WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – Original paintings by acclaimed artists Peter Max, Eben F. Comins, Mark Kostabi and the artist known as Mr. Brainwash, along with a large 22-karat gold cuff bracelet signed Jean Mahie, are all part of Auction Life’s upcoming auction on Wednesday, August 3. The auction is titled “Been this, been that. An auction of everything » and begins at 3 p.m. EDT.
The 430-lot auction is filled with market-fresh finds from South Florida’s premier estates and collections, including vintage and antique jewelry, fine art, china, antiques, collectibles, art glass, sculptures, artifacts, perfumes and crystal. “It’s a great summer sale, with lots of items in a wide range of categories,” said Tarek Eljabaly, owner of Auction Life and auctioneer.
The auction will be held online, with a limited number of live seats available in the West Palm Beach area gallery (RSVP required). Exhibit time and gallery previews will be by appointment only (call 561-757-1551 or email [email protected]). Online auctions are conducted through LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Auctionzip.com. Tenders and tenders accepted.
The original acrylic on canvas by Peter Max (German-American, born in 1937 in Berlin), titled Blushing Beauty VI, is a colorful and vibrant depiction of an arrangement of leaves and flowers, contrasting with a woman’s pale face. The 36-inch by 24-inch painting comes with a letter of authenticity and is expected to fetch between $15,000 and $25,000. Peter Max is a major Pop Art icon of the 1960s.
The fresco on plaster on board/panel by Eben F. Comins (American, 1875-1949) depicts an Art Deco lady and is signed in a stylized monogram between the date, such as “19 (EFC) 31”. The 24-inch by 18-inch (view, minus frame) work has an estimate of $7,500 to $15,000. Provenance: Exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in the Art in the Comins’ one man show, Frescoes by Eben F. Comins, March 31-April 22, 1931 exposure.
Original oil on canvas painting by Kalev (Mark) Kostabi (American/Calif., b. 1960) shows a person leaning over a pool table to take their picture, fluorescent light bulbs in the background. The black and white rendering, titled Having fun with number one (1999), is signed and dated at the bottom and measures 30 inches by 24 inches (view, minus frame). It should reach $5,000 to $10,000.
An original acrylic on paper in mixed media by the French street artist from Los Angeles known as Mr. Brainwash (real name: Thierry Guetta, born in 1966), titled Street geek / Life is good, depicts a standing man in a suit, hands behind his back, holding a copy of art for dummies, with his hat and umbrella, gazing at a work of art (est. $4,500-$9,000).
Famous designers Jean Mahie’s wide cuff bracelet, executed in their usual pattern of abstract figures in solid 22k gold, is signed and hallmarked and comes in a Nieman Marcus button-up suede pouch. The one-of-a-kind bracelet, made in 1982, is titled Milled lace (French slang for “Billet de 1000 francs”). (est. $10,000 to $20,000).
A set of four modern black three-legged Costes Driade Adelph cafe chairs designed by Philippe Starck in the 1980s, each chair measuring 31 ½ inches high by 19 inches wide, with an illegible signature on the tubular metal frames, has an estimate of $2,000-$4,000.
A unique Chinese scenic bronze urn (or lantern), with scenic plaques applied throughout, could fetch between $750 and $7,500. Scenes include a person near a campfire with a flying bird, a person on a boat in the water with a flying crane, a close-up of a bird with flowers, a pair of flying birds with what could be bamboo and birds under trees.
A mid-century modern multi-dimensional mixed metal wall sculpture by William and Bruce Freidle, a unique piece executed in their traditional abstract brutalist style and featuring multiple layers of shaped, welded, drilled and edged copper and brass parts, signed and dated ’73’, 50 inches by 40 inches, should go for between $1,500 and $3,000.
A limited edition lithograph on paper by Tom Everhart (Washington, DC, b. 1960), titled March vogue, featuring the character Snoopy in fancy fashion attire, hat and scarf, signed and numbered, from an edition of 350, is estimated between $500 and $1,500. Everhart is the only artist legally authorized to use the work of Charles Schulz Peanuts characters in his works.
A 24-piece set of imperial Lomonosov cobalt and gold porcelain dishes in the Cobalt Net (sometimes called tulip) pattern, including eight scalloped dessert/pie plates (each 7 inches in diameter), eight rimmed soup bowls (8 ¾ inches in diameter), and eight large plates (each 10 ¾ inches in diameter) should cost between $400 and $1,200.
Four mid-century modern black and white Tema E Variazioni wall plaques, made by Formasetti in Milan, Italy, will be sold individually, with each set carrying an estimate of $100-$300. The 10 ¼ inch diameter plates are numbered all the way down and are face themed (face in column, face in hand, face with shapes, face in card suit).
Auction Life’s advising specialists have over 50 years of combined experience in the fields of jewellery, fine art, sterling silver, diamonds and antiques. Tarek Jabaly has been involved in the South Florida auction industry for over ten years, serving as an auctioneer, real estate buyer, manager,
auction coordinator and shipper liaison. He is also associated with Florida Chartered Real Estate Sales.
Auction Life, Inc. is currently seeking quality submissions for future auctions. To inquire about selling an item, estate or collection, you can call them at (561) 757-1551; or you can email them to [email protected] Learn more about Auction Life and the August 3 auction Been this, been that. An offer of everythingvisit www.AuctionLifeFlorida.com. (AB 3566)
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