OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery sold an Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Mick Jagger complete portfolio of 10 screen prints for a record-breaking $817,000 on Sunday. The top lot powered Clars to the most successful one-day online-only auction in the company’s history with just over $3 million in total sales. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
The previous record for a complete Warhol Mick Jagger portfolio was $461,000, which sold in 2014.
“Clars is proud to have achieved a record-breaking price on a rare suite of 10 Warhol screen prints of Mick Jagger,” said Cristina Campion, associate director of 20th Century Design at Clars. “We were excited to have numerous international bidders vying for the lot. I think it’s really indicative that the art market is still going strong, and that Andy Warhol’s works, particularly of noted celebrities, are in high demand.”
In addition to the Warhol suite, Clars handled the estate of Frank J. Caufield of San Francisco, Caufield was one of the founding partners of the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers. The estate has realized $250,000 to date.
There were many highlights in the fine art portion of the sale, including a David Park (American, 1911-1960), Untitled (Reclining Nude), 1957, oil on canvas, that realized $67,650. Also a Pablo Picasso ceramic vase commanded $34,000. A Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960-1988) Subway Rider charcoal on buff paper sold for 31,250 and a collection of Basquiat postcards brought a cumulative $39,375.
The Asian art department had a very strong sale, offering items from Kobijutsu KenShuDo, Japanese Osaka Estate Antique Co. The auction was led by a Zhang Daqian (Chang Dai-Chien, 1899-1983), Sightseeing in Mountain, ink and color on paper, hanging scroll that sold for $522,750.
Highlights also included a rare Ru-type “BaGua” Cong-Form vase (below) that sold for $123,000 and a copper-red glazed YuHuChun vase with QianLong mark that realized $67,650.
The Caufield estate featured prominently into furniture and decorative arts portion of the sale. A Classical-style carved marble fountain mask-form spout (below), circa 1890, soared well above estimate to realize $17,220. An Italian late Rococo painted and gilt sunburst mirror, circa 1770, commanded $14,760. The Caufield estate totaled over $100,000 for the June sale.
The highlight of Clars’ jewelry and timepieces segment was a rare and important Russian 14K yellow and rose gold pectoral Metropolitan cross, St. Petersburg, 1908-1927, that sold for a record-breaking price of $23,370, far exceeding its estimate of $3,000-$5,000. According to Senior Vice President Deric Torres, the cross came from an important Marin County estate and is now part of the collection of an important Russian Orthodox church.
A stunning 6.41-carat pear brilliant-cut diamond and platinum ring also performed well, selling for $36,900 over a $25,000-$50,000 estimate. Prices for gold jewelry were exceedingly strong, reflecting the buoyant prices in the gold market. A natural gold nugget, diamond and yellow gold bracelet sold for $7,995, and a handsome Rolex DateJust 18K yellow gold wristwatch also brought $7,995.
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