Past Auction

1982 Work by Martin Wong Tops Doyle New York's Street Art Auction

Tue, Nov 05, 2013 at 11am EST |
New York
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World Auction Records Achieved for Revok, Saber, How & Nosm and ASVP

  • World Auction Records Achieved for Revok, Saber, How & Nosm and ASVP
  • Works by Contemporary and Street Artists Comprised Lots 301 - 396 in the November 5, 2013 Auction
  • Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for Doyle New York's Spring 2014 Auction of Contemporary and Street Art

In Fall 2012, Doyle New York held the first auction in the country devoted solely to Street Art, and since then Doyle has established itself as the nation’s leading auction house for Street Art and graffiti. Over the past year, Doyle has set world auction records for Margaret Kilgallen, David Choe, Date Farmers and Cost, in addition to consistently achieving strong prices for Barry McGee, Shepard Fairey, Futura 2000, Cope2, Faile and many others.

Doyle New York's November 5, 2013 auction set new standards for Street Art by featuring the works within the Contemporary Art sale, thereby showcasing this generation’s best Street artists alongside Contemporary masters of the past and present. World auction records were achieved for Revok, Saber, How & Nosm and ASVP.

The top lot of the Street Art was a rare early 1980s acrylic on canvas by the late Martin Wong (American, 1946-1999), a legendary Lower East Side artist who immersed himself in the Graffiti culture of New York. His works recontextualized the gritty scenery of Chinatown and the Village, reinterpreting the language of Graffiti with his own series of sign language pictograms. Titled Esmeralda: Songs for the Hearing Impaired, the work sold for a strong $40,625, far surpassing its estimate of $15,000-20,000. It was inscribed with Wong’s trademark cartouche IMU UR2, which was also the title of his recent posthumous installation at the Guggenheim Museum.

From a California collection was Lynch Road by Revok (American, b. 1977). Estimated at $6,000-9,000, the work achieved $16,250, a world auction record for the artist. A Detroit native, Revok incorporated found materials culled from abandoned homes and structures throughout the Detroit area, creating unique collages from recycled urban materials.

From the same California collection was Saber’s (American. b. 1976) The Battle of Magenta, 2012, that also achieved a world auction record for the artist. Estimated at $6,000-9,000, it sold for $11,875. A member of the infamous graffiti crew MSK, Saber created a series of mixed media flags that encapsulate his evolution into a fine artist. He expresses a willingness to challenge notions of Street Art, as well as address health care and complex social issues in his work.

A ceramic tile and resin work, Alias NY-98, by French artist Invader (b. 1969) fetched $11,875, within its estimate of $10,000-15,000. It was from the artist’s famed Alias series, in which a duplicate of each work -- its Alias -- appears attached to a public space somewhere within a city his mosaic video game characters have invaded.

By the late Margaret Kilgallen (American, 1967-2001) was an untitled arylic on wood (FIE) estimated at 5,000-7,000 that sold for $9,375. A tremendous talent, Kilgallen was a key force in the Mission School movement, alongside Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, Jo Jackson and several other San Francisco Bay Area artists.

The sale also featured works by Shepard Fairey, Alben, Blek le Rat and Kenny Scharf, among many other artists.  

All prices include the Buyers' Premium.

NEXT CONTEMPORARY AND STREET ART AUCTION: Spring 2014

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