About 265 original works of art, fine art prints and sculptures are being sold in an Internet auction already online, at www.universallive.com
, and slated to end Thursday, Aug. 23, from 6-10 p.m. (CDT). Original works by artists such as Da Vinci, Warhol, Picasso and others will be sold, along with fine prints by Matisse, Peter Max, Renoir and others.
The entire catalog is up for viewing now, at the UniversalLive website, where people can also register and bid. Internet bidding is facilitated by iCollector.com and LiveAuctioneers.com. All lots are being sold without reserve, meaning everything will sell, regardless of price, once a modest opening bid figure is met. Bidders are encouraged to log on and start bidding right away.
A highlight of the auction promises to be the two dozen or so paintings, sculptures, bas-reliefs, woodcuts, drawings and bronzes by Elizabeth Heredia (Am., 1919-2011), better known as Betty Snyder Rees. Works by Ms. Rees rarely come up for sale. Most are housed in museums or private collections. This group of Rees' personal artwork was specially consigned by her son.
Works by Ms. Rees include a two-sided original painting of a nude woman (opening bid: $275); an original carrara marble sculpture nude (opening bid: $4,200); an original bas-relief of a couple dancing (opening bid: $3,200); an original artist's proof of a woodcut print of a rooster (opening bid: $750); and an original drawing and painting of a nude male (opening bid: $275).
Betty Rees was a multi-dimensional artist, versed in multiple mediums. She was once described by the art critic of The San Francisco Chronicle as “an unqualified genius.” Martin Shape of UniversalLive.com said he was “thrilled to be able to offer this wonderful collection of works at attractive opening bids,” adding “all the artworks in the sale are competitively priced.”
Also offered will be an original oil painting by the Israeli-born artist Patricia Govezensky (b. 1961). The acrylic on canvas work, with an opening bid figure of $2,900, depicts three stylish women in bold colors and sophisticated patterns and is signed lower right by the artist. It is smartly housed in a gold painted frame. The image area measures 23 ½ inches by 29 ½ inches.
Patricia Govezensky was born, raised and educated in Israel, where she also studied art. She graduated with distinction from the Avni Institute and the Art Academy at Ramat Hasharon, the most venerable art academies in Israel. After studying for six years at these schools she went to Paris to hone her craft and cement her reputation. Only one of her works is offered in this sale.
A half-dozen original paintings by the Brazilian artist known simply as Jozza (b. 1958) are in this auction. An example is an acrylic on canvas traditional still life done in a fun Pop Art style (est. $800-$1,250). The artist-signed work, 12 inches by 16 inches, is in excellent condition. Also, an original Pop Art painting titled Big Apple carries a reasonable opening bid of just $290.
Jozza was born into an artistic family in a small town in Brazil. His mother taught art and she fed her young son’s creative passions. In 1996, Jozza relocated to Miami, Fla., with his wife and young daughter, where he established himself artistically. In 2009 Jozza was permitted to create original and limited-edition fine art Disney characters as Peter Max had done before him.
Speaking of whom, Peter Max (German/Am., b. 1937) is represented in the auction in the form of a group of original paintings over serigraphs on paper, signed by the artist. An example is Lady With Flowers (est. $1,400-$2,160), matted and framed, with an image size of 6 inches by 9 inches. The lady in the painting looks colorful and stylish (unique, too, since she’s an original).
Peter Max is one of the most iconic painters of the 20th century, a multi-dimensional artist focused on contemporary events, which he renders in a Pop Art style. He once described what he created as “cosmic imagery,” adding, “My artwork caught on right away. And before you knew it, I got an 8-page cover story in LIFE Magazine.” He explores all media, to include mass media.
Is your art collection crying out for an original Da Vinci? Not many online art auctions can say they’re selling one, but Univerallive.com has a sketch by the Italian-born master (1452-1519). It depicts a standing male figural nude, 4 ¼ inches by 6 ½ inches, matted and framed, drawn circa 1651. The lot comes with a certificate of authenticity (est. $5,000-$6,250).
Fans of Salvador Dali will be eager to bid on the six sculptures from the Clot collection. Isidro Clot was a renowned Spanish art dealer, who made a contract with Dali to produce a series of bronze subjects. Each piece was cast by Clot, who also ran a bronzing foundry. An example is a sculpture of Carmen, shown dancing, 6.88 inches tall and done circa 1970 (est. $3,500-$5,380).
Prints by Andy Warhol – signed and unsigned – will be sold. One sure to garner attention is a rare, hand-colored original signed print titled Roast Igyuana (sic) Andulusian (est. $30,000-$40,000). The ink and watercolor print, 10 ½ inches by 16 inches, depicts a part of a recipe for iguana, with image and text. A signed print from the same series sold for over $20,000 in 2006.
A pair of signed etchings by Pablo Picasso (Sp//Fr., 1881-1973) should spark an intense bidding war. One, titled Table des Eaux-Fortes (1931), was originally made as an illustration for a book by Balzac. It is numbered, 55/99 (est. $19,000-$23,750). The other is one lot consisting of two original signed drawings, rare because they are from the same book (est. $11,000-$13,750).
The name Lalique is instantly recognizable to connoisseurs of fine glass, and this auction has a great piece. It’s a large crystal bowl in the Luxembourg pattern (est. $6,600-$8,250). The thick, frosted glass walls indulge the viewer with an array of classical cherubic figures swathed in laurels, dancing in a conjoined circle. The bowl is 8 ½ inches tall and 10 ½ inches in diameter.
This represents just a small sampling of what is being offered in this auction. Not even mentioned were names such as Matisse, Renoir, Van Gogh, Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Calder, Frederick Remington, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Alphonse Mucha, Marc Chagall, Al Stine or LeRoy Neiman, but wonderful prints by these artists are being offered, at attractive price points.
UniversalLive.com specializes in collectibles, militaria, sports collectibles, fine art, coins, jewelry and other items. The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions.