Robert Colescott, A Legend Dimly Told, acrylic on canvas, 1982. Sold for a record $132,000.
Among the record prices at Swann's African-American Fine Art auction yesterday was the sale's top lot, A Legend Dimly Told, which set an auction record for the artist, Robert Colescott, at $132,000. The painting had been exhibited in the Whitney Biennial in 1983, and was in the artist's traveling retrospective.
Sargent Johnson, Mask, copper repoussé with gilding, 1933. Sold for a record $67,200.
Also setting an artist record was Sargent Johnson's Mask. The rare work brought $67,200, the same price as Jacob Lawrence's Two Card Players.
Jacob Lawrence, Two Card Players, gouache on brown composition board, circa 1941-42. Sold for $67,200.