CLINTONDALE, N.Y. – Kensington Estate Auctions’ Monday, October 10 online sale features many unique works of art, led by a piece from early street artist Richard Hambleton. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
In the early 1980s, it was Richard Hambleton (Canadian and American, 1952-2017) who mysteriously painted silhouettes on buildings in Manhattan. A great conceptual artist, his talent inspired contemporaries such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. This painting, acquired directly from Hambleton, is on canvas, dates to the mid-1990s, and is estimated at $5,000-$10,000.
Among items of religious importance is the Spanish Colonial retablo of the Virgin of Guadalupe. This 18th-century icon includes vignettes of Juan Diego and the Miracle at Tepeyac. With the blessing: “Favor us Queen of the Heavens, my Saintly Mother of Guadalupe, the Apparition Queen,” this icon has an estimate of $1,000-$2,000.
It was in the 1930s that the world-traveler and photographic artist Volkmar Kurt Wentzel shot iconic images of Washington DC. Leaving Germany in 1926, Wentzel came to the city and lived in other US locations as well. Through his work at a news photographic agency and National Geographic, he became an acclaimed photographer before he enlisted in the US Army as a photo interpretation officer. Included in the October 10 auction is a copy of his limited edition signed and numbered portfolio Washington By Night. This edition, number 3 of 25, has an estimate of $3,000-$5,000.
Coin collectors will be interested in the Dutch gold ducat coin from the shipwreck of the De Liefde, which sank in 1711; the handsome coin has an estimate of $1,000-$3,000. Also on offer are Pope Pius IX gold coins; an Umayyad gold dinar coin, dating to 712-713 A.D.; a Greek Larissa Thessaly silver coin from 420-395 B.C.; a Domitian silver denarius from 92-93 A.D.; a 1914 King George V Canadian $10 gold coin; and a hoard of ancient Roman coins.
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