Claes Oldenburg

(b. 1929)
Lot 287
Claes Oldenburg
Tea Bag (from 4 on Plexiglas)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $7,500
September 30, 2018
Lot 201
Claes Oldenburg
Teabag (from 4 on Plexiglas)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,937
June 10, 2018
Lot 202
Claes Oldenburg
Study for a Sculpture in the Form of an Inverted Q: Above and Below Ground
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
June 10, 2018
Lot 34
Claes Oldenburg
Baked Potato (from 7 Objects in a Box)
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $13,750
October 22, 2017
Lot 35
Claes Oldenburg
Teabag (from 4 on Plexiglas)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,625
October 22, 2017
Lot 36
Claes Oldenburg
Alternate Proposal for an Addition to the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Ohio
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $2,000
October 22, 2017
Lot 91
Claes Oldenburg
Untitled (New Pasadena Museum) (from Notes)
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,125
May 21, 2017
Lot 92
Claes Oldenburg
Untitled (Sneaker Lace) (from Notes)
Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized: $1,187
May 21, 2017
Lot 198
Claes Oldenburg
Chicago Stuffed with Numbers
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,250
March 5, 2017
Lot 327
Claes Oldenburg
Sketch for a Sculpture in the Form of a Dress Collar and Tie, with Stud
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,250
October 9, 2016
Lot 29
Claes Oldenburg
Colossal Screw in Landscape-Type I (from the Soft Screw Series)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Price Realized: $3,750
May 22, 2016
Lot 145
Claes Oldenburg
Wedding Souvenir
Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000
Price Realized: $10,000
February 21, 2016
Lot 306
Claes Oldenburg
Vote Button in Landscape
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $2,250
October 11, 2015
Lot 307
Claes Oldenburg
Typewriter Eraser
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,000
October 11, 2015
Lot 348
Claes Oldenburg
Wrist Watch Rising, State II
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,250
March 1, 2015
Lot 349
Claes Oldenburg
The Soap at Baton Rouge
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,250
March 1, 2015
Lot 350
Claes Oldenburg
Alphabet in the Form of a Good Humor Bar
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,250
March 1, 2015
Lot 351
Claes Oldenburg
Typewriter Eraser
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $2,500
March 1, 2015
Lot 320
Claes Oldenburg
Geometric Mouse -- Scale C
Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $28,125
October 12, 2014
Lot 321
Claes Oldenburg
Emerald Pill
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $3,750
October 12, 2014
Lot 322
Claes Oldenburg
Baked Potato (from 7 Objects in a Box)
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $9,375
October 12, 2014
Lot 323
Claes Oldenburg
Three Hats
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,625
October 12, 2014
Lot 168
Claes Oldenburg
Untitled (Drum Set) (Notes portfolio)
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,000
May 18, 2014
Lot 169
Claes Oldenburg
Scissors to Cut Out (National Collection of Fine Arts Portfolio)
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,250
May 18, 2014
Lot 182
Claes Oldenburg
Fagends Carved in Rock
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $800
February 23, 2014
Lot 198
Claes Oldenburg
Tea Bag (from 4 on Plexiglas)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $8,750
October 13, 2013
Lot 370
Claes Oldenburg
Double-Nose/Purse/Punching Bag/Ashtray
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $2,250
December 16, 2012
Lot 435
Claes Oldenburg
Proposal for a Cathedral in the Form of a Sink Faucet for Lake Union, Seattle, Washington
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,250
December 11, 2011
Lot 256
Claes Oldenburg
Geometric Mouse - Scale C
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $18,375
October 9, 2011
Lot 257
Claes Oldenburg
Fire Plug Souvenir
Estimate: $5,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $11,637
October 9, 2011
Lot 284
Claes Oldenburg
Sketch for a Sculpture in the Form of a Steel Tack
Estimate: $1,800 - $2,500
Price Realized: $2,875
March 6, 2011
Lot 262
Claes Oldenburg
Ice Bag
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $980
December 6, 2009
Lot 275
Claes Oldenburg
Double Punching Bag
Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500
Price Realized: $919
December 6, 2009
Lot 385
Claes Oldenburg
Icebag
Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,500
June 29, 2008
Lot 386
Claes Oldenburg
Wedding souvenir
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $6,000
June 29, 2008
Lot 215
Claes Oldenburg
Wedding Souvenir
Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
Price Realized: $6,600
June 3, 2007
Lot 137
Claes Oldenburg
Butt (for Harvey Gantt)
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $960
June 18, 2006

About The Artist

American sculptor, Claes Oldenburg, is best known for his public art installations. As a Pop artist he recreates everyday objects on a monumental scale or with jarringly unexpected materials. Oldenburg established himself as one of the leading figures associated with the Pop movement in the United States during the 1960s. Much of his work is collaborative, often involving his late wife Coosje van Bruggen, who was also a sculptor as well as an art historian and critic.

Oldenburg was born in 1929 in Stockholm, Sweden but became an American citizen in 1953. He studied literature and art history at Yale University from 1946 to 1950. Afterwards, he returned to his hometown and studied fine art under Paul Wieghardt at the Art Institute of Chicago. For a short period Oldenburg worked as an art editor and comic strip illustrator for a Chicago-based magazine before moving to New York, where he met several artists involved in early Performance work, such as George Brecht, Allan Kaprow, Red Grooms, Dick Higgins, Lucas Samaras, and Robert Whitman. Oldenburg soon joined them and participated in the “Happenings” or collective performances that were so prolific at the time. He collaborated with artists such as Jim Dine in creating a series of environments, some of which included Oldenburg’s own collection of toys, plastic foods, and tchotchkes. During this period he also showcased drawings and collages in various New York galleries such as the Judson Gallery. In 1961 Oldenburg developed The Store in his studio, where he created objects out of plaster that recreated the feel of the many local bodegas, and that reflected “American society's celebration of consumption.”

Oldenburg went on to be best known for his large-scale public installations, including Clothespin (1976) in the Center Square Plaza in Philadelphia, Spoonbridge and Cherry (1988) at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and Dropped Cone (2001) in Cologne, Germany. He is also widely known for aiding in the execution of the iconic binocular-shaped Frank Gehry building on Venice Boulevard.

Oldenburg has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the National Gallery of Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In 2002, the Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective exhibition of the drawings of Oldenburg and Van Bruggen. Later that same year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York installed several of their collaborative sculptures on the museum’s rooftop space. Oldenburg lives and works in New York, California, and a chateau in the Loire Valley.

“Claes Oldenburg.” Guggenheim. Edited by Guggenheim. Guggenheim, n.d. Web. 11 Jun. 2018.
“Claes Oldenburg.” Ohio State University. Edited by The Ohio State University. The Ohio State University, n.d. Web. 11 Jun. 2018.

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