Beverly Hills, CA – September 1, 2016 – While the summer months are traditionally the slowest for art sales, Carlyle wrapped up it’s best auction season ever.
Carlyle Auctions, which specializes in selling fine art, exclusively through online auctions, sold to bidders in over 35 countries, at prices ranging from $200 to $400,000, across the complete spectrum of art – from Old Masters and 19th Century to Modern and Contemporary – setting record prices for several artists.
What sets Carlyle part from other auction houses, is that Carlyle runs its auctions completely online, without traditional auctioneers or floor bidders.
With it’s recent successful auction season, Carlyle is proving that it can get top prices for consignors, matching and often outperforming traditional auction houses, and even specialty themed auctions.
The key for Carlyle Auctions success, according to CEO Jack Marks, is “innovative and aggressive online marketing which reaches non-traditional buyers, in addition to the broader collector market worldwide. Simply put – we are able to get paintings in front of high volumes of qualified buyers. Another advantage is our smaller size – we may only have 150 lots in an auction – which means that good paintings get more attention, than they would in larger traditional auctions, which are usually twice the size”.
Key highlights of Carlyle’s summer auction season:
- A mid-Century painting by French/South African female surrealist painter Claude Bouscharain, achieved $3,300 when it sold in Carlyle’s June 16 auction, above it’s $1,000-2,000 estimate. After multiple bids on 3 consoles including LiveAuctioneers.com, and BidSquare.com the painting sold to a South African dealer. The same painting had been sold for just $200 in 2010 at Philip Weiss auctions in New York.
- A painting by renowned Filipino artist Romeo Tabuena painting sold for $7,680 to a buyer in the Philippines, in Carlyle’s July 28 auction. Notably, Carlyle achieved a higher sale price than Christie’s New York, that same week for a larger painting by Tabuena.
- After frenzied bidding on multiple online consoles, a Johann Berthelsen “Snowy Day” painting, of the Empire State Building, sold for $4,375 (above it’s $2,000-3,000 estimate), in the same June 16 auction to a midwestern collector – almost DOUBLE what comparable paintings by the artist sell for in East Coast auction houses (in peak season).
- Carlyle’s June 16 auction set a new record price of $6,875 for a painting by 1960’s African-American artist Dan Concholar (which exceeded prices achieved by Swann Galleries, the current market leader in African American art, with annual themed auctions ). Dan Concholar was a key player in the Los Angeles art scene of the late 1960’s, and has been featured in several museum shows recently. Carlyle’s June 16 auction also featured paintings by African American artists Palmer Hayden and Ellis Wilson, which all sold at the high estimates.
- One of the most anticipated paintings in Carlyle’s June auction was an early California Impressionist painting of Laguna Beach circa 1910, with an estimate of $5,000-8,000. The un-signed painting in a Stanford White style period frame, was the subject of great interest by collectors and dealers across the country. The “mystery” painting received numerous bids on multiple auction consoles, before selling to a top California dealer for $8,125.
- Another standout in Carlyle’s summer auction season was a Robert Rauschenberg painting with estimate of $350,000-400,000. While online auction bidding did not meet the reserve price, the painting had multiple offers immediately post-auction, and sold for $400,000 (including premium) in late July to a European buyer. Carlyle CEO Jack Marks, noted that the consignors were pleased, because the price was in-line with what a comparable work by the artist would have achieved at a Christie’s or Sotheby’s contemporary (day sale) auction – in peak season.
Carlyle’s next auction is scheduled for September 25, 2016, and will feature almost 200 lots of “fresh to the market” fine art ranging from Old Masters to Mid-Century Modern and Contemporary. One of the highlight of this auction will be a selection of wildlife paintings, of cheetahs, leopards and elephants by important international artists.
Carlyle Galleries International, Inc. is an online Fine Art Dealer & Auctioneer based in Beverly Hills, California, serving an international collector base in over 35 countries.
Carlyle specializes in the “middle-market”($5,000-$100,000) in: Old Master & 19th Century, Impressionist/Modern and Post-War & Contemporary art, and runs auctions every month.
Jack Marks, CEO
Carlyle Galleries International, Inc.
9701 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
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