CHICAGO, IL.- Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
Fine Art auctions were a success with international competition from hundreds of bidders in the salesroom, on the telephones and via the internet. The auction featured important modern sculpture, contemporary works on paper and a strong session of paintings.
Modern and Contemporary Art Auction
A highlight of the sale was an Alexander Calder stabile titled Le Champignon, 1956 which sold for $452,500. This strikingly simple matte black example of Calders minimal sculpture boasts a strong silhouette, as well as contrasts the movement and primary colors more commonly seen in the artists work.Three gouaches also by Alexander Calder achieved strong prices. Patches, 1969 sold for $82,900; an untitled 1953 work representing an early use of sun imagery by the artist sold for $80,500 and another untitled work with vibrant full sheet paint coverage from 1968, sold for $74,500.
Additional highlights from the sale include an iconic Al (Alfred) Earl Hansen candy wrapper collage titled Hershey Bar Girl, 1967 realized $45,000; a Friedel Dzubas color field painting titled Cairo Bay, 1965 brought $35,000; and an untitled Ralston Crawford geometric abstraction sold for $32,500.
Highlights of the Fine Prints auction include Roy Lichtensteins Road Before the Forest, which realized $31,250 as well as Joan Mirós La femme des sables, which brought $23,750. Among several lively and colorful works of Marc Chagall a color lithograph entitled Circus Jester sold for $42,500. The sale culminated with a rare group of Venetian etchings by James Abbot McNeil Whistler; Upright Venice and Two Doorways brought $20,000 each.
American and European Art
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers American and European Art sale continued to realize strong prices for both domestic and international artists. Among these works was Dorothea Sharpes Cliff Path, which realized $62,500. A still life of flowers by Bernard Buffet also achieved a strong record at sale, selling for more than twice the high estimate at $45,000.