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Lot 165: Ben Abril (1923-1995 Los Angeles, CA)

California & American Fine Art Auction

by John Moran Auctioneers

October 25, 2016

Monrovia, CA, USA

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Description: ''Bunker Hill Castle'', Los Angeles, signed lower left: Ben Abril, signed again and dated verso: 1965, titled and inscribed on the stretcher, oil on canvas, 30'' H x 40'' W, est: $5000/7000. Note: Inscribed verso on stretcher: Los Angeles, CA / Bunker Hill Castle/ CW 8202 / CW 7214. Inscribed verso on canvas: A 20-room home with porte-cochere and rear carriage house in the 300 block on Bunker Hill Ave. Built by D.F. Donigan, one of the first grading contractors in Los Angeles. Next door was the home of a Lady McDonald from Canada. Some of the nicknames acquired through the years for the mansion were the 'Castle,' 'Haunted House' and 'Old Armour Home' - Ben Abril 1965.

Condition Report: Visual: Generally good condition. Blacklight: No evidence of restoration under blacklight.

Notes: Inscribed verso on stretcher: Los Angeles, CA / Bunker Hill Castle/ CW 8202 / CW 7214. Inscribed verso on canvas: A 20-room home with porte-cochere and rear carriage house in the 300 block on Bunker Hill Ave. Built by D.F. Donigan, one of the first grading contractors in Los Angeles. Next door was the home of a Lady McDonald from Canada. Some of the nicknames acquired through the years for the mansion were the 'Castle,' 'Haunted House' and 'Old Armour Home' - Ben Abril 1965

Provenance: Corporate Collection, Los Angeles, CA, acquired from the artist, 1960s; sale, John Moran Auctioneers, Pasadena, CA; Private Collection, Monarch Beach, CA; acquired from the above

Dimensions: 30'' H x 40'' W

Artist or Maker: Ben Abril (1923-1995 Los Angeles, CA)

Medium: oil on canvas

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