The Auction Block

“Artist, Mind, Studio,” 1994 Viola Frey (1933–2004)

Estimate: $60,000 – $80,000

Auction Date: October 25

Over the course of her five-decade career, Viola Frey produced an impressive body of artwork as she explored the mediums of glass, wallpaper and photography in addition to painting, drawing and sculpture. Drawn to the expressive potential of clay, Frey — along with her colleagues Robert Arneson and Peter Voulkos — was instrumental in cracking the barrier between craft and fine art. This glazed ceramic sculpture is part of Bonhams’ Made in California contemporary art sale.


Russian Cockerel-Form Presentation Cup, 1882–1899

Alexander Nikolaevich Sokolov (n.d.)
Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000
Auction Date: October 17

Part of an upcoming sale of Silver & Russian Works of Art at Freeman’s, this piece from St. Petersburg, designed in the Slavic Revival style, is modeled as a standing cockerel bearing an engraved and champlevé-enameled shield with the Latin script monogram for the original Russian-born owners. With a tail-shaped handle support, strapwork ornament, gilded interior and grandiose whimsy, it is like no other piece likely to be seen at auction.


“Kachina Dolls,” 1986
Andy Warhol (1928–1987)

Estimate: $15,000 – $20,000

Auction Date: November 1

Doyle’s upcoming auction of Prints & Multiples will feature works by Old Masters such as Albrecht Dürer; modern European masters such as Picasso, Chagall, Matisse and Miró; well- known Americans such as Whistler, Homer and Benton; and contemporary artists such as Alex Katz, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Tom Wesselmann and Andy Warhol, whose “Kachina Dolls,” a screenprint made the year before he died, is quite a find.

“Young Woman on the Beach, The Lonely One,” 1896

Edvard Munch (1863–1944)
Estimate: $3 million – $4 million
Auction Date: October 23 and 24

The department of Prints & Multiples at Sotheby’s New York will offer a large selection of important works spanning the 20th century. Highlights include this haunting mezzotint by Edvard Munch of a woman’s back as she gazes into the distance, Richard Diebenkorn’s monumental etching “Green and The Lonely One,” a pristine set of Andy

Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup” cans and works by Jasper Johns and Pablo Picasso.

Bringing The Hammer Down
Final selling prices for last month’s featured Auction Block items


“Fan Fire IV,” 1970
Sam Gilliam (b. 1933)
Auction Date: September 15

Estimate: $100,000 – $150,000

Final Selling Price: $332,400


“Pet Bird,” 1986
Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920)

Auction Date: September 18

Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000

Final Selling Price: $23,750


“Unititled,” 1964

Lee Krasner (1908–1984)
The Collection of Edward Albee

Auction Date: September 26

Estimate: $120,000 – $180,000

Final Selling Price: $588,500

“Charlotte Rampling at the Hotel Nord-Pinus, Arles,” 1973

Helmut Newton (1920–2004)
Auction Date: October 2
Estimate: $20,000 – $25,000
Final Selling Price: $17,500

Doyle New York

Chinese White Jade Covered Censer, 19th c.

Auction Date: September 11

Estimate: $15,000 – $25,000

Final Selling Price: $87,500



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