Going, Going, Rauschenberg Combines

June 13, 2011

Rauschenberg Combines being snapped up by institutions and top collections

In the past year key Combine works have traded hands in the $10 million plus range; the Combine “Studio Painting”, 1960-61, sold at Christie’s in May 2010 for $11 million, and “Short Circuit”, 1955, was purchased by the Art Institute of Chicago this month for a reported $15-20 million.   We are living in a time where there are still Combines available, but the window is closing and prices will undoubtedly rise as fewer and fewer Combines make it to the open market.

Peter Loughrey, Director and Founder of Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA):

“Every collector from private buyers, to the most celebrated public institutions are coming to realize that it is not acceptable to have an important modern art collection without a Combine by Robert Rauschenberg. Combines are quickly disappearing into institutions and will always be seen as an important centerpiece of Postwar Modernism.”

Lot Information:

Lot 155
Robert Rauschenberg  
Untitled (Combine) 1958
Oil on Solo paper cup lid mounted on cardboard  
Signature and date lower right; retains Leo Castelli label verso  
11″ x 8.75″
Provenance: Ilse Getz-Danes; Private Collection, California 
Estimate $100,000 – 150,000
June 26, 2011 Modern Art & Design Auction 

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