Penn photograph sells for $300,000 at Bonhams & Butterfields

SAN FRANCISCO – Irving Penn’s Orientalist photograph, Woman in Moroccan Palace from 1951, sold for $300,000 at the Bonhams & Butterfields’ auction of prints and photographs held Nov. 6-7. Prices include a buyer’s premium of 20 percent.

Simulcast between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the sale also offered works by Andy Warhol, Ansel Adams, John James Audubon and Joan Miro, among many others.

penn.jpgPenn’s image depicts his wife, Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, robed in a North African costume, complete with a white turban. Seated on woven rugs within a tiled alcove, she is positioned alongside accoutrements for a traditional tea service.

Irving Penn’s 1951 photograph, Woman in Moroccan Palace, sold for $300,000.

Photographer Diane Arbus was represented with seven works, including photographs of some of the more quirky characters that have sat for her. The group was highlighted by Triplets in Their Bedroom, which sold for $45,000, a new auction record for Arbus.

Ansel Adams’ gelatin silver print, Clearing Winter Storm, from the Yosemite National Park series, surpassed its high estimate, selling for $42,000. Whooping Crane, after John James Audubon, circa 1834, sold for $72,000. Miro’s Gaudi XXI, signed in white pencil and numbered 20/50, also sold above the high estimate for $39,000.

Other 20th century works of note include five Andy Warhol silkscreen images featuring Superman, from the “Myths” series (sold for $102,000), Marilyn Monroe (sold for $84,000), The Star, from Myths (sold for $51,000) and two Mick Jagger portraits (each sold for $39,000).

Wild West rides again

A Model 1870 Springfield rifle owned by Apache Chief Geronimo, and surrendered to a U.S. Army Lieutenant, sold for $100,000 at the Nov. 20 auction conducted in San Francisco by Bonhams & Butterfields. The sale of antique arms, armor and modern sporting guns totaled $1.3-million.

A Remington New Model Army percussion revolver once carried by Geronimo sold above estimate for $53,775. It was offered with documentation relating to Lt. Charles Geronimo.jpgGateway, an aide-de-camp to General Miles, who took possession of the pistol in August of 1886.

Remington New Model Army percussion revolver, once carried by Geronimo, $53,775.

A Model 1860 cavalry saber with brass hilt and leather grip, with ownership attributed to Gen. George Custer, sold for $20,315. The 35-inch blade was dated 1864.

Lawman Wyatt Earp’s Remington Model 1882 double-barreled shotgun brought $65,500, while a rifle owned by his brother, Virgil Earp, a Model 1873 saddle-ring carbine, sold for $50,788. Virgil Earp was injured at the shootout at the OK Corrall. Both firearms had descended within his the family.
Model 1860 cavalry saber with brass hilt and leather grip, with ownership attributed to Gen. George Custer, $20,315.

A Winchester Model 1886 lever-action rifle owned by outlaw Crawford Goldsby (better known as “Cherokee Bill”) made $47,800. He committed his first murder at the age of 18. He was hanged at the age of 20.

A brass-inlaid rifle modified and used by William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody sold over estimate $22,705. The same price was paid for a Colt single-action revolver carried by Bob Doolin. Doolin rose to infamy after starting the Wild Bunch in the weeks that followed a shootout that killed members of the Dalton Brothers Gang, Doolin’s former cohorts.

A Winchester Model 1886 lever-action rifle carried by Bill Dalton, offered with a handwritten letter dated 1895 attesting to its provenance, brought $19,120. A Colt Model 1860 Army Richards conversion revolver, with ownership attributed to Bob Ford, the man who killed Jesse James, also sold for $19,120.

The gun used to kill John Dillinger sold within estimate for $17,925. The Smith & Wesson revolver was presented with documentation relating the story of the “Lady in Red” and the FBI’s plans to lure Dillinger to Chicago’s Biograph Theater in 1934.

A copper 10-inch high trophy awarded to lawman Barclay “Bat” Masterson, for 1st Prize in a shooting contest, sold for $4,481. It was inscribed to Masterson and dated Feb. 9, 1899. Masterson had been a sheriff, gambler, buffalo hunter and marksman, as well as a journalist, having written for newspapers in New York.

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