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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SIDDUR AVODAT ISRAEL Prayer Book
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
SIDDUR AVODAT ISRAEL Prayer Book
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $50- $150
$509 Bids
An autographed copy of The Art of Morrisseau,
Oct 27, 9:00 AM PDT
An autographed copy of The Art of Morrisseau,
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $40- $60
$1107 Bids
Salvador Dali "Ivanhoe'' suite
Oct 23, 9:30 AM EDT
Salvador Dali "Ivanhoe'' suite
by Rachel Davis Fine Arts
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$1,6005 Bids
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Bradshaw Art of the Kimberley By Grahame L. Walsh, published in 2000
Oct 19, 6:00 PM AEDT
Bradshaw Art of the Kimberley By Grahame L. Walsh, published in 2000
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD6005 Bids
12 DESENHOS DE ALMADA, 1 vol.
Oct 18, 7:00 PM WEST
12 DESENHOS DE ALMADA, 1 vol.
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €30- €60
€604 Bids
Icart S. Micheal Schnessel
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Icart S. Micheal Schnessel
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$194 Bids
American Folk Painters Of Three Centuries
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
American Folk Painters Of Three Centuries
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$74 Bids
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Collection of Australian Aboriginal Art Books
Oct 19, 6:00 PM AEDT
Collection of Australian Aboriginal Art Books
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD2203 Bids
EXPANSÃO PORTUGUESA E A ARTE DO MARFIM, 1 vol. br.
Oct 18, 7:00 PM WEST
EXPANSÃO PORTUGUESA E A ARTE DO MARFIM, 1 vol. br.
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €40- €80
€703 Bids
Louis Icart The Complete Etchings
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Louis Icart The Complete Etchings
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$223 Bids
Collection of 28 Books on Art
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Collection of 28 Books on Art
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$103 Bids
(TOM) MELLO, THOMAZ DE. FEITIÇO, 1 vol. br.
Oct 18, 7:00 PM WEST
(TOM) MELLO, THOMAZ DE. FEITIÇO, 1 vol. br.
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €10- €20
€152 Bids
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JOHN DOYLE BUILDERS AND MERCHANTS SUITE OF 20 STONE LITHOGRAPH SUITE
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
JOHN DOYLE BUILDERS AND MERCHANTS SUITE OF 20 STONE LITHOGRAPH SUITE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$52 Bids
Books On Old Master Drawings, 6
Nov 21, 12:00 PM EST
Books On Old Master Drawings, 6
by Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1252 Bids
DACOSTA, Fernando. SALAZAR: Fotobiografia, 1 vol.
Oct 18, 7:00 PM WEST
DACOSTA, Fernando. SALAZAR: Fotobiografia, 1 vol.
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €20- €40
€202 Bids
Various Authors Andy Warhol Book Collection: (32) Books
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Various Authors Andy Warhol Book Collection: (32) Books
by Larsen Art Auction
Est: $500- $1,000
$3002 Bids
VINCENT VAN GOGH PORTFOLIO OF PRINTS
Oct 17, 5:00 PM EDT
VINCENT VAN GOGH PORTFOLIO OF PRINTS
by Puckett Auctions
Est: $250- $2,500
$452 Bids
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Bev Doolittle's "Hide and Seek Suite" Limited Edition Prints
Oct 23, 11:30 AM EDT
Bev Doolittle's "Hide and Seek Suite" Limited Edition Prints
by Oakwood Auctions
Est: $150- $175
$1001 Bid
Gerardus Mercator Atlas 1595, Faksimile Exklusivausgabe Coron 2006
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CEST
Gerardus Mercator Atlas 1595, Faksimile Exklusivausgabe Coron 2006
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €180- €200
€201 Bid
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Alighiero Boetti, Da uno a dieci.
Oct 27, 10:00 AM CEST
Alighiero Boetti, Da uno a dieci.
by Gonnelli Casa d'Aste
Est: €300- €600
€3001 Bid
Full Album of 100+ Ex Libris Bookplates - Kekesi Laszlo
Oct 21, 11:00 AM EDT
Full Album of 100+ Ex Libris Bookplates - Kekesi Laszlo
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $200- $400
$101 Bid
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John James Audobon's "Birds of America" M. Bernard Loates Set
Oct 23, 11:30 AM EDT
John James Audobon's "Birds of America" M. Bernard Loates Set
by Oakwood Auctions
Est: $750- $900
$4501 Bid
O MUSEU DOS DESCOBRIMENTOS, OUTRO MUNDO NOVO VIMOS
Oct 18, 7:00 PM WEST
O MUSEU DOS DESCOBRIMENTOS, OUTRO MUNDO NOVO VIMOS
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €20- €40
€201 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Art Books


Gonnelli Casa d'Aste

Gonnelli Casa d'Aste

Berner's Auction Gallery

Berner's Auction Gallery

Campo & Campo

Campo & Campo

Galerie Moenius

Galerie Moenius