Yoko’s $12M Basquiat, Tommy Chong’s Tricked-Out Golf Cart, and More Fresh News

Jean-Michael Basquiat, Cabra, signed, titled, and dated 81-82 on the reverse, acrylic and oilstick on canvas, 60¼ x 60¼ inches. Estimate $9/12 million. From the collection of Yoko Ono. Source: Sotheby’s

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Yoko Ono’s cherished painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat is headed to auction. Titled Cabra, it’s expected to sell for as much as $12 million at Sotheby’s Nov. 16 Contemporary Art sale. [Read more from Bloomberg]
  • Stoner comic Tommy Chong is coming to the aid of Hurricane Harvey victims. He’s donated his tricked-out golf cart as a charity raffle prize. [Read more from Page Six]
  • A San Francisco Bay Area antique dealer has been charged with three counts of offering illegal elephant-ivory items for sale at a gem show. Originally, Fish and Wildlife wardens were investigating a tip about a possible sale of rhino horn — but then something unusual occurred. [Read more from San Rafael Patch]
  • How much do you know about Andy Warhol? It’s actually no surprise that he was obsessed with celebrities or that he painted their portraits in such a bright, bold style. As a youngster, Warhol spent much of his time immersed in movie magazines and comic books, whose graphics fascinated him. [Read more from Jasper52]

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Auction Gallery of Boca Raton sponsoring hurricane relief sale Oct. 8

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976), ‘Sun,’ color lithograph, pencil signed in lower right, 27in x 21 ¼in plus frame. Estimate: $600-$800. Auction Gallery of Boca Raton image

 

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – The Auction Gallery of Boca Raton is making a bid to aid victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as auctioneer and owner Jay Kielstock has announced a portion of the proceeds from their Sunday, Oct. 8, sale will be donated to the South Florida Red Cross. The company is still accepting consignments and donated pieces to feature in the sale. The current catalog lists more than 125 lots of fine art, antiques, jewelry and sports collectibles. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Old Toy Soldier Auctions offers prestigious collections from US, Denmark, Oct. 14

Salvation Army figures to be sold in three consecutive lots and comprised of Army men, Army Women ‘War Cry,’ and (partial) Salvation Army Band. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

 

PITTSBURGH – On Oct. 14, collectors of antique and vintage toy soldiers will be setting their sights on Pittsburgh as Old Toy Soldier Auctions (OTSA) presents two consecutive auction events whose contents boast outstanding quality, provenance and rarity. The auction will start at 10 a.m. Eastern time with the distinguished Ib Melchior estate collection of antique military miniatures. A brief intermission will follow the Melchior session, then OTSA will introduce its 2017 Investment Rarities sale featuring Part II of the Bill Jackey collection. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Turner Auctions + Appraisals to sell couple’s Asian arts collection Oct. 8

Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), Japanese woodblock print, very good impression. Estimate: $400-$600. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

 

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present over 240 lots of fine Japanese woodblock prints and Asian decorative arts on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 10:30 a.m. Pacific time / 1:30 p.m. Eastern. The online auction features works from the 1800s and 1900s. Most of the woodblock artworks come from the Japanese print collection of Jeff and Marilyn Smith of Napa Valley. Absentee and Internet bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Met Museum celebrates 100th anniversary of its hippo mascot, William

Hippopotamus (“William”). Dynasty 12, reign of Senwosret I-Senwosret II (ca. 1961-1878 B.C.). Faience. From Meir, tomb B3; Said Bey Khashaba excavations, 1910. Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1917 (17.9.1) Image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

 

NEW YORK – Two small sculptures — an ancient Egyptian faience hippopotamus and a 20th-century American glazed earthenware work that it inspired — have been juxtaposed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the small installation Conversation between Two Hippos, on view through April 1, 2018, in the Lila Acheson Wallace Galleries of Egyptian Art (Gallery 107). The display celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Museum’s acquisition of the faience hippo. Nicknamed “William,” the sculpture is the unofficial mascot of The Met. In conjunction with the anniversary, new content about the sculpture will be added to the Museum’s website this fall, and diverse events for Museum visitors have been organized for the weekend of November 17–19.

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Actor José Ferrer’s art collection headlining at Roland Auctions NY event Oct. 7

Lester Johnson, ‘Beethoven Series,’ Long Island, 1964, framed acrylic canvas abstract. Estimate $3,000-$5,000. Roland Auctions NY image

 

NEW YORK – The art collection of Oscar-winning actor José Ferrer will be the featured attraction at Roland Auctions NY’s next monthly Estate Auction on Saturday, Oct. 7. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Prince’s $75,000 Boots, Rubens Portrait Discovered in Scotland, and More Fresh News

Prince’s backstage pass to a Rick James concert in 1980, and his yellow high-heeled boots. Images courtesy of RR Auction

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Although he left us in April 2016, superstar performer Prince reigned at auction yesterday when his iconic high-heeled yellow boots sold for $75,147. In the same auction, his 1980 backstage pass to a Rick James concert, identifying Prince’s occupation as “Musician/Star,” was bid to $60,366. [Read more from US Magazine]
  • A Peter Paul Rubens portrait of perhaps one of the most famous gay men in history has been found in Scotland. Experts have determined it is Rubens’ copy of an original that has been missing for nearly 400 years. [Read more from The Guardian]
  • A seal that belonged to 18th-century Chinese Emperor Qianlong has sold for more than $1.1 million at an auction in France. The seal had been owned by the same family since the 19th century. [Read more from AFP/RFI]
  • Just because you live in an old apartment building doesn’t mean you can’t give the interior of your nest a contemporary look. There are easy ways to add European-style sophistication to even the most unexciting space. [Read more from Architectural Digest]

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Art, design go hand in hand at Wright auction Oct. 12

Paul Jenkins, ‘Pheonmena Edge Spectra,’1978, acrylic on canvas, 38in h x 54in w. Signed, titled and dated to verso. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Wright image

 

CHICAGO – Wright will present Art + Design at auction on Tuesday, Oct. 12. Exploring two fields that are in constant dialog in everyday life, this curated sale includes interesting designs alongside original works of art, prints and photography. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Rare 18th-century American Indian pipe tops Cowan’s auction at $132,000

Eastern Woodlands pipe, fourth quarter 18th century. Price realized; $132,000. Cowan’s Auctions image

 

CINCINNATI – An extraordinary 18th century Eastern woodlands pipe previously owned by well-known collector Clem Caldwell was the top lot of a busy sale day at Cowan’s Auctions Sept. 23. The pipe, which sold for $132,000 (including a 20 percent buyer’s premium), was the object of one of the many bidding wars that spurred Cowan’s Fall American Indian & Western Art Live Salesroom Auction to a $1.25 million total. Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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National Liberty Museum makes 60 art glass lots available through LiveAuctioneers Oct. 7

Rick Eggert, ‘Sunset of Burning Desire,’ 23in h x 20in w x 10in d, blown glass with gold and copper leaf, 2012. Estimate: $2,100-$4,200. National Liberty Museum image

 

PHILADELPHIA – On Saturday, Oct. 7, the National Liberty Museum will conduct its 18th annual Glass Auction & Gala, a major auction event featuring 60 major works of glass art. The live event at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown benefits the National Liberty Museum education and outreach programs. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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