Warhol Serigraphs Soup Up Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Winter Auction

Limited edition serigraph by Andy Warhol that brought $93,750 at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries on February 27

THOMASTON, ME:  Many lots in Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ “Winter Enchantment” sale on February 25, 26 & 27 enthralled bidders and helped push the sale to a robust $1.6 million result.  There was intense bidding among live, telephone and internet participants across all three days of the sale

A 1968 limited edition serigraph on paper titled “Campbell’s Soup I (Tomato)” by Andy Warhol (NY, 1929-1987) incinerated its pre-sale estimate of $20,000 to $30,000 and brought $93,750 after a heated battle between two relentless internet bidders.  Another Warhol 1968 serigraph, “Campbell’s Soup I (Green Pea), also overdelivered pre-sale expectations and fetched $40,000 after spirited bidding.

“It was a great sale, and it brought quite a few surprises.  I’m very pleased that these items are going to be preserved and appreciated by their new owners;” said Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Owner and Auctioneer Kaja Veilleux.

Many fine works of art greatly contributed to the sale’s success. Among these was a beautiful oil on canvas painting depicting a pair of white peacocks by Jessie Arms Botke (CA/IL, 1883-1971) that brought $54,000, and a watercolor on cardboard painting titled “Dog” in the manner of folk artist Bill Traylor (AL, 1853-1949) topped its $10,000-15,000 presale estimate and raised $54,000.

Some of the other paintings that greatly exceeded expectations included: a work by Ralph Eugene Cahoon, Jr. (MA, 1910-1982) depicting five wives watching ships arriving in a snowy harbor that reached $30,000 ($10,000-15,000 presale estimate); “Deep Winter” an oil on Masonite painting by William Thon (ME/NY/Italy, 1906-2000) that sold for $27,600 ($7,000-10,000 presale estimate); and Frederick Judd Waugh’s (NJ/MA, 1861-1940) dynamic coastal work titled “Spring Tide” that sold for $25,200 ($15,000-25,000 presale estimate).

Two items of historic interest generated strong bidder interest.  A 1795 document signed by President George Washington and Secretary of State Timothy Pickering brought $18,000, and a colorful and complex 1860s British soldier-made quilt containing British and American symbols also sold for $18,000.

Several Asian antiques also attracted intense bidding, such as: a Chinese Qing Dynasty group of 18 carved disciples of the Buddha that achieved $37,500, surpassing its $6,000-8,000 estimate; an exquisite 19th Century Chinese man’s summer court robe that earned $16,250, versus a $2,000-3,000 estimate; a Thai Chakri Dynasty gilt cinnabar figure of the Buddha that brought $10,000 ($3,000-5,000 estimate); and a monumental pair of 19th Century Japanese porcelain temple vases that sold for $8,125 ($5,000-7,000 estimate).

A 2005 men’s Rolex Submariner wristwatch with original box and papers inspired strong competition, ending at $13,750; and a handmade Art Deco platinum ring set with an approximate 1.61 carat diamond brought $11,400.

Other high flying lots included: a walnut dining table that originally belonged to Marilyn Monroe that sold for $13,750; a circa 1920s finely crafted metalwork vase by Jean Dunand (Switzerland, 1877-1942) that reached $11,875; an unusual mahogany Holland & Holland Sporting Goods sign that fetched $11,250; a large high relief painted porcelain plaque depicting a French winter landscape by Dominique Adolphe Grenet de Joigny (France, 1821-1885) that earned $6250; and a handcrafted square extension dining table by Maine cabinetmaker Thomas Moser that sold for $5,312.

A complete list of auction results can be found at www.thomastonauction.com.

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will conduct several upcoming specialty auctions throughout Spring 2022, including: The English House on April 1; Animals on Parade on April 15; European Grand Tour on April 29; The Art of Japan on May 20; and Modern Touch on June 3.

And two major Fine Art & Antique auctions are scheduled for Summer 2022 – on July 8, 9 & 10 and on August 26, 27 & 28.

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries is Northern New England’s premier auction and appraisal company located on U.S. Route 1 in Thomaston.  Thomaston Place is a leader in discovering antique and fine art treasures: offering Free Appraisals each Tuesday at the Gallery, creating fundraiser events for civic and charitable organizations, providing house call appraisal services, and creating new selling strategies to serve the changing needs of consignors and buyers.  Their expertise in researching and marketing antiques and fine art has earned Thomaston Place the respect of buyers, collectors and experts worldwide.


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