Bonhams Contemporary Art auction to feature works by David Park, Edward Kienholz & Bruce Conner

Bonhams looks forward to fall with fine highlights of a David Park oil painting on board, Portrait of Imogen Cunningham, 1952 (est. $70,000-90,000) and a Bruce Conner mixed-media work, CHERRIES, 1960 (est. $40,000-60,000) in its Made In California: Contemporary Art auction, October 21 in Los Angeles and simulcast in San Francisco.

David Park Portrait of Imogen Cunningham, 1952

David Park Portrait of Imogen Cunningham, 1952

Bonhams is pleased to offer in the sale works from many esteemed private collections and notable U.S. institutions including property from the De Young Museum, San Francisco and an important Midwestern Institution. A large scale oil on canvas by Bay Area painter Paul Wonner, View from Russian Hill, San Francisco, 1962 (est. $70,000-90,000) will also be sold to benefit the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina. A Joan Brown oil on canvas, Portrait of a Watermelon, 1964 (est. $30,000-50,000) will be offered from the collection of the late lauded American sculptor Stephen De Staebler.

Highlights continue with such offerings as a mixed-media work by Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin, The Fandango Black, 1986 (est. $30,000-50,000); a Charles Arnoldi acrylic painting on canvas, Paloma, 1978 (est. $15,000-20,000); a large scale Billy Al Bengston painting, Skinny’s 21, 1969 (est. $40,000-60,000); and various other works by Judy Chicago, Larry Bell, Ronald Davis and John Register.

Sarah R. Nelson, Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Art Department Specialist at Bonhams, says of the auction, “Following our highly successful spring auction, which set four world records and was over 90% sold, we are pleased to be offering a highly selective selection of works by many of California’s most esteemed contemporary artists, this fall.”
The illustrated auction catalog for this sale will be available online for review and purchase in the weeks preceding the sale at

About the auction category: Bonhams’ Made in California: Contemporary Art auction, which is held biannually in Los Angeles and San Francisco, is dedicated to modern and contemporary California art. From the modernist paintings of the Post World War II era to the genre defying work of today, the auction includes paintings, drawings and sculpture that illustrate the state’s prominence in the global art market. Bonhams is the only international auction house with a dedicated sale category in this area and is the market leader in California contemporary art and reaches an international clientele with buyers around the world.

Auction: October 21 at 10am at Bonhams in Los Angeles
Auction Preview: October 11-13 (Friday-Sunday 12pm-5pm) at Bonhams in San Francisco and October 18-20 (Friday-Sunday 10am-5pm) in Los Angeles