Sotheby’s New York Highlights Release September - December 2009 FINE CHINESE FURNITURE, WORKS OF ART AND CARPETS FROM THE ARTHUR M. SACKLER COLLECTIONS Exhibition opens: 11 September 16 September 2009 17
an incredible 10-day exhibition of Hebrew books and manuscripts from the Valmadonna Trust Library, held at Sotheby’s. Due to the exhibit's limited duration and the overwhelming public response to it, many people were unable to experience this truly unique literary collection. In honor of the current Jewish High Holiday season, Sotheby’s is pleased to make available, for a limited time only, an encore presentation of several hundred specially selected highlights from the collection of the Valmadonna Trust Library. From now through mid-October, the second floor of Sotheby’s headquarters will feature a display of some of the rarest Hebraic and Judaic manuscripts, printed books and broadsheets in the world including the Valmadonna Talmud. The display may be viewed during Sotheby’s regular business hours, Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm-5:00 pm.
CONTEMPORARY ART Exhibition opens: 18 September 24 September 2009
Among the highlights of the autumn sale of Contemporary Art is a group of works by Andy Warhol ranging in date from the 1940s to 1980s, including the cover lot, Campbell’s Soup Can (Tomato Soup) from 1985 (est. $250/350,000, pictured here). Warhol’s depictions of soup cans, which were first exhibited in 1962 and made him globally famous, remain among the iconic images with which he is most associated. The present example is a later appropriation of that early image, stripped of color and obscured by coarse design, and was created during his Black & White Paintings series. Warhol’s Untitled (Horse), 1957 (est. $80/120,000), was a gift from the artist to Laura Eastman, the niece of the great American collector and museum benefactor Henry Walters and is being sold by the Walters Art Museum to benefit the acquisitions fund. The work was given to Eastman to express Warhol’s best wishes for her horse, which had fallen ill, preventing Eastman from accompanying Warhol to a party. Highlights by Victor Vasarely include two very early works from the 1950s: Dobogoko from 1957 (est. $30/50,000) and Untitled from circa 1950 (est. $10/15,000). Abstract Expressionism is well represented with strong works by Nathan Oliviera, Michael West, Paul Burlin and Theodoros Stamos. José Parlá’s three panels, Ease and Faz Story from 1999-2000, adapt the styles of graffiti calligraphy into a personal expression of abstract art (est. $25/35,000). Martin Kippenberger, whose work was recently featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, is represented by an Untitled mixed media collage from 1990 (est. $15/20,000). There are also exciting works by provocative younger artists such as Karen Kilimnik, Martin Eder and Norbert Bisky. Contemporary photography is highlighted with the splendid, haunting image of World #17 by Ruud Van Empel (est. $45/65,000). This category also contains works by Thomas Struth, Louise Lawler and Michal Rovner, each exploiting the medium in a special way.
FINEST AND RAREST WINES FEATURING WINES FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE CELLAR 26 September 2009
Aulden Cellars-Sotheby’s New York will begin its fall wine season with a two-day sale of Finest and Rarest Wines featuring Wines from an Important Private Cellar on