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Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder 1898–1976

Born in 1898 to Nanette Lederer Calder and Alexander Stirling Calder, a painter and a sculptor respectively, Alexander Calder was encouraged to be creative and make things by hand. As a child he made gifts for his family and jewelry for his sister’s dolls. In 1915, Calder attended Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey graduating in 1919 with a degree in mechanical engineering because his parents didn’t want him to struggle as an artist. After completing school, Calder work a myriad of jobs including draftsman for Edison Company, a staff member at Lumber magazine, coloring maps for a hydraulics engineer and timekeeper for a logging camp.

In the spring of 1922 Calder attended night classes in drawing and the following year he decides to pursue a career as a painter. By 1925 Calder had his first art exhibition and in 1926 he made his first sculptures out of wood and wire. Calder relocated to Paris, socializing with the Parisian avant-garde, and started making mechanical toys and abstract sculptures. His kinetic works, a departure from traditional sculpture, became known as ‘mobiles’, a term coined by Marcel Duchamp.

Calder’s artistic endeavors ranged from mobiles to stabiles (static sculptures) both small and large, to jewelry and paintings. Today his works can be found in numerous museum collections around the world including The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.

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Auction Results Alexander Calder

ALEXANDER CALDER, Untitled (Demi-cône) | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

Untitled (Demi-cône)
estimate: $600,000–800,000
result: $805,000

ALEXANDER CALDER, Earrings | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

Earrings
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $125,000

ALEXANDER CALDER, Zoo | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

Zoo
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $56,250

ALEXANDER CALDER, Waterface | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

Waterface
estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $52,500

ALEXANDER CALDER, Deux Spirales | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

Deux Spirales
estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $10,625

ALEXANDER CALDER, Composition | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

Composition
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $7,500

ALEXANDER CALDER, Balloons | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

Balloons
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $6,875

ALEXANDER CALDER, Untitled (Swirls) | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

Untitled (Swirls)
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $6,250

ALEXANDER CALDER, Untitled (Pinwheels and Pyramids) | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

Untitled (Pinwheels and Pyramids)
estimate: $2,500–4,500
result: $5,313

ALEXANDER CALDER, Circus portfolio | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

Circus portfolio
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $5,313

ALEXANDER CALDER, Untitled from the Flight portfolio | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

Untitled from the Flight portfolio
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $5,000

ALEXANDER CALDER, Mountain and Sun | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

Mountain and Sun
estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $4,688

ALEXANDER CALDER, Grey Ellipse from the Our Unfinished Revolution portfolio | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

Grey Ellipse from the Our Unfinished Revolution portfolio
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $4,688

ALEXANDER CALDER, White Circles and Ellipses from the Our Unfinished Revolution portfolio | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

White Circles and Ellipses from the Our Unfinished Revolution portfolio
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $4,063

ALEXANDER CALDER, Matraque Rouge | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

Matraque Rouge
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $3,750

ALEXANDER CALDER, Trois Oignons | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

Trois Oignons
estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $2,750

ALEXANDER CALDER, Portrait of James Jones | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

Portrait of James Jones
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $2,500

ALEXANDER CALDER, Hommage à Man Ray | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

Hommage à Man Ray
estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $2,340

ALEXANDER CALDER, Le Crâne Dans Le Nid | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

Le Crâne Dans Le Nid
estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $2,250

ALEXANDER CALDER, Albi | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

Albi
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,250

ALEXANDER CALDER, Un Patriote | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

Un Patriote
estimate: $1,500–2,500

ALEXANDER CALDER, Earrings | ragoarts.com

Alexander Calder

Earrings
estimate: $50,000–70,000