So far in 2011, Swann has set new auction records across all of our departments. We've see everything from a 17th-century autograph by an already blind John Milton acting as a witness to the signing of a land deed, which brought a record for the author’s signature, to the establishment of a benchmark price for American artist Mary Nimmo Moran, whose paintings had never before appeared at auction. See below for a list of some notable records set recently at Swann—all prices include buyer’s premium.
John Milton Endorsement Signed, Reigate, 23 January 1657, set a record of $45,600 for Milton’s autograph on April 21.
The Golden Cockerel Press’s The Four Gospels, one of 12 on Roman vellum, inscribed by Eric Gill to Leonard Woolf, sold for a record $132,000 on April 7.
Printed & Manuscript Americana
An 1860 Currier & Ives lithograph, The National Game … Abraham Winning the Ball, sold on March 31 for $10,800, a record for an uncolored Currier & Ives print.
Printed & Manuscript African-Americana
Civil rights protest placard “Honor King: End Racism,” Memphis, 1968 sold for a record $20,400 on March 10 at Swann’s most successful African Americana sale to date.
An engraved folding three-sheet map of Connecticut and parts adjacent, New Haven, 1777, the top lot at Swann’s June 2 auction, sold for a record $168,000.
Susan Derges’s The Observer and the Observed #6, silver print, 1992, achieved an artist record price of $28,800 on March 24.
Herbert Bayer’s photomontage Ski in Aspen Colorado, 1946, brought a record $16,800 on February 8.
Pablo Picasso’s Homme à la fraise, color linoleum cut, 1962, sold for a record $144,000 on March 3.
Mary Nimmo Moran’s Long Island Landscape, oil on panel, 1880, was the artist’s first painting to appear at auction. It brought $64,800.
African-American Fine Art
Elizabeth Catlett’s Untitled (Standing African-American Woman), cast bronze sculpture, 1967, sold on February 17 for $108,000, the highest auction price for a bronze sculpture by the artist.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
|Jared French's Siren brought $138,000; the third highest auction price ever for a Jared French painting.|
The top lot in yesterday's auction of American Art and Contemporary Art was Jared French's Siren, an egg tempera painting, circa 1945, which remained in the artist's possession until his death. The richly symbolic work sold for $138,000--the third highest price ever paid for a Jared French painting at auction.
|Mary Nimmo Moran's Long Island Landscape was the first painting by the artist to come to auction|
The sale established an auction record for the work of Mary Nimmo Moran, wife of famous Hudson River School artist Thomas Moran. Long Island Landscape, an 1880 oil on panel, was her first painting to appear at auction. It sold for $64,800.
|The oil on paper Landscape, Martha's VIneyard by Thomas Hart Benton attracted bidders from all over the country.|
Rounding out the top three lots was another American painting, Thomas Hart Benton's Landscape, Martha's Vineyard, oil on paper, circa 1922-24. There were a lot of phone bidders from all over the country, including Martha's Vineyard, on the painting, which brought $60,000.
|A Jasper Johns print, which appeared on the cover of the Contemporary Art catalogue, sold for a record $16,800.|
Top lots from the Contemporary Art portion of the sale included prints, such as Andy Warhol's Flowers, color screenprint, 1972, $45,600, and Jasper Johns's Untitled I (Hatching), color etching and aquatint, a record $16,800; and unique works like a Alexander Calder gouache of Loops on Gray and Red, 1968, $40,800.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Keith Haring, Pop Shop VI, complete set of 4 screenprints, 1989. Estimate: $5,000 to $8,000.
The 1980s street and mural artist Keith Haring's brightly colored graphic artwork has become synonymous with the late 20th century interplay of pop art and social activism. While his shapes and figures possessed cartoonish lines and motions, the subject matter was often explicit, taking on sexual politics, street life, and the gritty New York City culture of the era. A selection of prints from the end of his career come to auction on June 9th in Swann's Contemporary Art sale.
Keith Haring, Art Attack on AIDS, unique screenprint, 1988. Estimate: $5,000 to $8,000.
As a victim of the AIDS epidemic—Haring died from AIDS-related complications in 1990—much of his work was an attack on the illness, in his bold, stylized manner. On the 30th anniversary of the first AIDS diagnosis, Haring's artwork provides both reflection and insight on a disease for which there is still no cure.
Keith Haring, Pop Shop II, color screenprint, 1988. Estimate: $4,000 to $6,000.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Connecticut and parts adjacent, engraved folding 3-sheet map joined, New Haven, 1777. Sold for $168,000.
The top lot in yesterday's Maps & Atlases auction at Swann was a map of Connecticut from 1777 that had never before appeared at auction. The map, which appears in a few museum collections, had a modest estimate of $3,000 to $4,000, but several active bidders drove the selling price to $168,000, thereby establishing a record.
Arnold Colom, Pascaarte van Nieu Nederlandt, double-page engraved maritime chart, Amsterdam, circa 1658. Sold for $33,600.
Arnold Colom's double-page engraved maritime chart of the Netherlands, the day's second highest selling lot, also set a record price, bringing $33,600.
John James Audubon, The Quadrupeds of North America, 155 hand-colored lithographed plates, 1849. Sold for $5,520.
Decorative graphics, including hand-colored lithographs by John James Audubon and those depicting French costume design, were also strong areas for collectors.