Friends of the Library Online Art Auction

Lot 66: William H. Howe (1928-2009) June Morning at Samantha Prairie, Lyon Co., Kans. (2002), Watercolor on Board

As part of the library’s 150th anniversary the Friends of the Library will sell more than 70 pieces from the library’s art collection online Dec 4 and 5. The library’s Alice C. Sabatini Gallery is the oldest public art collection in Topeka. After more than a century of collecting art, the library is running out of room. Recently curators reviewed the collection and we will allow several items to find a new home. This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of the library’s art collection.

Lot 54: S. David Mapes (20th/21st Century) Oil on Canvas, The Crystal Reader (1993)

Soulis Auctions from Kansas City, Missouri, will conduct an online art auction Fri and Sat, Dec4 and 5. Not all the art in the sale is from the library. The consignment lists identify the art from the library – Dec 4 Consignment List and Dec 5 Consignment List. Bidders may cross reference these PDF lists with the sale items visual lists – Dec 4 sale items and Dec 5 sale items.

If you are interested in bidding, use the following private online bidding catalog links:

Lot 87: Kickapoo Logan (1908-2000) Oil on Artist’s Board, Night Is Here (1970)

“Over the years we have been given so many wonderful pieces of art,” said Friends Executive Mary Campbell. “The curators have been very busy reviewing the collection. The art was donated to benefit the library and the proceeds from the sale will enable the library and gallery to prepare for the future. The library has been collecting art for over 100 years and this is the first time you have an opportunity to own a piece (or two) of it.”

Lot 98: Helen Hodge (Kansas 1870-1958) Oil, Winter Landscape offered with an unsigned oil on canvas attributed to a student of Birger Sandzen

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