Some books can be judged by their covers – including the examples in this noteworthy group from The Maurice F. Neville Collection of Modern Literature (Part III), whose fascinating and rare content matches their stunning exteriors. Click ahead for a closer look at eight can't-miss highlights from the sale and vignettes inspired by these remarkable editions. The Maurice F. Neville Collection of Modern Literature (Part III) 24 April | New York
NEW YORK – For Maurie Neville, books have never been just about dealing – they are a passion. And according to his son Morgan Neville, an Oscar-winning director, a way of life. At its height, Neville's remarkable collection was all over the family home. "Pretty much every room had a bookshelf," says Morgan. "My mom wouldn’t let him shelve the bathrooms, but everything else was up for grabs." Now, thirteen years after a two-part sale of the Maurice F. Neville Collection of Modern Literature set numerous author and genre records, comes Part III, including many significant 20th-century authors as well as miscellany from Neville's diverse interests. "Even having done these three sales, it doesn’t feel like the house is empty. There’s still a lot more." We spoke with Morgan about his father's love of inscriptions, friendship with Charles Bukowski and how he went from enthusiast to dealer. MAURIE AND MARCIA NEVILLE WITH CHARLES BUKOWSKI. PHOTO: COURTESY OF MORGAN NEVILLE.
Thirteen years after a two-part sale of the Maurice F. Neville Collection of Modern Literature set numerous author and genre records comes Part III, smaller than its predecessors, but equally as interesting. This part includes many significant 20th century authors, of course: Dylan Thomas, Hemingway and Fitzgerald, and even Charles Bukowski. But the sale also features a fine group of attractively bound and frequently extra-illustrated sets of standard authors, as well as a section of "Miscellany" – including sports, history, travel and popular music – that will give an idea of the range of Neville’s many interests beyond modern literature. Click ahead for a closer look at twelve can't-miss highlights. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
This winter, Sotheby’s partners with David Korins, set designer of the Tony Award-winning musical 'Hamilton' to create an exhibition concept for Americana Week 2017. Joined by specialist Selby Kiffer, Korins examines the documents to be offered in our 18 January sale Alexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive of Letters and Manuscripts that helped inspire the groundbreaking broadway production.
In Paris’s first sale of 2017, our annual Bande Dessinée (Comics) auction, works by some of the masters of Europe’s golden age of comic strips join sought-after pages from well-known American cartoonists. Click ahead to discover 8 highlights from the sale, including pages from Tintin’s creator Hergé and Peanuts artist Charles Schulz. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
With the holiday season in full swing and current best-sellers all jostling for position on gift lists, we take a look back at works and memorabilia from the world's most celebrated authors sold at Sotheby's. First editions of famous classics sit alongside letters, notebooks and items that tell the stories of the authors' lives as well as that of their famous characters. From Ian Fleming's first introduction to his enigmatic secret agent James Bond in Casino Royale, to J.K. Rowling's hand-drawn personalised manuscript for The Tales of Beedle The Bard, many works that have made literary history have passed through the doors of Sotheby's. Click through to see highlights from our various Books and Manuscripts sales. VIEW SLIDESHOW
NEW YORK – There are few images that sum up punk rock and the New York City music scene as succinctly as the CBGB logo, emblazoned on the famous club's awning. Opened by Hilly Kristal in 1973, CBGB – known formally as CBGB’s OMFUG "Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers" – quickly became the world's most celebrated venue and “underground” rock scene, welcoming legendary acts such as the New York Dolls, Blondie, the Ramones, Patti Smith, the Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, the Cramps, the Dead Boys, the Misfits, the Voidoids, the Runaways and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. As part of the 10 December auction A Rock & Roll Anthology: From Folk to Fury, Sotheby's will offer a piece from the iconic club – one of the original awnings, which has been in the care of CBGB's former manager Drew Bushong. We spoke with Bushong about its history. LOT 25. CBGB. ORIGINAL HAND-PAINTED VINYL AWNING AS DISPLAYED ABOVE THE ENTRANCE OF HILLY KRISTAL'S CBGB OMFUG VENUE AT 315 BOWERY, NEW YORK CITY. ESTIMATE $25,000–35,000.
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