SARASOTA, FLA. – Andrew Ford, auctioneer and owner of Sarasota Estate Auction, formatted his December 11-12 sale into two sessions, each with their own unique personality. The first session on December 11 offered a plethora of paintings, prints, modern and contemporary sculptures by predominantly 20th-century artists, and Mid-Century style sets from popular designers. The second session on December 12 featured more traditional works of art by renowned artists, jewelry, furniture and more. The first day was conducted by a quartet of screenprints by David Hockney (British, b.1937), all of whom doubled their estimates. At $ 28,980, premium included, was “Slow Rise” from “Some More New Prints” (MCA Tokyo 342), a color lithograph and silkscreen, 1993, on Arches 88 paper, numbered 28/68, signed in pencil and dated lower right 25 by 30Â½ inches. The starting bid was $ 4,000 with an estimate of $ 8 / $ 12,000. This piece, along with many pieces of modern art that featured in this auction, came from an important estate at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota. One of the most acclaimed living artists, Hockney’s popularity is based on the enormous and continued appeal of his images and the popular perception of him as a colorful extrovert.
A more detailed recap of the two-day sale follows.