Top Lots: American Art / Contemporary Art

Thursday’s two-part sale resulted in the highest total ever for Swann’s semi-annual auction of American Art / Contemporary Art. One of the top lots from the Contemporary portion of the sale, was Andy Warhol’s Grapes (Special Edition), a unique screenprint with diamond dust. The print set a record, selling for $64,800.

Andy Warhol, Grapes (Special Edition), unique color screenprint with diamond dust, 1979.

Harland Miller’s edgy Incurable Romantic Seeks Dirty Filthy Whore ranked second among the Contemporary Art. The 2007 painting brought $52,800. Another painting by the artist, Too Cool To Die, 2004, sold for $26,400.

Harland Miller, Incurable Romantic Seeks Dirty Filthy Whore, oil on canvas, 2007.

The top lot among the American Art was Milton Avery’s Sun Worshiper, a gouache painting on paper, circa 1932. It sold for $21,600. Another similar Avery painting, Seated Man, brought $18,000.

Milton Avery, Sun Worshiper, gouache on paper, circa 1932.

A bronze sculpture by Jared French, Standing Male Nude, brought $18,000 and set a record for sculpture by French sold at auction. It was among ten works by the artist offered in the American Art session.

Jared French, Standing Male Nude, bronze sculpture.