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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Two Beauford Delaney Paintings Sold at Ascension: A Century of African-American Art at Swann Auction Galleries

Swann Auction Galleries' "Ascension: A Century of African-American Art" sale is now history.

Two of the three Beauford Delaney paintings that were put up for auction were sold.

Untitled (Abstraction in Green), described as "a radiant example of Delaney's mid-career abstraction in a warm, yellowish green," was estimated at $30,000 to $40,000. It sold for $35,000 (buyer's premium included*).

Untitled (Abstraction in Green)
(1961) Oil on linen canvas
410x275 mm; 16x10 inches
Signed in oil, lower right recto. Dated in oil, lower left recto.
Signed, dated and inscribed "Clamart, Seine" in oil, verso.
Image courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

Provenance: gift from from the artist; Don Fink, Paris, thence by descent to his estate; private collection, Paris.

Spanish Youth's estimated value was $5,000 to $7,000. It sold for $8,125 (including buyer's premium*).

Spanish Youth
(1967-68) Oil on linen canvas
610x457 mm; 24x18 inches.
Signed and dated in oil, lower right.
Image courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; Richard A. Long, Atlanta; thence by descent to his estate.

Untitled (Portrait of a Young Man), valued at $6,000 to $9,000, remains unsold.

Untitled (Portrait of a Young Man)
(circa 1930-35) Color pastels and charcoal on gray, textured wove paper
597x445 mm; 23x17½ inches
Signed in charcoal, lower left
Image courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist's brother Joseph Delaney; private collection.

*The buyer's premium at Swann Auction Galleries is 25% of the "hammer price" for works sold at up to $100,000.

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