Los Angeles, CA
Bonhams, April 30
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On April 30, Bonhams auction house hosts one of its three yearly auctions featuring California and western paintings and sculptures. From April 19 to 21 in San Francisco, and from April 26 to 28 in Los Angeles, between 150 and 200 artworks are on view at the company’s properties on San Bruno Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, respectively. And on Tuesday, April 30, the auction begins at 6 p.m. in Los Angeles with a simulcast in San Francisco. “The auction is in both cities,” says Bonhams’ Director of Fine Arts in Los Angeles, Scot Levitt. “Everyone is looking at the same thing at the same time, on video screen.” There are online, telephone, and absentee bidding options available as well.
One of the highlights of the auction is a painting by E. Charlton Fortune titled THE SENORA’S GARDEN, which is estimated to sell for between $300,000 and $500,000. “We sold [a Fortune painting] back in December 2007 for $1.8 million, and it was estimated at $300,000 to $500,000,” Levitt says. “It was the second-highest record for a plein-air painting at auction—second only to a Guy Rose landscape that sold out of New York.”
Other noteworthy lots include an estate collection with TRACKS ON THE TRAIL by Oscar Berninghaus, THE OLD CHIEF’S QUERY by Joseph Henry Sharp, a C.M. Russell watercolor, and a Michael Coleman painting. “We also have a deaccession from a Southern California museum,” notes Levitt. That collection comprises around 30 paintings. And Levitt says that there are still more pieces coming in.
According to Levitt, the California and Western Paintings Auction has grown signifi-cantly in the past couple of years. “We’ve really been trying to react to the market. The last auction had a bigger audience, better prices, and doubled the previous auction. By being very careful about the quality we accept and the price estimates, we are succeeding in building this market. We want to make this a very strong sale.” —Laura Rintala
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