Property from a New York Collection

Eclectic and whimsical, this diverse collection was assembled with an eye for aesthetics and features everything from folk art and fine art to industrial ephemera and vintage advertising signs. Among the most unique pieces are a life-size folk art Harley Davidson motorcycle sculpture and a gold-plated Roccanti racing bicycle. Highlights include works by Dustin Yellin, Lowell Nesbitt, Karl Springer, William Kent, and Jesse Howard.

Robert Loughlin 1949–2011

Robert Loughlin was a beloved artist and character in the world of design. Born in Alameda, California in 1949, his interest in design flourished at a young age. By the late 1970s, he had opened two stores in San Francisco, being one of the first "pickers" to specialize and create a resale market for mid-century design. In 1980, he relocated to Miami Beach, Florida where he established a third store and also began painting.

After several years, he moved to New York City and opened the Executive Gallery and became immersed in the downtown art scene. He became known for his boisterous, hard-living as much as his design skills; he sourced art and furniture for clients such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Robert Mapplethorpe. One of his most impressive finds was a Salvador Dali painting at a thrift shop that he bought for $40. During this time, his iconic imagery of "The Brute," a smoking square-jawed male figure, began appearing all over the city — on found objects including doors, tables, antiques, trash, bottles, skateboards, other works of art, and public spaces alike. "The Brute," an idealized male face, often depicted smoking, recalls the classic, masculine faces of James Dean and Marlon Brando, and is modeled after Loughlin's partner of thirty-one years, Gary Carlson. Loughlin explored the far reaches of this singular imagery, which has since become an icon of gay and outsider culture.

His artworks are collected by institutions such as The Carnegie Museum of Art and among personal collections including the artist Donald Baechler. Tragically, Robert Loughlin was struck by a car near his home in New Jersey in 2011.

Auction Results Robert Loughlin

ROBERT LOUGHLIN, Untitled (DSX-1) | ragoarts.com

Robert Loughlin

Untitled (DSX-1)

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,625
ROBERT LOUGHLIN, Untitled (Briefcase) | ragoarts.com

Robert Loughlin

Untitled (Briefcase)

estimate: $700–900
result: $1,950
ROBERT LOUGHLIN, Untitled (The Smiths) | ragoarts.com

Robert Loughlin

Untitled (The Smiths)

estimate: $700–900
result: $2,500
ROBERT LOUGHLIN, The Smoking Man table | ragoarts.com

Robert Loughlin

The Smoking Man table

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $3,125
ROBERT LOUGHLIN, Untitled large painting | ragoarts.com

Robert Loughlin

Untitled large painting

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,500
ROBERT LOUGHLIN, Collection of Three Works | ragoarts.com

Robert Loughlin

Collection of Three Works

estimate: $700–900
result: $2,000
ROBERT LOUGHLIN, Collection of Three Works | ragoarts.com

Robert Loughlin

Collection of Three Works

estimate: $700–900
result: $2,375
ROBERT LOUGHLIN, Custom Car Camanos | ragoarts.com

Robert Loughlin

Custom Car Camanos

estimate: $4,000–6,000
ROBERT LOUGHLIN, Untitled (Smoking Man) | ragoarts.com

Robert Loughlin

Untitled (Smoking Man)

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $4,063
ROBERT LOUGHLIN, Continental Highway | ragoarts.com

Robert Loughlin

Continental Highway

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,875