Robert Indiana's 'Aspen Love' Fetches $490,000 at the November 1, 2016 Sale of Post-War & Contemporary Art
Works by American, European, Asian and Latin American Artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries
Including Latin American and Modernist Works from the Property of a Private Beverly Hills Collector
On November 1, 2016, Doyle held an auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art. The sale encompassed works by American, European, Latin American and Asian artists and spans artistic movements from Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Minimalism, through Fluxus and Mail Art, to Street Art. Competitive bidding from the salesroom, the telephones and the Internet sent the auction total to a successful $2,193,313 with 73% sold by lot and 90% sold by value.
Highlighting the sale was the 1971 Aspen Love by Robert Indiana (b. 1928), a wonderful variation of his best-known LOVE theme both in its unique palette and in the repetition of the word in four panels. It was from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Henry K. DeBoest, who acquired the work directly from the artist. Competitive bidding on the painting sent the price sailing past its estimate of $200,000-300,000 to reach $490,000.
Mexican-born artist Gunther Gerzso (1915-2000) spent much of his youth in Switzerland with his uncle, the noted art collector Dr. Hans Wendland, who introduced him to Paul Klee and set designer Nando Tamberlani. Highlighting the Property of a Private Beverly Hills Collector was an untitled work from 1976 that sold for $81,250, surpassing its estimate of $50,000-70,000. From the same collection were modernist and Latin American works by Guillermo Meza, Francisco Zuniga, Raymundo Martinez, Pablo Esteban O’Higgins, Carlos Merida, Pedro Friedeberg, Filipe Castaneda, Rolando Rojas and Luis Nishizawa, among others.
From the Sara T. and John D. Davies Collection was an abstract work dated 1955-56 by Giorgio Cavallon (1904-1989) that sold for $81,250, surpassing its estimate of $50,000-70,000. Born in Italy, Cavallon settled in New York, where he studied at the National Academy of Design and was later a founding member of the American Abstract Artists group, fully embracing Abstract Expressionism during the 1940s.
The work of Martin Wong (1946-1999) often included text and sign language symbology culled from lurid tabloid headlines. A work from 1981 referenced John Hinckley Jr’s assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan, fueled by Hinckley’s obsession with actress Jodie Foster, sold for $56,250 against an estimate of $40,000-60,000.
All prices include the Buyers' Premium.
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