Boris Israelevich Anisfeld oil claims top spot at $93,225

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – An original oil on canvas painting by renowned Russian artist Boris Israelevich Anisfeld (1879-1973) sold for $93,225 to claim the top spot at a three-day multi-estate sale held Jan. 21-23 by Philip Weiss Auctions. The work, from Anisfeld’s “Horses of St. Mark” series, was signed and dated (1914).

Overall, the sale grossed a little over $500,000. A healthy in-house crowd was complemented by brisk Internet bidding via Proxibid.

Boris Anisfeld was a sculptor, lithographer, painter, illustrator, set designer and long-time teacher at the Art Institute of Chicago. From 1901-1909, he studied at the Odessa School of Art in the Ukraine and at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Petrograd. His influences were the realist painter and sculptor Ilya Repin and the impressionist Igor Grabar.

The auction kicked off Jan. 21 with a session dedicated mainly to antique advertising, coin-operated machines, a collection of shoe-?related trade cards, catalogs and more. The Jan. 22 session included Hollywood memorabilia and rock ‘n’ roll items, among others. Among the Jan. 23 offerings were important paintings, period furniture and Hummels.

Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 13 percent buyer’s premium.

The original, two-piece costume worn by Bob Keeshan for the kids’ television program “Captain Kangaroo” from the 1950s and ‘60s soared to $9,323. The interior tag was from the Eaves Costume Co., but Mr. Keeshan’s name was incorrectly spelled (“R. Keishan”).

An occupational shaving mug depicting an image of a man laying a brick walkway topped out at $4,407. Above the image was printed the name “Arthur Kaesner.”

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