Christie’s kicked off Americana Week in New York City with the Outsider and Vernacular Art sale live at Rockefeller Center on 18 January 2023. In total, the sale achieved $2,064,384; it was sold 99% by lot, 99% by value, and 132% sold against low estimates.
The top lot in the sale was The Black Cat by Winfred Rembert, which sold for $302,400, surpassing its estimate of $150,000-200,000. Another leading highlight was Goat, Camel, Lion and Figures, an iconic work by Bill Traylor, which achieved $252,000. This drawing stands among the most historically important works by Traylor as it is the piece he renders in a series of famous photographs taken by Charles Shannon.
The select group of artworks from the collection of Jane Fonda totaled $277,956, led by Untitled, a massive assemblage by Thornton Dial which sold for $107,100. Americana Week at Christie’s continues tomorrow with From Peale to Peto: American Masters from the Pollack Collection at 10 AM. The full schedule of sales can be viewed here.