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Lot 59: Eldzier Cortor, 1916-2015, Sepia Odalisque I

Est: $3,500 USD - $4,500 USDPassed
Black Art AuctionMay 20, 2023Saint Louis, MO, US

Item Overview


Eldzier Cortor
Sepia Odalisque I
c. 1970s
etching and aquatint on cream wove paper
20 x 15 inches (image) full margins
30 x 22-1/8 inches (sheet)
signed, titled and numbered 9/35

Artist or Maker

Condition Report

Generally good condition. No visible holes, tears, or stains. Not examined out of frame.

Payment & Shipping


Accepted forms of payment: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Personal Check, Visa, Wire Transfer


It is our goal to make shipping as safe and efficient as possible. Many of the works in this sale are unframed, allowing us to safely ship these works to your door at a minimal expense - often around $100 - and allows the buyer to have it framed to their liking. Some works are nicely framed and behind glass and we can recommend a number of third party shippers who are capable of packing and shipping those safely. For the handful of larger lots in this sale we are happy to work with the third party shipper of your choice to make this as effortless as possible.

Auction Details

May Signature Auction

Black Art Auction
May 20, 2023, 11:00 AM CST

1608 Menard Street, Saint Louis, MO, 63104, US


Live bidding may start higher or lower

Buyer's Premium

$0 - 100,000:30.0%
$100,001 - 1,000,000:25.0%

Bidding Increments


Terms of Sale

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The auction is open to the public and there is no admission fee or obligation to bid. The auctioneer will introduce each object for sale, hereby referred to as "lots", in numerical order as listed in the corresponding catalog or website.

The estimates that appear with each lot description are approximations reflecting the range in which the hammer price may fall. Some lots are subject to a reserve, the price below which an item cannot be sold. In most instances, the reserve is less than the low estimate.
The auctioneer determines the highest bidder and selling price of every lot. He or she may re-offer and resell any lot, and will be responsible for resolving any dispute in bidding. The judgment of the auctioneer is final and binding.


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A client unable to attend the sale may bid via phone, absentee, or online. Please complete and submit an absentee or telephone bid form as included in the catalog, on our website, or at the auction house. BLACK ART AUCTION assumes no responsibility for a failure to execute any bid or errors or omissions made in connection with any remote bidding arrangement.

During phone bidding, an agent representing BLACK ART AUCTION will call the client during the live sale to execute bids on client's behalf. The client should instruct BLACK ART AUCTION's agent to bid as they choose. Please make arrangements for phone bidding as early as possible as there are a limited number of phone lines available. BLACK ART AUCTION does not guarantee an available phone line if arrangements are made after 5:00pm EST on the day prior to a sale. Please note that phone bidding is reserved for items estimated at $500 or greater.

Clients may leave absentee bids to be executed by one of our representatives. BLACK ART AUCTION makes every effort to purchase a lot as inexpensively as possible without exceeding the client's limit. It's recommended that clients submit absentee bids as early as possible in the correct increments as shown below. Should identical absentee bids from separate clients come in, the first one received will be honored. Please submit absentee bids prior to 5:00pm EST on the day prior to the sale.

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Auction increments are as follows:
?$0-500   $25 increments?$500-1,000   $50 increments?$1,000-3,000   $100 increments?$3,000-5,000   $250 increments?$5,000-10,000   $500 increments?$10,000-30,000   $1,000 increments?$30,000-50,000   $2,500 increments?$50,000-100,000   $5,000 increments?$100,000+ $10,000 increments

Additional increments will be at the auctioneer's discretion.

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BLACK ART AUCTION guarantees the authenticity of that portion of the description of each lot as set out in bold type in the catalog, as amended by oral or written salesroom notes or announcements. This guarantee is in effect for 30 days after the auction in which the lot was sold. Said guarantee does not apply to those lots listed as: "in the style of", "attributed to", "the school of", "in the manner of", or "after".

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Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Bronzes: 

Objects are guaranteed to be an authentic work by the artist listed. Any and all information listed in the catalog not printed in bold type should be considered as being to the best of our knowledge, is merely our opinion, and is not guaranteed to be correct. If the authenticity of a purchased object is contested, it must be made known to us within 30 days of the sale in which the object was purchased as follows: a written letter from a noted authority provided to us that declares the object to be executed by someone other than the artist listed. This authority may not have any vested interest in the artist's work or the estate of the artist. The object must be returned to us in the same condition in which it was purchased. If it is determined that a piece is not authentic, only the purchase price may be refunded; there will be no compensation for damages, loss of profit, professional fees, transportation or any other costs. The normal darkening of varnish over time isn't considered to be problematic, and accordingly any such darkening will not be noted in the description.

Fine Art Frames, Picture/Photo Frames: 

Every effort is made to protect the frames included with these lots during pre-auction storage and post-auction shipping; however, BLACK ART AUCTION shall not be responsible for any damage to frames, and no refunds will be granted due to frame damage. Frames may not include original easel backing.


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1 - Hammer Price

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25% of the Hammer Price up to and including $100,000
20% of the portion of the Hammer Price in excess of $100,000 and up to and including $1,000,000
12% of the portion of the Hammer Price above $1,000,000
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Please contact BLACK ART AUCTION for a list of third party shippers.

Shipping Terms

It is our goal to make shipping as safe and efficient as possible. Many of the works in this sale are unframed, allowing us to safely ship these works to your door at a minimal expense - often around $100 - and allows the buyer to have it framed to their liking. Some works are nicely framed and behind glass and we can recommend a number of third party shippers who are capable of packing and shipping those safely. For the handful of larger lots in this sale we are happy to work with the third party shipper of your choice to make this as effortless as possible.