Contemporary Art: May 12, 2022 Auction Highlights

Featuring Art from the Collection of the late Francis V. O’Connor, Co-editor of the Jackson Pollock Catalogue Raisonné

Lot 352: David Hockney, Pool Made with Paper and Blue Ink for Book, color lithograph, 1980. Estimate $30,000 to $50,000.
Our spring auction of Contemporary Art features significant works ranging from the mid-twentieth century to the current, with paintings, sculpture, drawings and limited editions, among which includes art from the collection of the late Francis V. O’Connor (1937-2017), co-editor of the Jackson Pollock catalogue raisonné. The collection comes to auction on behalf of an institution and is anchored by several scarce Pollock items including two watercolors and a sculpture.

Lot 34: Willem de Kooning, Quatre Lithographies, portfolio with four color lithographs, 1986. Estimate $100,000 to $150,000. 

Other highlights include a complete set of Willem de Kooning’s color lithographs, Quatre Lithographies, 1986; a large painted wood sculpture by Louise Nevelson from the 1950s; and an early oil on canvas by Roy Lichtenstein, Indian with Pipe, circa 1953, among a collection of his quintessential Pop Art prints, such as Crak!, 1963-64, Temple, 1964, and Sunrise, 1965, as well as other editions by contemporaries Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and Wayne Thiebaud, and an important collection of works by Robert Indiana, including one of his earliest oil paintings to ever surface to auction, Sun, circa 1957. Another significant, early work making its market debut in this auction is Robert Rauschenberg’s Untitled (Kisses from St. Petersburg, Florida), watercolor and collage on paper, 1958.

Lot 235: Roy Lichtenstein, Crak!, color offset lithograph, 1963. Estimate $15,000 to $20,000.

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Lot 2: Jackson Pollock, Untitled (Mexican Theme), watercolor, crayon and ink on paper, 1939. Estimate $15,000 to $20,000.
Lot 225: Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Kisses from St. Petersburg, Florida), watercolor and collage on paper, 1958. Estimate $50,000 to $80,000.

Also featured is a strong selection of more recent contemporary works, with highlights that will include Vija Celmins, Untitled (Desert), color lithograph, 1971, David Hockney, Pool Made with Paper and Blue Ink for Book, color lithograph, 1980, and Joan Mitchell, Bedford I, color lithograph, 1981.

Lot 331: Vija Celmins, Untitled (Desert), lithograph, 1971. Estimate $30,000 to $50,000.

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