Published: April 8, 2016
NEW YORK CITY — Swann Galleries’ African-American fine art auction on April 7 achieved a total of $1.8 million. The 121-lot sale boasted an 81 percent sell-through rate by lot.
The top lot was Faith Ringgold’s “Double Dutch on the Golden Gate Bridge,” an acrylic on canvas with painted, dyed and pieced fabric work, 1988, that earned $209,000 from a collector while an untitled oil on board by Norman Lewis from 1947, a processional figure composition, set an auction record at $149,000.
Nigel Freeman, Swann Galleries’ Director of African-American Fine Art, said, “This sale continued to build on many of our department’s strengths. Burgeoning interest in post-war abstraction continues to rise, with record prices for Frank Bowling and Felrath Hines, as well as high prices for works by Norman Lewis and Sam Gilliam.”
A complete report on the sale will appear in a future edition.
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