On October 31 and November 1 Sotheby’s Print Department will present a wide range of works including the Mary Cassatt etching The Banjo Lesson and a rare example of The Oval Mirror, of which there are only two impressions. Modern Prints are highlighted by Pablo Picasso’s épreuve rincée, Femmes au Miroir, an ethereal composition showing one woman consulting her image in the reflection of a mirror and in another woman’s gaze. The Contemporary portion of the auction will offer Property from a Private European Collection, which comprises iconic examples of Pop Art as well as a significant monotype by Sam Francis. Our Andy Warhol selection will be led by two portfolios of six unique $, exemplifying the artist’s affinity for both vibrant colors and blatant commercialism.
The 31 October and 1 November Print sale totaled $8,261,504. Highlights of the sale included several contemporary and modern prints by Jasper Johns, Lichtenstein, Picasso and Chagall. The top lot of the entire sale was a contemporary print by Andy Warhol, a set of six $, which realised $353,000.
This lot includes Verve Vol. X, Nos 37-38 "Drawings for the Bible" (C. BKS 42), not Vol. VIII, Nos 33-34 (C. BKS 25) as catalogued. This volume lacks one color and one black and white lithograph. Chagall Lithographe Volumes I-II lack all original lithographs. Otherwise the remaining volumes are intact.
The edition number is inscribed 'XV/XXV' and not 'XV/XXX' as indicated in the printed catalogue.
Please note that this lot is sold without reserve.
Instead of "signed in pencil lower right" the printed catalogue should read "bearing the artist's signature in pencil."
Please note that this lot is incorrectly labelled 175 in the printed catalogue.
Please note that this lot is incorrectly labelled 176 in the printed catalogue.
Please note that this lot is incorrectly labelled 173 in the printed catalogue.
Please note that this lot is incorrectly labelled 174 in the printed catalogue and that the Alain Ramié reference is incorrect in the printed catalogue. The correct Ramié reference is A. R. 213 not A. R. 141.
Please note that this lot has been withdrawn.
The artist's monogram is printed and not stamped as indicated in the printed catalogue.
Property of a Privately Held Company
Please note that the margins of each sheet are full.
In the printed catalogue, the titles and dates for the two multiples are incorrect. The title of the first multiple is "Nethe-or". The title of the second multiple is "Ilile". Each multiple was executed in 1964.