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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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John Allcot Marine Artist book with listings of ships, 51cm x 38cm
Apr 24, 4:00 PM AEST
John Allcot Marine Artist book with listings of ships, 51cm x 38cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD1809 Bids
VERVE. [DERNIÈRES OEUVRES DE MATISSE, 1950-1954].
Apr 26, 1:00 PM CEST
VERVE. [DERNIÈRES OEUVRES DE MATISSE, 1950-1954].
by Arenberg Auctions
Est: €500- €600
€8507 Bids
Ed Ruscha, Various Small Fires
Apr 24, 10:00 AM PDT
Ed Ruscha, Various Small Fires
by Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1505 Bids
HANS LISKA SKETCHBOOK
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
HANS LISKA SKETCHBOOK
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $140- $200
$1204 Bids
Ed Ruscha, Twentysix Gasoline Stations
Apr 24, 10:00 AM PDT
Ed Ruscha, Twentysix Gasoline Stations
by Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Est: $600- $800
$2003 Bids
Ed Ruscha, Some Los Angeles Apartments
Apr 24, 10:00 AM PDT
Ed Ruscha, Some Los Angeles Apartments
by Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Est: $600- $800
$2003 Bids
Warhol, Andy; Philips Skull [FINE COPY]
May 04, 10:00 AM EDT
Warhol, Andy; Philips Skull [FINE COPY]
by Bucklin
Est: $150- $250
$602 Bids
ZAO WOU-KI. THE GRAPHIC WORK. A CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ 1937-1995.
Apr 26, 1:00 PM CEST
ZAO WOU-KI. THE GRAPHIC WORK. A CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ 1937-1995.
by Arenberg Auctions
Est: €100- €150
€602 Bids
Assorted Art Books
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Assorted Art Books
by Nye & Company
Est: $50- $25,000
$302 Bids
Australian Women Artists in Wartime, Painting Ghosts by Catherine Speck 2004.
Apr 26, 10:00 AM AEST
Australian Women Artists in Wartime, Painting Ghosts by Catherine Speck 2004.
by Lawsons
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD202 Bids
Ed Ruscha, Mason Williams and Patrick Blackwell, Royal Road Test
Apr 24, 10:00 AM PDT
Ed Ruscha, Mason Williams and Patrick Blackwell, Royal Road Test
by Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$1502 Bids
Ed Ruscha, Real Estate Opportunities
Apr 24, 10:00 AM PDT
Ed Ruscha, Real Estate Opportunities
by Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$1502 Bids
PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973)
Apr 26, 2:00 PM CEST
PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973)
by Bernaerts Auctioneers
Est: €200- €300
€1402 Bids
Ulfert Wilke, Portfolio, "Fragments from Nowhere"
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Ulfert Wilke, Portfolio, "Fragments from Nowhere"
by Nye & Company
Est: $200- $300
$402 Bids
(7) Volumes Le Corbusier. ( Swiss-French, 1887-1965).
May 07, 12:00 PM EDT
(7) Volumes Le Corbusier. ( Swiss-French, 1887-1965).
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $200- $2,000
$1252 Bids
Hügel, Helmut vom (das ist: Helmut
May 10, 1:00 PM CEST
Hügel, Helmut vom (das ist: Helmut
by Nosbüsch & Stucke GmbH
Est: €240- €360
€2401 Bid
Kollwitz,K.
May 02, 10:00 AM CEST
Kollwitz,K.
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €50- €75
€501 Bid
PAUL DELVAUX. DESSINS ET PREMIÈRES LITHOGRAPHIES.
Apr 26, 1:00 PM CEST
PAUL DELVAUX. DESSINS ET PREMIÈRES LITHOGRAPHIES.
by Arenberg Auctions
Est: €100- €120
€501 Bid
Henry Moore (1898-1986) Shelter Sketch Book
Apr 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Henry Moore (1898-1986) Shelter Sketch Book
by Material Culture
Est: $500- $1,000
$2501 Bid
Alexandre Ananoff: "Francois Boucher Peintures".
May 04, 10:30 AM CEST
Alexandre Ananoff: "Francois Boucher Peintures".
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €180- €360
€1801 Bid
(CHAGALL) MARC CHAGALL - MA VIE. PRÉFACE D'ANDRÉ SALMON. AVEC 32 DESSINS DE JEUNESSE PAR L'AUTEUR. P
Apr 26, 2:00 PM CEST
(CHAGALL) MARC CHAGALL - MA VIE. PRÉFACE D'ANDRÉ SALMON. AVEC 32 DESSINS DE JEUNESSE PAR L'AUTEUR. P
by Bernaerts Auctioneers
Est: €100- €200
€601 Bid
Ledyard's journal of Cook's 3rd voyage 1783
May 02, 11:00 AM PDT
Ledyard's journal of Cook's 3rd voyage 1783
by PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers
Est: $5,000- $8,000
$2,5001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Art Books


Jeschke Jádi Auctions Berlin GmbH

Jeschke Jádi Auctions Berlin GmbH

Nosbüsch & Stucke GmbH

Nosbüsch & Stucke GmbH

Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen

Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen

PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers

PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers