On Friday, November 6, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers sold 536 works of art, fine antique furniture and important decorative objects, generating almost $400,000 in total prices realized. The highlights of the sale were two paintings by the German artist Gabriel Cornelius von Max, which achieved respective prices of $106,000 and $75,000. A grayscale composition by Frank Weston Beson, Bluebills in Flight, was another strong lot, generating a price of $23,000. The sale also saw significant prices realized for Wisconsin artists such as Tom Uttech, Aaron Bohrod, Robert von Neumann and Schomer Lichtner.
The two von Max works were highly sought after by international bidders, namely collectors from the artists’ native Germany. The works not only received attention for their unique subject matter (one depicts an outfitted monkey inspecting a fish, the other two monkeys reading) but also for their historically significant provenance. The paintings were originally purchased in Munich in the 1920s by Osker Grunhut. The works were a highlight in his notable collection of European, namely German, works of art.