Bidders Drawn to Unique Works by Contemporary Artists at Swann Galleries’ Auction of American and Contemporary Art


NEW YORK, NY.- Bidders were drawn to an assortment of drawings and other unique works at Swann Galleries’ November 18 auction of American Art & Contemporary Art. The sale’s top lot was a Sketchbook with 52 drawings in pencil, ball-point pen and ink and crayon by Joan Mitchell, circa 1954-55, which brought $144,000*. The book had been inscribed and dedicated, on the occasion of Mitchell’s 29th birthday, by fellow artists Paul Brach, Mike Goldberg and Miriam Schapiro. Other unique highlights offered in the Contemporary Art section were Jim Dine’s Visiting with Charcoal I, charcoal on paper, 1980, one of the artist’s signature depictions of a bathrobe, this one nearly five feet tall, $24,000; Karel Appel’s Deux Oiseaux, gouache and crayon on paper, 1958, $22,800; and Paul Jenkins’s Phenomena Sufi Veil, watercolor on paper, 1982, $13,200. Featured contemporary prints included Keith Harin