Bronze sets new world auction record

Before Clars Auction Gallery offered the most extensive collection of Richard MacDonald sculptures as part of their March Fine Estates Sale, it was suspected the sale would set a new world record. The collection of 17 sculptures offered March 14 ranged in size from 14 to 54 inches tall. Presale estimates ranged from $1,000 to $50,000.

Richard MacDonald is considered by many the foremost figurative sculptor working today. His bronze sculptures show the power, grace and beauty of athletes, ballerinas, mimes and nymphs. He gained worldwide recognition in 1996 when his sculpture “Flair Across America” was installed at Centennial Park in Atlanta for the 1996 Olympic Games.

The patinated bronze sculpture, “Nureyev Half Life, 1990” (Lot 6579) measured 44 inches high by 25 1/2 inches wide by 18 inches deep. It was signed and dated “R. MacDonald 90” on the sculpture, ed. 16/50. There was very active floor and phone bidding on this piece. The winning bidder had been waiting for years for this particular work to come to auction. The final sale price of $53,330 solidly set a new world record for Richard MacDonald.

Now holding third highest price achieved for this artist was Lot 6580, a patinated bronze entitled “Myth and Legend: Diana & the Coursing Cheetahs,” 1996. This work sold for $13,040.

Overall, Clars’ March sale realized strong prices across the board with other highlights being the work by another well-known sculptor, Louis Ernest Barrias (French, 1841-1901). His gold patinated sculpture entitled “Nature reveals Herself” was estimated to achieve $8,000 to $12,000 but sold for $21,330.

A diamond ring in platinum set with a 4.18 carat round diamond sold for $59,250 and coming from the Loftus collection of Carmel (Calif.), a pair of tall carved Chinese tusks estimated at $4,000 to $6,000, sold for $7,110.

Highlighting the art category was a framed oil on canvas entitled “Silver Veiled Horizon” by Hanson Duvall Puthuff which achieved $13,035. KPM performed well as expected with the framed porcelain plaque “The Expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael” selling for $9,480. On the furniture side, a stunning Napoleon III ormolu and porcelain mounted marble top side cabinet brought $10,665.

For more information visit Clars’ Web site at or call 888-339-7600.  ?

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