BACK TO BACK SALES OF EUROPEAN ART CLOSE OUT SEASON FOR AUCTION GALLERY OF THE PALM BEACHES Consecutive successful sales in May and June attracted over 500 bidders from around the country to compete for works of art in West Palm Beach.
AUCTION GALLERY OF THE PALM BEACHES
Sale May 21, June 25, 2007
West Palm Beach, FL
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Two back to back sales at Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches in West Palm, FL closed out an eventful year in the art market for auction owner Brian Kogan. The sale on May 21 featured three important paintings by Russian artist David Burliuk (1882-1967). These lots and quite a few more came from a prominent Boca Raton estate. The sale on June 25 featured art from the estate of Tanya Brooks, a long time resident and well known local art collector, socialite and gallery owner in Palm Beach. Many of her works of art had been in storage for over thirty years and were fresh to the market. Foremost among the items from this estate were sixteen paintings by Russian artist Vladamir (Volodia) Lazarev, Russian (b 1904).
The two sales featured 812 lots and had 540 registered bidders inhouse and online through Live Auctioneers.com. Online bidders played a major part in both sales taking home some of the top lots.
Two paintings by Burliuk held top sales honors in the May 21 sale closing at $19,550 each including the fifteen percent inhouse buyer’s premium. The paintings were "Bouquet and Mountain", oil on canvas, signed and dated 51 lower right and inscribed "Colorado" lower left. Verso bears "ACA Gallery, New York" label, 29½in by 15in with original wood carved frame and "Bouquet and the French Riviera", oil on canvas, signed lower right, 20in by 16in in carved and gilded frame. Another Burliuk, "Riverhead, L.I.", oil on canvas, signed lower left and inscribed,14in by 16in, closed at $10, 925 including the premium. A work by Gustave Bauman (German 1881-1971), "April", a four color woodcut, numbered 70/125 and signed in pencil lower right, measuring 14in by 13¼in, matted under glass in a simple frame, brought $9,775.
Art held the top spots in the June sale also. The December sale at the Gallery featured several works by Indian born artist Avinash Chandra (1931-1991) and the same consignor had another for this sale. This work, a watercolor on paper was entitled "Untitled", signed Avinash and dated '81 in lower left, measuring 22½in by 30in, matted under glass and framed, sold online for $7,320 including the 22 percent online premium. But the real action was the competition for the Lazarev works. Two collectors in New Jersey who happened to be father and son slugged it out with each other and a few other bidders winning thirteen of the sixteen lots between them. The top Lazarev was "St. Mark's Square Venice", oil on canvas, signed lower left , measuring 30in by 40in, unframed. It sold for $3,416 to one of the pair followed by "Montmartre Café at Night", oil on canvas, 30in by 36in, mounted in a gilt and painted exhibition frame, verso label reads "11-65-PB, Lazarev, Place Tertre" which sold for $3,172 to the other bidder. The rest