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Behind the Podium // An Insider’s Perspective on the Importance of Collections

October 17, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In the world of books, autographs, and photographs, Doyle is a legend. The renowned auction house has worked with the estates and collections of screen greats like Bette Davis and Rock Hudson, music legends from Louis Armstrong to Count Basie, and fashion vanguards such as Oleg Cassini and Alexander McQueen, and for this one evening, it will bring its wealth of knowledge and expertise to King Street, via Peter Costanzo

The New-York based SVP of Estates and Director of Rare Books, Autographs, and Photographs will reveal insider secrets gleaned from a career spent on the lead up to and from the other side of the podium: what it takes to ready an item for auction, how to know what exactly an auction-worthy item is, the importance of maintaining records of provenance, what goes into the cataloguing process, the source of the persistent intrigue surrounding maps—just to name a few. From conservation and the preservation of legacy, to Doyle’s views on rare books, to an introduction to Americana, this program will cover it all—and then some.

TicketsMembers – $10 // General Admission – $15

To purchase, click here or call 843.723.9912 during Box Office Hours (11:00AM–4:00PM, Monday through Thursday).

About Doyle

Founded in 1962 on integrity, expertise and service, Doyle is one of the world’s foremost auctioneers and appraisers of fine art, jewelry, furniture, decorations, Asian works of art, coins, stamps, rare books and a variety of specialty categories. Located in New York City, the global capital of the auction market, Doyle offers over 100 sales each year that attract a broad base of buyers and consignors from around the world and now oversees an ever-expanding network of offices and Regional Advisors throughout the United States, including galleries in Palm Beach, Beverly Hills and Charleston.

About Peter Costanzo

Peter Costanzo joined Doyle in 2010 and is a Senior Vice President in Trusts & Estates and Director of the Rare Books, Autographs, Maps, and Photographs Department. As a certified appraiser, he specializes in printed and manuscript Americana, literature, illustration art and 20th century figures, as well as value of photographs and rare books in all fields. Throughout his work he has organized a number of landmark auctions, among these the Rare Book Auction in New York as well as orchestrating the complete Oleg Cassini estate in 2019. Prior to Doyle, Mr. Costanzo began his career in 2007 at the rare books auction house Bloomsbury, where he rose through the ranks from junior cataloguer to specialist and conducted thirty sales as principal auctioneer.


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