Records for Pollock, Whistler & Rembrandt in This Week’s Sale

Wednesday’s Old Master Through Modern Prints sale, paired with yesterday’s Atelier 17, Abstract Expressionism & The New York School sale, brought nearly $3,000,000, and set print records for several major artists.
Jackson Pollock, Untitled, circa 1944-45. One of only two proofs.

A posthumously produced Jackson Pollock drypoint and engraving, Untitled, circa 1944-45, one of two proofs prior to an edition of 50 printed for the MoMA, New York, 1967, set a record for any print by Pollock sold at auction. Bringing $102,000, it was the top lot across both sale days.

James A.M. Whistler, Finette, 1859.

Among the stellar prints by Whistler in the Old Master through Modern section were five that set new auction records, and each of these brought more than $20,000. The top Whistler lot, Finette, a drypoint and etching on Japan paper, 1859, sold for $84,000.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Self Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, etching, 1639.

The Old Master section of the sale earned over $1 million on its own, and saw two records for Rembrandt etchings. Self Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, 1639, an extremely scarce print in excellent condition, brought $72,000, and Rembrandt’s The Descent from the Cross: Second Plate, 1633, a large print, sold for $69,000.