NEW YORK, NY.- Sothebys
Prints sale on 1 & 2 May achieved $9,577,631, well within pre-sale estimate of ($7.6/11 million), led by Richard Diebenkorns large scale color etching from 1986, Green. This work, arguably the artists most important print, brought $533,000, above pre-sale estimates (left). A painting from the same Ocean Park series from the collection of Jane and Marc Nathanson will be a star highlight of next weeks Contemporary Art Evening Auction, estimated at $9/12 million.
Mary Bartow, Senior Vice President, Head of Department, Prints, Sothebys, notes, We were very pleased with the results from Sothebys spring Prints auction, particularly for an early and rare impression of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrecs first print of Moulin Rouge, La Goulue (D. 339; ADR. 1; W. P1). All of the top lots including works by Jasper Johns, Otto Dix, Roy Lichtenstein and Pablo Picasso performed well, with nearly 87% of lots sold. We saw global bidding throughout the auction, particularly from Europe, with equal private and dealer participation.
Two works by Andy Warhol brought strong prices for the artist. A complete portfolio of Warhols iconic series, Flowers (F. & S. II.64 - 73) (right), sold well within pre-sale expectations, achieving $521,000. Endangered Species (F. & S. II.293 - 302), comprising ten screenprints, fetched $485,000.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrecs lithograph Moulin Rouge, La Goulue (D. 339; ADR. 1; W. P1) sold for $197,000. One of three trial proofs that preceded his finished composition, this unusual print is the only known impression of the key stone printed individually.
ADDITIONAL SALE HIGHLIGHTS
Thinking Nude (C. 298)
Sold for $203,000
Target (ULAE 147)
Sold for $185,000