John Baldessari

Throwing Three Balls in the Air to Get a Straight Line (Best of Thirty-Six Attempts) (12 works)

Found at Bonhams, Paris
Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples, Lot 173
30. Oct - 30. Oct 2023
Estimate: 3.000 - 5.000 USD
Price realised: 3.072 USD
Property from the John Pfahl Legacy Trust
John Baldessari (1931-2020)
Throwing Three Balls in the Air to Get a Straight Line (Best of Thirty-Six Attempts) (12 works) (Hurowitz 471), 1973
The complete portfolio comprising 12 offset lithographs in colors on glossy wove paper, from the edition of 2,000, with title page, co-published by Edizioni Giampaolo Prearo and Galleria Toselli, Milan, printed by Arti Grafiche La Monzese, Cologno Monzese, the full sheets, loose (as issued), together with original blue letter-pressed paper folder and navy fabric-covered portfolio case. (12 works)
7 x 10 1/4in (17.8 x 26cm)
sheets 9 5/8 x 12 3/4in (24.4 x 32.4cm)

Auction result well in line with expectations

In October this year Bonhams in Paris held the auction Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples, which included the work Throwing Three Balls in the Air to Get a Straight Line (Best of Thirty-Six Attempts) (12 works) by John Baldessari. The estimated price for the artwork was previously given by the auction house with a range of USD 3,000.00 – 5,000.00, the actual price achieved of USD 3,072.00 (€ 2,906.89) could thus just exceed the lower estimate. Of course, this price has nothing to do with the top prices that other works by John Baldessari achieve. The highest price we have observed so far was reached by the work Commissioned Painting:  A Painting By Edgar Transue in May 2014 with an auction result of USD 2,517,000.00 (€ 1,845,307.92).

Auktionsergebnis im Rahmen der Erwartungen

Im Oktober diesen Jahres führte Bonhams in Paris die Auktion Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples durch, in der auch die Arbeit Throwing Three Balls in the Air to Get a Straight Line (Best of Thirty-Six Attempts) (12 works) von John Baldessari zur Versteigerung kam. Der Schätzpreis für das Kunstwerk wurde von dem Auktionshaus zuvor mit einer Spanne von USD 3.000,00 – 5.000,00 angegeben, der tatsächlich erzielte Preis von USD 3.072,00 (€ 2.906,89) konnte den unteren Schätzpreis somit knapp übertreffen. Dieser Preis hat freilich nichts mit den Spitzenpreisen zu tun, die andere Arbeiten von John Baldessari erzielen. Den höchsten von uns bisher beobachteten Preis erreichte die Arbeit Commissioned Painting:  A Painting By Edgar Transue im Mai 2014 mit einem Auktionsergebnis von USD 2.517.000,00 (€ 1.845.307,92).

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