December 2, 2014

Dec 2
2014

FIRST EDITIONS / SECOND THOUGHTS

An auction of classic books and works of art annotated by 75 of America’s greatest authors and artists. 

First Editions/Second Thoughts (FEST) is an auction of one-of-a-kind books and works of art to be held December 2 at Christie’s New York to benefit PEN American Center. Through annotations including notes, essays, drawings, photographs, letters to the reader, and inserted memorabilia, each contributor has transformed a first edition of a classic work into a distinct new artifact for one lucky buyer.

On public preview at Christie’s New York starting November 17, 2014

Press


““It’s hard not to think, ‘Does this reflect my worth?” Mr. Muldoon said. “But this auction is really about people’s generosity to PEN. And at least in my case, the price is much more than I’m worth.””
— The New York Times
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“Annotated copies of the novels Portnoy's Complaint and American Pastoral brought in more than $130,000 Tuesday night at a PEN American Center benefit auction hosted by Christie's. PEN raised $1 million overall, a major boost for the literary and human rights organization.”
— Associated Press
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“On December 2, Christie's will auction 75 first-edition books, each of which is a unique object that has been annotated with words and/or illustrations by its author.”
— The New York Times
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“INK is indelible; once printed, books cannot be rewritten. Or can they?  Seventy-five artists and authors have offered additions to their books, which will be auctioned at Christie’s in New York on December 2nd to benefit PEN America Center.”
— The Economist
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“For the Dec. 2 auction, titled First Editions/Second Thoughts, authors picked up first editions of their works and made notations and drawings in them by hand. Some messages explain their intent, others their process, and other times, just a feeling.”
— Los Angeles Times
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