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RESULTS: First Editions/Second Thoughts: An Auction to Benefit PEN American Center

New York, Rockefeller Center

75 lots sold

Total: $918,800/£588,032/€744,228

 100% sold by lot

75 lots offered

£0.64= $1 / €0.81=$1

N/A

Lot

Description

Estimate ($)

Price Realized

Buyer

56

Roth, Philip. American Pastoral. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1997. 8°. Original half-cloth, pictorial dust-jacket.

N/A

$80,000

£51,200

€64,800

Anonymous

20

DeLillo, Don (b. 1936). Underworld. (New York: Scribners, 1997). 8°. Original cloth-backed boards; dust-jacket.

N/A

$57,000

£36,480

€46,170

Anonymous

55

Roth, Philip (b. 1933). Portnoy's Complaint. New York: Random House, 1969. 8°. Original navy blue cloth, upper cover and spine in gilt; dust jacket.

N/A

$52,000

£33,280

€42,120

Anonymous

40

Ruscha, Ed, Past Stuff. New York: Gagosian, 2014, oil on book cover, signed and dated ‘Ed Ruscha 2014.

35,0000 - 50,000

$40,000

£25,600

€32,400

Anonymous

41

Kushner, Tony. Angels in America. A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. Part One: Millenium, Part Two: Perestroika. New York: Theater Communications group, 1993, 1994. 2 volumes, 8°. Original green and brown boards; dust-jackets; photos tipped-in.

N/A

$32,000

£20,480

€25,920

Anonymous

10

Caro, Robert (b. 1935). The Power Broker. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1974. 8°. Illustrated. Original black cloth stamped in gilt; dust-jacket.

N/A

$26,000

£16,640

€21,060

Anonymous

54

Robinson, Marilyn (b. 1943). Housekeeping. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1980. 8°. Original cloth-backed boards; dust jacket.

N/A

$24,000

£15,360

€19,440

Anonymous

24

Egan, Jennifer (b. 1962). A Visit from the Goon Squad. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. 8°. Original black cloth; dust jacket.

2,000 - 4,000

$24,000

£15,360

€19,440

Anonymous

6

Gober, Robert Printed book with printed paper collage, graphite, ink, tape and staples. Extensively annotated, collaged and drawn by the artist on 46 pages and the front and back covers.

       5,000 - 7,000

$22,000

£14,080

€17,820

Anonymous

71

Tyler, Anne (b. 1941). Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982. 8°. Original cloth-backed boards; dust jacket.

N/A

$22,000

£14,080

€17,820

Anonymous

Steven P. Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, Christie’s, comments: “Christie's is proud to serve as host of this historic auction of unique literary treasures and to give so many book lovers a chance to view and bid on these authors' and artists' thoughtful reflections on their own work. We are especially pleased to help PEN American Center raise money to continue its mission of defending free expression and fostering literary pursuits."

 

Tom Lecky, Head of Department, Books & Manuscripts, comments: “The 75 one-of-a-kind masterpieces were carefully assembled for this auction, and, as a unit, possessed an array of elements that spoke to the passions of any and every collector.  Christie’s was proud to partner with the PEN American Center to present these unique works of art to the public and assist with the organization’s ongoing support for free expression.”

PRESS CONTACT: Melissa Abernathy | +1 212 636 2680 | mabernathy@christies.com

Estimates do not include buyer’s premium.

About Christie’s

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*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.