Play on: Heritage’s 68-lot American Art sale streaks past $6M

Detail from Ernie Barnes’s ‘Quintet,’ $645,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com
Ernie Barnes, ‘Quintet,’ $645,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com
Ernie Barnes, ‘Quintet,’ $645,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com

DALLAS — On May 12, Heritage Auctions showed real muscle and its own evolution in the American Art category with a finely curated event that brought a frenzy of bidders and broke auction records for a handful of beloved artists. The Diverse Visions: Important Works by American Masters Signature® Auction brought in $6,105,750. It took more than two hours to sell just 68 lots, with more than 500 bidders engaged. In addition, with the results of this auction, Heritage’s average lot value in its American Art Signature events is now just under $100,000. Works by familiar American greats, revisited stars, and increasingly desirable sleepers gave shape to an event that included Ernie Barnes, Arthur Wesley Dow, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Joseph Leyendecker and Charles White.

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Trio of Ernie Barnes works could together top $800K at Heritage, May 12

Ernie Barnes, ‘Quintet,’ estimated at $500,000-$700,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com
Ernie Barnes, ‘Quintet,’ estimated at $500,000-$700,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com

Ernie Barnes, ‘Quintet,’ estimated at $500,000-$700,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com

DALLAS — Heritage Auctions‘ Diverse Visions: Important Works by American Masters Signature® Auction, taking place Friday, May 12, promises much and is sure to deliver. Works in the sale represent the apex of American artistic achievement, with a host of both expected and unexpected pieces by names that make collectors and institutions sit up and pay attention: George Bellows, Charles White, George Tooker, Maurice Sendak and Winslow Homer. There are only 68 lots in the May 12 lineup, and each one of them is remarkable. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Sendak romps, Peale’s Washington saluted at Heritage American art sale

Maurice Sendak, ‘Let the Wild Rumpus Start! (Happy Birthday Wild Things!),’ $212,500. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions
 Left: Maurice Sendak, ‘Let the Wild Rumpus Start! (Happy Birthday Wild Things!),’ $212,500; Right: Rembrandt Peale portrait of George Washington, $591,000. Images courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Left: Maurice Sendak, ‘Let the Wild Rumpus Start! (Happy Birthday Wild Things!),’ $212,500; Right: Rembrandt Peale portrait of George Washington, $591,000. Images courtesy of Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – Spanning George Washington to the Wild Things, Heritage Auctions’ latest American Art Signature® Auction set numerous auction records May 10 on its way to a $6 million finish.

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American art and illustration luminaries grace Heritage May 10 auction

J.C. Leyendecker, ‘First Long Suit,’ est. $300,000-$500,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions
J.C. Leyendecker, ‘First Long Suit,’ est. $300,000-$500,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – Heritage Auctions will soon hold one of the most comprehensive – and jubilant – American art events in recent memory. In the words of Senior Vice President Aviva Lehmann, the May 10 American Art Signature® Auction, featuring 150 works, is “a museum-quality auction showing off our strength and ability to curate a perfect sale that covers every genre of American art.” Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Sire Records founder Seymour Stein’s collection at Rago, Feb. 16

George Tooker, ‘Sleep,’ est. $60,000-$80,000. Image courtesy of Rago and LiveAuctioneers
George Tooker, ‘Sleep,’ est. $60,000-$80,000. Image courtesy of Rago and LiveAuctioneers

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – On Wednesday, February 16, Rago Arts and Auction Center will present Property from the Collection of Seymour Stein, founder of Sire Records. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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George Tooker’s magic realist work in spotlight at Swann, June 30

George Tooker, ‘Untitled (Young Man Facing a Woman),’ estimated at $100,000-$150,000
George Tooker, ‘Untitled (Young Man Facing a Woman),’ estimated at $100,000-$150,000
George Tooker, ‘Untitled (Young Man Facing a Woman),’ estimated at $100,000-$150,000

NEW YORK — Swann Galleries will present a sale of American Art on June 30. The auction will include notable works from prominent artists working in America beginning in the mid-1800s and continuing through the contemporary era. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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