NEW YORK, NY.-
Todays auction of American Art at Sothebys
New York achieved $45,869,625 (est. $33.2/49.7 million)* among the highest totals for an American Art sale in the last five years**.
- Todays sell-through rate of 80.7% by lot marks the 5th consecutive American Art auction at Sothebys with a strong sell-through rate over 80%
- Ten lots brought prices over $1 million, with more than half of all sold lots achieving prices above their high estimates including eight of the auctions top ten works
- Ten works by Norman Rockwell totaled $20 million, meeting their combined pre-sale high estimate
o Led by After the Prom, which sold for $9,1,250,000 the 4th highest price at auction for the artist (est. $8/12 million). The work was last acquired at Sothebys New York in 1995 for $880,000.
o Willie Gillis in Convoy brought $2,285,000, benefiting Gardner High School in Gardner, Massachusetts the work had been gifted by Rockwell to the schools principal in 1951
o Sothebys has achieved 9 of the top 10 prices at auction for Rockwell, including the record price of $46 million set in December 2013 by Saying Grace
- Milton Averys March and Sally Outdoors, which has never been exhibited in public or published in scholarship on the artist, set a new auction record for Avery when it sold for $5,653,000 well in excess of its $3 million high estimate o Acquired by the present owners mother directly from the artist in 1950 the year it was painted o Sothebys now holds 4 of the top 5 auction prices for the artist
o One of four artist records set in todays auction
- Georgia OKeeffes Lake George Barn fetched $2,965,000 (est. $2.5/3.5 million). The work had remained in the same private collection since 1988, and had not been exhibited publicly since 1989.
- The selection of 19th century works on offer were highlighted by Albert Bierstadts Yosemite Valley from 1865, which surpassed its high estimate of $1.5 million to sell for $2,517,000
** Sothebys December 2013 American Art auction total of $83.9 million marks the highest result for a sale of American Art at any auction house since May 2008