Swann Auction Galleries

 

Swann Auctions Galleries was established in 1941 as a sale house having some expertise in Rare and Antiquarian Books and is presently the biggest expert barker of Works on Paper on the planet. Swann leads roughly 40 deals per year, with divisions dedicated to Books, Autographs, Maps and Atlases, Photographs and Photobooks, Prints and Drawings, Vintage Posters, African-American Fine Art, and Illustration Art. On March 27, 2017, Swann commended 75 years of sales. As an individual from International Auctioneers, a collusion of esteemed sale houses, our deals are pitched to sell customers all throughout the planet.

Swann is the ideal scene for purchasing and selling. We welcome everybody — public and private organizations, vendors, gatherers, and would-be authorities — to reach us. You will be satisfied by the agreeableness and information on our trained professionals, and the broadness and nature of material we offer.

George Lowry procured the business and became president in 1970 upon Mr. Swann’s retirement.

Around then, a staff of four coordinated and led book barters for a client base made basically out of sellers. As the closeout world opened to the overall population, separate offices were set up for various fields of gathering: first photos, at that point signatures, and in the last part of the 1980s-mid 90s, prints and drawings and vintage banners. Swann auction is presently a world innovator in the bartering market for show-stoppers on paper.

Nicholas Lowry joined Swann in 1995 as top of the Poster division. He was named Principal Auctioneer in 1998 and Vice-President in 2000. In January 2001, he expected the title of President and took over everyday administration of the organization, which currently has a staff of 30; George Lowry ventured up to the new title of Chairman.

For more than 25 years, Swann has been situated on East 25th Street, only one square east of Madison Square Park, adjoining the memorable Murray Hill, Gramercy Park, and Flatiron locale, and right across town from Chelsea. The premises multiplied in size in 1999 with the expansion of a subsequent display and salesroom.

Swann Auction Galleries’ spring offering of Swann auction house New York African American Art on April 22, 2021, was the second most noteworthy netting deal in the thirteen-year history of the division, with its most noteworthy number of members to date. Division chief, Nigel Freeman said, “I’m excited to see the proceeded with development in our African American workmanship barters with an enormous deal. 398 enlisted bidders vied for 8 hours to offer on 220 parts. We set 13 craftsman standards and saw excessive costs all around for some specialists.”

 

Fine photographs at Swann Auctions.

The deal closes with vernacular material, going from a gathering of 50 1940s photomatic selfies of a man assumed control throughout some undefined time frame ($1,500-2,500); a bunch of 38 late-1960s shading photos of hot chick young ladies presenting with Kodak cameras ($1,000-1,500); thriller stills from notorious films of the 1930s and 1970s ($800-1,200); nuclear bomb tests pictures ($4,000-6,000); just as soul photos, clinical reports, and bureau cards.

Restricted reviewing (by arrangement just) will be accessible through March 10, to be planned straightforwardly with an expert ahead of time and adjusting to severe security rules. Swann Galleries staff will get ready condition reports and give extra photos of material on demand. Advance request offers can be set with an expert for the deal or on Swann’s site, and telephone offering will be accessible. Live internet offering stages will be the Swann Galleries App, Invaluable, and Live Auctioneers.