Quinn's to host December 12 auction of renowned Getz-McDonagh Dance Library amassed over six decades
On Thursday, Dec. 12, Quinn's Auction Galleries will host a single-consignor auction of the Getz-McDonagh Dance Library, a 60-year privately held assemblage of historical literature, correspondence, ephemera and illustrations,
By: Quinn's Auction Galleries
Leslie Getz's June 2, 2019 obituary in the New York Times described her as "a widely known, valued and admired member of the New York City dance community," noting that she also created, edited and published Attitudes and Arabesques, a monthly newsletter of worldwide dance periodicals and publications.
"Leslie and Donald occupied two New York apartments belonging to Columbia University, one of them allocated entirely to the library," said Catherine Payling, director of Quinn's Rare Books division. "They were devoted to dance and served as lifetime stewards to an extraordinary archive that has few peers, if any, since much of it was amassed at a time when the field of dance literature was still in its infancy."
The library's 6,800+ books and thousands of periodicals, souvenir programs, press kits, annotated playbills and other ephemera will be offered by Quinn's in approximately 350 auction lots. Also included is a small selection of dance illustrations.
One of the top highlights is Ballet by Alexey Brodovich, a 1945 collection of his photographs of dancers. From a small edition of 500, the book was designed with stiff cardboard "boards" that would have tended to become fragile over time. The library example is in uncommonly nice condition with its dust jacket. Estimate: $800-$1,200.
The Dec. 12, 2019 auction of the Getz-McDonagh Dance Library will commence at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. For additional information about any item in the sale, call Catherine Payling at 703-532-5632 ext. 575, or email catherine.payling@