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    RARE PRESENTATION COPY OF DUBLINERS AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK

    Monday, September 6th, 2021
    UPDATE: THIS MADE $400,000

    This presentation copy of Dubliners signed by James Joyce is among the highlights of The Exceptional Literature Collection of Theodore B. Baum, to be sold in two parts at Christie’s in New York this month. It is estimated at $150,000-250,000. Inscribed copies of Dubliners are very rare and only three have been recorded at auction in the past 80 years. This one is the only example still in its original dust jacket. It is inscribed by Joyce to his publisher Crosby Gaige: “To Crosby Gaige James Joyce Paris 25.V.28.” This inscription dates to just five months after Gaige published Anna Livia Plurabelle, a section of Finnegans Wake, in a signed limited edition of 850 copies.

    On November 28, 1905 Joyce mailed the manuscript of Dubliners to Grant Richards, who accepted it for publication in February 1906 and announced it the following month in The First Catalogue of Books Published by Grant Richards. In April, however, objections from the printer halted production. Joyce wrote an angry letter to Richards on 5 May: “You tell me in conclusion that I am endangering my future and your reputation. I have shown you earlier in the letter the frivolity of the printer’s objections and I do not see how the publication of Dubliners as it now stands in manuscript could possibly be considered an outrage on public morality…” (Herbert Gorman, James Joyce, pp.149). Although Joyce agreed to a few alterations, Richards soon abandoned his plans for Dubliners. Joyce offered the book to others, including Elkin Mathews and George Roberts at Maunsel. Maunsel printed an edition of 1,000 copies by July 1910 but this was destroyed by the printers because of objectionable passages. At the most, only a few sets of page proofs of this edition were retained by Joyce.

    Joyce returned to Richards on 23 November 1914, committed to publishing the book as it was written, which by then had grown by two stories, “A Little Cloud” and “The Dead,” the masterpiece with which the collection concludes. Joyce guaranteed the sale of 130 copies in Trieste. Richards agreed, signed a contract on 4 March 1914 and published the book on 15 June. 1,250 sets of sheets were printed, of which approximately 746 were bound in this edition. The remaining 504 sets were sold by Huebsch in New York.

    Mr. Baum’s library of literary first editions is among the finest ever assembled, built over the course of decades as he worked closely with top dealers and auction houses to locate the best copies of the most beloved books. The collection is particularly strong in works by English and American authors—from Edmund Spencer and John Milton in the 16th & 17th centuries through Jonathan Swift, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, and Charles Dickens in the 18th & 19th centuries, all the way to Kurt Vonnegut, Toni Morrison and more in the 20th century.

    The live online sale is on September 14. Part II of the online auction runs from September 2-17.

    UPDATE: The Exceptional Literature Collection of Theodore B. Baum, sold across two live and online sales, totalled $9,657,875, surpassing the pre-sale high estimate.

    CHRISTIE’S DESIGN SALES IN NEW YORK TOTAL $17.4 MILLION

    Friday, May 28th, 2021
    JEAN ROYÈRE (1902-1981) ‘OURS POLAIRE’ SOFA, CIRCA 1950 in ash, beech with velvet upholstery made  $1,230,000. CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2021

    Three live sales of Design at Christie’s in New York totalled $17,436,000, including Paris in New York: A Private Collection of Royère, Vautrin, JouveTiffany and Design. With very strong, spirited global cross-category bidding, these outstanding results demonstrated the strength and depth of the Design market. There was global participation with bidders from 28 countries across five continents. Hammer prices were 178% above the low estimate. The first dedicated various owner sale of works by Tiffany Studios held at Christie’s since 2014 brought in $3,903,375.

    TIFFANY STUDIOS LANDSCAPE WINDOW WITH MAGNOLIAS, HYDRANGEAS AND AZALEAS, CIRCA 1915 made $1,470,000. CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2021

    RARE SEURAT OIL STUDIES AT CHRISTIE’S

    Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
    Georges Seurat – Paysage et personnages  (La jupe rose), 1884 ($7-10 million)

    Two exceedingly rare studies for Georges Seurat’s masterpiece Un Dimanche d’été à l’Ile de La Grande Jatte will highlight Christie’s 20th Century livestreamed evening sale in New York on May 11. The two oil panels, being sold from the family of Boston collector Robert Treat Paine II, are among the few examples of Seurat’s extensive preparatory practice for this masterpiece to remain in private hands. More than half of the oil studies for La Grande Jatte are in the collections of prestigious museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and the National Gallery of Art, London. Seurats Bathers at Asnières, 1884 has long been one of the most popular paintings in London’s National Gallery.

    Both Seurat panels remained in the artist’s possession until his untimely death in 1890, at which point, Paysage et personnages (La jupe rose) was acquired shortly thereafter by a fellow artist, the Belgian painter Jean de Greef. The painting would pass through the collection of the Symbolist poet and art dealer Charles Vignier during the early twentieth century, before crossing the Atlantic in the mid-1920s. Similarly, Le Saint-Cyrien was gifted by the artist’s mother to the painter Henri-Edmond Cross, a close friend of Seurat. It subsequently passed to Félix Fénéon, the influential French art critic who coined the term Neo-Impressionism, before also making its way to the Americas, where it was reunited with Paysage et personnages (La jupe rose) in 1929.

    Un Dimanche d’été à l’Ile de La Grande Jatte is in the collection of The Art Institute of Chicago.

    Georges Seurat – Le Sainte Cyrien. $3-5 million

    SENSATIONAL DIAMOND NECKLACE AT CHRISTIE’S, NEW YORK

    Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

    A sensational diamond necklace suspending a pear-shaped diamond of 115.83 carats, F color, VVS1 clarity will lead Christie’s sale of magnificent jewels in New York on July 29. It is estimated at $5,000,000-7,000,000. Coloured diamonds also lead the sale, with a fancy intense blue diamond ring of 7.16 carats, internally flawless ($3,500,000-5,000,000); and a fancy intense yellow diamond ring of 33.65 carats, VS2 clarity ($525,000-625,000). Coloured gemstones are also strongly represented with a Burma sapphire ring of 42.45 carats ($350,000–550,000); Colombian emerald ring of 35.77 carats ($300,000-500,000); and superb Art Deco sapphire and diamond sautoir, by Bulgari ($650,000–850,000).

    The Jewels Online sale which runs from July 22 to August 6/7 features a broad selection of fine jewels and iconic designs by Bulgari, Cartier, David Webb, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef & Arpels.

    A SENSATIONAL DIAMOND NECKLACE WITH PENDANT OF 115.83 CARATS,
    F COLOR, VVS1 CLARITY. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $6,290,500

    ICONIC JEWELS AT CHRISTIE’S ONLINE SALE

    Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

    Iconic jewels from leading houses feature at Christie’s New York jewels online sale from April 13-24. The sale features work from Boucheron, Bulgari, Cartier, David Webb, Graff, Tiffany, Van Cleef and Arpels and Verdura. More than 160 lots are on offer with bidding starting at below $2,000. The catalogue is online.  

    VAN CLEEF & ARPELS MALACHITE AND GOLD ‘VINTAGE ALHAMBRA’ NECKLACE ($6,000-8,000)

    MAKING COLLECTING CONTEMPORARY ART EASY

    Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

    In a bid to make collecting contemporary art easier on all pockets Christie’s in New York has launched its most accessible sale yet. Christie’s 100 is an online-only sale of nearly 100 lots, many with starting bids of $100. Assembled by the New York Post-War and Contemporary Art department it includes works by both emerging and established artists. Collectible works by Yayoi Kusama, KAWS and Robert Indiana are offered alongside photographs by Ryan McGinley and Vera Lutter and works on paper by Yves Tinguely, Barnaby Furnas and Richard Pettibone. Bidding is from January 28 – February 5.

    LEFT: Leo Gabin, Mother’s Day Rumble, 2013 ($4,000 – 6,000 RIGHT: Ryan McGinley, Untitled (Morrissey 15) 2006 ($2,000-3,000

    SHAKESPEARE’S FIRST FOLIO AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK

    Sunday, January 19th, 2020

    A copy of William Shakespeare’s First Folio will come up as part of the Exceptional Sale during Classic Week at Christie’s New York next April 24. The First Folio, bringing together for the first time the collected plays of Shakespeare, ranks as the greatest work of the English language and, indeed, of world literature. Already celebrated on its first publication, it has remained a highly sought-after masterpiece over four centuries.  Only six complete copies are known in private hands.

    It was published in 1623 by Shakespeare’s friends and fellow actors, John Heminge and Henry Condell, who collaborated after the writer’s death to compile this authoritative edition of his work. The First Folio contains thirty-six of Shakespeare’s plays, including eighteen that may have otherwise been lost forever — among the rescued works are Macbeth, The Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, and Julius Caesar. This is the first time in nearly 20 years that a complete copy of the First Folio has come to auction. It is being sold on behalf of Mills College in Oakland, California and is estimated at $4-6 million.

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. Published According to the True Originall Copies.
    London: Printed by Isaac Jaggard and Ed. Blount, 1623
    UPDATE: IT MADE $9,978,000 and established a new world auction record for any work of literature at Christie’s on October 14.

    AMERICAN ART AT CHRISTIE’S IN NEW YORK

    Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

    Sales of American Art at Christie’s in New York will range from American Modernism and Illustration to the Hudson River School and art of the American West. Highlights include Andrew Wyeth’s Oliver’s Cap ($3,000,000 – 5,000,000) from the Collection of Ron and Diane Disney Miller, Norman Rockwell’s Harvest Moon ($1,000,000-1,500,000) from The Collection of Richard L. Weisman, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Pink Spotted Lillies  ($1,200,000-1,800,000) from The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection.

    The American Art sale on November 20 is comprised of 94 lots and the American Art online auction, comprised of 128 lots, is open for bidding November 14-20.

    A strong group of 19th century works features a rare Civil War oil painting Sounding Reveille by Winslow Homer from 1871, which has recently been on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art ($1,200,000-1,800,000). 

    Andrew Wyeth – Oliver’s Cap (courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd. 2019)

    HOW TO WOO NEW COLLECTORS

    Monday, August 19th, 2019

    What to do about an antique market that is seen to be either the preserve of billionaires in international sales or in the doldrums at local level?  For innovation head to New York.

    A theme evident at the Winter Show in January has re-emerged just in time for Christie’s Interiors auction in the Big Apple on August 21 and 22. At the Winter Show an easy to read system of coloured price tagging with legends like under $3,000, $5,000, $10,000 and so on was set up in an attempt to woo new young collectors. Christie’s summer interiors auction of 495 lots of furniture, decorative objects and fine art features a collaboration with Alexandra O’Neill, designer of the ready to wear line Markarian and CeCe Barfield Thompson, principal of the interior design firm CeCe Barfield Inc. Objects in the auction that provided inspiration for the designers’ capsule collections include a late 18th/19th century Dutch Delft blue and white five piece garniture, a pair of Italian marble jardiniers, a 19th century parcel gilt tray table and a pair of large button tufted couches or day beds of the Directoire and Empire periods known as recamiers. The capsule collections of dresses and homeware inspired by the objects in the auction are now being sold exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman, the luxury Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan. 

    UPDATE: Interiors totaled $2,331,375 with 89% sold by lot and 92% sold by value.The sale attracted a high volume of online bidding through Christie’s LIVE, with 59% of all lots won or directly underbid by clients participating online.  The sale saw global participation with registered bidders from 43 countries.

    A pair of large button tufted 20th century recamiers UPDATE: THESE MADE $3,000

    ONE GIANT LEAP AT CHRISTIE’S, NEW YORK

    Thursday, June 27th, 2019

    Nearly 200 rare artefacts celebrating space exploration 50 years after Apollo 11 will come up at Christie’s in New York on July 11. One Giant Leap: Celebrating Space Exploration 50 Years After Apollo 11 includes nearly 200 artifacts from NASA missions of the Sixties and Seventies including the Gemini and Apollo programs. The sale highlight is the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book ($7- 9 million) used by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to navigate the lunar module Eagle onto the surface of the moon in July 1969. 

    Tranquility Base Photograph The iconic picture of Buzz Aldrin by Neil Armstrong inscribed by Aldrin with Armstrong’s name for the landing site. Buzz Aldrin was photographed by Neil Armstrong moments after both began exploring the surface of the Moon. This large image is inscribed “Tranquility Base, July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin and is estimated at $7,000-9,000.