Cowan’s Auctions, a Hindman Company, is delighted to present its first dedicated various owner African Americana auction on February 18. The sale features a diverse selection of books, imprints, manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, posters, and ephemera dating from the 18th century through the mid-20th century, representing themes such as slavery & abolition, militaria, civil rights, politics, art, literature, and more. A number of influential figures including Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Madam C.J. Walker, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., Huey Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, and Angela Davis are represented in the auction.
Highlights of the sale include a photograph of Dr. King locking arms with his aides while leading the march to the Montgomery, Alabama courthouse (lot 191; estimate is $1,000-2,000). Another noteworthy piece is a sixth plate daguerreotype of Joseph Jenkins Roberts, the first and third president of Liberia (lot 82; estimate is $10,000-15,000). The archive of Lieutenant Colonel George Henry Hoyt is another standout item (lot 46; estimate is $4,000-6,000). Hoyt most notably acted as one of John Brown’s attorneys when the martyred abolitionist stood trial for the raid at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. Included in the archive are a journal with Hoyt’s hand recorded testimonies from Brown’s relatives, former neighbors, and old acquaintances, and a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings reporting on Hoyt and the trial. Other notable items include a Black Panther carved rally stick (lot 230; estimate is $300-500), and a quarter plate tintype of two young girls, one African American and one white (lot 84; estimate is $800-1,200).
Thursday, February 18, 2021
10:00 am ET