Ken Price

(1935 - 2012)

LAMA set the world auction record for any work on paper by Ken Price on May 22, 2016 with L.A. Riot (1994) realizing $58,750.

Lot 200
Ken Price
Groota
Estimate: $75,000 - $100,000
Price Realized: $93,750
September 30, 2018
Lot 234
Ken Price
Semi-Quiet
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Price Realized: $34,375
June 10, 2018
Lot 235
Ken Price
Untitled (Cup)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $6,875
June 10, 2018
Lot 236
Ken Price
Untitled (Tequila Cups) (2)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $13,750
June 10, 2018
Lot 237
Ken Price
An Unreported Sighting (Scene for Plate)
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $8,750
June 10, 2018
Lot 239
Ken Price
Vista
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,062
June 10, 2018
Lot 34
Ken Price
Untitled I (Coffee Cup)
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,875
February 25, 2018
Lot 35
Ken Price
Sculpture in Nature II
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $20,000
February 25, 2018
Lot 87
Ken Price
McShann
Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000
Price Realized: $75,000
October 22, 2017
Lot 88
Ken Price
Specimen (G2103.13)
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $9,000
October 22, 2017
Lot 89
Ken Price
Volcanic Dust
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Price Realized: $25,000
October 22, 2017
Lot 91
Ken Price
Heat Wave
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $10,625
October 22, 2017
Lot 92
Ken Price
Detective Room; Orange Grove (from The Plain of Smokes) (2)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $5,625
October 22, 2017
Lot 243
Ken Price
Hermit Crab Cup
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $2,500
May 21, 2017
Lot 244
Ken Price
The Fireworm Cup
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $2,812
May 21, 2017
Lot 152
Ken Price
Frog Cup and Double Frog Cup (2)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $3,437
October 9, 2016
Lot 153
Ken Price
Club Romance
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $687
October 9, 2016
Lot 84
Ken Price
L.A. Riot
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $58,750
May 22, 2016
Lot 86
Ken Price
Heat Wave
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $9,375
May 22, 2016
Lot 87
Ken Price
Specimen
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,750
May 22, 2016
Lot 176
Ken Price
Up Back
Estimate: $150,000 - $200,000
Price Realized: $168,750
October 11, 2015
Lot 177
Ken Price
Big Wave II
Estimate: $17,000 - $20,000
Price Realized: $25,000
October 11, 2015
Lot 179
Ken Price
Lorna
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,125
October 11, 2015
Lot 180
Ken Price
Four Images of New Mexico
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,125
October 11, 2015
Lot 181
Ken Price
Figurine Cup I (from Figurine Cup Series)
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,500
October 11, 2015
Lot 104
Ken Price
Vase
Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000
Price Realized: $8,750
May 17, 2015
Lot 53
Ken Price
Kauai Crab Cup & Hermit Crab Cup (2)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $4,062
March 1, 2015
Lot 83
Ken Price
Untitled
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Price Realized: $34,375
October 12, 2014
Lot 84
Ken Price
Town with Tall Mountain
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $10,000
October 12, 2014
Lot 85
Ken Price
Acrobatic Frog Cup II
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,500
October 12, 2014
Lot 86
Ken Price
Western Sunset
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,875
October 12, 2014
Lot 5
Ken Price
The Plain of Smokes
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $6,875
May 18, 2014
Lot 268
Ken Price
Tequila Cups & Prints (7)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $5,000
October 13, 2013
Lot 198
Ken Price
Untitled (from Happy's Curios)
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $8,125
May 19, 2013
Lot 199
Ken Price
Untitled (from Happy's Curios)
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $6,250
May 19, 2013
Lot 203
Ken Price
Bowl (Poluto Wares series)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,000
May 19, 2013
Lot 204
Ken Price
Print and drawing (2)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $6,875
May 19, 2013
Lot 205
Ken Price
Untitled
Estimate: $4,500 - $5,500
Price Realized: $8,125
May 19, 2013
Lot 206
Ken Price
Untitled
Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $6,250
May 19, 2013
Lot 41
Ken Price
Double Frog Cup and Four Other Works (5)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,062
December 16, 2012
Lot 42
Ken Price
Untitled (Cityscape Bowl)
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $5,937
December 16, 2012
Lot 369
Ken Price
Large glazed ceramic tea bowl
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $750
March 6, 2011
Lot 370
Ken Price
Glazed ceramic cup
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $2,500
March 6, 2011
Lot 167
Ken Price
Large tea cup
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $420
June 7, 2009
Lot 168
Ken Price
Small tea cups (2)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $840
June 7, 2009

About The Artist


American artist Ken Price is known for his revolutionary approach to contemporary sculpture. Born in Los Angeles, as a teenager he took music classes with jazz trumpeter Chet Baker and art classes at the Chouinard Art Institute. After graduating from the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles County Art Institute (now Otis College of Art and Design), in 1959 he completed the ceramics master’s program at the State University of New York at Alfred in only one year. He moved back to Los Angeles to exhibit his work at Ferus Gallery, where he achieved immediate success with his diminutive yet precisely finished sculptures. Price produced a diverse oeuvre, including his snail cups as well as various drawings, watercolors, and prints. Immense, witty, and colorful, his later sculptures are redolent of biomporphic forms in movement, achieving a remarkable fluidity. With influences as diverse as Oaxacan pottery and Josef Albers’ color squares, Price established sculpture as a legitimate form of high art through his unique approach to Finish Fetish abstraction. His work can be viewed in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Stedelijk Museum in the Netherlands. In September of 2012, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art presented “Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective,” designed by Price’s lifelong friend, architect Frank Gehry.

 

Knight, Christopher. “Kenneth Price dies at 77; artist transformed traditional ceramics.” New York Times. The New York Times, 25 Feb. 2012. Web. 30 Aug 2012.

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