Top Lots: Old Master Through Modern Prints

The first sale in Swann’s very busy May 2013 schedule of auctions was Old Master Through Modern Prints on the first day of the month. George Bellows’s 1917 lithograph A Stag at Sharkey’s brought $168,000, making it a record for any print by the artist at auction and the top lot of the day. Works by Edward Hopper, Martin Lewis, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Grant Wood also sold particularly well. 

George Bellows, A Stag at Sharkey’s, lithograph, 1917.

Among Old Master prints, Melencolia I by Albrecht Dürer achieved the highest price of the day, selling for $132,000. Created the same year as Dürer’s St. Jerome in his Study and Knight, Death and the Devil, the print is considered one of Dürer’s master (or meisterstiche) engravings.

Albrecht Dürer, Melencolia I, engraving, 1514. 

Rembrandt van Rijn’s Christ Healing the Sick (The Hundred Guilder Print) was said to be sold for 100 Dutch Guilders in the 17th century when it was created. In this auction, it sold for $90,000. 

Rembrandt van Rijn, Christ Healing the Sick (The Hundred Guilder Print), etching, engraving and drypoint,  circa 1643-49.