OAKLAND, CA. — Clars’ Modern + Contemporary / Art + Design fall sale on September 16 kicked off the season with impressive results, 230 lots totaling just over $1.3 million. Fine art led the way with $1.1 million in sales, the highlight being Andy Warhol’s full set of ten serigraphs, “Cowboys and Indians,” which sold for $503,750. Rick Unruh, Chairman and CEO of Clars, said: “Clars is definitely ‘climbing the ladder’ by being recognized internationally as one of the leading auction houses for modern and contemporary works. This latest auction was our third full set of Warhols to be offered in the last two years – all with outstanding results. Another stellar performance was several “Pumpkin” serigraphs by Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929) which sold for a combined price of $108,750.
The Clars Auction Gallery recorded a nearly 100% sell-through rate for the Fall Design sale, with over 100 lots sold for a total of over $210,000. Customers from across the country competed for the Design Lots, with many items selling at or above the high estimate. Cristina Campion, Associate Director of Twentieth Century Design at Clars, commented, “Strong sales like this really demonstrate that Clars is a recognized name among design collectors across the United States.”
Top picks included an Angelo Mangiarotti “Eros” dining table that sold for $18,750, with an estimate of $6/9,000. Other auction highlights included a set of eight Mario Bellini Cab chairs, model 413, which fetched $10,625, a set of Christian Liaigre “Bazane” stools which sold for $9,375, a Charles and Ray Eames 670 and 671 chair and ottoman that fetched $8,125, and a Vladimir Kagan “Ondine” chair that fetched $8,125. Clars is gearing up for its next design auction on Dec. 18 and hopes the department will continue to see an upward trajectory in sales.
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