Yesterday's Top Lots: American Art / Contemporary Art

Louise Nevelson's Maquette for Monumental Sculpture III, a welded black steel sculpture from 1977, was the top lot in yesterday's American Art / Contemporary Art auction at Swann. It brought $78,000—its presale estimate was $50,000 to $75,000. 

The sale's other two top lots were Willem de Kooning's lithograph with hand coloring in watercolor and gouache, The Devil at the Keyboard, 1976, which brought $40,800, and Guy Carlton Wiggins' Winter at the Plaza, oil on canvas board, circa 1950s, which sold for $31,200. 

Of the top 20 lots, 12 were from the Contemporary portion of the sale (5 of which were by Andy Warhol), while the remainder were from the American Art sale, showing the breadth of material collectors were interested in across the entire sale. 

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