Outsider And Vernacular Art Totals $2,064,384

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.

Outsider And Vernacular Art Totals $2,064,384
Charles Shannon, Bill Traylor’s Hands/Drawing Board and Cane, 1939.
Photograph: Charles E. and Eugenia C. Shannon Trust, courtesy Betty Cuningham Gallery

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.

Sale Highlights | Outsider And Vernacular Art

Outsider And Vernacular Art Totals $2,064,384
BILL TRAYLOR (circa 1853-1949)
Goat, Camel, Lion and Figures
graphite on repurposed card
14 x 22 in.
Executed circa 1939.
Price Realized: $252,000
Outsider And Vernacular Art Totals $2,064,384
Things Grow in the United States: Works from the Collection of Jane Fonda
THORNTON DIAL (1928-2016)
mixed media including wire, fabric and Splash Zone compound on canvas
76 x 65 in.
Executed in 1991.
Price Realized: $107,100
Outsider And Vernacular Art Totals $2,064,384
HENRY DARGER (1892-1973)
Eagle Headed Blengin
graphite, carbon transfer and watercolor on paper
14 x 17 in.
Executed circa 1950-60.
Price Realized: $107,100

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