The Swann Galleries LGBTQ+ Art, Material Culture & History auction will be held on Thursday 18th August. In its fourth iteration and fifth year, the sale continues to spotlight artists, creatives and community activists.

Ephemera celebrating LGBTQ+ life and history, as well as material from the early years of the gay liberation movement in the United States to the present day, includes various zines and pamphlets; a 1971 guide to the gay bar scene across North America; a rare “Homosexuals are American Citizens Also” poster from Annual Reminder Day 1969 in Philadelphia; a typical early 1950s photo of two men in the Night Owl Bar; as well as posters promoting Pride and Gay Liberation, RuPaul drag shows and AIDS awareness.

The artworks on offer include original works and prints by Tom of Finland, including Portrait of Eric (1985) – which will be auctioned along with two autograph letters signed by Finland – and prints by Keith Haring. Artists associated with or influenced by Tom of Finland include Sadao Hasegawa, George Quaintance, Rex and Etienne. Also available is a contemporary work by Andrew Lamar Hopkins; a series of oil works by Hugh Steers; and a photographs section containing important prints by Peter Hujar, Nan Goldin, JEB, Robert Mapplethorpe and Patricia Coffie.

Among the literary highlights is that of Oscar Wilde The picture of Dorian Gray (1891) – one of 250 original copies signed by the author and rebound in modern red morocco by Robert Wu in 2019 – and an 1893 autograph letter signed by the author offering a supporting role to a friend’s daughter Lady Windermere’s fan. Also available is a selection of gay and lesbian pulp fiction novels from the 1950s and 1960s, as well as titles from Radclyffe Hall, Magnus Hirschfeld and Tennessee Williams, among others.

Visit swanngalleries.com to find out more about the Swann Galleries auction on August 18, 2022.

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