Recent Photobook auction results

For those who enjoy photobooks and have acquired a few of them over the years, one benefit is that they may also increase in value. A potentially nice counterpoint to the argument that you are spending too much for these wonderful books. Ah, yes, a mighty fine investment, indeed!

Thus of potential interest was the recent October Swann Galleries auction of Photographs and Photobooks. So here are a few of the photobook highlights:

MAN RAY. Photographs 1920-1934 Paris.
With a portrait by Picasso.  Texts by André Breton, Paul Eluard, Rrose Sélavy, and Tristan Tzara.  Illustrated with gravures of Man Ray’s photographs, rayographs, and portraits.  4to, spiral-bound photo-pictorial wrappers, rear cover lightly soiled, diagonal crease lower left corner of front wrapper; ex-libris.  Roth 80; Auer 210.
Hartford, Connecticut & New York City: James Thrall Soby & Random House, (1934)
ESTIMATE: $2500/3500 > Sold for $3,840

Edited by June Newton.  Illustrated with over 400 full-page reproductions of Newton’s striking photographs.  Oversize folio, photo-pictorial boards, photo-pictorial dust jacket; with the original custom chrome stand.  First edition, boldly signed by Newton. Taschen, 1999
ESTIMATE: $5000/7500 > sold for $6,480

Camera Work Nos. 13 and 15.  Sold for $6,960
Camera Work #27.  Sold for $$4,560

So something to keep in mind, eh? FYI, the next Swann Galleries Photobook auction is scheduled for Dec. 8, and it will have a much larger number of books available.

Best regards, Douglas Stockdale

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