Sunday, May 3 was an exciting afternoon for Freeman's Modern & Contemporary Art department with some particularly remarkable results, including Emile Nolde’s Eule, a historically significant watercolor that has been in the same private collection since before the Second World War. This extraordinary piece brought $100,000. Another notable success from Sunday’s sale was a suite of Joseph Floch paintings, which had previously been held for many decades in a single owner collection. Together these 5 lots sold for an impressive $88,338. Other highlights of the auction included Australian artist Brett Whiteley’s “Preliminary Sketch for Bonython Exhibition 1970…”, which soared past its pre-sale estimate of $8-12,000 and achieved a top price of $50,000. “Star”, a rare silver pendant by Alexander Calder, fetched $61,250 after an exciting and competitive bidding war between two eager clients.
TOP LOTS | MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART | 02/05/15
- Emil Nolde (German 1867-1956) "Eule", Sold for $100,000
- Henry Moore (British 1898-1986) "Seated Mother and Child", Sold for $62,500
- Alexander Calder (American 1898-1976) "Star" Pendant, Sold for $61,250
- Brett Whiteley (Australian 1939-1992) "Preliminary Sketch for Bonython Exhibition 1970 Including Platypus Print and Kookaburra Totems", Sold for $50,000
- Harry Bertoia (American 1915-1978) "Untitled (Bush Form)", Sold for $46,875
We anticipate another successful Modern & Contemporary Art sale this November, and are now accepting consignments. For more information, please contact: