Santa Monica, CA, United States
DoneSun, Nov 3, 2013 9:00 PM UTC
Santa Monica Auction's Annual Fall Sale
Santa Monica Auction's is holding their Annual Fall Sale on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 1pm pst. Highlights include an important unique polaroid of Jean-Michel Basquiat by Andy Warhol. Also included are works by Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman, Takashi Murakami, Sally Mann, Joel Peter-Witkin, Frank Stella and many more. In a region the size of metro Los Angeles, with its population of approximately 14 million people, one would expect to find no shortage of established fine-art auction houses catering to its millionaire moguls and movie stars, but that's not actually the case. The two big guns - Christie's and Sotheby's - no longer conduct fine art sales in SoCal, meaning the field has become all the more accessible for houses like Santa Monica Auctions, which, for the past quarter of a century, has occupied its own well-rooted proprietary niche within the local auction landscape. The apparent reigning king of contemporary art auctions in LA is Santa Monica Auctions. Founder/owner Robert Berman says his company stands alone in its area of specialty in Greater LA. "Santa Monica Auctions was established in 1984. It's the only true, independently owned and operated auction house dealing exclusively in contemporary art in Los Angeles," he told Auction Central News. "Because we've built a reputation as specialists over the past 25 years, we're able to get very good consignments for our sales." Because our catalog is electronic, we're able to accept consignments right up to auction day or the day before. It can make a big difference," said Berman. (Note: A printed order of sale is given to those who personally attend Berman's auctions.) With a background in Modern master print works, Berman balances his head for business with an artist's viewpoint. He caters to buyers of both the established Modern works and those who collect what he calls "today's hot names in Contemporary art".