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Q: Auction Catalogs ( No Answer,   4 Comments )
Subject: Auction Catalogs
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Visual Arts
Asked by: jan2862-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 09 Sep 2006 09:01 PDT
Expires: 09 Oct 2006 09:01 PDT
Question ID: 763654
I have 12 Sotheby's and 4 Christie's auction catalogs from
the 1960's and 1970's in good condition. They have plain covers, not
photographs. The auctions sold impressionistic paintings and drawings.

Where can I sell these catalogs and how much are they worth?

I have already researched this and these links don't provide
information or are not interested in buying the catalogs:,, Sothby's and Christie's.

If you cannot find the answer, I hope that you will state as much so
that I can get a refund. If you provide links, please verify that they
will in fact buy my catalogs. Thanks.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Auction Catalogs
From: myoarin-ga on 09 Sep 2006 10:08 PDT
Hi Jan2862,
I know what you're asking about.  Unfortunately, as you have
discovered, such catalogs don't have much value.  They are only a
document of what was once offered for sale, but the suggested auction
prices or limits are of minimal significance, since they don't tell
the actual price realized, and this is also only of historical
interest, and only for works of art that return to the market, and
then only if these are important enough for a journalist to find it
interesting to report that the item once sold for xxx.
Since it is unlikely that important impressionist works were sold in
such auctions, this type of interest is also unlikely.  Furthermore,
the descriptions of the works in a catalog without illustrations
probably are difficult to use to identify the works at a later date.

I am sorry to sound like such a wet blanket.
Regards, Myoarin
Subject: Re: Auction Catalogs
From: pinkfreud-ga on 09 Sep 2006 10:12 PDT
>> If you cannot find the answer, I hope that you will state as much
so that I can get a refund.

If you mean a refund of your GA fee, the fifty-cent listing fee is all
that you'll be debited until and unless an official answer is posted
to your question. Comments which do not provide answers are entirely
free of charge.
Subject: Re: Auction Catalogs
From: cryptica-ga on 09 Sep 2006 21:20 PDT
Why don't you go take a look at ADDALL.COM

It's a one-stop source for most of the major used book dealers.   When
you get to the main page look in the center of your screen and in the
big box in the middle click on the words, "Search USED Books."

Then when you're on the main page for Used books, enter the name of
the auction house as "Author" and use the words "Auction catalog" as

As an experiment, I typed, "Sotheby's" for Author and "Auction
catalog" and zillions of
sales came up, some for hundreds of dollars.  You, of course, will
type the actual name of the catalog -- so you'll have more specific

Nothing might turn up at all, but I usually find no matter how obscure
a title I type in, SOMEBODY is selling it.  Of course, that doesn't
mean that anybody is actually BUYING the items, but you'll at least
see how many dealers are selling them and for how much.  And some used
book dealers are looking to buy.  You could contact the ones that
feature auction catalogs.
Subject: Re: Auction Catalogs
From: jan2862-ga on 08 Nov 2006 00:37 PST
Thanks for your answers. I just now saw that it was sent. Why was I
not notified by email? I found it by going to Google Answers which is
not easy to find either!

You stated "the descriptions of the works in a catalog without illustrations
probably are difficult to use to identify the works at a later date."

I may have not been clear here...there are photographs of every item
for sale in the catalogs. Can you respond to this? Thanks much.

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