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Christie’s Folk Art Sale Includes Hamilton Bust, Late Henry Darger Painting

Henry Darger, "Watch Where You Are Going Kid You'll Run Smack Into Those Phanto Flowers."

Henry Darger, Watch Where You Are Going Kid You’ll Run Smack Into Those Phanto Flowers, n.d.


Christie’s will hold its sale of Important American Furniture, Outsider and Folk Art on September 24, at Rockefeller Center in New York. Among the 117 lots are 25 selections from Credit Suisse’s Americana Collection, including a Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington (estimated to sell between $200,000 and $300,000), and a bust of Alexander Hamilton, lately of hip-hop musicals and the $10 bill, though that will soon change. At least there’s still this bust for all you Hamilton fans out there, which will cost you an estimated 500 to 800 ten dollar bills.

Other highlights include an 1875 Thomas P. Moses painting, The Schooner Charles Carroll on the Piscataqua from the North End of Noble’s Bridge, Portsmouth, New Hampshire ($300,000 to $500,000), and an undated, double-sided Henry Darger painting, Watch Where You Are Going Kid You’ll Run Smack Into Those Phanto Flowers. According to Christie’s, the painting is likely from later in the artist’s career, “judging from its size, complexity, and bright colors.” The painting was purchased directly from the artist by Nathan and Kiyoko Lerner, and is estimated to sell for $400,000 to $600,000.

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