American paintings strong at Ivey-Selkirk in December

With the steady interest and demand in American art, the Winter Gallery auction, Dec. 8-10, at Ivey-Selkirk fared well.
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A number of important American works of art sold for the benefit of the Alton Memorial Health Service Foundation of Alton, Ill., that were included in the $2M auction.

Edward Emerson Simmons, American (1852-1931), Homeward Bound, circa 1888, oil on canvas, signed, framed, 47 x 34 inches. Estimate: $150,000-$200,000. Sold fo $206,000. Dec. 8, 2007.

The Deer Hunters, dated 1890, by Charles Marion Russell, sold for $360,000 (including the 18 percent buyer’s premium). The auction catalogue cover depicted a painting by Edward Emerson Simmons, Homeward Bound, circa 1888, and sold for $206,000 to an East Coast telephone bidder.

Lot221 1-16.jpgOscar E. Berninghaus, American (1874-1952), Indians on a Rabbit Hunt, oil on canvas bard, signed, framed. 12 x 16 inches. Provenance: Property of a prominent Illinois collector. Sold for the benefit of the Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation, Alton, Illinois, estimate: $70,000-$90,000. Sold for $140,000. Dec. 8, 2007.

There were six works of art by Oscar E. Berninghaus, who was born in St. Louis in 1874 and died in New Mexico in 1952. Berninghaus was the founder of the Taos Society of Artists in 1898 and excelled at drawing animals and figures in Southwestern landscapes. The two oil paintings, Some Indians Watering Their Horses, Taos, New Mexico and Indians on a Rabbit Hunt, both sold for $140,000, each to bidders from the Southwest.

Ivey-Selkirk Auctioneers, the oldest auction house in the Midwest, founded in 1830, celebrated 2007 as its best sales year ever. Lot220 1-16.jpgAn oil painting by Frederic Edwin Church titled the Old Mill broke the salesroom’s record at $2.5 million on Sept. 15.

Charles Marion Russell, American (1864-1926), Deer Hunters, 1890, oil on canvas, signed and dated lower left with skull, framed. 12 x 18-? inches. Estimate: $150,000-$200,000. Sold for $360,000 on Dec. 8, 2007.

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