MONROVIA, Calif. – Moran’s 20th Century Art + Design auction on June 9 achieved strong prices for modern art and decor across a variety of genres and styles. Bidders competing to bring home an array of works from the century’s leading artists and designers were fully engaged online and on the phone throughout the remote sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
Fine art from around the world connected with bidders. The top lot of the genre was the mixed media on canvas Libertad Encarcelada II from Spanish artist Rafael Canogar, a personal friend of the consignor. The haunting work soared past its high estimate to realize $13,750 (above). All prices realized include Moran’s 25% buyer’s premium.
A wonderful Purvis Young consigned from the Hodosh collection featured one of the artist’s prized infants and sold for $5,000. Works from Jose Luis Cuevas, an influential Mexican artist, connected with buyers during the sale. Chief among the offerings was Marquis de Sade, Niño, which sold for $11,250 (below).
A painting by Haitian artist Philome Obin of men playing checkers caused a bidding war, sailing past its high estimate to bring $10,000.
Lovers of midcentury modern décor and furnishings found plenty of tempting options during the auction. A fantastic pair of George Nakashima for Nakashima Studios “New” chairs came with a copy of the original work order from 1961 and sold for $5,938. A Merton Gershun for Dillingham walnut desk with its clean lines and floating file compartment prompted spirited bidding and achieved $4,688.
One of Moran’s favorite lots in the auction was a rare set of Georg Jensen flatware in the “Parallel” pattern. Designed in 1931 by Oscar Gundlach-Pederson, the service quickly surpassed its high estimate to bring $12,500.
Multiples from many genres proved to be irresistible to buyers at Tuesday’s auction. A Pablo Picasso for Madoura plate with a prized bullfighting scene, Corrida, brought $8,750.
An introspective Dino Rosin glass sculpture is a triumph from the artist and realized $1,500. A Joan Miró color lithograph, Defile de Mannequins à Istanbul, a graphic feast for the eye, sold for $10,000 after protracted bidding.
A portfolio of 12 original lithographs by Jose Luis Cuevas easily surpassed its high estimate, bringing $2,250.
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