BOS­TON, MA GROGAN & COM­PANY

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FE­BRU­ARY 11

Win­ter Auc­tion

$1 mil­lion

Spir­ited in­ter­net and tele­phone bid­ders, along with a siz­able and ac­tive in-house crowd, helped bol­ster Grogan & Com­pany’s Fe­bru­ary 11 Win­ter Auc­tion to more than $1 mil­lion in sales.the auc­tion—with 251 lots of fine art, jewelry and dec­o­ra­tive art—in­cluded work by John Singer Sar­gent, Alexan­der Calder,arthur Dove and

Frank Swift Chase.top­ping the sale was Sar­gent’s oil study Two Heads of a Bearded Man (Study for Freize of the Prophets, Bos­ton Pub­lic Li­brary) from around 1891 to 1892.The piece, which sold for $97,600, nearly hit its high es­ti­mate of $100,000.

A Nan­tucket beach scene by Chase came in more than 10 times its low pre­sale es­ti­mate of $1,500 when it achieved $20,740.The work be­came a new auc­tion record price for the artist. A whim­si­cal, circa 1948 gold brooch by Calder—a gift from the artist’s wife in 1964 to a Cambridge, Mas­sachusetts, woman— sold for $79,300 against a pre­sale es­ti­mate of $40,000 to $60,000. Cen­ter­port Se­ries #23, by Dove, was an­other high­light when it sold for $16,510 to an in­ter­net bid­der.

John Singer Sar­gent (1856-1925), Two Heads of a Bearded Man (Study for Freize of the Prophets, Bos­ton Pub­lic Li­brary), ca. 189192. Oil on can­vas, 23¼ x 34¼ in., es­tate stamp verso: ‘JSS’. Cour­tesy Grogan & Com­pany. Es­ti­mate: $60/100,000 SOLD: $97,600

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