SWANN AUCTION GALLERIES
African-american Fine Art
At the close of Swann Auction Galleries ’april 5 Africanamerican Fine Art auction, more than $4.5 million was achieved. Leading the way was an untitled abstract city painting by Norman Lewis that soared well above its high estimate of $250,000 when it sold for $725,000. Coming in second was Untitled (Village Street Scene) by Beauford Delaney, which achieved $557,000 against a presale estimate of $150,000 to $250,000. It became a world auction record for the artist. Another artist world auction record that was achieved was for Charles White’s O Freedom (est. $200/300,000) at $509,000. Prior to the sale preview, the painting had not been seen publicly in more than 60 years. a recently rediscovered painting by Jacob Lawrence from his series Struggle…
From the History of the American People, was another
showstopper.the painting, titled 19.Tension on the High Seas (est. $75/100,000), was one of five missing panels from the series, and was purchased for $413,000.
Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), 19. Tension on theHigh Seas, 1956. Egg tempera on hardboard,16 x 12 in., signed and dated in tempera lower right; titled in pencil verso: ‘Tension on the High Seas – June 22 – 1807. American Sailors of “The Chesapeake” Captured by the British.’ Courtesy Swann Auction Galleries. Estimate: $75/100,000 SOLD: $413,000