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Los Angeles Modern Auctions sale set for Sunday

May 21, 2010 |  6:45 am

LAMA348Los Angeles Modern Auctions will hold its spring sale on Sunday with 447 lots up for bidding. A pair of bronze monkey sculptures by Francois-Xavier Lalanne are expected to fetch between $100,000 and $125,000. "Rhinoceros Bleu" by the same artist is 22 inches long and constructed of enameled bronze. Pre-auction estimate for that playful piece, pictured above: $25,000 to $35,000.

Nine Alexander Calder lithographs from the early 1970s, some pictured at bottom, have been grouped together in a single lot. Estimate: $2,000 to $3,000. Also in that price range are two sets of silver gelatin prints by master architectural photographer Julius Shulman.

LAMA154 Look at the glazed figurines of Dora de Larios and you might see some similarities with the work being turned out by contemporary artisans whose wares are selling on Melrose. The signed pieces (pictured at right, top) are circa 1957-63. Estimate: $1,000 to $1,500 for the pair.

Finally, what's not to love about an acrylic coffee table with neon interior? (No need to answer!) The 2-foot-wide piece is estimated at $2,000 to $3,000. Who was the manufacturer? What's the provenance of the piece? Who cares? It's electric joy.

You can find LAMA's online catalog here.


-- Craig Nakano

Photo credits: Los Angeles Modern Auctions

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