Lot 140
  • 140

Sam Francis

180,000 - 250,000 USD
629,000 USD
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  • Sam Francis
  • Blue, Black and Yellow
  • gouache and watercolor on paper


Arthur Tooth & Sons, London
Private Collection (acquired in 1959)
Sotheby's, London, June 2, 1964, lot 44
Brook Street Gallery, London (acquired from the above sale)
Private Collection
James Goodman Gallery, New York
Galerie Beyeler, Basel (acquired in April 1974)
Acquired by the present owner from the above in June 1974

Catalogue Note

A Global Perspective:
Fifteen Works from a European Collector

This sophisticated ensemble of fifteen works from a private European collection was assembled under the advice and guidance of the owner’s great friend, the legendary Swiss dealer Ernst Beyeler. Acquired for the most part from Beyeler’s own gallery in Basel, these extraordinary works are testament to the passion of the collector and present an acute sensibility of the international art world from the 1950s through the 1970s.

Led by Sam Francis's breathtaking Untitled work on paper from 1957 and Roy Lichtenstein's iconic Pop Hot Dog from 1964, the collection features remarkable works by many of the most important European and American artists from the Postwar and Contemporary era, including Yves Klein, Alexander Calder and Günther Uecker. Characterized by the vibrancy of the artists’ palettes, encompassing both the figurative and the abstract, this unique collection conveys a global perspective and discerning eye of the collector, and Sotheby’s is honored to present them in the following pages.