Successful Auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art on May 11, 2022
Auction Records for Mikulas Medek, Pratuang Emjaroean and Fred Mitchell
Comprising Lots 62 - 98 in the May 11 Auction
NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle's auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art on May 11, 2022 saw determined competition and a sale total that surpassed expectations. Encompassing works by American, European and Asian artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, the sale spanned artistic movements from Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Minimalism, moving through Fluxus and Mail Art to Street Art and works by emerging artists.
With competitive international bidding, the sale totaled a strong $3,284,642, exceeding the pre-sale estimate of $1,916,600-2,963,100, with 84% sold by lot and 100% sold by value.
Highlighting the sale was a 1978 work by Martin Wong that achieved $151,200, surpassing its estimate of $80,000-120,000. Given as a wedding gift to close friends in 1980, Dave’s Corner is a work from Martin’s earliest days in New York City. Depicting Dave's Corner Luncheonette, a 24-hour diner formerly located at the corner of Canal Street and Broadway, Dave’s Corner is an early glimpse into Martin Wong’s imagery of the downtown NYC he inhabited. Dave's Corner Luncheonette was a popular spot for both local denizens as well as patrons of the nearby Mudd Club, and in this painting, we see Martin’s exaggerated Art Deco-influenced styling within the booth seating and barstools, as well as his meticulous detailing of the checkerboard floor.
Auction Records for Mikulas Medek, Pratuang Emjaroean & Fred Mitchell
The sale saw determined bidders send works by three artists to record prices. Czech artist Mikulas Medek's A Flight of Time from the Estate of Randolph Harrison sold for $88,200 and Thai artist Pratuang Emjaroean's untitled work sold for $63,000 -- each a U.S. Auction Record for the Artist. Fred Mitchell's 1963 abstraction Meet Me at the Garden realized $56,700 -- A World Auction Record for the Artist.
The Collection of Emily Barclay McFadden Harrison Staempfli
Emily Barclay McFadden Harrison Staempfli, affectionately known as BB, was a generous patron of the arts. An early collector and friend of Andy Warhol, she also enjoyed close relationships with Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp. Her second husband, George W. Staempfli, was the founder of the eponymous art gallery in Manhattan. Property from the Collection in the May 11 sale consigned by the the Estate of her son Randolph Harrison included works by Harry Bertoia, Roland Petersen, Fritz Koenig and Yvonne Thomas. Read Bio
Impressionist & Modern Art and Latin American Art
In addition to Post-War & Contemporary Art, the May 11 sale presented special sections devoted to Impressionist & Modern Art (Read More) and Latin American Art (Read More) with equally strong results.
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A U.S. Auction Record for the Artist