Published: November 10, 2015
Auction Action in Dallas, Texas
DALLAS, TEXAS — Once again Heritage Auctions has sold a painting of Texas bluebonnets by Texas artist, Julian Onderdonk, this time for the second highest price ever paid for the artist’s work. “Texas Landscape with Bluebonnets”—a newly discovered oil by Onderdonk—sold for $437,000, including the buyer’s premium, in Heritage Auctions’ Texas Art Auction on November 7.
“‘Texas Landscape with Bluebonnets’ is the second record-setting Onderdonk Heritage has brought to auction,” said Atlee Phillips, director of Texas art at Heritage. Heritage Auctions set a world record for the most valuable Onderdonk canvas ever offered at public auction in November 2013 when “Blue Bonnet Field, Early Morning, San Antonia Texas,” sold for $515,000.
Phillips said that “Texas Landscape with Bluebonnets” has been in a private collection for over 40 years, unseen even in print since 1975 when it was exhibited and included in A Family of Texas Painters by Cecilia Steinfeldt, but only in black and white.
The full color beauty of this 25 by 30 inch oil on canvas attracted many bidders, but the final buyer wishes to remain anonymous.
A complete review of this auction will appear in a future issue of Antiques And The Arts Weekly.
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