RARE BEATLES MEMORABILIA: HISTORIC ALBUMS BROUGHT TO SALE

February 24, 2024, commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the Beatles’ debut live performance in the United States, igniting a year marked by the auction of significant Beatles memorabilia. Noteworthy among these offerings are John Lennon’s personal copy of The White Album and Iain Macmillan’s portfolio from the Abbey Road cover session, both facilitated by The Fine Art Group for placement and sale.

JOHN LENNON’S COPY OF THE WHITE ALBUM

John Lennon’s copy of The White Album holds a special place in Beatles lore, numbered #0000006 and gifted to his chauffeur, Les Anthony. Released on November 22, 1968, The White Album is a milestone in music history as the Beatles’ inaugural double album. Its iconic plain white cover and groundbreaking compositions remain a cornerstone of the band’s legacy, showcasing their creative diversity and enduring influence on the music industry.

The Beatles The White Album No. #0000006 John Lennon’s Copy, Top-Loader Stereo UK Pressing LP Vinyl Record with Inserts (Apple, PCS 7067/7068, 1968) 
1968 
Heritage Auctions
LOT #26096 

RARE COMPLETE SET OF ABBEY ROAD COVER SESSION PORTFOLIO

Iain Macmillan’s Abbey Road cover session portfolio features seven chromogenic color photographs captured during the iconic August 8, 1969, session. The renowned front cover image, selected by Paul McCartney, depicts the Beatles traversing the zebra crossing alongside the unexpected passerby immortalized on the back cover in a blue dress. Each print, signed and numbered by Macmillan, remains pristine within its original white paper wrapping, housed in a red cloth Folio clamshell box. With only 25 editions produced, complete sets in original wrapping are exceptionally rare, offering collectors a unique opportunity to own a piece of music history. 

The Beatles Abbey Road, Album Cover Session, August 8, 1969, Portfolio of Seven Chromogenic Color Photographs
Edition No. 8/25 
Iain MacMillan
1969 
Heritage Auctions
Lot #26135
 

Together, John Lennon’s copy of The White Album and Iain Macmillan’s Abbey Road cover session portfolio represent quintessential pieces of Beatles memorabilia, each encapsulating pivotal moments in the band’s legendary career. From the groundbreaking compositions of The White Album to the iconic imagery of Abbey Road, these artifacts offer collectors a tangible connection to the band’s enduring legacy and artistic genius. As these rare gems find new homes in the hands of enthusiasts, they serve as reminders of the Beatles’ unparalleled impact on music and popular culture, continuing to inspire and captivate audiences six decades after their historic debut in the United States.

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GIANTS EXHIBITION AT BROOKLYN MUSEUM

Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys is a groundbreaking exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, opening its doors on February 10, 2024. The collection, amassed by World renowned artists and cultural luminaries Swizz Beatz (Kasseem Dean) and Alicia Keys, aims to highlight the diverse and multigenerational talents of artists.

IMAGE: Animated GIF featuring art from the Dean Collection; Image flashes between several contemporary art works.

Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys
February 10-July 7, 2024
Brooklyn Museum
Great Hall, 1st Floor

“Energy often follows intention, and The Deans have clearly set their intentions to build a world-class collection highlighting Black diasporic artists in this exhibition,” says Shane David Hall, Director of the High-Profile Division. “The opening of Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys is the culmination of this specific intention and the energy surrounding their passion for ‘artists supporting artists.’ We are beyond thrilled to support the passion of The Deans as they continue to support these legendary artists.”

IMAGE: Tall, long image of flyer for the Giants: Art from the Dean Collection Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. The image features a yellow background with general information regarding the showcase.

The term “Giants” encapsulates the monumental impact of these artists, both past and present, whose contributions have shaped cultural discourse and expanded artistic boundaries. The exhibition features a carefully curated selection of pieces by iconic figures such as Gordon Parks, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lorna Simpson, Kehinde Wiley, and Nina Chanel Abney, alongside the monumental works of artists like Derrick Adams, Arthur Jafa, and Meleko Mokgosi.

Freeman’s | Hindman to hold sale of the Collection of Sidney Rothberg on February 27 and 28 

Almost 300 works will be on view to the public in Philadelphia, with similar highlights exhibiting in
Paris, New York, and Chicago, culminating in two single-owner sales on February 27 and 28,
with a percentage of proceeds going to support free programs helping to improve the lives of
cancer patients, survivors, and their caregivers.

CHICAGO PUBLIC EXHIBITION

Freeman’s | Hindman Chicago Gallery
1550 W Carroll Ave
Chicago, IL 60607

February 2nd to 8th
Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM
Weekends, 11 AM to 4 PM

PHILADELPHIA PUBLIC EXHIBITION

Freeman’s | Hindman Philadelphia Gallery
2400 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

February 16th to 26th
Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM
Weekends, 12 PM to 4 PM

BOOK A VIEWING APPOINTMENT

Please email Raphael Chatroux at rchatroux@freemansauction.com to book a viewing appointment.

“A lifelong Philadelphian, Mr. Rothberg was known for his expert eye and impeccable taste,” said Head of Sale Alasdair Nichol. “He regularly attended Freeman’s auction, so it is not only fitting, but also emotional, to see all these gems presented in the city he liked so much.”

The full auction preview will open in Philadelphia from February 16th until the auctions take place on February 27th and 28th. The online sale catalogue will go live from February 2nd. A portion of the proceeds from your acquisition will be donated to support free programs helping to improve the lives of cancer patients, survivors, and their caregivers.

SALE INFORMATION

Auction Preview: February 16th – February 26th
Sale Dates: February 27th – February 28th
Freeman’s | Hindman, 2400 Market Street,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Click here for more information:

Part I: Upcoming auction: What Do You See? The Collection of Sidney Rothberg, Part I | February 27, 2024 (freemansauction.com)
Part II: Upcoming auction: What Do You See? The Collection of Sidney Rothberg, Part II | February 28, 2024 (freemansauction.com)

Lots to be published on February 2nd, 2024.

Collection highlights include Paul Klee, Kronen-Narr, 1938 [left] and Odilon Redon, Œdipe, n.d. [right].

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The Fine Art Group is pleased to announce Western Art and Design from Bar Cross Ranch, Wyoming, brought to sale through Sotheby’s and to go live on January 19th, 2023.

The Fine Art Group’s Agency department was integral to curating and acquiring this collection, designing a historical narrative in harmony with the collection’s past location on a ranch in Wyoming, an iconic location also known for being where Grateful Dead’s lyricist John Perry Barlow and founding member Bob Weir composed music for the band.

Anita Heriot, President, Americas, states, “There is nothing more rewarding as an advisor than to work with a collector hand in hand to build a collection with meaning. The Bar Cross Collection at its very core is a celebration of those Native Americans of the territory and those who depicted the West at a crucial period of transformation.”

Bidding begins on January 19th, 2024.

IMPORTANT SELECTIONS FROM THE BAR CROSS RANCH COLLECTION

THOMAS MORAN
Green River, Wyoming
ESTIMATE: $800,000-$1,200,000
ETAHDLEUH DOANMOE (KIOWA, 1856-1888)
A Book of Ledger Drawings, drawn at Fort Marion, St. Augustine, Florida, circa 1876
ESTIMATE: $200,000-$300,000
GEORGE CATLIN
Wah-ro-née-sah, The Surrounder, Chief of the Tribe
ESTIMATE: $50,000-$70,000
THOMAS MOLESWORTH
Door from Old Lodge, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
ESTIMATE: $40,000-$60,000

THE WEST IN ART

The Bar Cross Ranch collection of fine and decorative art is centered on the art of the Plains, whether by white European artists drawn out West to capture the landscape or the image and culture of the Plains Indians or by the nomadic tribes that once lived in Wyoming, such as the Crow, Sioux, Arapaho and Blackfeet; or the material culture of the ranchers, settlers, the cowboys that developed into rough-hewn aesthetic of the lodge and dude ranch.

The collection includes work by George Catlin, Thomas Moran, Charles Marion Russell, Joseph Henry Sharp, and Rosa Bonheur. Of note is George Catlin’s monumental work, the North American Indian Portfolio. The Portfolio was the product of not only the artist’s years of work on the Plains but also of promotion and touring with his Indian Gallery to finance the project.

THE ART OF THE WEST

The Bar Cross Ranch Collection includes:

  • Numerous ledger drawings.
  • Beaded bags to store and transport goods.
  • A bow and arrows.
  • Painted hides produced by artists and craftspeople of North American tribes.

Form followed function, and design was often dictated by purpose. Paintings on hide, clothing, or tipis were not executed for art’s sake but recorded natural, political, and cultural history. While the materials and sometimes techniques adapted to changing resources, the densely layered purpose of the objects remained.

THE WESTERN AESTHETIC

A distinct domestic aesthetic emerged as settlers, homesteaders, holiday ranchers, and artists moved to the frontier. Furniture was inspired by the rustic ranch style made with materials at hand and contemporary decorative arts, such as Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts. These styles were adapted in silverware, jewelry, stained glass, and wood-carving to evoke Native American designs and the Western landscape. Forms were simple, with an emphasis on the materials and the hand of the craftsman.

The collection includes numerous examples of hand-crafted arts & crafts furniture and lamps by Roycroft and Stickley, Van Briggle pottery, and the luminous Rookwood Indian Portrait Vases based on photographs by Frank Rinehart and Alexander Gardner, amongst others. The largest single-maker grouping in the collection is that of Thomas Molesworth furniture and lighting. Molesworth, a Wyoming-based designer, is of particular interest as he was an interior designer who insisted on a holistic aesthetic throughout the home.


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BRINGING AN AMERICAN LANDSCAPE PAINTING COLLECTION TO SALE

The Fine Art Group was pleased to assist in the sale strategy for the collection of Maryann and Al Friedman. The collection comprises works by influential 19th and 20th-century American Hudson River School artists. Highlights include a rare South American work by Frederick Edwin Church and paintings by Jasper Francis Cropsey, William Trost Richards, and Martin Johnson Heade.

The Fine Art Group takes pride in presenting this iconic collection, a profound homage to the enduring legacy of American landscape painting.

Bidding begins on January 11th, 2024.

SELECTIONS FROM THE SALE


Landscape painting of a marsh at sunset painted by artist Martin Johnson Heade. The land is low and flat displaying green grasses. The sky is reddish brown and fades upwards to yellow green. Two haystacks glow in the sun.
MARTIN JOHNSON HEADE
Northern Marsh: Sunset
Lot 21
ESTIMATE: $100,000-$150,000


Image is of a landscape painting displaying a mountain scene, sunset, river, and a palm tree. Painting is by artist Frederic Edwin Church.
FREDERIC EDWIN CHURCH
Andean Sketch
Lot 18
ESTIMATE: $200,000-$300,000
Image is of a landscape painting of a river scene and sunset. A pale mountain  sits in the distant. Two deer stand in the foreground at the edge of the water. Artwork is painted by artist Jasper Francis Cropsey.
JASPER FRANCIS CROPSEY
Lake Near Mount Chocorua

Lot 10
ESTIMATE: $50,000-$70,000

Image is of a landscape painting featuring a gold sunset over a scene of a placid lake and dark trees. Painting is by artist William Stanley Haseltine.
WILLIAM STANLEY HASELTINE
Sunset Glow, Roman Campagna
Lot 19
ESTIMATE: $25,000-$35,000

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The Fine Art Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Epistola de insulis nuper inventis on behalf of a private client from Christie’s sale of Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including Americana on October 19, 2023 for $3.9m.

The document is the earliest obtainable edition of the letter to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain sent by Christopher Columbus from on board the Nina and provides the first descriptions of the Americas by a modern European explorer in 1493. Originally written in Spanish, the letter was translated into Latin by Leander di Cosco and its printing is attributed to Stephen Plannck, a publisher associated with the Papal chancery in Rome.

This image is of the Epistola de insulis nuper inventis by Christopher Columbus which depicts an aged, opened manuscript to a page full of latin characters.
Epistola de insulis nuper inventis
Christopher Columbus
1493
Christie’s
October 19th, 2023
Lot 308
ESTIMATE: $1,000,000 – $1,500,000
PURCHASE PRICE: $3,922,000

Following its translation into Latin, this document spread the news of Columbus’ transatlantic voyage and sparked one of the first ever media frenzies in Europe. Its publication forever altered peoples’ perception of their world and changed the course of world history forever. Copies of the Epistola de insulis nuper inventis are extremely rare, with few known copies existing outside of institutional libraries. Before coming to auction, the present example resided in the collection of a private Swiss library for nearly a century.

Kerry-Lee Jeffrey, Senior Director, The Fine Art Group, said ‘‘We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of this important document on behalf of our client. This outstanding acquisition will be the cornerstone of a collection that explores the sweeping narrative of the United States of America through important documents.’’

Explore the Epistola de insulis nuper inventis here.

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SUCCESS FOR TFG CLIENT AT MAGNIFICENT JEWELS SALE

The Fine Art Group was thrilled to be able to share this important jewelry collection with Sotheby’s bidders. The jewelry collection was created in love and partnership between the consignor and his wife over many years. The couple collected a stunning array of unusual jewels by Cartier during one of the luxury brand’s most prolific periods of the 1980s/1990s, as well as high jewels by famed fashion house Dior, designed by Victoire de Castellane. The original estimation range was from $854,000 to $1,076,000, and the final sale total with an aggregate of $1,465,696.

We are so pleased that these pieces have found new and happy homes in the next chapter of their history.

THE JEWELRY COLLECTION

Total: $1,154,000
Original Estimate Range Total: $854,000-$1,076,000


SOLD JEWELRY LOT TOTALS (inclusive of aggregate):

  1. Eighteen karat yellow gold and diamond bracelet, Cartier: $69,850
  2. Eighteen karat yellow gold and diamond earrings, Cartier: $53,340
  3. Colored diamond and diamond earrings: $152,400
  4. Colored diamond and diamond ring: $190,500
  5. Eighteen karat yellow gold Bamboo bracelet and ring, Cartier: $44,450
  6. Pair of eighteen karat yellow gold and diamond Bamboo bracelets and earrings, Cartier: $60,960
  7. Colored diamond and diamond ‘Rose’ necklace and bracelet, Dior: $48,260
  8. Diamond ear clips, Dior: $69,960
  9. Ruby and diamond ring: $127,000
  10. Diamond riviere necklace: $177,800
  11. Eighteen karat yellow gold and diamond Babylon necklace, Cartier: $190,500
  12. Eighteen karat yellow gold and diamond Panther ring, Cartier: $33,026
  13. Eighteen karat yellow gold and diamond bracelet and ear clips, Cartier: $69,850
  14. Eighteen karat yellow gold jewelry suite, Cartier: $38,100
  15. Eighteen karat yellow gold and diamond Panther suite, Cartier: $139,700

Highlights From the CLIENTS’ SOLD COLLECTION

Click here to view the rest of the sold collection, lots 1 to 16.

PAIR OF YELLOW, COLORED DIAMOND AND DIAMOND PENDANT-EARRINGS.

Suspending two cushion-modified brilliant-cut Fancy Vivid Yellow diamonds weighing 3.03 and 3.02 carats, framed and accented by round near-colorless diamonds and diamonds of yellow hue. 

Image of yellow and white diamond earrings on a white background
PAIR OF YELLOW, COLORED DIAMOND AND DIAMOND PENDANT-EARRINGS
Suspending two cushion-modified brilliant-cut Fancy Vivid Yellow diamonds weighing 3.03 and 3.02 carats, framed and accented by round near-colorless diamonds and diamonds of yellow hue
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Magnificent Jewels
Sotheby’s, New York
June 13, 20223
Lot 3
ESTIMATE: $100,000 – $150,000
SOLD:  $152,400
FANCY INTENSE YELLOW DIAMOND AND DIAMOND RING
Centering a square modified brilliant-cut Fancy Intense Yellow diamond weighing 10.27 carats, flanked by two triangle-shaped diamonds.

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Magnificent Jewels
Sotheby’s, New York
June 13, 20223
Lot 4
ESTIMATE: $100,000 – $150,000
SOLD:  $190,500
CARTIER TWO GOLD AND DIAMOND ‘BAMBOO’ CUFF BRACELETS AND PAIR OF EARCLIPS
Two sprung cuffs are accented by round diamonds, accompanied by a similarly designed pair of earclips, total gross weight of approximately 89 dwts,
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Magnificent Jewels
Sotheby’s, New York
June 13, 20223
Lot 6
ESTIMATE: $22,000 – $28,000
SOLD:  $60,960
DIOR PAIR OF DIAMOND ‘GALERIE DES GLACES’ PENDANT-EARCLIPS
The pendants, topped by floral and bow motifs, set throughout with variously cut diamonds, signed Dior, numbered 074388, with French assay and workshop marks. ​​
Magnificent Jewels
Sotheby’s, New York
June 13, 20223
Lot 8
ESTIMATE: $12,000 – $18,000
SOLD: $69,960
RUBY AND DIAMOND RING
Centering a cushion-cut ruby weighing 8.22 carats, framed by pear-shaped diamonds


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Magnificent Jewels
Sotheby’s, New York
June 13, 20223
Lot 10
ESTIMATE: $60,000 – $80,000
SOLD: $127,000

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The Fine Art Group is pleased with the impressive sale result for a rare book placed at Freeman’s auction house on behalf of a client. The book, The Transactions of the Royal Humane Society, is a piece from the personal library of the first President of the United States, George Washington. 

The picture is of an antique red and gold book.
The Transactions of the Royal Humane Society…
From the Personal Library of President George Washington
1795
Freeman’s
May 3rd, 2023
Lot 158
ESTIMATE: $12,000 – $18,000

SOLD: $441,000

The book was estimated to sell for $12,000 to $18,000 but achieved a staggering price of $441,000. The Fine Art Group is committed to maximizing returns for its clients. The success of this sale demonstrates the potential for significant returns in the collectibles market, particularly when dealing with rare books and historically significant pieces.

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LÉON SPILLIAERT (1881-1946)
Digue et lumières d’Ostende
1909
Christie’s
April 4th, 2023
Lot 22
ESTIMATE: EUR 300,000 – EUR 500,000

The Fine Art Group is delighted to have assisted a private client in bringing an artwork by Léon Spilliaert to the Impressionism & Modern Art Sale at Christie’s to be held on April 4th, 2023.

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AFFANDI (Indonesian, 1907-1990)
Four girls
1907-1990
Sotheby’s
April 6th, 2023
Lot 786
ESTIMATED: 350,000 – 450,000 HKD

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The Fine Art Group is pleased to have assisted a client in bringing a beautiful Affandi painting to Sotheby’s Modern Day Auction. Visit the link above for a rare video of Affandi working on this lively artwork.

“The present lot is a highly rare composition from the artist’s celebrated traveling series. Commissioned by the present owner’s father, who was introduced to Affandi by a mutual friend who was likely an Indonesian diplomat, Four Girls was painted in the summer of 1962 in Annapolis, Maryland.”

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