Thurber Thursday: 25 Thurbers To Be Auctioned
May 5, 2022
Exciting news, particularly for those who love James Thurber’s original art: Christie’s has put up three lots of Thurber drawings (one lot includes books with drawings). Altogether there are 26 pieces up for grabs. 
Lot 423: 8 drawings, some of them were published in The New Yorker, including this classic drawing from the issue of November 28, 1936: 
Lot 424: 15 drawings from Thurber’s Middle-Aged Man On The Flying Trapeze.
Lot 425: 3 books: one by Thurber, one by Thurber & White, and one by E.B. White.  2 with Thurber drawings, one with an E.B. White sketch of a bird. 
Here’s the drawing found inside of the Blue Ribbon edition of My Life And Hard Times
All of this work comes out of the collection of the late Bill Reese, collector, bookseller extraordinaire.
Here’s Thurber’s A-Z entry:
James Thurber Born, Columbus, Ohio, December 8, 1894. Died 1961, New York City. New Yorker work: 1927 -1961, with several pieces run posthumously. According to the New Yorker’s legendary editor, William Shawn, “In the early days, a small company of writers, artists, and editors — E.B. White, James Thurber, Peter Arno, and Katharine White among them — did more to make the magazine what it is than can be measured.”
Key cartoon collection: The Seal in the Bedroom and Other Predicaments (Harper & Bros., 1932). Key anthology (writings & drawings): The Thurber Carnival (Harper & Row, 1945). There have been a number of Thurber biographies. Burton Bernstein’s Thurber (Dodd, Mead, 1975) and Harrison Kinney’s James Thurber: His Life and Times (Henry Holt & Co., 1995) are essential. Website
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2 COMMENTS
Ed Frascino says:
May 5, 2022 at 7:27 pm
Is there someway to see the price for which they sold?
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michael says:
May 5, 2022 at 7:31 pm
Greetings Ed, I believe the auction won’t end til June 2. I’ll post the realized prices once Christie’s posts them.
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