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May Auction Recap

May Auction Recap

19th/20th C. American/European Art and Post-War/Contemporary Art Auctions

12 May 2016

On Saturday, May 7th, Rago Arts and Auction Center held its first Fine Art auctions of 2016. Split into 19th/20th C. American and European Art and Post-War and Contemporary Art, these sales saw over 400 lots cross the auction block including paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and various works on paper by Francis Bacon, William Merritt Chase, Jean-Michel Basquiat, M.C. Escher, Andy Warhol, Alphonse Mucha, Roy Lichtenstein and more. In total, both auctions brought in $1,521,375 in sales. See the top performing lots from the auctions below.

19th/20th C. American and European Art

See all sold lots from 19th/20th C. American and European Art Here


Lot 80, a 1928 oil painting by Mary Elizabeth Price titled The Well Digger from Titusville sold for $50,000, the highest sale price achieved over the course of both auctions.

Lot 73, an oil painting by New Hope Circle artist Fern Isabel Kuns Coppedge titled Spring on the Delaware soared above the high estimate of $30,000, selling for $46,875.

Post-War and Contemporary Art

See other sold lots from Post-War and Contemporary Art here.


Lot 566, a signed and numbered (105/150) lithograph of Francis Bacon’s Study for Bullfight No.1 sold for $40,625 against an estimate of $30,000-50,000.


Lot 549, Pop-art pioneer Andy Warhol’s Mao signed and numbered (221/250) color screenprint achieved a sale price of $40,000.

All told, Rago’s May Fine Art auctions were a resounding success, and a large portion of that success is owed to our valued buyers and consignors. We hope you’ll join us for our next auctions: Early 20th C. Decorative Arts, Mid-Mod, Modern Design and Modern Ceramics and Glass, held on June 4th and 5th.

Learn more about our upcoming auctions here.