Gray's Post War & Contemporary auction on Wednesday November 5  set records as it was the second highest grossing auction in their 8 year history.

Andy Warhol's screen print Moonwalk  which depicts Buzz Aldrin in neon pink stood on the moon next to the Stars & Stripes. It sold for an incredible $120,000, this is the highest price achieved yet at auction for this work, well above its $40,000 – $60,000 estimate.

image002 Andy Warhol, Moonwalk

The proceeds from the sale of this piece from collectors Ann and Norman Roulet, will benefit the Cleveland Institute of Art's new Ann & Norman Roulet Student and Alumni Gallery.

Other impressive sales included Steven Campbell's monumental Young Camper Discovering Grotto in the Ground also soared fetching $19,200 a new record for the Scottish artist. Todd Murphy's King of the Birds from 1990 sold for $31,200 setting a world record for this artist.

David Hockney's Rain (from the Weather Series, 1973) sold for $28,800 and Francis Bacon's August Series triptych fetched $31,200. Gerhard Richter's 1998 Guildenstern went under the gavel for $36,000.

Brunk Auctions also saw an amazing sale in November, achieving over $5.6 million. An international crowd in the gallery competed with telephone and internet bidders, pushing prices for jewellery, paintings, furniture, Asian works of art, and Modern art and setting several record prices in the process.

Leading the sale were Chinese works of art discovered in private collections and estates and others de-accessioned from a major museum.

The highest lot for the Asian Arts section was a fine Qianlong period jade table screen that descended in the family of Margaret Voorhies Haggin, who had collected it in the 1920s. Bidders in the room yelled out competing bids as the more than 20 telephone bidders and internet bidders fought to win the screen. An anonymous bidder won the screen for $1,416,000.

An extremely rare Charleston Queen Anne mahogany handkerchief table from the Estate of Alicia Rhett sold for $100,300. Made between 1740 and 1760, this table, similar to more common British pieces of the time, is the only known example known to exist from Charleston.

An extremely rare William and Mary gate-leg table sold for $153,400. Attributed to Northern Virginia, the table is arguably the finest known Southern William and Mary gate-leg table survives in remarkable condition with its original surface.

Israel Sack, one of the greatest names in American antiques said of the table, "I consider this table as one of the rarest specimens in an American product," and that "The patina on that table is priceless..."

 

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