MODERN ART & DESIGN AUCTION
December 6, 2009
The December 6, 2009 Fine Art, Sculpture & Design Auction featured original works by Keith Haring, Sam Francis, and Salvador Dali. Buyers from Australia, Ireland, Japan, Argentina, France, as well as an overwhelming amount of clients from California and New York brought sales totals to $1.9 million (including buyer’s premium) with 70% of the 469 lots sold.
In this auction, LAMA offered many pieces of fine art by 20th century masters. Sam Francis' acrylic painting on paper, Untitled (SF84-002) (Lot 181 est. $80,000 – 120,000, realized $122,500.00), was previously purchased from the Sam Francis estate and had never been publicly offered for sale. Another highlight was a stunning, early original work by the late Pop artist Keith Haring. Untitled 1981 (Lot 315 est. $25,000 – 35,000, realized $88,812.50) closely resembled the artist’s famous “Subway Paintings” and was authenticated by the Keith Haring Foundation. Purchased in 1983 by our consignor, this work marked the most important offering of Pop Art in the history of Los Angeles Modern Auctions. Another highlight was an original painting by Salvador Dali,Cauchemar de Moise (Moses’ Nightmare), created in 1974 as part of a small series of originals inspired by Sigmund Freud’s last literary work, Moses and Monotheism. This large work by the Surrealist master remained in one family's possession since its creation and had never been publicly offered for sale.
Additional highlights included the Pablo Picasso print Francoise (Lot 330 est. $40,000 – 60,000, realized $67,375.00), 17 lots of George Nakashima custom furniture that realized $327,748.00, a Jun Kaneko ceramic sculpture (Lot 287 est. $18,000 – 25,000) that realized $36,750.00, and a pair of Carlo Bugatti throne chairs (Lot 392 est. $2,000 – 3,000) that realized $13,475.00.