SAN FRANCISCO, CA.-
Highlighting the $2.1 million Fine Prints and Multiples auction at Bonhams
, October 22 in San Francisco, and simulcast in Los Angeles, was Andy Warhols Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1482, from Details of Renaissance Paintings, 1984; a screenprint in colors that sold for $68,750. It was one of many successful selling lots from the Contemporary Prints and Multiples portion of the fall sale.
Contemporary highlights also included examples of Edward Ruschas Made In California, 1971, a screenprint in colors that brought $31,250 (est. $8,000-12,000) - setting a record for the highest amount ever for the work at auction - and David Hockneys Walking Past Two Chairs, from Moving Focus, 1984-86, a lithograph in colors on paper and screenprint on Plexiglas that sold for $50,000. Also notable was Francis Bacons Three Studies for a Self-Portrait, 1981, featuring three lithographs in colors on one sheet of Arches paper, that took in $31,250 (est. $15,000-20,000) and Robert Rauschenbergs mixed-media work Sling-Shots Lit #6, from the Sling-Shots Lit Series, 1985, that achieved $31,250.
Nineteenth century and modern prints also sold well in the sale, as exampled by Pablo Picassos Après la Pique, 1959, a linocut in colors on Arches paper, that brought $50,000, and James Abbott McNeill Whistlers lithograph on paper of Study: Standing Figure, 1878, that took in $47,500 (est. $5,000-7,000), achieving the highest sale price ever for the work at auction.
Works by Marc Chagall also topped the category, with Le Grand Bouquet, 1963, a lithograph in colors selling for $47,500, and The Story of Exodus, 1966, a complete portfolio, comprising 24 lithographs in colors, achieving $31,250 (est. $20,000-30,000). Strong examples continued with Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita's 14 Plates, from A Book of Cats, 1929, comprising 14 of 20 collotypes, that sold for $31,250 (est. $8,000-12,000) and Henri Matisse's Figure devant tapa Africain, 1929, a lithograph that achieved $18,750 the highest ever achieved for the work at auction.
Rounding out the sale were Old Master examples, including a David Lucas, after John Constable, of Various Subjects of Landscape, Characteristic of English Scenery, 1829-38, comprising 80 mezzotints with etching, roulette and drypoint, on various papers that sold for $16,250 (est. $8,000-10,000) and Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn's Sheet of Studies: Head of the Artist, a Beggar Couple, Heads of an Old Man and Old Woman, c. 1632, that realized $11,250 (est. $6,000-8,000).
The Fine Prints Department Director at Bonhams, Judith Eurich, said of the sale, "This auction was a resounding success with many major works exceeding expectations by achieving prices above their estimates."