Long-running Salmagundi art auction returns Oct 18 & 25

Guy A. Wiggins, ‘Japanese Cherry Blossoms in Greenwich Village,’ oil, 20 x 16in., opening bid: $3,000. Salmagundi image

NEW YORK – The Salmagundi auction will be held in two live evening sessions this month, the first on Friday, Oct. 18 and the second the following Friday, Oct. 25, with public previews at 47 Fifth Ave. Over 180 paintings will be offered, with the majority featuring representations of New York City, several with starting bids under $500, all exquisitely framed by the artist and bearing Salmagundi labels. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

“I believe it is the oldest, continuous art auction in New York City and possibly in the United States,” says Elizabeth Spencer, current president of Salmagundi, a nonprofit founded as a sketch club in Greenwich Village in 1871 and now one of the largest and most prestigious artist’s clubs in the nation, with over 1,000 members.

Del-Bourree Bach, ‘It Pays to Advertise,’ acrylic on panel, 8 x 11in., opening bid: $1,000. Salmagundi image

Salmagundi, home to many of the greatest names in American art history, has held auctions since those earliest days, and bought its current home, a townhouse at 47 Fifth Ave., with proceeds from an auction in 1917. “Members donate their works and we sell them to benefit Salmagundi programs,” adds Spencer.

Tony D’Amico (sample work; not the painting up for bid). Bid on a commissioned work of your home, block or property. Salmagundi image

Among the artists represented is Guy A. Wiggins (born 1920), Salmagundi’s oldest resident artist member. “It is the best kept secret in the art world,” says Spencer.

Yelena Snovsky, ‘Sunset at Lake Michigan,’ oil, 16 x 20in., opening bid: $700. Salmagundi image

This year, for the first time in history, you will be able to commission a unique work from several of Salmagundi’s most popular artists: Tony D’Amico, Eddie Rochat and Carole Teller.

Carole Teller, ‘City Glow,’ oil on panel, 8 x 16in., opening bid: $300. Salmagundi image

“The opportunity to commission one of our best to paint your favorite person, or favorite New York City building or landscape, is unprecedented at Salmagundi,” Spencer notes.

Walter Hatke, ‘Music,’ oil on linen, 36 x 19in., opening bid: $3,400. Salmagundi image

Details and preview on-line at www.liveauctioneers.com or www.salmagundi.org. Admission to all auctions and previews is free to the public.

For further information, contact Elizabeth Spencer, Salmagundi President, es212@icloud.com or Chris Nunnally, Director of Operations, 212-255-7740, cnunnally@salmagundi.org.