Two large-scale mixed media collages on canvas by former Springs, Long Island neighbors, Lee Krasner and Conrad Marca-Relli, are leading highlights from national collections. Both Krasner’s Past Present Subjunctive, 1976 ($150,000-250,000) and Marca-Relli’s L-4-57 (The Survival), 1957 ($60,000-80,000) come from the Estate of Rita Dee Hassenfeld of Palm Beach, Florida. Dynamic paintings by Roger Brown, Jim Dine, Jack Goldstein, Ed Paschke, and Victor Vasarely, as well as compelling sculptures by Harry Bertoia, Louise Nevelson and Anne Truitt, will also be offered.
The September 24 auction will feature a LeRoy Neiman painting, Nymphs, 1960, which was once owned by Hugh Hefner and hung in his Chicago Playboy Mansion bedroom. It is estimated at $60,000-80,000. Property from prominent Chicago collector Ruth Horwich, including works by Chicago Imagists Jim Nutt, Ray Yoshida and Karl Wirsum, are also points of significance.
The American and European Art sale on September 25 builds on the strong bidding for American Ashcan and Realist works witnessed in the department’s May sale, Property from the Collection of Carol H. and Richard M. Levin, which featured several works by Thomas Hart Benton.
The sale is led by a Robert Henri portrait entitled Eileen. Executed in 1924 while the artist was living on Achill Island, this painting is a part of Henri’s most popular and widely recognized body of work. The model is Sarah Burke, daughter of the island’s butcher, whom Henri painted at least two additional times in the same year. This work truly highlights Henri’s ability to paint the vitality and unique character of his sitters and is a captivating example of the portraits for which he is known. With a presale estimate of $200,000-300,000, Eileen has remained in the collection of Elizabeth Mahaffey Mullins since it was purchased from the artist. This is the first time it will appear at auction.