Roger Tory Peterson's Field Guide Art up at Auction
by Nate Swick
From the "I wish I had this kind of disposable income" department, the auction house Guernsey's , based in New York, New York, will be auctioning off several pieces of art from the father of the field guide, Roger Tory Peterson, next month.
Guernsey's will be conducting a 500-lot auction consisting entirely of the work of Roger Tory Peterson. This unprecedented offering is coming directly from the estates of Roger Tory Peterson and Virginia Marie Peterson, and the material included has never previously been available for sale. Approximately one half of the lots will be devoted to the original paintings for Dr. Peterson's famed Field Guides, with examples from each of the six Guides produced over the decades. Additional lots will feature drawings of flora and fauna from his other published books, with a specific section of the event devoted to artwork of penguins, a particular passion of Dr. Peterson. (The penguin houses in a number of America's foremost zoos are named after the artist.)
The auction takes place on September 8, with a public preview the day before. If interested, one doesn't have to be in New York to bid, you can do so online at liveauctioneers.com.
Truly a gift for the birder that has everything.