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

Sol LeWitt 1928–2007

Solomon ‘Sol’ LeWitt had a major impact on the Conceptual Art movement through his distinctive approach to creating artwork intuitively. Born in Connecticut in 1928, LeWitt went on to receive his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in 1949. In 1951, he was drafted for the Korean War where his duties included creating posters for the Special Services Division. Following his release, he moved to New York where he studied at, what is now, the School of Visual Arts while interning as a graphic designer for several magazines including Seventeen. He was employed by the architectural office of I.M Pei in 1955, and in 1960 he worked as a receptionist at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Auction Results Sol LeWitt

SOL LEWITT, Uneven Circle from Doctors of the World portfolio | ragoarts.com

Sol LeWitt

Uneven Circle from Doctors of the World portfolio

estimate: $1,200–1,800
result: $3,750
SOL LEWITT, Untitled (Brown) | ragoarts.com

Sol LeWitt

Untitled (Brown)

estimate: $2,000–4,000
SOL LEWITT, Forms Derived from a Cube 8 (Colors Superimposed) | ragoarts.com

Sol LeWitt

Forms Derived from a Cube 8 (Colors Superimposed)

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,250
SOL LEWITT, Two plates from Scribbles Printed in Four Directions Using Four Colors | ragoarts.com

Sol LeWitt

Two plates from Scribbles Printed in Four Directions Using Four Colors

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $4,063
SOL LEWITT, Untitled (Brown) | ragoarts.com

Sol LeWitt

Untitled (Brown)

estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $1,875
SOL LEWITT, Irregular Arcs, Bands and Loops | ragoarts.com

Sol LeWitt

Irregular Arcs, Bands and Loops

estimate: $1,200–1,800
result: $5,313
SOL LEWITT, Plate 01 from Vertical Lines Not Straight Not Touching on Color | ragoarts.com

Sol LeWitt

Plate 01 from Vertical Lines Not Straight Not Touching on Color

estimate: $700–900
result: $1,792
SOL LEWITT, Plate #10 from Forms Derived from a Cube (Colors Superimposed) | ragoarts.com

Sol LeWitt

Plate #10 from Forms Derived from a Cube (Colors Superimposed)

estimate: $2,000–2,500
result: $2,250
SOL LEWITT, Four Works from Twelve Forms Derived From a Cube | ragoarts.com

Sol LeWitt

Four Works from Twelve Forms Derived From a Cube

estimate: $3,000–5,000
SOL LEWITT, Steps | ragoarts.com

Sol LeWitt

Steps

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $13,750
SOL LEWITT, Untitled from Twelve Forms Derived From a Cube | ragoarts.com

Sol LeWitt

Untitled from Twelve Forms Derived From a Cube

estimate: $800–1,000
result: $1,500
SOL LEWITT, 1-2 3-4 | ragoarts.com

Sol LeWitt

1-2 3-4

estimate: $150,000–200,000
SOL LEWITT, Black with White Lines, Vertical, Not Touching (from Conspiracy: The Artist as Witness) | ragoarts.com

Sol LeWitt

Black with White Lines, Vertical, Not Touching (from Conspiracy: The Artist as Witness)

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,875
SOL LEWITT, Irregular Forms (Flat and Glossy Colors) with Black Border | ragoarts.com

Sol LeWitt

Irregular Forms (Flat and Glossy Colors) with Black Border

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $7,500
SOL LEWITT, Brushstrokes in All Directions | ragoarts.com

Sol LeWitt

Brushstrokes in All Directions

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,500
SOL LEWITT, Untitled (from Twelve Forms Derived From a Cube) | ragoarts.com

Sol LeWitt

Untitled (from Twelve Forms Derived From a Cube)

estimate: $800–1,000
result: $1,750
SOL LEWITT, Untitled (from Twelve Forms Derived From a Cube) | ragoarts.com

Sol LeWitt

Untitled (from Twelve Forms Derived From a Cube)

estimate: $800–1,000
result: $1,625