From the contemporary world of 20th century art superstar Andy Warhol to the urban paintings of artist Albert Pels and everything in between, Kensington Estate Auction‘s 174-lot May 10 online sale will inspire. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The modern, urban, and graffiti category will offer a collection of Andy Warhol-signed exhibition catalogs, including one for a 1975 Baltimore exhibit on which he drew his iconic Campbell’s soup can. That particular catalog carries an estimate of $500-$1,000. Several tagged sculptures and paintings by the graffiti artist LA II, also known as Angel Ortiz, feature in the sale, among them a circa-1990s painted pottery vase that is tagged throughout and is estimated at $600-$800.
The lineup also incorporates a significant collection of circa 1930s paintings from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) artist Albert Pels, led by a 12 by 16in canvas laid on board titled Rooftop Nudes and estimated at $300-$500. Also included are works by Vladimir Pavlosky, Jose Perera, Teodora Stendl, and Imre Revesz, among others. Paintings from the Italian and British School and Thai Buddhist illuminated manuscript paintings are available, too.
Decorative arts items on offer include a William Moorcroft Macintyre Alhambra four-handled vase, made in 1903 and estimated at $400-600, as well as English cut-glass perfume bottles adorned with sterling silver; a Czech art glass fruit bowl basket lamp; a German sterling silver eagle decanter; a signed Japanese ikebana bronze woven basket; 19th century English mason ironstone; and several church tabernacles.
Standouts among the luxury goods and accessories in the May 10 sale include a Fendi matte black crocodile tote bag with gold hardware that features the company’s logo. Regarded as being in very good condition, with a clean interior and minor wear, it is estimated at $1,000-$2,000.
Leading the selection of ethnographic items is an antique Afro-Brazilian Penca de Balangandan amulet featuring seven stones and 12 brass fruits and other foods, such as pomegranates, grapes, pears, and corn. Strung on a braided rope and measuring 33 inches, the undated antique amulet is estimated at $200-$300.
Other categories represented in the auction include antiquarian books, Judaica, rugs, textiles, bronze sculptures, a Fleischmann toy steam engine plant, and a collection of original photograph albums.
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