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Auction Description for Litchfield County Auctions Inc: 20th C. Art & Design from the Bruce Willis Collection & Other Owners
Auction Description:
The Fine Art in this sale spans the 20th Century from early Modernism through Post War and Contemporary, including works from household names such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Tom Wesselmann and Elaine de Kooning, as well as hundreds of works by lesser known, but very collected, artists from Latin American artists like Tamayo and Matta to American Contemporary like John Wesley and Hunt Slonem.   The 20th Century design in this auction includes pieces by iconic designers such as George Nakashima, Tommi Parzinger, Jacques Adnet, Paul McCobb, Piero Fornasetti and Finn Juhl.   Bruce Willis needs no description. The pieces in the sale that belonged to him tend to be what one might expect-- masculine, well made and un-fussy. These are pieces that will appeal to any fan of Mr. Willis.  
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LIVE AUCTION: DECEMBER 1ST 10 AM EXHIBITION & BOUTIQUE FASHION SALE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH (10AM-5PM DAILY) LOCATED AT THE GALLERY, 425 BANTAM ROAD, LITCHFIELD, CT 06759 CONSIGNMENT CONSULTATION DAY SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH FROM 10AM-12PM

20th C. Art & Design from the Bruce Willis Collection & Other Owners (574 Lots)

by Litchfield County Auctions Inc


574 lots with images

December 1, 2016

Live Auction

Litchfield, CT, USA

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Inspired by Jeff Koons Cracked Egg for LACMA

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Description: Inspired by Jeff Koons "Cracked Egg", Gala Invitation for LACMA, 1994-2006, Red Enameled Aluminum Sculpture in Original Box. (CRIT065) {AC}Property Title: From the Collection of art critic, Anthony Haden-GuestMeasurements: Art: 4 3/4 x 3 dia. Box: 5 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2Condition: Overall good

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Garry Buck,Am., 2 Torsos,molded glass,signed

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Description: Garry Buck, American, 2 Torsos, molded glass, signed(2 Pcs) (MCAB8100/2) {MM}Property Title: Measurements: 17"H x 15"W x 5"projectionCondition: Good

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Harry Baron Abstract Bronze Seated Figures

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Description: Harry Baron, Israeli, b. 1944, Abstract Seated Figures, bronze, signed. (VAT8200/2) {WK}Property Title: From a Greenwich collectorMeasurements: 11-12 HCondition: Good condition

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J. Barber, Ceramic Mythical Cat with Tiara

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Description: Jillian Barber, British/American, contemporary, Mythical Cat with Tiara, (MCAB8208) {WK}Property Title: Measurements: 17 H x 18 L x 16 WCondition: Good condition.

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Attrib to Keith Haring Bowery Sign w/ Graffiti 20th C.

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Description: Attributed to Keith Haring, "Bowery" Enameled Sign w/ Graffiti 20th C., as found in a storage unit in New York. (EAST8404) {AC}Property Title: Measurements: 11 x13Condition: scratches and enamel loss, surface grime

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Kaws, Plastic Figure Signed KAWS 1999

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Description: Brian Donnelly (American b. 1974), professionally known as Kaws, Plastic Figure, Signed in marker on proper right foot, "KAWS ,00", "Made in China KAWS 99". (CRIT069) {AC}Property Title: From the Collection of art critic, Anthony Haden-GuestMeasurements: 7 3/4 x 4 1/4 x 2 1/4Condition: Overall good, minor surface grime.

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Benjamin Moore, Glass Vase, Signed.

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Description: Benjamin Moore, American, b. 1952, Glass Vase, signed on base. (SEAB8201) {WK}Property Title: Measurements: 8 HCondition: In good condition.

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Nina Winkel,Ger./Am.,Floating Figure, bronze

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Description: Nina Winkel,German-American, 1905-1990, Foating Figure, bronze (XX??8102) {MM}Property Title: Measurements: 17"H x 19"W x 9"DCondition: Some patination,rust, surface rubbed

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Eduardo Paolozzi Car Sculpture Plaster 20th C.

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Description: Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) Car Sculpture Plaster 20th C. (CRIT074) {AC}Property Title: From the Collection of art critic, Anthony Haden-GuestMeasurements: 1 3/4 x 4 1/2 x 2Condition: Surface scratches and abrasions.

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Richard Nonas Chair Form Wood Sculpture 20th C.

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Description: Richard Nonas, (American 1936), Chair Form Minimalist Wood Sculpture, 20th C. (CRIT034) {AC}Property Title: From the Collection of art critic, Anthony Haden-GuestMeasurements: 8 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 4Condition: Overall good

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Leo Villareal Burning Man Necklace Sculpture 2005

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Description: Leo Villareal (American b. 1967) Burning Man Necklace Light Sculpture 2005 (CRIT054) {AC}Property Title: From the Collection of art critic, Anthony Haden-GuestMeasurements: 3 1/4" diaCondition: Overall good, functional with battery

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Vilma Kurzer, Aus./Am.,Caterpillar, metal/wood

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Description: Vilma Kurzer, Austrian-American, b.1912, Caterpillar, found objects on wood base,unsigned (MTZU8107) {MM}Property Title: From a Litchfield Connecticut HomeMeasurements: 17"H x 32"D x 12"DCondition: head of caterpillar brokenoff, needs soldering

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Ann Froman, Am., b. 1942,

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Description: Ann Froman, American, b. 1942, "Moses", bronze bas relief, signed and dated 1979 (SCZE8005) {TC}Property Title: From a Riverton CT estateMeasurements: 17" H x 13" W x 4.5" DCondition: very good, extremely heavy

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Richard Hambleton Life Form Book Sculpture 1989-90

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Description: Richard Hambleton, b. 1954, "Life Form" Conceptual Book Sculpture w/ silvered crab fitted inside book casement. Signed: " Artist's Proof 1989-90", "For Anthony Form Life Love Life Richard Hamilton". (CRIT076) {AC}Property Title: From the Collection of art critic, Anthony Haden-GuestMeasurements: 10 1/2 x 8 x 1 3/4Condition: Overall good, small loss 1/8" to velvet covering lower right corner and pin hole loss to center back.

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Miro Style Ceramic Plate

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Description: Miro Style Ceramic Plate depicting two figures, moon star and symbols on verso, unsigned and unmarked. (ABSA8403) {AC}Property Title: Measurements: 8 1/2" dia.Condition: Repaired chip at bottom rim and glaze miss on verso.

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Sergio Bustamente Lion's Head in Brass/Copper

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Description: Sergio Bustamente, Mexican, b. 1942, Tiger's Head on Integral Stand, brass, tin and copper, c. 1960's, signed “Sergio Bustamente, 57/100. (NORTH8202) {WK}Property Title: Measurements: Head: 17 H Total Ht: 32Condition: In good condition.

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Jillian Barber Ceramic Masks and Perfume Bottle

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Description: Jillian Barber, British/American, Contemporary, two ceramic masks of women with floral and seashell headdress; together with a perfume bottle, signed and dated verso. (MCAB8200/3) {WK}Property Title: Measurements: Masks: 10 H x 10 W Bottle" 6 HCondition: Use wear, a few tiny edge chips.

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Klaus Ihlenfeld, Bronze Sculpture Within a Cube.

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Description: Klaus Ihlenfeld, German/American, b. 1934, Sculpture within a Cube, bronze. (SNIG8207) {WK}Property Title: From a Private New York City Estate.Measurements: 14 H x 14 W x 14 DCondition: In good condition.

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Jane McClintock, Am.,

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Description: Jane McClintock,Am., 1937-2016, "Meditation 1", 1968, carved mahogany on wooden stand (XX??8015) {XX}Property Title: Measurements: 20"H x 22"W x 7"D including standCondition: Good

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Picasso

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Description: Picasso "Black Face H" Earthenware Plate, 1948, R # 675, edition of 100, knife engraved under glaze colors impressed stamps "Madoura, Plein feu, Edition, Picasso" (AMYG8500) {WT}Property Title: From the Collection of Amy Greene, NYC. “Greene, 83, was one of Monroe's closest friends and confidantes. She was the Cuban model-turned-housewife of Milton Greene, a celebrity photographer who first photographed Monroe in 1953; hit it off with her; and had her as his and Amy's houseguest at their home in Weston, Connecticut, where they lived with their infant son, for four years (1954-1957) while Monroe, at the height of her fame, took a hiatus from living and working in Hollywood, and eventually returned on her own terms, as the co-chief -- with Milton -- of her own production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions” (As reported in the Hollywood Reporter)Measurements: 9 1/2" Dia.Condition: Roughness, minor chipping to rim.

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2 Found Art Assemblages in Wooden Boxes,20th C.

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Description: Two Found Art Assemblages in Wooden Boxes,20th C., one containing snap pea Christmas ornament another with papier mache of oranges and mirror. (SLES8100/2) {MM}Property Title: From a Sharon Connecticut EstateMeasurements: 2 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 and 4 x 8 1/2 x 5 1/2Condition: Use wear, some dust, inlay lifting and loss to one box

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J. Barber, 2 Ceramic Dragon Masks,Shells, Bird

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Description: Jillian Barber. British/American. Contemporary, two ceramic masks of women with dragons, floral sprays, shells and a bird, signed and dated verso. (MCAB8206/2) {WK}Property Title: Measurements: 15 H x 13 W and 17 H x 14WCondition: Good condition.

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Manzu, It., 1908-1991,

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Description: Giacomo Manzu, Italian, 1908-1991, portrait bust of the actor Anthony Quinn, bronze, stamped MANZU on the back,with a roughly incised inscription on the front neck the last characters a possible Manzu signature. NOTE: the encounter between artist and actor fully documented in the French version of Connaissance des Arts N°327 – May 1979, p. 76-83 plus the cover image. This work will be accompanied by the German edition, p.70-77, with page 77 showing the clay maquette from which the bronze was directly cast. (DJOD8007/2) {TC}Property Title: Measurements: The bust itself 11" H, on its base, 18" HCondition: dusty, otherwise good

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Zhang Ke Duan Bronze Sculpture of a Fisherman

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Description: Zhang Ke Duan, Chinese, 20th C. Fisherman, bronze. Acquired in Hong Kong in 1986. We have not located a signature. (SNIG8208) {WK}Property Title: From a Private New York City Estate.Measurements: 67 H to top of pole, 27" H to top of hat, x 34 WCondition: In good condition

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Komar & Melamid Can of Freedom 20th C.

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Description: Komar & Melamid, Can of Freedom 20th C. Image of American Flag on a can, " Freedom, made in USA by Komar & Melamid Inc." (CRIT066) {AC}Property Title: From the Collection of art critic, Anthony Haden-GuestMeasurements: 4 1/2 x 3 1/8 dia.Condition: Rust, dents and stained

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Livio Seguso Italy b. 1930 Glass Sculpture 20th C.

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Description: Livio Seguso (Italy b. 1930) Glass Sculpture 20th C. Murano, Italy. Seated Female Nude Torso, signed on Cylindrical glass plinth. (JACO8404) {AC}Property Title: Measurements: Sculpture: 11 1/2" x 9" x 5 1/2" Base: 6 3/4" x 6 1/8" dia.Condition: Overall good, sculpture separate from base

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J. Barber, 2 Ceramic Dragon Masks, Florals, Shells

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Description: Jillian Barber. British/American.,Contemporary, two ceramic masks of women with dragons, floral sprays and shells, signed and dated verso. (MCAB8205/2) {WK}Property Title: Measurements: 19 H x 15 W and 18 H x 14WCondition: Good condition.

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Richard Etts Plaster Planter w/ Hands 20th C.

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Description: Richard Etts, Plaster Planter w/ Hands, 20th C. "1971 Richard Etts, 175/300". (EAST037) {AC}Property Title: Measurements: 8 x 8 x 11 1/2Condition: Overall good, light soil, scratches and abrasions

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Lebadang, Viet-Fr, 1921-2015, Double Headed Horse

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Description: Dang Lebadang, Vietnamese-French, 1921-2015, a Double Headed Horse, signed, cast stone composite (VAT8000) {TC}Property Title: From a Greenwich collectorMeasurements: 11.50" x 15.00" x 7.00"Condition: very minor abrasions

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Two McLaren & Westwood Live & Sex T-Shirts 1970's

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Description: Two Malcolm McLaren, (British 1946-2010) & Vivienne Westwood, (British B. 1946), 'Live' & 'Sex' T-Shirts, 1970's, from their store 'Sex" in London, (identified by owner's notes). (CRIT006/2) {AC}Property Title: From the Collection of art critic, Anthony Haden-GuestMeasurements: Approx: 20 1/2" x 14" Frame: 26 1/2" x 19 1/2"Condition: One framed, light soil

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2 Eduardo Paolozzi Behind Appearance Sculptures

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Description: Lot of 3 Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005), "Behind Appearance" Two conceptual Book Sculptures and an "Art Provera" actual book 20th C. (CRIT075/3) {AC}Property Title: From the Collection of art critic, Anthony Haden-GuestMeasurements: Book Sculptures: 9 x 8 x 1/2 and 9 x 8 x 1Condition: Wear, tears and light soil

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Robert Howard Cook, Dante Inferno, Bronze

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Description: Robert Howard Cook, b.1921, "Dante's Inferno", bronze , on marble base (XX8100) {MM}Property Title: Measurements: 13 1/2 x 8, base 6 1/2 x 1 1/2Condition: Dust, rubbing to finish

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J. Barber, 3 Ceramic Mythical Animals with Birds

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Description: Jillian Barber, British/American, contemporary, 3 mythical animals with bird atop, signed and dated on leg. (MCAB8207/3) {WK}Property Title: Measurements: 13 H x 16 L x 5 WCondition: One ear reglued.

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Soapstone Sculpture,

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Description: Soapstone Sculpture from Zimbabwe, "The Family", c. 1960. (SNIG8204) {WK}Property Title: From a Private New York City Estate.Measurements: 24 H on standCondition: Good condition.

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Mary Corse (AM. b.1945) Sparkly Glitter Hashtag #

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Description: Mary Corse (AM. b.1945) Sparkly Red Glitter Hashtag (#), glitter on metal cut-out, represented by Lehmann Maupin, NYC. (CRIT033) {AC}Property Title: From the Collection of art critic, Anthony Haden-GuestMeasurements: 12" x 12"Condition: Overall good

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Bronze of South Am. Woman on Horse, initialed

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Description: Bronze Figure of South American Woman on Horse, 20th, on wooden stand, initialed"LG" (XX??8103) {MM}Property Title: Measurements: 16"H x 12"W x 7"DCondition: Good, scuffs to base, dust

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Michael Arntz, Am., 20-21st C.,

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Description: Michael Arntz, American, 20-21st C., "Visionless Faith Society Mask", fiberglass mask on steel swiveling stand with base. NOTE: artist has extensive exhibition history, this specific piece appears on his website (JRUB8000) {TC}Property Title: Measurements: Mask 37 1/4 h x 17 w x 15 d, overall 67" HCondition: hairline crack on edge of shoulder visible from underneath, a few chips to paint

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Pablo Picasso Bull under Tree Madoura Plate 1952

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Description: Pablo Picasso (Spanish 1881-1973) 'Bull under the Tree' Madoura Ceramic Plate,1952. Stamped on the back: "Edition Picasso/ Madoura Plein Feu and inscribed Edition Picasso". * Picasso, Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947-1971, [159] "Bull under the Tree" 1952 Turned Round Plate ...A. R. white earthenware clay ...500 copies made". (ABSA8401) {AC}Property Title: Measurements: Approx. 20 cm / 8" Dia.Condition: Good, surface scratches

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Robert Cook, Bronze Sculpture of a Girl, Signed.

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Description: Robert Cook, American, b. 1921. Girl, bronze, signed. (VAT8201) {WK}Property Title: From a Greenwich collectorMeasurements: 9 HCondition: Good condition

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Jillian Barber, 3 Ceramic Floral & Seashell Masks

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Description: Jillian Barber, British/American, Contemporary, three ceramic masks, with florals and seashells, one with swan another with masks, signed and dated verso. (MCAB8201/3) {WK}Property Title: Measurements: From 13 H x 11 W to 15 H x 12 WCondition: Use wear, large mask with chip to leaf and glued repair.

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Kenneth Ferguson Glazed Ceramic Hare Pitcher

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Description: Kenneth Ferguson, American, 1928-2004, Hare Pitcher, green glazed ceramic, signed on bottom. (MEDE8217) {WK}Property Title: Measurements: 23 HCondition: Good condition

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Richard Etts  Bowl w/ Hands & Arms Lamp 1974

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Description: Richard Etts Bowl w/ Hands & Arms Lamp 1974. Dated, signed and edition numbered at base, "1974 Richard Etts 156/300" (EAST038) {AC}Property Title: Measurements: 22 x 10 x 8Condition: Broken at the wrists, scratches and abrasions

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Found Object Bird Sculpture, poss. J. Wilhelm

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Description: Bird Sculpture, 20th C. possibly by John V Wilhelm, from 'found metal objects', rusty steel. (MANDS8204) {WK}Property Title: Measurements: 67 H x 12 W x 23 DCondition: In good condition.

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Tony Rosenthal,

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Description: Tony Rosenthal, American, 1924-2009, "Rondo", Maquette for a Large New York City Street Sculpture, bronze with gold patina, stamped Rosenthal 68. (W668200) {WK}Property Title: Measurements: 6 H x 6 W x 2.5 DCondition: In good condition.

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J. Barber, 2 Ceramic Masks with Seahorse & Shells

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Description: Jillian Barber. British/American. Contemporary, two ceramic masks of women, one with sea horses and squid tentacles, the other with shells, floral and masks, signed and dated verso. (MCAB8202/2) {WK}Property Title: Measurements: 13 H x 14 W and 19 H x 15 WCondition: Good condition.

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Manner of Louise Bourgeouis Sculpture Mixed Media

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Description: Manner of Louise Bourgeouis, Sculpture, Mixed Media, 20th C. (CRIT032) {AC}Property Title: From the Collection of art critic, Anthony Haden-GuestMeasurements: 4 x 13 x 9Condition: Overall good

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Charles Ginnever Walkabout Bronze Sculpture 1987

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Description: Charles Ginnever (American b 1931), "Walkabout", Bronze Sculpture, 1987, large scale abstract open form sculpture. Purchased in 2000 from Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. (DGEH8401) {AC}Property Title: Measurements: 54" x 187" x 38"Condition: Outdoor sculpture commensurate with age & the elements, some verdigris.

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Bronze Standing Male Sculpture Acrylic Box 20th C.

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Description: Bronze Standing Male Figure Sculpture in Acrylic Box, 20th C. (EAST030) {AC}Property Title: Measurements: Box: 8 x 9 x11 3/4 Sculpture: 6" hCondition: Surface scratches on acrylic box

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Feliciano Bejar Ruiz  Ink Drawing of Estaban 1963

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Description: Feliciano Bejar Ruiz (Mexican 1920-2007) Ink Drawing, "Estaban" 1963, signed LR, "Feliciano Bejar 63". Label on verso: "Foreign Friends of Acapulco Art Exhibition 1965". (EAST005) {AC}Property Title: Measurements: Sight: 19" x 14" Frame: 23 1/2" x 19 1/4"Condition: Overall toning

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B. Moore, Glass Sculpture,

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Description: Benjamin Moore, American, b. 1952, Interior Fold White Spiral Wrap", glass sculpture, signed by the artist and dated 1985. (SEAB8200) {WK}Property Title: Measurements: 7 H x 28 DiaCondition: In good condition.

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