Sam Francis

(1923 - 1994)

LAMA's 20th Anniversary auction featured a Sam Francis painting from 1956 that realized $125,000.

Lot 208
Sam Francis
Self-Portrait (SF74-142)
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Price Realized: $15,000
November 18, 2018
Lot 209
Sam Francis
Untitled
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Buy Now: $5,000
November 18, 2018
Lot 210
Sam Francis
Untitled
Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000
Price Realized: $7,500
November 18, 2018
Lot 211
Sam Francis
A Red Star
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Buy Now: $6,250
November 18, 2018
Lot 90
Sam Francis
Untitled (Falling Star) (SF76-943)
Estimate: $18,000 - $25,000
Price Realized: $46,875
September 30, 2018
Lot 91
Sam Francis
Untitled (from Portfolio 9)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,250
September 30, 2018
Lot 92
Sam Francis
Spun for James Kirsch
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $2,813
September 30, 2018
Lot 93
Sam Francis
King Corpse
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $13,750
September 30, 2018
Lot 94
Sam Francis
Untitled
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
September 30, 2018
Lot 95
Sam Francis
Untitled Red
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $3,438
September 30, 2018
Lot 167
Sam Francis
Lyre Eight
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $7,500
June 10, 2018
Lot 315
Sam Francis
Untitled (SF80-873)
Estimate: $35,000 - $45,000
Price Realized: $46,875
October 22, 2017
Lot 316
Sam Francis
Untitled (SF67-023A)
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
October 22, 2017
Lot 317
Sam Francis
Untitled (SF74-341)
Estimate: $12,000 - $18,000
Price Realized: $15,000
October 22, 2017
Lot 318
Sam Francis
The Five Continents in Wintertime
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $4,375
October 22, 2017
Lot 319
Sam Francis
Spun for James Kirsch
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,750
October 22, 2017
Lot 320
Sam Francis
Metal II (from the Vegetable Series)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
October 22, 2017
Lot 161
Sam Francis
Untitled (SF79-979)
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $25,000
May 21, 2017
Lot 162
Sam Francis
Untitled (SF70-160)
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Price Realized: $18,125
May 21, 2017
Lot 163
Sam Francis
Untitled (SF64-572)
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $25,000
May 21, 2017
Lot 164
Sam Francis
Untitled (SF78-255)
Estimate: $13,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $23,750
May 21, 2017
Lot 165
Sam Francis
Untitled (SF77-133)
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $19,375
May 21, 2017
Lot 166
Sam Francis
Untitled (SF-198sA)
Estimate: $12,000 - $18,000
May 21, 2017
Lot 167
Sam Francis
Untitled
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $3,437
May 21, 2017
Lot 168
Sam Francis
Green Ring
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,500
May 21, 2017
Lot 169
Sam Francis
Untitled
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,875
May 21, 2017
Lot 170
Sam Francis
Untitled
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,250
May 21, 2017
Lot 171
Sam Francis
Pointing to the Future
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,125
May 21, 2017
Lot 172
Sam Francis
Living in Our Own Light
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,000
May 21, 2017
Lot 155
Sam Francis
Untitled (SF83-120)
Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000
Price Realized: $60,000
March 5, 2017
Lot 158
Sam Francis
Untitled (Self-Portrait) (SF78-322)
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Price Realized: $28,750
March 5, 2017
Lot 159
Sam Francis
Untitled (SFM82-301)
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $23,750
March 5, 2017
Lot 160
Sam Francis
Untitled (SFM81-100)
Estimate: $12,000 - $18,000
Price Realized: $25,000
March 5, 2017
Lot 284
Sam Francis
Untitled (SF62-020)
Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
Price Realized: $42,000
October 9, 2016
Lot 285
Sam Francis
Untitled (SF78-957)
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Price Realized: $40,000
October 9, 2016
Lot 286
Sam Francis
Untitled (SF75-119)
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Price Realized: $26,250
October 9, 2016
Lot 287
Sam Francis
Untitled (SF66-100)
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Price Realized: $31,250
October 9, 2016
Lot 288
Sam Francis
Untitled (SFM81-119)
Estimate: $12,000 - $18,000
Price Realized: $21,250
October 9, 2016
Lot 289
Sam Francis
Untitled (Drawing for Sculpture) (SF66-067)
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $10,000
October 9, 2016
Lot 291
Sam Francis
Island Plate
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,500
October 9, 2016
Lot 292
Sam Francis
The Five Continents in Summertime
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $12,500
October 9, 2016
Lot 293
Sam Francis
Untitled #3, Variant II (from Pasadena Box)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,500
October 9, 2016
Lot 294
Sam Francis
Untitled #5 (from Pasadena Box)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,000
October 9, 2016
Lot 187
Sam Francis
Rug
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $10,000
May 22, 2016
Lot 49
Sam Francis
Rug
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $10,000
February 21, 2016
Lot 52
Sam Francis
Concert Hall Set II
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $1,500
February 21, 2016
Lot 53
Sam Francis
Concert Hall Set I
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $1,500
February 21, 2016
Lot 126
Sam Francis
Untitled (SF86-775)
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $8,750
February 21, 2016
Lot 191
Sam Francis
Untitled
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $8,750
October 11, 2015
Lot 194
Sam Francis
Lyre Eight
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,937
October 11, 2015
Lot 195
Sam Francis
Untitled (from Eight by Eight to Celebrate the Temporary Contemporary)
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $2,500
October 11, 2015
Lot 196
Sam Francis
Chinese Opal
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,125
October 11, 2015
Lot 53
Sam Francis
Untitled
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,500
May 17, 2015
Lot 54
Sam Francis
Rug
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $11,250
May 17, 2015
Lot 55
Sam Francis
Untitled
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,375
May 17, 2015
Lot 18
Sam Francis
Untitled (SFE-112)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,750
March 1, 2015
Lot 19
Sam Francis
For St. Gallen
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Price Realized: $2,812
March 1, 2015
Lot 20
Sam Francis
Untitled (L. L263; SF-272) (from Eight by Eight to Celebrate the Temporary Contemporary Portfolio)
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $4,062
March 1, 2015
Lot 21
Sam Francis
Rug
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $11,875
March 1, 2015
Lot 394
Sam Francis
Untitled Triptych (SF80-307)
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Price Realized: $23,750
October 12, 2014
Lot 57
Sam Francis
Damp
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,250
May 18, 2014
Lot 58
Sam Francis
Untitled
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,000
May 18, 2014
Lot 59
Sam Francis
Untitled
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,000
May 18, 2014
Lot 211
Sam Francis
Untitled
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,875
February 23, 2014
Lot 212
Sam Francis
Untitled
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,500
February 23, 2014
Lot 213
Sam Francis
Untitled
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,500
February 23, 2014
Lot 251
Sam Francis
Sulfur Water
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,500
October 13, 2013
Lot 252
Sam Francis
Red Again
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,500
October 13, 2013
Lot 253
Sam Francis
Deft and Sudden Gain
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,000
October 13, 2013
Lot 152
Sam Francis
Untitled (SF 74-120)
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Price Realized: $31,250
May 19, 2013
Lot 153
Sam Francis
Untitled
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,875
May 19, 2013
Lot 146
Sam Francis
Untitled (SF65-076)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $9,375
December 16, 2012
Lot 251
Sam Francis
Untitled (SF 039)
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Price Realized: $2,812
December 16, 2012
Lot 252
Sam Francis
Hurrah for the Red, White and Blue, Variant II
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Price Realized: $3,750
December 16, 2012
Lot 228
Sam Francis
Untitled (SF56-003)
Estimate: $100,000 - $150,000
Price Realized: $125,000
October 7, 2012
Lot 382
Sam Francis
Trietto II
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $7,812
May 6, 2012
Lot 383
Sam Francis
Toward Disappearance
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $4,062
May 6, 2012
Lot 241
Sam Francis
Untitled (Sketch)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $10,000
December 11, 2011
Lot 242
Sam Francis
Untitled (Sketch)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $13,000
December 11, 2011
Lot 393
Sam Francis
Ariels' Ring
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,750
December 11, 2011
Lot 394
Sam Francis
Untitled (SFE 103)
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,500
December 11, 2011
Lot 283
Sam Francis
Untitled
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $2,375
June 26, 2011
Lot 205
Sam Francis
Untitled
Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $6,875
March 6, 2011
Lot 207
Sam Francis
Untitled (Project from Marginalia: Hommage to Shimizu)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $2,500
March 6, 2011
Lot 199
Sam Francis
Untitled (SFE-064)
Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $9,187
May 23, 2010
Lot 27
Sam Francis
Untitled (from Eight by Eight)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,470
December 6, 2009
Lot 181
Sam Francis
Untitled (SF84-002)
Estimate: $80,000 - $120,000
Price Realized: $122,500
December 6, 2009
Lot 438
Sam Francis
Untitled
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $3,192
June 7, 2009
Lot 35
Sam Francis
The Pasadena Box
Estimate: $18,000 - $25,000
Price Realized: $21,600
June 29, 2008
Lot 433
Sam Francis
Untitled
Estimate: $5,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $4,800
June 29, 2008
Lot 99
Sam Francis
Untitled
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Price Realized: $960
February 10, 2008
Lot 22
Sam Francis
Untitled (045)
Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000
Price Realized: $14,400
October 14, 2007
Lot 23
Sam Francis
Untitled
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,160
October 14, 2007
Lot 24
Sam Francis
An Other Set-Y (from The Pasadena Box)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $9,000
October 14, 2007

About The Artist

 

Native Californian painter and printmaker, Sam Francis is most noted for his use of dynamic forms saturated with intense color amidst spaces of white. He studied medicine and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, but joined the US Air Force in 1943. Francis began painting during a prolonged hospitalization due to spinal tuberculosis. Upon his return to the United States, he pursued his art education at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco and again at U.C. Berkeley. Abstract Expressionism and French Impressionism influenced his early paintings, and most likely compelled him to move to Paris in 1950 where he remained for ten years. While there, he quickly exhibited his work in solo and group shows, earning him a reputation as a “tâchiste” (meaning “stain” or “splash”) painter, who preferred to accentuate brilliant color through painterly strokes. After a highly successful stint in Paris, and having been in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1956), and the 1959 Bienal de São Paolo, Francis again returned to California in 1961 where he lived for the remainder of his life. In addition to contemporary Western influences, the interplay of negative space and bursts of color can be attributed to his study of Japanese calligraphy art during his frequent visits to his vacation home in Japan. Francis’s work has been exhibited in multitudes of international galleries and museums, including the Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Modern Art, Japan; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

 

“Sam Francis.” Hollis Taggart. Hollis Taggart Galleries, 2012. Web. 4 May 2012.

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