The September fine art auctions at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers began with an American and European Art auction September 27, followed by Post War and Contemporary Art and Fine Prints auctions on September 28. The Chicago saleroom had active bidders for all three sales, but most of the competitive bidding on top lots happened with phone bidders who drove up prices for numerous items above high estimates.
This included Jean Dubuffet’s acrylic on paper Site avec 3 personnages (from Psycho-sites series), 1981, which sold for $203,000 against a $100,000 – 150,000 presale estimate. Also significantly acceding high estimates was Theodoros Stamos’ Untitled (from the High Snow, Low Sun Series), c. 1962-63, which sold for $155,000, and Louise Nevelson’s painted wood Moon Zag III, 1984, which sold for $125,000, both against $60,000 – 80,000 presale estimates. Fernando Botero’s Woman Dancer, 1988, sold for $209,000.
Top prices realized at the evening Fine Prints auction included examples by Andy Warhol, Joan Miro, Bridget Riley, Henri Mattise and Pablo Picasso.
Prior to the September 28 auctions was an American and European Art auction conducted September 27. Winslow Homer’s 1867 Coming Through the Rye sold for $341,000. Doubling the high estimate was a Fernando Cueto Amorsolo titled Return of the Fisherman, 1958, which sold for $81,250. John Marshall Gamble’s 1921 Spring Morning also performed well, realizing $75,000.
The fine art departments at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers are currently accepting consignments for December sales.