The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, January 21, 2018

Still Life by Emil Filla Sets New World Auction Record at Bonhams
Emil Filla's "Still life with a Lemon, Bottle of Olive Oil, Bell Peppers and a Bowl of Vegetables", 1925, which sold for $266,000 against a pre-auction estimate of $15,000-20,000. Photo: Bonhams.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Seasoned collectors and new bidders from across the United States and around the globe vied for Modern, Contemporary and Latin American works of art at Bonhams & Butterfields on November 17, 2009 in Los Angeles. Simulcast to the firm's San Francisco auction rooms, the more than 200-lot auction attracted strong buyer interest for a variety of high quality works by well-known artists.

Highlights from the well rounded fall auction included pieces by Emil Filla, Maurice Utrillo, Pedro Coronel, Alexander Archipenko, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Jack Bush, Tom Wesselmann, Amedeo Modigliani and Jim Dine, among others. Sales totaled more than $2-million with a new world auction record established for a painting by Emil Filla.

"We are pleased by yesterday's strong sale results. Several works by established artists sparked intense bidding throughout many sections of the auction. Two such works were Raymond Duchamp-Villon's "Maggy", 1912, which attracted bidders from the United States and Europe, and Emil Filla's "Still life with a Lemon, Bottle of Olive Oil, Bell Peppers and a Bowl of Vegetables", 1925, which sold for $266,000 against a pre-auction estimate of $15,000 - 20,000 and established a new world auction record for the artist at auction," said Sharon Goodman Squires, newly appointed Specialist in Modern & Contemporary Art at Bonhams & Butterfields.

The marquee lot of the auction was "Still life with a Lemon, Bottle of Olive Oil, Bell Peppers and a Bowl of Vegetables", 1925 by Czech modernist Emil Filla, which sold for $266,000 - the highest price ever paid for a work by the artist at auction. The oil on canvas painting displays thick impasto brushwork, which is used to outline the highly stylized and abstracted items on the table.

Additional highlights from the Modern section of the sale included a French street scene titled "Bourg-la-Reine" by Maurice Utrillo (sold for: $91,500); a female bronze figure titled "Flat Torso by Alexander Archipenko" (sold for: $67,100); an abstract bust of a woman titled "Maggy", by Raymond Duchamp-Villon (sold for: $67,100) and a pencil drawing of a man titled "Léon Solà, 1916 - 1917" by Amedeo Modigliani (sold for: $54,900).

An excellent and cohesive selection of Latin American Art was also featured during the November auction. Among the highlights were two large colorful abstract Untitled oil on canvas pieces by Pedro Coronel. Each piece, one painted in hues of pink and green and the other in blue and green, brought $79,300 each.

The auction catalogue's cover lot, "Study for a Blue Nude", 2000 by Tom Wesselmann also generated excitement among collectors and connoisseurs. A classic example of the artist's style from his iconic "Blue Nude Series," the painting was characterized by the closely controlled style. Rare to auction, the petite 'jewel-like' painting sold for $61,000 on November 17th.

"Untitled" (John, Paul, George, Ringo and the Beatles), 1968 by Jim Dine was also among the highlights of the fall auction. Originally commissioned by Capitol Records for a Beatles album which was never made, the graphite and watercolor on vellum lot of five works depict individual toothbrushes labeled for each member of the iconic band: John, Paul, George and Ringo. The pieces, which brought $51,850, had been in the private collection of former president of Capital Records, Sal Iannucci, and his wife Aileen.

Today's News

November 20, 2009

13th Edition of Paris Photo Takes Over the Carrousel du Louvre

Dr. Paul LeClerc to Retire as President of The New York Public Library

Artist Jeanne-Claude Dies; Co-Created 'The Gates' with Husband Christo

Still Life by Emil Filla Sets New World Auction Record at Bonhams

Israel Museum Receives $1 Million to Support New Photography Prize

Marlborough Chelsea Presents the New York Debut of Alejandro Corujeira

Crux Vaticana-Golden Cross in Vatican's Collection Gets New Look

Christie's to Sell Extraordinary Peony Lamp from the Storied Gluck Collection

New Exhibition to Show How the British Public Adapted to Food Shortages

Gordon Knox Named New Arizona State University Art Museum Director

Art Institute Examines the Psychological Effects of Architecture through Exhibition

Bloch Collection of Lin Fengmian Paintings Goes Under the Hammer

Getty Museum Opens Exhibition Featuring J. Paul Getty's Antiquities

Artist Carmen Einfinger Wins International Competition to Design Outdoor Gallery

Julia Meech First Winner of Frick's Biennial $25,000 Book Prize

Brooklyn Museum Opens Special Exhibition of Body Part Fragments of Egyptian Sculpture

Boxing Champion to Loan Objects for Display in City's New Museum

Alex Webb Wins the "Premio Internacional de Fotografia Alcobendas"

Ex-First Lady Laura Bush Unveils Bush Library Plan

Cinematic Greats and Legends of the Silver Screen Arrive at Christie's

Rocco Landesman Announces Indiana Arts Commission as Recipient of 2009 National Accessibility Leadership Award

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- National Air and Space Museum releases "VR Hangar" app

2.- Inrap discovers a mikveh in the medieval Jewish quarter of Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux

3.- Wellcome Collection acquires 17th century portrait of internationally renowned and hirsute Barbara van Beck

4.- The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation names Ghislain d'Humieres to oversee its core operations

5.- LACMA exhibits for the first time two photographic series by Richard Prince

6.- Jade and gold burial suit, finest to survive ancient China, featured in Nelson-Atkins exhibition

7.- Peru recovers 79 pre-Hispanic textiles from the Museum of Gothenburg in Sweden

8.- Vincent van Gogh's 'Watermill at Kollen' on display at Het Noordbrabants Museum

9.- Saint Louis Art Museum will acquire 'Portrait of Charlotte Cram' by John Singer Sargent

10.- British Museum opens the Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful