OVER 300 WORKS OF 20th CENTURY FINE ART AND CONTEMPORARY ART WILL BE SOLD SAT., FEB. 27th, BY BATERBYS ART AUCTION GALERY IN ORLANDO, AND FEB. 20 AT THE WEST PALM GALLERY IN DELRAY BEACH; SALE WILL BENEFIT UCP OF CENTRAL FLA.

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Over 300 original and reprographic works of art by some of the greatest and most recognizable names in 20th century fine art (Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, among others) and contemporary art (by artists like Peter Max and Nicola Simbari) will be sold at a live and Internet auction scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27, by Baterbys Art Auction Gallery, beginning promptly at 6 p.m.

The auction will be conducted live at Baterbys’ spacious Pointe Orlando gallery, located at 9101 International Drive (Unit 1008) in Orlando, and on Feb. 20 at the West Palm Gallery, located at 13900 South Jog Road in Delray Beach. The entire auctioneers’ premium will be donated to UCP of Central Fla., an organization serving children with disabilities and developmental delays in the Orlando area.

A preview will precede the auction, from 5-6 p.m. Free cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by a local Cuban restaurant, creating a festive atmosphere that bidders will enjoy as they peruse artworks spanning a range of themes, to include City Scenes, Biblical and Religious, Rural Life, Abstract and Realist. Online bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and iCollector.com.

It is the first auction of the year for Baterbys, named Best Art Gallery in Orlando for 2009 by Orlando Style Magazine and SneakySunday.com (a website dedicated to local arts and entertainment). Bidders will have the opportunity to win free works of art and other giveaways during spontaneous raffles throughout the auction. Everyone will receive a free print valued at $100 just for attending.

Salvador Dali
Salvador Dali

Between 1951 and 1960, Salvador Dali created 101 watercolor drawings to interpret The Divine Comedy, a poem by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321). Dali’s Divine Comedy series (circa 1960) will be sold Feb. 27 and comprises six signed, framed prints. All are in excellent condition. Each is an original wood engraving in color on Rives paper (about 10 inches by 7 inches) and signed in the block by Dali. Sold will be the Paternoster Suite (est. $700-$800 ea.) and the Aaliyah Suite (est. $3,000-$4,000 ea.).

Several pieces from various suites by Pablo Picasso (Spanish/French, 1881-1973) will also be sold. Picasso, probably best known for his Cubist paintings and printmaking, singlehandedly revolutionized Western art. He was born in Spain and lived there until age 19, when he moved to Paris to study the Old Masters and Classical sculpture. Baterbys has featured his works in previous auctions.

Other names from 20th century fine art will include Joan Miro and, among others. Marc Chagall. Miro (Spanish, 1893-1893) was born in Barcelona and earned international acclaim for his abstract, curvilinear design paintings, collages and murals. Miro despised conventional painting methods and once declared an “assassination of painting.” His work has been featured in past Baterbys sales, too.

Marc Chagall
Marc Chagall

Several pieces from suites by Chagall (Russian/French, 1887-1985) are sure to get paddles wagging. The artist is best known for his village peasant theme paintings. Chagall was born Moishe Shagal and adopted the French spelling of his name when he became a member of the Ecole de Paris. He was a shrewd observer of the contemporary scene and had great sympathy for human suffering.

Elena Bond
Elena Bond

Original oil paintings and hand-embellished giclee prints by the supremely gifted artist Elena Bond will also be offered, as will works by Guillaume Azoulay (Calif., b. 1949) and Isaac Maimon (Israeli, b. 1951). Azoulay’s Le Lion (a 26 inch by 17 inch gicleee on canvas, 2009, #28 of 300, with the title and year in gold pen, lower left) is a wonderful display of cool colors, in excellent condition.

Isaac Maimon is renowned for his iconic paintings of Parisian café society. The work to be sold – La Vie Francais – is a surprising mix of colors, created with masterful lines and inspired strokes on a serigraph on paper (framed at 29 inches by 35 inches, and hand-signed in pencil, lower right, from an edition of just 125). The piece portrays the women of Paris as cultured, stylish, sensual and beautiful.

Peter Max’s work is a protean display of unabashed freedom. His paintings are visual time machines that transport viewers to the heydays of the Beatles, Woodstock and Jimi Hendrix. But some of his work resembles modern concepts, such as the mixed media on paper piece Liberty and Justice For All, which will be offered, along with six original mixed media interpretations of Lady Liberty.

Nicola Simbari (It., b. 1929) effortlessly launched his painting career while still in his 20s, with a one-man show in London. His brilliant, impressionistic style and vivid, dramatic interpretations of the Mediterranean have established Simbari as one of today’s most sought after artists. Several of his works will be included in the Baterbys Feb. 27 sale. All will be serigraphs, executed around 1990.

Baterbys offers its clients something that is unique in the industry: a lifetime money-back guarantee of authenticity for each work of art it sells. This is important to buyers looking to build a collection of art, since provenance is everything. It is Baterbys’ philosophy that gaining a buyer’s trust is key to ensuring they will become repeat customers. No other auction house offers such a guarantee.

Baterbys has over 25 years’ experience in the art world and auctioneering. The firm specializes in Internet and live auctions of world-class, authentic artwork, especially 20th-century masters, from Dali through Chagall, Picasso, Fini and numerous post-Impressionists. Baterbys’ main concentration is in rare graphic works. The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future fine art auctions.

Baterbys produces quarterly art review books that also serve as catalogs. They are a complete reference to all the artists Baterbys sells for dealers, collectors and new buyers. The catalogs – suitable for coffee table display – feature artist biographies, discussions of the artwork, and full museum-style descriptions of all the items. The cost is $124 hard-cover, $94.99 soft-cover (less with a subscription).

For more information on Baterbys and the company’s upcoming Feb. 27 live and Internet auction, log on to www.baterbys.com. To consign a single piece of art, an estate or an entire collection, you may call them toll-free, at (866) 537-0265. Or, you can e-mail them, at [email protected]

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