Clarke’s January 29th auction proved to be a successful start to the new year by establishing numerous records for modern and contemporary fine art and achieving unexpected prices for antique and decorative arts.
Bringing $27,600, this gouache by American minimalist and conceptual artist, Sol LeWitt was the highest selling piece of the sale.
An oil by contemporary Egyptian artist Omar El-Nagdi sold for $18,000, falling within Clarke’s $15,000-$20,000 presale estimate.
Greatly exceeding expectations, this set of twelve Louis XVI style chairs brought $14,400 on January 29th.
One of six works by Czech artist Jiri Kolar, this collage of Charlie Chaplin sold for $9,600, while the other five pieces brought prices from $750 to $5,500.
Selling for $9,000, this magnificent sterling tea set more than doubled the low end of the presale estimate.
One of two impressive Chinese cabinets sold for $8,400, while the other brought $5,040.
A beautiful pair of Art Nouveau candlesticks, discovered by Clarke to be .800 silver realized $6,600 at auction.
These intricate oils by Russian illusionist artist Igor Tulpanov brought $7,200 and $4,800 respectively.
Mid Century modern pieces are continually hot items at Clarke; This desk with matching chair sold for $2,400.
On January 29th, Clarke set unprecedented sales prices for several artists. Among the works that broke records were a modernist abstract bronze by American sculptor Isaac Witkin, selling for $11,400, an oil by Puerto Rican artist, Paul Camacho that realized $4,080, and an abstract oil by African American artist Daniel La Rue Johnson that brought $3,000.