Swann Auction Galleries

Swann Auction Galleries

About Swann Galleries was founded in 1941 as an auction house specializing in Rare Books. Today Swann has separate departments devoted to Photographs, Posters and Prints & Drawings, in addition to Books, Maps & Atlases and Autographs. As a member of International Auctioneers, an alliance of prestigious auction houses, our sales are publicized to auction clients around the world. Swann is the ideal venue for buying and selling. We invite everyone — public and private institutions, dealers, collectors and would-be collectors — to contact us. You will be pleased by the friendliness and knowledge of our specialists, and the breadth and quality of material we offer. History Swann Galleries was founded in New York in 1941 by antiquarian book dealer Benjamin Swann as an auction house specializing in rare and antiquarian books. George Lowry acquired the business and became president in 1970 upon Mr. Swann`s retirement. At that time, a staff of four organized and conducted book auctions for a customer-base composed mainly of dealers. As the auction world opened to the general public, separate departments were established for different fields of collecting: first photographs, then autographs, and in the late 1980s-early 90s, prints and drawings and vintage posters. Swann is now a world leader in the auction market for works of art on paper. Nicholas Lowry joined Swann in 1995 as head of the Poster department. He was named Principal Auctioneer in 1998 and Vice-President in 2000. In January 2001, he assumed the title of President and took over day-to-day management of the company, which now has a staff of 30; George Lowry stepped up to the new title of Chairman. For over 25 years, Swann has been located on East 25th Street, just one block east of Madison Square Park, adjacent to the historic Murray Hill, Gramercy Park, and Flatiron districts, and right across town from Chelsea. The premises doubled in size in 1999 with the addition of a second gallery and salesroom.

Bidder Reviews for Swann Auction Galleries (45)

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Calgary, CA

Nov 17, 2021
Very satisfied with the overall experience!
Very satisfied with the overall experience! Swann Auction Galleries were very professional, efficient, and cordial. Much appreciated.
(CANADA.) Archive of maps and documents from gold mines

Boxford, MA

Jul 28, 2021
excellent shopping experience
excellent shopping experience

Key West, FL

Jul 23, 2021
Total Pros....
Seamless transaction, shop with confidence! Total pros!
ROBERT NATKIN (1930 - 2010, AMERICAN) Bath.

Strabane, GB

Jul 16, 2021
Reliable and Personable
The experts in the Prints Department, Lisa and Todd, are lexically knowledgeable in their area of expertise. They take a fastidious pride in the authenticity of the items they curate and welcome bidders 'questions and concerns. As far as my experience of buying prints from Swann goes, bidders may assume they can buy with complete confidence. These people really know their stuff!

Brattleboro, VT

Apr 21, 2021
Top notch!!!!
Excellent house! Courteous and responsive item was exactly as advertised
ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ (1894-1985) Accordionist,

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Mar 25, 2021
Top notch service
Great service and just what you would expect from a long established auction house.

Hachioji-shi, JP

Mar 11, 2021
shipping charge
When knocking down at other auction companies, I looked for the delivery company which packs a knocking down work by itself and took an estimate from 2-3 companies. I had my expensive shipping charge stolen in that case. You could also send shipping charge and the packing charge at the cheap price at the same time as a work was remitted, so a swan auction was saved very much.

London, GB

Jan 23, 2021
Excellent and responsive seller
Very good and very responsive, would certainly buy again

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