October 03, 2020 09:00 AM EDT Asheville, North Carolina


John James Audubon

(New York, 1785-1851)

Long-billed Curlew, Plate CCXXXI, 1834, from The Birds of America, London, 1827-1838, Havell edition, hand-colored etching, engraving and aquatint with "J. Whatman/Turkey Mill" watermark, sheet 25-1/2 x 38 in.; modern gilt wood frame, 34-1/8 x 46-1/2 in. 

Note: This fine impression was purchased directly from the family of John James Audubon in 1850 by the city of New York. It was sold in 1985 to benefit the Reference and Research Fund of the Municipal Archives of the City of New York. This lot is accompanied by the Certificate of Provenance issued and signed by Edward I. Koch, Mayor of New York City, New York, with seal and dated October 1985.

This lot is comparable in color to the one from the Sachsen-Meiningen Collection, sold by Christie's New York: The June 25, 2004, lot 231 for $89,625 (premium).

Provenance:Family of John James Audubon, purchased by the City of New York in 1850; Private Collection


strong color, retains the binding edge at top, hinged in, some fly speck at top right, toning at edges of margin, some restoration to lower left corner and couple other tiny areas at edge

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium

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