On The Block: A Sublime Ruth Asawa Sculpture Sells For $312K At LAMA


Proving once again that prime works, fresh to the market are the most desirable, this totemic, 5-ft high copper wire sculpture by Ruth Asawa achieved double its original estimate in LA Modern Auctions June 10 sale.

Originally purchased by the architect and urban planner Edgardo Contini in 1965 (the year it was made) directly from Asawa, it was sold by Contini’s estate but had never been previously exhibited. And while Asawa’s been previously better known for her bronze fountains in San Francisco and her legacy as a teacher, her haunting, woven hanging wire mesh masterworks now routinely sell for over a million dollars.

Check out the original post below for updated sales figures (which include the auction house’s commissions) or go to LAMA’s website to view the lots in full.

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