Swann Galleries was founded in 1941 as an auction house specializing in rare books. Swann has separate departments devoted to photographs, posters and prints & drawings, in addition to books, maps & atlases and autographs.
Swann was founded in New York by antiquarian book dealer Benjamin Swann. George Lowry acquired the business and became president in 1970 upon Mr. Swann's retirement.
Magic collections that have been auctioned off have included:
- Christian Fechner Collections (2005,2006,2007)
- Tom Blue Collection (2004)
- Manny Weltman Houdini Collection (2002)