Marilyn Monroe paintings by Sidney Maurer sell at auction A pair of paintings of Marilyn Monroe by pop culture artist Sidney Randolph Maurer sold for a combined $11,875 at the Icons & Idols auction held Dec. 3-4 by Julienís Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif.
News-Antique.com - Dec 15,2010 - (BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) Ė A pair of paintings of Marilyn Monroe by the noted pop culture artist Sidney Randolph Maurer sold for a combined $11,875 at the highly publicized Icons & Idols auction held Dec. 3-4 by Julienís Auctions in Beverly Hills. One of the paintings soared to $7,500 (including the buyerís premium), a new auction record for a work by the artist.
Julien's memorabilia collectors bought Sid Maurer's paintings out of pure love, as the final prices realized sailed past the pre-auction estimates of $600-$800 each. The last time his artwork was featured in a major auction was Nov. 17, 2009, when his paintings carried more realistic pre-sale estimates of $2,500-$3,500. Those numbers, too, were easily surpassed.
Sid Maurer was a perfect fit for an auction titled Icons & Idols. For the past ten years, the 84-year-old Atlanta resident has been building a series he calls Icons of the 20th Century, which to date totals more than 230 original portraits of personalities he admires in sports, entertainment, politics, religion and other fields. All five pieces in the Julienís sale were from the Icons series.
The three other paintings in the auction included one depicting John Wayne in a Western movie pose ($2,500), one showing the late singing legend Judy Garland ($1,875), and one of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in a romantic scene from the film Gone with the Wind ($1,375).
Interest in Mr. Maurerís work has spiked in recent months with several developments. First came the announcement by the Salvador Dali Gallery in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., that it would begin offering works by Maurer (signed, hand-embellished giclees of Marilyn Monroe, available as a complete set of five images for $7,500; each rendering is individually numbered).
ďThis the first time in the 26-year history of the Salvador Dali Gallery that weíre offering works of art by any artist other than Dali,Ē said Gallery director Bruce Hochmann. ďWeíre doing this because we firmly believe that Sidney Maurer is on the verge of being a very hot property in the American art world. Also, Marilyn Monroe collectibles are in very high demand right now. Second was the announcement that Enrique Sabater, Salvador Daliís former manager and owner of one of the largest collections of Marilyn Monroe portraits in the world, purchased the five-giclee set and said he planned to include Mr. Maurerís work in a Marilyn-themed exhibition in Spain, slated for sometime in 2011. Mr. Sabater fell in love with Maurerís work after Mr. Hochmann flew to New York City and offered it to him in person. A sale was made on the spot.
Then came word from the highly regarded Galerie Rienzo in Manhattan that it would feature an exhibition of Mr. Maurerís work, sometime in the spring. This represents a radical departure for Galerie Rienzo, which typically features only renowned School of Paris painters such as Bernard Buffet. To show a pop painterís work is a tribute to Mr. Maurerís artistic talent.