Swann Galleries Auction of Old Masters, 19th Century and Modern Prints Brings More Than $2.4 Million
NEW YORK--On Nov. 9 at Swann Galleries' most lucrative Works of Art on Paper auction to date, old master, 19th-century, and modern prints brought more than $2.4 million, with many of the prints selling for record prices. The top lot, a complete "Jazz" portfolio by Henri Matisse, realized $277,500.
Todd Weyman, vice president and director of prints and drawings, said, "The Works of Art on Paper sale was a landmark in Swann's history. Grossing $2.4 million, it set a record for the best auction to date, and Matisse's "Jazz" portfolio became the most valuable lot Swann has ever sold. Furthermore, active bidding proved we were able to organize an auction of top-quality material and achieve strong prices."
Highlights among old master prints included Albrecht Durer's "St. Eustace," which sold for $12,650, and "St. Jerome in his Cell," which sold for $13,800; Rembrandt's "Self-Portrait with Saskia," brought a record $48,300; and a complete set of Piranesi's "Carceri d'Invenzione" sold for $14,950.
Among important 19th-century prints, two plates illustrating frontal and posterior views of the human body from George Stubb's "Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl," never before offered at auction, sold for $14,950; and Albert Bierstadt's "The Rocky Mountains," fetched $10,350. …