Van Gogh drawing attribution, $12,000, Woodshed Art Auctions

Van Gogh drawing attribution

A brown ink drawing on heavy wove paper attributed to Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), titled Garden View of the Church at Auvers (1890), signed, sold for $12,000 in an online-only fine art auction held April 26th by Woodshed Art Auctions, based in Franklin, Mass. Also, a mixed media on paper by Fernand Leger (Fr., 1881-1955), titled Composition with Three Women, signed, sold for $10,312; and two drawings attributed to Pablo Picasso (Sp./Fr., 1881-1973) each brought $2,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

Chinese School painting, $168,750, Freeman’s

Chinese School painting

A 16th or 17th century Chinese School ink and color on silk painting, depicting Vairocana seated on a lotus throne, sold for $168,750 at auctions held April 25th and 26th by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, a small Chinese Yongzhang six-character mark celadon-glazed double bottle vase reached $106,250; a painting by the Jamaican artist Samuel Felsted (1743-1802), of a house and land, made $100,000; and a Chippendale carved walnut tall case clock by David Rittenhouse hit $68,750. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Jackie Robinson game bat, $255,000, Goldin Auctions

Jackie Robinson game bat

A bat used by baseball great Jackie Robinson in the 1955 World Series sold for $255,000 in the 70th anniversary Jackie Robinson Auction held April 29-30 by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, N.J. Also, Robinson’s game-worn hat from 1955-1956 was a hit for $65,025; Dr. Martin Luther King’s iconic 1965 “We Shall Overcome” speech changed hands for $382,500; and Barack Obama’s acceptance speech from the 2008 Democratic National Convention gaveled for $153,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Navajo Ute-style chief’s blanket, $132,000, John Moran Auctioneers

Navajo Ute-style chief's blanket

A  Navajo Ute-style First Phase chief’s wearing blanket sold for $132,000 at a three-session auction held April 25th by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, an abstracted dragon in lacquer on panel by the Japanese artist Shiryu Morita (1912-1999) went for $84,000; a Pablo Picasso for Madoura art pottery pitcher, titled Femme de Barbu, topped out at $25,000; and a sculpture by Richard MacDonald (Calif., b. 1946), titled Trumpeter Draped, rose to $9,600. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Lichtenstein work, $430,000, Phillips

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Roy Lichtenstein’s Nude with Blue Hair, from the artist’s “Nude Series” in 1994, sold for $430,000 at a New York Editions prints and multiples auction held April 18th by Phillips in New York City. Also, Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup I (1968) finished at $346,000; a lithograph of Liz by Warhol realized $40,000 (it sold in 1965 for $12.50); Pablo Picasso’s Still Life with Glass Under the Lamp (1962) brought $250,000; and James Turrell’s First Light (1989) commanded $143,750. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

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