Alexander Calder

(1898 - 1976)

In the February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction, LAMA offered a Calder gouache and ink on paper titled The Black Arrow (Lot 136). This painting estimated at $40,000 - 60,000, soared to realized $106,250.

Lot 228
Alexander Calder
Lo Oscuro Invade
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,250
November 18, 2018
Lot 231
Alexander Calder
Untitled (Sun over Braniff Plane)
Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000
Buy Now: $8,750
November 18, 2018
Lot 97
Alexander Calder
Pointing Out the Way of Life; The Kids Threw Stones at Me (from Sacrilege of Alan Kent) (2)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,063
September 30, 2018
Lot 98
Alexander Calder
Untitled (Blue background with red, yellow, and black circles)
Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized: $2,250
September 30, 2018
Lot 209
Alexander Calder
Composition with Red Oval and Black Spiral
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $5,937
June 10, 2018
Lot 22
Alexander Calder
Joys of the Neophyte (from La Mémoire Elémentaire)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $4,688
February 25, 2018
Lot 297
Alexander Calder
Circles (from Our Unfinished Revolution)
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $6,250
October 22, 2017
Lot 298
Alexander Calder
Swirls and Curls
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $7,500
October 22, 2017
Lot 108
Alexander Calder
Pyramids
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,062
March 5, 2017
Lot 109
Alexander Calder
Caracol
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $3,125
March 5, 2017
Lot 7
Alexander Calder
Study for Sculpture I
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $2,000
October 9, 2016
Lot 167
Alexander Calder
Quatre Blancs
Estimate: $500,000 - $700,000
Price Realized: $826,250
May 17, 2015
Lot 201
Alexander Calder
Untitled (LACMA Poster)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $5,000
March 1, 2015
Lot 371
Alexander Calder
Systeme Solaire Dont un Blanc
Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000
Price Realized: $100,000
October 12, 2014
Lot 372
Alexander Calder
Cross Roads
Estimate: $18,000 - $25,000
Price Realized: $22,500
October 12, 2014
Lot 217
Alexander Calder
The King Spiral
Estimate: $100,000 - $125,000
Price Realized: $102,000
May 18, 2014
Lot 136
Alexander Calder
The Black Arrow
Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
Price Realized: $106,250
February 23, 2014
Lot 50A
Alexander Calder
Brooch for Connie Breuer
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Price Realized: $40,625
May 19, 2013
Lot 281
Alexander Calder
Brooch
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Price Realized: $37,500
December 16, 2012
Lot 298
Alexander Calder
Santa Claus (portfolio)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,250
October 7, 2012
Lot 20
Alexander Calder
Untitled (Josephine Baker)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $12,500
May 6, 2012
Lot 21
Alexander Calder
Pyramides Verts
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,531
May 6, 2012
Lot 22
Alexander Calder
La Cirque
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,562
May 6, 2012
Lot 23
Alexander Calder
Untitled (Two Black Pyramids with Circles)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,500
May 6, 2012
Lot 95
Alexander Calder
The Black Line
Estimate: $600 - $900
Price Realized: $4,287
October 9, 2011
Lot 10
Alexander Calder
Butterfly and Spiral
Estimate: $35,000 - $45,000
Price Realized: $75,000
June 26, 2011
Lot 11
Alexander Calder
Untitled
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,125
June 26, 2011
Lot 25
Alexander Calder
Untitled
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Price Realized: $25,000
March 6, 2011
Lot 446
Alexander Calder
Hammock
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,062
October 17, 2010
Lot 33
Alexander Calder
Group of 9 lithographs
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,450
May 23, 2010
Lot 322
Alexander Calder
Blue Moon
Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,715
May 23, 2010
Lot 68
Alexander Calder
Pyramid
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $4,900
December 6, 2009
Lot 69
Alexander Calder
Sun
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,206
December 6, 2009
Lot 70
Alexander Calder
Moon
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $5,819
December 6, 2009
Lot 340
Alexander Calder
Untitled (Ying & Yang)
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,960
December 6, 2009
Lot 189
Alexander Calder
Hand Painted Plane
Estimate: $35,000 - $40,000
Price Realized: $36,000
June 7, 2009
Lot 23
Alexander Calder
Santa Claus portfolio with text by E.E. Cummings
Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
Price Realized: $3,480
December 7, 2008
Lot 30
Alexander Calder
Turquoise
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $12,000
June 29, 2008
Lot 31
Alexander Calder
Moon
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $5,700
June 29, 2008
Lot 32
Alexander Calder
Floating Circles
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,100
June 29, 2008
Lot 33
Alexander Calder
Circus
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,080
June 29, 2008
Lot 34
Alexander Calder
Untitled
Estimate: $300 - $400
Price Realized: $360
June 29, 2008
Lot 115
Alexander Calder
Untitled
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,560
February 10, 2008
Lot 116
Alexander Calder
Untitled
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,200
February 10, 2008
Lot 117
Alexander Calder
Circus
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,900
February 10, 2008
Lot 118
Alexander Calder
No. 9
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,200
February 10, 2008
Lot 119
Alexander Calder
Sun
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,240
February 10, 2008
Lot 120
Alexander Calder
Turquoise
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $5,160
February 10, 2008
Lot 121
Alexander Calder
Moon
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,000
February 10, 2008
Lot 122
Alexander Calder
Star
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $6,300
February 10, 2008
Lot 123
Alexander Calder
Pyramid
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,600
February 10, 2008
Lot 10
Alexander Calder
ABC
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,280
June 3, 2007
Lot 11
Alexander Calder
Spiral with Black Stripes
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,320
June 3, 2007
Lot 12
Alexander Calder
Balloons
Estimate: $700 - $900
Price Realized: $960
June 3, 2007
Lot 13
Alexander Calder
Concentric Circles
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,680
June 3, 2007
Lot 15
Alexander Calder
Pyramid tapestry
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $7,200
June 3, 2007
Lot 16
Alexander Calder
Circus tapestry
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,000
June 3, 2007
Lot 17
Alexander Calder
Turquoise tapestry
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $7,200
June 3, 2007
Lot 18
Alexander Calder
Star tapestry
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,120
June 3, 2007
Lot 19
Alexander Calder
Sun tapestry
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $5,400
June 3, 2007
Lot 20
Alexander Calder
Floating Circle tapestry
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $8,400
June 3, 2007
Lot 21
Alexander Calder
Moon tapestry
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,500
June 3, 2007
Lot 30
Alexander Calder
Hammock
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $7,200
June 3, 2007
Lot 31
Alexander Calder
Hair comb
Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $36,000
December 3, 2006
Lot 211
Alexander Calder
Helies
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $3,600
December 3, 2006
Lot 212
Alexander Calder
Papouse
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,140
December 3, 2006
Lot 213
Alexander Calder
Les Nagues
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,920
December 3, 2006
Lot 214
Alexander Calder
Tapestry #9
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $2,880
December 3, 2006
Lot 215
Alexander Calder
Tapestry Turquoise
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $5,400
December 3, 2006
Lot 216
Alexander Calder
Tapestry Star
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,360
December 3, 2006
Lot 217
Alexander Calder
Tapestry Moon
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $2,880
December 3, 2006
Lot 218
Alexander Calder
Tapestry Sun
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $2,880
December 3, 2006
Lot 219
Alexander Calder
Tapestry Swirl
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,960
December 3, 2006
Lot 220
Alexander Calder
Tapestry Lombrizi
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $2,880
December 3, 2006
Lot 221
Alexander Calder
Tapestry Floating Circle
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $5,700
December 3, 2006
Lot 9
Alexander Calder
Head of a Horse
Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized: $660
June 18, 2006
Lot 148
Alexander Calder
No. 9
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,000
June 18, 2006
Lot 149
Alexander Calder
Star
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,600
June 18, 2006
Lot 150
Alexander Calder
Floating Circle
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,500
June 18, 2006
Lot 151
Alexander Calder
Circus
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,000
June 18, 2006
Lot 152
Alexander Calder
Balloons
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,500
June 18, 2006
Lot 153
Alexander Calder
Turquoise
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,900
June 18, 2006
Lot 154
Alexander Calder
Sun
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $2,400
June 18, 2006
Lot 155
Alexander Calder
Lambrizi
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,200
June 18, 2006
Lot 156
Alexander Calder
Moon
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,120
June 18, 2006

About The Artist

 

American sculptor Alexander Calder was one of the most prolific and influential artists of the 20th century. Calder achieved international acclaim through his abstract paintings, mobiles, stabiles, lithographs, and jewelry. Calder’s parents, also acclaimed artists, surrounded him and his older sister with materials and a studio, which allowed Calder to display his preternatural manipulation of metal and clay. After graduating from engineering school, Calder worked a multitude of jobs, including a crewmember on a boat, where on a voyage from San Francisco to New York he was startled awake by a sunset opposite a full moon, simultaneously hovering on the horizon. He moved to New York and became an artist shortly after this profound experience. While illustrating circus life for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, he began constructing kinetic sculptures out of wire. By creating his own three-dimensional forms–known as mobiles, some of his most famous creations–Calder redefined sculpture through wire twisted into abstract arrangements which float in accordance with the wind. Calder’s influence blossomed throughout the mid-century, resulting in multiple commissions for large-scale public sculptures, including La Spirale in Paris (1958), La Grande Vitesse in Grand Rapids (1969), and El Sol Rojo for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.

 

"Calder's Life: Chronology."Calder Foundation. Calder Foundation, n.d. Web. 24 May 2011.

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