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.
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.