BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Carlyle Galleries International Inc.’s latest art auction achieved solid results across multiple categories at its Feb. 9 auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
A highlight of the auction was a mid-century, impressionist-style painting by Andre Vignoles that sold for $11,520 (including the buyer’s premium), setting a new auction record for a landscape by the artist. The painting sold to a private collector on the East Coast.
“This painting was an exceptional quality landscape, by Vignoles – the best we have seen – in a large format, with a beautiful frame and Wally Findlay Galleries provenance, and there were multiple international bidders competing for it,” said Carlyle CEO Jack Marks.
Other strong performers included a 1985 work on paper by Provincetown artist Selina Trieff (1934-2015), which sold for $4,225 to a collector from the Boston area.
Contemporary art and multiples were popular with all bidders, with a large Frank Stella Had Gadya (Then came a Dog and Bit the Cat) print with hand-coloring, selling for $18,200.
As in all auctions, there were bargains to be had. A watercolor portrait of a man by Russian artist Vasily Petrovic Vereschagin (1835-1909) sold for just $2,600. Marks said that the Russian art market is showing signs of recovery after prices have dropped over 50 percent in the past few years.
Carlyle Auctions, which specializes in selling fine art, exclusively through online auctions, had over 200 registered bidders from 41 countries, participating in the auction. As always, Carlyle offered bidders an eclectic selection of artwork – from Old Masters and 19th century to modern and contemporary paintings by international artists.