San Francisco — The auction of fine Prints at Bonhams, May 1 in San Francisco, simulcast to Los Angeles, brought an impressive result of $1,277,413.
Leading the auction were various works by Joan Miró (1893-1983). The top lot of the auction was Miró's One Plate, from The Prints of Joan Miró, 1947, a signed etching with intricate handcoloring on Auvergne paper, which achieved $35,000, far exceeding its pre-sale estimate of $15,000-20,000.
Not far behind that lot in the top ten were two more of Miró's works: Inceste au Sahara, 1975, a signed etching and aquatint in colours, which brought $32,500 (est. $20,000-30,000) and Les Orfevres, 1971-73, a signed, unique print with etching and handcoloring in crayon and pastel on wove paper, which took in $23,750 (est. $20,000-25,000).
Two iconic Andy Warhol (1928-1987) signed colour screenprints also took up prominent spots among the top five in the sale. Warhol's The Witch, from Myths, 1981, brought $31,250 (est. $20,000-30,000), while his Bighorn Ram, from Endangered Species, 1983, depicting a ram facing the right in vivid colours, sold for $27,500 (est. $12,000-16,000).
The Fine Prints Department Director at Bonhams, Judith Eurich, said of the spring auction, "We were very pleased with the result of the sale given the uncertain and roller coaster ride of the stock market this past year."
The auction realised further success with two lots of very different styles which each brought $20,000: Collection of Etchings, 1920-37, a collection of 61 signed etchings on various papers of sites around the world by John Taylor Arms (American, 1887-1953), est. $15,000-20,000, and Figure 4, from Colour Numeral Series, 1969, a signed colour lithograph on Arjomari paper by Jasper Johns (American, born 1930), est. $7,000-10,000.
More sales of note included La Baie des Anges au Bouquet de Roses, from Nice et la Cote d'Azur, 1967, an After Marc Chagall (Russian/French, 1887-1985) signed lithograph in colours on Arches paper by Charles Sorlier, that sold for $18,750 (est. $8,000-12,000). The piece depicts a tree comprised of a woman, fish, bird and flowers. Another work to speak of is Kleine Welten II, from Kleine Welten, 1922, a signed lithograph in colours on wove paper by Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944), which took in $17,500 (est. $12,000-18,000).
Rounding out the sale were three works which each brought $16,250: Drypoint - Ocean Surface, 1983, a signed drypoint on Arches paper by Vija Celmins (Latvian, born 1939), est. $12,000-15,000; Coloured Flowers made of paper and ink, a signed, coloured lithograph by David Hockney (born 1937), featuring seven coloured flowers in a vase on a surface with a variety of coloured pencils (est. $15,000-$20,000); and Old Fashioned Vegetable, from Campbell's Soup II, 1969, a signed screenprint in colours on smooth wove paper by Andy Warhol (est. $12,000-16,000).
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com