Albert York, ‘Imaginary Playground (Trees and Fence),’ $110,250
SARASOTA, Fla. – Andrew Ford, owner and auctioneer of Sarasota Estate Auction, conducted a notable two-day sale on July 23 and July 24. Its total exceeded $850,000 and multiple lots sold extremely well, with several significantly outperforming their estimates.
The top performer was Imaginary Playground (Trees and Fence), a beautiful oil on plywood painted by Albert York. With an estimate of $80,000-$120,000, this piece brought $110,250 and sold to a phone bidder in California.
Coming in second was Romare Bearden’s The Quilters. Bidding started at $50,000 and rose to $73,000.
Another fantastic lot was a signed, untitled Itzchak Tarkay acrylic on canvas, originally purchased directly from the artist. Estimated at $10,000-$20,000, it achieved $20,790 and a new auction record for Tarkay.
One work of art that greatly surpassed its expectations was a gouache on paper by A.R. Penck. It had a modest starting price of $350 and an estimate of $700-$1,400. Prior to auction day, it drew an internet bid of $7,250, and when all was said and done, the piece brought $13,230.
Later, a sculpture by Jorge Blanco, was also among the winners. With an estimate of $10,000-$15,000, the piece achieved $14,490. The artist happened to be in the audience, and thoroughly enjoyed the auction experience.
Many of the articles of jewelry attracted healthy bids as well, chief among them an antique 22K gold and sterling diamond necklace. It ultimately realized $11,970, a sum nearly double its estimate.
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