NEW YORK—Christie’s midseason sale of California, Western and American art in Los Angeles on Oct. 29 realized $2.4 million. Of 97 lots on offer, 59, or 61 percent, found buyers. The auction was 57 percent sold by value.
The top lot was Path Through a Field of Bluebonnets, a landscape by Julian Onderdonk (1882–1922), which had not been on the market for 50 years. The bidding for the work soared past the $120,000 high estimate to bring in $326,500.
Among the other top lots, Cup of Gold, 1901, a landscape painting by William Wendt (1865–1946), sold for $242,500 (estimate: $200,000/300,000). The painting was exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago shortly after it was completed, in 1902. It was sold at Sotheby’s in 1994, where it brought in $74,000 against a modest $15,000/25,000 estimate. Medicine Spring, a 1917 oil by Taos artist Eanger Irving Couse (1866–1936) depicting two Native Americans crouched by the side of a spring, brought in $302,500 (estimate: $250,000/350,000). And Follerin’ the Tracks, 1907, by William Herbert Dunton (1878–1926) sold for $170,500 against an estimate of $150,000/250,000.
Portrait of a Lady, circa 1935, an oil by Russian-born artist Nicolai Fechin (1881–1955) depicting an Asian woman in traditional dress, earned $242,500 (estimate: $200,000/300,000), and his portrait Young Girl, circa 1930, realized $206,500 on an estimate of $100,000/150,000.