2. BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- Artdaily.org - Brisk bidding and strong prices paced Heritage Auctions' Nov. 12 Vintage Movie Poster Auction, realizing a total of $1.486 million in its impressive debut at the company's Beverly Hills location. All prices include a 19.5% Buyer's Premium.
True to form in Heritage Movie Poster Auctions, the most active bidding came on some of the scarcest items in the auction, including a superb 1935 Universal Werewolf of London half sheet movie poster, which brought $47,800 and a simply stunning oversize 1933 Austrian King Kong movie poster featuring RKO's most famous monster atop a city building, clutching Fay Wray in one hand and crushing an ill-fated biplane in the auction. After several rounds of fierce bidding the poster finished at $38,838.
"Both the Werewolf of London half sheet and the Austrian King Kong, like the best movie posters do, doubled as much as pieces of cinematic history as they did as a pieces of graphic art," said Smith. "Both of these gorgeous pieces will now be prominently featured as key pieces in advanced collections."
Other highlights of the auction included a beautiful portrait lobby card from Dracula (1931), featuring the immortal Bela Lugosi as the Count as he leans in for a bite on the exposed neck of Frances Dade as Lucy, which brought $31,070, while a wonderful early Bette Davis one sheet for the Pre-Code comedy Ex-Lady (1933) brought $19,120 and a beautiful Italian 4-foglio Style B poster to the Fellini classic La Dolce Vita (1959) brought $14,340.
World Record prices were realized for several posters, including the one sheet to the Robert Mitchum film noir classic Out of the Past (1947), which brought $17,925, while an insert to the Rat Pack classic Ocean's 11 (1960) came in at $10,755 and a gorgeous and rare mini (or midget) window card for Boris Karloff, looking as creepy as he ever did in any role, in The Walking Dead (1936) sold for $14,340.
Other notable prices include the $10,755 final price realized for both the gorgeously Art Deco one sheet to Dodsworth (1936) and an unrestored copy of the one sheet to John Ford's classic Grapes of Wrath (1940).
Sotheby’s Evening Sale of Contemporary Art totalled €9.3m, led by Jean-Michel Basquiat's iconic Water-Worshipper (1984) at €2,416,750. This magnificent painting echoes Basquiat's Haitian origins, combining personal cultural memories with the evocation of oppressed minorities in the Americas.
The second highest price in this first session, €1,352,750, went to Jean Dubuffet's monumental sculpture Métalogie aux Turbulences (1971) from his celebrated Hourloupe cycle, with its flat expanses of red, blue, white and black – a contrasting approach to his earlier works, with texture banished in favour of compartmentalized surfaces of flat colour, an approach Dubuffet also used for paintings and installations.
The sale posted world record prices for two European artists: Germany's Emil Schumacher – €480,750 for his Solluk (1962); and Czech artist Josef Sima – €288,750 for Fall of Icarus II (1959), evoking the famous myth "like a luminous whirlwind disintegrating earthly matter, transformed into light as if during a cosmic catastrophe" (Frantizek Smejkal).
Meanwhile the Day Sale on December 8 saw the international art market confirm the current demand for sculptures by Robert Indiana and César. Robert Indiana's celebrated sculpture Love from 1966, in a version made in 1998, posted the session's top price of €228,750. César's impressive automobile compression Shock Red 165, shown at the Cartier Foundation in 2008 and from his famous 1998 series of monochrome compressions made from Fiat cars, sold in line with the high estimate for €202,350.
4. BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- Artdaily.org - Fans and collectors gathered at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills today as items that once belonged to Johnny Cash were auctioned. A bidding war erupted for the Johnny Cash jumpsuit worn during a rehearsal at San Quentin prison, made famous in the photograph known simply as “The Finger.” Bidding volleyed between bidders on the telephone, in the gallery and phone bidders, ending with the sale of the jumpsuit for $50,000. A rare poster announcing Cash’s performance at the prison sold alongside the jumpsuit for $25,000 while a 1968 passport sold for $21,875. The auction also brought $50,000 for a Martin stage used guitar. The Bicentennial shirt made by Nudie Cohn and worn by Cash as the Grand Marshall of the American Bicentennial Grand Parade in 1976 brought another bidding war and a sale of the shirt for $31,250 and Johnny Cash’s knee-high boots sold for $21,875. Among the other it ...
5. Bonhams is delighted to announce the Tuesday, December 7th results of its Fine Continental Furniture and Decorative Arts sale in New York. The 249 lot auction featured a vast selection of 18th and 19th century works by cabinetmakers such as: Francois Linke, Paul Sormani, and Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener.
"The top lot of the sale and world record holder was an impressive Louis XV style giltbronze mounted marquetry inlaid and bisque porcelain inset bureau plat by Maison Krieger, modeled after the bureau du roi in Versailles (est. $300,000-400,000, sold for $362,000); surpassing the previous record for a work by this cabinetmaker held at Sotheby's New York in 2006 for $329,600. The succeeding principal lot was a fine Louis XIV style gilt bronze, pewter, and tortoiseshell mounted ebonized premiere partie meuble d'appui by Paul Sormani, after a model by Andre Charles Boulle, fourth quarter 19th century (est. $90,000-120,000, sold for $146,000).
Highlights included: a superb Louis XIV style giltbronze mounted Boulle marquetry commode mazarine by Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener, after a model by Andre-Charles Boulle, fourth quarter 19th century (est. $40,000-60,000, sold for $128,000); a fine Louis XIV style giltbronze mounted Boulle marquetry meuble d'appui, also after a model by André-Charles Boulle, second half 19th century (est. $15,000-20,000, sold for $103,700); and a fine Louis XV style giltbronze mounted marquetry commode by Zwiener Jansen Successeur, late 19th century (est. $75,000-100,000, sold for $91,500).
Additional items of note were: a German parcel-gilt and engraved beaker by Johann Sigmund Abrell, Augsburg, circa 1690-95 (est. $7,000-10,000, sold for $63,440); a fine Louis XV style giltbronze mounted kingwood and walnut bureau plat by H. Conquet, after a model by Charles Cressent, fourth quarter 19th century (est. $18,000-25,000, sold for $39,040); an Italian Neoclassical giltwood and verre églomisé console (est. $15,000-20,000, sold for $37,820); A pair of Continental carved ivory mythological groups from the late 19th century (est. $12,000-18,000; sold for $36,600); and a Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted brèche violette marble center bowl, possibly by François Linke, last quarter 19th century (est. $10,000-15,000, sold for $26,840).
6. Paris - Artmarketinsight.com - Photography market: Paris rivals with New York and London [11/02/2010]
Every year, Paris hosts a plethora of photography exhibitions throughout the capital over a period lasting roughly one month.
The core event at the origin of this effervescence around still images is the Paris Photo art fair which brings together 120 galleries from 25 countries (18 to 21 November 2010). Indeed, the Parisian event is a grander version of the September of Photography in Lyon and the Rencontres de la photographie in Arles during the summer. This year, for the 30th anniversary of the Photography Month, there will be numerous commercial and non-commercial side-events, including exhibitions by André KERTÉSZ (Jeu de Paume, until 6 February 2011), Larry CLARK (Musée National d’Art Moderne, until 2 January 2011) and Harry CALLAHAN (Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, until 19 December 2010).