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African-amer­i­can Fine Art

$4.5 mil­lion

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

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