A home library is a personal sanctuary to escape the noise. But quiet doesn’t have to mean boring. After all, the great libraries of the world are repositories for books but also for letters, maps, globes and other collectibles. Elevate your home library from man cave to elegant, sophisticated retreat with a selection of literary memorabilia, plush furnishings, vintage finds, and yes, books chosen from Sotheby’s Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana Online (18–28 June) sale and online marketplace Viyet. Click ahead for a dozen essentials for the Modern Library. Fine Books and Manuscripts including Americana Online 18–28 June | Online Photo: Soucie Horner
In this 60-Second Gallery, discover intricate illustrations of the animal kingdom from North America to the Seychelles. These volumes, created by 18th and 19th century researchers, demonstrate the meticulous study and taxonomy that was undertaken by natural historians in their expeditions across the globe. These works and more will be offered in Sotheby's Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana Online (18 June – 28 June)
Sotheby’s and Atlas Obscura have teamed up to provide exclusive access to rare objects from the Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana Online (18–28 June, Online). This is a remarkable chance to see these items in the flesh, and you’ll see them in one of New York’s incredible spaces, an apartment near the top of the Woolworth Building, one of America’s most beautiful buildings. Built in 1913 and celebrated as the tallest building in the world at the time of completion in 1913, The Woolworth Building majestically rises 792 feet above City Hall Park at the gateway to Tribeca. Woolworth spared no expense on the construction, evidenced from the detailed exteriors and interiors of the graceful tower. Below, find details about each of the four events, including how to buy tickets.
Sotheby’s New York Books & Manuscripts department achieved extraordinary results and set numerous records in 2017, totalling over $17.6 million across eight sales. Auctions ranged from the exceptional white glove single owner sale, Alexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive of Letters and Manuscripts, to Space Exploration, which included the Apollo 11 lunar bag used by Neil Armstrong to bring back the first samples of the moon ever collected. It sold for $1,812,500, setting the world record for an American space artefact. Click ahead for the year's top highlights, and consign now for the upcoming season.