Swann Auction Galleries is a family-owned business that prides itself on authenticity and approachability while adding an element of education and fun to auctions.
Swann is New York City's oldest specialty auction house: it was founded in 1941 with a focus on rare and antiquarian books. In the last 75 years, Swann has held innovative and landmark sales, including in the 1950s, when it held the first American auction dedicated to photography. Swann now has specialized departments dedicated to African-American Fine Art, Illustration Art and Printed & Manuscript African Americana, alongside staples like Americana, Autographs, Maps & Atlases, Prints & Drawings, Vintage Posters, and Rare & Antiquarian Books. It offers 30 to 40 auctions a year in these categories.