specialist

Peter
Costanzo

SVP/Executive Director, Books, Autographs & Photographs / Estate & Appraisal Services | Books & Autographs Photographs

Peter Costanzo joined Doyle in 2010 and is a Senior Vice President in Trusts & Estates and Director of the Rare Books, Autographs, Maps & Photographs Department. A certified appraiser with the Appraiser's Association of America, Mr. Costanzo’s specialty is in printed and manuscript Americana, literature, illustration art, 20th century figures, and he appraises photographs and rare books in all fields. In Trusts & Estates, Mr. Costanzo works with attorneys, accountants, fiduciaries, executors and families to organize appraisals and assist in the auction process.

During his tenure at Doyle, he has organized numerous landmark auctions. Among these are the Rare Book Collection of the New York City Bar Association, sold over three auctions and generating more than three million dollars for that hallowed institution; Rare Books from the Library of the Explorers Club; the sale of an important 1783 letter from George Washington upon his retirement as General of the Continental Army; the Revolutionary-era Forster Flag; The Civil War Papers of Major John G. Barnard; a scarce 1776 Bernard Ratzer Plan of the City of New York; and the 1775 manuscript The Hillsborough Colonial Returns. An important private treaty sale brought the archive of original papers relating to the family of Anne Frank from the estate of actor Joseph Schildkraut to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. In April 2020, Mr. Costanzo oversaw the sale of the Mary K. Young Collection of original Beatrix Potter and E.H. Shepard artwork. In photography, Mr. Costanzo organized the sale of a complete seventy-five image Ansel Adams Museum Set sold on behalf of the College of New Rochelle which achieved over $1.2 million at auction.

Notable estates have included the contents of upper east side landmark Elaine’s, the Estate of beloved illustrator Al Hirschfeld, letters from former New York mayor Ed Koch, the Estate of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and in 2019 the Estate of Warhol Superstar Sylvia Miles.

In June 2019, Mr. Costanzo managed the sale of the Estate of Oleg Cassini which combined property from Mr. Cassini’s Gramercy Park townhouse and his historic Oyster Bay mansion. With over 1000 visitors to the home over a three day exhibition, all 750 lots were sold in the “white glove” auction which included much Kennedy memorabilia from the Camelot years, old master paintings, antique furniture, and a world record was set for a suit of armor sold in the United States.

Born into an auction family, Mr. Costanzo has been surrounded by auctions his entire life. Mr. Costanzo attended the Peddie School and Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where he completed his Art History thesis on the Civil War photography of Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner. Mr. Costanzo continued his education at Sotheby's Institute in New York, earning a Masters Degree in American Fine and Decorative Arts, and wrote his dissertation on the Civil War paintings of American artist Eastman Johnson.

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. 

Mr. Costanzo lectures frequently on Americana, rare book collecting, and appraisal topics including at the Appraiser’s Association Annual Conference and the Estate Planning Council of Westchester County.  As a fundraising auctioneer, Mr. Costanzo has conducted auctions for Operation Smile, The American-Austrian Foundation and Open Medical Institute, River House, Search and Care, and the Coney Island Aquarium. Mr. Costanzo is a member of the Grolier Club in New York City. 

Current & Upcoming Auctions

Upcoming Auction

The Collection of Jay I. Kislak sold to benefit the Kislak Family Foundation

Wed, Jun 15, 2022 at 10am EDT |
New York
Exhibition dates:  Jun 11 Jun 12 Jun 13
2022-06-15 10:00:00 2022-06-15 18:00:00 America/New_York The Collection of Jay I. Kislak sold to benefit the Kislak Family Foundation Featuring Antiquities, Art, Photographs, Maps and Books Relating to the Early History of Florida. Please note that the end time is an estimate based on average auction duration and is not guaranteed; auctions may end earlier or later than their estimated end time. New York Doyle [email protected]

Upcoming Auction

Photographs

Tue, Jun 21, 2022 at 10am EDT |
New York
Exhibition dates:  Jun 18 Jun 19 Jun 20
2022-06-21 10:00:00 2022-06-21 18:00:00 America/New_York Photographs Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted. Please note that the end time is an estimate based on average auction duration and is not guaranteed; auctions may end earlier or later than their estimated end time. New York Doyle [email protected]

Upcoming Auction

Stage & Screen

Fri, Jun 24, 2022 at 10am EDT |
New York
Exhibition dates:  Jun 18 Jun 19 Jun 20
2022-06-24 10:00:00 2022-06-24 18:00:00 America/New_York Stage and Screen Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted. Please note that the end time is an estimate based on average auction duration and is not guaranteed; auctions may end earlier or later than their estimated end time. New York Doyle [email protected]

Featured Story


Image for story - Gordon Parks' America

Gordon Parks' America

Peter Costanzo examines the life and work of the photographer Gordon Parks who "saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs."
Beatrix Potter

Becoming Beatrix Potter

Peter Costanzo chronicles the life of the beloved English writer and illustrator, Beatrix Potter, author of the classic children’s book The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Rare original artwork and letters by Potter highlight the online-only auction of the Mary K. Young Collection.
Pioneer Naratives

Pioneer Narratives

Peter Costanzo profiles some of the fascinating pioneer material in the current online auction of Americana from the Library of Arnold "Jake" Johnson.
Colonial New York

Manhattan, 1776

Peter Costanzo examines Bernard Ratzer's rare 1776 map of New York City and other highlights from the Estate of Dr. Leo Hershkowitz.
Thoreau & James

Thoreau and James

Peter Costanzo reviews summer exhibitions devoted to American authors Henry David Thoreau and Henry James at The Morgan Library & Museum.
James Joyce, Ulysses

James Joyce

Specialist Peter Costanzo discusses the early works of James Joyce, whose tumultuous publishing history has provided a gratifying assortment of rare editions for collectors.
Mets National League Championship Ring

Meet the Mets!

The spirit of Nelson Doubleday, Jr. and the New York Mets is brought to life by remembering the most famous night in Mets history