The Welsh Sale

Sat 24 March 2018, 10:30 AM - Cardiff Saleroom, South Wales

The Welsh Sale is a hugely popular auction of Welsh Art and Welsh porcelain, pottery and selected Welsh items. The sale has been operating for over 10 years in its current format and has in that time generated some record prices. We have in depth knowledge and expertise in the foremost Welsh artists, Swansea & Nantgarw porcelain and Llanelly pottery. We were the valuers of Sir Kyffin Williams’s estate in 2006 and his art work is a prominent feature of every Welsh Sale as is Donald McIntyre, Josef Herman, Graham Sutherland, Gwilym Prichard, C F Tunnicliffe, John Piper and most of the well-known 20th Century Welsh painters.

Viewing: Friday 23rd March 12pm - 7pm & the morning of auction 9am - 10.25am

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  • Lot 54

    Lot 54

    DYLAN THOMAS rare single-sheet with the poem `In Memory of Ann Jones` and a side illustration by Brenda Chamberlain of a haunting skeleton-like woman - Dylan Thomas` dead aunt¦Auctioneer`s Note: Published by `Caseg Broadsheets` who were an organisation led by Brenda Chamberlain, John Petts & Alun Lewis, focussed on publishing poetry cheaply and efficiently in the war years. Six broad-sheets were issued by the press and this was No.5, the only Dylan Thomas edition¦Provenance: the Estate of Michael Bogdanov (1938-2017) esteemed Welsh theatre director

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    Lot 54

    Guide price
    £70 - £100

    Hammer price £100.00

  • Lot 55

    Lot 55

    DYLAN THOMAS `Under Milk Wood` framed LP recording by the BBC, signed by Richard Burton (signature faded)¦Provenance: the Estate of Michael Bogdanov (1938-2017) esteemed Welsh theatre director

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    Lot 55

    Guide price
    £60 - £100

    Hammer price £90.00

  • Lot 56

    Lot 56

    DYLAN THOMAS, three fine small-press limited editions:¦1. `The Rev Eli Jenkins Prayer`, 1982, hand-printed with frontispiece at Abbey Eye Suffolk (1st copy of 40)¦2. `Fern Hill`, 1998 published by Waverly Hills Press with hand-coloured title-page (10th copy of only 12)¦3. `Fern Hill` published by Brabazon Press, hand-printed in concertina-style and bound in wooden printed boards (1st copy of 20)¦Together with a volume of `Dylan Thomas in New York` ¦Provenance: the Estate of Michael Bogdanov (1938-2017) esteemed Welsh theatre director

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    Lot 56

    Guide price
    £50 - £100

    Hammer price £50.00

  • Lot 57

    Lot 57

    DYLAN THOMAS proof copy of `Letters to Vernon Watkins`, 1957, `The Life of Dylan Thomas` by Constantine Fitzgibbon, 1965 and `The Death of the King`s Canary` by Dylan Thomas and John Davenport, 1976¦Provenance: the Estate of Michael Bogdanov (1938-2017) esteemed Welsh theatre director

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    Lot 57

    Guide price
    £60 - £100

    Hammer price £55.00

  • Lot 58

    Lot 58

    DYLAN THOMAS proof copies before publication of `The Doctor and the Devils`, 1953, `Quite Early One Morning`, 1954 and `Prospect of the Sea`, 1955, together with some variations of the final published books¦Auctioneer`s Note: `The Doctor and the Devils` was Dylan Thomas` last lifetime publication¦Provenance: the Estate of Michael Bogdanov (1938-2017) esteemed Welsh theatre director

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    Lot 58

    Guide price
    £60 - £100

    Hammer price £55.00

  • Lot 59

    Lot 59

    DYLAN THOMAS, a parcel of three Dylan Thomas Association items:¦1. A fine 1st Edition of Henry Treece`s `Dylan Thomas Dog among the Fairies`, 1949 in John Heartfield designed dust jacket, with some unpublished material in the text, warmly inscribed by Treece to Thomas`s friend, American agent and poet John Malcolm Brinnin ¦Auctioneer`s Note: this was the first critical study of Thomas. John Michael Brinnin was the author of `Dylan Thomas in America` and was instrumental in bringing over the Welsh poet for the first time¦2. `The Days of Dylan Thomas - A Pictorial Biography` by Bill Read with photographs from Rollie Mckenna, New York 1964 and signed by John Malcolm Brinnin, Bill Read`s partner¦3. A fine autographed letter from Vernon Watkins to Daniel Jones (both early Swansea friends of Thomas), dated Feb 1949, the letter mainly concerned with Daniel`s music but with the quote `it`s a great pity you missed Dylan when he was home. He asked a lot about you`.¦Provenance: the Estate of Michael Bogdanov (1938-2017) theatre director

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    Lot 59

    Guide price
    £120 - £180

    Hammer price £140.00

  • Lot 60

    Lot 60

    DYLAN THOMAS rare hardback issue of `New Poems` 1943 published by New Directions, New York together with the copy issued in paper wrappers. Unpublished in the UK¦Provenance: the Estate of Michael Bogdanov (1938-2017) esteemed Welsh theatre director

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    Lot 60

    Guide price
    £100 - £150

    Hammer price £90.00

  • Lot 61

    Lot 61

    DYLAN THOMAS rare 1st issue of `18 Poems` 1934, published by The Sunday Referee & The Parton Bookshop, London, one of only 250 copies printed. ¦Condition: head of spine chipped and small white stain to cover but internally clean and fresh ¦Provenance: the Estate of Michael Bogdanov (1938-2017) esteemed Welsh theatre director

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    Lot 61

    Guide price
    £250 - £350

    Hammer price £270.00

  • Lot 62

    Lot 62

    DYLAN THOMAS exceptionally rare copy of Swansea Grammar School Magazine, July 1929 crediting Dylan Thomas as sub-editor and with an early humorous poem entitled `The Ballad of a Salad`. Thomas is recorded in the Magazine as the winner of the Quarter Mile and One Mile (under 15s) at sports-day and that he took the leading-role as Edward Stanton in John Drinkwater`s `Abraham Lincoln` for the school Dramatic Society - he can be seen in a full-page photograph of the production. To accompany this rare School Magazine there is also a copy of the production programme - with Thomas listed in the cast. Also in this parcel a volume of the History of Swansea Grammar School written by D J Thomas (Dylan`s father)¦Condition: blue printed wrappers in fine condition¦Provenance: the Estate of Michael Bogdanov (1938-2017) esteemed Welsh theatre director

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    Lot 62

    Guide price
    £350 - £550

    Hammer price £290.00

  • Lot 63

    Lot 63

    DYLAN THOMAS LP `Reading Volume 1` signed by the poet on the upper-sleeve and inscribed `My name rhymes with villain, I do hope you enjoy!! Sincerely Dylan Thomas`, together with a photograph of Dylan Thomas signing copies of this LP in the Gotham Book Mart, NYC in 1953¦Provenance: the Estate of Michael Bogdanov (1938-2017) esteemed Welsh theatre director

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    Lot 63

    Guide price
    £400 - £700

    Hammer price £450.00

  • Lot 64

    Lot 64

    DYLAN THOMAS group of six - family letters and ephemera:¦1. Dylan Thomas` youngest son Colm`s infant school exercise book¦2 & 3. Two post-cards written and signed by Caitlin to her mother-in-law Florrie Thomas (one from Laugharne, 1955 regarding The Boathouse and the other from Sicily and concerning their shortage of money). ¦4. An autographed letter sent from The Boathouse by Florrie Thomas to her life-long friend and sometime companion Hetty Owen¦5. An autographed letter from Dylan`s daughter, Aeronwy Thomas to Hetty about Christmas and the death of her mother-in-law¦6. A charming 1982 framed and glazed letter, with envelope, from Dylan`s eldest child Llewelyn, again addressed to Hetty Owen and concerning the unveiling of the plaque to Dylan Thomas in Poet`s Corner, Westminster Abbey. ¦Provenance: the Estate of Michael Bogdanov (1938-2017) esteemed Welsh theatre director

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    Lot 64

    Guide price
    £200 - £300

    Hammer price £1,100.00

  • Lot 65

    Lot 65

    GERALD SCARFE hand-coloured limited edition (50/100) print - caricature of a standing Dylan Thomas, 30 x 21cms together with a resin limited edition relief portrait sculpture of Thomas by Barrington Bowen with certificate, 25cms high ¦Provenance: the Estate of Michael Bogdanov (1938-2017) esteemed Welsh theatre director

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    Lot 65

    Guide price
    £100 - £150

    Hammer price £0.00

  • Lot 66

    Lot 66

    MERVYN LEVY drawing - a fine pencil portrait of Dylan Thomas, inscribed `Dylan The Boathouse Laugharne 1949` signed, 28 x 21cms together with a limited edition hand-coloured print portrait of Dylan Thomas from 1932, which Mervyn Levy produced for sale at The Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea in 2003¦Auctioneer`s Note: Levy went to Dame school with Dylan in Swansea and then shared a flat with Dylan in London in 1934 when Levy was at art school ¦Provenance: the Estate of Michael Bogdanov (1938-2017) esteemed Welsh theatre director

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    Lot 66

    Guide price
    £400 - £600

    Hammer price £320.00

  • Lot 67

    Lot 67

    DYLAN THOMAS `Under Milk Wood` related letter from Welsh actor Donald Houston (1923-1991) being five pages long and addressed to Florrie Thomas, Dylan Thomas` mother. Sent from The New Theatre London and concerning the successes and thrill the actor enjoyed in playing `First Voice` in the original first run of `Under Milk Wood`. Also present, original programmes for the production at Edinburgh, Swansea, London and New York all featuring Donald Houston in the lead role ¦Provenance: the Estate of Michael Bogdanov (1938-2017) esteemed Welsh theatre director ¦¦

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    Lot 67

    Guide price
    £150 - £250

    Hammer price £180.00

  • Lot 68

    Lot 68

    DYLAN THOMAS two `Under Milk Wood` scripts being an original first-draft screenplay by director Andrew Sinclair for his 1972 famous film adaptation starring Richard Burton alongside Elizabeth Taylor, Peter O`Toole and Sian Phillips and partly filmed in Lower-Fishguard, accompanied by two letters of provenance. Together with an original typescript of Douglas Cleverdon`s version of the text for the 1987 BBC radio version which featured Tom Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Harry Secombe, Bonnie Tyler et al¦Provenance: the Estate of Michael Bogdanov (1938-2017) esteemed Welsh theatre director

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    Lot 68

    Guide price
    £150 - £250

    Hammer price £220.00

  • Lot 69

    Lot 69

    DYLAN THOMAS four exceptionally rare Swansea Grammar School Magazines containing the poet`s earliest published poems, being a July 1927 edition with single poem, July 1928 with two poems (and which mentions Thomas as the winner of a mile race) and a December 1928 and March 1929 with single poems respectively¦Provenance: the Estate of Michael Bogdanov (1938-2017) esteemed Welsh theatre director¦¦¦

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    Lot 69

    Guide price
    £200 - £400

    Hammer price £190.00

  • Lot 70

    Lot 70

    DYLAN THOMAS four exceptionally rare Swansea Grammar School Magazines, each containing some of the poet`s earliest published material including an edition of July 1930 which Thomas co-edits, he contributes a poem, co-writes a piece on Shakespeare and writes a remarkably precocious essay on The Films. An edition of April 1931, edited by Thomas and he is mentioned three times in `School Notes` and in which he can be seen in a cast photo for `Strife`, he is singled out for praise in a review of this production. Together with a Thomas influenced edition of July 1931, in which Dylan Thomas is instrumental as editor, contributor of three poems, two parodies and a short play. Lastly, December 1933 is also present which includes a story entitled `Jarley`s` under the pseudonym `Old Boy` which would be Dylan Thomas¦Provenance: the Estate of Michael Bogdanov (1938-2017) esteemed Welsh theatre director

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    Lot 70

    Guide price
    £200 - £400

    Hammer price £210.00

  • Lot 71

    Lot 71

    DYLAN THOMAS 1940s framed portrait-photograph of the poet and inscribed by Thomas to his friend `Phil`, the landlord of the Cross Inn, Laugharne. Taken by Slade School attendee, photographer Nora Summers, possibly at Laugharne or The New Forest. ¦Provenance: the landlord Phil Richards sold this item with other related memorabilia (including two bounced cheques to him from Dylan Thomas ) at Bonhams in London, 2014. The Estate of Michael Bogdanov (1938-2017) esteemed Welsh theatre director¦¦

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    Lot 71

    Guide price
    £500 - £700

    Hammer price £450.00

  • Lot 72

    Lot 72

    DYLAN THOMAS limited edition (1/250) Gregynog Press volume - `Deaths and Entrances` with original illustrations by John Piper, dated 1984, in original goat skin leather & Welsh wool fabric binding, designed and completed by James Brockman

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    Lot 72

    Guide price
    £600 - £1000

    Hammer price £900.00

  • Lot 73

    Lot 73

    DYLAN THOMAS` signed 1st edition of `In Country Sleep` published by New Directions, New York 1952, signature opposite title page¦Condition: Very good copy in dust-jacket. ¦Auctioneer`s Note: this late collection of poems was not published in the UK - contains the first printing of Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night in book form.¦Provenance: the Estate of Michael Bogdanov (1938-2017) esteemed Welsh theatre director¦

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    Lot 73

    Guide price
    £800 - £1200

    Hammer price £1,100.00