Artnet Auctions Launches Modern And Contemporary Sale

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artnet Auctions Launches Modern and Contemporary Sale

NEW YORK and BERLIN, May 12 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    artnet Auctions offers continuous online auctions of fine art, prints and

photographs.  Beginning May 11, artnet Auctions will present 60 modern and

contemporary works of art by artists including Damien Hirst, Alberto Giacometti,

Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. Represented in the sale are some of the most important

artists of the 20th-21st centuries.

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    Leading the sale is an exceptional collection of works by cutting edge

contemporary artists including Gilbert + George, Damien Hirst, Richard Pettibone and

Wayne Thiebaud.  Ferrocene, 2008, is one of two works by Damien Hirst offered in the

sale.  This 36 x 52 inch spot painting in vibrant primary colors is offered in

pristine condition (estimate: $550,000-$750,000).  In contrast, Richard Pettibone's

diminutive Soup Can, 1968, is a 5 x 4 inch replica of the Warhol original, in acrylic

on canvas (estimate: $75,000-$125,000).  Other contemporary highlights include Hot

Dog Row, 2000, a mixed media work by Wayne Thiebaud (estimate: $225,000-$325,000) and

Torture Cross, 1981, a graphic collage by the irreverent British duo Gilbert + George

(estimate: $35,000-$45,000).

    Pop art also figures prominently in the sale including works by Jean-Michel

Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.  Six works by Andy Warhol trace the

artist's career from the 1954 Happy Bug Day, a unique watercolor on offset lithograph

(estimate: $20,000-$28,000) to two stunning 1987 Camouflage screenprints (estimates:

$15,000-$20,000 each).  Ground-breaking street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat is

represented with a rare work in acrylic on brown paper, Untitled (Taxi Cab), 1980

(estimate: $375,000-$475,000).

    The auction also features a collection of modern masterworks by Willem de

Kooning, Alberto Giacometti, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.  Giacometti has set

numerous auction records in recent months.  Included in this section is an exquisite

pencil on paper drawing by the artist, Tete d'homme (estimate: $100,000-$200,000). 

Among the other modern highlights are two remarkable works by Pablo Picasso,

Bacchanale, 1959, a dramatic linocut which juxtaposes earth tones with cerulean blue

and white (estimate: $75,000-$85,000) and Untitled, 1963, a subtle watercolor

depicting the horse and the bull, iconic imagery which recurs throughout Picasso's

oeuvre (estimate: $150,000-$200,000).

    Rounding out the sale are sculptures by some of the most celebrated artists of

the last century including Harry Bertoia and Henry Moore, and Latin American works of

art by Jesus Rafael Soto and Wifredo Lam.

    We invite you to browse the sale.  Visit

    About artnet:

    artnet has been online since 1995 and is host to approximately 2,000,000 visitors

each month. Through its Price Database of over four million auction sales results and

its Gallery Network of over 2,200 galleries worldwide, artnet is the leading online

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resource for the international art market. With artnet Auctions, artnet has added a

transaction platform to its successful information services.


    SOURCE:  artnet Worldwide Corp.

    CONTACT: Sarah Bradley, 

             +1-212-497-9700 ext. 197, 



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