Haring, Ruscha, Banksy and more in Santa Monica’s June 5 Modern sale
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – On Saturday, June 5, Santa Monica Auctions will conduct a Modern & Contemporary Art sale starting at 1 p.m. Pacific Time (4 p.m. Eastern). Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com
Santa Monica Auctions showcases mid-career and established artists of all media, including painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, multiples and prints. The lot list for the upcoming sale is comprised of works by Ed Ruscha, Christo, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Graham, John Altoon, Charles Arnoldi, Man Ray, Raymond Pettibon, Takashi Murakami and Keith Haring.
Among the Haring works to be offered on June 5 is a very rare 1986 silkscreen in which the artist paid homage to and collaborated with Andy Warhol. Haring portrays Warhol as Mickey Mouse in pink sunglasses standing in a pile of money. This work was made in an edition of only 30, and is signed by both Haring and Warhol and printed by Warhol’s renowned silkscreener, Rupert Smith. Its auction estimate is $60,000-$80,000.
A 2006 spray paint and household paint on metal artwork by the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy, titled Oh My God, is signed on recto and comes with receipts from Lazarides Gallery in London and a certificate of authenticity. The painting was part of the September 2006 Barely Legal exhibition in Los Angeles and is illustrated in Banksy Wall and Piece: Now with 10% More Crap, published by Randon House UK. The 51-inch by 36-inch artwork is entered in Santa Monica’s sale with a $300,000-$350,000 estimate.
Another highlight of the auction is a collection of photography by the noted 1950s/1960s Los Angeles photographer/documentarian Charles Brittin. Santa Monica Auctions will sell the remainder of the artist’s vintage photographs, which showcase his masterful use of light and sensitivity to subject in black and white photography. The Getty now owns Brittin’s complete archive, including all other copies and negatives of his work.
Other standouts are Warhol’s 1966 black and metallic purple screenprint, Jacqueline Kennedy II and two of the most sought-after vintage Ruscha pieces: a 1968 screenprint of the “Hollywood” sign and his 1969 Cheese Mold Standard with Olive.
Independently owned and operated for 26 years, Santa Monica Auctions presents unique and rare pieces by local Southern California artists as well as international art celebrities, including Damien Hirst, represented in the June 6 sale by a 2009 original colored-dot drawing, estimate $150,000-$200,000.
For additional information on any lot in the sale, call 310-315-1937 or email email@example.com.
View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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