Francis Augustus Silva

The Old House by the River

Found at Sothebys, New York
The American Scene including Important Photographs from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Lot 1047
9. May - 24. May 2022
Estimate: 200.000 - 300.000 USD
Price realised: 189.000 USD
Francis Augustus Silva
1835 - 1886
The Old House by the River
signed F.A. Silva (lower right); titled, signed Francis A. Silva. and dated 1881 (on the reverse prior to lining)
oil on canvas
21 1/4 by 42 in.
54 cm by 106.7 cm.
Executed in 1881.
Private Collection, New York | Acquired from the above in 2012 by the present owner

Auction result misses estimated price range

When the work The Old House by the River by Francis Augustus Silva was auctioned at Sothebys in New York in May last year, the result was somewhat disappointing. The auction house had previously given the estimated price as a range of USD 200,000.00 – 300,000.00, of which not even the lower limit was reached - in fact, the artwork changed hands for USD 189,000.00 (€ 176,125.24). Of course, this price has nothing to do with the top prices that other works by Francis Augustus Silva achieve. The highest price we have observed so far was reached by the work Sunrise At Tappan Zee in December 2008 with an auction result of USD 2,658,500.00 (€ 1,909,979.17).

Auktionsergebnis verfehlt die Schätzpreisspanne

Als die Arbeit The Old House by the River von Francis Augustus Silva im Mai letzten Jahres bei Sothebys in New York versteigert wurde, fiel das Ergebnis ein wenig enttäuschend aus. Das Auktionshaus hatte den Schätzpreis zuvor mit einer Spanne von USD 200.000,00 – 300.000,00 angegeben, von der nicht einmal die Untergrenze erreicht wurde - tatsächlich wechselte das Kunstwerk für USD 189.000,00 (€ 176.125,24) den Besitzer. Dieser Preis hat freilich nichts mit den Spitzenpreisen zu tun, die andere Arbeiten von Francis Augustus Silva erzielen. Den höchsten von uns bisher beobachteten Preis erreichte die Arbeit Sunrise At Tappan Zee im Dezember 2008 mit einem Auktionsergebnis von USD 2.658.500,00 (€ 1.909.979,17).

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