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The Top 10 Pieces For The Modern Collector: This Week At Abell

Abell Auction Co. will be offering an assortment of mid-century modern art and decorative items at the July 19th weekly sale. Preview is open between 8 a.m to 4 p.m on Wednesday, July 18th, and the sale begins on Thursday, July 19th at 9 a.m.

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Andre Hambourg Paintings To Be Sold Fall 2018

Abell Auction Company will be offering three Andre Hambourg paintings in the upcoming fall 2018 Quarterly Fine Art Sale. The paintings are characteristic of Hambourg’s style, depicting Impressionist beach and boat scenes with his recognizable soft, pastel palette. The three signed oil on canvas painting all hail from a Santa Barbara estate, with Wally Findley gallery labels on the verso. Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming sale through Abell’s Facebook and Instagram sites.

ANDRE HAMBOURG: “MARUEE HAUTE DEAUVILLE”

Hambourg, 1909-1999, was a French post-Impressionist artist known for landscape and seascape paintings. He studied at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs and the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts, and was a dedicated painter by the age of 18. In the 1930s Hambourg worked in studios in the Montparnasse neighborhood of Paris, which exposed him to other modern artists of his day. By 1931, he was a member of many prominent Parisian art salons.

ANDRE HAMBOURG: “BEACH SCENE”

Hambourg spent the later part of the 1930s serving in Africa in the French-Algerian war, then worked as a war correspondent during World War II. In 1952, Hambourg became the official painter of the French Navy, which took him on numerous international sea voyages. On these travels Hambourg made many preparatory drawings and sketches for future paintings; these trips had a lasting impact on Hambourg’s art.

ANDRE HAMBOURG: “SAILBOAT SCENE”

Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming sale and the catalog through Abell’s Facebook and Instagram sites.

In Memoriam: Ruth Weinberg (April 13, 1922 – March 31, 2018)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ruth Weinberg, a loyal and cherished employee of Abell Auction Co. for more than 75 years. Continue reading

Iconic Fashion in Abell’s Spring 2018 Luxury Auction

The upcoming April 2018 luxury auction features clothing, shoes and accessories by Chanel, Fendi, Yves St. Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Judith Leiber and much more. Continue reading

Palm Spring Modernism Week & Mid-Century Modern Pieces at Abell

The annual Palm Spring event celebrates mid-century modern design, art, architecture, fashion and culture. Abell’s weekly auction this Thursday, February 22nd features a great assortment of mid-century design pieces as well. Continue reading

The Estate of Paul Anthony Mitchell

Items from estate of former professional football player to be featured in Abell’s upcoming fine art sale. Mr. Mitchell was the 6th oldest living former professional football player at the time of his passing.

 

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Abell to Offer Marble by First Female Professional Sculptor

19th century American artist Harriet Goodhue Hosmer was the first woman to break into the all-male world of neo-classical sculpture

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15 Great Pieces of Jewelry Sold at Abell in 2017

This past year saw an increased demand in pear-shaped diamonds and classic luxury designs

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The Estate of Mrs. Carole Cramer

Jewelry collection of 1950s singer & actress to hit the auction block

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Governor Brown Signs Bill Into Law Reducing Impediments That Affect California Auctions

The law immediately reduces impediments to auction companies engaged in the sale of sports and entertainment memorabilia in California.

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Property From The Famed Holmby Hills Owlwood Estate Up For Auction

The auction will benefit Habitat for Humanity’s ongoing mission of eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide.

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Abell’s is Proud to be Offering Items Belonging to Stage and Film Actress Patricia Morison

Beginning January 5, 2017, Abell Auction Company will put up for sale items from the residence of actress Patricia Morison born March 19, 1915.  Morison, best known for her stunning eyes and long black hair.  She was often cast as the sultry other woman in her performances.  Later when she returned to Broadway, Morison was the lead in the musical Kiss Me, Kate in the late 1940’s.  In 1949, Kiss Me, Kate won the first Tony Award presented for Best Musical. Items include vintage photos, movie memorabilia, furniture, appointments and much more from her Los Angeles residence.

 

 

 

Works by Paul Horiuchi

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Paul Horiuchi (1909-1999)

Horiuchi was born in Japan and moved to the United States in 1946.  He eventually moved from working on the railroads to a full time collagist and painter.  His exhibits became popular in the Pacific Northwest and he gained a following in Seattle in the 1950’s.  His works were in the Seattle Art Museum and in 1974, the Smithsonian Institution’s Art of the Pacific Northwest.  Horiachi Park which is now a community gardens can be found in Seattle today.

lot 57419 Paul Horiuchi Abstract Collage (Selling Thursday 9/29/2016)

lot 57419 Paul Horiuchi Abstract Collage (Selling Thursday 9/29/2016)

 

Abell’s is proud to be selling works from Paul Horiuchi and other important artists in the upcoming weeks. Please call or check website for daily updated information.

Presenting Works by American Artist James Gill

James Gill (b.1934) arrived on the Los Angeles art scene in the early 1960s.  Represented by the Felix Landau Gallery, he quickly found great popularity with the Hollywood community.  Abell will be offering a large collection of paintings and drawings from the 1960s belonging to the estate collection of Louis and Annette Kaufman.  A number of drawings and oil portraits will be offered starting September 15th followed by two major works on Sunday, September 18th.  A collection of paintings from his political prisoners series will be offered February 2017.  Please check our website for updated information

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Collection of Original Works by Louis Eilshemius

Abell is proud to introduce a collection of original artwork by Louis Michel Eilshemius (1864-1941) for Thursday September 15th and Sunday September 18th.  Many works were purchased directly from Louis Eilshemius by Louis Kaufman (source: A Fiddler’s Tale by Louis Kaufman)

LOUIS MICHEL EILSHEMIUS: "NUDES BATHING AT NIGHT" Est. $4,000/$6,000 Lot # 503 (Sunday, September 18)

LOUIS MICHEL EILSHEMIUS: “NUDES BATHING AT NIGHT”
Est. $4,000/$6,000 Lot # 503 (Sunday, September 18)

 

Eilshemius was a New Jersey born artist.  He was educated in New York and in Europe.  Much of his earlier work was influenced by the painters of the Barbizon School.  Eilshemius is better known for his later moonlit landscape work and New York rooftop scenes.  More of his popular works combine an element of fantasy in his landscapes with nymphs painted in the foreground.  Eilshemius was “discovered” by Marcel Duchamp and was asked to exhibit with him in 1917 in Paris, France.   His travels throughout Europe led him to follow such painters as Jean Baptiste Camille Corot and develop a style which drifted away from traditional academic art at the time.    “Sunset Landscape” will be sold September 15, 2016 with other important works by Louis Eilshemius selling Sunday, September 18th.   Please check our catalog available here for more information about our Fine Art Quarterly Auction September 18th.

 

Louis Eilshemius: "Sunset Landscape" selling September 15th

Louis Eilshemius: “Sunset Landscape”
selling September 15th

LOUIS MICHEL EILSHEMIUS: "NUDE IN A LANDSCAPE" Lot 476: est.$3000/5000 (Sunday September 18th)

LOUIS MICHEL EILSHEMIUS: “NUDE IN A LANDSCAPE”
Lot 476: est.$3000/5000
(Sunday September 18th)

LOUIS MICHEL EILSHEMIUS: "NUDE BY A WATERFALL" Est. $4,000/$6,000 Lot 493 (Sunday, September 18)

LOUIS MICHEL EILSHEMIUS: “NUDE BY A WATERFALL”
Est. $4,000/$6,000 Lot 493 (Sunday, September 18)

LOUIS MICHEL EILSHEMIUS: "SEASCAPE AT DUSK" Est. $2,000/$3,000 Lot # 470 (Sunday, September 18)

LOUIS MICHEL EILSHEMIUS: “SEASCAPE AT DUSK”
Est. $2,000/$3,000 Lot # 470 (Sunday, September 18)

The Estate Of Louis and Annette Kaufman

David Park: "Man and Woman Reclining" Est:100,000/150,000

David Park: “Man and Woman Reclining”
Est:100,000/150,000

 

 

Louis and Annette Kaufman were renowned classical musicians with a true passion for collecting art. Moving from Portland to New York in the 1920’s Louis immersed himself in the world of contemporary art establishing lasting relationships with dealers and emerging artists such as David Burliuk, Louis Eilshemius, Noguchi and most importantly Milton Avery.  This passion for collecting exciting new artists followed to the many places visited such as San Francisco, Paris, New York, Thailand, Cambodia, etc.  Today, gifts from their collection are an integral part of the collections of institutions such as The National Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, The University of Wisconsin and Oberlin College.  Abell is honored to offer the art that has remained in the Kaufman’s personal collection.  Over the next several months we will be selling American paintings by David Park, Louis Eilshemius Raimonds Staprans, James Gill, Jacques Vilon, Othon Friesz, Maximilien Luce, Maxime Maufra, Guillamin, Jean Pougny and others.  Our weekly auctions will feature primitive painters such as Hinson Cole and Alexander Lebduska, as well as contemporary artists such as Antonio Guanse, Yves Saint-Front, John Kjargaard, Castagno, Rosso and 100’s of others. We will also sell the Kaufman’s collection of Khmer, Thai and Asian sculptured acquired from the 1930’s to the early 1960’s.

 

Raimonds Staprans: "Windy Weather Boats" est: 8000/12000

Raimonds Staprans: “Windy Weather Boats”
est: 8000/12000

Press Release: Treasured Belongings Of Famed American Writer Gore Vidal Set For September Auction

Featuring notable artwork, furnishings and memorabilia, this sale offers the public a rare opportunity to own a piece of literary history

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Press Release: $1 Million David Webb Jewelry Collection Up For Auction In Los Angeles

(Los Angeles, Calif. – Sept. 22, 2015) Jewelry fashions worn by top celebrities often epitomize Hollywood glamour. Now, you have the chance to own pieces typically reserved for the red carpet!

A $1 million collection of estate jewelry by David Webb and other famed designers, including Patek Philippe and Tiffany & Co., will go to auction on September 27 at 10 a.m. at Abell Auction Company’s Los Angeles gallery.  The stunning creations of Webb (1925-1975) have been worn for six decades by clients as famous as Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy, Estee Lauder, Helen Mirren, Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez, to name a few.

Featured items include:

-Suite of David Webb diamond and turquoise jewelry

-Suite of David Webb diamond and black enamel jewelry

-5.01 carat pear-shaped diamond (G, VS2) in a David Webb mount

-Nautilus and skeleton watch by Patek Philippe for Tiffany & Co.

– Padparadscha sapphire ring by Tiffany & Co.

An exclusive collection of fine art, antiques, 20th Century design, and decorations from premier Southern California estates also will be sold live and online.

Abell Auction Company is located at 2613 Yates Ave. in Los Angeles. An auction preview will be held on Wed., September 23 to Sat., September 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in advance of the September 27 auction.

Press Release: Auction of $1 Million Private Jewelry Collection by Famed Designer David Webb

(Los Angeles, Calif. – Sept. 8, 2015) L.A.’s  Abell Auction Company will hold an online and live quarterly auction on September 27  at 10 a.m. featuring a $1 million collection of estate jewelry by David Webb, Tiffany & Co., Patek Philippe and other renowned designers.

The stunning creations of Webb (1925-1975) have been worn for six decades by clients as famous as Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy and Estee Lauder to Helen Mirren, Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez, to name a few.

Featured items
– Suite of David Webb diamond and turquoise jewelry
– Suite of David Webb diamond and black enamel jewelry
– 5.01 carat pear-shaped diamond (G, VS2) in a David Webb mount
– Nautilus and skeleton watch by Patek Philippe for Tiffany & Co.
– Padparadscha sapphire ring by Tiffany & Co.

An exclusive collection of fine art, antiques, 20th Century design, and decorations from premier Southern California estates also will be auctioned, including lithographs by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and Keith Haring, and two Picasso Madoura ceramic pitchers.

Details
-Live/online auction on Sunday, September 27 at 10 a.m., Abell gallery,  2613 Yates Ave., Los Angeles
-Gallery preview on Wednesday, September 23 to Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Life After 50: Parting With Possessions – Prudently And Professionally

Special to Life After 50
by Joe Baratta of Abell Auction Company

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Estate Auctions vs. Estate Sales – What’s Best?

When individuals make the decision to liquidate or downsize their assets, it can be a difficult and emotional process. The may be dealing with the sale of a home, handling a family inheritance or making a lifestyle change. While items such as furniture, antiques and jewelry often hold treasured memories, they may also hold hidden value.

There are few options for liquidating the contents of a property. A well-advertised auction with a reputable firm is the easiest and most cost-effective way to find a place for personal belongings. By selling at auction, rather than hosting a house sale, items are exposed to a larger and better informed audience, which leads to higher prices from competitive bidding.

Many people believe the terms “estate sale” and “estate auction” are interchangeable. However, there are significant differences of which consumers should be aware.

Estate sales run by realtors and sellers

  • They require more of a realtor’s valuable time.
  • They are non-competitive, with items often priced too low or sold to the first buyer.
  • They usually are attended by only a few favored dealers, friends and neighbors, with limited preview opportunities.
  • There is no opportunity to attract a global online audience.
  • Organizers are not regulated by any state or local entity.

Estate auctions run by reputable firms

  • Bidders compete to pay the highest price, generating the highest return for sellers.
  • The auctions attract an extensive audience of live and online international buyers.
  • Buyers can preview auctions from a day to weeks in advance.
  • An auction house is a bonded business subject to all local and state laws and taxation.
  • Auctions are open and transparent, with accredited appraisals and a detailed accounting.

To help make the best decision for yourself, contact the experts at Abell Auction Co., Los Angeles’ first permanent auction house handling fine estates and collections. Celebrating our 100th anniversary, our weekly and quarterly auctions drawing an international audience of in-person and online buyers (a growing trend).  Call (310) 858-3073.

Press Release – Exclusive David Webb Jewelry Auction Preview – August 25 in Beverly Hills

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July 21, 2015

Exclusive David Webb Jewelry Auction Preview – August 25 in Beverly Hills
A $1 million collection of fine estate jewelry and accessories by David Webb and other renowned designers will be on public exhibition in advance of September auction

(Los Angeles, Calif. – July 21, 2015) Los Angeles-based Abell Auction Company will host a public auction preview of David Webb jewelry on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The exhibition will feature fine estate jewelry and accessories, valued at $1 million, by David Webb, Tiffany & Co., Patek Philippe and other renowned designers. The stunning creations of Webb (1925-1975) have been worn for six decades by clients as famous as Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy and Estee Lauder to Helen Mirren, Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez, to name a few.

Featured items:
– Suite of David Webb diamond and turquoise jewelry
– Suite of David Webb diamond and black enamel jewelry
– 5.01 carat pear-shaped diamond (G, VS2) in a David Webb mount
– Nautilus and skeleton watch by Patek Philippe for Tiffany & Co.
– Padparadscha sapphire ring by Tiffany & Co.

Details
The event will be held at the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel’s Penthouse Suite, 360 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. Complimentary refreshments will be served. RSVPs are appreciated at (310)858-3073 or lisa@abell.com.

A live and online auction of these and other exquisite estate items will be held at 10 a.m. on September 27, 2015 at Abell Auction Company, 2613 Yates Avenue, Los Angeles.  For more information, visit www.abell.com or call (323)724-8102.

About Abell Auction Company
Celebrating its 100th anniversary, Abell was Los Angeles’ first permanent auction house showcasing fine estate property and consignments. Now in its fourth generation, the premier auction gallery hosts weekly general auctions and quarterly fine art and antique sales attracting an international audience of in-person and online buyers. High-resolution photos and interviews with Abell officials are available upon request.

Press Release: Rare Belongings of Torrance Native, Olympian and WW II Hero Louis Zamperini To Be Auctioned – May 28

Rare Belongings of Torrance Native, Olympian and WW II Hero Louis Zamperini To Be Auctioned – May 28

Other than signed photographs and books, collectibles of Southern California native, Olympic runner and World War II POW survivor Louis Zamperini (subject of the book and movie “Unbroken”) are extremely rare to find.

On May 28: Los Angeles-based Abell Auction Co., founded in 1916,  will offer the opportunity to own a piece of history with a live sale of the remaining memorabilia, personal belongings and antique furnishings from his estate, including:

  • USC jacket and plaque (valued at $200-$400)
  • Camera and video equipment ($400-$600)
  • Japanese lacquered shrine cabinet ($500-$700)
  • Collection of daggers  ($400-$600)

Details
Live auction: Thursday, May 28 at 9 a.m.
Onsite preview: Wednesday, May 27 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Abell Auction Co., 2613 Yates Ave., Los Angeles  (free valet parking)

High-resolution photos available upon request.
Other special live auction items include contemporary furniture, paintings and decorative art from Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades and San Diego estates.

Press Release – Hollywood History Comes Alive With Auctions of Golden Age Celebrity Estates

What do the first and only Jewish Miss America, and a film noir siren who starred in movies with icons like Humphrey Bogart and Charlton Heston, have in common?

Both will have fine jewelry and other collections from their estates offered in an in-person and online Fine Art and Antique Sale on May 3. The sale will be presented by Abell Auction Co., Southern California’s premier auction gallery serving generations of clients since its founding in 1916.

Auction highlights:

  • Items from the Santa Monica estate of Bess Myerson, the only Jewish Miss America ever crowned (1945) and a TV personality in the 1950s and ‘60s: A Chaumet 18K gold and diamond-mounted stone bowl ($8,000-$12,000), a 14K gold evening bag with compact, a Steinway & Sons grand piano, Picasso Madoura plates and more.
  • Estate items of Lizabeth Scott, a film noir actress from the 1940s and ‘50s who starred alongside (besides Bogart and Heston) Burt Lancaster, Elvis Presley and other leading men: A collection of gold evening accessories including a French-woven gold and diamond evening bag ($6,000-$8,000), an 18K gold cigarette set ($4,000-$6,000)and more.
  • A total of more than 550 lots of fine art and sculpture, antiques, fine jewelry, silver, Chinese porcelains, a Gibson semi-hollow body electric guitar, and appointments from estates throughout Southern California. The sale is expected to attract an international audience of live and online buyers from dozens of countries. The last quarterly auction drew buyers from more than 40 countries.

The auction will take place on Sunday, May 3, at 10 a.m.at the Abell gallery, 2613 Yates Ave., Los Angeles. A preview will be available Wednesday, April 29, through Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.