Sotheby's American Art November auctions, including American works from The Collection of A. Alfred Taubman, totaled $48.3 million. Leading the American Art auction was Andrew Wyeth's Flood Plain, which achieved $5.2 million. The sale set several new artist records at auction, and exceeded the high estimate with the American Art sale totaling $26.6 million with strong results for pieces by Norman Rockwell, Thomas Hart Benton and Frederick Frieseke.
From the bold and dynamic Little Giant Still Life (Black and White Version), Stuart Davis’s highly significant work from 1953, to Cheerleaders by Norman Rockwell—which exemplifies the artist’s humorous and distinctly American aesthetic—the November 18th American Art sale presents an outstanding selection of works from many of the most important American artists of 19th and 20th centuries. The sale also includes three works by Andrew Wyeth from the Collection of Charlton and Lydia Heston, highlighted by the striking 1986 tempera Flood Plain.