December 2, 2014

Dec 2

December 2nd, 2014 | 7:00 pm
Christie’s Saleroom
20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York
Public preview opens November 17, 2014



First Editions/Second Thoughts (FEST), an auction of one-of-a-kind books and works of art to be held December 2 at Christie’s New York, is expected to raise substantial funds to support PEN’s mission to defend freedom of expression and to celebrate literature that such freedom makes possible.  The Auction provides bidders with the opportunity to engage in an intimate and private conversation with some of their favorite authors and artists. 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.

PEN America

PEN American Center is the largest of the 140+ centers of PEN International, the world’s only international association of writers working to defend free expression and protect persecuted writers. PEN International was founded after World War I to dispel national, ethnic, and racial tensions and to promote understanding among all countries. PEN American Center, founded a year later in 1922, works to advance literature, to defend free expression, and to foster international literary fellowship. Its 3,500 distinguished members carry on the achievements in literature and advancement of human rights of such past members as James Baldwin, Arthur Miller, Susan Sontag, and John Steinbeck.


Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service, and expertise. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie’s has since conducted the most celebrated auctions through the centuries, providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. With a global presence of 53 offices in 32 countries, Christie’s offers around 450 auctions annually in over 80 categories, from fine and decorative arts, to jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Christie’s also has a long history of conducting private sales for clients in all categories, and a growing online-only sales channel.

Sean Kelly Gallery

Since its founding in 1991, Sean Kelly Gallery has been highly regarded internationally for ambitious, intellectually driven exhibitions. The original list of artists represented included Marina Abramović, Joseph Kosuth, and Juliao Sarmento, who exemplify the gallery’s commitment to important and challenging contemporary art. In 2012, the gallery moved to a 22,000 square-foot space designed by award-winning architect Toshiko Mori in the rapidly developing Hudson Yards neighborhood. The move facilitated the gallery in mounting increasingly ambitious, museum-quality exhibitions and expanding its roster of artists, which includes Antony Gormley, Laurent Grasso, Rebecca Horn, Idris Khan, Kehinde Wiley, Alec Soth, and Mariko Mori. As the gallery continues to grow, its commitment to its artists and standards of excellence remains unchanged.

Special Thanks

Between The Covers
Sean Kelly
Belinda Kitchin