Welcome to the first installment of our semiweekly newsletter. Each issue will explore the highlights and activities of Swann Auction Galleries, including videos from specialists, peeks behind the scenes and information about upcoming events. We hope you will join us by signing up on our website .
We decided to start by celebrating the past year. From million-dollar sales to newly-discovered canvases, 2015-16 was too exciting to keep to ourselves.
The Art Collection of Maya Angelou came to Swann for a short but well-attended sale that started our auction season in September 2015. Before the auction, much of the work from the collection had never been publicly displayed, which made this a unique opportunity to see a more private side of an influential cultural force.
Listen to Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo speak about Dr. Angelou's poetic legacy here .
Anne and Margot Frank's inscribed copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales sold in our May Autographs auction to The Museum of World War II outside Boston. This was the first major offering of Anne Frank material at auction in over two decades. One of the last offerings was a set of letters sent by Anne and Margot to their American pen-pals sold by Swann for $165,000 in 1988 . Read the full story here , or in The New York Times
In the News Fine Books & Collections : Oscar Wilde Didn't Fancy "The Book Fancier"
The New York Times : Letters From a Secret Courtship in 19th-Century Brooklyn Evoke a Jane Austen Plot
A Year of Records
Last year we saw 95 records across 31 sales, with some of our departments even breaking their own records.
A Previously Unknown Edition of the Bay Psalm Book surfaced at Swann for our February sale of Printed & Manuscript Americana . Specialist Rick Stattler shares his discovery and recounts the storied provenance of this book.
Read about it in The Boston Globe .
Photographs & Photobooks Director Daile Kaplan tells the tale of how Ansel Adams captured his iconic image, Moonrise, Hernandez , New Mexico . The rare 1950s mural-sized print sold for $221,000 in February.
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