Auction of the Week: Palm Beach Modern Auctions Urban Culture, Pop & Contemporary Art sale



2019-02-12 16:45:03

This week's featured sale is the Palm Beach Modern Auctions 'Urban Culture, Pop & Contemporary Art' sale, which takes place in Florida on February 24. The eclectic and carefully-curated sale features everything from contemporary art to coffee machines, vintage design pieces and historic memorabilia. Here are 10 of our favourite lots...

Carlo Borer 'Etienne Louis' espresso machine

Estimate: $1,000-$2,000

A rare Etienne Louis espresso coffee machine by Swiss designer Carlo Borer, produced in a limited run of just 1,700 examples between 1994 and 2001.

Jean-Michel Basquiat skateboard decks

Estimate: $750-$1,250

A set of three skateboard decks featuring artwork by the iconic American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), created in collaboration with The Skateroom – a company which produces limited-edition skateboard decks  which span the boundaries between urban culture and modern art.

James 'Whitey' Bulger Jr. prison letter and mug shot card

Estimate: $400-$700

A handwritten letter and photo holiday card by the Irish-American organized crime boss-turned FBI informant James 'Whitey' Bulger (1929-2018).

The letter and card date were sent on May 28, 2015, whilst Bulger was incarcerated at the Coleman II United States Penitentiary in Florida, having previously spent 16 years on the run as one of the FBI's most wanted criminals.

The card bears a mugshot image of Bulger taken in 1959, whilst serving time at the infamous Alcatraz prison for armed robbery.

Banksy Walled Off Hotel mixed media artwork

Estimate: $1,000-$2,000

A mixed media artwork by Banksy, featuring a print and a section of concrete within a box frame.

Originally acquired in 2017 from the Walled Off Hotel, a boutique hotel/hostel in Bethlehem, Palestine designed by Banksy as a protest against the West Bank wall, and featuring what he called "the worst view of any hotel in the world".

Vintage fairground carousel unicorn

Estimate: $500-$800

A vintage 20th century fairground carousel horse in the form of a unicorn.

NASA Apollo 11 U.S.S. Hornet original recovery hat

Estimate: $1,500-$2,500

An original Apollo 11 recovery hat made for the crew of the U.S.S Hornet – the ship which recovered the Apollo 11 crew and their Command Module Columbia from the Pacific Ocean, following their return to Earth in July 1969.

The crew spent five days in a Mobile Quarantine Facility on board the ship as they were transported to Hawaii, before being transferred back to NASA headquarters in Houston.

Charles & Ray Eames Elephant model

Estimate: $2,000-$3,000

A 2007 Anniversary Edition reproduction of a model elephant designed by Charles & Ray Eames in 1945.

The iconic couple originally produced a single plywood prototype, which they gifted to their daughter. It wasn't until 2007 that the model went into production, in a limited edition run of 1,000 pieces by the U.S manufacturer Vitra.

John Lennon signed drawing

Estimate: $3,000-$5,000

A John Lennon cartoon sketch, circa 1969, depicting Denver, Colorado music promoter Barry Fey (1938-2013).

The sketch is drawn on the back of a paper record sleeve insert, and was sent to Fey by The Beatles' manager Allan Klein with his own sincription "To Barry Enjoy the first listen! Cheers Allan Klein 9/18/69".

Gabriel Alix naive painting

Estimate: $3,000-$5,000

A large painting of two black jungle panthers by Gabriel Alix (1930-1998), a Haitian painter known for his naive, colourful works which included still lifes, religious subjects, and animals.

Herve Di Rosa sculpture

Estimate: $15,000-$20,000

A large, child-like sculpture of a crocodile in a car by French artist Herve Di Rosa, circa 1983.

Neo-Popartist Di Rosa is renowned for his kitsch style, known as "Art Modeste", and he regularly exhibits his colourful, humorous works in New York and Paris.

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