On The Block: The Bonhams Auction Casts A Wide Net


One of a series of Art + Décor auctions coming up this year at Bonhams, this auction in San Francisco held on January 25 and 26, is loaded with rarities. You can browse through the online catalogue to browse through, although nothing quite beats seeing the lots in person being purchased from their galleries. We’ve selected a few lots we are eyeing, at top, “Bombay,” a luminous oil on canvas (66 x 72in) from the ’80s by Paul Manes that would add a subtle glow to a big space. The estimate is $3,000 to $5,000 [Lot 3084].

Closer to home and much smaller in scale, a sweetly sophisticated primitive by Rinaldo Cuneo of San Francisco’s Aquatic Park (oil on canvas, 20 x 24in) is estimated at $3,000 to $5,000 [Lot 3048] and the nighttime view of San Francisco is one of four evocative 1940s images in the auction by photographer Max Yavno. The silver gelatin print is estimated to bring in between $1,000 to $1,500 [Lot 3812].

This 29 x 50-inch signed poster (detail below) by Roy Lichtenstein from 1988 is a knockout, and expected to bring between $1,200 and $2,000 [Lot 3121].

Exclusively for this auction, Bonhams is opening the estate of California artist Miriam Wosk, a commercial illustrator who designed the first cover of Ms. magazine then became known for creating surreal, vibrant, mixed-media pieces. The pieces featured in the auciton include not only her own work, but unique furniture and scultpural accessories she collected during her global travels. 

Celebrating the Day of the Dead, this Clayton Brothers piece from Wosk’s estate sold in September for $1,750. 

 Miriam Wosk Estate Sale at Bonhams

From Wosk’s travels, a very rare MMINEO MIZUNO (JAPANESE, BORN 1944) Sake set. 

 Miriam Wosk Japanse Sake set

Check out the nuts and bolts of online bidding at Bonhams here.

Visit: Art + Décor, January 25th and 26th, 2015
220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco

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