Bid on monumental art at Palm Beach Modern Auctions, April 23

 

Cleve Gray, ‘Ceres 6,’ est. $8,000-$12,000

Cleve Gray, ‘Ceres 6,’ est. $8,000-$12,000

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Modern Auctions (PBMA) will hold a Modern & Contemporary Art, Design & Luxury auction on Saturday, April 23, starting at noon Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

PBMA’s auctioneer Rico Baca can tell you a thing or three about the shopping habits of the house’s local clientele, but one stands above the rest: whatever they buy, it needs to be big. Big tables, big vases to go on them, big jewelry, big names … and, most importantly, big art.

Manolo Valdes, ‘Jacqueline,’ est. $125,000-$175,000

Manolo Valdes, ‘Jacqueline,’ est. $125,000-$175,000

“You need to have a special wall for an 86-inch piece of art,” said Baca, referring to the Manolo Valdes portrait leading the large-scale art selections in the April 23 sale. “This is a highly textural work with sophisticated subject matter. Its neutral color palette lends decorative flexibility, but Jacqueline is still going to become the dominant factor in a room.”

Yaacov Agam, ‘Paris,’ est. $80,000-$120,000

Yaacov Agam, ‘Paris,’ est. $80,000-$120,000

The Valdes, which carries an estimate of $125,000-$175,000, is not the only work by an acclaimed artist in the sale, just one of the largest. Its rivals in size include a 62in Yaacov Agam three-dimensional Op Art painting estimated at $80,000-$120,000; a 72in David Bates floral still life, estimated at $30,000-$50,000; two Cleve Gray abstracts, including Ceres 6, a 1967 work measuring 82in and estimated at $8,000-$12,000; and, largest of all, a 110in contemporary work by Mark Flood.

Victor Salmones bronze, est. $4,000-$6,000

Victor Salmones bronze, est. $4,000-$6,000

“Somehow, our regulars just know when there’s something to see,” said Baca. “We set up previews nearly two weeks early and they were here to browse before marketing even hit. The energy is friendly; we arrange everything in vignettes with chairs around tables, sculptures and vases on display, paintings on the walls, jewelry in lit cases. We want people to come in, to touch and feel things and get excited about them … and to make sure they are getting exactly what they are looking for before they raise a paddle.”

Hermes Birkin 30 Clemence handbag with twilly and gold-tone hardware, est. $6,000-$8,000

Hermes Birkin 30 Clemence handbag with twilly and gold-tone hardware, est. $6,000-$8,000

As the auction approaches, some of the hottest lots include handbags by Hermes, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana, several pieces of Pablo Picasso ceramics, two extensive and noteworthy collections of Murano and art glass, a large etching by Afro Basaldella and a Tiffany & Co. sterling silver flatware service for six in the Audubon pattern.

18K gold and diamond domed ring by Keil, est. $27,000-$35,000

18K gold and diamond domed ring by Keil, est. $27,000-$35,000

Like the burlap and metal elements in the Manolo Valdes portrait, variety brings texture and interest to the sale. The same person who bids and wins a Victor Salmones bronze may be a vintage sound system enthusiast who takes home the pair of Jim Winey Magneplanar speakers. At the same time, collectors of prints can bid on Josef Albers Homage to the Square screenprints, Anish Kapoor’s Shadow II portfolio or an Andy Warhol diamond dust print, and jewelry lovers have plenty of gold and diamonds at their fingertips.

Palm Beach Modern Auctions is open to the public during live previews and during the auction. For more information, visit www.modernauctions.com or call 561-586-5500.

 

View top auction results on LiveAuctioneers here: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/pages/recent-auction-sales/