Latin art proves potent draw in West Coast auction

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With more than 800 items, Witherell’s fall auction, which closed Oct. 29, brought in $365,000. Although the classic cars did well, the surprise of the sale were the works by Latin artists. A Francisco Zuniga drawing of a standing, clothed female figure went for $10,200, just shy of the record for a drawing by this artist.

Francisco Zuniga drawing of a standing, clothed female figure, $10,200. Dave Brooks Photography

Francisco Zuniga drawing of a standing, clothed female figure, $10,200. Dave Brooks Photography

“Cada Tarde,” a mixed media work by Alfredo Castaneda sold for $4,560. And Rafael Coronel’s “Mia Tia” painting went for $3,000.

“The Latin art did very well, better than expected,” said Brian Witherell, owner of Witherell’s and an appraiser for “Antiques Roadshow.”

Expected to sell for $4,000 to $6,000, a David Webb 18-karat gold bracelet was a highlight when it sold for $12,600.

At $5,040, a Gorham Aesthetic silver basket was another surprise. Bought for scrap by a dealer a few years ago, the estimate was $500 to $1,500.

The classic cars stole the show with the 1960 white Cadillac Convertible selling for $31,800.

David Webb 18-karat gold bracelet, $18,600. Dave Brooks Photography

David Webb 18-karat gold bracelet, $18,600. Dave Brooks Photography

After 31 bids, the black 1957 Chrysler 300C sold for $25,200. The 1939 Willy’s “Gasser” in iridescent green sold for $15,606 and the red 1957 Chrysler New York Newport sold for $9,900.

Even cars that had not been restored fetched respectable prices:

A 1950 Mercury hot rod coupe sold for $7,800, a 1964 Chrysler 300K sold for $6,900 and a 1960 Cadillac 4-door sedan sold for $6,632.

A 1942 World War II armored half-track in poor condition sold for $4,200.

Aesthetic silver basket

Gorham Aesthetic silver basket, $5,040. Dave Brooks Photography

With 449 cars dating from the 1930s through the 1960s, the collection also included classic car parts such as brass-lantern tail-lights, antique radiators, engines, fenders, windows and more.

“Because of the classic cars and the other unique items, this was one of our most exciting auctions of the year,” said Witherell.

A family business since 1969, Sacramento-based Witherell’s is one of the leading antique and fine art dealers on the West Coast.

Witherell’s next auction, an unreserved online estate auction, is open for bidding at iGavel.com through Nov. 12, 2013. Featured is the Estate of American Artist Sheldon Schoneberg (1926-2012).

For more information, contact Brian Witherell at 916-446-6490 or visit www.witherells.com.

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