Los Angeles–Bonhams starts the fall auction season with a fine selection of artworks from many esteemed private collections and notable US institutions including property from the De Young Museum, San Francisco and an important Midwestern institution in its Made in California: Contemporary Art auction, October 21 in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Notably, Bonhams was pleased to offer in the sale a Joan Brown oil painting on canvas, Portrait of a Watermelon, 1964, from the collection of the late lauded American sculptor Stephen De Staebler, which sold for $118,750 including premium (est. $30,000-50,000).
Highlights continued with such offerings as Billy Al Bengston's highly anticipated painting entitled Skinny's 21, 1961, which sold for a record-breaking $149,000 with premium. Various other works by Mary Corse, Ronald Davis, Frank Lobdell and John Register achieved well over their high estimates. In particular, Corse's untitled work fetched $60,000 (est. $15,000-25,000) and Davis's Red Top Slab (from the Ray Trace Shape series) sold for $47,500 (est. $15,000-20,000), both achieving more than twice their high estimates. A painting by Lobdell, 19 Feb. 48, 1948 had an estimate of $30,000-50,000 and achieved $60,000. Lee Mullican's oil on canvas Meditations on a Landscape and Bruce Conner's assemblage Cherries both fetched top prices at $47,500.
Alexis Chompaisal, Made in California: Contemporary Art department director at Bonhams, says of the auction, "We are quite pleased with the results of today's auction and the strong prices confirm California's importance in today's art market." The sale's overall results concluded with 86% of artworks sold and realized a sold total amount of $1.32 million.
About the auction category: Bonhams' Made in California: Contemporary Art auction, which is held biannually in Los Angeles and San Francisco, is dedicated to modern and contemporary California art. From the modernist paintings of the Post World War II era to the genre defying work of today, the auction includes paintings, drawings and sculpture that illustrate the state's prominence in the global art market. Bonhams is the only international auction house with a dedicated sale category in this area and is the market leader in California contemporary art and reaches an international clientele with buyers around the world.
For further information on the next Made in California: Contemporary Art auction, please visit the specialist department's webpage: http://www.bonhams.com/madeincalifornia.
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