The Ricky Jay Collection

The Ricky Jay Collection

The Ricky Jay Collection

The Ricky Jay Collection

Live Auction: 27 October 2021 • 10:00 EDT • New York

Watch Now: Sotheby’s Presents The Amazing Collection of Ricky Jay


Magician, actor, scholar, author: the range of Ricky Jay’s accomplishments were as varied as are the formats and subjects of the material in his celebrated Collection: books, pamphlets, posters, handbills, broadsides, prints, ephemera, objects, and apparatus documenting the histories of magic, circuses, jugglers and acrobats, automatons, remarkable characters, learned animals, limb-deficient artists, con men, and scores of other related, if arcane, topics. Featuring characters of the greatest celebrity to the utmost obscurity, The Ricky Jay Collection will offer an astonishing variety of material in a sale that is truly without precedent.


Ricky Jay is one of the very select company of persons who assembled a collection of the very first rank in a field in which he was not only a world-renowned practitioner, but also a scholar of considerable note. Jay documented his collection in a series of books that both highly entertaining and thoroughly erudite, including Learned Pigs & Fireproof WomenJay’s Journal of AnomaliesExtraordinary Exhibitions, and Matthias Buchinger: “The Greatest German Living.” Jay’s source material for these and other publications will now be available for the elucidation and entertainment of other collectors—as well as the legions of Ricky’s admirers—at Sotheby’s auction of The Ricky Jay Collection, October 27 and 28, 2021. We invite you check this page often for updates.


Featuring characters of the greatest celebrity to the utmost obscurity, The Ricky Jay Collection will offer an astonishing variety of material in a sale that is truly without precedent. We invite you check this page often for updates.


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Selby Kiffer

Senior Vice President

International Senior Books Specialist

Books & Manuscripts

Special Projects

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SELBY.KIFFER@SOTHEBYS.COM


Richard Austin

Senior Vice President

Global Head of Books & Manuscripts

Books & Manuscripts

+1 212 606 7385

RICHARD.AUSTIN@SOTHEBYS.COM


Ella Hall

Specialist

Books & Manuscripts

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ELLA.HALL@SOTHEBYS.COM


Dr. Kalika Sands

Associate Specialist

Books & Manuscripts

KALIKA.SANDS@SOTHEBYS.COM


Daniel Baker

Associate Cataloguer

Books & Manuscripts

DANIEL.BAKER@SOTHEBYS.COM


Isabella McKelvey

Administrator

Books & Manuscripts

ISABELLA.MCKELVEY@SOTHEBYS.COM

Sale number

N10706

Session & Exhibit Information

Session times

Session 1

Wed, 27 Oct 21 • 2:00 PM GMT

Session 2

Wed, 27 Oct 21 • 6:00 PM GMT

Session 3

Thu, 28 Oct 21 • 2:00 PM GMT

Session 4

Thu, 28 Oct 21 • 6:00 PM GMT

Exhibitions

New York

Fri, 22 Oct 21 • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT

Sat, 23 Oct 21 • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT

Sun, 24 Oct 21 • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT

Mon, 25 Oct 21 • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT

Tue, 26 Oct 21 • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT