American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture - May 22, 2008 At Sotheby’s, in a full sales room with spirited and lively bidding, the spring sale of American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture brought a total of $87,006,200 (est. $52,615,000/77,205,000)
brought a total of $11,616,600. The highlight was
The Wounded Bunkie, cast Letter G, which realized $5,641,000 (lot 171, est. $3/5 million), a
record for the artist at auction in any medium. Another of these Remington bronzes, The Outlaw,
number one of fifteen lifetime casts, sold for $3,401,000 (lot 167, est. $2/3 million).
Highlighting The Collection of Gilbert A. and Anne B. Harrison was Paris, Winter Day by Childe
Hassam, which sold for $3,961,000 (lot 51, est. $2.5/3.5 million, pictured above). Another work by
Hassam, Rooftops, Pont-Aven, Brittany also exceeded its estimate, fetching $1,161,000 (lot 52, est.
$400/600,000). From A Distinguished Private Collection, Flower Garden, Isles of Shoals by Hassam
brought $2,505,000 (lot 30, est. $1/1.5 million), indicating the strength in the market for this artist.
Works by the American Modernist Stuart Davis included The Music Hall from 1910, which
achieved $2,841,000 (lot 45, est. $500/700,000). Offerings from The Raymond and Patsy Nasher
Collection of Dallas, Texas included three works by Davis: Rialto, 1962, sold for $629,000 (lot 111,
est. $500/700,000); Fortap, from 1933, brought $825,000 (lot 115, est. $400/600,000); and
Composition with Winch, from 1932, sold for $825,000 (lot 123, est. $300/500,000).
Additionally, a record was set for William Sidney Mount for The Ramblers, Property from the Ruth
Mason Shunk Trust, which sold for $2,281,000 (lot 71, est. $2/3 million). This work has remained in
private hands since 1847, the year it was painted. The previous record for this artist at auction was
$398,500, achieved at Sotheby’s New York in December of 1998.
An artist record was also set today for Charles Caryl Coleman for his painting Azaelas and Apple
Blossoms from A Distinguished Private Collection, which brought $2,281,000, more than three times
its high estimate (lot 24, est. $500/700,000).
Another highlight from The Harrison Estate was The Model by Thomas Eakins, which sold for
$1,273,000 (lot 53, est. $700/900,000). Also by Eakins, Rear Admiral Charles Dwight Sigsbee
from the Collection of J. Welles Henderson, brought $1,945,000 (est. $700/900,000). Also from The
Henderson Collection, a record for an artist at auction was set for Thomas Birch, whose USS United
States vs. HMS Macedonian sold for $481,000 (lot 35, est. $125/175,000).
Property from the Estate of Barbara Bingham Moore, an esteemed Washington, D.C. collector, was
highlighted by Martin Johnson Heade’s Two “Thorn-Tails” (Langsdorffs Thorn-Tail, Brazil),
circa 1864-1865, which soared by its high estimate to sell for $1,385,000 to a bidder on the phone (lot
5, est. $300/500,000).
Additional artist records were set for Blanche Lazzell, Painting XI, $505,000 (lot 113, est.
$100/150,000); Edmonia Lewis, The Old Arrow Maker, $301,000 (lot 69, est. $70/100,000);
Francis Coates Jones, Fishing Along the River Bank, $181,000 (lot 145,, est. $50/75,000); Rubins
Peale, From Nature in the Garden, $145,000 (lot 2, est. $60/80,000); Margaretta Angelica Peale,
Melon, Cherries and Plums, $91,000 (lot 8, est. $50/75,000); E. William Gollings, Roper,
$169,000 (lot 174, est. $80/120,000); Ray Swanson, Headin’ Through Dry Country, $97,000 (lot
212, est. $30/50,000); and Maria Peale, $40,000 (lot 16, est. 30/50,000);