sonya Clark
- Books, Manuscripts & Archives
- Fine Art
- Posters, Prints & Multiples
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