GLEN COVE, N.Y. – Roland Auctions NY presented a highly successful Spring Multiple Estates auction on April 23. A Victor Vasarely aluminum sculpture, restored pre-war motorcars, a selection of Demetre Chiparus bronze sculptures from the same era and French Art Deco furniture pieces all shared the spotlight.
Leading the April auction was a three-car collection of restored vintage automobiles dating from 1929 and 1931. They belonged to a U.S. collector of classic cars, and all were purchased by another serious collector in Philadelphia. The trio included a 1929 gray Nash 460 coupe, purchased at auction in California and restored by White Glove Restorations in La Crosse, Wisconsin, which sold for $21,250; a 1931 ivory Buick Sport Roadster, purchased at auction in California and later restored, which realized $21,250; and a 1931 red Oldsmobile F31, restored by an Olds collector in Maryland, which achieved $18,750.
Also taking the spotlight was a group of seven Demetre Chiparus (Romanian, 1886-1947) bronze sculptures, each sold individually. Among them were Starfish, a circa-1925 patinated, gilt and cold painted bronze figure of a dancer on a marble base, which achieved $11,875; Solo (Les Girls), also circa 1925 and also a patinated, gilt and cold painted bronze featuring dancers on a marble base, which earned $11,250; and Vested Dancer, another circa-1925 patinated, gilt and cold painted bronze dancer figure on a marble base, which went for $9,375. A collector in Long Island purchased four of the seven Chiparus bronzes offered, with the remaining three going to other buyers.
A top seller in the contemporary art arena was a Victor Vasarelly (French/Hungarian, 1906-1997) aluminum sculpture titled Kroa. Created in 1970, it was an artist’s proof (A.P.) from a limited edition screen-printed in colors on anodized aluminum. It came with a certificate of authenticity from the Vasarely Center, and it sold for $13,750, well above its $4,000-$6,000 estimate.
Another strong performer was a French Art Deco-style modern circular table with a mahogany top on an open-work drum-form base. It attained $11,875. In addition, a pair of French Art Deco boudoir chairs, the backs of each carved into the shape of a leaf, went for $4,375.
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