Artists in Woodshed Art Auctions’ Dec. 28 online sale read like a who’s who in the world of fine art

WA image 1 This original oil on board abstract floral painting by Cy Twombly (Am., 1928-2011) is the sale’s expected top lot, with an estimate of $150,000-$250,000.

An original oil on board abstract floral painting by Cy Twombly and artworks attributed to fine art superstars like Claude Monet, Fernando Botero and Massimo Campigli are just a few of the highlights in Woodshed Art Auctions’ internet-only Private Collection Discoveries sale. Live bidding begins on Thursday, Dec. 28th, at 5 pm Eastern, at www.woodshedartauctions.com. Other artists in the auction read like a who’s-who in fine art: Edward Moran, Hans Hofmann, Andy Warhol, Lee Krasner, William Merritt Chase, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Sam Francis, Henri-Theodote Fantin-Latour and Pablo Picasso.

WA image 2 Oil and gouache painting attributed to Claude Monet (Fr., 1840-1926), titled Les Nymphaes (Water Lilies), signed lower left (est. $40,000-$60,000).

Others include Guy Carleton Wiggins, Antoni Tapies, Leonard T. Foujita, Adolph Gottlieb, Robert Motherwell, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Philip Guston. The 133 lots include Impressionist and Modern Master drawings and paintings from European, South American and North American private collections and estates. The abstract work by Cy Twombly (Am., 1928-2011) is the expected top lot, with an estimate of $150,000-$250,000. The signed oil painting is sumptuous and lush, showing off Twombly’s fascination with floral motifs. The oil and gouache attributed to Monet should bring $40,000-$60,000. To see more, click here.

WA image 3 Oil on canvas attributed to Cuban artist Wilfredo Lam (1902-1982), signed upper right and inscribed verso, in a 3-inch gold frame (est. $80,000-$120,000).

 

 

Albert Einstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat, James Bond all at Manhattan Rare Book Company (for a price)

MRB image 1 Famous photograph of Albert Einstein taken in 1938 by Lotte Jacobi (1896-1990) for Life magazine, signed by Ms. Jacobi and archivally framed under museum glass ($6,800).

Manhattan Rare Book Company in New York City specializes in outstanding and rare books in fine condition. New arrivals are always pouring in, adding to an already impressive inventory. The three images you see here are recent additions. The first is a photograph of Albert Einstein, taken in 1938 by Lotte Jacobi (1896-1990) for Life magazine, signed by Ms. Jacobi. Einstein would only agree to the photo shoot if Jacobi was the photographer. The 9 ¾ inch by 7 ¼ inch photo is archivally framed under museum glass for a size (with frame) of 15 inches by 18 inches. It’s for sale at a fixed price of $6,800.

MRB image 2 Large (23 inches by 25 inches in the frame) photograph of the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) taken when he was just 23 years old, by Richard Corman ($9,500).

Then there is the large (23 inches by 25 inches in the frame) photograph of the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), taken when he was just 23 years old by noted photographer Richard Corman (N.Y., b. 1954), who trained under the legendary Richard Avedon. The photo is signed, dated (1984) and numbered (2/2) on verso by Corman and is for sale for $9,500. Lastly, a complete set of Ian Fleming’s James Bond works in Playboy magazine – 14 issues in the original wrappers, from 1960-1966, housed in two beautiful custom boxes by the noted book artist Sjoerd Hofstra – is for sale at a fixed price of $3,500. Click here to find out more.

MRB image 3 Complete set of Ian Fleming’s James Bond works in Playboy magazine – 14 issues in the original wrappers, from 1960-1966, housed in two beautiful custom boxes ($3,500).

 

 

 

In the world of luxury pre-owned watches, bigger is not necessarily better, at Phigora

PH image 1 (1) Men’s Breitling Old Navitimer A13324 automatic chronograph with white dial, luminous hands, 30 and 60-minute and 12-hour registers, and a Breitling leather strap ($3,999)

Phigora is a one-stop source for luxury pre-owned watches, with an office location in midtown Manhattan, N.Y. “We are a small team but our small size is our biggest strength,” said Phigora co-founder George Fatakhov. “We service a relatively small number of clients but we provide the best possible care to them and their watches.” Fatakhov started the company with longtime friend Mike Iskhakov in 2014. The two had gone through high school, undergraduate school and law school together, sharing a passion for watches and entrepreneurship. They got the idea to sell pre-owned watches while still in law school.

PH image 2 (1) Circa 1987 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 16013 Quickset watch with 18kt yellow gold fluted bezel, black dial with date display, 18kt gold and stainless steel band ($3,999)

One of their first purchases, in 2012 (pre-Phigora), was a rare and stunning Rolex ref. 4768, an antimagnetic chronograph in a beautiful 18kt pink gold case. It was a true gem, but because the two men were not yet seasoned sellers of vintage watches, they consigned the Rolex to an auction house specializing in horology. Much to their delight, they realized a great profit and the experience inspired them to start Phigora. There, luxury watches (vintage, antique and modern) are for sale at a fixed price. Most of their selling is done online, at www.phigora.com, but clients may view their watches at their office location in midtown Manhattan, with an appointment. For more info, click here.

PH image 3 (1) Cartier Santos Galbee XL 2823 automatic watch with 18kt yellow gold bezel, white dial with sapphire blue hands, black Roman numerals, sapphire crystal glass, steel band ($4,399)

 

 

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