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Some works sold by Sotheby's

Walasse Ting - The Girl With Orange Hair

Walasse Ting - The Girl With Orange Hair

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Lot number: 251
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251 Walasse Ting 1929-2010 THE GIRL WITH ORANGE HAIR Stamped with a seal of the artist Acrylic on paper 49 by 35 cm.; 19 1/4 by 13 3/4 in. Estimate 40,000 - 60,000 HKD Print The work is in good condition overall, as is the paper, which is free from foxing, holes and tears. Upon close observation, there is evidence of light wear and handling around the edges of the painting, predominantly on the bottom left corner, along with gentle hair-line creases on the right margin (middle and bottom) and lower left register (flower and wrist). Examination under ultraviolet light shows no sign of restoration. Framed, under Plexiglas.
Margaret Bourke-White - Dummy And Chute Landing, Irving Air Chute Company, Buffalo

Margaret Bourke-White - Dummy And Chute Landing, Irving Air Chute Company, Buffalo

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Lot number: 1
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Time Inc. Picture Collection Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, 2005 1 Margaret Bourke-White 1904-1971 DUMMY AND CHUTE LANDING, IRVING AIR CHUTE COMPANY, BUFFALO title, reduction, and numerical notations in pencil and crayon and with Time Inc. copyright and LIFE use, assignment number, and Picture Collection stamps on the reverse, framed, 1937 9 3/4 by 13 1/2 in. (24.7 by 34.3 cm.) Estimate 10,000 - 15,000 USD Print This early print, on double-weight paper with a surface sheen, is from the archival files of the Time Inc. Picture Collection. Considering that it was a circulating file print in the Time Inc. Picture Collection, this print is in good condition. The edges are rubbed, and the left and right margin edges are slightly rippled. There are 3 small sharp creases at the right and upper edges. The corners are bumped or creased. There are black crayon crop marks in the margin corners that extend very slightly into the print. When examined in raking light, a tiny, glossy circular deposit, as well as three handling creases, are visible at the right side of the print. On the reverse, there is age-appropriate soiling and darkening at the periphery. The caption, '16 (circled),' '4 (circled),' and '8 3/4' reduction notation are in pencil. '4' and '#731549' are in red china marker. The Time Inc. copyright stamp is in black ink, and the LIFE PICTURE COLLECTION and LIFE use stamps are in red ink. The LIFE assignment number, '1444,' is in blue ink. The LAST PRINT NEG. stamp is in purple and its notation '1063 BW' is in pencil. Along the right edge is the gallery inventory number 'PF45910H' in pencil.
Emil James Bisttram - Sound Dynamics

Emil James Bisttram - Sound Dynamics

Original 1963
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Lot number: 1
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Acquired from the artist by the present owner 1 Emil Bisttram 1895 - 1976 SOUND DYNAMICS signed Bisttram, signed with the artist's device and dated '63 (lower right); signed Emil Bisttram and titled Sound Dynamics (on the stretcher) oil on masonite 40 1/2 by 25 inches (103 by 63.5 cm) Estimate 15,000 - 20,000 USD Print SURFACE: in good condition UNDER ULTRA VIOLET: no apparent inpainting
Niccolò Roccataglia - Cupid

Niccolò Roccataglia - Cupid

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Lot number: 401
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401 After a model by Niccolò Roccatagliata (1570-1636) Italian, Venice, 17th Century CUPID bronze, on a veined purple marble base bronze: 40.5cm., 16in. base: 6cm., 2 3/8 in. Estimate 5,000 - 7,000 GBP Print Overall the condition of the bronze is good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are nicks to the surface throughout and rubbing to the patina at the high points. There is some dryness to the crevices, particularly to the hair, inside the proper left hand and at the top of the wings. There is slight greening to the hair. There are two holes on base for mounting, and pegs are slightly visible consistent with the casting process. The marble base is in good condition with slight scratching to the surface and minor stable fissures on two of the sides. There are chips along the edges.
 Anonymous - Portrait Du Maréchal Louis-alexandre Berthier , Prince De Neufchâtel Et De Wagram

Anonymous - Portrait Du Maréchal Louis-alexandre Berthier , Prince De Neufchâtel Et De Wagram

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Lot number: 2
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2 Portrait du Maréchal Louis-Alexandre Berthier (1753-1815), prince de Neufchâtel et de Wagram France, XIXe siècle A FRENCH 19TH CENTURY PLASTER PORTRAIT BUST OF LOUIS-ALEXANDRE BERTHIER (1753-1815), PRINCE OF NEUFCHTEL AND WAGRAM buste en plâtre 58 x 29 x 19 cm 22 3/4 by 11 1/2 by 7 1/2 in. Estimate 3,000 - 5,000 EUR Print Please notify me when the condition report is available
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