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Work by Washington Color School Artist Alma Thomas Fetches a Record $254,500 at Doyle New York's May 9, 2012 Sale of Modern & Contemporary Art

Wed, May 09, 2012 at 11am EDT |
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1951 Abstract by Chinese Artist Zao Wou-Ki Achieves $386,500

  • 1951 Abstract by Chinese Artist Zao Wou-Ki Achieves $386,500
  • Sale Total Tops $2 Million
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Doyle New York's May 9, 2012 auction of Modern and Contemporary Art saw strong international bidding for 20th and 21st century works by prominent American, European, Latin American and Asian artists.

With competitive international bidding from buyers in the salesroom, on the telephones and via the Internet, the sale totaled $2,085,438 against a pre-sale estimate of $1,676,100-2,540,900 with 70% sold by lot and 85% by value.

Carnival of Autumn Leaves by Washington Color School artist Alma Thomas (American, 1891-1978) fetched $254,500, far surpassing its estimate of $100,000-150,000 and setting a new world auction record for the artist.

Also noteworthy was an untitled 1951 abstract by Chinese artist Zao Wou-Ki (b. 1920) that achieved $386,500 against an estimate of $250,000-450,000. Table-Berceau premiere version, a bronze coffee table by Diego Giacometti (Swiss, 1902-1985) from the colllection of longtime MoMA board member Joanne Melniker Stern sold for $170,500, exceeding its estimate of $80,000-120,000. From the same collection was a pencil drawing of an interior by Alberto Giacometti (Swiss, 1901-1966) estimated at $25,000-35,000 that sold for a stunning $110,500.

All prices include the Buyer's Premium.

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