Tom Wesselmann Pop Art nude sold for $15,990

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WOODBURY, Conn. – A colorful Pop Art banner by artist Tom Wesselmann (Am. 1931-2004) earned $15,990 during Woodbury Auction’s Feb. 26, 2012 sale of more than 365 lots, which included market-fresh fine and decorative arts from estates and collections from coast to coast.

Tom Wesselmann pop art bannerTom Wesselmann, “Nude Banner” sold for $15,990 at a Feb. 26, 2012 auction. Photo courtesy Woodbury Auction.

The top lot in the sale, “Nude Banner,” circa 1968-69, is composed of vinyl applique, measures 59 inches high and 71 1/2 inches wide and is believed to be one of the original edition of 20. The work was a framed Pop Art conception of a reclining nude, with table set with red roses and an orange, with blue star in field. Another of the original 20 is held at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Known for his “Pop-Art” nude figures (the “Great American Nude Series”) as well as collages, often with food themes, Tom Wesselmann is a Cincinnati born artist who studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and at Cooper Union in New York City in the late 1950s. In 1959, Wesselmann began his collages, which show influence of modernist artists ranging from Willem de Kooning to Henri Matisse.

Other artwork results include a framed oil on canvas, still life painting of pears on a table setting, Henk Bos (Dutch, 1901-1979), which fetched $1698, and a framed abstract oil on paper by Rolph Scarlett (circa 1889-1984) circa 1950, which knocked down for $399 to a Live Auctioneers bidder.

An appealing folk art sign painter’s trade sign “J.W. Mallett – Sign Painter” in red letter shadowing and gold letters and border on a black ground, 28” high, 17 1/2 inches wide, went to a bidder in the room for $1500.

Other highlights of the sale include a Markneukirchen tiger maple violin, made in Germany circa 1920, labeled by Arno Erwin Hendel, which knocked down to a phone bidder for $800. The same estate yielded a silver mounted Paris-made bow stamped Leon Pique, which was claimed by a bidder in the room for $862.

A set of eight Erte crystal “Majestique” champagne flutes with cut/etched figures of muses also sold to the Internet for $1,045.

A modernist brass and tile top coffee table with tapered brass legs, retailed by and bearing stamp of G. Fox & Company, Hartford, was sold to the Internet for $860.

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