Allen Ginsberg

Mostly Sitting Haiku. (Paterson, New Jersey: From Here Press, 1978); Presentation Copy

Found at Sothebys, New York
Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Juan Hamilton: Passage, Lot 51
5. Mar - 5. Mar 2020
Estimate: 1.000 - 1.500 USD
Price realised: 6.250 USD
ALLEN GINSBERG
MOSTLY SITTING HAIKU. (PATERSON, NEW JERSEY: FROM HERE PRESS, 1978)
8vo (8 1/2 x 5 3/8 in.). Publisher's tan printed wrappers (this copy bound with two sets of the wrapper), stapled.
First edition; presentation copy, inscribed and signed by the author to O'Keeffe on the title-page: "for Georgia O'Keefe [sic] | Allen Ginsberg | Ghost Ranch | July 30, 1978 | AH."
"Ginsberg's gift to O'Keeffe of a book of his haiku reflects their shared interest in Asian poetry and philosophy" (The Book Room).
LITERATURE:
Sarah L. Burt, The Book Room: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Library in Abiquiu, New York, p. 34
PROVENANCE:
Allen Ginsberg Georgia O’Keeffe, Abiquiu, New Mexico

Artwork auctioned at four times the upper estimate price

The work Mostly Sitting Haiku. (Paterson, New Jersey: From Here Press, 1978); Presentation Copy by Allen Ginsberg was worth USD 6,250.00 (€ 5,666.88) to a buyer in March 2020. This price was achieved in the auction Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Juan Hamilton: Passage at Sothebys in New York and exceeded the previously set upper estimate of USD 1,500.00 many times over. Admittedly, works by Allen Ginsberg have also been auctioned for a multiple of this price - according to our records, the highest result so far was achieved by the work Selected images of Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Neal Cassady and Peter Orlovsky, 1953-1957 in October 2008 with an auction result of USD 35,000.00 (€ 27,598.17).

Kunstwerk zum Vierfachen des oberen Schätzpreises versteigert

Die Arbeit Mostly Sitting Haiku. (Paterson, New Jersey: From Here Press, 1978); Presentation Copy von Allen Ginsberg war einem Käufer im März 2020 USD 6.250,00 (€ 5.666,88) wert. Dieser Preise wurde in der Auktion Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Juan Hamilton: Passage bei Sothebys in New York erzielt und übertraf den zuvor angesetzten oberen Schätzpreis von USD 1.500,00 um ein Vielfaches. Freilich wurden Arbeiten von Allen Ginsberg auch schon für ein Vielfaches dieses Preises versteigert – das bisher höchste Ergebnis erzielte nach unseren Aufzeichnungen die Arbeit Selected images of Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Neal Cassady and Peter Orlovsky, 1953-1957 im Oktober 2008 mit einem Auktionsergebnis von USD 35.000,00 (€ 27.598,17).

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