ESA Benefit Auction Draws Global Bidders

The competition will be fierce during the Society's Benefit Auction early Saturday evening, March 19th.

  • There's a rare 1817 engraved color map depicting parts of Canada, Nova Scotia and the United States.
  • There are turn-of-the-century ink blotters for patent medicines that today would spark lawsuits even if the patient lived.
  • There is an 1814 lithographed, embossed and hand-colored Valentine.
  • There's an "Awful Itch" broadside that offers instant relief ghastly afflictions.
And those are only four of more than 100 lots that will be sold during the Society's Benefit Auction. Swann Galleries' Gary Garland returns again this year to auction items donated by Society members and friends with proceeds going to expand Society programs. The auction hall at the Hyatt Regency Hotel will be filled, but you don't have to be present to be the successful bidder. Those present will also be bidding against absentee mail and table bidders. And there's a new twist this year as the entire catalog will remain online for absentee Internet bidding until March 1. You can visit the online catalog and bid by e-mail at

Keep in mind that some items will be sold by silent bidding conducted during the auction previews on Friday night, Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon.

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