MODERN ART & DESIGN AUCTION
May 19, 2013
The May 19, 2013 Modern Art & Design Auction featured a never before seen Vija Celmins painting from 1964, Untitled (Knife and Dish), which was sold for the first time by its original owners, realizing $587,500, a world auction record for a work on canvas by the artist.
Additional paintings of note included a Larry Rivers painting, White Camel (1980), a large canvas portraying one of his most iconic images, and a Billy Al Bengston painting from 1960, Count Dracula at the Chessboard, acquired from Ferus Gallery by Betty Asher. Other Fine Art highlights included Andy Warhol’s Liz (1965), a David Hockney swimming pool lithograph (1978-80), and a selection of Hard Edge School paintings, which included early works by Karl Benjamin.
Design highlights featured a selection of lighting by Serge Mouille, a grouping of Nakashima designs, a large offering of Walter Lamb outdoor furniture, as well as ceramics by Peter Voulkos, Gertrud & Otto Natzler, and Malcolm Leland.