Selections from the Allan Stone Collection Realizes $52.5 Million at Christie's New York Selections from the Allan Stone Collection, a group of Post-War and Contemporary Art; tribal and folk art; and Art Deco works of art, realized $52,423,400.
The formalized and puritanical lines of American Folk Art bore a perennial fascination for Allan Stone and tonight’s sale included some memorable pieces such as a Swift Meat Packing Company trade sign, circa 1900 in the form of a larger-than-life cast zinc bullock ($493,000); a carved and painted tobacconist attributed to Thomas V. Brooks fetched $217,000, setting yet another record.
Highlights in the tribal art field were an Urhobo male figure, which fetched $361,000 and a rare Bamileke beaded head from Cameroon which sold for $121,000.
Christie’s looks forward to tomorrow’s Evening Sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art.
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