Maxfield Parrish artwork leads Heritage Auctions' record-breaking sale

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2015-11-18 16:49:50

An original artwork by Maxfield Parrish, one of the most celebrate illustrators of the 20th century, fetched more than $1 million in the latest Heritage Auctions American Art sale.

Parrish began a successful collaboration with Collier's Magazine in 1904, and created many of his most imaginative works including the two highly popular series 'The Arabian Nights' (1906-7) and 'Greek Mythology' (1908-10).

The work offered at Heritage, 'Jason and his Teacher', was created in 1909 and is regarded as the masterpiece of the Greek Mythology series.

Originally appearing as a frontispiece in an edition of Collier's Magazine dated July 23, 1910, the artwork was later reused to illustrate a new edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne's A Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales. Described as "a strong representation of Maxfield Parrish's mastery", the painting sold for $1,025,000.

Amongst the record-breaking lots were Stevan Dohanos' 1950 Saturday Evening Post cover 'Menemsha, Massachusetts, Post Office', which soared to $167,000, more than four times its estimate;  and 'The Call of the Flute', a 1922 nocturne by Western Art master Eanger Irving Couse which sold for $341,000.

The sale also included works by masters of American art Norman Rockwell and LeRoy Neiman. Rockwell's 1968 illustration 'The Right to Know' brought $106,250, and his 1948 Saturday Evening Post artwork 'Norman Rockwell Visits a County Agent in Jay, Indiana', sold for $53,750.

Neiman's 'Roulette Las Vegas, 1958', which was appearing on the open market for the first time in almost 60 years, sold for $125,000.

"Our last three American Fine Art auctions have been powerhouses – a trifecta of stellar results," said Aviva Lehmann, Director of American Art. "Our team works diligently all year long to curate an irresistible selection of art and our latest world records shows clients like what they see at Heritage."

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