Published: January 22, 2016
NEW YORK CITY — Christie’s sets new world auction record on January 22 in its inaugural various owner Outsider art sale—Liberation Through Expression: Outsider and Vernacular Art.
The top lot, William Edmondson’s “Boxer,” realized $785,000, tripling the previous record for the artist and setting a new world auction record for a work of Outsider Art. Bidding for the piece lasted nearly five minutes with a mixture of in-room, phone and online bidders, ultimately going home with a phone bidder.
The previous record for a work by William Edmondson was the sale of his “Mother and Child” for $263,000 at Christie’s, New York, in 2014. The previous category record for Outsider art was the sale of Henry Darger’s “Sans titre” for $745,076 at Christie’s Paris in 2014.
This sale of 50 lots included works across various media—sculpture, painting, works-on-paper and gelatin silver print photographs—from preeminent Outsider artists, including James Castle, Martin Ramirez, William Edmonson and Bill Traylor.
Watch for full results of the Americana Week 2016 sales in Antiques and The Arts Weekly.
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