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Drawings

Drawing is a two-dimensional art form accomplished with many different mediums. Graphite pencils or ink and paper are most popular, but drawings can be done with a variety of color and monochrome utensils on cardboard, plastic, leather, or canvas. While it has transformed into a 21st-century art form through technological tools for the phone, tablet, and computer, drawing is one of the earliest creative endeavors. Homo sapiens began to draw as a way to communicate with one another before written language was developed.

The use of drawing in the arts increased exponentially when paper became readily available to the masses in the 14th century. During the Renaissance, drawing was brought to the forefront as a means to depict realistic forms, geometry, and philosophy. Although masters like da Vinci, Durer, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Rubens, Degas, van Gogh, and Picasso are all accomplished draughtsmen, drawing is often thought of as an intermediate form of art. Some artists employ underdrawing as a preparatory step in their painting, and many use it to flesh out their ideas before beginning a finished product in paint or marble.

After the advent of photography, drawing moved to the background as a way to realistically depict figures and environments; however, it is still used today as a primary or secondary form of artistic expression. Drawings command equally high prices at auction as paintings or sculptures. “Beach Scene with a Boat” by contemporary artist Lucian Freud sold for $4.3 million at Sotheby’s London in 2011, a record for a drawing by that artist. A year later, a Raphael sketch called “Head of a Young Apostle” sold at the same house for $47.8 million, an overall record for a work on paper to that date.

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Ilya Yefimovich Repin (1844-1930), Ukranian-Russian, A pencil drawing titled Duck Shooting
Apr 18, 10:00 AM BST
Ilya Yefimovich Repin (1844-1930), Ukranian-Russian, A pencil drawing titled Duck Shooting
by Sloane Street Auctions
Est: £400- £600
£43017 Bids
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JOHN FARNSWORTH "NATIVE DRUMMERS" PASTEL ON BOARD
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
JOHN FARNSWORTH "NATIVE DRUMMERS" PASTEL ON BOARD
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Est: $0- $0
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JOHN FARNSWORTH "BUTTERFLY DANCE" PASTEL ON BOARD
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
JOHN FARNSWORTH "BUTTERFLY DANCE" PASTEL ON BOARD
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$2,55015 Bids
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MAYNARD DIXON "NUDE STUDY" GRAPHITE ON PAPER
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
MAYNARD DIXON "NUDE STUDY" GRAPHITE ON PAPER
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Est: $0- $0
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Keith Haring , ink drawing, hand signed
Apr 21, 10:15 PM CEST
Keith Haring , ink drawing, hand signed
by Novartia
Est: €1,800- €2,200
€1,10013 Bids
Salvador Dali, hand signed
Apr 21, 10:15 PM CEST
Salvador Dali, hand signed
by Novartia
Est: €1,200- €1,800
€3509 Bids
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OLAF WIEGHORST HORSE PENCIL ON PAPER
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
OLAF WIEGHORST HORSE PENCIL ON PAPER
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1809 Bids
Original Ub Iwerks Inked Three-Dimensional Drawing of "Flip The Frog"
Apr 16, 10:00 AM PDT
Original Ub Iwerks Inked Three-Dimensional Drawing of "Flip The Frog"
by Abell Auction
Est: $300- $500
$6509 Bids
Keith Haring
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Keith Haring
by Novartia
Est: €1,800- €2,000
€1158 Bids
Diego Rivera, ink drawing
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Diego Rivera, ink drawing
by Novartia
Est: €1,200- €1,700
€8008 Bids
Miguel Covarrubias - Family Picnic
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Miguel Covarrubias - Family Picnic
by Devin Moisan Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $800- $1,200
$2,5008 Bids
Martin Lewis "View from Hell Gate Bridge" Pencil
Apr 21, 12:00 PM EDT
Martin Lewis "View from Hell Gate Bridge" Pencil
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$2506 Bids
ANONYMOUS DRAUGHTSMAN C. 1910, S
Apr 16, 9:00 AM CEST
ANONYMOUS DRAUGHTSMAN C. 1910, S
by Historia Auctionata
Est: €0- €0
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SIDNEY NOLAN (1917-1992), Moby Dick
Apr 21, 12:00 PM AEST
SIDNEY NOLAN (1917-1992), Moby Dick
by Gibson's
Est: AUD500- AUD800
AUD6506 Bids
Keith Haring
Apr 21, 10:15 PM CEST
Keith Haring
by Novartia
Est: €1,800- €2,000
€1306 Bids
Vytautas Kasiulis (1918-1995) – Attributed
Apr 23, 10:00 AM CEST
Vytautas Kasiulis (1918-1995) – Attributed
by Deutsch Auktionen
Est: €100- €200
€2605 Bids
PÀL FRIED - La modella
Apr 20, 12:30 PM CEST
PÀL FRIED - La modella
by Meeting Art Casa D'Aste
Est: €1,000- €2,000
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Jules Scalbert (France,1851-1928) pastel painting antique
May 19, 11:45 AM EDT
Jules Scalbert (France,1851-1928) pastel painting antique
by Broward Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $1,700- $2,200
$605 Bids
Andy Warhol hand drawing and signed
Apr 21, 10:15 PM CEST
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by Novartia
Est: €1,600- €2,300
€4505 Bids
Frida Kahlo hand drawing and signed
Apr 21, 10:15 PM CEST
Frida Kahlo hand drawing and signed
by Novartia
Est: €1,600- €2,000
€1,6005 Bids
Clara Ledesma Terrazas (1924-1999) "Girl with Lute"
Apr 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Clara Ledesma Terrazas (1924-1999) "Girl with Lute"
by Material Culture
Est: $500- $1,000
$4255 Bids
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JOE BEELER "MORE HORSE TRADIN" CHARCOAL ON PAPER
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
JOE BEELER "MORE HORSE TRADIN" CHARCOAL ON PAPER
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$855 Bids

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