Bronze Collection Shines at Kaminskis Fall Fine Art Auction

AuctionPublicity.com – Kaminski Auctions’ Fall Fine Art Auction, held on October 20, 2007 in Danvers, Massachusetts was a preeminent success. The event, which took place at the Sheraton Ferncroft Resort, included one of the largest single-owner collections of bronze and marble sculpture ever to come to the auction market. Auction-goers arrived in droves to bid on a vast selection of fine art including rare and valuable paintings, sculpture, works on paper and more. The fervent bidding of those in attendance and on the phones was supplemented by a torrent of eBay Live online bidders, who accounted for approximately 30% of the day’s sales. Northshore magazine was the media sponsor for the event. (All prices reflect a 15% buyers premium)

An outstanding array of paintings, fine prints, watercolors and drawings highlighted the auction. A painting by Victorian artist, Alfred de Breanski, Snowdon & Pass of Llanberis, attracted considerable attention from bidders, realizing a final price of $9,200. Breanski, regarded as one of England’s most accomplished landscape artists, derived inspiration from the picturesque, but characteristically desolate Scottish countryside.

Other notable paintings included Sailboat at Sea by Charles H. Woodbury. This unframed 8” x 10” piece astonished the crowd, more than doubling its high estimate of $1,800 at a final price of $3,910. Fishermen, by Jack de Loudres Leonard, was also a surprise success. While little-to-no information was available on the artist, the quality of this WPA style painting was evident, with its final price reaching $5,175.

Underscoring the success of this important group of paintings were two works by popular female artists: Braiding a Rug by Agnes M. Richmond and The Artist’s Garden in Giverny by Mariquita Gill. Richmond is renowned for her independent, dignified portraits of women, while Gill’s impressionistic depictions of landscapes and garden scenes highlight her body of work. Both artists proved highly collectible as each of the two paintings realized a final price of $13,800.

A rare bronze and marble sculpture collection offered over 90 original 19th and 20th century works ranging from traditional to Art Nouveau, and from stunning Art Deco to sleek contemporary. Among these lots was a remarkable life-sized marble statue of Venus. The statue, which measured in at a prodigious 66 inches, dazzled the crowd and achieved a final price of $9,775.

Additional pieces of fine bronze sculpture accentuated the importance of this vast collection. A large bronze by Robert Toberentz, The Snake Charmer, sold to an online bidder for $5,175. Representing the popular equine category was Cheval a la Barriere, a piece by Pierre-Jules Mene, which realized $4,945 and Rearing Horse with Groom by Louis de Monard, which brought $3,737.

The most coveted lot of the day was undoubtedly a 19th Century European School bronze by T. S. Gerome titled The Gladiator. The statue, originally estimated at $600-$800, was speculated to have been from the Andy Warhol Collection. After a feverish volley between two bidders, one by phone and one on the internet, the piece realized a final price of $6,900, soaring above its high estimate and lending legitimacy to claims of its provenance.

“The bronze collection, one of the largest ever featured in an auction, generated a great deal of interest and many pieces sold well above estimate.” comments Frank Kaminski, owner of Kaminski Auctions. “We’re happy to accept consignments in any volume. From a single item to entire estates, our goal is to help our consigners achieve the highest possible price for their valuables.”

Kaminski’s next event, an Annual Thanksgiving Auction, takes place November 25 and will feature fine art, antiques and collectibles from estates spanning across New England to the West Coast. Consignments for Kaminski’s next fine art auction are being accepted. Please contact Fine Art Director, John Raimo at 978-927-2223 for more information.

About Kaminski Auctions
Kaminski Auctions, headed by Frank Kaminski, specializes in appraising and auctioning fine art and antiques. As part of a complete estate service package, Kaminski provides expert appraisals, local and national advertising for all sales, competitive fees, and itemized accounting of all transactions for heirs and representatives. In addition to full estate auctions, Kaminski accepts partial estate liquidations, as well as individual pieces and collections for consignment. The firm’s extensive clientele includes museums, historical societies, corporations, non-profit organizations and private individuals. In early 2007, Kaminski launched a second operation in San Diego, California. For information, visit www.KaminskiAuctions.com or call 978-927-2223.

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