and framed under glass, the 32 by 24-inch artwork is signed “Andy Warhol 86.” Haring’s 14 by 11in mounted and framed original marker drawing used for the inside of the invitation is signed “Haring!!” on the arm of a figure shown at lower right. It is also signed “Kermit Oswald” on the reverse stretcher. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000.
The 500-lot auction also contains an outstanding selection of art, furniture, silver, jewelry and historical objects. A collection of 19 Leon Polk Smith (Native American, 1906-1996) geometrical abstract artworks – including painted-wood sculptures, paintings of various sizes, large-scale maquettes and collages on paper – are featured in the fine art section. The works encompass a timeline from the 1950s-1980s and are from Smith’s assistant and companion of four decades, Robert Mead Jamieson.
Other artworks of note include an Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) original screen print “Mao #91,” measuring 36 inches square and numbered 56/250. The 1972 print made at the Styria Studio is estimated at $35,000-$50,000. Also having a Warhol connection is a 3ft-long painted-canvas sardine with movable tail, which retains its Sotheby’s sticker from the highly publicized 1988 auction of cookie jars and other items from the pop art legend’s estate.
Several important furniture lots will be offered. A circa-1940 Domenico Mortellito (Italian-American, 1906-1994) carved lacquer linoleum table/bench comes to Myers from the estate of fashion photographer Gene Fenn (1911-2001). An unusual Morellito credenza carved with signs of the zodiac will also be auctioned.
A set of 12 Hans Wegner “The Chair” or “Round” chairs from the Manufacturers Trust building in New York is worthy of note. The classic chairs were ordered in the 1950s to furnish the bank’s New York headquarters. Complete sets of 12 are rarely encountered, especially those made in the 1950s. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000.
A Poul Norreklit (Danish) rosewood credenza was originally purchased in the late 1950s in Hawaii. “It is a form that seldom appears in US auctions,” said Dowd. In original, untouched condition, it is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
Other furniture highlights include an illuminating post-modern electric blue coffee table and other pieces from the New York summer home of Phil Stanton, founding member of the Blue Man Group.
A small collection of Buccellati sterling silver pieces is led by a decorated caviar server estimated at $2,000-$3,000. Among the pieces of fine jewelry to be sold, a highlight is an Edwardian 18K white gold convertible necklace with 4 carats of diamonds. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000.
Of great historical significance is a small collection of items connected to the family of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, and which will be apportioned into three auction lots. The grouping includes two 1899 signed photos of Nicholas and his wife, the Tsarina Alexandra, which were given to Secretary of the Interior Ethan A. Hitchcock while he was Ambassador to Russia under President William McKinley. The collection also includes a gift given to Hitchcock by Tsar Nicholas II: a Faberge parasol with a guilloche enameled gold and diamond handle created by premier Faberge designer Michael Perchin.