ASTOUNDING PRICES ON WORKS BY LEROY NEIMAN AND IMPRESSIVE PRICES ON ETHNOGRAPHIC AND FINE JEWELRY FU Oakland, CA — On May 18 and 19, 2013, Clars Auction Gallery realized over $1.7 million on the exceptional fine art, furnishings, decorative art, jewelry and Asian antiques that were offered and will
News-Antique.com - May 27,2013 - Oakland, CA — On May 18 and 19, 2013, Clars Auction Gallery realized over $1.7 million on the exceptional fine art, furnishings, decorative art, jewelry and Asian antiques that were offered and will be recorded as the 4th largest sale in the firm’s history. Fueled in great part by the Fine Art category which featured a spectacular array of works by American artists as well as European, exceptional prices were also achieved in the Asian, Ethnographic and fine jewelry categories.
Turning first to the exciting fine art results, the three pivotal paintings by legendary artist LeRoy Neiman (American, 1921-2012) “stole the show,” said Rick Unruh, Vice President and Director of Fine Art at Clars. “Finish at Indy,” Neiman’s brightly colored 1982 painting depicting the closest finish in Indy 500 history, was expected to achieve $50,000 on the high side but collectors would compete furiously for this work driving the final sale price to an astounding $94,300. And they weren’t finished battling yet when the next lot, Neiman’s “Longchamp,” came on the block. Depicting jockeys atop their horses at the world famous Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France, this work galloped at full tilt past it’s high estimate of $50,000 selling for $77,530. And finally, Neiman’s “Himalayan Ascent,” went solidly within estimate selling for $41,650.
Several other works by American artists also exceeded expectations. From Alaskan artist Sydney Mortimer Laurence (1865-1940), his oil on canvas Northern Lights sold for $24, 990 and Southwestern artist Anna Katherine Skeele’s (1896-1963) oil on canvas “Taos Chapel” close to doubled it’s high estimate achieving $23,800. And a rare bronze sculpture titled “Horses Playing,” by Wilhelm Hunt Diederich (American, 1884-1953) sold very well for $20,230.
“California artists also fared well,” commented Rick Unruh, with “Water, Sand and Patterns,” by August Gay (1890-1949) earning $59,500 followed by Clayton Sumner Price (1874-1950) whose “Horses at Watering Hole” sold for $47,600 and “Eucalyptus” by Maurice Braun (1877-1941) which fetched $20,230.
Several European pieces did quite well. A lovely painting titled, “La Jeune Maman,” by Spanish artist, Antoni Clavé, sold for $13,090 and Italian artist, Michele Cascella’s oil on canvas, “Portofino,” sold well above its $5,000-7,000 fetching $13,090.
20th century prints added to the stellar day with a Friedensreich Hundertwasser (Austrian, 1928-2000) portfolio that sold for $26,180 followed by Roy Lichtenstein’s (American, 1923-1997) “Shipboard Girl” selling for $23,800.
Turning to the other outstanding sales of the day was a significant 19th century Maori people, New Zealand, architectural sculpturefrom inside a ceremonial house. De-acquisitioned from the de Young Museum of San Francisco (CA), this important ethnographic offering was expected to achieve $22,000 but sold impressively for almost double at $41,650.
The exquisite jewelry offered drew collectors and the solid prices to go with them. Topping this category was an Art Deco platinum and diamond ring highlighting two old European cut diamonds, weights approximately 2.27 cts. and 2.50 cts. It was accompanied by a 14K yellow gold twisted wire ring jacket. This stunning piece surpassed its high estimate selling for $22,610.