Anisfeld painting fetches $93,225 at Philip Weiss Auctions An original oil on canvas painting by the renowned Russian artist Boris Israelevich Anisfeld (1879-1973) sold for $93,225 at a three-day multi-estate sale held Jan. 21-23 by Philip Weiss Auctions.
News-Antique.com - Feb 08,2011 - (OCEANSIDE, N.Y.) – An original oil on canvas painting by the renowned Russian artist Boris Israelevich Anisfeld (1879-1973) sold for $93,225 at a three-day multi-estate sale held Jan. 21-23 by Philip Weiss Auctions, in the firm’s spacious gallery facility located at #1 Neil Court in Oceanside. The work, from Anisfeld’s Horses of St. Mark series, was signed and dated (1914).
The painting was the top lot in a sale that saw hundreds of mostly fresh-to-the-market items change hands (the Anisfeld work, in fact, came from a Queens estate and had not been on the market since the owner purchased it over 60 years ago). Overall, the sale grossed a little over $500,000. A healthy in-house crowd was complemented by brisk Internet bidding, via Proxibid.
Boris Anisfeld was a sculptor, lithographer, painter, illustrator, set designer and long-time teacher at the Art Institute of Chicago. From 1901-1909, he studied at the Odessa School of Art in the Ukraine and at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Petrograd. His influences were the realist painter and sculptor Ilya Repin and the impressionist Igor Grabar. Anisfeld is highly collectible.
The auction kicked off on Friday afternoon, Jan. 21, with a session dedicated mainly to antique advertising, coin-operated machines, a collection of shoe-related trade cards, catalogs and more. The Jan. 22 session featured Hollywood memorabilia, rock ‘n’ roll items and more. The last day of the sale, Jan. 23, had important paintings, period furniture, Hummels and more.
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 13 percent buyer’s premium.
The original, two-piece costume worn by Bob Keeshan for the iconic kids’ television program Captain Kangaroo from the 1950s and ‘60s soared to $9,323. The coat had large pockets, reminiscent of a kangaroo’s pouches, and all buttons were present. The interior tag was from the Eaves Costume Co., but Mr. Keeshan’s name was incorrectly spelled (“R. Keishan”).
The real estate contract signed by Elvis Presley and both of his parents (Vernon and Gladys) when the legendary signer purchased his first home in Memphis. Tenn., in 1956 (not Graceland), garnered $9,605. The contract was for the property located at 1034 Audubon Drive. Presley was able to buy the home with money made from his hit record That’s Alright Mama.
A mint condition, artist’s proof copy of a concert poster for Janis Joplin at the Aerodome in Schenectady, N.Y. (June 26, 1968) climbed to $8,193. The poster, by Gary Butts, was signed in pencil by Butts on the front and back, with the inscription “1 of approximately 35 pulled from the screen.” The piece said “Live In Concert” and “2 Shows” and was 14 inches by 22 inches.
A wonderful typed letter, hand-signed by both John Lennon and Yoko Ono, coasted to $7,910. The letter was addressed to “Mr. Hal Smith, c/o Senator Sam Ervin” and thanked Mr. Smith for arranging a visit to the historic Watergate hearings in Washington, D.C. The lot also included a 6 inch by 8 inch “War Is Over” postcard,