Works by Paul Evans and Picasso are Star Lots at Bonhams Los Angeles Sales

Los Angeles – Bonhams Los Angeles had a strong showing this week with the success of its two live sales, Modern Decorative Art + Design on March 8 and The Collection of Gail Feingarten Oppenheimer on March 9. The Modern Decorative Art + Design sale kicked off the year for the department making $1,405,630 inc. buyer's premium and over 70 lots selling above their pre-sale estimate. A single-owner sale, The Collection of Gail Feingarten Oppenheimer followed up the previous day's achievement making $1,629,709 inc. premium as well as 98% sold by lot and 100% sold by value.

Modern Decorative Art + Design
March 8

More than doubling its low estimate, a rare Argente Cabinet (1967) by Paul Evans (1931-1987) led the Bonhams Modern Decorative Art + Design in Los Angles on March 8. The mid-century work that beautifully mixes metals and slate sold for $69,063 far exceeding its pre-sale estimate of $25,000 – 35,000. Other works that had outstanding performances were a ceramic, Pillow Pitcher (circa 1980), by Betty Woodman (1930 – 2018) selling for $50,313 against a pre-sale estimate of $15,000 – 20,000 and a vase by Michael and Magdalena Frimkess (b. 1937, 1929) sold for $37,813 against a pre-sale estimate of $6,000 – 8,000.

Additional sale highlights:

• Two Illuminated Pendant Crocodiles by Frank Gehry (b. 1929) that were prominently featured in the famed Rebecca's Restaurant in L.A. sold for $54,063 and $37,813. They were estimated at $50,000 – 70,000 and $30,000 – 50,000, respectively.

• The family-owned Austrian glass company, J. & L. Lobmeyr's (founded 1823) Monumental Sputnik Chandelier circa the 1960s sold for $50,313. In the style of the Metropolitan Opera House fixtures, it was estimated at $8,000 – 12,000.

Turquoise Tapestry (1975) by After Alexander Calder (1898-1976) sold for $31,563 against a pre-sale estimate of $8,000 – 12,000.

The Collection of Gail Feingarten Oppenheimer
March 9

The collection of former Los Angeles dealer of modern masters, Gail Feingarten Oppenheimer, achieved great success at Bonhams in Los Angeles on March 9. Leading the sale were Fifteen Gold Medallions from Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) which sold for $350,313. The medallions were cast by Ateliers Hugo, the goldsmith known for executing Picasso's designs, and had a pre-sale estimate of $200,000 – 300,000. Moxie by Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946), a contemporary realist painter and a third-generation American artist, earned more than double its pre-sale estimate of $50,000 – 70,000 when it sold for $144,063. Notably, four artists achieved auction world records during the sale: Adolphe Keller (1880-1968), Blake Edwards (1922-2010), Suzanne Pascal (1914-2021), and Henri-Jozef Pauwels (1903-1983).

Additional sale highlights:

Creation by Albert Gleizes (1881-1953) sold for $112,813 against a pre-sale estimate of $80,000-120,000.

Nu blond au repos by Henri Lebasque (1865-1937) sold for $75,313. It was estimated at $40,000 – 60,000.

Cones et spheres, one of nine sculptures by Joseph Csaky (1888-1971) in the sale, sold for $75,313, it had a estimate of $80,000 - 120,000.

• A post-impressionist painting, La Terrasse by Albert André (1869-1954), sold for $60,313 against a pre-sale estimate of $30,000 – 50,000.


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