Kazuo Shiraga (Japanese, 1924-2008) Untitled (Red Fan) 1965 Kazuo Shiraga (Japanese, 1924-2008) Untitled (Red Fan) 1965
KAZUO SHIRAGA (JAPANESE, 1924-2008)
Untitled (Red Fan), 1965 Sold for a World Record Price, £1,538,500 11 February 2016 Bonhams London 'This was evidently a world class collection of artworks that had not been seen in public for 50 years'

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Red Fan was discovered on an important insurance valuation managed by our Valuations, Trusts & Estates Department. This was evidently a world class collection of artworks that had not been seen in public for 50 years and were acquired directly from the artists by the family of the vendor. Added to which the collection comprised two movements, ZERO and Gutai, in which our Post War and Contemporary team have renowned specialist knowledge.

Having valued the collection we developed a close bond with the owners, which culminated in an exhibition in October 2015 of the highlights from this private collection. We published an exhibition catalogue dedicated to their collection, hosted an exhibition entitled 'ZERO Gutai Kusama' and invited many of our top clients to attend a private reception and dinner. The exhibition played a major role in casting the spotlight on these hitherto rather overlooked movements, and such was its success that the owners said it had been the 'best week of their lives'. Following the success and international exposure of the exhibition the family decided to sell Red Fan by Kazuo Shiraga, the most important of the Gutai artists. It was the cover lot in our February auction in London and sold to a magnificent private American collection for a world record price.

Ralph Taylor
Director, Post-war & Contemporary Art

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