Warhols and Monkeys and Scribbles, oh my!

21 May

Tomorrow marks the Spring 2012 Modern and Contemporary Art auction.  Frank Hettig has put together a charming sale of works by the biggest names in modern and contemporary art.  On to the details…

170 lots
$1.8 – 2.5 million pre-sale estimate

Top lot:

ANDY WARHOL (American, 1928-1987)
Superman (from Myths), 1981
Color screenprint with diamond dust
38 x 38 inches (96.5 x 96.5 cm)
Ed. 113/200
Signed and numbered lower right
Estimate: $80,000 – $100,000

What’s not to love?  It has diamond dust to make it sparkle!

SOLD: $146,500 including buyer’s premium

Ones to watch:

ANDRÉ LANSKOY (French, 1902-1976)
Untitled, 1956/1957
Oil on canvas
77-1/4 x 38-1/4 inches (196.2 x 97.2 cm)
Signed lower left: Lanskoy
Estimate: $40,000 – $60,000

 A very nice abstract, for a very nice price. The phone bidders are lining up!

SOLD: $107,500 including buyer’s premium

DONALD ROLLER WILSON (American, b. 1938)
Gladys and Cookie, 1999
Oil on canvas
15-1/2 x 11-1/2 inches (39.4 x 29.2 cm)
Signed and dated along lower left canvas edge: Donald Roller Wilson. 1999/39
Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000

Is it the smoking cat or the monkey with the big bow that has everyone LOVING this piece?

SOLD: $21,250 including buyer’s premium

Big maybe:

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT (American, 1960-1988)
In Color, 1986
Oil, acrylic, oilstick and mixed media on paper
24 x 26-1/2 inches (61.0 x 67.3 cm)
Estimate: $120,000 – $200,000

It’s typical of the artist’s work…..but does anyone care?

UPDATE:  bought in

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