Published: January 12, 2021
Notable sales found in our January 22, 2021 issue feature competitive bidding for a 10½ inch Karimoku wood version of “Companion,” done in 2011 by contemporary international pop artist KAWS, that reached six figures at Heritage Auctions. More classical in taste was an ink on paper by Henri Matisse that sold in a similar range at Clarke Auction Gallery. A surprise at Roland NY’s January sale came in the form of a framed steel collage-style work by Conrad Marca-Relli, discovered in a closet by a consignor who knew nothing about it. Keep scrolling for details on these and more.
DALLAS – Standing tallest at Heritage Auctions’ Urban Art Monthly Online sale that closed January 6 was a Karimoku wood version of “Companion,” done in 2011 by contemporary international pop artist KAWS (b 1974), which stood 10½ inches and sold for $125,000. The limited edition, which was produced by Medicom Toy and Original Fake, Tokyo, numbered #11/100 and accounted for about one-sixth of the $775,000 sale total. It was accompanied by its original box and had come from an “important private collection.” For more information, www.ha.com.
BEACON, N.Y. – Early expectations were that a French Art Deco low table by Jean Dunand with eggshell lacquer would be one of the top lots in Hudson Valley Auctioneers’ January 1 sale and it did not disappoint. Sold from a Westchester, N.Y., estate without a reserve, the table was related to an example illustrated in Felix Marcilhac’s Jean Dunand His Life and Works. Signed and in original condition, the table saw heated competition, finally selling to an online bidder for $42,500. It was the top price realized in a sale of 413 lots that business manager, Theo De Haas said had a record 11,000 approved bidders. For information, 845-831-6800 or www.hudsonvalleyauctioneers.com.
GLEN COVE, N.Y. – “People love the New Year’s auction, and this was no exception,” said Roland NY’s president Sal Trupiano about the firm’s January 2 sale. “We broke our previous record set in December with our highest grossing sale in the last 12 months. We had some great consignments that included fine art, jewelry and carpets.” The surprise of the auction was a framed steel collage-style work by Conrad Marca-Relli (American, 1913-2000) that opened at $175 and soared 20 bids later to $20,000. “The artist brings as low as $200 and up to $100,000,” said Trupiano. “We estimated this at $300/400 since it was found in a closet in the consignor’s house and they knew nothing about it. Needless to say, they fell out of their seat at the auction!” For information, 212-260-2000 or www.rolandauctions.com.
GUILFORD, CONN. – On December 13, Lotus International Auctions offered 410 items in an online sale, including several fine art pieces by Jean-Michel Folon (1934-2005), Harry Hoffman, A.C. Goodwin and many other artists. An untitled watercolor by Folon, 15½ by 21 inches (shown), sold for $7,500, while three other watercolors of his sold for $6,875, $6,875 and $3,125. At the firm’s next sale in February, there will be a large number of Folon’s lithographs, etchings and aquatints, plus one unusual double-sided light sculpture. For information, 203-689-5062 or www.lotusauctions.com.
CANAAN, CONN. – An antique Chinese blue and white rug that measured 8 by 9½ feet topped the January 10 sale conducted by State Line Auctions and sold for $1,180 to a dealer. The rug was one of nearly 500 lots of estate furnishings from three estates that included iron garden ornaments, toy trucks and trains, other Oriental carpets and a rock collection. It had been estimated at $300/500. For information, 860-453-4370.
LARCHMONT, N.Y. – An ink on paper by Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954) sold for $108,000 at Clarke Auction Gallery’s January 10 sale. Titled “Odalisque on a Striped Chair,” the circa 1925-26 work had a Pace Prints gallery label verso and had been authenticated by Matisse expert and archivist Wanda de Guebriant in 1993. It measured 9 by 11¾ inches and came from an Upper East Side collection. For more information, www.clarkeny.com.
RED HOOK, N.Y. – A pair of Nineteenth Century carved walnut trophy swags of fish and fowl went out at $6,190, a premium over their $1,2/1,400 estimate at George Cole’s January 9 auction. The trophy swags, which measured 37 by 21½ inches each, snared 28 bids on their way to the final price. For information, 845-758-9114 or www.georgecoleauctions.com.
MIDDLEBORO, MASS. – A collection of 33 gold wedding bands sold for $5,500 at White’s Auctions’ January 10 sale. The rings came in various sizes and designs. Altogether the group weighed 96.2 dwt with varying metal grades. Many featured inscriptions to the inner band. For more information, www.whitesauctions.com or 508-947-9281.
MARLBOROUGH, N.H. – At Moggie’s CGC graded and non-graded comic book extravaganza auction on January 10, five X-Men comics, specifically issues 108, 137, 166, 175 and Giant 1, all exhibiting light wear, overcame their collective $30/60 estimate to command $1,538. The X-Men are a team of fictional mutant superheroes appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. For information, 603-494-5964 or www.moggiesauction.com.
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