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Swann Auction Galleries

Thomas Jefferson Signed This Vermont Statehood Deal That's Up For Auction

AP | LISA RATHKE | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An act of Congress signed by Thomas Jefferson in 1791 declaring Vermont as the 14th state is heading to the auction block. I...

7 Things You Can Learn From A 19th Century 'Pocket Encyclopedia' For Women

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.02.2014 | Arts

"It's a wonderful combination of Martha Stewart, WebMD and Allure magazine... for the court of Charles X." That's how Christine Von Der Linn, a sen...

This Is What Ghost Photography Looked Like In The Early 20th Century

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.11.2014 | Arts

The art of spiritual photography dates back to the 19th century when William H. Mumler made a name for himself as a photographer-turned-medium alleged...

Vintage Mugshots Show What Petty Crooks Looked Like In the 1930s

Posted 10.09.2013 | Arts

Although all photographs tell a story, there is something particularly beguiling about a vintage mugshot, a peephole into a dark tale full of scandal ...

LOOK: Stunning Finds At African-American Fine Art Auction

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 02.12.2013 | Arts

A collection of works by some of the most important black artists in the last two centuries is set for the bidding block at Swann Galleries this month...

Rare Edition Of 'Where The Wild Things Are' Heads To Auction

Posted 01.09.2013 | Arts

A rare first edition of "Where The Wild Things Are," signed and inscribed with a drawing by Maurice Sendak, heads to auction later this month. "20th C...

Which Famous Surrealist Made Commercial Posters On The Side?

Posted 04.24.2012 | Arts

We don't know about you, but when we think of Rene Magritte we imagine bowler hats, mysterious clouds and cryptic green apples. We certainly do not th...

Trymaine Lee

TODAY: The Place To Buy Slave Shackles, Martin Luther King Jr.-Inscribed Book, Blood Tusk | Trymaine Lee | Posted 03.01.2012 | Black Voices

As the midday rush on an exhibition floor at the Swann Auction Galleries in Manhattan cooled earlier this week, curator Wyatt Houston Day floated arou...

What the Auction Houses Reject

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Grant

The story of auction houses is usually what they sell and for how much. As large a concern as bringing in things that will do well at a sale, however,...