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FE­BRU­ARY 8-9

Fine Art, Asian &

An­tiques Auc­tion

$3.3 mil­lion

Fine and dec­o­ra­tive art, his­tor­i­cal ar­ti­facts and top-tier an­tiques were highly sought af­ter dur­ing James D. Ju­lia’s Fe­bru­ary 8 and 9 Fine Art, Asian & An­tiques Auc­tion. The sale, which achieved more than $3.3 mil­lion, was led by Fer­nando Botero’s A Lawyer that sold for $150,750 against a $125,000 to $175,000 pre­sale es­ti­mate.

There was also suc­cess with Hay­ley Lever’s 1904 paint­ing Fish­ing Boats – Sun­rise that sold for $60,500.The work was signed and ti­tled on a la­bel from Clay­ton-lib­er­a­tore Art Gallery. Mor­ris Graves’ War Mad­dened Bird Fol­low­ing St. Elmo’s Fire, a tem­pera on pa­per paint­ing, brought $81,675, a price that was four times its low pre­sale es­ti­mate. A work at­trib­uted to Paul Émile Chabas of two chil­dren and bou­quets of pe­onies, ti­tled Happy New Year, was also of in­ter­est. It sold for $24,200, which was more than six times its low es­ti­mate.

Mor­ris Graves (1910-2001), War Mad­dened Bird Fol­low­ing St. Elmo’s Fire, Tem­pera on pa­per, 24½ x 59 in., signed and dated lower right: ‘M Graves 44’; mul­ti­ple exhibition la­bels verso. Cour­tesy James D. Ju­lia. Es­ti­mate: $20/40,000 SOLD: $81,675

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