Early 1958 painting by American Pop Art icon LeRoy Neiman hits $162,000 at Shannon's May 1 auction Four vibrant and colorful paintings by the renowned American Pop artist LeRoy Neiman (1921-2012) sold for a combined $279,600 at Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers' May 1st spring fine art auction.
News-Antique.com - May 19,2014 - MILFORD, Conn. – Four vibrant and colorful paintings by the renowned American Pop artist LeRoy Neiman (1921-2012) sold for a combined $279,600 at a sale of fine American and European paintings, drawings and sculptures held May 1st by Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers, in the firm’s gallery located at 354 Woodmont Road in Milford. The auction grossed $2.5 million.
One of the paintings, a brilliantly colored early 1958 Neiman work titled The Gambling Set, showing a confluence of Las Vegas roulette wheels, was the auction’s top lot, soaring to $162,000. The other paintings were an enamel and acrylic on board titled Toreador ($50,400); a 1976 work titled Olympic Hurdlers ($40,800); and, from 1980, Olympic Ski Jump ($26,400).
“LeRoy Neiman has become an American icon in the art world. His prices are climbing fast due to strong collector interest,” said Gene Shannon of Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers. Of the sale overall, he said, “The market is solid at all price ranges. There was as much interest in the lower-priced art as there was for the more expensive paintings. As they say, a rising tide lifts all boats.”
Mr. Shannon said there was interest in all categories, to include American landscape and coastal works, Impressionism, Regionalism, Ashcan School, European Modern and American Modern, and 19th century European. Just over 250 artworks came up for bid in an auction that reported a 76 percent sell-through. About 1,250 bidders participated over the internet, via Invaluable.com.
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
A pair of outstanding paintings realized identical selling prices of $78,000. The first was a large Manhattan scene with horse carriages and pedestrians by Paul Cornoyer, titled Rainy Day, New York. The dark Tonalist work hit $78,000 (its high estimate). Cornoyer was born in Missouri but studied art in Paris. He returned to America, where he became famous for his New York scenes.
The second painting was by the English-born American painter John George Brown, whose Girl With Doll depicted a young girl at the vine-covered door to her home. She is holding a doll in one hand and an umbrella in the other. Brown trained in England and Scotland before emigrating to this country in 1853. He’s best known for his renderings of hardscrabble urban street urchins.
“The paintings by Blanch Lazzell were as if from a time capsule,” Mr. Shannon said of the noted Provincetown artist. “They remained in her family until this auction.” The works sold included a classic woodcut of a small dory docked on a pier titled Provincetown Studios ($44,400); a stylized oil on canvas titled Petunias ($45,600); and a still life of a vase with flowers ($24,000).
Paintings by Jane Peterson were offered at the beginning of the auction and really got paddles wagging. A colorful rendering, pulled from a private collection and titled Zinnias in a Vase, was conservatively estimated at $7,000-$10,000. It ended up bringing $50,400. A gouache work by the artist, showing New York’s City