‘Femme au Chapeau,’ after Henri Matisse, 1939 unsigned lithograph, paper size 14 x 10.25in., image size of 12.5 x 9inch, unframed, printed by Mourlot, from the Verve Volume Two, Numbers Five and Six. Portrait from Verve Vol. II Magazine No. 5/6. Estimate: $400-$500. Jasper52 image
NEW YORK – Jasper52’s auction of paintings and prints on Tuesday, Dec. 19, gives art lovers an opportunity to decorate their homes with beautiful works by 20th-century masters. The 39-lot offering features the works of Banksy, Jeff Koons, Chuck Close, Jasper Johns and many more. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The auction will open with a lithograph titled Femme au Chapeau (Woman with a Hat) after Henri Matisse, a subject the artist visited often. The color litho (above) was printed in 1939 by Mourlot in an unknown edition size. It is unframed but in near-mint condition with only light signs of handling (est. $400-$500).
The highest estimate in the auction, $2,800-$3,000, goes to British street artist Banksy’s Dismaland stenciled dollar bills (below). The three dollar bills are framed but their original envelopes are included. These rare works were purchased at a memorable Banksy exhibition in 2015 and sold out in the first hour. Dismaland was a temporary art project organized by Banksy and constructed in the seaside resort town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England. The pop-up exhibition was “a sinister twist on Disneyland” that opened during the weekend of Aug. 21, 2015, and closed 36 days later.
Banksy ‘Dismaland’ art, three stenciled dollar bills, frame size 37cm x 27.50cm, from 2015 exhibition. Estimate: $2,800-$3,000. Jasper52 image
The Jasper52 auction features 10 prints by Ting Shao Kuang, an American-Chinese figurative painter and printmaker best known for his contribution to the Yunnan Art School style.
Ting Shao Kuang, ‘Cherry Blossom,’ original serigraph, 34.25 x 33in. Estimate: $900-$1,000. Jasper52 image
A signed first edition of American artist Chuck Close’s book titled A Couple of Ways of Doing Something, printed in Italy and published in 2006, has a $600-$700 estimate.
‘A Couple of Ways of Doing Something’ by Chuck Close, 2006 first edition, paper size 15.25 x 11.5 in., image size of 15.25 x 11.5in., signed by Chuck Close and Bob Holman in blue and red marker respectively. Estimate: $600-$700. Jasper52 image
Roy Lichtenstein’s 1964 acryl on canvas triptych titled As I Open Fire was reproduced as a lithograph two years later by the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Each of the comic strip-style prints measures 24¾ x 20¾ inches. The set is unsigned and estimated at $300-$550.
‘As I Open Fire Lithograph,’ Roy Lichtenstein, 24¾ x 20¾in. (63 x 52.5 cm) each, printed after 1966, unsigned, published by the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Estimate: $300-$500. Jasper52 image
A large exhibition poster of Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog (Red) from his 1994 Celebration series is expected to sell for $75-$100.
Jeff Koons, ‘Balloon Dog (Red),’ 2012 unsigned offset lithograph, paper size 50.25 x 35.25in., image size 50.25 x 35.25in, edition size of 1000, unframed exhibition poster. Estimate $75-$100. Jasper52 image
The auction will begin Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 5 p.m. Eastern time.
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