View from The Podium: What’s Old is New Again

It seems like a cliché in our rarified world of auctions to use the expression “What’s Old is New Again,” and yet, here we are in the heat of an oppressive summer and at Swann, we find ourselves on the threshold of something we used to habitually undertake. After a long hiatus fueled by the Covid-19 shutdown and the realities of a newer world, Swann Galleries is about to conduct our first in-person auction since March 2020.

Beginning on August 17, with the fifth iteration of our popular LGBQT+ Art, Material Culture & History auction, clients will once again be invited back into the salesroom to participate in the auction live and in person. And that invitation will remain in place for the foreseeable future, as we continue our fall season of auctions.

While you can, of course, also continue to bid from the comfort of your home or office, those of you who do attend the auction yourselves will be met by our newly renovated premises. Truth be told, we are as excited about our new space as we are about the material we have in the pipeline, and I trust you will be equally as excited by both. 

Also “New Again” this season, we are delighted to welcome back Corey Serrant, who is rejoining the Swann team as the Associate Director of our LGBTQ+ department.

And finally, it is with great pleasure that we announce Skye Lacerte as our new Specialist of Illustration Art. Skye joins us from Washington University in St. Louis where she was Curator of the Dowd Illustration Research Archive (DIRA) and worked with original materials by some of the nineteenth and twentieth century’s most well-known illustrators and graphic artists. She will be helping Swann build on the success of our existing department.

I hope your summer is progressing peacefully and we look forward to seeing you all, in person, at one of our auctions in the near future.

Bid Early, Bid Often!


Nicholas D. Lowry
President & Principal Auctioneer

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