NEW YORK—A small bronze statue of a Native American warrior on horseback by Frederic Remington (1861-1909), The Cheyenne, led the field at the April 27-28 auction of paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago. The sculpture, consigned by a private Chicago collector and purchased by a New York dealer, brought $96,000, far exceeding the $40,0000/60,000 estimate.
The sale produced a total of $1.7 million for 448 lots, in line with the presale estimate of $1.4 million/2.1 million; 351 of the lots, or 79 percent, found buyers.
Other top performers in the sale included Irish painter Daniel O’Neill’s Martha, which earned $88,800 (estimate: $20,000/30,000); Frank Stella’s Knights and Squires, 1986, which sold for $66,000 (estimate: $30,000/50,000); Fritz Thaulow’s Along the Canal, which drew $60,000 (estimate: $30,000/40,000); John Grillo’s 1957 Phoebus, which earned $55,200 (estimate: $20,000/30,000); French painter Edouard Leon Cortes’s Cathedral of Sacre Coeur, which generated $45,600 (estimate: $25,000/35,000); Roger Brown’s Rising Above It All, 1978, which garnered $38,400 (estimate: $30,000/50,000); and Leon Golub’s Head (II), 1958, which took $33,600 (estimate: $10,000-15,000).
Auctioneer and president Leslie Hindman called the sale “very strong,” noting that there was “a lot of international bidding. If we have a work by a Polish artist, we’ll get bidders from Poland. If we have a work by an Irish artist, we’ll get Irish bidders.” There were ten telephone bidders from England and Ireland for the O’Neill, she noted, and the work eventually sold to the Taylor Gallery in Belfast, Ireland; the Fritz Thaulow was likewise sought after by Northern Europeans and bought by a Scandinavian dealer, Hindman said.
In some cases, estimates were kept on the conservative side, resulting in a number of lots outperforming expectations: Galantry, a sculpture by Swiss artist Jean Jacques Porret, bore an estimate of $7,000/9,000 and earned $26,400, and an untitled work by Chinese sculptor Zhu Ming estimated at $4,000/6,000 sold for $18,000. Six paintings by Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), each titled Kleine Welten, all sold for more than expected, including Kleine Welten I, which took in $22,800, compared with the estimate of $12,000/18,000).