Pencil sketch of a running shoe by Andy Warhol titled Sneaker will lead Michaan’s May 12th sale

Michaan’s Gallery Auction on Saturday, May 12th, features a wide array of unique finds. They start with a one-of-a-kind pencil sketch by Andy Warhol titled Sneaker, signed and dated 1982, depicting a running shoe (est. $35,000-$45,000); a Civil War-era gold-mounted tobacco pipe featuring a wooden bowl hand-carved and inscribed by a soldier in the field, with scenes of Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, crafted by Browne & Spaulding (N.Y.) (est. $1,000-$1,500); and a low brass midcentury cocktail table by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, with a scene from Homer’s Odyssey etched into the surface top (est. $5,000-$7,000).

Paintings will include a post-Impressionist landscape by Mario Puccini (1869-1920), titled Landscape with Trees (est. $5,000-$7,000); Portrait of Miss Frazzi by Oscar Ghiglia (1876-1945) (est. $2,500-$3,500); and Lion Statue in the Park by CezaUlgi Liegi (1858-1939) (est. $3,500-$5,500). A sketch titled Mio Padre Pietro (1923) by Pietro Annigoni (1910-1988) should bring $1,000-$1,500, while a bear sculpture titled Cub by early California artist Arthur Putnam (1873-1930), should fetch $2,000-$3,000. The auction also features fine jewelry items, plus antique Chinese and Japanese objects and furniture. To see more, click here.




Five paintings by Grandma Moses will highlight Chait’s international fine arts auction, May 20th

I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers will present an international fine arts auction on Sunday, May 20th, at 11 am Pacific time, online and at the firm’s gallery in Beverly Hills, Calif. Featured will be a first for the auction house — not one but five paintings by Grandma Moses, real name Anna Mary Robertson (1860-1961), all with provenance to Hammer Galleries, where they were exhibited in 1964-65. The five paintings are an oil on Masonite titled Baker Boy ($20/30,000), 1955; Over the Lake, from 1953 ($15/25,000); Baking Bread, 1955 ($15/25,000); Oxen, 1958 ($15/25,000); and Halloween, 1958 ($30/40,000).

The auction also includes fine Asian arts, including a Chinese Ming Dynasty Jiajing Wucai porcelain bowl in square form, having the Jiajing mark and of the period, 4 ⅞ inches ($40/60,000); and a large oil on canvas still life floral painting by Le Pho (Vietnamese-French, 1907-2001), circa 2000, 57 by 37 ¾ inches ($18/22,000). Other star lots include an important Egyptian carved serpentine ushabti inscribed for Paser, 19th Dynasty of typical mummiform, having its features carved in a serene expression ($8/12,000); and a vintage Cartier 14K yellow gold box in rectangular form, 259 grams ($8/10,000). For more info, click here.




Artworks by De Kooning, Picasso, Twachtman lead Leslie Hindman’s hat trick of art sales, May 23rd-24th

Three fine art auctions will be held by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on May 23rd and 24th, online and in the firm’s Chicago gallery. A Post-War & Contemporary Art Sale on May 23rd will feature over 200 paintings, works on paper, photography and sculpture. Highlights include a Tom Wesselmann liquitex on bristol board, Bedroom Blonde with Green Wallpaper #1, 1985 (est. $100,000-$150,000); a Willem de Kooning oil on newsprint laid to canvas from 1977 (est. $80,000-$120,000); Ron Gorchov’s Procession (est. $50,000-$70,000); and a sculpture by Louise Nevelson, Night Zag XVII, 1973 (est. $50,000-$70,000).

The May 23rd Fine Prints auction will immediately follow, with over 300 lots, including examples from the 16th century through the contemporary. Highlights include Picasso’s Faune dévoliant une femme, (est. $40,000-$60,000); Mary Cassatt’s In the Opera Box (est. $30,000-$50,000); and Love by Andy Warhol (est. $30,000-$40,000). An American and European Art Sale on May 24th will feature Les Fleurs de Paris by Louis Marie De Schryver (est. $150,000-$250,000); Ruins at Sunset by Jasper Francis Cropsey (est. $80,000-$120,000); and John Henry Twacthman's The Back Road, estimated at $80,000-$120,000. To view all items being auctioned, click here.