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Stephen Rolfe Powell, ‘Mendacious Guppy Johnson,’ from the Teasers series, $20,160. Image courtesy of Hindman

Hindman’s ‘Never Too Much’ auction earns $1.1M with works by Powell and Abercrombie

Stephen Rolfe Powell, ‘Mendacious Guppy Johnson,’ from the Teasers series, $20,160. Image courtesy of Hindman
Stephen Rolfe Powell, ‘Mendacious Guppy Johnson,’ from the Teasers series, $20,160. Image courtesy of Hindman

CHICAGO – Hindman’s Summer Jukebox-themed fine art and modern design auction achieved $1.1 million, a new house record for the annual sale. This year’s sale, held on July 27, was titled Never Too Much after Luther Vandross’s debut single, which proved to be prophetic as several lots vaulted well past their estimates on the way to auction records. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated through LiveAuctioneers.

The highlight of the July 27 event was Yvonne Jacquette’s 1977 work Lincolnville Beach, which sold for $100,800, besting the artist’s previous auction record by $75,000. The oil on canvas is a quintessential work by Jacquette, depicting a Maine beach in her distinctive pointillistic style from an aerial perspective.

Yvonne Jacquette, ‘Lincolnville Beach,’ $100,800. Image courtesy of Hindman
Yvonne Jacquette, ‘Lincolnville Beach,’ $100,800. Image courtesy of Hindman

Gertrude Abercrombie’s 1957 work Shell (For Karl Priebe) realized $81,900, an auction record for a work on paper by the artist. Abercrombie largely used oil on canvas for her art, making this a highly desirable piece. Although the subject is one of countless shells painted by Abercrombie, it is distinguished by the initials K. P., referring to her close friend Karl Priebe, on a pennant flying from a pole adjacent to the large shell.

Gertrude Abercrombie, ‘Shell (For Karl Priebe),’ $81,900. Image courtesy of Hindman
Gertrude Abercrombie, ‘Shell (For Karl Priebe),’ $81,900. Image courtesy of Hindman

The highlight of the design section was a hand-blown glass murine by Stephen Rolfe Powell entitled Mendacious Guppy Johnson from the Teasers series that earned $20,160. The 1994 piece from the famed Kentucky glass blower is typical of the artist, being brightly colored and standing slightly more than three feet tall.

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