American Art from the Collection of A. Alfred Taubman totaled $13 million, with The Great Florida Sunset, by Martin Johnson Heade, leading the sale. This monumental masterpiece achieved $5,850,000, a new record for the artist.
Alfred Taubman was a visionary in the American Art field. Often recognising the importance of works that had yet to be appreciated, Mr Taubman built a collection of American paintings, sculpture and works on paper that today includes quintessential examples by many of the most significant artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. From Martin Johnson Heade’s undeniable masterpiece The Great Florida Sunset to Charles Burchfield’s exuberant watercolor The Red Admiral, Mr Taubman’s American art reflects the eye of a sophisticated and bold collector, who acquired only what he responded to and deeply loved.