Our 5 December auction of Books and Manuscripts featuring a range of history, literature and art did exceptionally well realizing $3.8 million.
Leading the auction were items by Rene Magritte, including Le Problème du Fantôme, a sketchbook containing 49 sketches and works, selling for more than five times the high estimate. Also doing well above estimate was a 1958 letter from Magritte selling for $62,500, a detail of the letter is shown here . Other successes included Yoko Ono's Grapefruit , achieving $485,000, and Bruce Springsteen's original working draft manuscript for "Born to Run," selling for $197,000.
Our 5 December sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts including Americana covers a range of history, literature and art with significant lots that are truly uncommon on the market alongside significant lots that always attract wide interest; Austen, Shakespeare and Hemingway for literature, while manuscript Americana features Washington letters and a truly extraordinary Thomas Jefferson letter on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Modern art is also well-represented with Duchamp wordplays, illustrated Magritte letters and possibly the most influential Fluxus work the movement produced, Yoko Ono’s “Grapefruit.”
Please note that these works are by American painter Waldo Peirce.
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The present typescript does not correspond in completeness to the 1964 limited first edition of Grapefruit. It is, however, a draft of the work, and includes a typed and annotated card in which Ms. Ono specifies that the present draft consists of 150 event scores. She also writes on this card, 'There are more pieces of this period that I can send you by next mail which I would like to include in the book.'