O'Keeffe's Art and Other Belongings Sell For Over $17 Million at Sotheby's

Never-before-seen artworks and personal effects from the estate of Georgia O’Keefe and her husband Alfred Stieglitz sell way above pre-sale estimates.
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O'Keeffe's painting, Nature Forms ~ Gaspé, sold at Sotheby's for $6.9 million.

O'Keeffe's painting, Nature Forms ~ Gaspé, sold at Sotheby's for $6.9 million.

Georgia O'Keeffe still has plenty of influence in the art world, as a number of artworks and personal belongings from her and her husband's estate fetched millions at Sotheby's recent auction, including her painting, Nature Forms ~ Gaspé, which sold for $6,870,200.

The sale, which took place at Sotheby’s New York, reached $17.2 million in total, soaring past the high estimate of $13.3 million. The collection included more than 100 coveted artworks and ephemera detailing the life of the American art icons. The pieces came courtesy of artist Juan Hamiltion, a friend and confidante of the couple, who also had several pieces in the auction.

Untitled (Alligator Pear in Red Dish), painted circa 1923, sold for $740,000.

Untitled (Alligator Pear in Red Dish), painted circa 1923, sold for $740,000.

Nearly 90 percent of lots sold, but the day belonged to O'Keeffe.

“These results demonstrate that collectors and fans remain fascinated by Georgia O’Keeffe’s life and work, and we are proud to continue pushing her legacy forward, particularly alongside the many public institutions who acquired works for their collection,” Kayla Carlsen, Sotheby’s head of American Art, said in a press release.

In addition to O’Keefe’s widely-exhibited Nature Forms—Gaspé, 1932, her exceptional sculpture Abstraction, first modeled in 1946, doubled its high estimate and sold for $668,000. A series of charcoal and pencil drawings also drew big bids with Untitled (Trees), 1976, earning $106,250, and some of her clothing was also clamored for, including a black and white dress that sold for $25,000 - more than double its high estimate of $10,000.

Complete results can be viewed at Sotheby's.

For more about O'Keeffe's artful life, see our related feature.

Abstraction sculpture, modeled in 1946; cast in 1979-80, sold for $668,000.

Abstraction sculpture, modeled in 1946; cast in 1979-80, sold for $668,000.

A collection of 18 jars of pigment labeled and used by O'Keeffe.  The jars contain varying amounts of pigment (from full to just a trace), each affixed with an adhesive label with the color of the pigment written in O'Keeffe's hand.The colors in these jars include Vermilion, Orange Vermilion, Zinc Green, Permanent Blue, Brown Madder, Terra d'Ombra, Blue Black, Ivory Black, Zinc Yellow, Terra Rossa, and Ultramarine. On the labels, O'Keeffe consistently spells vermilion with a double L. Sold for $75,000.

A collection of 18 jars of pigment labeled and used by O'Keeffe. The jars contain varying amounts of pigment (from full to just a trace), each affixed with an adhesive label with the color of the pigment written in O'Keeffe's hand.The colors in these jars include Vermilion, Orange Vermilion, Zinc Green, Permanent Blue, Brown Madder, Terra d'Ombra, Blue Black, Ivory Black, Zinc Yellow, Terra Rossa, and Ultramarine. On the labels, O'Keeffe consistently spells vermilion with a double L. Sold for $75,000.

A custom  pleated silk dress with twin stand up collars in black and white, long black and white ties to neck and wrists, adjustable black silk belt interlaced through concealed holes in pleats, possibly hand-sewn by O'Keeffe; sold for $25,000.

A custom pleated silk dress with twin stand up collars in black and white, long black and white ties to neck and wrists, adjustable black silk belt interlaced through concealed holes in pleats, possibly hand-sewn by O'Keeffe; sold for $25,000.

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