Local, Fresh Finds Go On The Block for the First Time

February 15, 2017

For Immediate Release

LOS ANGELES, CA- Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), the premier auction house on the West Coast for Modern and Contemporary Art & Design, today announced an impressive selection of recently discovered works from original collections in Los Angeles estates for its March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction.

“LAMA is the conduit to the world wide art market for all sellers in the Southwest. Smart sellers in the art world now know it is more efficient and economical to sell a work of art in the nearest connection to the international market,” states Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design and Fine Art at LAMA. This auction demonstrates LAMA’s strength in discovering works previously unseen on the secondary market.

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Alma Thomas, Spring Flowers in Washington D.C., 1969
Estimate: $125,000-$175,000 | March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

The curated auction will feature works from some of the most influential artists and designers of the 20th Century with a strong core by American artists.  The sale will include Untitled (SF 53-101), an early watercolor on paper by Sam Francis an Abstract Expressionist. In addition, Zip Rooster, an acrylic on raw linen by Ed Ruscha will be offered as an appropriate feature during the year of the Rooster in the Chinese Zodiac which starts January 28, 2017. Rounding out the top lots are a significant drawing by Keith Haring, Untitled #3, as well as an intimate painting from highly coveted artist Alma Thomas, Spring Flowers in Washington D.C. All of the top lots are being offered on the resale market for the first time.

Further, works by Chris Burden and Jenny Holzer will add another dimension to the sale with thought provoking images and text. Lorser Feitelson, Peter Halley, David Hockney, Andy Warhol, and Peter Alexander will all be represented, each celebrated contributors to 20th Century modern art.

“Like ‘farm to table,’ LAMA has built a reputation for digging up fresh, vintage, contemporary art and design from local estates and offering them directly to collectors,” states Peter Loughrey. “This sale is our best harvest yet with diverse offerings in many price ranges.”

Sam Francis’ Untitled (SF 53-101) (1953-1954) will go to auction for the first time, and has been in the same Los Angeles collection since acquisition from the artist. Part of the ‘Blue Balls’ series, this period is highly sought after on the market and marks an important period of experimentation for the artist.

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Keith Haring, Untitled #3, 1987
Estimate: $150,000-$200,000 | March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

Untitled #3 (1987) by Keith Haring was created for a solo exhibition for Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles, just two years before the artist’s death. The black and white work features an unbroken line of ink creating a tree of figures, surrounded by Haring’s characteristic frenzied lines depicting movement and motion.

This sale also features five sculptural works by Harry Bertoia, one of the most prolific artists to emerge from the post-war era. The feature sculpture, Bush, is a bronze work from c. 1975 which demonstrates Bertoia’s mastery of a difficult medium as the piece captures the intricate and delicate natural world.

Two important American craftsmen, George Nakashima and Sam Maloof, are also prominently featured in the auction. A bespoke, Rosewood desk by Maloof created c. 1968, as well as a sliding door, room divider by George Nakashima are just two of the several lots to be offered on March 5, 2017.

Additionally, a portion of the March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design auction is being offered to benefit the Palm Springs Art Museum. An impressive painting by contemporary artist Rob Pruitt titled Death Valley, two iconic bronze sculptures by Robert Graham, and an important painting by Jean-Paul Riopelle will be offered on behalf of the Museum. The proceeds raised from this portion of the auction will benefit the acquisition and exhibition programs for the Palm Springs Art Museum.

The auction will be comprised of over 400 lots of fine art and design. The March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction highlights LAMA’s ability and strength to find treasures previously unseen on the secondary market.

Top Fine Art Lots:
Sam Francis, Untitled (SFF.535) (1969-1970), est. $250,000-350,000
Keith Haring, Untitled #3 (1987), est. $150,000-200,000
Ed Ruscha, Zip Rooster (1994), est. $150,000-200,000
Sam Francis, Untitled (SF 53-101) (1953-1954), est. $150,000-200,000
Alma Thomas, Spring Flowers in Washington D.C. (1969), est. $125,000-175,000
Harry Bertoia, Bush (c. 1975), est. $100,000-150,000
Jean-Paul Riopelle, Kenavo (1962), est. $50,000-70,000

Top Design Lots:
Georges Jouve, pair of Sconces (c. 1955), est. $40,000-60,000
Sam Maloof, Executive Desk (executed 1968), est. $40,000-60,000
George Nakashima, Triple Sliding Door Room Divider (executed 1977), est. $35,000-50,000

The March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction will be conducted at the LAMA showroom: 16145 Hart Street, Van Nuys, CA 91406 and will start at 12pm (PT). Auction Preview: February 20–March 4, 2017; open daily 10am–6pm.

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 | | tel: 323-904-1950 | fax: 323-904-1954 | e-mail:

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