A rare collection of 82 original, hand-colored engravings of birds and quadrupeds by John James Audubon will come under the hammer in New York on 5th December 2012. “The Birds of America” was published in London between 1827 and 1838 by Robert Havell.
Although some items will be purchased by art galleries for public display, most of the items will probably be purchased by private collectors. This may be a once in a lifetime to view such a large collection of original, works of “wildlife” art in one place.
John James Audubon, Proof Plate: Black Bellied Darter. Aquatint from “The Birds of America,”First edition engraving with original hand-color. Published in London between 1827 and 1838 by Robert Havell. Framed. Approximately 28 1/2 x 21 1/2”. RESERVE (Lot 47)
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The auction is being managed by Guernsey’s, an auction house with a reputation for the presentation of extraordinary properties. From the largest auction in history (the contents of the ocean liner S.S. United States) to vintage racing cars on to pre-Castro Cuban cigars and the $3 million McGwire baseball, Guernsey’s has few rivals when it comes to the presentation of wildly diverse art and artifacts.
The auction will take place at The Arader Galleries, 1016 Madison Avenue (78th Street), New York, NY 10021 on 10:00 AM PT – Dec 5th, 2012 and can be followed live through Live Auctioneers on the link Color Plate Books, Rare Maps, Natural History.