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Alexander Calder (American 1898-1976) Bushy-Tailed Red, 1966, Sold for $327,750

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Published: 13 November 2014

Private Collections & Blue Chip Artists Headline Freeman’s $2.5 Million Modern & Contemporary Sale

Private collections and works by fresh-to-market blue chip artists such as Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, and Roy Lichtenstein, among others headlined at Freeman’s Modern & Contemporary Art sale on November 2. The 163 lot sale had an 89% sell-through rate and brought $2.5 million, the highest total achieved since 2010. Alexander Calder’s “Bushy-Tailed Red,” a small sculpture executed by the artist in 1966, achieved the highest price of day at $327,750. 

ANDY WARHOL, (AMERICAN, 1928-1987),CAMPBELL'S SOUP I,THE COMPLETE SET OF TEN PRINTS, 1968, Sold for $231,750

Perhaps the most sought after works in the auction were from the Collection of Lois Cowles Harrison, most recently of Lakeland, Florida. The 8 lots accounted for $634,062 of the sale total. The daughter of famed Warhol collector Gardner Cowles Jr., founder and publisher of Look Magazine, Lois Cowles Harrison was an avid and early collector of Warhol and other Pop artists. Several screen prints by Warhol offered in the sale, the iconic “Campbell’s Soup I,” a complete set of ten prints and a bright pink “Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn),” both sold for $231,750. Another colorful print by Warhol from the collection, a green “Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn)” and a striking felt banner “Thunderbolt” after Roy Lichtenstein both achieved $68,750.

Works from the Collection of Nell Day Surber also attracted the interest of bidders. Lynda Benglis’ twisted “Graham Hollywood” from “Stars and Cars” sold for $81,250 and Ross Bleckner’s serene “Falling Birds #3,” fetched $53,125. Jean Dubuffet’s “Site de Memoir II,” a massive screen print on canvas, brought for $53,125, and Willem De Kooning’s colorful “Quatre Lithographies” achieved $46,875.

Rounding out the sale, multiple sculptures by Harry Bertoia from a Philadelphia estate and a private Philadelphia collection saw notable results. The largest Bertoia work offered in the sale, Bertoia’s Sonambient Sculpture, fetched an impressive $87,500. Two larger sculptures, “Willow,” and “Wheat” sold for $37,500 and $32,500, respectively.

Notable Lots from Freeman’s November 2 Modern & Contemporary Art sale:

  • Lot 59: ALEXANDER CALDER, (AMERICAN, 1898-1976), "BUSHY-TAILED RED," 1966, Sold for $327,750
  • Lot 102: ANDY WARHOL, (AMERICAN, 1928-1987), "MARILYN MONROE (MARILYN)" 1967, Sold for $231,750
  • Lot 104: ANDY WARHOL, (AMERICAN, 1928-1987),"CAMPBELL'S SOUP I," THE COMPLETE SET OF TEN PRINTS, 1968, Sold for $231,750
  • Lot 99: ROY LICHTENSTEIN, (AMERICAN, 1915-1978), “NUDE READING” FROM “NUDES”, Sold for $111,750
  • Lot 65: HARRY BERTOIA, (AMERICAN, 1915-1978), SONAMBIENT SCULPTURE, Sold for $87,500
  • Lot 60: ALEXANDER CALDER, (AMERICAN, 1898-1976), “JUGGLER’S DREAM,” Sold for $87,500
  • Lot 137: LYNDA BENGLIS, (AMERICAN, B. 1941), "GRAHAM HOLLYWOOD" FROM "STARS AND CARS," 1987, Sold for $81,250
  • Lot 106: AFTER ROY LICHTENSTEIN, (AMERICAN, 1923-1997), “THUNDERBOLT,” Sold for $68,750
  • Lot 103: ANDY WARHOL, (AMERICAN, 1928-1987), "MARILYN MONROE (MARILYN)," 1967, Sold for $68,750
  • Lot 145: ROSS BLECKNER, (AMERICAN, B. 1949), “FALLING BIRDS #3,” Sold for $53,125

Freeman’s Modern & Contemporary Art department is now seeking consignments for the May 2015 auction. Please contact Department Head Anne Henry at 267.414.1220, ahenry@freemansauction.com or Associate Specialist Dunham Townend at 267.414.1220, dtownend@freemansauction.com.  

 

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