LAMA Announces Top Lots for its 25th Anniversary Auction

September 28, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA- Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), the premier auction house of modern art and design on the West Coast, today announced the top lots from its fine art and design pieces as a part of its 25th anniversary auction. The October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction speaks to LAMA’s versatility and strength in the global, modern marketplace with its inclusion of a selection of specially curated pieces with wide variety of movements, regions and mediums of modern art and design.

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Ken Price, Astronauts in the Ocean, 1960-1961
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

The top lot of the auction is an early and iconic work by Ken Price, Astronauts in the Ocean (1960-1961) that was exhibited at LACMA, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. LAMA is thrilled to present such an important work by the acclaimed artist. A total of six works by Price will be offered in the October 22nd auction, a second being McShann (2004), which takes the recognizable form of the artist’s later work.

This auction is a milestone for LAMA, and I am thrilled with the selection of art and design that will be offered to celebrate our 25th year,” said Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Art & Design. “There are several artists and designers represented in this sale that I offered at my very first auction in 1992. Over the last 25 years, LAMA has grown to encompass every sector of modern and art design.”

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Roy Lichtenstein, Reverie (from 11 Pop Artists Portfolio, Vol. II)1965
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

New York Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein is well represented with three exemplary works in the forthcoming auction. Reflections on The Scream (from Reflections) (1990), Reverie (from 11 Pop Artists Portfolio, Vol. II) (1965), and Sweet Dreams, Baby! (from 11 Pop Artists Portfolio, Vol. III) (1965) each showcase the highly graphic aesthetic for which Lichtenstein is known. Reverie and Sweet Dreams, Baby! were both owned by another important Pop artist, James Rosenquist, making the provenance of these two works particularly special.Stubb’s Supper (S-1, 1X) (from Moby Dick Series) (1986-1987) by Lichtenstein’s contemporary, Frank Stella, will also hit the auction block on October 22. This wall sculpture was inspired by the artist’s fascination and appreciation of the Melville novel.

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Marcel Duchamp, Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2, 1937
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

Works by two of the most important names in modern art history, Marcel Duchamp and Paul Klee, will also be offered during the 25th Anniversary Auction. Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 (1937) by Marcel Duchamp is a smaller composition of the artist’s legendary painting. The provenance of the 1937 work includes the estate of Julien Levy, the New York gallerist who was both a friend and dealer of Duchamp’s. One of the earliest works in the auction, Ein Komet am Horizont Einer Stadt (1918) by Paul Klee was created following a trip to Tunisia. Composed with ink and watercolor, the work will be offered on the secondary market for the first time in nearly 50 years.

Additional fine art highlights include works by Emilio GrecoEd RuschaJudy ChicagoKarl Benjamin, and Frederick Hammersley, among others.

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Claude Lalanne, La Dormeuse, 1994
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

The top lot of the design and decorative arts portion of the auction is a bronze and copper head, La Dormeuse by Claude Lalanne. The 1994 work demonstrates Lalanne’s mastery of a difficult medium, as the piece includes remarkably lifelike human and natural features. A custom wall unit by designer Gio Ponti (designed c. 1956-1967) that was commissioned for a home in Buenos Aires is another important design lot in the upcoming auction.

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George Nakashima, Triple sliding door cabinet, Executed c. 1960
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

Two important American craftsman, George Nakashima and Sam Maloof, are also well represented in the auction. Two bespoke rocking chairs, one made of fiddleback maple and ebony (1990) and one of walnut and ebony (1972) will be on the block.  A triple sliding door cabinet (1960) and a free edge coffee table (1979) by esteemed woodworker George Nakashima will round out the design portion of the auction.

Additional design and decorative arts highlights includes designs by Charles & Ray EamesPablo PicassoRudolph M. SchindlerFernando & Humberto CampanaEdward Wormley, and Poul Kjaerholm.

The October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design auction will be comprised of 375 lots of fine art and design. The auction catalogue is currently available for purchase, and all lots will be live on the LAMA website on Monday, October 2nd. Preview will run Monday, October 9th through Saturday, October 21st from 10 am to 6pm. The auction will start promptly at 12pm (noon), Sunday October 22nd. Doors open at 11am at the Los Angeles Modern Auctions showroom at 12:00 p.m.

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), the fastest growing auction house in the modern and contemporary art world, is the leading auction house dedicated to selling Modern and Contemporary Art & Design.


For more information and images, please contact Shannon Loughrey, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), 16145 Hart St., Van Nuys, CA 91406 | tel: 323-904-1950 | fax: 323-904-1954 | e-mail:

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