Auctioneers of Rare Books, Collectibles and Fine Art

Auction of Fine Judaica:
Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Antiquities, Ceremonial Objects & Graphic Art
Thursday March 8th at 3:00pm

Auction 75

Following Kestenbaum & Company’s most recent auction at the end of 2017 – an exclusive sale of Important Hebrew Printed Books that derived from the library of the Valmadonna Trust – this, our first Judaica auction of 2018 is particularly broad in terms of fields of interest ...Details

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Who We Are

Kestenbaum & Company is a New York City based boutique auction house dedicated to the sale of Rare Books, Manuscripts, Autographed Letters, Ceremonial and Fine Art With over twenty-five years in the auction business, Kestenbaum & Company is particularly renowned for its expertise in the fields of Hebraica and Judaica. Top collectors, specialized dealers, museum curators and acquisition directors around the world rely on Kestenbaum's expertise and value its discretion and integrity. Kestenbaum & Company is the largest niche auction house in the United States having sold to date over 28,000 lots at auction of rare and antique Judaica.

A Passion For Rare Sefarim


We are proud of our long-standing senior book expert, the world renowned Rabbi Eliezer Katzman, featured in a front page interview in Jewish Action: The Magazine of the Orthodox Union, Vol. 75, No. 4.

Mr. Kestenbaum Goes to Washington


Shortly after dawn on May 22, 2013, Kestenbaum & Company chairman, Mr. Daniel Kestenbaum along with his family set out for Washington DC. Meanwhile, other Kestenbaum & Company employees throughout the tri-state area greeted the dawn and they too pointed their cars toward the Nation’s Capitol. The reason for the trip to Washington was in order to attend a luncheon held in the U.S. Capitol building in celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month, 2013. Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) is an annual recognition and celebration of Jewish American achievements in, and contributions to, the United States of America. JAHM was set into law by President George W. Bush in 2006 at the instigation of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and the late Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, as well as the Jewish Museum of Florida.


Recent Specialized Collections
at Kestenbaum & Company

  • The Late Elkan Nathan Adler, Esq.
  • Maestro Leonard Bernstein Estate, New York
  • Boston Hebrew College
  • Alvaro Cassuto, Lisbon
  • Jacobo Furman, Santiago
  • The Late Joseph Gradenwitz, London
  • Gratz College, Melrose Park, Pennsylvania
  • The Late Grand Rabbi of Boston – Levi Yitzchok Halevi Horowitz
  • The Jewish Historical Society of England
  • Jews’ College Library, London
  • Max Kimche, Zurich
  • Nathan Lewin, Esq., Washington, D.C.
  • The London Beth Din Library
  • Chief Rabbi Sholom Rivkin, St. Louis
  • Salman Schocken Family, Berlin-Jerusalem
  • Wineman Family Collection
  • The YIVO Center, New York


Following a Kestenbaum auction of manuscripts consigned by a European institutional library, Mr. Jack Lunzer, esteemed custodian of the Valmadonna Trust was quoted in the New York Times as saying: "This sale was a benchmark in the annals of Hebrew Book Sales. The prices were phenomenal. I congratulate Daniel Kestenbaum on his tremendous effort and hard work in realizing such a result."



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  • Private Treaty Sales
  • Expert Appraisals
  • Museum Collection and Archival Management
  • Private Collection Development
  • Public Lectures & Symposia
  • Handsome, scholarly and beautifully designed auction catalogues

In The News



Following Kestenbaum & Company’s appraisal of the extraordinary $8.5 million Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica which was subsequently donated to the Penn University Libraries, the relationship between the…