Christie’s Americana Week Auctions Achieve $9 Million

Christie’s week of Americana sales totaled $9,202,500 and established five auction records. A rare contemporary 1776 broadside edition of the Declaration of Independence from the Collection of Ambassador J. William Middendorf II sold for $990,000, achieving the top price across the series of sales.

“What an extraordinary week during extraordinary times,” said John Hays, Deputy Chairman, Christie’s America.  “Record prices were paid in every category sold this week—most notably the portrait of George Washington, by James Sharples and a contemporary broadside of the Declaration of Independence.  This auction demonstrates the continued strong interest Americans have in their art and culture—from Native American basketry, silver, furniture, and Outsider Art. It was an honor for Christie’s to represent the owners of these remarkable pieces offered in the auction.”

OVERVIEW OF SALE RESULTS

In Praise of America: Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Prints and Broadsides

New York | January 21-22
Sale Total: $5,936,000 Sold by value: 95% | Sold by lot: 85%

Christie's Americana Week Auctions Achieve $9 Million
CONTINENTAL CONGRESS, 1776 PRICE REALIZED: $990,000

The sale was led by the rare contemporary 1776 broadside edition of the Declaration of Independence from the Collection of Ambassador J. William Middendorf II which sold for $990,000, above its estimate of $600,000-800,000. Auction records were established for two works from the Middendorf Collection; a fine copy of Paul Revere’s iconic engraving of the Boston Massacre which totaled $412,500, and a portrait of George Washington by James Sharples, which sold for $325,000, exceeding its estimate of $50,000-70,000.

A Newport card table made by John Townsend totaled $250,000 and the selection of silver was led by a set of twelve American 18-karat gold after-dinner coffee cups, saucers, and spoons by Tiffany which sold for $110,000. Strong prices were achieved for Folk Art including a Washoe basket by Dat So La Lee sold for $237,500 above its estimate of $40,000-60,000, and a carved white marble recumbent lion from the Siegmund Collection, which totaled $50,000.

“We were extremely honored for the opportunity to offer highlights from Ambassador Middendorf’s collection – and the sale’s results confirm the continued strong interest in important pieces of printed Americana.”

Peter Klarnet, Senior Specialist, Americana, Books and Manuscripts

Outsider And Vernacular Art

New York | January 21
Sale Total: $2,137,750
Sold by value: 99% | Sold by lot: 97%

Christie's Americana Week Auctions Achieve $9 Million
BILL TRAYLOR Two Dogs Fighting; Man Chasing Dog, 1939-1942 PRICE REALIZED: $293,750

Christie’s Outsider and Vernacular Art totaled $2,137,750 with 99% sold by value and 97% sold by lot, surpassing over twice the total low estimate. The sale was led by Bill Traylor, Two Dogs Fighting; Man Chasing Dog, 1939-1942, which realized $293,750, more than double its low estimate of $100,000. Additional top lots of the sale include Martín Ramírez, Untitled (Tunnels and Train), the 1950s, which achieved $187,500, against a low estimate of $40,000 and Thornton Dial, Creation of Life in the Blackberry Patch, 2003, which realized $150,000, against a low estimate of $40,000. The sale also saw three new artist records for Judith Scott, Raymond Materson, and Laura Craig McNellis.  

“Phone and internet bidding enabled buyers and bidders from around the globe to set exceptional prices and make the sale a great success. Art institutions, first-time bidders, and established collectors all participated; Outsider Art has never had a broader audience.”

Cara Zimmerman, Head of Sale, Outsider Art

Chinese Export Art Featuring Property From The Tibor Collection

Online | January 7-20
Sale Total: $1,128,750
Sold by value: 99% | Sold by lot: 75%

Christie's Americana Week Auctions Achieve $9 Million
A RARE PAIR OF GOOSE TUREENS AND COVERS QIANLONG PERIOD, CIRCA 1760-1780 PRICE REALIZED: $150,000

The online sale of Chinese Export Art Featuring Property from the Tibor Collection totaled $1,128,750 and sold 99% by value, led by A Rare Pair of Goose Tureens and Covers, which sold for $150,000. Additional top lots of the sale include A Rare Ox-head Tureen and Cover, which achieved $52,500 and A Pair of Famille Rose Roosters, which realized $52,500.

“Today’s sale was a testament to the vitality of the Chinese Export market.  Porcelain designed by Cornelis Pronk, mugs from the Eckenhoff Collection and fabulous figures from the Tibor Collection all had strong results.  The bidding was particularly spirited for a number of birds in the sale, including a pair of famille rose roosters, a rooster tureen cover and a pair of hawk boxes and covers.”

Carleigh Queenth, Head of Sale, Chinese Export Art

Records:

  • ARTIST RECORD: Judith Scott, Untitled (Heart), 1993, $52,500
  • ARTIST RECORD: Laura Craig McNellis, Untitled (Steak Dinner), 2000, $5,250
  • ARTIST RECORD: Raymond Materson, It’s Over (Iraqi Surrender to Italian Cameraman), 1991, $17,500
  • ARTIST RECORD: James Sharples, George Washington, 1796-1801, $325,000
  • RECORD FOR THE PRINT: THE BLOODY MASSACRE PERPETRATED IN KING STREET, BOSTON, ON MARCH 5TH 1770, BY A PARTY OF THE 29TH REGT. Paul Revere, 1770, $412,500
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