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LGBTQ+ Art and Historical Ephemera Up for Auction at Swann

This summer’s LGBTQ+ Art, Material Culture & History auction at Swann Auction Galleries is a testament to the growing interest in the newly defined area of collecting. As in previous auctions, the material represents a broad and exciting swath of 19th- and 20th-century political, social, and sexual culture.

On offer are a number of original works of art by Tom of Finland and other artists associated with or influenced by him, including Sadao Hasegawa and Jim French. Swann Auction Galleries is also delighted to be able to offer a rare, original illustration by Rex, “Leather Boy” (c. 1970s).

Photographs — a perennial favorite in this auction — are well represented by highly regarded artists such as David Wojnarowicz, Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Peter Hujar.

Also available are scarce materials from the early years of the gay liberation movement in the United States and the AIDS activism era of the 1980s: a “Manhattan Gay Scene Guide” from 1970, as well as material and booklets from the Mattachine Society, including a long run of The Mattachine Review.

Other notable artists featured in the auction include Paul Cadmus, Robert Bliss, Mark Beard, Jean Cocteau, Leonor Fini, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Marcus Leatherdale, Rene Ricard, Joan E. Biren (JEB), Shelby Sharie Cohen, and Yiannis Nomikos.

The LGBTQ+ Art, Material Culture & History auction takes place on August 17, 2023.

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