Our 1 & 2 May Prints sale brought over $9.5 million. The sale was led by Richard Diebenkorn's Green from 1986, which sold above its estimate for a total of $533,000. Additional top lots included a complete portfolio of Andy Warhol's Flowers, 1970, that sold for $521,000, along with the artist’s 1983 set, Endangered Species, which achieved $485,000.
Sotheby’s May 1 & 2 Prints sale will include an experimental proof of Claes Oldenburg’s Profile Airflow from The Museum of Modern Art, the work having been gifted to its collection by the son of the Chrysler car’s inventor. Richard Diebenkorn’s Green, arguably the artist’s most important print is a large scale color etching from 1986 translating the Ocean Park aesthetic to the intaglio medium. A group of C.R.W. Nevinson drypoints from his New York series of the early 1920s includes two prints that have never before been offered at auction. Aquatints by Jacques Villon present whimsical scenes and illustrate his mastery of intaglio. Also featured are a number of unusual Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec lithographs including several proofs that precede his finished compositions, most notably Moulin Rouge, La Goulue showing only the black keystone, an early impression of the artist’s first print.