Swann Auctions is the route through which a number of Charles White’s works are brought to the marketplace. The catalogues that accompany these auctions are always a treasure trove of high quality reproductions of work by African American artists, together with descriptions of varying lengths, biographical information, and guide prices. The Swann African-American Fine Art catalogue of February 17, 2009 offered for auction several works by Charles White, including the iconic Move On Up a Little Higher, 1961, Charcoal and Wolff crayon on illustration board, 1004 x 1205 mm; signed and dated in charcoal, lower right. Also offered for sale in this auction catalogue were the Charles White works, Untitled (Head of a Man), etching, circa 1940; Mayor Tom Bradley, lithograph, 1974; Frederick Douglass, etching, 1973; Profile, etching, 1974;  and Study for Lead Belly, graphite and charcoal on vellum paper, circa 1978. Given that no fewer than 7 highly significant works by White were up for auction in the same session, Swann produced this insert, dedicated to a preliminary look at the 7 White pieces.

Text on the cover of the insert as follows


On February 17, Swann Galleries' auction of African American Fine art will contain an exceptional group of works by Charles White. His 7 scarce lots in this auction span the breadth of the artist's career - from one of his earliest known etchings, Untitled (Head of a Man), printed during the Chicago WPA, to his last signed edition, the etching Profile. The catalogue cover features the top lot, Move On Up a Little Higher, an important and powerful mid-career drawing. Also included is an early and poignant painting, the tempera Hope Imprisoned - previously unrecorded, this is White's first significant painting to come to auction. Each work in the auction is a testament to the continued excellence of Charles White in figurative art."

Details of the other six works by White in the auction, are detailed on the inside of the brochure.