LAMA BLOG

Los Angeles Modern Auctions Celebrates 20 Years of Art & Design

June 12, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA – Twenty years, almost 60 auctions, and nearly 30,000 lots later, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a landmark auction, bringing together exceptional examples of Modern Art & Design spanning much of the 20th century.

The auction is scheduled for: Sunday, October 7, 2012, 12 p.m. (PST).

The anniversary auction will include Modern Fine Art & Design by important 20th century artists and designers such as:

Andy Warhol
George Nakashima
Robert Rauschenberg
Ettore Sottsass
De Wain Valentine
Pablo Picasso
Karl Benjamin
Richard Pettibone
Wayne Thiebaud

Offerings include a rare, monumental coffee table by George Nakashima (est. $100,000 – 150,000), consigned by the original owner, to hit the auction block for the first time. It has all of the elements that collectors are looking for in a table by Nakashima: natural fissures, deep craggy crevices, four rosewood butterfly joints, a very rare asymmetrical base, and a strong, confident signature with the date of 1969.

Additional highlights include a pivotal work by Richard Pettibone from 1965 titled Duchamp Bicycle Wheel (est. $25,000 – 35,000), a large-scale sculpture, Curved Waterfall, by De Wain Valentine from 1990, and Some Men Need Help, a collage and screenprint on paper by Andy Warhol from 1982 (est. $18,000 – 25,000).

Peter Loughrey,
Director of Modern & Contemporary Fine Art and Founder of LAMA:

“Since our first auction in 1992, LAMA auctions have featured art and design by local artists and designers from Frank Gehry and Charles & Ray Eames, to Greta Grossman and Ed Ruscha. Twenty years later, LAMA represents major Modern and Contemporary Fine Art & Design by local, national, and international artists and designers, reaching a global marketplace.”

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LAMA’s 20th Anniversary Auction, to be held on October 7, 2012, will be conducted at the LAMA showroom: 16145 Hart St. Van Nuys, CA 91406 and will start at 12 p.m. noon (PST).
Auction Preview: September 19 – October 6, 2012; open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Auction catalogues available: September 4, 2012
Preview lots online: September 12, 2012

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 20th century Modern Fine Art and Design. Auctions are held at the LAMA showroom: 16145 Hart St. Van Nuys, CA 91406.

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