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    LIBRARY OF BRITISH LITERATURE EMERGES AFTER DECADES

    Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

    The most important Brontë material to come to light in a generation and two of the greatest Scottish manuscripts in private hands are to come under the hammer at Sotheby’s. Thought lost for almost a century the Honresfield Library was assembled with passion by self-made Victorian industrialists Alfred and William Law at the turn of the 20th century and has since been maintained with care by generations of the Law family. A unique treasury replete with cornerstones of British culture, its re-emergence after almost 100 years in obscurity marks a defining moment for bibliophiles in what is set to be the one of the great library sales of recent years.

    Emily and Anne Brontë autograph manuscripts

    Among the library’s holdings is the most important material by the Brontë sisters to come to light in a generation – unrivalled in importance by any other private collection. The rare pieces open a window onto the short but amazing lives of Charlotte, Emily, Anne and even Branwell Brontë.

    Treasures include an extremely rare handwritten copy of Emily’s poems, with revisions from Charlotte (£800,000-1,200,000) and the well-loved Brontë family copy of Bewick’s History of British Birds, the book made famous in the opening pages of Jane Eyre (£30,000-50,000), brimming with entertaining annotations from their father Patrick. Little-seen letters to and from fellow novelist Elizabeth Gaskell, Hartley Coleridge (son of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge), George Smith, publisher and vital champion of ‘The Bells’ (The Brontës’ secretive pseudonym), and many more, abound.

    Sir Walter Scott autograph manuscript

    Scottish literature is also at the heart of the collection, which includes the most important manuscript by Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, in private hands. A compendium of poems, notes and ideas put together by Burns as an unknown twenty-four year old, First Commonplace Book offers a unique insight into the bard’s mind. It was last sold at Sotheby’s in 1879, for £10. The collection includes individual handwritten manuscripts of Burns’s poems and original letters to friends, family, patrons and lovers which build a picture of his colourful life.

    Robert Burns First Commonplace Book

    Romantic writer Sir Walter Scott – the second-most quoted writer in the Oxford English Dictionary after Shakespeare – is also represented, most notably by the complete manuscript for Rob Roy, one of the last remaining manuscripts of a great 19th century novel that is not now in an institution. There are Jane Austen first editions, including EmmaNorthanger AbbeyPersuasionPride and Prejudice, a copy of Don Quixote printed in 1620 for Edward Blounte, the publisher for the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays, and an annotated copy of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poems with pages showing author’s changes from proof printing in his hand. Homer, Ovid, the Grimm Brothers, Montaigne, Ann Radcliffe, Horace Walpole, Charles Dickens and Mary Wollstonecraft are among those making an appearance.More than 500 historic manuscripts, exceptional first editions, intimate letters and beautiful bindings will be offered across three auctions at Sotheby’s. The first auctions open for bidding from July 2-13 next. Exhibitions of highlights are to take place in London, Edinburgh and New York.

    UPDATE: Sotheby’s has postponed this auction to allow for negotiations for the entirety of the library to be acquired by a consortium of institutions for the nation.

    SALE DEDICATED ENTIRELY TO WOMEN ARTISTS AT SOTHEBY’S

    Monday, May 24th, 2021
    UNTITLED BY HELEN FRANKENTHALER (1928-2011). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £176,400

    THIS work by the American Abstract Expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler features at Sotheby’s online sale of Women Artists which runs until May 27. The artist was a major contributed to American painting in the post war years. It is estimated at £90,000-£120,000. The sale, dedicated to female artists across the centuries, spans 400 years. Among the artists represented, many of whom have been marginalised over time, are Lavinia Fontana, Rachel Ruysch, Dame Laura Knight, Berthe Morisot, Dorothea Tanning, Dame Elisabeth Frink, Cindy Sherman, Dame Magdalene Odundo and Helen Frankenthaler.

    AN EPIC $598 MILLION EVENING AT SOTHEBY’S

    Thursday, May 13th, 2021

    An epic three-auction evening auction of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art realised a total of $596.8 million at Sotheby’s overnight. The live-streamed event featured in-room bidders in New York, telephone bidders in London, Hong Kong and New York, and online bidders from around the world, who all vied for remarkable artworks by exceptional artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Art by Warhol, Still, Richter and Diebenkorn lead the Marion Collection which brought in $157.2 million. Diebenkorn’s luminous Ocean Park #40, 1971 sold for $27,265,500, a new auction record for the California artist.

    The Contemporary art sale made $218.3 million and was 100% sold. Basquiat’s  Versus Medici 1982 made $50,820,000 and Twombly’s Untitled (Rome) 1970 made $41,628,000.

    Lead by Monet’s Water Lillies the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale brought a total $221.3 million. The Monet made  $70,353,000 and was the top lot of the evening.

    Claude Monet – Le bassin aux nympheas

    A VIDEO ON DIEBENKORN’S OCEAN PARK NO. 40

    Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

    Here is a video on Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park No. 40 from 1971. From the collection of Anne Marion it comes up at Sotheby’s in New York this month. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $27,265,500

    GOOD LUCK FROM GILBERT & GEORGE AT SOTHEBY’S

    Thursday, April 8th, 2021

    Good Luck by Gilbert & George is among Russell Tovey’s picks at Sotheby’s ‘Contemporary Curated’ auction in London open for bidding until April 13 April. The British actor-turned-collector, curator, podcast host and “art geek”, has teamed up with Sotheby’s for the online sale. With estimates ranging from £2,000 to £200,000 and beyond, ‘Contemporary Curated’ provides an opportunity for not only established buyers, but burgeoning collectors on the hunt to acquire art at accessible prices. Russell purchased his first artwork aged 25, acquiring a Mono-print etching by Tracey Emin – who he now counts among his closest friends and whose neon work, My Favourite Little Bird, is included in his edit – using his pay cheque from The History Boys.  Good Luck (2005) is from the series “SonofaGodPictures” by Gilbert & George. Tovey remembers the show at the White Cube in London causing great controversy with pickets and protests at the gallery. “I love the way you can always see Gilbert and George in their works” he said.

    Good Luck by Gilbert & George. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £56,700

    TRY THIS TIARA FOR SIZE ON INSTAGRAM

    Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

    A tiara passed down for 150 years through the Royal Family of Italy will highlight Sotheby’s sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels in Geneva on May 11. The natural pearls and diamonds tiara from the House of Savoy is estimated at $1-$1.5 million. A new instagram filter available from today on the @Sothebys handle and @SothebysJewels enables followers to virtually try on the tiara and take a photograph of themselves wearing it against a 360 degree background of an Italian palace in Turin. Sotheby’s report an increasing interest in and demand for tiaras. No less than 96% of tiaras offered by them last year found a buyer, with 83% breaking the top estimate. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR CHF 1,472,000

    LEGENDARY COIN AND STAMP SPECIMENS AT SOTHEBY’S

    Thursday, March 11th, 2021

    The three most legendary coin and stamp specimens in the world will come up at auction at Sotheby’s in New York on June 8. The 1933 Double Eagle, the only example legally sanctioned by the United States government for private ownership; the sole-surviving example of the British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, the most famous and valuable stamp in the world and The Inverted Jenny Plate Block, the most well-known and sought-after American stamp rarity will come up at a dedicated live auction. The first two lots are estimated at $10-15 million, the Jenny Plate Block has an estimate of $5-7 million. They are from the collection of entrepreneur and philanthropist Stuart Weitzman, renowned for creating high-end shoes synonymous with the pinnacle of luxury fashion design. Weitzman is a life-long philatelist and numismatist. All proceeds will benefit charitable ventures, including The Weitzman Family Foundation, which supports medical research and higher education such as the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Other major Foundation projects include a museum in Madrid, the first of its kind, devoted to Spanish Judaica. 

    The British Guiana One-Cent Magenta

    MUNCH SELF PORTRAIT AT SOTHEBY’S CROSS CATEGORY SALE

    Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

    A self portrait by Edvard Munch is among the highlights at Sotheby’s cross category Modern Renaissance sale in London on March 25. The major spring evening sale will cross categories and geographies, spanning over 500 years, from Old Masters to the 21st century. Among the highlights are works by Munch, David Hockney, Jean Dubuffet, Piero del Pollaiuolo, Paul Klee and Pablo Picasso.

    Edvard Munch – Self portrait with palette (£4.5-6.5 million). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £4,334,400

    UNSEEN VAN GOGH TO BE AUCTIONED IN PARIS

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

    After a century in the same private collection a painting by Vincent Van Gogh will make its auction debut in Paris in March with an estimate of 5-8 million. Painted in the Spring of 1887 – during Vincent van Gogh’s two-year sojourn in Paris – Scène de rue à Montmartre is from his series depicting the legendary Moulin de la Galette in Montmartre. The work has remained in the same family collection for over 100 years, and despite having been published in seven catalogues, it has never been exhibited until now.  Sotheby’s and Mirabaud Mercier will present it to the public for the first time; with exhibitions to be held in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Paris ahead of the Impressionist & Modern Art auction on March 25.

    Vincent van Gogh
    Scène de rue à Montmartre (Impasse des deux frères et le Moulin à Poivre), 1887. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR €13,091,250

    QUEEN VICTORIA MOURNING JEWELLERY AT SOTHEBY’S

    Monday, February 15th, 2021

    Mourning jewellery belonging to Queen Victoria will come up at Sotheby’s in London on March 24 as part of the family collection of Patricia Mountbatten, Victoria’s great, great grand daughter. Over the course of her long reign Queen Victoria suffered many losses spending decades mourning not only her husband Albert, but also her mother and three of her children. During this time, she adorned herself in black crepe and wearable mementos of her loved ones.

    On December 14, 1878, the anniversary of Prince Albert’s death, Victoria’s third child Alice died of diphtheria at the age of 35. Princess Alice’s youngest daughter, Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine, had also died of the same disease at the age of four. Three of the brooches mark Alice’s tragic passing including: an onyx and seed pearl button commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1879 with a portrait miniature of Princess Alice (£1,000-1,500), an agate and pearl pendant with a lock of hair inscribed ‘from Grandmama VR’ as gift from the Queen to Alice’s daughter, Princess Victoria (£1,000-1,500) and a hardstone, enamel and diamond cross centring on an onyx heart with Alice beneath a coronet (£2,000-3,000).

    The fourth was commissioned by Prince Albert circa 1861 for Queen Victoria to mark the death of her mother. An agate and diamond pendant, it opens to reveal a miniature photograph of the Queen’s mother, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, later Duchess of Kent, with an inscription by the Prince Consort (£1,000-1,500).

    The Queen’s own mourning jewellery. UPDATE: THESE DOUBLED THEIR ESTIMATES AND BROUGHT IN A COMBINED TOTAL OF £100,800