Swann Galleries’ forthcoming auction of African Americana looks set to thrill collectors. With both Spielberg’s Lincoln and Tarantino’s Django Unchained rapidly accruing plaudits; the sale’s contents perfectly reflect the zeitgeist, with items relating to slavery, abolition, civil war and reconstruction all garnering intense interest.
An extraordinary collection of 19th century photographs featuring America’s Buffalo Soldiers is expected to command some of the highest bids on March 21, while ephemera, art and advertising from the same period shines a light on both progress and prejudice.
The 20th century is equally well represented in the auction, with items relating to the Black Panthers, and to the Civil Rights movement more generally, evidencing the prolonged struggle for equality that coloured American politics throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
These are items which are not merely valuable in terms of monetary worth, but in terms of their inherent historical, cultural and political significance.
With interest in African Americana arguably at an all time high, this could be a sale to watch.