This year was once again a period of new records and strong prices for Los Angeles Modern Auctions: in 2014, LAMA’s yearly sale total increased by 58.8% from 2013. The year got off to an exuberant start with the sale of an exemplary crocheted wire sculpture from important American sculptor Ruth Asawa—which soared nearly 5 times over its estimate to $1.43 million, effectively tying the world auction record for any work by the artist. Los Angeles artists Mike Kelley and Ed Ruscha both set world auction records for works on paper and prints, respectively. In design highlights, Maria Pergay’s iconic stainless steel Flying Carpet daybed set a new world auction record for that model. Other top lots include works by Vija Celmins, John McLaughlin, Alberto Giacometti, Sam Maloof, and George Nakashima. We are excited to continue the journey as we are now accepting material for 2015!
Vija Celmins auction results
The February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction will feature a rare and important Vija Celmins painting from 1964, Untitled (Ham Hock), being sold by the original owner. To commemorate this masterpiece of representational painting, arts writer Jori Finkel offers further insight into this early period in Celmins’ career.