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Swann Auction Galleries display the genius of Whistler with $60,000 print for sale

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Description automatically generatedEtchings that demonstrate the genius of artist James Whistler as a maker of prints are expected to fetch up to $50,000 and $60,000 each at Swann Auction Galleries on March 5.

Balcony, Amsterdam, right, one of only a half dozen examples of this print found by Swann Galleries in 30 years, dates to 1889, during a period when Whistler was travelling throughout Europe recording scenes in cities such as Venice and Brussels. The estimate is $40,000 to $60,000.

The Garden, from an edition of around 30, dates to 1880 and is expected to sell for $30,000 to $50,000.

“He was such a master of the medium that, unlike other artists, Whistler was able to draw on etching plates directly from life, which resulted in sketch-like etchings that show an intimate familiarity of ordinary life in these cities,” said Swann Galleries specialist Todd Weyman.

Other highlights from the 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings auction include a Picasso linocut from 1962 estimated at $40,000 to $60,000, a charcoal drawing by Jean-François Millet from circa 1871-72, also with an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000, and a surreal self-portrait etching by René Magritte from 1966 estimated at $15,000 to $20,000.

Live online bidding is available via the website at www.swanngalleries.com and on the Swann Galleries App, which means bidders from all over the world have direct access to the sale.

Images courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries



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Description automatically generatedRight: The Garden by James A.M Whistler – estimate $30,000 to $50,000.



























Auction title: 19th & 20th Century Prints and Drawings

Auction date: Tuesday, March 5, at 10:30 am (EST)

Preview dates:  February 29, 12-5; March 2-4, 10-6



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First Editions of all six of Jane Austen’s most celebrated novels have sold combined for just over $240,000 – four times the high estimate – at Swann Auction Galleries in New York.

Pride and Prejudice, 1813, headed off the offering bringing in $100,000 at the Fine Books & Manuscripts auction on February 24. The rarest of the group, Sense and Sensibility, 1811, thought to be one of only 1,000 or fewer first editions produced, took $81,250.

Emma, 1816, the only Austen novel to bear a dedication, to the Prince Regent, sold for $27,500, while Mansfield Park, 1814, and Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, 1818, rounded out the run at $20,000 and $11,875, respectively.

“Most any Jane Austen first edition appearance is noteworthy, but to have all six of her major novels, each one complete and in period binding, helped make this a wildly successful and memorable sale,” noted John Larson, the house’s literature specialist.


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Swann Auction Galleries is a third-generation family business as well as the world’s largest auction house for works on paper. In the last 75 years, Swann has repeatedly revolutionized the trade with such innovations as the first U.S. auction dedicated to photographs and the world’s only department of African-American Fine Art. More than 30 auctions and previews are held annually in Swann Galleries’ two-floor exhibition space in Midtown Manhattan, and online worldwide.

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Jim Morrison and The Doors star alongside Charlie Chaplin and a galaxy of Hollywood stars at Swann Auction Galleries on February 25.

Photos de Jim Morrison de Close-up et James Cagney de Hurrell



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