The James W. Hyams Collection

James W. Hyams started collecting art in 1967 when he was a student in college. The first work Hyams purchased—Vegetable Soup Can from Campbell’s Soup I by Andy Warhol—was paid for in installments and hung in his dorm room. A few years later, he purchased his second work by Warhol and from there collecting became a way of life. 

Over the years, Hyams has amassed a stunning collection of prints from 1960s to the present day. From Warhol to Hirst, or Lichtenstein to Doig, his collection is about as contemporary as it gets. Focusing on works that he likes by influential artists, his collection of more than 400 prints is an exceptional survey of the most important art movements of the second half of the 20th century and the start of the 21st century.  

Generous with his collection, Hyams has loaned many works to galleries and universities, sharing his collection with a public audience. Further, his pieces are proudly on display in his home, his acclaimed interior widely published. 

I don't buy pieces that I don't like. But I do have a purpose in my collection. I am interested in buying key artists from the period.

James W. Hyams

Roy Lichtenstein 1923–1997

Roy Lichtenstein is one of the originators of the Pop Art movement, famed for paintings that take kitsch and transform it into culture. Lichtenstein was born in New York City in 1923. Growing up, he took art classes at the Art Student League where he created realist paintings. Lichtenstein continued his study of art at Ohio State University but, with the advent of World War II, he enlisted in the army in 1943. Lichtenstein returned to Ohio State after the war to finish his master’s degree in studio art. While Lichtenstein was teaching art at Rutgers University, he became close with fellow artist Allen Krapow, who introduced him to Claes Oldenburg. It was during the 1960s that Lichtenstein began experimenting with what would become his signature style of taking images from comic books and newspapers and reproducing them on a large scale, calling attention to the flatness of the imagery with his Ben-Day technique of painting dots. In 1962, Lichtenstein got his first break with a one-man show at the Leo Castelli Gallery, which sold out before it opened.

Auction Results Roy Lichtenstein

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Cathedral #2 | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Cathedral #2
estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $16,900

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Bicentennial Print | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Bicentennial Print
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $10,625

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Crying Girl | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Crying Girl
estimate: $800–1,000
result: $2,750

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Temple | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Temple
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $6,250

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Crying Girl | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Crying Girl
estimate: $800–1,000
result: $3,000

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Brushstroke | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Brushstroke
estimate: $800–1,000
result: $1,500

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Jobs... Not Cheese! Moffett for Senator | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Jobs... Not Cheese! Moffett for Senator
estimate: $1,200–1,800
result: $2,125

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Untitled (Illustration for "Polemic" Magazine III.1) | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Untitled (Illustration for "Polemic" Magazine III.1)
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $4,688

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Crying Girl | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Crying Girl
estimate: $800–1,000
result: $2,375

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Temple | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Temple
estimate: $800–1,000
result: $1,875

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Brushstroke | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Brushstroke
estimate: $800–1,000
result: $3,000

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Whaam! (diptych) | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Whaam! (diptych)
estimate: $5,000–7,000

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Modern Art Poster | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Modern Art Poster
estimate: $400–600
result: $750

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Shipboard Girl | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Shipboard Girl
estimate: $20,000–30,000

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Five-piece Pop Art china set | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Five-piece Pop Art china set
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,125

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Six pieces | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Six pieces
estimate: $800–1,200

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Collection of One Works | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Collection of One Works
estimate: $2,000–3,000

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Paper Plate | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Paper Plate
estimate: $700–900
result: $750

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Art Critic | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Art Critic
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $36,250

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Spray Can from the One Cent Life portfolio | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Spray Can from the One Cent Life portfolio
estimate: $600–800
result: $875

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Dinnerware: six-piece setting | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Dinnerware: six-piece setting
estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $3,250

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Whaam! (diptych) | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Whaam! (diptych)
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $3,500

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Temple (Castelli mailer) | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Temple (Castelli mailer)
estimate: $800–1,000
result: $1,500

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Crying Girl (Castelli mailer) | ragoarts.com

Roy Lichtenstein

Crying Girl (Castelli mailer)
estimate: $800–1,000
result: $2,250