Doyle's October 27, 2015 Auction of Prints & Multiples Tops $1.2 Million
Warhol's 'Alexander the Great' Achieves a Record $106,250
Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for the Spring 2016 Prints Auction
Andy Warhol’s Alexander the Great took top lot at Doyle’s October 27, 2015 auction of Prints and Multiples. The sale offers a broad selection of works from the 17th through 21st centuries. With competitive bidding from the salesroom, the telephones and the Internet, the sale totaled $1,254,719, surpassing its estimate of $743,200-1,103,300. An exceptional 93% was sold by lot and 98% by value, and several new auction records were set.
In 1982 Andy Warhol was commissioned to produce a series of color screenprints of Alexander the Great to correspond with the blockbuster exhibition, The Search for Alexander, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Widely recognized as one of the greatest military celebrities of all time, Alexander was a most appropriate subject for the pop artist. Based on a Hellenistic bronze bust, these are the only works Warhol created of classical sculpture. The example in the sale was numbered TP 23/65, a unique trial proof, aside from the edition of 25. Spirited bidding sent the print soaring past its estimate of $40,000-60,000 to achieve a stunning $106,250, a new world auction record for a print from the series.
Roy Lichtenstein is one of America's most celebrated pop artists. In the early 1960s he began to adapt the motifs and imagery of comic strips in his art, often with distressed women as his subject. The color offset lithograph, Crying Girl, created in 1963, is one of his most iconic images. Estimated at $20,000-30,000, the work achieved a near record $53,125.
Spanish artist Joan Miró is beloved for his works combining abstraction and surrealism. They are instantly recognizable by Miró’s playful, childlike strokes and bold use of black and primary colors. Monumental both in size and composition, La Calebasse, or The Gourd, features at its center a large gourd framed by bold black strokes and surrounded by Miró’s signature stars, whimsical lines and bursts of color. The print fetched $43,750, exceeding its estimate of $20,000-30,000.
The 1936 lithograph, Traffic Control, by American artist Benton Spruance is one of his most sought after works. It more than doubled its estimate of $10,000-15,000, selling for $34,375. A painter as well as a printmaker, Spruance is particularly appreciated as a pioneer in lithography. Born and educated in Philadelphia, he was known in the 1920s and 1930s for his urban scenes, of which this was a fine example.
In the 1940s Picasso began creating ceramics in collaboration with the Madoura Pottery workshop in Vallauris in the South of France. His painted and partially glazed white ceramic dish from 1952, Goat's Head in Profile, highlighted the selection of Picasso ceramics in the sale. It fetched $20,000, surpassing its estimate of $12,000-18,000.
All prices include the Buyer's Premium.
Next Prints & Multiples Auction: Spring 2016
Doyle's next auction of Prints & Multiples is scheduled for Spring 2016. Consignments are currently being accepted. We invite you to contact us for a complimentary auction evaluation. Our specialists are always availabe to discuss the sale of a single item or an entire collection.
For information, please call Cynthia Klein at 212-427-4141, ext 246, or email prints@DoyleNewYork.com