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February 28, 1991
If it works for athletes, it can work for scholars too, reasons Joe Lyons and other San Dimas High School academic boosters. They are hoping to mirror the astounding success of the high school's Saturday night bingo, which primarily aids sports pro gram, with a more intellectual alternative. The academic boosters will hold an art auction Saturday at the San Dimas Civic Center. Preview time is 6 p.m. The $3 admission includes light refreshments.
May 11, 1989 | From United Press International
Christie's gallery weighed into a $500-million art auction marathon Wednesday night with a major sale of Impressionist and modern art, including a top Hollywood collection. The sale of 93 paintings and sculptures included eight paintings from the estate of film producer Hal B. Wallis. One of them, an Edgar Degas pastel of ballet dancers, "On the Scene," carried a pre-sale price estimate of $7 million. Two oils by Claude Monet offered Wednesday night also carried the same pre-sale value.
May 12, 1988 | THOMAS K. ARNOLD
One day in 1945, an 18-foot camper pulled into Rose's Trailer Park in El Cajon, bringing tenant George Thackeray a new neighbor. Like Thackeray, the newcomer was a struggling artist--a former cavalry rider, New Mexico cowboy and New York City cop named Olaf Wieghorst. The two became fast friends, setting up their easels side by side in San Diego's rural backcountry, painting landscapes, weathered barns, farm animals and horses. Lots of horses.
In one of this century's most anticipated auctions, bidders Monday paid $206.5 million at Christie's for 57 works from the Victor and Sally Ganz collection of modern art. It was the largest sum ever recorded for a sale of a single collection. Pablo Picasso's lyrical and erotic painting, "The Dream," described by critics as one of the masterpieces of modern art, sold to an anonymous collector for $48.4 million. The work had been estimated at $30 million before the sale.
January 21, 1998 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
More than 150 paintings of Upper Newport Bay will be auctioned Saturday at the Orange County Museum of Art to raise money for a bay dredging project. From dawn until dusk on the day of the "Images of the Back Bay" show, 30 artists will be completing paintings along Back Bay Drive. Others may be painting near the Newport Beach Aquatic Center on Whitecliffs Drive, in Bayview Park and near the bike trail at University Drive and Irvine Avenue.
May 13, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
A Christie's International auction in New York totaled $133.7 million Wednesday night, the highest ever for Contemporary art, and produced 13 other records for artists at auction. The total, about halfway between the low and high presale estimates, was almost double Tuesday's $68 million Contemporary art sale at Sotheby's Holdings Inc. The top lot was Edward Hopper's 1965 "Chair Car," a somber tableau of four isolated figures riding a train in the raking afternoon light.
December 5, 1989 | CHARLES SOLOMON
Prices remained high but failed to break records Monday night at the first public auction of artwork from animated films held in Southern California in over a decade. More than 400 people crowded into a conference room at the Burbank Hilton to bid on cels, backgrounds, drawings and preliminary artwork, nearly all of it from Disney cartoon features and shorts. Of the 235 lots offered by animation art dealer Howard Lowery, 233 found buyers, for a sale total of more than $320,000.
Confirming claims that the art market is back in full force, but without the speculators that drove it crazy in the late 1980s, Christie's racked up $92.7 million Monday night in an auction of 29 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works from the collection of the late John and Frances L. Loeb. With a Cezanne portrait bringing in $23.1 million and a Manet self-portrait fetching $18.
A rare still life by Thomas Hart Benton, a Winslow Homer watercolor and a small Georgia O'Keeffe flower painting are among 21 works of American art on view today in a preview exhibition of a Christie's New York auction. Eighteen watercolors and paintings and three Western bronzes will be on view from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Maisonette Room at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The works are highlights from Christie's $30-million sale of about 300 works of American art to be held Dec. 1.
May 19, 1988 | JAN HOFMANN, Jan Hofmann is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
Smiling suns, happy houses, hearts and flowers and tiny handprints--children's artwork is priceless, isn't it? Last Thursday, bidders at a fund-raiser for the Orange County Ronald McDonald House put a more precise value on it: $23,600 for 18 paintings by young patients at Childrens Hospital of Orange County. The art auction was the highlight of a dual-purpose party given by developers Bruce and Carl Akins and William Lyon.
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