It is needless to say that Christie’s offers premier auctions of the finest art, jewelry, watches, wine, antiques, interiors, and more. It is always a great pleasure for our team of art shippers to visit this world-renowned auction house and pick up art from it for our clients. It is indeed an amazing place with outstanding customer service and supporting staff. However, there is nothing like fantastic art pieces sold via Christie’s, and in this blog post, we want to tell you about several beautiful examples of modern and contemporary art sold at American Art Auction, which was held in New York on May 22.
The top lot of Christie’s American Art Auction was “Hibiscus” by Georgia O’Keeffe, a renowned American artist who is often called the “Mother of American modernism.” This beautiful oil on canvas work in tropical color palette, created in 1939, comes from O’Keeffe’s popular series of controversial enlarged flowers, which many found to represent women’s genitalia, though that intention was consistently denied by the artist. Estimated at $4,000,000 – 6,000,000, “Hibiscus” went under the hammer for $4,812,500, showing another great result for work by Georgia O’Keeffe at auction.
Other interesting paintings sold at Christie’s American Art Auction include:
- “Red Nude” (1954) by Milton Avery – sold for $3,012,500, more than doubling its high estimate;
- “Conversation on the Avenue” (1892) by Childe Hassam – sold for $2,412,500, almost reaching its high estimate of $2,500,000;
- “Cherry Blossom Snow” (c. 1917-1945) by Charles Ephraim Burchfield – sold for $1,812,500, exceeding its high estimate by more than $300,000;
- “Barefoot Boy Daydreaming” (1922) by Norman Rockwell – sold for $1,572,500, also exceeding its high estimate of $1,500,000.
There were many other important works by renowned American artists, which also brought impressive results. Overall, Christie’s American Art Auction raised a total of $32,843,500, including buyer’s premium.