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    Illustration Art

    Auction Debuts, Results & Records



    Georges Lepape, Le Miroir, cover for Vogue, watercolor and ink, 1927. Sold for an artist record of $52,500 on September 29, 2016.


    Erté, La Cage Improvisée, cover art for Harper's Bazaar, gouache, 1922. Sold for an artist record of $45,000 on September 29, 2016. 



    Following a growing trend of original works of illustration performing well in both our American Art and Art, Press & Illustrated Books auctions, Swann has expanded on our long history as a leader in works on paper by establishing a dedicated Illustration Art department in 2012. The department’s inaugural sale was held in January 2013 and has been growing steadily since then. Swann now holds two annual auctions of Illustration Art. 




    Howard Chandler Christy

    Howard Chandler ChristyI Am an American!, charcoal and pastel on board, 1941. Sold January 28, 2016 for an auction record of $40,000.

     charles addams

     Charles Addams, "This is your room. If you should need anything, just scream," full-page cartoon for The New Yorker, March 13, 1943. Sold for $20,000 on September 29, 2016.


    Staying true to our roots as an auction house specializing in rare books and manuscripts, much of the material in our Illustration Art sales has a literary bent, including original illustrations from beloved books, cartoons and advertisements from prominent publications, or daring cover art from cult-favorite pulp novels. 




    Jean de BrunhoffLe Roi Babar, ink and watercolor, cover illustration for first French Edition of the third Babar book, 1933. Sold March 21, 2017 for $40,000.

    dr seuss

    Dr. Seuss, Tadd and Todd, ink and watercolor, published in Redbook, August 1950. Sold for $23,750 on September 29, 2016. 



    Saul Steinberg

    Saul Steinberg, Equivalent of 8, pen, ink and collage, 1962. Sold January 22, 2015 for $20,000.

    Dr. Seuss

    Dr. Seuss, A Pair of Llamas in Peru, pen, ink and watercolor on board. Sold January 24, 2013 for $21,600.


    Whether it be scenes and characters from children’s books, or recognizable drawings that appeared in magazines, for many people illustration represents their first encounter with art, which often lends the genre an air of familiarity, accessibility and nostalgia.

     Charles Addams, Scuba Galleon, water color and gouache, cover for The New Yorker, September 21, 1957. Sold March 21, 2017 for $16,250.

    Charles Addams

    Charles Addams, Show Magazine cover illustration, mixed media, 1960s. Sold January 28, 2016 for $17,500.


    W.W. Denslow

    W.W. Denslow, pen and ink illustration for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 1900. Sold January 23, 2014 for $30,720.

    Ernest H. Shepard

    Ernest H. Shepard, Their Search for Small, pen and ink illustration for The House at Pooh Corner, 1928. Sold January 23, 2014 for $47,500.



    Edward Gorey, Skeletons and Hiding Figures, pen and ink, circa 1980s. Sold March 21, 2017 for $18,750.



     Charles M. Schulz

    Charles M. SchulzPeanuts, original 4-panel comic strip, inscribed, 1956. Sold January 23, 2014 for $13,750.




    Charles M. Schulz, early "Peanuts" comic, pen and ink, published 1957. Sold March 21, 2017 for $12,500. 





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