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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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TWENTY (20) BOOKS ABOUT 20TH C. ARTISTS
Oct 01, 10:00 AM CDT
TWENTY (20) BOOKS ABOUT 20TH C. ARTISTS
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $100- $200
$2257 Bids
LINDSAY, Norman (5 Catalogues)
Oct 09, 2:00 PM AEDT
LINDSAY, Norman (5 Catalogues)
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD60- AUD100
AUD355 Bids
A collection of reference books on art and painting
Oct 02, 12:00 PM AEDT
A collection of reference books on art and painting
by Gibson's Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD1405 Bids
TWENTY-FOUR (24) BOOKS ON 20TH C. ARTISTS
Oct 01, 10:00 AM CDT
TWENTY-FOUR (24) BOOKS ON 20TH C. ARTISTS
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $100- $200
$1504 Bids
EIGHT (8) BOOKS ON CHINESE PORCELAIN AND POTTERY
Oct 01, 10:00 AM CDT
EIGHT (8) BOOKS ON CHINESE PORCELAIN AND POTTERY
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $100- $200
$1003 Bids
TWENTY-FOUR (24) BOOKS ON 20TH C. ARTISTS
Oct 01, 10:00 AM CDT
TWENTY-FOUR (24) BOOKS ON 20TH C. ARTISTS
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $100- $200
$1253 Bids
Three posters by David Lance Goines
Oct 06, 11:00 AM PDT
Three posters by David Lance Goines
by PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers
Est: $200- $300
$1002 Bids
Portrait of Emmy Lou Packard, inscribed
Oct 06, 11:00 AM PDT
Portrait of Emmy Lou Packard, inscribed
by PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers
Est: $400- $600
$2252 Bids
Rare Kathe Kollwitz Mappe Art Portfolio
Oct 15, 10:30 AM EDT
Rare Kathe Kollwitz Mappe Art Portfolio
by Terri Peters & Associates
Est: $5- $99,999
$252 Bids
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MARCEL MARCEAU "THE THIRD EYE" PORTFOLIO
Oct 09, 9:00 AM MST
MARCEL MARCEAU "THE THIRD EYE" PORTFOLIO
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
FIFTEEN (15) BOOKS ON CHINESE CERAMICS AND DECORATIVE ARTS
Oct 01, 10:00 AM CDT
FIFTEEN (15) BOOKS ON CHINESE CERAMICS AND DECORATIVE ARTS
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $100- $200
$602 Bids
CHINESE PORCELAIN COLLECTIONS IN THE NEAR EAST TOPKAPI AND ARDEBIL
Oct 01, 10:00 AM CDT
CHINESE PORCELAIN COLLECTIONS IN THE NEAR EAST TOPKAPI AND ARDEBIL
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $200- $400
$2002 Bids
TWENTY-TWO (22) BOOKS ON 20TH C. ARTISTS
Oct 01, 10:00 AM CDT
TWENTY-TWO (22) BOOKS ON 20TH C. ARTISTS
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $100- $200
$702 Bids
Inscribed and signed by Edward Ruscha
Oct 06, 11:00 AM PDT
Inscribed and signed by Edward Ruscha
by PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Five volumes on Japanese art, mainly netsuke and lacquer
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
Five volumes on Japanese art, mainly netsuke and lacquer
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €150- €250
€701 Bid
Henri Matisse, Portraits, w/ 2 orig. lithographs
Oct 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Henri Matisse, Portraits, w/ 2 orig. lithographs
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
With etching from Broein's original plate
Oct 06, 11:00 AM PDT
With etching from Broein's original plate
by PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Inscribed and signed by Wayne Thiebaud
Oct 06, 11:00 AM PDT
Inscribed and signed by Wayne Thiebaud
by PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Krater und Wolke Nr. 7: Herausgeber G. Baselitz
Oct 13, 10:00 AM CEST
Krater und Wolke Nr. 7: Herausgeber G. Baselitz
by Galerie Bassenge
Est: €200- €300
€2001 Bid
Group of Art books, (6) vols.
Oct 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Group of Art books, (6) vols.
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Chagall, (3) vols. incl. Lithographs II & V
Oct 13, 10:00 AM EDT
Chagall, (3) vols. incl. Lithographs II & V
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $150- $250
$701 Bid
Birds of America Richmond Cigarettes Poster
Oct 06, 11:00 AM PDT
Birds of America Richmond Cigarettes Poster
by PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Pericle Fazzini ENEIDE bronzo, marmo e volume, cm 51x35x5,5
Oct 06, 4:00 PM CEST
Pericle Fazzini ENEIDE bronzo, marmo e volume, cm 51x35x5,5
by Itineris
Est: €100- €200
€501 Bid
(6) Vols., XXe Siecle Homage to..., w/lithographs
Oct 13, 10:00 AM EDT
(6) Vols., XXe Siecle Homage to..., w/lithographs
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Art Books


Galerie Bassenge

Galerie Bassenge

PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers

PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers

Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen

Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen

Sydney Rare Book Auctions

Sydney Rare Book Auctions