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Premier Auction - Session II - March 25, 2023

Sat, Mar 25, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 1067

John James Audubon

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$100 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $200
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

(New York, 1785-1851)

Golden Eagle, Aquila Chrysaetos, Plate CLXXXI, Variant I, from The Birds of America, London, 1827-1838, Havell edition, hand colored engraving with etching and aquatint on wove paper with watermark for "J. Whatman/1836", sheet 38 x 25 in.; unframed

Note: It is thought that Golden Eagle was inspired by the painting by Jacques Louis David, Napoleon Crossing the Saint Bernard. When Audubon painted the eagle in 1833, he had never seen any dramatic mountains like those in the background. Historians believe that Audubon probably remembered the David painting from seeing one of three originals in the house of Joseph Bonaparte (Napoleon’s elder brother) in Point Breeze, New Jersey.


loose, toning, fading, stains, tear right margin into image, crease upper left corner