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Prints & Multiples

Tue, May 01, 2018 at 10am EDT |
New York
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Auction Records Were Set for Works by Ellsworth Kelly, Cy Twombly, Pablo Picasso, Ed Ruscha and Howard Cook with an Exceptional 95% of the Prints Sold


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  • Auction of Prints & Multiples on May 1, 2018
  • Showcasing Works Spanning 17th through the 21st Centuries
  • Auction Records Were Set for Works by Ellsworth Kelly, Cy Twombly, Pablo Picasso, Ed Ruscha and Howard Cook, Among Many Others

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle's auction of Prints and Multiples on May 1, 2018 showcased a wide range of works spanning 17th through the 21st centuries. Auction records were set for works by Ellsworth Kelly, Cy Twombly, Pablo Picasso, Ed Ruscha and Howard Cook, among many others.

With bidding in the salesroom, on the telephones and on the Internet, the sale totaled a strong $1,154,500, surpassing its estimate of $650,400-983,300, with an exceptional 95% sold by lot and 98% sold by value.

Highlighting the sale was Ellsworth Kelly’s 18 Colors (Cincinnati), a color lithograph based on his 1978 painting Color Panels for a Large Wall, comprising 18 canvases that were installed at the Central Trust Company in Cincinnati. It took two years of experimenting with colors and printing proofs for this monumental lithograph. The work more than doubled its estimate of $15,000-25,000, selling for $56,250 -- A World Auction Record for the Print.

Published in 1959 by Pierre Matisse with text by André Breton, Joan Miró’s Constellations portfolio includes one signed color lithograph and 22 color pochoir reproductions after gouaches painted by the artist in 1940-41. The portfolio fetched $46,875 at the sale. Miró completed ten of the gouaches in France before fleeing with his family to Spain ahead of the German invasion. He employed his signature vibrant primary colors and interlacing black lines with playful stars, eyes, ellipses and crescent moons to depict a private universe far removed from the terror of the War.

Dutch artist M.C. Escher (1898-1972) created his most popular print, Day and Night, in 1938. It is one of his earliest depictions of a tessellation, or tiling of a plane, inspired by the Moorish tiles he saw during a visit to the Alhambra in Spain in 1926. The print topped its estimate of $20,000-30,000, selling for $32,500.

A 1946 visit to Georges and Suzanne Ramié’s Madoura pottery factory in the South of France made a huge impression on Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). Soon after, he became immersed in pottery making there, creating more than 3,000 works over the next 25 years. A ceramic pitcher, Femme, from 1955 by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) likely depicts the artist’s second wife, Jacqueline Roque, whom he met in 1953 at the Madoura Pottery factory, where Picasso created his ceramics. The pitcher achieved $15,000, surpassing its estimate of $8,000-12,000.

Property from the estate of Broadway actress and singer Barbara Cook included a selection of works by Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Jennifer Bartlett, Howard Hodgkin and Jeff Koons.  Read More

All prices include the buyer's premium.


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  • A Private New York Collector
  • Dorothy Lewis 2013 Irrevocable Trust
  • Ellin Jane Krinsly Trust
  • Estate of Alvin B. Glaser
  • Estate of Barbara Cook
  • Estate of Benjamin P. Dailey
  • Estate of Carl Lesnor
  • Estate of Collette T. Kean
  • Estate of Elinor Steinhart
  • Estate of Elizabeth Seiberling
  • Estate of Florence Aaron
  • Estate of Fred Baum
  • Estate of Hilda Johnson
  • Estate of Howard Kaminsky
  • Estate of I. Arnold Victor III
  • Estate of Joseph Bedics, Sr.
  • Estate of Leo Hershkowitz
  • Estate of Lydia Charlotte Heller
  • Estate of Marion Victor Perini
  • Estate of Stephen Stempler
  • Property from a New York Corporate Collection
  • Property from a Private New Jersey Collection
  • Property from the Estate of Wendy Vanderbilt Lehman
  • Property of a Private New Jersey Collector

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