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Hirschfeld Work Tops Swann American Art, Drawings Sale

Swann Galleries’ sale of Amer¬ican art, Old Master drawings and 19th- and 20th-century drawings on June 12 realized hammer prices totaling $999,475 against an estimate of $1 million/1.6 million.

NEW YORK—Swann Galleries’ sale of American art, Old Master drawings and 19th- and 20th-century drawings on June 12 realized hammer prices totaling $999,475 against an estimate of $1 million/1.6 million. With premium, the auctioneer took in $1.2 million. Of 424 lots offered, 316, or 75 percent, were sold.

Among the top lots was a pen-and-ink illustration on board by Al Hirschfeld, A Backstage Warning, Country Theater, Suffern, 1938, which sold for $84,000. Several works by Eastern European painter David Burliuk (1882–1967) also figured among the sale’s top lots. A 1960 oil on board, Farm Scene, one of several on offer, sold for $31,200, and Seashore, Still Life with Flowers and Shells, took $28,800.

A study of arms and hands, circa 1920, by John Singer Sargent sold for $18,000, as did a pastel by John Marin, Venetian Palaces and Canal, circa 1907.

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