Auction catalogs hold in them authoritative records of public sales of various collectible items, including art, antiquities, decor, furnishings, and anything people have ever collected over time. While many auction data sources available to researchers provide information about specific lots sold at auction, most of the auction catalog records included in the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives’ catalogĀ are entered within a scoped database known as SCIPIO, which contains bibliographic records that point to the catalogs themselves, rather than the details of its contents. Within this database, theĀ catalog is an object of value in and of itself, serving to certify information a researcher has found.