An Important Painting by Billy Al Bengston Achieves World Auction Record at Bonhams

Los AngelesLester, an important painting by Billy Al Bengston, sold at Bonhams Los Angeles inaugural sale of Post-War & Contemporary Art on February 15 for $548,075, a world auction record for the artist. It had an estimate of $30,000-50,000. This painting was included in a solo show during the Ferus Gallery's height in 1962 and then again in the artist's important 1968 retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (for which Ed Ruscha designed the exhibition catalogue and Frank Gehry designed the installation plan). This work has been in the same private collection since prior to the LACMA exhibition and has been rarely seen publicly since.
World auction records for artists were also achieved for Gisela Colon's Oval Melt Glo-Pod (Iridescent Black), 2013 and Andrew Dadson's Painting Promo, 2014.

Laura Bjorstad, Specialist of Post-War & Contemporary Art, comments: "Bonhams first sale of Post-War & Contemporary Art in Los Angeles generated a large amount of interest during its exhibition and we welcomed collectors and visitors as we were the only international auction during Frieze Los Angeles. We were delighted with the results and achieved three new auction records for artists Billy Al Bengston, Gisela Colon, and Andrew Dadson."

Additional highlights in the sale included:
- Alex Israel (B. 1982), Untitled (Flat), 2013, part of a widely-recognized and signature body of work by the artist, sold for $81,325.
- Wolfgang Tillmans (B. 1968), Repose II, 2013, part of small series of works depicting Tillmans' friend Karl, sold for $75,075.
- Viola Frey (1933-2004), Surprised Woman, 1986, a magnificent, larger-than life sculpture, sold for $75,075.
- Llyn Foulkes (B. 1934), Post Card #2, 1964, an important early work, sold for $60,075.

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