Palm Beach Modern's Nov. 2 auction features select modern & decorative art, sculptural design Palm Beach Modern’s Nov. 2 auction features select modern & decorative art, sculptural design & cutting-edge street art. Highlights: Larry Mohr estate sculptures, monumental street art by Barry McGee.
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The McGee canvas is estimated at $50,000-$80,000 and has a minimum opening bid of $44,000. Baca predicts there will be multiple bidders willing to step up to the plate and pay the price to own it, citing the (approx.) $40,000 price realized at a major international auction house in May for a smaller McGee artwork.
“The McGee piece in our auction has street-art history, as well as great provenance. It was exhibited at a boutique hotel in San Francisco in the 1990s,” said Baca. The artwork will be auctioned along with a copy of a 2010 photo of the consignor with Barry McGee at Art Basel.
Other hot-ticket street artists in the Nov. 2 auction include Danny Simmons (brother of hip hop impresario Russell Simmons and Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of Run-DMC), Shepard Fairey, Purvis Young and Katsu. While not technically classified as “street art,” auction entries by Jamie Reid, known for his punk rock show posters; and Donald Roller Wilson, whose work falls under the “Lowbrow” art movement, are expected to appeal to street art fans, as well. Wilson’s 1996 painting on canvas of Cookie the baby orangutan in a party dress (est. $10,000-$15,000) recalls the New York Times’ description of Wilson’s style as “goofy, hallucinogenic…kitsch, but high-quality kitsch.”
A fine collection of Murano glass will be auctioned, featuring designs by many Mid-century masters, including Fuga, Toso, Scarpa, Barbini, Venini, Mendini, de Santillana and others. Within the grouping are seven “La Galleria dei 99” limited-edition vases by Giampaolo Seguso. Estimates range from $800 to $2,000.
“When art and sculpture come together, the result is sculptural design,” said Baca. “Some of the designers whose work falls under this category are Jacques Duval-Brasseur, Willy Daro, Paul Evans and Piero Fornasetti. All four, along with several other notables, are represented in our sale. In their studios, a design would begin as an artistic concept, but the finished product would emerge as a piece that doubled as a functional object.”
A pair of signed, marked and dated (1987) Fornasetti wood and metal trompe l’oeil graphic chairs is expected to make $1,500-$2,500; while a cherry-red Donald Knorr for Knoll Associates enameled-steel Model 132 “U” chair carries a $2,000-$3,000 estimate.
Palm Beach Modern’s Nov. 2nd auction will be held at the company’s exhibition center at 417 Bunker Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33405, and will commence at 12 noon Eastern Time. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com or Artfact.com. Preview 10-5 Mon.-Fri. during the week prior to the sale; or from 9 a.m. till noon on auction day. Contact: 561-586-5500, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CAPTION FOR IMAGES AT TOP: (Left) Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928-2011), ‘Spoleto,’ painting on Arches paper, artist’s proof 8/10 of an edition of 100, signed. Est. $1,000-$2,000. (Right) Alex Katz (American, b. 1927-), ‘White Hat,’ screenprint, 35¼ in x 25¾ in. Est. $3,000-$3,500. Credit: