Art Auctions are not new. According to Wikipedia, one of the first recorded art auctions took place on March 8, 1742 in Covent Garden England. Throughout the years, fine art auctions have become an incredible buying opportunity for art lovers, collectors and dealers alike.
The internet has opened up online art sales to the general public, but it has also opened the doors to unscrupulous people. Finding an established reputable auction house is important. SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS is the longest running independently owned and operated auction house in Los Angeles, exclusively dealing in fine art. Created in 1984, the established company has consistently offered high quality fine art to the public. SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS verifies the authenticity of each work and stands by its reputation.
Robert Berman, owner of SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS is always on hand at the gallery, ready to speak with would be art collectors as well as returning collectors. He encourages collectors to first check online, then come to the gallery prior to the auction to see it in person and ask questions.
Andy Warhol is one of the most popular artists to collect. “We have two of Warhol’s soup cans that are in incredible condition, said Berman. “One has never been framed and kept in a archival drawer since 1969 – the colors are beautiful.” Berman revealed that when a work is not framed it increases its value. “The Campbell’s Soup II (Chicken ’n Dumplings which we will be auctioning has never seen daylight and is in the same condition as it was in 1969 when it was printed.”
Other highlights from the auction are a suite of six John Baldessari prints, a David Wojnarowicz painting, and a Herb Ritts photograph of Richard Gere (which launched both the actor and the photographer’s career).
This year’s auction will also feature the work of iconic artists such as Carlos Almaraz, Shepard Fairey, Sam Francis, Jeff Koons, Ed Moses, Terry O’Shea, Robert Rauschenberg, John Register, James Rosenquist, Frank Stella, and many more.
This Sunday, November 15th, the SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS event starts at 12pm (runs through the afternoon) at the B-7 gallery at Bergamot Station Arts Center (2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica). See auction preview on view now at the B-7 gallery at Bergamot Station. Gallery hours are: Tuesday thru Friday 11- 6pm; Saturday, November 14 the gallery will be open from 11am-8pm. Bidding is available via: live/in person, phone, absentee and internet bidding here.
The full catalogue is available on the website.