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Art Books

Art books are reference books that contain printed images of art. Typically produced from a collection of a single artist's works, art books can also include illustrated religious texts, vintage art magazines, and books on particular art movements.

Many buyers of art books want to have a reference on hand about an artist, the artist’s techniques, and pictorial examples of the art. Other collectors favor art books that explain why works are considered important, where collections of an artist’s work exist, and how much art sells for at auction. An art book can be a wish list for art enthusiasts. It can also be a work of art on its own, especially a signed copy. Often, university libraries and fine art museums possess many rare and important art books.

Vintage art magazines featuring prints of pieces that later became famous are big in the collector’s world, as are illustrated religious texts and books on contemporary art. Artist’s books are another popular collector’s item, often functioning as a portable miniature art gallery. Also, with a growing audience of comic book aficionados in the world, rare editions of comic books and graphic novels have brought millions at auction.


Quick Facts

  • "Portraits of the Winning Horses of the Great St. Leger Stakes, at Doncaster from the Year 1815 to the Year 1824, Inclusive" by J.F. Herring on hand-colored plates sold for $35,000 at a Doyle of New York auction in 2000
  • One of the first Superman comic books from 1938 sold for more than $3,000,000 in a record-setting eBay auction in 2014
  • "The Birds of America" by John James Audubon sold for $11,542,683 at Sotheby’s London in 2010

Recommended Items at Auction

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JULIO LE PARC, JULIO LE PARC
Feb 27, 10:30 AM CET
JULIO LE PARC, JULIO LE PARC
by Art-Rite
Est: €500- €1,000
€75012 Bids
VERANNEMAN, Emiel
Mar 08, 10:00 AM CET
VERANNEMAN, Emiel
by Auctions Van de Wiele
Est: €70- €90
€1804 Bids
CHRISTO HAND-SIGNED EXHIBITION CATALOGUES AND MONOGRAPHS, GROUP OF 12
Feb 28, 11:00 AM EST
CHRISTO HAND-SIGNED EXHIBITION CATALOGUES AND MONOGRAPHS, GROUP OF 12
by Capsule Gallery Auction
Est: $200- $400
$1253 Bids
Pamphlets regarding the Kentucky decorative and fine arts
Mar 17, 6:00 PM EDT
Pamphlets regarding the Kentucky decorative and fine arts
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
Pablo Picasso. Suite Vollard, Büchergilde Gutenberg, Hatje, 1956
Mar 08, 10:00 AM CET
Pablo Picasso. Suite Vollard, Büchergilde Gutenberg, Hatje, 1956
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €200- €250
€302 Bids
Egon Schiele. Facsimile Der Moderne 1+2. (2 Volumes)  
Feb 29, 1:00 PM EST
Egon Schiele. Facsimile Der Moderne 1+2. (2 Volumes)  
by The Red Finch Auctions LLC
Est: $2,500- $3,000
$2,0002 Bids
RUSSIAN AND EUROPEAN AVANT-GARDE ART BOOKS
Feb 28, 11:00 AM EST
RUSSIAN AND EUROPEAN AVANT-GARDE ART BOOKS
by Capsule Gallery Auction
Est: $200- $400
$1252 Bids
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2 Stephen Robin Suites Reproduction Drawings
Feb 27, 10:00 AM EST
2 Stephen Robin Suites Reproduction Drawings
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $100- $200
$201 Bid
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3 Stephen Robin Portfolios of Artwork
Feb 27, 10:00 AM EST
3 Stephen Robin Portfolios of Artwork
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $50- $100
$201 Bid
Cuban Revolution told in cartoons
Mar 07, 11:00 AM PST
Cuban Revolution told in cartoons
by PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
"Sonnets Luxurieux de Pierre Aretin", Erotik-Album mit 16 Blättern im Ledereinband, um 1900
Mar 09, 10:00 AM CET
"Sonnets Luxurieux de Pierre Aretin", Erotik-Album mit 16 Blättern im Ledereinband, um 1900
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €300- €400
€201 Bid
(7) Vols Contemporary Art & Artists
Mar 08, 10:00 AM EST
(7) Vols Contemporary Art & Artists
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $150- $250
$701 Bid
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Matisse Henri, Verve. Vol. IX, nn. 35-36. Dernières oeuvres de Matisse. 1950-1954. Paris: Verve, [1958].
Mar 06, 10:00 AM CET
Matisse Henri, Verve. Vol. IX, nn. 35-36. Dernières oeuvres de Matisse. 1950-1954. Paris: Verve, [1958].
by Gonnelli Casa d'Aste
Est: €800- €1,600
€8001 Bid
VANDENBERG PHILIPPE (1952 - 2009) & CLAUS HUGO (19…
Mar 03, 2:00 PM CET
VANDENBERG PHILIPPE (1952 - 2009) & CLAUS HUGO (19…
by DVC
Est: €1,800- €2,400
€1,4001 Bid
DAYANITA SINGH, SENT A LETTER
Feb 27, 10:30 AM CET
DAYANITA SINGH, SENT A LETTER
by Art-Rite
Est: €200- €400
€301 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Art Books


The Red Finch Auctions LLC

The Red Finch Auctions LLC

PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers

PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers

Art-Rite

Art-Rite

Auctions Van de Wiele

Auctions Van de Wiele