This sale presents a select range of American art from the 19th and 20th centuries, featuring works from key categories including American Modernism, Western Art, American Impressionism, Illustration Art and the Hudson River School. Our tightly-curated sale is highlighted by John Singer Sargent’s extraordinary work from 1903, Marionettes, estimated at $5,000,000-7,000,000. American modern artists are also strongly represented with works by George Bellows, Stuart Davis and Milton Avery, including his bold and vibrantMusic Makers (estimate $1,000,000-1,500,000), a 1946-47 work from the Estate of Veronique and Gregory Peck. Also featured are several significant examples of Western Art, including Frederic Remington’s Call the Doctor (estimate $1,000,000-1,500,000) sold by the Art Institute of Chicago. The sale additionally includes several wonderful examples of American Illustration including two significant works by Maxfield Parrish and a variety of oils by Norman Rockwell.
For a third consecutive season, Sotheby’s American Art auction has surpassed its pre-sale expectations – today’s auction totaled $28,087,750, above a high estimate of $24.4 million*, and sold a strong 83.9% by lot.The enduring strength of the market for works by Norman Rockwell was felt throughout the sale – the six examples on offer together sold for an impressive $6.5 million, more than double their overall high estimate of $3 million. Seven bidders battled for He’s Going to Be Taller than Dad, a domestic scene of a boy and his faithful dog that fetched $2,629,000 (est. $500/700,000).